Studio Institute

Curatorial Intern

MOCA Cleveland -- Curatorial Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

In fall 2018, MOCA is presenting a large-scale solo exhibition of work by Alexis Rockman and a solo exhibition of the work by Aleksandra Domanovic. Opening October 18, 2018, both exhibitions present new work by these two leading contemporary artists, paintings and drawings by Rockman and sculpture and video by Domanovic.  Rockman’s featured exhibition presents a suite of paintings and drawings that raise awareness about and celebrate the critical and beautiful fresh water resources of the Great Lakes Region. The Rockman exhibition is traveling and will require communication and coordination support from the intern with our partner institutions.  Aleksandra Domanovic’s work is chiefly concerned with examining narratives around specific technologies and innovations from her home country of the former Yugoslavia, as well as engaging critically with innovations, such as the advancement of genetic engineering in contemporary science. She will likely present a new video for this exhibition in juxtaposition to sculptural work.

The curatorial intern will directly support MOCA’s Senior Curator, Andria Hickey, and Assistant Curator A. Will Brown, in the research and planning for these as well as a number of other forthcoming exhibitions. This may include researching and compiling bibliographies and readings for featured artists, creating formal artist and lender correspondence and documenting progress, creating installation timelines, and working with internal and external stakeholders on public art projects related to the exhibition. The Curatorial Intern may assist in planning and supporting artists who come to Cleveland for site-visits in preparation for their exhibition projects. Additionally, the Aleksandra Domanovic exhibition will have a catalogue; the curatorial intern will work with Hickey, Deputy Director Megan Lykins Reich, and Brown on the production of this catalogue; tasks may include image procurement and rights, copyediting, writing, design review, and assuring the production timeline is on track.

Skills: A successful candidate will be an intelligent, thorough, committed person with a deep interest in contemporary art and curatorial practice. S/he must have exemplary written and oral communications skills with a honed attention to detail. Prior experience working with artists is preferred. Ideal candidates would be described by former managers as sharp, attentive, and broad-minded. MOCA is a very fast-paced environment that requires all staff, interns included, to manage their time and work independently, as required and prepared. The Summer Curatorial Intern will be responsible for a variety of tasks, ranging from communication with artists (email and formal letters), coordination of resources (sourcing and organizing), creative problem solving, promotional strategizing, and on-the-ground planning.

Projects Include:
- Research both upcoming exhibitions and help curators determine necessary information for the exhibitions
- Finalize short and long form biographies of artists Rockman and Domanovic, and those for other future exhibition projects.
- Assist Development department and curators in creating funding documents for distribution to potential patrons and supporters.
- Organize didactic schedule document detailing what written copy is needed for the coming Fall exhibition season: marketing copy, didactic copy, website copy, development, publication, etc.

This position pays $12/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $580 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2018 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
Attend college in Cleveland, or live within Cleveland or the boundary established by the Inner Ring Suburbs. 
3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, transcript, and recommendations to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2018 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to A. Will Brown at