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



2019 Lines of Descent (solo), The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio (1.25.2019 - 3.15.2019) (link)

2018 A Shadow as a Stain (group), ACRE Projects, Chicago, Illinois (11.2.2018 - 12.1.2018) (link) (gallery guide)

2018 Full Fathom Five (group), Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, Ohio (9.6.2018) (link)

2018 Ohio Artists for Freedoms (group), Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (8.31.2018) (link)

2018 Sowing Seeds of Discontent (solo), Fawick Gallery, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio (8.31.2018 - 9.21.2018) (link)

2018 Art Safiental (group), Safiental, Switzerland, (7.7.2018-10.21.2018) (link)

2018 Sticks & Stones (group), Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (6.15.2018 - 7.15.2018) (link

2018 Non//Sense (collaborative), Uncommon Senses 2, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (5.3.2018) (link)

2017 Dirt Rosary, Haptic Hesitations, Understanding the Senses: Past and Present, University of Bern, Switzerland (10.11.2017) (link)

2017 Positive Reinforcements (group), Theater Ninjas, Cleveland (9.15.2017-9.16.2017)

2017 Seen / Unseen / Not Seen (solo), Muted Horn, Cleveland (9.9.2017-10.29.2017) (link)

2017 Algal Erotica (group), Bazaarbeque 8, Forum Artspace, Cleveland (7.21.2017 - 8.18.2017)

2017 Chistes Mexicanos / Mexican Jokes (group), The First 100+ Days, SPACES, Cleveland (5.5.2017-6.30.2017) (link)

2017 Visiting My Cousins Uzura & Imori Gakure (group), H Space, Cleveland (7.29.2017)

2016 Visualising Geomorphology exhibition (group), British Society for Geomorphology Annual Meeting, Plymouth University (9.5.2016-9.7.2016)

2016 Underneath Is Before (collaborative), Geologic Cognition Society, SPACES (R&D), Cleveland (1.29.2016-3.25.2016) (link)

2016 Handbook for the Anthropocene Vol. 1-3 (group), People’s Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory, SPACES (11.20.2015 - 1.15.2016) (link)

2015 Improbable Oceans (solo) (business-as-form), Kickstarter, (4.21.2015 - 5.20.2015) (link)

2015 Virtual Places: Core Logging the Anthropocene in Real-Time, Association of American Geographers, Chicago (4.21.2015) (link, page 130)

2014 Spring Therapy:20 Multimodal Disorientation Environment (collaborative), Geologic Cognition Society, Cleveland MiniMaker Faire (3.29.2014) (link)



2019 Next Question: A Slowed Down Practice, Cleveland Sculptor’s Network Panel with Michelle Illuminato, Kelley O’Brien, & Elizabeth Emery (2.16.2019) (link)

2019 Landscaping the Deep Future. Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland (2.15.2019) (video)

2018 Artists on Art: Ryan Dewey on Alexis Rockman, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (11.17.2018) (link)

2018 Ohio Artists: Tools for Freedom, Art Academy of Cincinnati (9.6.2018) (link)

2018 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)

2016 Landscaping the Deep Future (10.28.2016) Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) (link & video)

2016 Salt in the Geologic Context of Cleveland (3.25.2016). Lecture at SPACES Gallery.

2015 Designing a Research-Based Practice (10.21.2015). Workshop at Cleveland Institute of Art. At invitation of Professor Kevin Kautenburger.

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

2014 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)

2014 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)


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

2016 Reflections on Binational Urbanism. Archinect. (link)

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

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

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


2019 “Midterm Evaluations, Swing State Aesthetics: Ohio Artists for Freedoms,” review by Harrod J. Suarez, American Quarterly. (in press)

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

2018 Bad At Sports, mention in episode 662 interview with Nathaniel Stern (start 51:05 end 51:40) (link)

2018 Aquamoon Special Projects (link)

2018 La Val Stussavgia ha carmalà il's artists by Donatella Bonifazi (television interview broadcast on Sil Punct, RTR, Switzerland) (7.9.2018) (clip)

2018 Strange Journey: Sticks and Stones at Heights Arts (review) (7.5.2018) (link)

2017 The Earth Issue (interview) (12.20.2017) (link)

2017 Love Letter #6 by Katherine Cooper (6.17.17) (link)

2017 Multiple mentions in Psychonomic Society blog posts by Anja Jamrozik, Psychonomic Society (4.17.17 - 5.18.17) (index page link)

2017 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)

2017 00:43:30 in Donna Haraway’s lecture at the San Francisco Art Institute (4.25.2017) (link)

2017 Studying the brain to create compelling museum experiences, by Andrea Goulet, We Are Museums (3.31.17) (link)

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

2016 Kid Art Review #8, by 10 year old Lila & SPACES (3.22.16) (link)

2016 Interview with Dee Perry on Sound of Applause, Ideastream (NPR affiliate) (2.17.2016) (link)

2015 Fancy Printing a Pizza? The Strange and Wonderful World of High-Tech Cooking, by Iain Cooper, Geek Squad (6.2.2015) (link)

2015 Orbital Operations, by Warren Ellis (5.2015) (link to a version of the newsletter)

2015 Supply Chain Seasoning, by Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography (5.1.2015) (link)

2014 MONU #20 on Geographical Urbanism released, (4.15.2014) (link)



2019 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (link)

2019 Montello Foundation Residency, Montello, Nevada (link)

2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

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

2018 Alps Art Academy, participation grant

2018 Alps Art Academy Interdisciplinary Land Art Residency (link)

2018 ACRE residency (link)

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

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

2015 Travel grant, Association of American Geographers



SLA, Copenhagen, Denmark (link)

Progressive Insurance


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

2015 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)

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


2012 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.



2014 Art & Affect, Cleveland Institute of Art

2012 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.

2011 Protecting Human Research Participants, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Certification.

2005 European Training Programme, UK. Course:Translation Methods.

2002 Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota. 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.



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

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

2018 The Sculpture Center Selected Sculptors for Emerging Artist series (link)

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

2016 SPACES First 100+ Days (link)

2016 SPACES Underneath Is Before (link)