Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson)

Tucson, AZ


Established by artists, 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.


MOCA Tucson is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017. During this period of reflection as we honor our past accomplishments and look to the future, MOCA Tucson is strategizing how to apply 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. Through our core education programs such as Minor Mutiny—a drop-in program for homeless, LGBTQ and at-risk youth—MOCA Tucson collaborates with community partners including the Tucson Museum of Art, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, and Eon Youth Lounge to provide a safe space where youth can explore representations of self within art. Our bold programming is highly engaging for diverse audiences and creates a welcoming, inviting space for visitors to learn more about contemporary art as well as the changing world we live in. Now in its 20th year and with a new Executive Director and Chief Curator at the helm, MOCA Tucson is poised to become an important incubator and connector for contemporary art across the Southwest region and beyond.