The Fall 2017 Visiting Curator is José Carlos Diaz, Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum. Diaz will select four artists for studio visits on September 6 and 7, 2017. Click here to apply for a studio visit. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 7, 2017 at 5PM EST. On Wednesday, September 6, Diaz will give a free public lecture.

About the Program

Initiated in Fall 2003, the 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. 

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, Amanda Hunt, are ineligible to apply for a visit with José Carlos Diaz, 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 50MB. This PDF must be titled “artist last name_artist first name_NSVC Fall 2017”. 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 for a studio visit with José Carlos Diaz are being accepted until August, 7 2017. All applicants will be notified by August 28, 2017 of their status.


Amanda Hunt (The Studio Museum in Harlem)
Cornelia Lauf (Independent Curator)
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)