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Call for Entries – Common Currents: Cleveland to Buffalo

June 28 @ 12:00 am - September 3 @ 11:59 pm

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A Joint Exhibition of Work by Visual Artists from Northeast Ohio & Western New York

Cleveland and Buffalo have much in common, and not just their addresses on Lake Erie. These two once-thriving industrial cities are both engaged in a 21st-century reboot with the visual arts playing a key role in this renewal. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and the Burchfield Penney Art Center are collaborating to develop a joint exhibition of work by Western New York and Northeast Ohio artists that will be exhibited in Cleveland April 10 – June 21, 2025 and in Buffalo July 11, 2025 – November 2, 2025.

The Exhibition

The open-ended theme of Common Currents, references life, vitality, new eyes and new ideas, change, remediation, renewal, growth and transformation not only in our environment but within our relationships and ourselves.

To be eligible, artists must be current residents of Northeast Ohio (Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties) or a current residents of Western New York state (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, and Monroe Counties)

Entry Guidelines

All Northeastern Ohio entries must be submitted through Smarter Entry at: https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr, select Common Currents: CLEVELAND TO BUFFALO

Western New York entries must be submitted through Smarter Entry at: https://bpac.co/n:5508

Up to 5 digital images of work created within the last five 5 years may be submitted. Submissions should include an artist statement related to the submitted work and artist’s practice and a brief bio and a resume. Entries must be received by September 3, 2024, at 11:59PM. There is no entry fee. Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.

Format: 72 dpi jpegs at a maximum of 1,280 pixels on the longest side. Upload via Smarter Entry portal. Clearly identify each image with: artist’s name, title, date of work, medium, size in inches (height x width x depth) or length for film and video.

Selection Process

Initial Entries will be taken by digital submission, with final curation of the exhibition done by Grace Chin, Executive Director of the Sculpture Center in Cleveland and Kyle Butler, Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Villa Maria College in Buffalo. Chin will select initial submissions from the Western New York, and Butler will select initial submissions from the Northeast Ohio. The curators together will then decide on final artists and schedule studio visits in both cites to make a final selection of works for the exhibition.

The curatorial staff of the exhibiting institutions reserve the right to remove any work that is not in proper presentable condition. The selected work must be available for the duration of the exhibition. The artist cannot provide a substitute for selected work. By submitting to this call for work artists grant AAWR & the Burchfield Penney permission to include your name as part of future mailings and announcements. If you would prefer to NOT be included on our mailing list, please notify us in writing.

Grace ChinGrace Chin is Executive Director of the Sculpture Center in Cleveland with over twenty years of experience as a development professional, arts manager, practicing artist, and business owner.  She began her career in New York with the American Symphony Orchestra and also held positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Whitney Museum of American Art and a number of other organizations during her career. Grace also owns and manages her own business, designing jewelry collections that have been presented in nationally recognized craft galleries and juried art exhibitions.  Chin holds a Bachelor of Arts in studio art / sculpture from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Arts Administration from Columbia University.

Kyle ButlerKyle Butler is an artist from Michigan currently living in Buffalo, New York. His two-dimensional work often uses contrarian formal systems, where procedural guidelines are formed and deformed throughout the development of a series. Butler’s work has been shown at the AKG Art Museum, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Exhibit A, and Lost Coast Culture Machine. In 2014, Butler was commissioned to execute a large performance piece for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. He has been featured in New American Paintings and is a Franklin Furnace Fund grant recipient. Kyle received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in painting from Central Michigan and his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo.


June 28 @ 12:00 am
September 3 @ 11:59 pm
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