Maud Cotter coming to MOCA Jacksonville atrium

MOCA Jacksonville has been awarded a recent grant from Culture Ireland in support of its upcoming Project Atrium installation Maud Cotter: what was never ours to keep. The exhibition is on view July 9 through November 13, 2022 and will feature a site-specific installation created by the artist for the museum’s atrium, along with a presentation of a selection of the artist’s other works. The opening event will take place Saturday, July 9 for museum patrons, members, and the community. This special brunch opening will include a presentation by the artist in the museum’s theater and the opportunity to meet the artist herself. 

MOCA Jacksonville’s Project Atrium installation is one of 85 projects supported by Culture Ireland as part of their goal to promote Irish arts worldwide. Their work to create and support opportunities for Irish artists has enabled MOCA Jacksonville to bring artist Maud Cotter and her work to the US for her first US commission. This international support is an invaluable asset to both the museum and the people of Jacksonville.

An acclaimed artist, both in her homeland Ireland and internationally, Cotter is best known for her sculptural installations. Cotter uses man-made materials such as cardboard, industrial rubber and clear plastic, as well as wood to create her works of art. The artist’s unique aesthetic language manifests an understanding of space that allows her to build highly original and thoughtful relationships between her sculptures, the spaces they occupy, and the viewer.

For her newly commissioned project for MOCA’s Project Atrium Series, what was never ours to keep, Cotter will respond to the spectacular 40 ft. tall Atrium space with an installation that continues her probe into our relationship with matter and the forces that govern this relationship; in this case, gravity.

About the Artist

Maud Cotter (b. 1954, Wexford, Ireland) lives and works in Cork, Ireland. Cotter was a co-founder of the Irish National Sculpture Factory in 1989 and has been a member of the venerated Irish Association of Artists Aosdána since 2000. She lectures extensively in Architectural and Art Colleges throughout Europe and America.

Recent solo exhibitions of her work include a consequence of – a dappled world, curated by Miranda Driscoll for the Irish Arts Center’s inaugural season in New York, 2022; previously exhibited in 2021 at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland; and a consequence of – without stilling at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland, in 2018. In 2016, she presented 2116: Forecast of the next century at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, which toured to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Maud Cotter: what was never ours to keep was co-curated by MOCA Jacksonville’s Executive Director Caitlín Doherty, and Senior Curator Ylva Rouse, with support from the Irish Art Center, New York.


Founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville is a private nonprofit visual arts educational institution and a cultural resource of the University of North Florida. One of the Southeast’s largest contemporary art institutions, MOCA Jacksonville serves the community and its visitors through innovative exhibitions, notable collections, award-winning educational programs, and compelling publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present.

MOCA Jacksonville originates more than ninety five percent of its exhibitions and accompanying publications. In the past three years, the Museum has produced more than thirty exhibitions. 

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