MOCA GA / PastPerfect Online

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The Collections of MOCA GA focus on promoting significant, contemporary works by artists of the state of Georgia, placing these artists within a global context and creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community.

The Permanent Collection (Objects) features works by Georgia artists from the mid-1940s to present and includes pieces in all media, from painting to digital works, and all styles, from folk to minimalism. The permanent collection is regularly exhibited and can also be viewed by appointment with our Collections Manager, Jessica Schmitz at

The Library and Archives collections at MOCA GA are a major part of the Museum’s mission to collect and preserve the art history of the state of Georgia. The Library Materials represent MOCA GA publications as well as books and journals relating to local, regional and international art. The archives range from private collections donated by Georgia artists to the histories of local arts organizations, and have grown since the Museum’s founding to contain over 150,000 objects.

The Online Database currently includes all objects in the permanent collections, and an ongoing initiative to digitize information from both the archives and library collections, beginning with archival materials. Please return frequently as online access to the MOCA GA collections will continue to grow.

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Once closed, the records and information pertaining to each MOCA GA exhibition is archived as part of the Museum's institutional records. In an on going effort to make these historical Georgia exhibitions availible to the public, the materials are processed and listed in the MOCA GA online archives database. The Museum has partnered with the Digital Library of Georgia to host 35 MOCA GA Exhibition Catalogues online. The image below is a link to the MOCA GA exhibition list which describes these exhibitions. Simply click the image, when the list appears, select any exhibition, and you can view the entire exhibition catalogue through the exhibition record.

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The Herbert Creecy archives consist of two major collections: The Herbert Creecy Papers and the Alston Glenn Collection of Herbert Creecy Papers. The first image below functions as a link to the Herbert Creecy Papers, including the collections level record, and several series and item level records. These levels refer to the system of organization and demonstrate the types of materials available within the MOCA GA archives. A selection of drawings (item level) from Herbert Creecy's sketchbooks is linked via the second image, and the final image is a link to a similar array of records from the Alston Glenn Collection. Please click the images to explore.

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Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.