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. 

Spring 2016 Visiting Curator

Cornelia Lauf is an independent curator and art historian that organized MOCA Cleveland’s upcoming Fall 2016 exhibition, Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists. The interchange between artist, producer, and artisan is of particular interest for Lauf. As such, Wall to Wall explores the blurring of domains, the waning of artisanal traditions, the enduring desire for the hand-made, and the dynamic approaches to delegation and collaboration in this arena today. 

Lauf holds a doctorate in art history from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. Her areas of specialization include artist's books, applied arts/design by artists, and certificates of authenticity and other forms of artistic self-documentation. She has directed or co-founded artist's book publishing houses in Belgium (Imschoot) and France (Three Star Books), and has generated numerous curatorial collectives, including Decor, Material Culture, Camera Oscura, and GoldenRuler, the agency she works with currently in Rome. Lauf lives and works in Rome and Catania, Italy and the United States.  

Lauf will choose four regional artists for individual studio visits between April 4 and 6, 2016. All applicants will be invited to a reception with Lauf preceding her public lecture at MOCA Cleveland on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

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. All practicing artists are eligible to apply, as well as students in any year of MFA studies. Artists who were selected for a studio visit with the last Visiting Curator, Adam Lerner, are ineligible to apply for a visit with Lauf, but may re-apply for studio visits with future Visiting Curators. Applications must be submitted online. All 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 Spring 2016”. Applications must include the following images and written information.

  • Up to ten (10) images, captioned with title, date, medium and dimensions
  • One-page Artist Statement
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae, with current contact information including address, phone, and email

(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. 


Applications are no longer being accepted for a studio visit with Cornelia Lauf. All applicants will be notified by March 28, 2016 of their status.



Adam Lerner (Museum of Contemporary Art Denver)
Naomi Beckwith (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago)
Andria Hickey (Public Art Fund, New York)
Bartholomew Ryan (Walker Art Center)
Sarah DeMeuse (RIVET, independent curator)
João Ribas (MIT List Visual Art Center)
Ann Ellgood (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden)
Franklin Sirmans (LACMA)
Ian Barry (The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College)
Laura Hoptman (New Museum)
Raphael Platow (CAC Cincinnati)
Douglas Dreishpoon (The Albright–Knox Art Gallery)
Gregory Volk (art critic, Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University)
Dan Cameron (CAC New Orleans)
Eleanor Heartney (Independent critic and author)
Katy Siegel (Hunter College, independent)
Valerie Cassel Oliver (CAM Houston)
David Pagel (LA Times critic and independent curator)
Amada Cruz (Artedia)
James Elaine (Hammer Museum)
Dominic Molon (MCA Chicago)
Shamin Momin (The Whitney Museum of American Art)