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2022 Annual Members Exhibition

March 24 @ 5:30 pm - May 6 @ 7:00 pm

  • 2022 Members Exhibition with exhibiting artist Myrya Johnson. Photo by Stuart Pearl
    2022 Members Exhibition with exhibiting artist Myrya Johnson. Photo by Stuart Pearl

Press Release:

Opening Reception: Thursday March 24, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Annual Members Meeting: Friday, May 6, 5:30 – 6:30pm. All current members are welcome to attend!
Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 6, 7:00 – 8:00pm (following the Annual Meeting)


If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the value of community. Though many artists continued to work in isolation, the ability to connect and share our creative souls has never felt more important. This March, join the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) for the return of its Annual Members Exhibition, a show which celebrates the breadth and depth of the region’s artistic talent.


In addition to the 93 artists archived in the museum’s permanent collection, the Artists Archives is comprised of hundreds of member artists who form the backbone of the organization. This yearly exhibition accepts 1 piece from each active member and weaves them in a rich tapestry which spans the gallery walls. Now in its 8th year, the show’s popularity requires that entries are limited to 24 inches in any direction.


Ranging from painting and photography to ceramics and mixed media installations, each piece serves as a unique snapshot of life in Northeast Ohio. Visitors may nominate their favorite work for a People’s Choice Award until the end of the exhibition, when the four artists with the most votes will receive awards and cash prizes.


The 2022 Annual Members Exhibition is exclusively open to artists with active AAWR memberships. To become a member and to take advantage of this unique exhibition opportunity, please call our offices at 216-721-9020 or become a member online.


The show will be celebrated with an in-person opening reception on Thursday March 24th 5:30 – 8:00pm. A Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6th, 7:00 – 8:00pm following the Annual Meeting, at which time, the winners of the People’s Choice Awards will be announced. No registration necessary. Both events are free and open to the public.


The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is handicap accessible and is willing to accommodate all people including those with special needs. Visitors with special needs are encouraged to contact us before coming to AAWR, so that we can ensure your visit is fulfilling and enjoyable.  View available services. To schedule your visit, please call 216-721-9020 or email info@artistsarchives.org


Exhibition Programming:

Virtual Program: Travels to Taiwan with Karen D. Beckwith: Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 – 8:00pm on Zoom. REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Workshops: Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing. Registration link coming soon!

  • Smartphone Session: Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 – 6:30pm at the Artists Archives
  • Desktop/Laptop Session: Saturday, April 30, 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Artists Archives


To accompany the exhibition, the Archives will host a virtual program with Archived Artist Karen D. Beckwith which chronicles her journey through Taiwan to participate in Print Out Times, the prestigious 2021 Taoyuan International Print Exhibition. During the 45-minute presentation, follow the master printmaker from the mountains of Keelung to the ancient streets of Tainan as she gathers source material for a compelling new body of work which captures the everyday stories of life in Southeast Asia. A live audience Q & A will complete the program. To attend the free talk on Wednesday, April 6th, please register on Zoom.


This April, the Archives will also host Digital Dilemmas: Photo Editing, two free, small-group workshops which teach artists the basics of photo editing, including cropping, skewing, resizing, and simple image enhancement. These skills will help artists to create more effective digital portfolios of their work and to remove barriers preventing them from entering exhibitions which require online submission. Sessions will be offered for both smartphones and desktop software! The workshops will be held at the Artists Archives on April 27th and April 30th.  Additional details and registration links coming soon!


Members Exhibition Call for Entry: 

The call for entry for 2022 Annual Members Exhibition is now over. Interested in participating next year? Take a look at this year’s prospectus below.


Exhibiting artists must be current members of the Artists Archives through June 1st, 2022.  To check your membership status or to renew, call our office 216.721.9020. You can also renew your membership here.

Not a member yet? Become a member online or call 216.721.9020 to speak to our staff!


Exhibition Schedule:

  • Drop-off Dates:
    • Tuesday, March 8 – Friday, March 11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
    • Saturday, March 12, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
    • By appointment with Director Mindy Tousley, 216-721-9020, mindy@artistsarchives.org
  • Show Dates: March 24 – May 6, 2022
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 24th 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Annual Members Meeting: Friday, May 6th 5:30 – 6:30pm. All current members are welcome to attend!
  • Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 6th, 7:00 – 8:00pm. Open to the public, directly following the Annual Meeting. Exhibiting artists may pick up their work following the reception.
  • Pickup Dates:
    • Friday, May 6, following the Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony at 8:00pm
    • Saturday, May 7, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Tuesday, May 10 – Thursday, May 12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
    • By appointment with Director Mindy Tousley, 216-721-9020, mindy@artistsarchives.org


Work Requirements:

  • One piece will be accepted from each AAWR member in good standing.
  • All work will be hung salon-style
  • Size will be restricted to 24” maximum in any direction (including frame).
  • All media accepted. 3-D work welcome. 2-D work must be delivered ready to hang
  • All work must be original & previously unshown at the AAWR
  • No giclée or other reproductions of works made originally in other mediums


Exhibition Details:

  • There is no entry fee for this exhibition
  • People’s Choice Awards: Exhibition attendees may vote for their favorite piece during regular gallery hours (W-F: 10am – 4pm; Sat: 12:00pm – 4:00pm) until Friday, May 6 at 4:00pm. The four artists with the most votes will receive awards and cash prizes. Winners will be announced during Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 6th, 7:00 – 8:00pm, following the Annual Meeting
  • Loan Agreement: Each artist is required to fill out a loan agreement upon drop-off of work. Artists may fill out the paperwork ahead of time (link below) and bring it with their piece or fill the form out upon arrival. We will have copies on hand.
  • Sale of Artwork: If the artist so chooses, work can be available for sale. The Artists Archives takes a 40% commission on all sold works, to be paid within 30 days after the close of the exhibition.
  • Insurance: Works will be insured while part of the exhibition
  • Image Rights: AAWR has the right to use images of the work for any and all promotional purposes during the exhibition and in the future.


Questions? Contact Megan Alves, Marketing & Programing Manager, at 216.721.9020, info@artistsarchives.org, or Mindy Tousley, mindy@artistsarchives.org.


Download a PDF of the 2022 Annual Members Exhibition Prospectus here


March 24 @ 5:30 pm
May 6 @ 7:00 pm
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