MOCA Tucson inspires new ways of thinking through the cultivation, exhibition, and interpretation, of contemporary art.

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.

All proposals should be directed to proposals@moca-tucson.org.

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

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If you would like to become a sponsor of MOCA Tucson, please reach out at info@moca-tucson.org.

STAFF

Ginger Shulick Porcella
Executive Director and Chief Curator

What do you do at MOCA?
I believe my most important job is to lead and inspire the staff, as well as the general Tucson community. On a typical day I am fundraising, solving HR and admin issues, creating and revising budgets, developing and executing programs, writing exhibition text, doing studio visits, and advocating on behalf of the arts.

Why work at MOCA?
I was inspired by the dedication of the board and staff at MOCA, and I see the unlimited potential for this organization to be a catalyst for change in the community, educating people on the importance of contemporary art to transform our daily lives.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I’m a creepy dog person, so I spend a lot of time with my fur babies Maya Papaya and Radio McGriddles. I also enjoy horror films, crossword puzzles, experimental film and music, reading and thinking about dystopic futures, going to museums and galleries, taking road trips, telling jokes, and discussing conspiracy theories.

phone:520.624.5019 ext. 102

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Alexis Page Smith
Special Events and Communications Director

What do you do at MOCA?
I spend most of my day spreading the good word of MOCA Tucson. I handle our media and content creation and also produce our special events and fundraisers. It’s a lot of work, but it is also a lot of 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.

phone: 520.624.5019 ext. 106

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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.

phone: 520.624.5019  ext. 105

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Nathan Myers
Membership and MOCAShop Manager

What do you do at MOCA?
My work involves curating and managing the MOCAshop, organizing and orchestrating pop-up events with the MOCAshop, managing memberships and donations, co-chairing our annual Gala, and co-running the Museum Studies Internship Program. And if there is time, I love to assist with the installation and de-installation of exhibitions!

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.

phone: 520.624.5019 ext. 104

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Valerie Sipp
Adult Education and Public Programs Manager

What do you do at MOCA?
Co-run the Museum Studies Internship Program, organize and run public programming, help with grant writing and proofreading, give tours, and assist with youth programming.

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?
I can usually be found hiking Tumamoc, in a movie theater, trying new receipts, hanging out with friends or reorganizing my record collection.

phone: 520.624.5019  ext. 104

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Eli Burke
Education Director

What do you do at MOCA?
My official title is the Education Director. 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 the 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.

phone: 520.624.5019 ext. 103

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Board of Directors

E. Courtney Johnson, President

Joanne Stuhr, Vice President & Secretary

Michael Guymon, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

Randi Dorman, Immediate Past President

Frances Allen

James Allen

Carolyn Bass

Sherman Bodner

Scott Brittenham

Karen Christensen

Terri Kessler

Taber K. MacCallum

Martha Macks-Kahn

Skya Nelson

Danny Vinik

Kira Dixon Weinstein

 

Ambassador Council

Robert Alpaugh

Anne Breckenridge Barrett

Jessica Baylon

AnnaMaria Biagini

Kim Bourn

Elizabeth Cherry

Susan Dubow

Lisa Greve

John Hudak

Rick Joy

Marion Kaufer

Colleen LaFleur

Lisa Lovallo

Debi Chess Mabie

Karen Masbruch

Olivier Mosset

Mary Okoye

Denise Newton

Laura J. Pendleton-Miller

Corky Poster

Jane Poynter

Jill E. Provan

Hope Reed

Coppelia Samaha

Patricia Schwabe

Stacey Spink

Jocelyn Blair Stoller

David Taylor

Kyria Sabin Waugaman

Eugenia Woods

Amy Zuckerman

History

Established by artists in 1997, MOCA is Tucson’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art from around the globe. MOCA is committed to thinking globally, acting locally, and engaging with the 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.

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. Now in its 20th year, MOCA Tucson is an important incubator and connector for contemporary art across the Southwest region and beyond.

Employment

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

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Membership and Development Director
FT, salary commensurate with experience

MOCA TUCSON’S MISSION IS TO INSPIRE NEW WAYS OF THINKING THROUGH THE CULTIVATION, INTERPRETATION, AND EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART.

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

SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson seeks a highly motivated, experienced, and detail-oriented Membership and Development Director. This position will report to the Executive Director and Board of Directors to increase fundraising. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting Executive Director with the creation and implementation of a development plan that articulates focused strategies to meet short-term and long-term fundraising goals;
  • Work with Executive Director and Board to research and develop cultivation plans for major gifts; oversee all aspects of prospect research, cultivation, and stewardship of existing donors and members;
  • Manage member services program including sending renewal notices to expiring members and maintaining membership database in Neon;
  • Promote membership renewals and provide reports to Executive Director and Board on membership statistics and trends;
  • Assist Executive Director with drafting and submitting grant applications to private, government, and corporate foundations;
  • Solicit sponsorships and oversee coordination of major fundraising events;
  • Coordinate opening receptions and VIP donor events to better connect members to MOCA Tucson;
  • Conceive and execute annual appeal, special appeals, and membership appeals;
  • Steward existing members through an array of special events and personal visits/communications to enhance renewal rates, increase upgrades, and make additional gifts. Generate new sources of revenue and increase acquisition of new member households.
  • Work with staff to develop a targeted communication strategy for new and existing members aimed at increasing member engagement. Coordinate email distributions lists and membership email schedule in collaboration with Executive Director and Communications Director.
  • Prepare data files and generate mailing lists for membership mailings, events, telemarketing, and direct mail.
  • Manage data entry in Neon to ensure accurate processing of all memberships, renewals, upgrades, and annual fund payments. Assist with membership processing.
  • Create and implement integrated telemarketing campaigns onsite for member acquisitions and renewal campaigns.
  • Other duties as directed by the Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

MOCA Tucson seeks an individual with a minimum of 5 years’ successful fundraising track record; familiarity with contemporary art and museum fundraising; the capacity to formulate and implement fundraising strategies; successful record of achievement in major gift solicitations; strong interpersonal and excellent presentation and writing skills required. Must have strong computer skills including Word and Excel. Expertise with Neon or other donor management software highly desirable. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • The ability to work within a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple projects simultaneously with ability to prioritize
  • Strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills, ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion
  • The ability to work as a team player and work with multiple constituencies
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends for MOCA events.
  • Experience working with a diverse staff and board to collectively achieve strategic goals and priorities.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Alexis Smith at alexis@moca-tucson.org by January 13, 2018. Please do not contact us unless you are invited in for an interview.

Contact

Museum of Contemporary Art
265 South Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85701
520.624.5019
info@moca-tucson.org

Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm

General Admission: $5
Students, Seniors, & Military with valid ID: $3 
Members: FREE
Always Free: Youth under 12
Free Day: Last Sunday of each month
Free 2nd Sunday for Cyclists: Bike to MOCA and receive free admission to the Museum the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Bicycles: MOCA is proud to be a League of American Bicyclists recognized Bronze Seal Bicycle Friendly Business! We are conveniently located half a mile from the Santa Cruz River Path, the El Paso + Southwestern Greenway and right off the Cushing bike route providing safe paths to the Museum with bicycle racks out front.

Parking: Metered parking (accepts both cash and card) is available in front of the Museum on McCormick St., and east of the Museum on Stone Ave. Paid parking is available in the Convention Center lot across Church Ave. and in the La Placita parking garage on Church Ave near Broadway Blvd. Free two-hour parking is available in the Barrio Viejo where Church Ave. becomes Convent Ave. across Cushing St. Accessible parking spots are

Accessibility Information: Designated accessible parking (with access to a ramp) is available on the south side of McCormick St in front of MOCA. Additional parking is available in the police station lot adjacent to MOCA to the east. MOCA has two accessible restrooms and all exhibition & lecture spaces are ADA compliant. MOCA is committed to providing access to the arts for everyone; any additional accommodations can be made by calling MOCA’s front desk at 520.624.5019.