Press Release
Museum of Contemporary
Art Detroit 

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2017



Detroit, MI...Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) announced today that Jova Lynne has been named Ford Curatorial Fellow at MOCAD. Lynne will begin her fellowship in January 2018.

The Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit (MOCAD) has been awarded a grant from the Ford Foundation to support two Curatorial Fellows. “A profound thank you to the Ford Foundation for their support of this new prestigious fellowship. Without their support, this fellowship could not have been realized. Museum education can be, and should be, re-invented to be at the service of young people. My educational philosophy is central to program development at MOCAD, I believe that a robust arts education-including learning by doing-is critical to building future artists, curators, scholars, museum professionals, change makers, writers, audiences, and engaged citizens. We aim especially to create a more equitable education,” stated Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder.

"The Ford Foundation is proud to continue support for MOCAD’s efforts to develop a more equitable and inclusive pipeline of curators and arts leaders in Detroit’s vibrant cultural sector,” said Margaret Morton, Program Officer of the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression program. "This initiative has already enriched MOCAD’s programming and provided a critical platform for innovative practice and presentation at this important arts space.”   

The Ford Curatorial Fellowship provides recent graduates in the field with important professional experience. "MOCAD is a pillar in the arts community here in Detroit and I am incredibly excited to be a Ford curatorial fellow. I look forward to working with a team dedicated to showcasing the works of world-class artists while exploring intersections between local, national and international themes. I feel grateful to be given the opportunity to meet local artists while investigating and curating around the most important questions the contemporary art world faces today. I hope to come out of this fellowship with a strengthened understanding of the robust ways in which curation impacts the balance between exhibitions, public programs and education in broadening the reach of the institution to the public,” says Jova Lynne.

The intended outcome of this Fellowship is to develop and deepen curatorial research in the Southeast Michigan among the artists who live and work in the region. The Fellowship produces an exhibition accompanied by a publication, an expansive exhibition, and several public programs that put diversity first and foremost in the discourse. The Curatorial Fellowship is centered in the Education and Public Engagement and Exhibitions Departments, but crosses into all departments at MOCAD. With extensive professional development mentoring, the Fellowship program is overseen by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, MOCAD’s Executive Director, Zeb Smith, Exhibitions Manager, and Amy Corle, Curator of Education and Public Engagement. MOCAD sees the Curatorial Fellowship as core to the mission of the Museum, which is to be where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual, literary, music, and performing arts. A responsive center for diverse audiences, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture, pushing us to the edges of contemporary experience.

About Jova Lynne  
Jova Lynne is a transdisciplinary artist and curator of Jamaican and Colombian heritage based out of Detroit, Michigan. Born and raised in New York City in a household of artists and musicians, Jova graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in Video Art and Education. She has worked at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, NY as well as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA where she first discovered her passion for curation. Jova is a grantee of the Astraea Foundation's Global Arts Fund, which has supported her work on media based projects in Kingston, Jamaica and Berlin, Germany in addition to her work in Detroit. As a co-founder of Black Artists Meet Up-Detroit, Jova is dedicated to creating space for artists to offer each other support, and address their needs. Jova moved to Detroit in 2015 to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art which she completed in May of 2017 and is excited to join the MOCAD team.


Elysia Borowy-Reeder
Executive Director

MOCAD Support 

MOCAD exhibitions and public programs are supported by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation.

MOCAD Operations are supported by Masco Corporation Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Quicken Loans, the J. Christopher and Anne Reyes Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

MOCAD's 2016-2021 Strategic Planning Initiative is funded in part by a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation.​

Funding to support the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large, Jens Hoffmann, is provided by the Susanne Feld Hilberry Endowment for the Arts.

Curatorial support is provided by Noreen Khalid Ahmad.

The Ford Curatorial Fellows at MOCAD are supported by the Ford Foundation.

MOCAD Capital support is provided by the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs and Audio Rescue Team.

Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead is commissioned by Artangel in association with MOCAD, LUMA Foundation and Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts with the generous support of the Artangel International Circle. Support for Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and the MOCAD Leadership Circle.

The J. Christopher and Anne Reyes Foundation has generously provided support for education and outreach.

The ESB/SKS Junior Docents and other educational programs are supported by the Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.

MOCAD Youth​ ​Programs are graciously funded by the the​ ​John S. and James L.​ ​Knight Foundation, Neiman Marcus, the Applebaum Family Compass Fund, MGM Resorts Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs, and MGM Grand Detroit.

MOCAD would like to thank our Leadership Circle (Jennifer and David Fischer, Elyse and David Foltyn, Linda Dresner and Ed Levy, Marsha and Jeffrey Miro, Roz and Scott Jacobson, Sonia and Keith Pomeroy, Sandy Seligman and Gil Glassberg, and, Julie Reyes Taubman and Robert Taubman) for making these programs possible: Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, Lectures, Poetry, Performance Art, Exhibitions, Film, DEPE Space, Music, Family Day, Public Programming, Education, Literature, and Museum Operations.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is an innovative addition to Detroit's vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement. The Museum is located between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University, and the College for Creative Studies. The cavernous 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, has been simply renovated to maintain its raw historic character. MOCAD’s ambitious series of public programs includes lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for area youth. Mobile Homestead, by late artist Mike Kelley, is a permanent art work located on the grounds of the Museum. It is both a public sculpture and a private, personal construction – based on the artist's childhood home on Palmer Road in Westland. The ground floor serves as a community event space by and for a diverse public, as Kelley intended. MOCAD is generously supported by individual members, private and corporate foundations, and government agencies. More information can be found at
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