MOCA Tucson’s mission is to inspire new ways of thinking through the cultivation, interpretation, and exhibition of cutting-edge art of our time.

Established by artists, MOCA is Tucson’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art from Tucson and around the globe. MOCA is committed to thinking globally, acting locally, and engaging with the ethics and aesthetics of contemporary life. Through varied programs, MOCA is Tucson’s primary educational resource for contemporary art and maintains a full exhibition, education, and artist-in-residence program.

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MOCA is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Cox Communications, and its members and patrons.


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Jocko Weyland
Chief Curator
What do you do at MOCA?
Organize exhibitions.
Why work at MOCA?
It’s the place to be.
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA? 
Skating, painting, sending & receiving mail.


Alexis Smith
Director of Development, Programming & Communications

What do you do at MOCA?
I am the Director of Development and Programming. I work with budgets, donor cultivation, scheduling, and problem solving. Lots of problem-solving. Sometimes it’s fun. Other times, it is even more fun.

Why work at MOCA?
I have loved and supported MOCA Tucson since the beginning and when the opportunity to work here presented itself I jumped at it. I started at 10 hours a week and worked my way into a full-time gig!

 What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
Drink wine, cook good food with great friends, and laugh. Although, we do a lot of laughing at MOCA too.


Wylwyn Reyes
Manager, Operations & Exhibitions
What do you do at MOCA?
I oversee day-to-day operations and logistics. I am also in charge of the planning and installation of our seasonal rotating exhibitions.
Why work at MOCA?
I work at MOCA because it is more than just an art museum to me. It’s a special space that represents the intersection of the different cultures and expressions that have formed the distinct Tucson identity. We mash-up renown artists with emerging artists. We collaborate with local businesses and organizations to provide cross platform programs and events that are accessible to all. MOCA, like the city it resides in, embraces uniqueness and celebrates the quirkiness and grittiness that Tucson is known for.
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I’m a visual artist & designer that works in sculpture, installation, video, and graphic design.


Nathan Myers
Membership, Grants & MOCAShop Manager

What do you do at MOCA?
I aid the staff in tasks the require more than two hands, working in a variety of departments such as membership, finance, education, visitor services, etc. so being versatile is key.
Why work at MOCA?
I was looking for a place that would inspire myself as an artist and cultivate a continuing passion for the arts after college. I was blessed to find MOCA. a community that could nurture this aspiration, utilize my degree, and let me explore all aspects of a museum.
What do you do when you are not at MOCA?
Besides MOCA I also work at a coffee shop serving that morning cup of joe, consuming a not so healthy amount myself; as well as continuing my art practice, interning with Aranda \ Lasch, playing the saxophone, and designing for a potential Disney Imagineer internship, I try to sleep.


Valerie Sipp
Visitor Services, Outreach & Education
What do you do at MOCA?
Manage the museum’s front desk, oversee all volunteers, assist with grants, and co-run the Museum Studies Internship Program.
Why work at MOCA?
I always thought I would have to live in New York or LA to be a part of an institution like this. There is never a dull moment and I get to go to work every day and be challenged and inspired.
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
Currently making my way through the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of All Time (in no particular order).


Eli Burke
Youth Education

What do you do at MOCA?
My official title is the Teen Program Coordinator. I get to create curriculum, coordinate youth programming, seek funds through grant research and grant writing and best of all, provide FREE access and education to youth all over Pima County. Our current ongoing programs are Minor Mutiny (young adults up to 23) and Young Fauves (age 9-13). We also partner with other non-profits like Eon and SAAF.
Why work at MOCA?
MOCA is so important for a community like Tucson. I am grateful that there is forum for engaging with contemporary art in our city. Contemporary art is a global conversation and I feel that all communities should have the opportunity to participate in that conversation. MOCA is unique in that creates this opportunity. It is simply a privilege to be a part of that process, not just as someone who values contemporary art but as an artist myself. Also, everyone that works here is awesome!
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I make art and/or am thinking about art. I teach at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. I am a musician (8 Inch Betsy, Pink Eyez). I also have a few kids so I hang out with them a lot too. They’re cool.


Tony Diridoni
Facilities Supervisor

What do you do at MOCA?
I take care of the building — the possibilities are endless.
Why work at MOCA?
Because I dig museums & the creative process!
What do you do when you are not at MOCA?
I’m kind of a gear-head! I rebuild old motorcycles that I have, take care of my horses and am still trying to make that perfect pasta sauce.


Board of Directors

E. Courtney Johnson, President

Joanne Stuhr, Vice President & Secretary

Michael Guymon, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

Randi Dorman, Immediate Past President

Carolyn Bass

Sherman Bodner

Karen Christensen

Terri Kessler

Colleen LaFleur

Taber K. MacCallum

Skya Nelson

Danny Vinik

Kira Dixon Weinstein


Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director Emeritus

James Graham, Founding Director

Ambassador Council

Robert Alpaugh

Anne Breckenridge Barrett

Jessica Baylon

AnnaMaria Biagini

Kim Bourn

Elizabeth Cherry

Susan Dubow

John Hudak

Rick Joy

Marion Kaufer

Lisa Lovallo

Debi Chess Mabie

Karen Masbruch

Olivier Mossett

Mary Okoye

Denise Newton

Laura J. Pendleton-Miller

Corky Poster

Jane Poynter

Jill E. Provan

Hope Reed

Patricia Schwabe

Ginger Shulick-Porcella

Stacey Spink

Jocelyn Blair Stoller

Kyria Sabin Waugaman

Eugenia Woods

Amy Zuckerman

Volunteers & Interns

Current Volunteers & Interns

Leah Albert 
Alexis Avalos
Alisha Budy
Danie Enriquez
Jeanne de la Garza
Morgan Johnstonbaugh 
Joe Locke

Neyra Raelias
Sarah Schuman
Barron Smith-Swick
Ariana Speranza 

Karolina Tumilowicz

Chloe Kwiatkowski
Olivia Ortiz
Lauren Scheller
Courtney Schomaker
Shea Zimmerman

Interested in volunteering at MOCA Tucson? Contact us at for more information.

Call for Interns Spring 2017

No person shall be denied employment, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination in any program or activity, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Explore our job openings below, or find out more about other ways to get involved through internships and volunteering.



Executive Director

Incorporated in 1997, MOCA-Tucson has gained a regional and international reputation as an outstanding contemporary art museum, and is recognized as a culture locus in Tucson. MOCA is committed to exhibiting and fostering locally and internationally recognized, emerging and established artists. With 4 – 6 exhibitions annually, an active artist-in-residence program, and an aggressive events schedule including lectures, performances, educational and social programs and children’s activities, MOCA is looking forward to a period of sustained growth, both in visitors and membership. The current annual operating budget is $485,000.

Scope and Responsibilities
Guided by the MOCA mission and a commitment to the arts, the Executive Director will provide informed and compelling leadership and build consensus with staff and stakeholders. S/he will integrate operations, fundraising, fiscal management, and public engagement. The Executive Director, along with the Board of Directors and Development Committee, will take an active role in private and public fundraising by increasing both contributions and memberships. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and oversees the staff, currently consisting of two full-time and ten part-time employees. The position requires a high energy, innovative, goal-oriented individual who demonstrates a great appreciation for contemporary art.

Applications are accepted via email:

Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience in guidance and direction of dynamic, forward-thinking organizations, preferably in visual arts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums and/or non-profit organizations.
  • Provide inspired, forward-thinking leadership for the museum’s continued consolidation and success, while maintaining focus on the mission.
  • Creatively move the museum into the future with demonstrated success in fund development including major gifts, grant writing, and support from foundations and corporations.
  • Work closely with the board and staff on strategic goals and priorities.
  • Oversee implementation and management of the annual operating plan and budget.
  • Review and enhance the operations of the museum to maximize funding and development opportunities, membership and community engagement.
  • Act as the chief development officer and ensure that MOCA fulfills its fundraising and financial goals, strategic plan, and operations.
  • Supervise and support a talented and motivated staff through open communication and respect.
  • Cultivate an environment that encourages the visiting public to re-visit.
  • Serve as a key spokesperson for the museum in local, regional and national communities and develop a leadership position in the field to expand the museum’s visibility.
  • Successful experience in visioning, strategic direction, program development and coordination.
  • Experience with a board of directors and nonprofit organizations.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please apply via email:  


event rental combined

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