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 can 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.

The 2022–23 Project

For the 2022–23 CUC Fellows cohort, five to ten teens will create the Sweet and Sour Animal Book exhibition and reading room, opening in spring 2023 at ARTneo, a small museum devoted to regional art located in the 78th Street Studios.

The Sweet and Sour Animal Book was written in the 1930s by Langston Hughes (1902–1967) and illustrated by Cleveland artist Elmer William Brown (1909–1971). It was unpublished in their lifetimes, and the story of their collaboration was lost until now. This exhibition reunites text and images. The interpretive reading room, inspired by the exhibition, will be planned, designed, and created by the CUC fellows.

When and Where We Meet

Meetings will be at the CMA, via Zoom, or at ARTneo at the 78th Street Studios.

  • Saturday, October 29, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, and 30, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, December 7 and 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, January 11, 18, and 25, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, February 1 and 8, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays, February 11, 18, and 25, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, March 4 and 11, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 5, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays, May 6 and 13, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 19, 4:00–8:00 p.m.—Exhibition Opening

Program Benefits

  • Guest speakers including artists, curators, and other art professionals
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the CMA
  • Stipend for program participation
  • Letters of recommendation for college applications

If you have questions, please email teenprograms [at] clevelandart.org.

Currently Under Curation is made possible with the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation.

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