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
Justin Martinez, Treasurer
John Burcher
Anthony J. Canchola
Karen Christensen
Samuel Ireland
Courtney Johnson
Lauren Pew
William Russo
Evie Stefenson-Marquart

Randi Dorman, Emeritus
Terri Kessler, Emeritus
Joanne Stuhr, Emeritus

AMBASSADORS

Carolyn Bass
Burak Bekat
Annamaria Biagini
Elizabeth Cherry
Susan Dubow
Chrissy Frey
Liz Hernandez
John Hudak
Rick Joy
Angela Kapp
Claudia Kappl Joy
Pablo Kyriakis
Edward Marquart
Olivier Mosset
Mary Okoye
Jane Poynter
Anne Ranek
Hope Reed
Jerusha Schmalzel
David Taylor
Harold Thomas
Kerry Winkelman

STAFF

Kate Green, Ph.D.
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 Ph.D. 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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Kevin Burns
Development & Communications Manager
Dominic Valencia
Registrar & Head of Visitor Engagement

What do you do at MOCA?
My primary role is designing and implementing visitor programming: I’m always thinking of new ways to improve our visitor experience! I also get to collaborate with the rest of our amazing staff in other ways, including exhibition, design, and registrarial work. There’s always something new and exciting for me here at MOCA.

Why work at MOCA?
As someone born and raised in Tucson, I’ve always appreciated the unique role MOCA plays in our community. MOCA provides an inviting and accessible environment for engaging in the global conversation of contemporary art, while still embodying the diverse and beautiful spirit of Tucson. It is a privilege to be a part of this institution- there’s nowhere I’d rather be!

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
When I’m not at MOCA, I’m traveling, I’m recording electronic music, I’m working in my studio, and I’m loving the sunshine, but still hoping for some rain! A perfect day probably involves a hike through our beautiful desert, a great cup of coffee, and my field recorder.

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Aja Haymore
Visitor Engagement Assistant

What do you do at MOCA?
I have the privilege of engaging with members of the community in a variety of different ways, whether it be greeting guests at the front desk or guiding visitors through their museum experience. Behind the scenes I also assist our Registrar and Head of Engagement with community activities.

Why work at MOCA?
MOCA shares my values of art and community. Through formal studies and life experience I have learned how important art spaces are and how they lend themselves to education. I thrive working in an environment where the end goal results in creative outreach.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
When I’m not at MOCA I’m teaching/practicing yoga, analyzing film and leisurely studying fashion and color theory!

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Dana Haynes
Marketing & Office Manager

What do you do at MOCA?
A little bit of everything! In my role at MOCA I’m lucky to get to wear a few hats. I manage membership, assist with donor stewardship, oversee facility rentals, and keep the office organized.

Why work at MOCA?
I fully support the mission of MOCA and believe in the transformative power of the arts. MOCA brings art into our community that you cannot see anywhere else.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
When I’m not at MOCA you can most likely find me outside in my garden or out exploring some cool new trail.

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Annual Report

MOCA Tucson’s 2020 story is exceptional. Despite a global crisis it was a year of extraordinary growth—MOCA raised funds, spent less, opened exhibitions, took camps and public programs online, and grew its staff. Check out MOCA Tucson’s 2020 Annual Report.

Employment

MOCA Tucson, a beacon for contemporary art serving the vast bi-national Sonoran Desert and the art world far beyond, is expanding its ambitious exhibitions and activities and growing its team. We are looking for individuals who will bring new perspectives and ideas to our team, who are energetic and highly organized, who are self-motivated and deeply collaborative, and who are committed to MOCA’s mission and connected within Tucson’s creative communities.

MOCA is currently hiring for the following position:

Finance Associate or Assistant

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 Eli Burke at eli@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

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Contact

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