Exhibitions & Events

A Message From AAWR’s Board President Stuart Pearl

Every great organization builds on the visionary labor of its founders and the ongoing support of its members. AAWR is no different. We want to thank all of our volunteers, donors, exhibition attendees and supporters for helping us get through these difficult times. I also personally want to recognize Cleveland’s front line healthcare and essential workers. They are making great sacrifices for our community and are deeply appreciated. The health of our people is crucial. To insure this our staff began working remotely on March 24th under the Governor’s stay at home order.... (read more)

Summer 2020 Internship

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is offering a paid internship for Summer 2020 through the Studio Institute. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is found, or the program begins in July. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS


Call for Entry NewNow 2020 | Deadline July 18

Timothy Gaewsky, In Our Lonely Minds (Detail), Acrylic, latex house paint on cradled wood panel

Timothy Gaewsky, In Our Lonely Minds (Detail), Acrylic, latex house paint on cradled wood panel

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRY for the NewNow2020, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition. This multi-media juried show will be judged by Cat Sheridan, the curator of the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery. Cash awards of $750, $500, and 2 awards for $250 will be given out by the juror, and 2 additional awards will be chosen by popular vote at the opening reception. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ENTRY DETAILS!


2020 Annual Members Exhibition | Mar 27 - June 27

2020 Annual Members Exhibition Preview

Satellite Exhibition | Cleveland Convention Center | Table for Two: Harriet Ballard Moore & Patricia Zinsmeister Parker | Feb 11 - Jan 2021

(L) Ballard, Comida San Miguel, Oil (R) Parker, Cabernet Sauvignon (Detail), MM


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DONATE NOW! Archiving Diversity Initiative

Charles Sallée, Untitled (Head of a Woman- Detail), Oil on canvas, Collection of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Keep seeing! As a continuation of seenUNseen 's mission to increase the visibility of Ohio's African American artists, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve has established a fund to overcome financial barriers that can inhibit regional artists of color from archiving their work. Managed by the Cleveland Foundation, this fund seeks to diversify AAWR’s permanent collection, creating a more equitable representation of Ohio’s rich visual culture. To donate- visit the Cleveland foundation website (Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Artists of Color Fund), call our offices 216.721.9020, or send a check to the Artists Archives of Archives, 1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland OH 44106, with “Archiving Diversity” in the memo.

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Archives Speak Postcard

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) presents The Archives Speak.

The Archives Speak is our landmark publication and  the definitive information source guide for our first 62 Archived Artists. The book contains the Archived Artists’ portraits, biographical information, career information, and examples of their artwork.  Written by Rotraud Sackerlotzky & Roger Welchans. Copyright © 2014

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