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MoCA Jacksonville Appoints Caitlín Doherty Director

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville has announced that Caitlín Doherty, chief curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, will join the institution as its new director. She will take up the post on March 20.

“She brings with her a wealth of leadership experience, strategy, and programmatic vision, as well as significant skills in museum and nonprofit management,” MOCA acting director and deputy director Ben Thompson said. He added, “Caitlín is a great team builder and at other institutions has created a culture of ‘cooperative enthusiasm,’ which helps align all stakeholders toward shared goals. She recognizes the importance of integrating with our community, making the museum a destination, a warm and welcoming place for all.”

Doherty joined the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in January 2015. During her tenure at the Broad, she curated numerous exhibitions, including “The Artist as Activist: Mahbubur Rahman and Tayeba Begum Lipi” (2016), “2116: Forecast of the Next Century” (2016), “Gideon Mendel: Drowning World” (2016), and “Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015,” which is currently touring China.

Prior to the Broad, Doherty served as exhibitions and speaker curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar—a branch of the VCU School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia—from 2012 to 2015. Previously, Doherty worked as the inaugural director of Lismore Castle Arts, a contemporary art gallery in Ireland, where she oversaw exhibitions featuring artists such as Michael Craig-Martin, Matthew Barney, Richard Long, and Nathalie Djurberg. She also taught art history, design history, and museum and gallery studies at Ireland’s Waterford Institute of Technology and has regularly guest lectured at institutions including University College London. Also in Ireland, Doherty directed the interdisciplinary arts and cultural initiative Artswave and acted as a visual arts coordinator for Garter Lane Arts Centre.

“MOCA Jacksonville is a respected and vibrant contemporary art institution with a significant collection and a commitment to the exploration of the world around us through the art, artists, and ideas of our time,” Doherty said. “It is also at a very important point in its development––much wonderful work has already been done at the museum in areas such as exhibitions and education, and yet there is still the opportunity and desire for future growth and development, and for me that is hugely exciting.”

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