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MOCA Cleveland appoints Courtenay Finn as chief curator, succeeding Andria Hickey

September 21, 2018

MOCA Cleveland appoints Courtenay Finn as chief curator, succeeding Andria Hickey

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland announced Friday that Courtenay Finn, senior curator at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO, will succeed Andria Hickey as its chief curator.

Hickey, who joined MOCA Cleveland two years ago, announced in June that she would leave to take a post as the new senior curator and director at Pace Gallery in New York.

Finn, who has worked in Aspen since 2014, is a 2005 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, with a Bachelors in Fiber and Material Studies, MOCA Cleveland said in a new release. She also holds a master’s degree in curatorial practice from The California College of the Arts.

“Cleveland shaped my formative belief in the power of art and fostered my commitment to being an active and engaged advocate for artists,” Finn said in the MOCA news release.

“I am looking forward to immersing myself in Cleveland’s vibrant, rich, and culturally diverse communities, and actively participating in a larger dialogue about the role that artists and MOCA can play within the city,” she said.

Jill Snyder, the museum’s executive director, said in the news release that, “Courtenay joins MOCA at an auspicious moment, as the Museum approaches its 50th Anniversary. We anticipate her unique vision and international reputation will support our efforts to advance MOCA’s global profile, while her familiarity and passion for Cleveland will be the catalyst for new collaborations within the region.”

Before joining the Aspen museum, Finn was the Curator at Art in General, a New York-based nonprofit, where she commissioned new work by artists Lisa Oppenheim & Lisa Tan, Letha Wilson, and Katrin Sigurdardottir, among others.

Finn will lead MOCA’s newly established Gund Foundation Curatorial Fellowship, a two-year appointment for an emerging curator from an underrepresented community in the contemporary art and museum fields, the museum said.

“MOCA joins museums including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in recognizing and taking steps to change the lack of diversity in our field,” the museum’s deputy director Megan Lykins Reich, said in the news release.

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