CUC Fellows

What We Do

The CUC Fellows is an advanced-level program where teens work together to curate and create art exhibitions and projects. They hone their skills in visual and written communication, design, research, and leadership while working with other teens from across the region who share their interest in art and museums. Past projects include exhibitions featuring the works of Laura Owens, prints from Zygote Press, the CAN Triennial 2022, and WPA prints from the Cleveland Public Library.

The 2022–23 Project: The Sweet and Sour Animal Book

In about 1936, author and poet Langston Hughes (1901–1967) wrote The Sweet and Sour Animal Book, a collection of poetry for children. He collaborated with his friend, Karamu House artist Elmer W. Brown (1909–1971), who created the illustrations. For the next 20 years, they tried in vain to publish their picture book. In the early 1990s, Hughes’s revised manuscript was rediscovered and posthumously published. However, knowledge of the collaboration between Brown and Hughes was largely unknown until now.

In an exhibition at ARTneo, a museum specializing in regional art located in the 78th Street Studios in Cleveland, Hughes’s text and Brown’s images will be reunited. In partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s teens from the Currently Under Curation (CUC) program, ARTneo will present the exhibition A Sweet and Sour Journey with Elmer W. Brown and Langston Hughes (May 18–July 24, 2023). Located adjacent to the exhibition, the CUC fellows created an immersive, fanciful, colorful, interpretive reading space, inviting the public to engage with the words and images. 

The 2022–23 CUC fellows are Logan Fribley, Marin Hunter, Spencer Payton, Claire Pirnat, Shawna Polster, Mia Schmidt, Jacklyn Walker, and Ren Yoshioka.

If you have questions, please email teenprograms [at] clevelandart.org. We will open up applications for the 2023–24 CUC fellows cohort in late summer/early fall 2023.


1305 West 80th Street

Suite 016

Cleveland, OH 44102


Wednesday–Saturday, 12:00–5:00pm

Currently Under Curation is made possible with the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation. The exhibition is made possible with a generous grant from The Gund Foundation. 

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All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by an anonymous supporter, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.