About the Museum
Hudson Valley MOCA, formerly known as Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, located north of New York City in Peekskill, is a non-profit public institution founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family. It has contributed significantly to the rejuvenation of this region of the Hudson Valley through innovative school education programs, cutting-edge exhibitions and engagement with the community. Their Peekskill Project, a public art festival, is now among the largest in the US. Exhibitions at Hudson Valley MOCA feature contemporary art by emerging talents shown side by side with renowned established international artists. The museum boasts over 100 artists of renown whose works were first exhibited within its walls. Its vital Artist-in-Residence program, an incubator for emerging talents, culminates in solo exhibitions that offer visitors an opportunity to see works produced by newly discovered artists from the Phillipines, Korea, The Netherlands, England, Spain and more. Since opening in 2004 the percentage of students going on to post high school education has increased from 30 to 85%. The New York Times has hailed Hudson Valley MOCA as the most dynamic contemporary art site in Westchester, one to challenge NY as the 'go-to' place for contemporary art.
Hudson Valley MOCA is also devoted to the enrichment of Peekskill, NY, a diverse, post-industrial river community that is fast becoming a major arts destination. Hudson Valley MOCA operates a 12,000 square foot exhibition space and is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, a bi-annual, citywide celebration of site-specific installations by international contemporary artists.