Open Call

moCa Artist-in-Residence

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Cleveland, United States


AIR encourages an open-ended approach to making, supporting projects of all mediums, including performance, installation, and multidisciplinary works. Cuyahoga County-based emerging or early-career artists who are passionate about working with and within the Cleveland community. While AIR offers a private, semi-visible studio space (see AIR Benefits), artists must be interested in engaging with new people and ideas and value the social aspect of a museum-based residency. - Artists must reside in Cuyahoga County. - Artists must have participated in at least one exhibition or public presentation prior to applying. - Artists can work in the studio anytime during regular business hours but must commit to spending a minimum of six hours in the studio per week. - Artists will have a private, semi-visible studio space but they also will engage with moCa’s audience by (at minimum) participating in one open studio during their time in residence, to be held on a moCa Saturday.

Number of Participants

We will be selecting two artists for the first year of moCa AIR. One artist will be in residence at a time. Residencies are five months each. The first will be July–November 2021 and the second will be January–May 2022.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


July 01, 2021 - November 30, 2021


  • $5,000.00 material budget (one-time)
  • $500.00 travel budget
  • $2,500.00 stipend (one-time)


Conference Rooms, Desk Space, Fabrication Lab, Individual Studio, Wood Shop


Studio Only


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Discussion, Exhibition, Open Studios, Self-Directed, Visiting Professionals


Book Arts, Ceramics, Conceptual Art, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Jewelry, Makers, Multimedia, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Social Practice, Textile, Visual Arts



Program Description

Artists-in-residence will receive an honorarium, program support, and a private, semi-visible studio space in moCa’s Rayburn Workroom, located on the third floor of the museum. During their time in residence, artists will develop a site-specific project that activates a site in the building outside of the traditional gallery spaces and potentially responds to their experiences in and with moCa. Projects will be installed during or at the end of the residency period and will be on display during the subsequent artist residency. This work will be included in the development of the Essential Question, which is used to guide all interpretative experiences and programs related to the exhibitions on view. Artists will also be able to use this studio space freely to work on projects unrelated to the museum.

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