RYAN DEWEY's post-disciplinary work addresses ecological & social issues by conjuring new tools and processes for collaboration with nature.




Hack the Experience: New Tools for Artists from Cognitive Science. (2018). Punctum Books, NYC. (publisher, Amazon) Ranked #10 on Amazon Best Seller list for Museum Studies books on 2/3/2019

Reflections on Binational Urbanism. (2016). Archinect. (link)

Hacking Remoteness through Viewpoint and Cognition. (2014). KERB #22, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. (KERB & full text)

Agency and the Multifaceted Stories of Hybrid Places. (cover story). (2014). MONU #20, Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (MONU & full text)

A Sense of Space: Conceptualization in Way-Finding and Navigation. (2012). Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio - research performed under National Park Service Scientific Research & Collecting Permit: CUVA-2011-SCI-0014 (permalink)


EXHIBITIONS & INTERVENTIONS (view upcoming exhibitions here)

Lines of Descent (solo), The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio (1.25.2019 - 3.15.2019) (link)

A Shadow as a Stain (group), ACRE Projects, Chicago, Illinois (11.2.2018 - 12.1.2018) (link) (gallery guide)

Full Fathom Five (group), Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, Ohio (9.6.2018) (link)

Ohio Artists for Freedoms (group), Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (8.31.2018) (link)

Sowing Seeds of Discontent (solo), Fawick Gallery, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio (8.31.2018 - 9.21.2018) (link)

Art Safiental (group), Safiental, Switzerland, (7.7.2018-10.21.2018) (link)

Sticks & Stones (group), Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (6.15.2018 - 7.15.2018) (link

Non//Sense (collaborative), Uncommon Senses 2, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (5.3.2018) (link)

Dirt Rosary (intervention performed by Arthur Russell), Haptic Hesitations, Understanding the Senses: Past and Present, University of Bern, Switzerland (10.11.2017) (link)

Positive Reinforcements (group), Theater Ninjas, Cleveland (9.15.2017-9.16.2017)

Seen / Unseen / Not Seen (solo), Muted Horn, Cleveland (9.9.2017-10.29.2017) (link)

Algal Erotica (group), Bazaarbeque 8, Forum Artspace, Cleveland (7.21.2017 - 8.18.2017)

Chistes Mexicanos / Mexican Jokes (group), The First 100+ Days, SPACES, Cleveland (5.5.2017-6.30.2017) (link)

Visiting My Cousins Uzura & Imori Gakure (group), H Space, Cleveland (7.29.2017)

Visualising Geomorphology exhibition (group), British Society for Geomorphology Annual Meeting, Plymouth University (9.5.2016-9.7.2016)

Underneath Is Before (collaborative), Geologic Cognition Society, SPACES (R&D), Cleveland (1.29.2016-3.25.2016) (link)

Handbook for the Anthropocene Vol. 1-3 (group), People’s Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory, SPACES (11.20.2015 - 1.15.2016) (link)

Improbable Oceans (solo) (business-as-form), Kickstarter, (4.21.2015 - 5.20.2015) (link)

Virtual Places: Core Logging the Anthropocene in Real-Time (intervention), Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago (4.21.2015) (link, page 130)

Spring Therapy: a Multimodal Disorientation Environment (collaborative), Geologic Cognition Society, Cleveland MiniMaker Faire (3.29.2014) (link)



Next Question: A Slowed Down Practice, Cleveland Sculptor’s Network Panel with Michelle Illuminato, Kelley O’Brien, and Elizabeth Emery (2.16.2019) (link)

Lunch on Friday, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland (2.15.2019)

Artists on Art: Ryan Dewey on Alexis Rockman, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (11.17.2018) (link)

Ohio Artists: Tools for Freedom, Art Academy of Cincinnati (9.6.2018) (link)

Looking to Geologic Pasts to Imagine Future Worlds, creative writing workshop at SPACES in collaboration with Sara Black, Amber Ginsburg, and Charles Oberndorf (1.5.2018) (link)

Landscaping the Deep Future (10.28.2016) Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) (link & video)

Salt in the Geologic Context of Cleveland (3.25.2016). Lecture at SPACES Gallery.

Designing a Research-Based Practice (10.21.2015). Workshop at Cleveland Institute of Art. At invitation of Professor Kevin Kautenburger.

Environment, Art, and Engaged Practice (Fall 2014). Critic at Cleveland Institute of Art. At invitation of Professor Kevin Kautenburger.

Cognition & Design (COGS 205) at Case Western Reserve University (Fall 2014). Teaching assistant, occasional lecturer, and workshop facilitator. At invitation of Professor Todd Oakley. (course description)

Being There: Attention and Anticipation in Film. (with Caleb Brown). Screening Scholarship Media Festival (3.2.2014) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.



Geologic Cognition Society (2013-Present)

Non//Sense (2018-Present)



The Drive, Snowdance Independent Film Festival, Bavaria, Germany (2019) (link)(project link)

Bad At Sports, mention in episode 662 interview with Nathaniel Stern (start 51:05 end 51:40) (link)

Aquamoon Special Projects (link)

La Val Stussavgia ha carmalà il's artists by Donatella Bonifazi (television interview broadcast on Sil Punct, RTR, Switzerland) (7.9.2018) (clip)

Strange Journey: Sticks and Stones at Heights Arts (review) (7.5.2018) (link)

The Earth Issue (interview) (12.20.2017) (link)

Love Letter #6 by Katherine Cooper (6.17.17) (link)

Multiple mentions in Psychonomic Society blog posts by Anja Jamrozik, Psychonomic Society (4.17.17 - 5.18.17) (index page link)

Spaces takes on Trump's 100 days in witty artistic critiques of immigration policy (photos, video), by Steven Litt, Cleveland Plain Dealer (5.5.17) (link to version)

00:43:30 in Donna Haraway’s lecture at the San Francisco Art Institute (4.25.2017) (link)

Studying the brain to create compelling museum experiences, by Andrea Goulet, We Are Museums (3.31.17) (link)

page 181 in Donna J Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble, Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Duke University Press, 2016) (link)

Kid Art Review #8, by 10 year old Lila & SPACES (3.22.16) (link)

Interview with Dee Perry on Sound of Applause, Ideastream (NPR affiliate) (2.17.2016) (link)

Fancy Printing a Pizza? The Strange and Wonderful World of High-Tech Cooking, by Iain Cooper, Geek Squad (6.2.2015) (link)

Orbital Operations, by Warren Ellis (5.2015) (link to a version of the newsletter)

Supply Chain Seasoning, by Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography (5.1.2015) (link)

MONU #20 on Geographical Urbanism released, (4.15.2014) (link)



Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2019)

Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] project sponsorship (2019)

Alps Art Academy, participation grant (2018)

ACRE residency (2017) (link)

Ohio Arts Council, Special Project Funding for installation at SPACES (2016)

Cargill Deicing Technologies, Cleveland Mine, project sponsorship for installation at SPACES (2016)

Travel grant, Association of American Geographers (2015) 



SLA, Copenhagen, Denmark (link)

Progressive Insurance


BFA Committee Member for Megan See, Ceramics, Cleveland Institute of Art (2017). (link)

Visiting Researcher, Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University (2014-2015). At invitation of Professor Todd Oakley (conducted self-directed research & teaching assistant, see below). (link)

Visiting Researcher, Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University (2012-2013). At invitation of Professor Todd Oakley (conducted self-directed research). (link)


MA - Cognitive Linguistics, Case Western Reserve University (2010-2012), Cleveland, Ohio - graduated with 4.0 (the highest possible mark), thesis advisors: Todd Oakley, Mark Turner, Fey Parrill. Emphasis on human attention, visual rhetoric, and spatial organization.



Art & Affect, Cleveland Institute of Art (Summer 2014)

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics (EMCL 6), Case Western Reserve University (8.1.2012 - 8.5.2012). Part of working group on aesthetics of Figure-Ground organization with Michele Feist and Seanna Coulson.

Protecting Human Research Participants, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Certification, (6.22.2011).

European Training Programme, UK, (Summer 2005). Course:Translation Methods.

Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota, (Summer 2002). Courses: Discourse Analysis, Semantics, Advanced Phonology.


Communications (2010-present) - managed and directed communications projects for non-profit organizations (content development, editing, websites, email marketing, print). I am available for freelance, long-term contract, and remote work. Contact me here

Founder & Principal, GEOLOGIC COGNITION SOCIETY (2013-present) - organized an art collaborative focused on reconnecting people to nature by building experiences and site-specific installations that play with emotion and perception in effort to shape collective experience of place. Find out more: GEOCOG.ORG.

Systems Architect (2006-2010) - built tightly integrated ontologies in an object-oriented database to model complex adaptive systems of varying scales (from products to enterprises). Developed proficiency in function modeling by adapting principles from ethnographic methods to business process modeling and requirements management.

Language Development Fieldwork - Nigeria (2005-2006) - conducted workshops with a team of linguists to facilitate local efforts for 10 languages with projects ranging from orthography (alphabet development) to discourse-level semantics and translation.

Anthropology Fieldwork - Papua New Guinea (Summer 2001) - conducted participant observation, ethnographic interviews and participant observation of horticultural and ethnobotanical practices.



ACRE Projects: A Shadow As A Stain 2018 (link)

Punctum Books: Hack the Experience: New Tools for Artists from Cognitive Science 2018 (link)

The Sculpture Center Selected Sculptors for Emerging Artist series 2019 (link)

The Art Academy of Cincinnati Presents Ohio Artists for Freedoms 2018 (link)

SPACES First 100+ Days 2016 (link)

SPACES Underneath Is Before 2016 (link)