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MOCA TUCSON INSPIRES NEW WAYS OF THINKING THROUGH THE CULTIVATION, EXHIBITION, AND INTERPRETATION OF CONTEMPORARY ART.

History

Established by artists in 1997, MOCA is Tucson’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art from around the globe. Housed in a repurposed firehouse in Downtown Tucson, MOCA Tucson applies creative solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow through the vehicle of contemporary art. We create programming that is ambitious, innovative, and that is responsive to the wants and needs of our community. A pioneering museum of its kind in the community, MOCA Tucson currently hosts rotating exhibitions by locally, nationally, and internationally renowned contemporary artists—critical exhibitions that spur dialogue and that foster empathy between artists and audiences. Our bold programming is highly engaging for diverse audiences and creates a welcoming, inviting space for visitors to learn more about the changing world we live in.  MOCA Tucson is an important incubator and connector for contemporary art across the Southwest region and beyond.

MOCA Tucson resides on the ancestral lands of the Tohono O’odham people.

 

Board of Directors

Kira Dixon Weinstein, President
Danny Vinik, Vice President
Luis Soto, Secretary
James Tharp, Treasurer
John Burcher
Karen Christensen
Chrissy Frey
Samuel Ireland
Courtney Johnson
Dan S. Martin
Justin Martinez
William Russo

 

 

Ambassador Council

 

Carolyn Bass
Jessica Baylon
Burak Bekat
Annamaria Biagini
Kim Bourn
Tony Canchola
Susan Dubow
Sara Habib
Sara Hubbs
Rick Joy
Angela Kapp
Claudia Kappl Joy
Violet Kasser
Kris Kerry
Terri Kessler
Lisa Lovallo
Debi Chess Mabie
Denise Newton
Mary Okoye
Yun Gee Park and Scott Duerstock
Lauren Pew
Jane Poynter
Anne Ranek
Hope Reed
Stacey Richter
Jerusha Schmalzel
Evie Stefenson-Marquart
David Taylor
Harold Thomas
Keren Winkelman
Lesli Wood
Amy Zuckerman

 

 

Emeriti

 

Elizabeth Cherry, Ambassador
Randi Dorman, Trustee
John Hudak, Ambassador
Terri Kessler, Trustee
Olivier Mosset, Ambassador
Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director
Joanne Stuhr, Trustee

STAFF

Kate Green
Executive Director

Before joining MOCA Tucson as Executive Director in October 2020, Kate Green, Ph.D., served as Senior Curator at the El Paso Museum of Art since 2018. At EPMA Green oversaw the renovation of the museum’s galleries and reinstallation of the permanent collection, and developed the museum’s Border Initiative, stewarding gifts and acquisitions of works by Beatriz Cortez, Virginia Jaramillo, Teresa Margolles, and Leo Villareal, the Border Biennial and exhibitions involving new commissions by Andrea Bowers, Cruz Ortiz, Animales de Poder, and programs featuring artists Celia Álvarez-Muñoz, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Las Imaginistas, and Postcommodity. Previously, Green directed Marfa Contemporary, where she commissioned an exhibition project with William Cordova, including a book published by Dancing Foxes Press, and a performance project with Autumn Knight. From 2004 to 2007 Green led curatorial and education departments at Artpace San Antonio, and from 2001 to 2003 worked in curatorial at MoMA PS1 and as an educator at Dia Art Foundation. Green’s writing about art appears in catalogs and also many publications, including Artforum and Frieze. Green has taught art history at several institutions (Trinity University, University of Texas at Austin), was a fellow in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Core Program, and holds an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the University of Texas at Austin.

What do you do at MOCA?

I work with MOCA’s Trustees and incredible staff in growing our resources and impact. We advance our connections to living artists with vibrant and relevant exhibitions and programs that reflect our moment, and that excite and engage visitors. As we reconsider the role of the museum in the city, its border context, and beyond, we are asking urgent questions about the responsibilities of cultural institutions and allowing these to inform our ideas of growth and expanded impact, for those near and far.

 

 

Why work at MOCA?

MOCA has a rich history with artists and local communities, and with its iconic building has long played an important role in the cultural landscape. It is exciting to shape MOCA’s next era, especially within the context of Tucson’s energetic creative and social justice communities. What should and could MOCA look like and be in 10 years? That is a question I am excited to consider every day.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?

I cook, I bake, I read, I yoga, I see art. And I am often outside! You will find me swimming laps, on the tennis court, hiking new trails, biking around town, camping under the stars, walking with my sweet chocolate lab, adventuring in the borderlands, exploring Tucson and Arizona.

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Laura Copelin
Curator-at-large
Eli Burke
Education Director
What do you do at MOCA?  
As the Education Director I have the privilege of creating unique programs that serve populations in Tucson that may not traditionally be invited into the museum space. This role includes facilitating programs, developing curriculum, coordinating youth and community programs, seeking funds through grant research and grant writing, working with our creative and talented team of teaching artists, and best of all, working to provide FREE or low-cost access to arts education to youth and communities all over Pima County.
 
Why work at MOCA?
MOCA is so important for a community like Tucson. I am grateful that there is a forum for engaging with contemporary art in our city. Contemporary art is a global conversation and I believe that all communities should have the opportunity to participate in that conversation. MOCA is unique in that it creates the opportunity for us to engage in this critical dialogue. It is a privilege to be a part of that process, not just as someone who values contemporary art, but as an artist myself.  
 
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?  
When I am not working at MOCA you can find me doing one of three things: going on nature hikes, making art and playing video games with my kids, making art in my studio, or working to finish my PhD in Art And Visual Culture Education. I am currently finishing up my third and final year of coursework and preparing for my comprehensive exams. 

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Carrie Hess
Finance Director
What do you do at MOCA?
I manage the numbers!
Why work at MOCA?
I believe contemporary art is an important part of our culture, especially as Tucson continues to grow. The conversations it inspires us to have and the inspiration it instills in me to continue to think outside of the box, are truly rewarding reasons to work at MOCA.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I enjoy getting lost in the mountains for days, drinking good beer, and eating good food.

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Wylwyn Reyes
Exhibitions Director

What do you do at MOCA?
I am in charge of the planning and execution of all of our exhibitions. Working with an amazing team of staff, local contractors, curators, artists, galleries, and other organizations we mount 3-4 exhibitions a year. There’s never a dull moment.

Why work at MOCA?
It’s my chosen family. The team I work with is truly incredible. We all wear many hats and we wear them well. To me, MOCA reflects Tucson’s vibrant, diverse communities. Inclusive, engaging, supportive, compassionate, edgy, a little weird, and a ton of fun. I’m all about it.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
When I’m not working with artists at MOCA, I’m collaborating with artists in the Tucson community. I’m a member of SUBSPACE art collective, Monsoon art collective, and I run WYLKA Art House with my partner. I’m super involved with the Tucson arts communities, as a contributor and supporter. It’s a sickness really, a beautiful sickness.

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Morah Riedl
Curator of Community Engagement
What do you do at MOCA?
We all wear a lot of hats at MOCA! My hats rotate between planning public programs, managing our social media channels, working with our artists-in-residence, and overseeing our volunteers and interns. 
 
Why work at MOCA?  
As a Modern and Contemporary Art Historian, there is nowhere else in Tucson I’d rather work! I truly stand behind the remarkable work MOCA does for contemporary artists, and I am grateful to work with folks who are as passionate about art as I am. No two days are the same, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 
 
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA? 
My hobbies include sleeping as much as possible, dancing as much as possible, and on any given night you can probably find me eating tacos at BKs or Boca!

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Wesley Creigh
Facilities Manager

What do you do at MOCA?
Facilities management, exhibition install, production support, and a lot of pinch-hitting for other departments!

Why work at MOCA?
There’s a new challenge every day which I appreciate because it keeps things fresh and different. We have a great team that I enjoy working with daily and I love catering to the diverse needs of all the incredible artists we get to feature here. And our educational programs make me very proud!

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
When I’m not at MOCA I am at my home studio making my own artwork, doing odd jobs, building community, and exploring this gorgeous region where I am privileged to call home.

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Employment

Thank you for your interest in opportunities at MOCA. There are currently no open positions, but please check back frequently for updated information.

 

Volunteering+Internships

MOCA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to build skills and community in the exciting context of a contemporary art museum. Greet and orient visitors MOCAshop, support our weekly/monthly museum programs and special events, and much more. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Morah Riedl at morah@moca-tucson.org.

MOCA’s Internship Program is designed to provide hands-on experience in the various departments of a contemporary art museum. Interns will be accepted into specific departments and/or will participate in the Museum Studies Internship Program (MSIP). Departments include: Visitor Services, Exhibitions, Public Programs, Communications, and Fundraising.

The MSIP takes place each academic semester and can be taken for college credit if approved by your department. Interns are interviewed and accepted at the beginning of each semester (January, May, and August). To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to eli@moca-tucson.org.

Facility Rentals

event rental combined Please fill out the questionnaire below if you are interested in renting space at MOCA for an event.

MOCA is following the safety guidelines of the CDC and local authorities closely, and will reopen the Museum when it is safe. We unfortunately cannot accept rentals until we are once again open to the public. 

Contact

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