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MOCA Tucson Curator-in-Residence Program
Residency Dates: May-July 2020

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

Apply below by Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 5pm PST. Applicants will be selected by a panel of curators and arts professionals. The selected curator will be notified by May 31, 2019.

Application Fee: $15

MOCA Tucson Artist-in-Residence Program
2018/2019 Artists-in-Residence


Gal Amiram is an Israeli-born artist based in Los Angeles. She works in large-scale, digital photographic installations and montages, employing a wry sense of humor to expose the controlling of the Gaze and western perspective over history, colonialism, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Amiram holds a BFA from Shenkar College and her MFA from Art Center College of Design. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: Artis Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center Merit Grant; Shapiro Fellowship Award; and the Yehoshua Rabinovich Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts Project Grant. Amiram’s work has been exhibited around the world at such venues as the American Jewish University, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Angels Gate Cultural Center, and Cal State Long Beach to name just a few.


Sara Bahermez is a Yemeni-Emirati experimental and multidisciplinary designer, director, performer and educator from Abu Dhabi, UAE. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU Abu Dhabi, and an MFA in Theatre from Towson University as a Fulbright Scholar. Bahermez is deeply dedicated to creating performance and constructing live images that work towards a queer Islamo-futuristic movement. Her recent works include Masjid Al-Munfaletat (The Mosque of Loose Women), an immersive theatre experience that follows the re-imaged lives of three ‘martyr’ women: Loujain Hathloul, Dina Ali Lasloom and Qandeel Baloch.


Tra Bouscaren is a post-disciplinary installation artist whose work engages American spectacle at the intersection of waste culture and the surveillance state. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University, an Interdisciplinary MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is finishing a PhD in Media Study at SUNY Buffalo. Bouscaren’s work has been featured at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Seoul, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, National Museum of Art in Addis Ababa, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, The Wrong Biennale, and Lincoln Center in New York.


David Fenster is a filmmaker based in Marfa, Texas. His work has screened at film festivals, art museums, and media outlets around the world including: The Sundance Film Festival; the Museum of Modern Art; the New York Times; HBO; the Viennale; the International Film Festival Rotterdam; REDCAT; the Hammer Museum; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; PBS; and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. David received an MFA from the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts. He was the artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California San Diego.


Julie Henson was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work explores gender, power, and performance through American icons. Often focusing on female athletes, politicians, televangelists, and pop-stars, Henson explores how women, and their bodies, are portrayed in the media, bridging the gap between public image, myth, and reality. Henson has had solo exhibitions at Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles), the Columbia Museum of Art (South Carolina) and Yes Ma’am Projects (Denver). She has participated in numerous group shows at: the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art; the Torrance Art Museum; and the Visual Art Center at the University of Texas, Austin to name just a few. Henson’s work has been covered in Elephant Magazine, Artforum, and Hyperallergic, and she was a 2017 nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award.


Leslie Martinez is a multidisciplinary artist from La Grulla and La Victoria, Texas – small time-warped ghost towns in The Rio Grande Valley of the Texas-Mexican border. They were raised in Dallas, Texas, and travel regularly to and from these towns through one of the country’s deadliest U.S. CBP checkpoints. Through this experience, Leslie formed a critical understanding of xenophobic othering that would later develop into a curiosity in the structural backbone of the border’s poverty, segregation, militarized surveillance, and dehumanizing brutality. Their work currently explores these historical and embodied interests in abstracted notions of belonging and dis-belonging as they relate to shame and silence regarding sexual and gender queerness. Nuanced conceptual and sensorial parallels between these unsettled transitory spaces materialize through viscerally complex relationships to materials and their ability to defy expectations of gravity and tension. In 2018 they received an MFA from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut and in 2008, a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Recent group shows include Heads/Tails at Next to Nothing Gallery in New York City, Way Out Now at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, California, Kaleidoscope at Kravetz | Wehby Gallery in New York City, and Life and Living presented by Deli Gallery at Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center in Kingston, NY.


Andrew Mount uses painting, installation, digital imagery, software and sculpture to examine the symbols, forms and activity of finance and debt. He holds a BA in Painting from the University of Reading (UK), an MFA from Hunter College, and an EdD in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has exhibited his work extensively across the United States, including his solo exhibition “Epigraphs and Graphemes” at Abrons Art Center, NYC.


Pablo Rasgado’s interventions in urban spaces question the relationship between function and design, and the potential of inactive spaces within cities. Rasgado has exhibited at the 11ª Bienal do Mercosul (2018); Steve Turner LA (2017); XIII Bienal de Cuenca (2016); MOCAD (2015); Museo de arte Carrillo Gil (2014); LACMA (2013); the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia’s Collateral Events (2013); Herzlya Museum of Contemporary Art (2013); Casa del Lago (2012); Museo Experimental el Eco (2011); La Chambre Blanche (2011); and Museo de Arte Moderno (2010), among many others. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Programa Bancomer-MACG Grant, FONCA-CONACULTA Grant (2006, 2010, 2011 and 2017), the Mex Am Fellowship (2007), and has been an artist in residence at The MacDowell Colony (2015, 2018); Yaddo (2017); Art Omi (2016); The Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture (2015); Cité Internationale des Arts (2014); École Superier d’ Art et Design (2013); La Chambre Blanche in Quebec (2011); the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2009), and the Vermont Studio Center (2007). His work is included in various public collections, such as the Wattis Foundation in San Francisco; Perez Art Museum, Miami; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The artist lives and works in Mexico City.


Sarah G. Sharp is an artist and curator whose interests include alternative social histories, language, place, technology and craft. She is the recipient of a Getty Library Research Grant, and residency awards at SoHo20 Gallery Residency Lab, Joya at Cortijada Los Gázquez and The Vermont Studio Center. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been shown at The Aldrich Museum, Real Art Ways, Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Spring/Break Art Show, and Field Projects Gallery. She is the founder of The Tool Book Project, a multi-modal art project that provides a direct action platform for artists to share their work and raise funds for non-profit groups. Sarah holds a BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and an MFA in studio art and MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory from Purchase College, SUNY. She is Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and teaches in the MFA in Art Practice program at School of Visual Arts in New York. Sarah lives and works in Brooklyn and Baltimore.

MOCA Tucson’s 2018/19 Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by Amy Zuckerman

Click here to see the 2017/2018 Artists-in-Residence