Introducing Ourselves

MOCA: Museum of Computer Art is a nonprofit US educational corporation chartered by the NYS Department of Education. It is a member of the University of the State of New York and enjoys IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status.

The MOCA site is host to countless digital artists and thousands of their images, all available for viewing here. There is no charge to the viewer or the artist. It is one of the most heavily-trafficked, comprehensive, frequently-updated and respected computer art museums on the Web. It tries to keep abreast of the latest and best in digital art. Both beginning and advanced artists frequently visit here, if only to see what the competition is doing. We expect it is a learning experience for artists of all skill levels, and for the viewing public as well.

MOCA was co-founded in 1993 by computer artist Don Archer to promote digital art in its various forms and manifestations, including 3-D rendered art, fractals, enhanced photography, animation, mixed media, computer-painted and -drawn art, etc. Many talented artists have given us access to their work, and what you see in our archives and current exhibit is some of the best work that we have solicited. Some of it may be of technical or historical interest, some of it may be innovative and unusual, and some of it may have potential (dare we say it) as high art. We hope you agree.

Keeping up with cultural and technical changes, MOCA now houses a substantial body of (AI) Artificial Intelligence art created in programs that attempt to mimic human intelligence. MOCA is following this new art form closely.

MOCA also sponsors the Donnie awards in a yearly international digital art contest and for almost 30 years has published a series of catalogs honoring, especially, its prizewinners. These catalogs serve for self-promotion of entrants and document the history of digital art in our era.

MOCA was awarded museum top-level domain (TLD) status by the Museum Domain Management Association (MuseDoma) in 2002. It is registered under ICANN authority and hosted on the Web as:
moca.virtual.museum

It can also be accessed as:
museumofcomputerart.com
and
museumofcomputerart.org

A complementery site housed at and cross-linked to moca.virtual.museum and focused on (AI) Artificial Intelligence is:
mocadigitalart.com

Don Archer is MOCA co-founder, director and administrator. He operates MOCA out of his studio in Englewood, New Jersey, and Prattsville, New York. He is responsible for the commentary and notes accompanying many of the exhibits. He welcomes your comments. Write to:
don@moca.virtual.museum

Don also needs volunteers to help in conducting the site. Do you have HTML and webpage experience? Or curatorial, critical and/or literary skills? Write to:
donarchr@gmail.com