About the Program
Initiated in Fall 2003, the Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator Program brings distinguished curators to Cleveland to conduct one-on-one studio visits with local artists as well as deliver a public lecture. The program provides artists with professional exposure and critical feedback from accomplished art world professionals. 
Winter 2014 Visiting Curator
Bartholomew Ryan is Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he curated the exhibition 9 Artists (2013), featuring Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Nástio Mosquito, Hito Steyerl, and Danh Vo. Ryan also co-curated Painter Painter (2013), an exhibition that explores emerging tendencies in abstract painting, and the solo exhibitions Goshka Macuga: It Broke from Within (2011) and Baby Marx (2011) featuring Pedro Reyes, all at the Walker Art Center. His writing on art has appeared in international publications such as Metropolis M, Kaleidoscope, and Artforum
Ryan will choose 4 regional artists for studio visits on Friday, January 24, 2014. All applicants will be invited to an exclusive reception with Ryan preceding his public lecture at MOCA Cleveland on Thursday, January 23. More information about Ryan’s talk will be announced in January 2014.
How to Apply
Applicants must live in the Cuyahoga County or one of its six contiguous counties (Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake). Applicants whose studios are more than 20 miles from MOCA Cleveland may be asked to present their work in a space provided at the Museum. Enrolled students must have completed at least one year of MFA study to apply. The Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator Program takes place twice a year. Artists who were selected for a studio visit with the Spring 2013 Visiting Curator, Sarah Demeuse, are ineligible to apply for a visit with Ryan, but may re-apply for studio visits with future Visiting Curators. 
The application process has changed. Electronic applications must be submitted online. 
All application materials must be compiled into a single PDF document, not to exceed 5MB. 

This PDF must be titled “artist last name_artist first name_NSVC winter 2014”.
Applications must include the following images and written information. 
  • Ten (10) images or less, labeled with title, date, medium and dimensions
  • One-page Artist Statement and up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Current contact information including address, phone, and email address
(If applicable) applicants may include one (1) video file, 5 minutes or less in duration. The video must be submitted as a link to an external hosting site (i.e. YouTube or Vimeo). A still from the video should be included as one of the 10 images, with a link to the hosting site directly below the still.
Please note applications not meeting these requirements or applications sent by email or hard copies mailed to MOCA Cleveland will not be reviewed. 
If you have any questions regarding the program, eligibility, or application guidelines, please contact Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator, at
Applications for a studio visit with Bartholomew Ryan will be accepted from November 15–December 15, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by January 6, 2014. 



Spring 2013 Visiting Curator
Sarah Demeuse reads, writes, translates, and makes exhibitions. She holds an MA from Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley. Trained as a specialist in Romance Literatures, Demeuse started her career at Columbia University where she taught courses in 20th-century literature and culture. Since 2008, Sarah has worked primarily outside of academia, though these interests and education experiences continue to inform her current work with contemporary artists. She has supported numerous institutional and independent projects in the New York City area and has curated numerous exhibitions, including Arte Actual Bancomer 1, Modo de Empleo 1, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Nos hicimos la ilusión de avanzar directamente, Espai Cultural, Barcelona; pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York; and we would provide complete darkness, Goethe-Institut, New York. In 2010, she co-founded Rivet with Manuela Moscoso, a curatorial office that combines exhibition-making with publications, events and long-term collaborations with artists. Rivet currently focuses on object-oriented thinking in contemporary art and works in collaboration with partners in Spain, New York, Beirut and Belgium. Recent Rivet exhibitions include Resonance, Goethe-Institut, New York; Resonance and Repetition, The Elizabeth Fundation for the Arts, New York; and Esta puerta pide clavo, Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent. 


Fall 2012 Visiting Curator
João Ribas is Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously Curator at The Drawing Center, New York.  He is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008-2011) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010).  His recent curated exhibitions include In the Holocene, an exhibition on art as speculative science (MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2012); Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom (Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, 2011); and Manon de Boer (Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 2011). A widely published critic, he is a frequent contributor to various publications, as well as to catalogs and monographs, including Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (Forthcoming, Wiley Blackwell, 2013); Cheyney Thompson (Walter Koenig, 2012), and (Untitled) 12th Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, 2011). He is the editor of several publications, including Otto Piene: Lichtballet, and Frances Stark: This could become a gimick [sic]..., a collection of the artist’s writings. He is a frequent visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations and was previously adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).