About The Mocca Award

The biennial MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art was established by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2007 to honour a Canadian active in the field of contemporary art. It is awarded for innovation, accomplishment or contribution over time, or for a specific project that has national or international significance. Eligibility extends to artists, curators, administrators, writers, educators, gallerists, patrons, philanthropists, advocates, and other professionals.

The MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art is a cash prize of $20,000 (CAD) and is presented to the recipient at an exclusive gala event held within the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. The celebratory event is designed to reflect the spirit of the recipient and their achievements. This includes a special exhibition and presentation, accompanied by food prepared by one of Toronto’s top culinary artists.

To commemorate the MOCCA Award evening each ticket buyer receives a limited-edition plate created by a highly regarded Canadian artist.
Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the exhibitions and activities of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

Allan Gregg (l) and Matthew Teitelbaum (r). Photo Credit: Craig Boyko