Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the Museum of Contemporary Art aims to promote the discovery and advancement of the arts and artists of our time. Visitors will experience diverse and exciting exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and art camps dedicated to the study of contemporary art from 1960 to the present day.


The museum was founded in 1924 and was originally known as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society. In 1948, it was renamed the Jacksonville Art Museum and, finally, in 1978 the museum became the first institution in Jacksonville to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The museum arrived at its now permanent home, the historic Western Union Telegraph Building, in 1999. The outside of the building has its original art deco style, while the inside features a more modern, contemporary look. To promote its purpose more accurately, the museum needed to better develop its identity and, ultimately, changed its name. Therefore, in 2006 the museum obtained its current name – the Museum of Contemporary Art – Jacksonville.

The museum currently has more than 800 pieces in its ever-growing collection featured throughout its galleries. Throughout the museum’s 60,000-square-foot campus, there are many permanent collections, multiple travel exhibits paying a visit to the museum each year, educational facilities, a large theater, a gift shop, and a café.

Permanent Collection:

Painting: This collection contains many pieces representative of Gestural Abstraction, Post-Painterly Abstraction, mid-twentieth century Abstraction, late-twentieth century Realism, Narrative-based painting, Op Art, Chicago Imagist, Pattern and Decoration, and even neo-Expressionism. Many amazing artists in each of these methods are featured, including Theodore Stamos, Syd Solomon, James Bohary, Pat Steir, Jules Olitski, Deborah Brown, and Jenny Morgan.

Sculpture: This collection contains works from incredible sculptors such as Carol Brown, Manierre Dawson, Beverly Pepper, and Jesus Rafae Soto. One of the most significant pieces in the collection is Mobile by Alexander Calder and is often a mobile piece.

Works on Paper: Many brilliant artists who compose their work on prints or drawings are featured in this exhibition, including Vito Acconci, John Chamberlain, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, and Ed Ruscha.

Ephemera, Time-Based Video, Mixed Media, Artist Books: This collection has almost 200 pieces and is named after a Jacksonville native Norman E. Fisher.

Photography: This collection features works by Larry Clark, Jimmy DeSana, Willlian Wegman, Jeery Uelsmann, and David Hillard.

Current Exhibitions:

The Evolution of Mark-Making: This exhibition features the complexity of abstract pieces and the development of action painting. Pieces are taken from the permanent collection to show how this technique evolved, displaying the work of some of the best artists in this technique. This exhibit is on display until May 14, 2017.

Iterations: Lorrie Fredette: This piece is composed of more than 2,000 smooth wax-covered pods that, when put together, are representative of the deadly smallpox virus. This exhibit is on display until September 10, 2017.

Art Camp Anthology: Students can get in touch with their creative art-making side in diverse art classes led by experienced educators. Visitors will learn all kinds of skills while using a variety of media. These camps are available during the spring and the summer – this session will be running from April 15 to July 30, 2017.

Upcoming Events:

Mother’s Day Brunch 2017: Visitors and their moms can dine in style on a beautiful gourmet meal and then tour the museum. Reservations are suggested – call (904) 224-0113. This event will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 11 A.M.

Draw and Drink with Ethan Murrow: Artist Ethan Murrow will lead visitors in an evening of drawing. Tickets include beverages and instruction by the artists on your own pieces. This event will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 7 P.M.

Downtown Art Walk: This event features more than 40 artistic venues downtown that display diverse contemporary works of art by a large variety of artists. This event occurs the first Wednesday of every month and is free and open to the public. The next date is June 7, 2017, from 5 to 9 P.M.

Art and Ideas: Dr. Nikki Lane: Dr. Nikki Lane will be speaking at the museum regarding what is deemed appropriate behavior for black women in hip-hop and how those ideas need to evolve. She focuses on the rapper Missy Elliot and how her hit “Get Your Freak On” has pushed boundaries and exposed cultural flaws. This event will be hosted on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 7 P.M. and is free and open to the public.

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Museum of Contemporary Art - Jacksonville, 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202 website, Phone: 904-366-6911

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