Have you ever gone to an art gallery and wanted to give the artist a piece of your mind? With “Chalk It Up,” that’s the whole point.
“Chalk It Up” at MOCA Jacksonville will allow viewers to interact with art. It is created and curated by five students who are in “The Gallery Space in Contemporary Society” class at the University of North Florida: Anastasia Arango, Xenia Davidoff, Rebecca Ladd, Danielle Micklos and Elizabeth Taber.
Visitors will be provided with chalk to add to the exhibit. It will be part of the regular programming on the museum floor, which is sponsored by Florida Blue.
Allison Galloway, the director of education for MOCA, worked with the students to create the exhibit.
“There will be questions on the wall, and the viewers can answer them by drawing pictures or words on the walls,” Galloway said. “Every week, there is a different theme, and the question will really make the visitors think.”
Galloway said the exhibit will provide learning opportunities for the students involved and an understanding of both chalk art and interactive exhibits for the public. She said the themes will be entertaining yet mentally challenging.
The exhibit directly fits into the goals of the course.
“The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn the core practices of operating a university art gallery, including gallery management, exhibition design and development, and collections management through various readings on contemporary art practice, research assignments and hands-on experience,” said Amanda McMann, the instructor of the course.
A June 9 reception will be a celebration of all of the students' work with some food and drinks.
Galloway said the exhibit will be an experience the UNF students could not get in a regular class. She said she hopes to create an environment that engages visitors and invites their feedback.