MOCA Tucson Curator-in-Residence Program

MOCA Tucson


Residency Dates: May-July 2020

About MOCA Tucson

MOCA Tucson inspires new ways of thinking through the cultivation, exhibition and interpretation of contemporary art. MOCA Tucson is the pre-eminent, artist-centered contemporary art institution in the Southwest. We believe that art has the power to change the world. We cultivate critical dialogue between artists and audiences about today’s world; support artists through the production and presentation of new, experimental work; and educate artists and audiences of tomorrow.


About the Curator-in-Residence Program

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) is pleased to announce our 2020 Curatorial Residency for Spring of 2020. This three-month residency will provide time, space, and access to resources for curators to develop an exhibition, conduct research, and engage with MOCA Tucson’s artists-in-residence. The selected curator will facilitate programming, dialogues, and an exhibition that activates the local community, resonates within a global contemporary art context, and challenges audiences. Curators at any stage of their career are welcome to apply.


One selected curator will develop and expand the scope of their practice through the production of an exhibition in MOCA’s Great Hall (6,000 sq. ft.). The Curator-in-Residence will have 24/7 access to the exhibition space, living quarters, an office space with Wi-Fi and a communal kitchen. The Curator-in-Residence will also receive administrative and production support from MOCA Tucson staff and a $10,000 budget to produce an exhibition at MOCA, which includes a curatorial stipend and the opportunity to give a public lecture during the course of the residency. Partners, children, and pups are all welcome to live with selected curator. (Note: travel to/from the residency is the responsibility of the curator).


Expectations of the Curator-in-Residence

  • Develop an exhibition for The Great Hall of MOCA Tucson to run from July-September 2020
  • Provide content (e.g. checklist, introduction) for catalogues, brochures, press releases, and all related publicity material, as well as didactic text for exhibitions
  • Suggest and assist with selecting speakers for guest lectures or programs
  • Live/Work at MOCA Tucson for up to three months developing and executing exhibition and related programming
  • Oversee the planning, budgeting and installation of the exhibition in collaboration with MOCA Tucson staff
  • Work within MOCA Tucson’s mission while bringing a unique curatorial vision to the museum
  • Conduct studio visits with MOCA Tucson artists-in-residence


  • Must have at least two years’ curatorial experience outside of an academic program and awareness of contemporary arts issues, practices, and artists
  • Ability to manage exhibition budgets and meet deadlines
  • All applicants must be able to work in the United States and be 18 years or older


Application Requirements

  • Contact information (name, email, address, telephone, and website if applicable)
  • Name, email, and telephone number of three professional references
  • Professional resume
  • Curatorial statement (500 words max)
  • Vision for residency/proposed exhibition (500 words max)
  • Five jpgs of previous exhibitions and public events organized by the applicant
  • One academic or critical writing sample


Applicants will be selected by a panel of curators and arts professionals.


Apply at by Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 5pm PST. The selected curator will be notified by May 31, 2019.

More information can be found at

Application Fee: $15

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