WHAT WE DO & WHY WE DO IT
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant, contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. To place our artists in a global context, the Museum's exhibitions include Georgia artists and artists from around the world. Our programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community.
Since opening with it's very first exhibition in 2002, MOCA GA has become a leader in the arts of Atlanta - showcasing the best of contemporary visual art by Georgia's emerging, established, and legendary artists. With an average of 10 exhibitions each year and more than 100 exhibitions to date, MOCA GA presents work that is dynamic, challenging and innovative. MOCA GA also encourages engagement and exchange between the artists it features and the community if serves through regularly scheduled artist talks and other public programing. Home to a permanent collection of more than 800 works of art which continues to grows in depth and breadth by 50-100 pieces per year. MOCA GA is central to the arts in Georgia - investing in the community by preserving the legacy of the past, present, and future of Georgia Art.
HISTORY OF MOCA GA (2000-present)
MOCA GA was co-founded in 2000 by David S. Golden and Annette Cone-Skelton, out of recognition of the need for a major institution devoted to collecting and showcasing the contemporary arts of Georgia.
Established with private funding, MOCA GA began with 250 works of art by 110 Georgia artists, consigned from the corporate collection of Atlanta-based CGR Advisors, a real estate advisory company, and from David S. Golden’s personal collection. The founding collection includes a variety of mediums—from a bold mixed medium painting by Radcliffe Bailey to the intimate black and white photographs by Harry Callahan—featuring paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, installations, and more.
The museum’s first location was at 1447 Peachtree Street in Atlanta (2002-2007). During that time MOCA GA also regularly exhibited off-site in the SunTrust Plaza at 303 Peachtree Street (2005-2007). In January 2007, MOCA GA relocated to the TULA Art Center at 75 Bennett Street, and remains there today. The exhibitions galleries are located in Suite A2 and the permanent collection, library, and archives are stored on-site in Suite M1 in MOCA GA's Education/Resource Center (E/RC). The E/RC began with funding from the Forward Arts Foundation in order to preserve and make available the rich legacy of arts in Georgia.