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. 
Summer 2014 Visiting Curator
Andria Hickey is the Associate Curator at the Public Art Fund where she has curated exhibitions throughout New York City with artists such as Monika Sosnowska, Oscar Tuazon, and Katharina Grosse, as well as group exhibitions such as Configurations: Valerie Blass, Katinka Bock, Esther Klas and Allyson Vieira; Lightness of Being, and A Promise Is a Cloud. Two of her projects are currently on view: Danh Vo: We the People at Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park, and Olaf Breuning: Clouds at Doris Freedman Plaza at the entrance to Central Park.  
Prior to joining Public Art Fund, Hickey was the Curator at Art in General, where she commissioned new works by Luis Jacob, Brendan Fernandes, and Emily Roysdon, among others. From 2007–10, she was the curatorial fellow in the department of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. While at the Walker, Hickey collaborated on exhibitions including The Quick and the Dead (2008), Haegue Yang: Integrity of the Insider (2009), and Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers (2010), among others. Hickey completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University in Montreal and has contributed texts to a wide variety of journals and exhibition catalogs.
Hickey will choose 4 regional artists for individual studio visits on July 18 & 19, 2014. All applicants will be invited to a reception with Hickey preceding her public lecture at MOCA Cleveland on Friday, July 18.  
More information about Hickey's talk can be found HERE.
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. Artists who were selected for a studio visit with the last Visiting Curator, Bartholomew Ryan, are ineligible to apply for a visit with Hickey, 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 summer 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 + Publications Manager, at
Applications for a studio visit with Andria Hickey will be accepted from June 9–July 6, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by July 11, 2014. 



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
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).