Joseph O’Sickey in Retrospect

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to present Joseph O’Sickey in Retrospect, an exhibition of 27 significant paintings and drawings by the important and dynamic modernist. Curated by Executive Director Mindy Tousley, the show features the Archives’ latest acquisitions from the artist’s estate, including exuberant scenes of racetracks and zoos, scintillating still-lifes and lush scenes of his own wild paradise in Twin Lakes, Ohio.

 

Joseph O’Sickey in Retrospect will be on view until December 16, 2023 at The Cleveland Convention Center Art Gallery, 1 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland (Door is labeled Global Center for Health Innovation).  The Gallery is located in the C2 Concourse.  Attendees can also enter the Gallery using the tunnel from the Huntington Self-Park Garage, located off of West Third Street (1141 West 3rd, Cleveland, OH 44114). Gallery Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm and during special events.

 

The Artists Archives would like to officially thank Eileen Roth of Art Source Inc. & Dave Johnson of the Huntington Convention Center for their continued support and making the show possible.

 


Didactic written for the exhibition by Executive Director & Curator Mindy Tousley:

Joseph O’Sickey (1918 – 2013), was an artist his whole life. He grew up as the second of five children in a Polish – American family. While his mother worked outside the home, his immigrant grandmother encouraged him to draw as a child, and he became fascinated with birds. This turned into a life-long interest in drawing birds as well as horses, circus, and zoo animals.

His family moved from Detroit to Cleveland when Joseph was four years old. As a young child attending The Charles Dickens Elementary School on Cleveland’s east side, he was exposed to original watercolors by Cleveland masters such as Paul Travis, Frank N. Wilcox, and Bill Coombes. O’Sickey later attended East Tech High School and graduated from The Cleveland School (now Cleveland Institute of Art) in 1940. As an undergraduate, he studied with Travis and many of the other now renowned Cleveland School artists; Henry Keller, Frank Wilcox, William Eastman, Carl Gaertner, Rolf Stoll, Kenneth Bates, and Victor Schreckengost. Undoubtedly their influence helped shape his artistic eye, and his own personal philosophy of making art, and to paraphrase Plain Dealer art critic Steven Litt, he is widely viewed as a member of the Cleveland School, a group of artists whose work bridged traditional impressionism and modernism in the first half of the 20th century.

 

In March of 1941, he was drafted into the Army where he spent 26 months of his four years and ten months in service overseas in Africa, India and Burma. Since it was difficult to obtain painting materials, O’Sickey focused on drawing with whatever medium and paper was available. He credits this time and his lack of art materials as the thing that really taught him how to draw. Upon his return from the war, in 1946 Joseph met and fell in love with the woman, who would remain his wife, fellow artist, and muse for the next 60 years, Algesia D’ Agostino.

 

O’Sickey had a long career as a teacher at several different universities. From his first job at Ohio State University until his retirement from Kent State in 1989, he instilled in his pupils the need to draw directly from life, the lesson he himself had learned during WW II. While teaching at OSU he befriended an Ohio artist who would later become internationally famous, Roy Lichtenstein. He and Lichtenstein visited New York City together, where they both viewed the work of the Abstract Expressionists with some distaste. They each reacted to this experience, and art movement, in different ways. Lichtenstein would go on to become famous as a Pop Art artist residing in New York, and O’Sickey would return to Cleveland where he vowed to make art only from what he could see directly around him in his life.

 

O’Sickey felt strongly that rather than change the way he created art in order to succumb to the lure of fame or fit into a derivative path of Art History that held no interest for him, he would strive to originate aesthetically beautiful works that brought him and his viewers pleasure. He chose, in effect to be inspired by his everyday life, and the natural beauty of life surrounding him.

 

He proceeded to use all of the above mentioned lifelong artistic influences to create the stunning paintings that have been loved by all here in Northeast Ohio. O’Sickey based his lush colorful paintings on his homes, studios, and gardens in Twin Lakes Ohio, and Deer Island Maine. He continued his fascination with animals, visiting zoos, racetracks and circuses, and of course he painted his beloved wife Algesia, and their son Joel.

 

Besides his career as a teacher, he had a successful career as a professional painter, with two NY galleries selling his work from 1963 until 1994, and subsequently sold works through the Vixseboxse Art Gallery in Cleveland Heights, and the Bonfoey Gallery in downtown Cleveland. O’Sickey won the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1974, received a 2013 Governors Awards for the Arts , and participated in over 50 solo exhibitions throughout his life. His work was selected for 24 May shows between 1938 and 1977, and can be found in the collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Canton Museum of Art, Ohio; Westmoreland Museum of Art, PA; Butler Museum of American Art, Ohio; Roy Lichtenstein Collection; Leonard Baskin Collection; and the Columbus Museum of Art, GA.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve was one of the beneficiaries of Joseph and Algesia O’Sickey’s estate, and we are extremely proud to have the received the works by Joseph O’Sickey, in 2022, that you see displayed here today in the Convention Center Gallery. We are proud to share these works with the thousands of people that will pass through this gallery in 2023. Enjoy!

 

Mindy Tousley
AAWR Executive Director 1.18.2023

Remembering John Jackson: A Community Gathering

  • Sculpture working on tall vertical sculpture made from scraps
    John Jackson with his Work, Collection of Helen Zakin

 

In 2006, the art world was rocked by the double homicide of sculptor John Jackson and photographer Masumi Hayashi in the building where they lived and kept studios on the West Side of Cleveland. While nearly two decades later the tragedy of their deaths still looms large, what truly endures of an artist is the work they leave behind and the people whose lives they have touched.

 

 

To accompany the exhibition Against Gravity: Remembering John Jackson, the Artists Archives will host a talk and community gathering in memory of the late artist. On Saturday, February 11, 1:00 – 2:00pm, join John Jackson’s sister, Helen Zakin, as she reflects on his remarkable life and vibrant artistic practice.

 

 

The event will also feature important members of Northeast Ohio’s creative community, including Liz Maugans and Susan Squires as well as fellow Archived Artists Mindy Tousley and Douglas Max Utter, who will share their unique insights on his work and their stirring memories.

 

 

Those who knew John are also invited to contribute their memories and stories to the conversation in a casual, community-oriented setting.

 

 

To attend the free program, please register on Eventbrite

 

 

Need special accommodations? We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve has been proudly certified as a Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities “ALL means ALL” organization. All people deserve to have equal access to and be equal participants in all aspects of community life. This includes where a person chooses to live, learn, work, and play. Cuyahoga DD’s ALL means ALL initiative provides guidance on actions businesses should take to ensure that they are welcoming of all people and able to support their inclusion in all activities, programs and events. To learn more about the ALL means ALL initiative, visit the Cuyahoga DD website.

Against Gravity: Remembering John Jackson

  • John Jackson, Bust, Wood, metal, 47 x 9.5", Collection of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
    John Jackson, Bust, Wood, metal, 47 x 9.5", Collection of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

 

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 27, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Remembering John Jackson: A Community Gathering:
Saturday, February 11, 1:00 – 2:00pm. REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE

 

In 2006, the art world was rocked by the double homicide of sculptor John Jackson and photographer Masumi Hayashi in the building where they lived and kept studios on the West Side of Cleveland. While nearly two decades later the tragedy of their deaths still looms large, what truly endures of an artist is the work they leave behind – work which in the case of John Jackson, is faithfully preserved and promoted by museums such as the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

This January, the Artists Archives will present Against Gravity: Remembering John Jackson, an exhibition which honors the memory and lasting visual legacy of the cerebral and experimental artist. Known for his assemblage sculptures and modernist paintings and drawings which tap into the subconscious, the show will feature 30 works, some of which will be exhibited in public for the first time since Jackson’s death.

 

A child of the rust belt, Jackson attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in the mid-70s, concentrating on painting and drawing. From there, he moved to Philadelphia where he started a business as a historical carpenter and began to develop an interest in sculpting in the round. His profession also imbued his creative practice with a sense of craftsmanship and precision, and forever set his core material as wood, though this attraction would take many forms from painting on wood panels, to traditional carving and the use of found objects.

 

It wasn’t until Jackson’s return to Cleveland in 1992 that he caught the assemblage bug in earnest, using the region’s decaying infrastructure as both a subject of his art and as a rich source of raw materials. “I view cities, for better or worse, as the locus of the culture,” Jackson explained. “Cleveland’s industrial landscape is fertile ground for anyone that shares my enthusiasm.” On display in Against Gravity will be a selection of Jackson’s tower-like sculptures, obelisks of factory waste which push upwards against the forces of entropy to produce, as Jackson described it, “pieces with a verticality and symmetry characteristic of a figure.”  Shown collectively, they create the effect of a garden of makeshift Brâncușis, sprouting with willful determination from the city’s slag-filled soil.

 

Jackson’s return to Cleveland also was marked by his participation in NewCelle, an experimental drawing group with fellow members Bea Mitchell and the mercurial Ed Mieczkowski of Op Art fame.  Informed by the science of chaos, the study of consciousness and the Surrealist practice of psychic automatism, the group took turns intuitively drawing within a cell-like form. In strict adherence to these principals, NewCelle chose to intently focus on the property of line. Jackson explained, “we decided that LINE, the singular domain of drawing, was our subject; and that other properties – color, texture and value–would assume minor roles, if any.” The exhibition will feature two of these sizeable collaborations, as well as several solo drawings by Jackson whose budding knobs and looping protrusions suggest the group’s profound influence.

 

The multiple paintings on display in Against Gravity form an aesthetic bridge between Jackson’s drawings and his sculptural oeuvre. Works like Untitled (Building) provide a cipher for understanding the impact of Cleveland’s post-manufacturing environment on his abstract work, with ramshackle geometric planes emerging through soot-tinged washes of color. Other pieces, such as Dance of Line, physically lift the line from the painting’s face, using a suspended wire to create a 3D effect which blurs the boundaries between media. Perhaps of most historical note, are several early watercolors which afford sweeping views of factories against grey-toned skies and foreshadow his use of industrial structures in years to come.

 

It is Jackson’s fearless ability to pursue an idea across form and media which is the hallmark of his artistic talent. The combination of his paintings, drawings and sculptures featured in Against Gravity: Remembering John Jackson captures his seeker’s spirit and provides a rare glimpse into his world several decades in the making – a fitting tribute for his faithful followers and a perfect introduction for neophytes alike. Jackson’s work will be on view until March 11.

 

To accompany the exhibition, Remembering John Jackson: A Community Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 11, 1:00 – 2:00pm. Join Helen Zakin, the sister of Archived Artist John Jackson as she reflects about his work and shares her memories about his remarkable life. Those who knew John are also invited to contribute their memories and stories to the conversation in a community-oriented setting. To attend the free program, please register on Eventbrite

 


The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to officially thank and acknowledge Achala Wali who donated her collection of John Jackson’s work to the museum in 2019. Without her collection and tireless efforts to preserve John Jackson’s visual legacy, this show would not be possible.


 

Need special accommodations? We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve has been proudly certified as a Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities “ALL means ALL” organization. All people deserve to have equal access to and be equal participants in all aspects of community life. This includes where a person chooses to live, learn, work, and play. Cuyahoga DD’s ALL means ALL initiative provides guidance on actions businesses should take to ensure that they are welcoming of all people and able to support their inclusion in all activities, programs and events. To learn more about the ALL means ALL initiative, visit the Cuyahoga DD website.

Stuart Pearl Artist Talk @ Kendal

Stuart Pearl, Frozen Vernal Pool, 2017, Digital photograph, 12 x 18”, Collection of the AAWR

Stuart Pearl, Frozen Vernal Pool, 2017, Digital photograph, 12 x 18”, Collection of the AAWR

 

To accompany the satellite exhibition Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl at Kendal, an in-person artist talk will be held on Friday, January 6th, beginning at 4pm. During the 45-minute PowerPoint presentation, Pearl will share the stories behind the stunning images on display, as well as show additional works which trace the trajectory of his career from his documentary roots through his contemporary urban landscapes and illusory abstract studies. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q & A.

 

The program will be held in the Heiser Auditorium at Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Dr, Oberlin, OH 44074. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees should check in at the kiosk just inside the main entrance and wear masks while they are inside the building. No registration required.

 

Additional questions? Contact Kendal at Oberlin, 866-476-2272 or email Robert Taylor for assistance.

 

 

Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl at Kendal

  • Stuart Pearl, Innerbelt Bridge Demolition, 2012, Digital photograph, 12 x 18”, Collection of the AAWR
    Stuart Pearl, Innerbelt Bridge Demolition, 2012, Digital photograph, 12 x 18”, Collection of the AAWR

 

This winter, Stories in Light, a retrospective featuring the work of Archived Artist Stuart Pearl, will be traveling to the Kendal Gallery. The Artists Archive’s satellite exhibition will be on view beginning December 6. The gallery is located at 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, OH and is open 9:00am – 8:00pm daily. The show will be on view until January 30, 2023.

 

To accompany the satellite exhibition, an in-person artist talk will be held on Friday, January 6th, beginning at 4pm. During the 45-minute PowerPoint presentation, Pearl will share the stories behind the stunning images on display, as well as show additional works which trace the trajectory of his career from his documentary roots through his contemporary urban landscapes and illusory abstract studies. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q & A.

 

The program will be held in the Heiser Auditorium at Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Dr, Oberlin, OH 44074. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees should check in at the kiosk just inside the main entrance and wear masks while they are inside the building. No registration required.

 

Additional questions? Contact Kendal at Oberlin, 866-476-2272 or email Robert Taylor for assistance.

 


About the exhibition (excerpt from original AAWR exhibition press release, January 2022):

 

Some photographers are from a place, while others are distinctly of it. Just as Ansel Adams became synonymous with the sprawling American West, or Nan Golding with the nocturnal ecosystem of 1970s New York, the locus of a photographer’s production can become inseparable from their creative product.

 

Photographer Stuart Pearl is a distinct product of Cleveland. A life-long resident and second-generation Ohio artist, his work reflects the region’s shifting industrial realities, hidden revelations, and the people who travel its landscape.

 

This January, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve will host Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl, a 50-year retrospective which traces the artist’s trajectory from his documentary roots through his lavish urban landscapes, and illusory abstract studies. Though diverse in subject matter, the breathtaking images are united by a painterly attention to light and narrative, as well as a compelling desire to capture the texture of life in Northeast Ohio.

 

Pearl inherited his appreciation for the tumult of the city from his father, the prolific painter and educator Moses Pearl. Known for his bright, bustling watercolors, Moses’ work memorializes the looming factories and ramshackle houses of Cleveland’s mid-century neighborhoods; they also set the stage for his son’s artistic development. As Pearl describes, “I grew up surrounded by paintings and sketches. They covered every wall of our house. Dad used brush and pencil to capture his version of the world but sometimes he would grab his old Argus camera. That equipment fascinated me once I saw how it could be used to freeze a moment in time. It was pure magic to a little kid.”

 

Pearl’s own urban landscapes transform Cleveland’s gritty industrial center with the drama and grandeur of Renaissance painting. Using sweeping compositions and bold chiaroscuro, the images are reminiscent of opulent oil tableaus, populated by classical forms and rimmed with porcelain light. In Morning Transit, amber light oozes like honey over the cream arches of the Terminal Viaduct, chasing a silver passenger train as it races out of frame. A striking night scene unfolds in Innerbelt Bridge Demolition as construction crews spotlight the vestigial steel giant against a silvering dusk. Sparks fly into the air and cranes contort, silhouetted by a pink-tinged skyline. These are not manufactured images, but rather carefully awaited moments which say as much about the city as the artist’s relationship to it.

 

Stories in Light also features five decades of Pearl’s historic documentary photographs. Pearl, who attended Kent State University for post-graduate study in photojournalism and later worked as the Art Director for AT & T, began honing his craft early in his undergraduate career. “I shot for campus newspapers where I developed my photojournalistic style,” Pearl explains. “It was exciting to document people like Leonard Bernstein, Elton John, Cheech and Chong, and Ted Kennedy. Because newspapers run on deadlines, these assignments taught me how to work fast… Images must be compelling and composed in a way that immediately tell the story. These became guiding principles.”

 

A particularly moving piece features Pearl’s father painting a sports mural for South High in a makeshift basement studio. The image conveys the artist’s meditative gaze and the great scale of his endeavor. His eyes levelly regard a distant corner of the composition while his brush rests against a well-worn pallet, attending to the task with the unbroken focus of the athletes he depicts.

 

A fascinating series on display is Pearl’s abstract studies which transform everyday life into visual illusions. In Acacia Winter Shadow Stream, the viewer is presented by what appears to be a deep gash in the snow, cut by a dark trickle of water. Upon closer inspection, a miniature bridge emerges, revealing the trickle to be a deep stream which destabilizes the visual field. The juxtaposition of perceived and realized scale turns the mind, creating the sensation of looking at a tabletop model or 3-D collage.

 

In another image, the featureless peaks of suburban houses peer out over a tangle of foliage, reaching nearly to the rooftops through forced perspective. The shapes stand out as invasive, geometric impossibilities hiding between the natural world and an exquisitely feathered cloudscape. The observer gets the distinct impression the houses are peeking back, and that it is perhaps best to stay hidden in the weeds. As in many of Stuart’s works, the image calls on the viewer to reimage their position, their place and the world, and the locus of beauty, which Pearl reminds us, is often just beyond our doors.

Q & A with Archived Artist Rebecca Kaler

Portrait of Rebecca Kaler by Jef Janis, Painting: Kaler, Incoming, Acrylic on canvas

Portrait of Rebecca Kaler by Jef Janis, Painting: Kaler, Incoming, Acrylic on canvas

 

When the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve adds a new artist to their permanent collection, they offer the artist either a solo or dual exhibition. Beginning November 17th, the AAWR will feature the work of Rebecca Kaler in Fallout, an inaugural show which highlights the last nineteen dynamic years of her painting career.

 

On Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm, the Artists Archives will host an informal Q & A with exhibiting artist Rebecca Kaler, in-person in the museum’s home gallery. Kaler will discuss her work on view, her history as an artist, and her nearly two-decade career as a curator in an intimate, conversational setting.

 

Known for her vivid abstraction, Kaler explains that “I use symbols, textures, bold strokes and colors to express a spectrum of human expressions from joy to anger, fear and frustration, and of calm and serenity in a range of environments because at our very core, we all want recognition and to feel that we counted for something…to say, ‘I was here, and I did good work.’ It’s a phrase that applies globally to all cultures and always will, applying to countless objects, actions, and events, such as the atomic bomb, bullets, footprints, glacier grooves, or grave sites that bear evidence of having been.”

 

Q & A with Archived Artist Rebecca Kaler is free of charge and open to the public.

To attend the program, register on Eventbrite

 

Need special accommodations? We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

About Archived Artist Rebecca Kaler:  Born in Mansfield, OH, Rebecca Kaler is an abstract painter whose vibrant colors and energetic brush strokes were influenced by her extensive time spent abroad, traveling to places as diverse as South America, Southern Africa, Siberia, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and Bolivia, where she served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. For nearly two decades, Kaler also served as the Curator of the Pearl Conard Art Gallery at Ohio State University in Mansfield, OH. She has spent the subsequent years devoted to her personal work and has exhibited both nationally and internationally in such places as the Butler Museum of American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Gallery, the Kiosko Gallery in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and the Mansfield Art Center. She became an archived artist at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH in 2019. In 2022, Kaler was awarded a prestigious Paul & Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize Honorable Mention from the Ashtabula Arts Center.

Fallout: Rebecca Kaler, Paintings from 2003 – 2022

  • Rebecca Kaler, Portrait by Jef Janis, 2022, Photograph
    Rebecca Kaler, Portrait by Jef Janis, 2022, Photograph

 

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 5:30 – 8:00pm

In-Person Meet the Artist Q & A: Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm REGISTER HERE

 

Fallout will open with a free public reception on Thursday, November 17th, 2022, from 5:30 – 8:00pm and will be on view through Saturday, January 14th, 2023.

 

When the Artists Archives adds a new artist into their permanent collection, they offer the artist either a solo or dual exhibition. Beginning November 17th, the AAWR will feature the work of Rebecca Kaler in an inaugural show which highlights the last nineteen dynamic years of her painting career. Born in Mansfield, OH, Kaler’s vibrant, saturated colors and energetic brush strokes were influenced by her extensive time spent abroad, traveling to places as diverse as South America, Southern Africa, Siberia, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and Bolivia, where she served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. For nearly two decades, Kaler also served as the Curator of the Pearl Conard Art Gallery at Ohio State University in Mansfield, OH. She has spent the subsequent years devoted to her personal work. In 2022, Kaler was awarded a prestigious Paul & Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize Honorable Mention from the Ashtabula Arts Center.

 

A major theme in Kaler’s work is the practice of mark making, using repetitive slashes and graffiti-style text to claim her place in space and time. From paleolithic cave drawings, to tally marks on jail cell walls, and the ubiquitous “Kilroy” of World War II, Kaler’s paintings address the primal impulse to impact our surroundings and proclaim our existence. Using these visual markers, her work has translated into abstraction many difficult themes including a series on war and the horrific impact of nuclear weapons.

 

As she describes, “I use symbols, textures, bold strokes and colors to express a spectrum of human expressions from joy to anger, fear and frustration, and of calm and serenity in a range of environments because at our very core, we all want recognition and to feel that we counted for something…to say, ‘I was here, and I did good work.’ It’s a phrase that applies globally to all cultures and always will, applying to countless objects, actions, and events, such as the atomic bomb, bullets, footprints, glacier grooves, or grave sites that bear evidence of having been.”

 

Accompanying her two-dimensional work, will be a series of sculptural Boxes which take the concepts developed in her large-scale canvases and fold them into discrete, portable cubes for exploration in the round. They also play with the various meanings of the common object. She explains, “We use boxes for storage and to keep things safe…Then we box people in, we box in cattle so they don’t get away, or when the pressure is on, we feel boxed up, and too many problems can box us in. I took the box and gave it another meaning… I want to give the box itself a moment of glory, away from its job.”

 

On Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm, AAWR will host an informal Q & A with exhibiting Fallout artist Rebecca Kaler, in-person in the museum’s home gallery. Kaler will discuss her work on view, her history as an artist, and her career as an art administrator in an intimate, conversational setting. Audience questions welcome. This event is free of charge and open to the public. REGISTER HERE

 

Need special accommodations? We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve has been proudly certified as a Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities “ALL means ALL” organization. All people deserve to have equal access to and be equal participants in all aspects of community life. This includes where a person chooses to live, learn, work, and play. Cuyahoga DD’s ALL means ALL initiative provides guidance on actions businesses should take to ensure that they are welcoming of all people and able to support their inclusion in all activities, programs and events. To learn more about the ALL means ALL initiative, visit the Cuyahoga DD website.

 

ReelAbilities Cleveland – Film Screening, Improv, & Panel Discussion!

Imperfect Film Still

Imperfect Film Still

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserved is thrilled to have ReelAbilities Cleveland as a community partner of the W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability exhibition! On Wednesday, October 26, W/O Limits exhibiting artist Meg Matko and curator Megan Alves will be participating as panelists for the Disabilities, Films, Acting and Improv event listed below. ReelAbilities is also hosting a robust series of inclusive and adaptive events which present award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. Stop by and support this amazing festival! View ReelAbilities Cleveland Event Schedule.

 

DISABILITIES, FILMS, ACTING, & IMPROV!! A FULL NIGHT OF FUN.

FREE

 

A NIGHT OF AWARENESS AND CELEBRATION OF THOSE WITH DISABILITIES IN THE WORLD OF THEATRE AND ACTING.

This will be an evening of laughter and fun that you don’t want to miss. First let’s take a moment to thank our co-sponsors Best Buddies and Theatre Agape for helping us make this event happen.
Doors Open- 5:45PM
Opening Remarks- 6:05PM
Film Screening- 6:10PM
Post Film Activities/Discussion- 7:30PM
Event Ends- Around 8:30PM

Post-Film Discussion/Activity: Stay for a panel discussion with local theatre experts and enjoy an improv performance by Theatre Agape- an inclusive, purpose-driven community of theatre artists that partners with other non-profit organizations to raise awareness and funds for their charitable endeavors while also allowing them to join in our artistic efforts.

Check out more on our Co-Sponsors – Best Buddies and Theatre Agape.

Location: Baldwin Wallace Center for Innovation & Growth
340 Front Street, Berea, OH 44017

Parking: Free parking is available. However, you must have this parking pass placed on the dashboard of your vehicle.

Accessibility: ASL is by request only and open captioning is provided.

For questions regarding accessibility, please contact cle.reelabilities@gmail.com 2 weeks prior to the event. Accommodations requested with less than 2 weeks cannot be guaranteed, but we will try our hardest!

FILMS

 

Disability Friendly Puppet Making Workshop – Session 2

 

As part of the W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability exhibition, the Artists Archives will host a puppet making workshop led by exhibiting artist Nate Puppets with facilitation by Clinical Social Worker Chris Richards-Pagel, BFA, MSW, APSWThese small group events are designed for people experiencing disabilities, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to build positive self-image using the joyful power of creative expression!

 

During the free, two-hour sessions, participants will be encouraged to create an “identity puppet” which represents an aspect of themselves using an easy-to-follow template and an exciting array of props and materials. After their puppets are complete, Nate Puppets will provide expert instruction to animate their creations, giving them voice and agency. The final component will be a therapeutic puppet storytelling opportunity led by Richards-Pagel, which will promote positive self-esteem and self-expression. When the workshop is finished, attendees will leave with a fully developed puppet to take home and continue the fun! Guests under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Two identical sessions of the workshop will be offered to keep numbers low and sensory friendly.

Saturday, November 5, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, November 6, 1:00 – 3:00pm

To attend the free workshop, please select your date and register on Eventbrite.

 

Need special accommodations? Email programs@artistsarchives.org or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re happy to help!

Disability Friendly Puppet Making Workshop – Session 1

 

As part of the W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability exhibition, the Artists Archives will host a puppet making workshop led by exhibiting artist Nate Puppets with facilitation by Clinical Social Worker Chris Richards-Pagel, BFA, MSW, APSW. These small group events are designed for people experiencing disabilities, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to build positive self-image using the joyful power of creative expression!

 

During the free, two-hour sessions, participants will be encouraged to create an “identity puppet” which represents an aspect of themselves using an easy-to-follow template and an exciting array of props and materials. After their puppets are complete, Nate Puppets will provide expert instruction to animate their creations, giving them voice and agency. When the workshop is finished, attendees will leave with a fully developed puppet to take home and continue the fun! Guests under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Two identical sessions of the workshop will be offered to keep numbers low and sensory friendly.

Saturday, November 5, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, November 6, 1:00 – 3:00pm

To attend the free workshop, please select your date and register on Eventbrite.

 

Need special accommodations? Email programs@artistsarchives.org or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re happy to help!

 

About Nate Puppets (he/him, they/them): Nate has been fascinated by puppets his entire life. He grew up in the 90’s, when there were numerous puppet shows on television, which he would sit and stare at in fascination. At the age of eleven, Nate suffered from a hip dislocation, the complications from which would lead to his permanent disability and reliance on a wheelchair. Following the injury, young Nate became a ventriloquist and developed “an obsession with puppetry”. Nate considers his work “weird to say the least,” but “loves being out there.” Nate has exhibited his pieces in multiple shows along the east coast, including The Living Objects: African American Puppetry Exhibition at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, CT, as well as at many locations in Ohio including the Artists Archives and Waterloo Arts in Cleveland. In addition to being part of the Artists Archives’ W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability exhibition, Puppets’ new show Behave is currently playing as part of the CADRE 2022 Showcase at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts.

Accessibility in the Arts Virtual Panel Discussion

 

According to the CDC, an estimated 26% of Americans experience some form of disability, with Women and People of Color being affected at rates much higher than their peers. Inclusion and accessibility are everyone’s responsibility, and the arts community can be the vanguard of social change.

 

On Wednesday, October 12th, 7:00 – 8:00pm, as part of the W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, and Disability exhibition, the Artists Archives will host a virtual panel discussion with featured artists Kristi Copez, MANDEM, and Andrew Reach. Moderated by curator Megan Alves, the 45-minute discussion will provide unique insight into the artists’ work and candidly explore issues of accessibility and inclusion in Northeast Ohio’s art scene.

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As Moco Steinman-Arendsee, a member of the artist conglomerate MANDEM describes, “Cleveland is a mix of both notable opportunities and tremendous barriers to entry for disabled artists. There are accessible studio spaces and residencies available, though a greater number remain inaccessible. Some curators go out of their way to make spaces inclusive… though others will actively discriminate against disabled participants in fear of being asked to do the same.” The virtual panel will both address these challenges as well as consider scalable solutions for creating an arts culture that is welcoming for all.

 

The Accessibility in the Arts Panel Discussion will conclude with an open audience Q&A period. The accompanying W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, and Disability exhibition will be on view at the Artists Archives until November 12.

 

Kristi Copez Head Shot

About Panelist/Artist Kristi Copez: Kristi Copez (she/her) is an Advocate-Artist | Ceramist | Chronic-Illness-Warrior | Culinarian | Eclectic | Inspirer | Poetic-Essayist | Space-Holder | Womanist | and some would say Brazen when it comes to her determination. Copez was recognized by The Tyrian Network of Ohio and was awarded “Artist of the Year” (2017-2018). Kristi envisions a non-profit (Arukah Art) that supports living as a person of faith notwithstanding chronic illness(es), especially women who’ve come through trauma. Arukah Art will be a sacred space for creating a sense of spiritual, emotional, & physical resilience and vigorous well-being. She has earned her A.A. in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution, her B.A. in Studio Art, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Theology & Pastoral Studies. Of late, Copez has been working powerfully in ceramics as well as the written and/or spoken word.

 

About Panelist/Artist MANDEM: MANDEM (they/them) is the name shared by an intergenerational artist trio that collectively identifies as nonbinary/genderqueer and as neurodiverse and/or disabled. They are radically interdisciplinary, working across a spectrum of media and materials. MANDEM’s work explores the visceral and disabled body, art history, religious iconography, and issues of gender and desire. Their art is simultaneously disruptive and beautiful, in critical dialogue with art history and mythology. MANDEM has been an artist-in-residence at Il Palmerino (Florence, Italy), The Culture Palette (Hoptacong, NJ), and Negative Space Gallery (Cleveland, OH). They have received grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Dayton Visual Arts Center, and Lippman Kanfer Foundation. Their work has been exhibited in Italy, England, Canada, and the U.S.

 

About Panelist/Artist Andrew Reach: (Born 1961 Miami Beach) Andrew Reach is an abstract artist working in the realm of digital media. He received a degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York and had a successful 20 year career as an architect, practicing in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. His last building as project architect with HOK Architects was the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami. In 2003, a spine disease resulted in a spinal fusion of most of his spine and in the fall of 2004, due to complications, at the commencement of construction of the Frost Art Museum, he would undergo a lifesaving surgery marking an end and a new beginning; reinvention from architect to visual artist. Now he found himself creating art on a computer program as if the works of art had been inside him all along, waiting for the day technology would come around to realize them. His work has been exhibited in the United States in solo and group exhibitions including a solo exhibition at the Frost Art Museum. His work is in private, corporate, and institutional collections, among them the Permanent Collection of the Frost Art Museum, University Hospitals Art Collection, Summa Health Healing Arts Collection and the Cleveland Clinic Art Collection. His work in public art includes a permanent installation at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and most recently he was commissioned by the Cleveland Public Library in partnership with Land Studio to create a 10 x 30 foot art wall for one of its branches.

 

About Moderator/Curator Megan Alves: Megan Alves is a writer, curator, and art historian residing in Cleveland, OH. She currently works as the Marketing and Program Manager for the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR), where she is known for creating dynamic programming which amplifies underrepresented voices in the creative community, as well as for her arts writing which has been quoted in among others Cleveland Magazine, The Plain Dealer (cleveland.com), The Buckeye Flame, Cleveland Scene Magazine, and Canvas Magazine. Alves received B.A.’s in Comparative Literature and Art History from Oberlin College and was a Curatorial Intern at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Alves worked as a freelance arts correspondent for Cool Cleveland, a locally minded culture periodical with an emphasis on social justice. Some of her notable programs include: The Legacy of African American Textile Art with Cynthia Lockhart; Through Our Lens: Photography as a Tool of Social Justice; The May Show: The Museum, The Community, & The Story of Art in Cleveland; ART + AIDS: A Virtual Panel Discussion; and CAN X FRONT: Fred Bidwell and Michael Gill. In 2022, Alves conceived and curated the W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, and Disability exhibition as an extension of her own journey living with Scleroderma, a rare and progressive autoimmune disease which impacts the organs and connective tissue.

 

NewNow 2022

  • Barbara Eady, Black Lives Matter, Fiber Art: Quilting, 48 x 48”
    Barbara Eady, Black Lives Matter, Fiber Art: Quilting, 48 x 48”

 

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Thursday September 15, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Exhibition Location: Gallery East | Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus | Education Center (EEC) 134 | 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122

Exhibition Parking: Free parking in Lots B and H. Use Harvard Road entrance

Tri-C Gallery East Hours: Open Monday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 

About the Exhibition:

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College is proud to present the NewNow 2022, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition juried by famed artist, art historian, and writer Dr. Amalia K. Amaki from Atlanta, Georgia.

Featuring the creations of 68 regional artists, the NewNow, takes the pulse of the current artistic climate, and reflects the experience of living in Northeast Ohio during this pivotal moment in history.

 

As juror Dr. Amaki, former instructor at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges explains, “The seventy-three works in this regional invitational address numerous aspects of the systems, trends, events, sensibilities, and other overriding factors which contribute to the definition of today’s society… From the mundane beauty of uneventful nature scenes… and true to life portrayals of people and places, to implications of the power and prevalence of spiritual beliefs, mythological allegories, and alternative realities, the artists bring attention to diverse subjects significant to contemporary times.”

 

This year’s exhibition includes an exciting mix of both established and emerging artists, allowing visitors to view the regional arts community through the fresh perspective of an out-of-town juror. Ranging from paintings to textiles and video installations, “the art in the NewNow 2022 reaches across many borders.” As Amaki describes, “some artists address topics with candid, blunt, and bold approaches, while others adopt more subtle, minimal, or quiet modes of presentation… Still others appear to use their imagery to raise universal questions: “What’s going on?  How did we get here?  What do we do about it?  And, what happens next?” Either way the exhibition offers food for thought, different views of the world, and the opportunity to gain insight into the interests and curiosities of Northeast Ohio.”

 

An Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday September 15, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. At that time, the winners of 4 Juror’s Awards will be announced, and $1750 in cash prizes will be presented, including a People’s Choice Award, which will be chosen by popular vote during the reception.

 

About Our Judge:

Amalia Amaki

Amalia Amaki

Amalia K. Amaki is an artist, art historian, curator, and writer. She received a BA in Journalism from Georgia State University, BA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, and MA and Ph.D. in Modern American Art and Culture from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts where she was a Foreign Study Fellow in France.  Dr. Amaki has taught at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, University of North Georgia, University of Delaware and University of Alabama. She also taught photography at Student Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Her publications include: A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection; Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and the Academy; two books on Tuscaloosa, AL, and a book on Tuskegee, AL.  Her more than thirty solo shows include a retrospective at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.  She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in photography, artist grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council and the City of Atlanta, and won art commissions from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Valdosta State University, the 1996 Olympics, several public agencies and private corporations and The High Museum of Art’s Creative Hearts Youth Art Community Quilt Project.  Dr. Amaki has curated numerous exhibitions, primarily as curator of the Paul R. Jones Art Collection.  She has published five books and written several catalog essays, articles and art related blogs.

 

2022 NewNow Award Winners

Best in Show ($750): John A. Sargent III, THE QUESTION
1st Runner Up ($500): Barbara Eady, Black Lives Matter
2nd Runner Up ($200): Margaret Heydorn, Remembrance of 911
Juror’s Choice ($200): Gwen Waight, The Grind
People’s Choice ($100): Ellen Howard, Good Knight’s Rest

 

All Exhibiting Artists:

Nancy Dinger Aikins Refreshing Change
Nancy Dinger Aikins Thankful and Alone
Sawsan Alhaddad First Snow
Shannon Basalla Mule Ears, Big Bend National Park
Cherie Bauer Remember US
Karen Beckwith Pink Plastic Bag
Diana Bjel Sgraffito Figure
Luanne Bole-Becker End Times
Luanne Bole-Becker Worlds of Our Own Making
Debra Bream Before the Parade
Cynthia Brewster Joy
Denise Buckley They 5
Stephen Calhoun Fraternal Twins
Ryn Clarke Deform Unto Thyself
Donna Coleman The Canal
Palli Davene Davis Holubar LONG WEIGHTS
Lori Diemer Once Upon a Time
Sharon Dundee RETRO
Barbara Eady Black Lives Matter
Julianne Edberg Black Egg with Specks
Meryl Engler I Thought I was Supporting You #4
Boni Suzanne Gelfand INFINITY…
Cassie Harner Moodiv8
Cassie Harner Wonderlanding
Cassie Harner The Gay Agenda: Lesbian Welcome Video
Ben Hauser Sunlight, Starlight: The Position of an Electron Cannot be Precisely Determined
Jane Herbst Bee Hive — or at least try to
Bob Herbst Forgotten Locomotive
Timothy Herron Floyd
Margaret Heydorn Remembrance of 9/11
Susan Hood Covid in Aries
Zackary Hoon Motif No. 1
Ellen Howard Good Knight’s Rest
Linda Hutchinson The Yellow Sofa
William Jean circleset
Myrya Johnson Disappearing 9
Maria Kaiser Hudson River Sunset
Tricia Kaman Wedding Gown
Jennifer Kelly-Masloski Untitled
Lisa Kenion Vulture Goddess
George Kocar The Demise
Mona Kolesar Pirouette
Suzan Kraus As Within; So Without
Jennifer Leach Pandemia Quilt, Uncontained Spread
charlotte lees Bent Wood Series 4
Nancy Lick Brother and Sister
Violet Maimbourg Flesh Vinyl
John Martin Thinking About Kandinsky
Steven Mastroianni Scapular Series #2
Janet Mikolajczyk Billie Holiday
Clare Murray Adams Silver Spoon Secrets
Susan Onysko Ethereal
William Pappas Jules Shipped
Robert Pierson Raft of the Medusa
Melanie Plummer Abundance Wreath
Melanie Plummer The Long Goodbye… Portrait of My Father Albert
Edward Raffel Colander Star
John Saile Salvation Calling
Terrence Salvi White Dog
John A Sargent III THE QUESTION
Lisa Schonberg Lost in the Woods 1,2,3
Jerold Smith A little blue dress for Sue
Erin Sneed A Mother’s Love
Susan Squires sacred land/ a river runs through it
Jack St. John You Are Here
Charles Szabla Gordon Park-Danger
Barney Taxel Lou’s Tavern, Little italy April 10, 2022
Mary K. Thomas Jazzin n the 50’s
Sarah Treanor Sanctuary
Eric Tuck-Macalla No Pedestrians, Bicycles, or Horses Permitted on the Freeway
Gwen Waight the grind
Al Wasco Cross
Will Wilson Friends I’ve Made

 

CAN Artist/Curator Walk & Talk

  • Gary R. Williams, Amazing Grace, 2022, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
    Gary R. Williams, Amazing Grace, 2022, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"

UPDATE! 8/2/2022: Due to illness, Artist Derek Walker will be unable to participate in the CAN Artist/Curator Walk & Talk on Wednesday, August 3rd. CAN Triennial artist Gary R. Williams has kindly offered to join us in his stead. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 5:30pm!

 

Contemporary curation could use a shake-up. New perspectives and new voices are imperative, particularly those that operate outside of the traditional confines of art museums. As part of the CAN Triennial, the Artists Archives and The Sculpture Center are proud to feature two exhibitions curated by Currently Under Curation (CUC), a group of six high school curators facilitated by The Cleveland Museum of Art.

 

On Wednesday, August 3rd, 5:30 – 6:30pm, the Artists Archives and The Sculpture Center will partner to present a CAN Artist/Curator Walk & Talk, featuring CUC student curator Sarah Voss and several of the artists she helped select.  Sabine Kretzschmar, the coordinator of the Currently Under Curation fellows, will discuss the workings of the innovative program. They will be joined by CAN Triennial artists Bobbi Reagins, Derek Walker, and Will Wilson, who will share insights about their fascinating pieces on display.

 

“CUC’s choices are a breath of fresh air,” reflects Archives’ Marketing Manager Megan Alves. “We couldn’t be more delighted to host their vibrant, energetic selections which include both emerging artists at the beginning of their careers, as well as foundational Northeast Ohio creators.” A third exhibition curated by the CUC team, You Are Here: The Way We Transcend, is also on view at Cleveland Institute of Art’s Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery, just a few short blocks away from the Artists Archives.

 

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

 

The CAN Artist/Curator Walk & Talk is free and open to the public.

Please register on Eventbrite to attend 

 

About Currently Under Curation: Currently Under Curation (CUC) is a competitive arts mastery program facilitated by The Cleveland Museum of Art and offered in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation. The CUC team consists of six high school students who meet weekly to talk with artists and arts professionals, visit galleries, and museums, and actively explore the local arts scene.

 

About Artist Bobbi Reagins: Bobbi Reagins was born in Columbus OH and raised in Cleveland OH. At an early age she has always gravitated to visual art and creating at any degree. In high school she designed her class t-shirts, took pictures for the yearbook and occasionally drew portraits for class decor. After graduating highschool she attended Ursuline College majoring in Art Therapy and left after a year once she realized her desire to connect with the community through a different approach. In 2019 she was offered the opportunity to work at moCa Cleveland. She has shown in multiple group shows and continued her professional career at moCa in their education and engagement department. Now currently working as the Assistant Educator. As an artist and educator her focus is still rooted in the healing, transformation and emotional reparation that takes place in creative expression. Some of her community work includes the following public programs Black Art Showcase, Cleveland Canvas Project, and the TEAM program, a program designed to uplight youth voices.

 

About Artist Gary R. WilliamsBefore becoming a full-time fine artist, I had a long and successful career as a lawyer and legal educator. But in the end, I came back to that which has been the enduring force in my life: fine art. I attended Cooper School of Art while in my early twenties. Even while practicing and teaching law, I continued to paint and develop my unique style. My paintings are largely based upon people who I’ve known or have met. I paint in pastels, oils, and watercolors. But pastels are my favorite! I draw my subjects with soft pastel and use different mixed media to bring them to life. In my Nubian Series I use traditional African cloth and contemporary materials to separate figure from ground and liberate the subject from the two-dimensional confines of the paper. As someone once noted, there is something about cloth that is as basic to us as the air we breathe. It surrounds us from birth to death; it is the stuff of celebration and ceremonies; and says something about us that words alone cannot. The “hard,” tactile nature of the cloth creates a contrast with the soft, organic nature of the human figure so that it appears almost three dimensional. Likewise, in my Jazz Series the vivid, free form designs created by wet-on-wet watercolor background give my pastel subjects life, while adding an almost otherworldly dimension to the composition. Recently, I lived in a Maasai village in rural Kenya. I was so moved by the beauty and gentleness of the people that I decided to try and capture their spirit using watercolor. I call these paintings my Kajiado Series after the district where the village is located. I think that the sometimes unpredictable and painterly nature of wet-on-wet watercolor adds a level of humanity to these images.

 

About Artist Will Wilson: Will Wilson is an artist who is interested in synthesizing a variety of traditional and non-traditional art forms. Experimentation with media and styles leads to mixing cartooning, graffiti, and traditional art. He explores concepts related to our absorption and expression of information as we move through life using drawings and paintings that echo but do not mimic popular culture. Wilson likes to create images that are both bold and direct, but also swimming with little details for those who are willing to investigate.  He holds an MA in Arts Education from Case Western Reserve University. He now resides in the greater Cleveland area where he is a high school art teacher and a father of three. He works as an artist, muralist, and illustrator. 

CAN X FRONT with Fred Bidwell & Michael Gill

 

Moderator: Tizziana Baldenebro (Executive Director- SPACES)

Program Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa), 11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Event Cost: Free

To attend the program, register on Eventbrite.

 

This summer, the region will be awash in art as the CAN Triennial and FRONT International make their long-awaited return. Cleveland alone will feature over 40 exhibitions, with some venues, such as the Cleveland Institute of Art and The Sculpture Center, hosting both events in neighboring galleries. This shared timeline and intimate proximity begs an important question: just how do the triennials relate to each other? And what is their relationship to the broader arts ecosystem of the region?

 

On Saturday, July 23rd, in partnership with moCa Cleveland, the Artists Archives will present CAN x FRONT, a discussion with Front Executive Director Fred Bidwell and CAN Executive Director Michael Gill which delves into the triennials’ strategies for benefiting the creative community, explores plans for the future, and investigates potential spaces of collaboration. The program will be moderated by Tizziana Baldenebro who will bring her unique experience as Executive Director of SPACES, a long time CAN collaborator, and FRONT Board member, to the candid conversation.

 

The CAN Triennial was conceived as a regional response to the globally minded FRONT International, a way for visitors to the region to see the breadth and depth of local art as they perused the blue-chip, international artists of the larger event. As Michael Gill described the “CAN Triennial began in conversations with artists and exhibitors of Northeast Ohio looking for ways to capture the energy that will come to Cleveland as part of FRONT.”

 

While initially some saw the Triennials as competitors, both have emerged from the pandemic with a renewed sense of vigor and commitment to collaboration with the local arts community, as well as with each other. This year, FRONT announced the inaugural Art Futures Fellowships program, which supports emerging Northeast Ohio-based visual artists of color, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian American Pacific Islander artists. The Fellowships evolved from a discussion between Bidwell and Front Director of Artistic and Community Initiatives Deidre McPherson. As McPherson asked, “What can we do as FRONT to support Black and Brown artists?… FRONT is a convener of these museums we have. What can we do to bring about resources—relationships with museums, press, and curators, and how do we leverage these resources?”

 

CAN X FRONT with Michael Gill & Fred Bidwell will be held in-person in the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland’s atrium from 1:00 – 2:30pm. To attend the free event, register on Eventbrite.

 

About Tizziana Baldenebro: Tizziana Baldenebro is the executive director at SPACES in Cleveland, OH. An arts administrator, curator, writer, and critic, her practice focuses on emerging artists and designers, and is an organizer and activist in the effort to produce equitable cultural centers. Previously, she served as the 2019-2020 Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and held a curatorial research internship at the Art Institute of Chicago within the Architecture & Design department. In 2018, she was awarded the inaugural Avery Review Essay Prize for her critical essay “Chicago Works? Curating Value and Representation in Chicago, Amanda Williams at the MCA”. She has also published articles in the New Art Examiner and the American Ceramic Circle Journal. She currently sits on the board of FRONT International, is an editor-at-large at The Avery Review, and is an ex officio member of the Cleveland Museum of Art Contemporary Art Society. She has served as a member of the steering committee for the Boston Mills Activation Project of the Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and was a 2021 curator-in-residence at Red Bull Arts Detroit. She has been invited to jury and critique works and exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Morgan Conservatory, the Stamps School of Art at the University of Michigan, and the University of Akron, among others. Tizziana received a Masters of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

 

About Fred Bidwell: Fred Bidwell (he/him) is the Executive Director of FRONT International, as well as a philanthropist, collector, and community leader. After a 35-year career as an advertising and marketing entrepreneur, in 2011 he and his wife established the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation. In 2013, the Bidwell Foundation opened Transformer Station, a contemporary art exhibition space on Cleveland’s West Side. Transformer Station alternates between acting as a venue for exhibitions curated by the Bidwells from their renowned collection of photo-based contemporary art and as a venue for exhibitions organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Fred Bidwell served twice as board president of the Akron Art Museum and is currently on the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art, on the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, and chairs the board of Assembly for the Arts.

 

About Michael Gill: Michael Gill (he/him) is founding executive director of Collective Arts Network, the nonprofit organization that produces CAN Triennial and publishes CAN Journal, its website, blog, and newsletter.  This role draws on the diverse skills of his varied, liberal-arts-informed career. Prior to CAN, he served as arts editor at both the Cleveland Free Times and Cleveland Scene. And prior to that, he was marketing director at Beck Center for the Arts. Michael has won multiple awards for arts feature writing in the Press Club of Cleveland’s state-wide Excellence in Journalism Awards, including Best in Ohio in the Reviews/Criticism category in 2022.  In 2019, the same organization named CAN Journal the “Best Magazine in Ohio,” which is a tribute to designer JoAnn Dickey and the multitude of artists, writers, and organizations that contribute to the magazine.  He has a BA in English from Hiram College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University.

 

CAN Triennial: You Are Here: Understanding the Space We Fill

 

 

 

  • Program: Who Curates Contemporary Art? Featuring the Currently Under Curation student curators: Wednesday, July 20, 7:00pm, Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Reception: University Circle Neighborhood Reception Friday, July 29th, 6:00 – 8:00pm, featuring the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and The Sculpture Center. Early viewing available at the Artists Archives beginning at 5:30pm
  • Program: Curator and Artist Walk & Talk: Wednesday, August 3, 5:30 – 6:30pm. REGISTER HERE

 

The CAN Triennial: You Are Here is a regionally focused exhibition featuring northeast Ohio artists, selected by an intergenerational and diverse curatorial team, and representing this moment in time, place, and history in Cleveland. Conceived in 2016, the inaugural CAN Triennial took place in 2018. The second CAN Triennial, initially scheduled in 2021, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

From July 8 – August 31, the Artists Archives will be one of more than a dozen venues around Cleveland, Ohio hosting this inclusive community event. Our gallery will feature the artists selected by the Currently Under Curation (CUC) student curators’ program facilitated by the Cleveland Museum of Art.

 

As the CUC curators explain, “Taking place in three spaces—the Artist Archives, The Sculpture Center, and the Cleveland Institute of Art – the University Circle portion of the CAN Triennial explores the themes of YOU ARE HERE as seen through the lens of identity, environment, and journey. In other words, if is about who we are, how place impacts our sense of self, and how where we are is a function of how we got here.”

 

Artists featured in the AAWR gallery include Lawrence Baker, Arron Bound, Davon Brantley, David Buttram, Kacey Gill, Suzanne Head, Crystal Miller, Bobbie Reagins, Derek Walker, and Gary R. Williams. 

 

To see all three CUC curated University Circle venues visit You Are Here: The Way We Transcend at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery, and You Are Here: Look How Far We’ve Come at The Sculpture Center’s Main Gallery. A University Circle Neighborhood Reception will be held from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Friday, July 23rd. No registration required.

 

 

CUC Curators Statement: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: You Are Here: Understanding the Space We Fill

Written by Shree Ghosh, Abby Hope, Jamal Ledonté, Arica McKinney, Sarah Voss, and Jacklyn Walker. Compiled by program facilitator Sabine Kretzschmar

Currently Under Curation (CUC) is a competitive arts mastery program facilitated by The Cleveland Museum of Art and offered in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation. The CUC team consists of six high school students who meet weekly to talk with artists and arts professionals, visit galleries, and museums, and actively explore the local arts scene. They were selected for their experience with the visual arts, communication skills, and professional responsibility. Curating the CAN Triennial, CUC used two primary lenses. One was visceral, selecting artists that communicated a larger story, sparked conversations, explored new modes of expression, and were relatable. The other was based on what they observed and interpreted from the submissions, which shaped the CUC’s take on YOU ARE HERE. For the CUC curators, the exhibition revolves around identity, its intersection with environment, and associated journeys. Identity is about, “examining our origins,” and “understanding our placement in the world.” It can arise in, “the way you dress, wear your hair, and the place you grew up.” Identity can help, “discern how our culture and environment influence aspects of our individuality.” Environment can impact one’s, “sense of self, culture, and ideology,” and “makes you who you are.” Associated journeys – past, present, and future – help us celebrate the changes, hardships, and hopes along the way. Ultimately, YOU ARE HERE means self-awareness, self-expression, hope, and understanding our place in the world. We can display gratitude and acknowledge our place of origin. We are celebrating who we are and the journeys that got us here.

 

 

 

Mindy Tousley & George Roby | Manifestations in Paper & Clay

Opening Reception | Mansfield Art Center | Sunday, June 26 | 1-5pm

Satellite Exhibition Location | Mansfield Art Center | Foundation Gallery | 700 Marion Ave. Mansfield, OH 44906 | 419.756.1700

Mansfield Art Center Hours | Tuesday: 11-5, Wednesday: 11-5, Thursday: 11-5, Friday: 11-5, Saturday: 10-4, Sunday:11-4

 

Manifestations in Paper & Clay, explores the friendship between Mindy Tousley & the late George Roby, the synchronicity of their work, and their shared use of abstraction to present their observations and experiences of the world through their art, exemplifying the larger conversation between artists which crosses time.

 

Mindy Tousley is the Executive Director of The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) and a committed studio artist. Her practice as an artist using paper is influenced by her own background as a ceramicist and is built around her appreciation for the beauty of the accidental mark or the random act. In this, her approach is very much like Roby’s approach to the clay. Her work is based on her observations of her everyday life, the natural world, and the urban environment, banality, absurdity and ugliness or beauty. She finds joy in creating order out of chaos, unbalancing and rebalancing and then finding the center.

 

The late Archived Artist George Roby, a graduate of Cranbrook, was a highly respected Ohio potter, sculptor, and teacher who mainly produced both functional and sculptural works in the medium of clay. Many of his pieces in Manifestations are deeply personal sculptures chronicling his own unique emotional experience as a caregiver for his wife Sue, as they faced the daily realities of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis before her death in 2014. These pieces have mainly been shown as part of the Art Interprets Alzheimer’s Exhibition, which has travelled to over 20 different venues since 2012 and is now part of the collection of the AAWR. Roby’s other works are predominantly altered vessels. They embrace the concept of imperfection; a simple stretching of volume from the inside which throws the symmetrical pot off balance, or a line drawn down through the clay on the outside while it is wet and malleable, fresh from the potters’ wheel. His actions accentuate and draw our attention to the nature of the clay, and the imperfections of the individual.

 

*Text courtesy of The Mansfield Art Center.

Tremont Vanguards

 

The transformation of Tremont has been swift and profound. Where once shuttered homes and dilapidated store fronts clung to life, now art galleries, chic restaurants, and luxury apartments crowd the narrow streets.  But before there were high-rises, there were artists – a bold creative class who saw the potential in the aging west side neighborhood.

 

On Wednesday, June 15th, the Artists Archives will host Tremont Vanguards, a virtual program which examines the role of the artists and innovators who transformed the crumbling Tremont neighborhood into the thriving creative community of today. Led by Mindy Tousley, former co-director of City Artists at Work, the moderated conversation will include Dr. Theresa Boyd, owner of Doubting Thomas Gallery, and foundational Tremont artists Jeff Chiplis, Terry Durst, and Angelica Pozo.

 

As artist Terry Durst describes, “I moved to Tremont in 1989…It was an old, rough neighborhood with buildings and streets textured much like the work I was already making, kind of decrepit. Jean Brandt was the first person I know of who opened her law office as a gallery and actually publicized the shows. I had the first show at her space and that was in 1990… Over this time many more galleries popped up and the Art Walk was created,” which still attracts throngs of visitors to this day.

 

During the 90s, Tremont became a creative laboratory where many members of Cleveland’s experimental art scene cut their teeth. Among their ranks were Steven B. Smith & Mother Dwarf, Jeff Chiplis, Terry Durst, Bruce Edwards, Frank Green, Tim Herron, Dave Madigan, Mikel Mahoney, Steve Mastroianni, Jee Sun Park, Angelica Pozo, Tony Serna, Dan Tranberg, Douglas Max Utter, Laila Voss, Beth Wolfe, and later Dana Depew.

 

This 45-minute conversation will explore their artistic contributions and trace the area’s meteoric rise, as well as examine the double-edged sword of the gentrification that followed. As Terry Durst explains, “in the end, right before my partner Dan and I moved from Tremont to Collinwood, one day we went to [a popular restaurant] for lunch and were told we weren’t dressed well enough to be there. The rents were skyrocketing. That’s how the neighborhood changed for artists… Although I did love living in Tremont while I was there.”

 

 

Doubting Thomas Gallery

Doubting Thomas Gallery

Dr. Theresa Boyd formed Doubting Thomas Gallery in 2000 alongside of Ann Cantillon, Robert Ritchie and Mark Hopkins, with the goal of creating egalitarian setting for art, poetry and performance. Over 20 years later the gallery is still going strong. It honors local artists, all forms of visual expression, spoken word, music, social experimentation, and experimentation in general. Doubting Thomas is among Tremont’s most-long-lived art spaces, and features a revolving set of exciting exhibitions, which often open in conjunction with the historic Tremont ArtWalk.

 

 

 

 

Jeff Chiplis

Jeff Chiplis

Jeff Chiplis is an internationally known artist who creates exotic sculptures with multi-colored neon tubes. He has been a powerful force in the rejuvenation of the Tremont neighborhood and was on the board of directors of the SPACES nonprofit art galley and other organizations. Tremond is a near West Side Cleveland neighborhood. Source: Cleveland.com

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Durst

Terry Durst

Terry Durst grew up in Wadsworth, the only child of his mother, a legal secretary, and father, a printer for the Akron Beacon Journal. He identified as an artist early in life and spent a portion of his post high school years roaming the country from New York City to Pittsburgh to San Francisco, working odd jobs. In the early 1980s, at the age of 28, he enrolled at Kent State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in art with an eye toward sculpture. Durst studied film under Richard Myers and was torn during college between sculpture and film. After graduation in 1987 he decided to focus on sculpture, “Ultimately, I decided I would have more control over sculpture. Making film was expensive and involved a lot of people” He credits Artist Robert Rauschenberg as an early influence, and Rock and Roll remains a life-long source of inspiration to him. Durst has exhibited widely in the area and was an integral part of the group of Kent State artists who subsequently made the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. a go-to arts destination in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

 

Angelica Pozo Im: Mastriani

Angelica Pozo Im: Mastriani

Angelica Pozo is a nationally recognized ceramic artist, educator and author. A New York City native, born of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, has lived in Cleveland since 1984. She moved there from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.  Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from SUNY College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. A full time self employed ceramic artist, Angelica divides her time between public art, tile and sculptural studio work, writing how to books, teaching workshops on ceramic decoration, tile making and architectural ceramics and often serves as an artist-in-residence on large tile/mosaic projects in school and community settings. Recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship, she is in the permanent collection of Museum of Art & Design in New York City. She served as one of the four curators for the first CAN Triennial, in conjunction with the first FRONT international Triennial, that took place in Cleveland summer 2018.

 

 

Mindy Tousely Im: Herb Ascherman

Mindy Tousely Im: Herb Ascherman

Mindy Tousley has been Executive Director of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve since 2016, where she brings with her an art related business background, years of practical experience in the Cleveland art scene and broad community contacts. Her goal as director is to enhance the visibility of the AAWR through area wide collaborations and partnerships. Among her numerous accolades: Mindy has been an AAWR Board member and has organized the AAWR’s NewNow, the Northern Ohio–wide open art competition held at Tri-C East. Mindy is the former director of Akron’s Harris Stanton Gallery, a co-organizer of City Artists at Work Open Studio tours in the Quarter Art District, and former Secretary of the Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association. As an artist, Mindy has won numerous awards and honors, is collected locally and nationally.

 

 

Mikel Mahoney and Jean Brandt, First Tremont Art Walk Graphic, February 1992

Mikel Mahoney and Jean Brandt, First Tremont Art Walk Flier (Expanded Detail), February 1992

NewNow 2022 – CALL FOR ENTRY

CALL FOR ENTRY:

UPDATE 6/29/2022: new EXTENDED DEADLINE for entry: 11:59pm on Monday, JULY 4, 2022. 

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRY for the NewNow 2022, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition to be held September 15 – October 28, 2022. The exhibition will be held in-person in Tri-C’s beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. Gallery East, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122.

 

Cash awards totaling $1750 will be given out: Four chosen by the juror, and one additional award by popular vote from attendees at the opening reception. All proceeds from the competition will fund the artist’s awards and benefit the Artists Archives, whose mission is to support Ohio visual artists and preserve their important heritage for future generations.

 

All entries must be made online at https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr. A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece.  Please review all entry details, submission instructions and calendar deadlines prior to application.  They are listed directly below.

 

About Our Judge:

Amalia Amaki

Amalia Amaki

Amalia K. Amaki is an artist, art historian, curator, and writer. She received a BA in Journalism from Georgia State University, BA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, and MA and Ph.D. in Modern American Art and Culture from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts where she was a Foreign Study Fellow in France.  Dr. Amaki has taught at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, University of North Georgia, University of Delaware and University of Alabama. She also taught photography at Student Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Her publications include: A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection; Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and the Academy; two books on Tuscaloosa, AL, and a book on Tuskegee, AL.  Her more than thirty solo shows include a retrospective at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.  She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in photography, artist grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council and the City of Atlanta, and won art commissions from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Valdosta State University, the 1996 Olympics, several public agencies and private corporations and The High Museum of Art’s Creative Hearts Youth Art Community Quilt Project.  Dr. Amaki has curated numerous exhibitions, primarily as curator of the Paul R. Jones Art Collection.  She has published five books and written several catalog essays, articles and art related blogs.

Entry Details:

  • ELIGIBILITY: This juried exhibition is open to living artists of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Trumbull, Summit, and Wayne counties.
  • ACCEPTED MEDIA: Painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, assemblage, collage, ceramics, glass, installations, fiber, weaving, textiles, video & film, and photography. Jewelry will be accepted if it is made using metalsmithing or hand-formed using unique materials or techniques. Printmaking must be original – no giclée reproductions of work done in other media.
  • FILM AND VIDEO ENTRIES: Film and video submissions must be made separately at The NEW NOW 2020/ film, video
  • PRESENTATION: 2-D work cannot exceed 8’ in height or 50 lbs. in weight. 2-D work should be appropriately framed and ready to hang (neutral matting only, glass or acrylic where applicable, frames must be strong enough to hold the weight of the piece). Any painting stretched on canvas does not have to be framed. No saw-tooth hangers. 3-D work cannot exceed 8’ in height or 100 lbs. in weight. Work not properly presented for exhibition at the time of delivery will not be accepted.
  • ENTRY FEES: A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece.
  • CASH AWARDS: Awards of $750, $500, and 2 @ $200 will be given out by the awards juror, and an additional award of $100 will be chosen by popular vote. Images of award-winning work will be featured in the show catalog and all accepted artists will be listed in the catalog. Awards will be presented at the opening reception, September 15.
  • INSURANCE: Accepted artists assume sole responsibility for insuring their work.
  • SALE OF WORKS: Works may be for sale at the discretion of the artist. AAWR will retain a 40% commission on all sold work, and will handle all sales of work during the exhibition.

 

Submission Instructions:

SUBMISSIONS TO THIS SHOW WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. New EXTENDED DEADLINE for entry: 11:59pm on Monday, JULY 4, 2022. 

 TO SUBMIT WORK, GO TO:  https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr

Login and select the competition you wish to enter, either the “NewNow Film & Video 2022” for video work, OR the “NewNow 2022” for all other media (including photography)

To prepare images for uploading please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • sRGB or RGB color space (standard) NO CMYK (typically used for printing industry)
  • 72 dpi resolution
  • Images sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional
  • Layers must be flattened
  • 8-bit mode
  • Jpg format
  • Jpg compression at level 7 (Medium)
  • Do not use characters other than a period preceding jpg in the file name. The following characters will lead to image uploading problems :!@#$%^&*()_+

 

As a submitter to this show you grant AAWR 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. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition grant AAWR the right to use images of their work for the purposes of promotion, inclusion in AAWR programs, and subsequent display on the AAWR website without further contact or compensation from AAWR.

 

Calendar:

  • ENTRIES: Begin May 1 and end July 4, 2022.
  • NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: Artists will be notified of the acceptance of their work the week of July 11, 2022.
  • DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK: September 6 and 7, 2022, 11am -5pm
  • Work should be delivered to Gallery East, Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, Education Center Building, 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122. Parking for delivery is free in LOT H3, accessed most easily by the Harvard Road entrance.
  • OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: Thursday September 15, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • SHOW DATES: September 15 – October 28, 2022
  • PICK UP OF EXHIBITED WORK: November 1, and 2, 2022, 11am – 5pm

 

Please Note: AAWR & Tri-C will not be responsible for work left after 11/2/2022 Work not picked up will be subjected to storage fees and disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery Coordinator

 

About the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR):

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation, and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

 

Our Supporters:

The Bernice and David E. Davis Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), the Gund Foundation, Ohio Arts Council (OAC), the Cleveland Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation, Zufall Foundation

 

The Life of Objects: Roy Bigler & Terry Durst

  • Terry Durst, The Parakeet Always Called Oscar into Lunch, 2000, Mixed media assemblage, 25 x 20”, Collection of the AAWR
    Terry Durst, The Parakeet Always Called Oscar In To Lunch, 2000, Mixed media assemblage, 25 x 20”, Collection of the AAWR

In-Person Opening Reception: Thursday, May 19, 5:30 – 8:00pm. FREE. No registration required

Virtual Program: Tremont Vanguards: Wednesday, June 15, 7:00 – 8:00pm on Zoom. REGISTER ON ZOOM

 

There’s a certain sharpness to the Rust Belt – one forged out of our industrial past and the ensuing decades spent forming and reforming our identity from the pieces left behind. Far from a flaw, it fuels our creativity, and perhaps no medium captures this drive to repurpose and redefine more than assemblage. Whether it’s the abundance of raw materials, or an innate desire to summon beauty out of salvage, Northeast Ohio is host to a wealth of assemblage artists that call the region home.

 

In May, the Artists Archives will host The Life of Objects, the inaugural exhibition of Roy Bigler & Terry Durst, two artists who use found objects to peel back the layers of their own complex psyches and society at large. Though both craft narratives out of cultural detritus, their work represents almost polar treatments of memory and space.

 

Artist Roy Bigler (1955 – 2014) graduated with a BFA from Kent State University in 1984 alongside many of the artists who would become staples of Cleveland’s experimental art scene in the 90s. During his time at Kent, Bigler was deeply influenced by the work of the Dada and Fluxus movements and participated in “mail art exchanges” which furnished him with a steady supply of mysterious, mass-produced trinkets, shipped anonymously to his door.

 

Bigler would later employ the rigid borders of his sculptures to contain and document these artifacts of modern life. Using plaque-like mounts, or tightly wrapped parcels as bases, the artist combines psychologically charged bits of ephemera to suggest oblique and sardonic relationships between history, nostalgia, and consumer culture. Often objects appear in test tubes, or behind glass, reminiscent of Victorian museum displays which pinned and labeled the natural world to control its chaos.

 

In his mixed media piece, Guided Missile, Bigler’s compulsion to catalog is evocatively applied to the terrors of the Cold War. Constructed on waxed and painted canvas, the sculpture’s surface resembles the algae-coated hull of an outmoded submarine. A Russian newspaper clipping, capturing a ballistic missile exploding in a watery inlet, dominates the piece. Below, a tiny firework in a vial is riveted and a dried seahorse stares with empty sockets from clear dome, accompanied by plastic beads reading “SS23”, the NATO reporting code for the weapon deployed. The result is a somber study of man’s destruction, impossibly isolated for our inspection.

 

In another series of sculptures, Bigler uses cigar boxes to preserve snippets of time. Known collectively as “Time Capsule Boxes,” the containers are filled with carefully selected objects ranging from children’s brightly foiled Easter candy, to test tubes of ash and human hair. Bigler would also present items wrapped as gifts- never intended to be opened. As Bigler describes, “It’s a way of making something everyday into something very special… To take an object(s) that would otherwise be destroyed and lost and prepare it as a gift! The intention is to not open the package – but if the package were to be opened, how interesting can one make the discarded object…. I collect, organize, separate, take account…take stock in available materials. Ultimately, I want to know what happens when one thing is placed in, near, around something else?”

 

Far from wanting to contain chaos, artist Terry Durst crafts his sculptures as conduits for the world’s frenetic energy. Referred to by critic Frank Green as “one of Cleveland’s most interesting sculptors,” Durst is known for his confrontational aesthetic and immersive, cinematic narratives. Though often large in scale, the sculptures are alarming in their intimacy; they create a profound sense of discomfort, as if approached too closely, one might become infected with the memories they emit.

 

Like Bigler, Durst was also a graduate of Kent State University’s School of Art. While initially torn between film and sculpture, he ultimately chose the latter because of the ability to work independently, reflecting that “making film was expensive and involved a lot of people.” Durst too felt the immutable pull of objects in his work. “I kept attaching things to the canvas and was never satisfied with just the two-dimensional surface. Moving into sculpture I realized that the raw materials I most enjoyed working with were objects that already had a history behind them. Objects that exude decrepitude and decay…My only motive is to follow the imagery I receive…I try to create a realm with each piece, something that is a world unto itself.”

 

This creation of worlds is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in “The Parakeet Always Called Oscar In To Lunch.” Composed in a palette of faded turquoise and royal blue, the sculpture is presented in a shine-like frame of metal tubing. A knife divides the center of the piece, and a plastic parakeet stands sentinel on a painted perch. One wonders, did Oscar ever have a real bird? Or did it die, and this is a substitute? Perhaps, was it always plastic, and only spoke in Oscar’s mind? The implications are endless, and moreover, open ended, as we are left to interpret the lonely scene.

 

As Durst explains, “Often the result [when I create a piece] is a metaphor for an experience, or for an emotion. Ultimately, I’d much rather express an aura, or a feeling, and maybe a memory, than a platitude or piece of social criticism. I feel that my job as an artist is to investigate myself, those parts of me that I would otherwise never access. Of course, I hope through this investigation something universal will emerge.”

 

The Life of Objects: Roy Bigler & Terry Durst opens Thursday, May 19 with an opening reception from 5:30 – 8:00pm and will be on view until June 25th. No reservations needed. For additional information on the artists and a preview of the exhibition, visit artistsarchives.org

 

To accompany the exhibition, the Archives will host Tremont Vanguards, a moderated conversation about the original creative vanguards of the now thriving Tremont arts community. Led by Archives Executive Director Mindy Tousley, the discussion will include foundational Tremont artists Jeff Chiplis, Terry Durst, and Angelica Pozo, as well as Dr. Theresa Boyd, owner of the neighborhood’s creative cornerstone, Doubting Thomas Gallery. The program will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, June 15th, 7:00 – 8:00pm. REGISTER ON ZOOM

 

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

 

2022 Annual Meeting of Members

The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve will be held in the AAWR Gallery Friday May 6, 2022, from 5 – 6:30pm.

All AAWR members in good standing are welcome to attend or participate via proxy vote. Unsure of your membership status or need special accommodations for the meeting? Call 216-721-9020 or email info@artistsarchives.org for assistance.

 

Voting will take place

  • by email proxy for those with internet access
  • hard copy proxies are available to be mailed upon request to the AAWR office, for those unable to attend with no internet access
  • in-person during the meeting at the Artists Archives

 

An Annual Report for 2021 will be generated, limited copies available at the meeting, and uploaded to the AAWR website where you may access or download it after the meeting.  If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact AAWR with your request, and we will be happy to comply.

 

Election of the Board of Directors

The following is the list of nominees to the Board of Directors of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve:

 

TO SERVE UNTIL ANNUAL MEETING – MAY 2023

Phillip Bautista – re-elect
Stephen Bucchieri – re-elect
Ryn Clarke – re-elect
Al Cowger – elect
Lee Heinen – re-elect
David Joranko – re-elect
Stuart Pearl – re-elect
Jocelyn Ruf – re-elect
Rota Sackerlotzky – re-elect
John Sargent III – re-elect
Patricia Triggs – re-elect

 

After a short break following the meeting there will be an Awards Ceremony, and Closing Party for the Members Exhibition, starting from 7:00 – 8:00pm

 

Thank you for your continued membership in the Artists Archives. We hope that you will take the time to fully participate as a member by joining us on May 6, from 5 – 6:30pm, or by casting your proxy vote by email or mail. 

 

To attend the Annual Meeting: RSVP ON EVENTBRITE

Unable to attend? FILL OUT A PROXY VOTE ONLINE by 4pm on Friday May 6, 2022.

Sincerely,

Stuart Pearl

AAWR Board President

Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing – Desktop/Laptop

David Kaplan, Untitled (Woman in Black Hat), Digitally altered detail

David Kaplan, Untitled (Woman in Black Hat), Digitally altered detail

 

Workshop: Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing

Limit/Registration: Limit of 10 per workshop. Registration is required.

 

In today’s increasingly digital art world, it can be easy for artists to feel left behind. Not everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources, yet museums and galleries rely on digital portfolios and online calls for entry to make big decisions about what they display and who they promote.

 

This April, the Archives will host two free, basic photo editing workshops to chip away at the digital divide. Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing will teach artists how to prepare photos of their work for online sharing and submissions, including how to crop, skew, resize, and perform simple image enhancement. Held in a small group format, the workshops will provide thorough, hands-on instruction by industry professionals and a support team of skilled teaching assistants.

 

Sessions will be offered for both smartphones and desktop computers using free, publicly accessible software. On Saturday, April 30, 1:00 – 2:30pm, a session will be offered for those who prefer to work on laptops or desktop computers. Join Marketing and Programming Manager Megan Alves and the Archives staff as we show you the photo editing essentials on a free, cloud-based software. The program is compatible with both Macs and PCs. No download necessary – only a wi-fi internet connection is required! Attendees can bring in their own laptop, or use one provided by the Artists Archives. Please, no tablets or iPads for this session.

 

Space is limited to 10 per workshop. To attend the free programs, register using the link below. Prior the events, tips on how best to prepare will be sent to registrants via email. Questions always welcome!

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a proud Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities ALL means ALL verified organization.  We are willing to accommodate all people including those with special needs. Closed captions and live transcriptions will be available during the virtual program. Please contact info@artistsarchives.org for additional considerations.

 

About Instructor Megan Alves: Megan Alves (she/hers) is an Art Historian, and the Marketing and Program Manager for the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR), where she is known for her arts writing and creating dynamic programming which amplifies underrepresented voices in the creative community. Over her 6 years with the Archives, Alves has applied her photo editing skills to several positions, including as a Collection’s Intern, where she photographed work from the permanent collection, as well as Gallery & Archives Coordinator, and her current marketing position. In addition to editing the images of artwork used on the Archives website, in formal press releases, and on social media, Alves curates a steady stream of engaging newsletters featuring work by regional artists. Alves has also worked as a freelance video correspondence for Cool Cleveland, a locally minded culture periodical with an emphasis on social justice.

 

Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing – Desktop/Laptop Workshop

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Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing – Smartphone

David Kaplan, Untitled (Man in Black Hat), Digitally altered detail

David Kaplan, Untitled (Man in Black Hat), Digitally altered detail

 

Workshop: Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing

Limit: Limit of 10 per workshop. Registration required.

 

In today’s increasingly digital art world, it can be easy for artists to feel left behind. Not everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources, yet museums and galleries rely on digital portfolios and online calls for entry to make big decisions about what they display and who they promote.

 

This April, the Archives will host two free, basic photo editing workshops to chip away at the digital divide. Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing will teach artists how to prepare photos of their work for online sharing and submissions, including how to crop, skew, resize, and perform simple image enhancement. Held in a small group format, the workshops will provide thorough, hands-on instruction by industry professionals and a support team of skilled teaching assistants.

 

Sessions will be offered for both smartphones and desktop computers using free, publicly accessible software. On Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 – 6:30pm, join photography wizard Ryn Clarke and learn the magic of basic photo editing on your mobile device. Clarke, who has taught smartphone editing workshops across the country, will share her knowledge in an accessible, easy-to-follow format. Attendees will be given instructions how to download the free software, which is compatible with both macOS (iPhone) and Androids operating systems.

 

Space is limited to 10 per workshop. To attend the free programs, register using the link below. Prior the events, tips on how best to prepare will be sent to registrants via email. Questions always welcome!

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a proud Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities ALL means ALL verified organization.  We are willing to accommodate all people including those with special needs. Closed captions and live transcriptions will be available during the virtual program. Please contact info@artistsarchives.org for additional considerations.

 

About Instructor Ryn Clarke: Ryn is a visual artist, photographer and educator from Cleveland, Ohio. She embraces both her iPhone and digital SLR cameras and considers it a gift to be able to share what she has learned. Ryn experiments with different photographic techniques in her image making, including elaborate nature compositing, photopolymer gravure, encaustic & hand-colored photographic prints and also holds workshops in both beginner and intermediate iPhone workshops around the country. She is on the board of The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio and a past president of the Cleveland Museum of Arts’ affiliate group, Friends of Photography. She is past Zone X Photography Representative for The Garden Club of America. She holds a fine art degree from Marymount University. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally & internationally and is held by private, corporate & medical collections throughout the United States. She is represented by The Bonfoey Gallery, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos, NM. www.rynclarkephotography.com

 

Digital Dilemmas: Basic Photo Editing – Smartphone Workshop

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Travels to Taiwan: A Journey in Prints

 

When master printer Karen D. Beckwith arrived in Taiwan in the spring of 2021, she was met with a world of shuttered windows instead of a sea of churning life. While many would have seen only impasse, Beckwith discovered inspiration, turning her search for the subtle pulse of existence into a series of technically dazzling silkscreen prints.

 

This April, the Archives will host Travels to Taiwan: A Journey in Prints with Karen D. Beckwith, a virtual program which chronicles her journey through a quarantined Taiwan to participate in the prestigious annual Taoyuan International Print Exhibition. During the 45-minute presentation, follow Beckwith through the back streets and hidden places of the country as she shares her travels, creative process, and the works inspired by her experiences.

 

“All I could do was walk around and take photos. Everything was closed due to Covid, so I made the best of an every-changing situation,” Beckwith explains. “As a printmaker and collector of visual information, I am always looking for layers of meaning in everyday scenes. It gave me time to investigate, look deeper, and ultimately create.”

 

After returning to the States, Beckwith’s photos would become the foundation for a compelling body of work which captured the stories of daily life in Southeast Asia, occurring just behind closed doors, and off the beaten trail. A live audience Q & A will follow the presentation.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a proud Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities “ALL means ALL” verified organization.  We are willing to accommodate all people including those with special needs. Closed captions and live transcriptions will be available during the virtual program. Please contact info@artistsarchives.org for additional considerations.

 

Printmaker Karen D. Beckwith

Printmaker Karen D. Beckwith

About Presenter Karen D. Beckwith: Karen D. Beckwith is a dynamic print maker who deploys her formidable technical prowess to uncover the deeper, often overlooked stories of everyday existence. Beckwith graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Printmaking and Illustration. In 1998, she became a part of a premier group of printmakers who have completed a Tamarind Institute Master Printer Fellowship, making her one of just over a hundred printmakers, who have a registered chop mark with Tamarind. Beckwith has exhibited widely, including internationally in Taiwan and Russia, and her work is included in prominent private and corporate collections. Karen lives in Cleveland and currently produces prints at Ping Pong Press and K2 Art Studio. In 2021, Beckwith became the first out Lesbian archived in the permanent collection of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability

  • Kristi Copez, The Fire Next Time, 2018, Relief print, 24 x 18"
    Kristi Copez, The Fire Next Time, 2018, Relief print, 24 x 18"

Event Calendar:

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 22, 5:30 – 8:00pm (free, no registration required)

Accessibility in the Art: Virtual Panel Discussion: Wednesday, October 12th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

ReelAbilities Cleveland – Film Screening, Improv, & Panel Discussion: featuring W/O Limits Artist Meg Matko & Curator Megan Alves: Wednesday, October 26th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Disability Friendly Puppet Making Workshops: Sat, Nov 5th, 10:00am – 12:00pm & Sun, Nov 6th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Exhibition Catalog:

Purchase W/O Limits exhibition catalog here!

 

About the Exhibition:

 Many folks consider chronic illness and disability a “them” rather than an “us” problem – an unfortunate but distant reality which impacts only a handful of the population. This couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the CDC, an estimated 26% of Americans experience some form of disability, with Women and People of Color being affected at rates much higher than their peers. Inclusion and accessibility are everyone’s responsibility, and artists can be the vanguards of social change.

 

This September, the Artists Archives is proud to present W/O Limits, an exhibition which exclusively features the work of artists experiencing chronic illness and/or disability. Curated by Megan Alves and Mindy Tousley, the remarkable show emphasizes accessibility and raises awareness while inspiring visitors with the art that people with chronic illnesses and disabilities create.

 

W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability showcases nine evocative Northeast Ohio artists, including Sarah Brown, Kristi Copez, Chappelle Letman Jr., MANDEM, Meg Matko, Arabella Proffer, Nate Puppets, Andrew Reach, and Kate Snow, and features a wide array of dynamic creations from paintings to video performances, touchable sculptures, and interactive digital installations.

 

The exhibition was conceived by curator Megan Alves as an extension of her own journey living with Scleroderma, a rare and progressive autoimmune disease which impacts the organs and connective tissue. She explains, “After I was diagnosed, I started looking around. I realized how many brilliant artists I knew who were also living with some form of disability. Far from diminishing the quality of their work, these challenges make their art more powerful because it addresses the complex realities of living in a human body. It is fearless, and ultimately, about us all.”

 

W/O Limits shares the moving stories of artists who are also survivors. Though their situations vary, they are united by their ability to explore, share, and rise above their physical limitations using the power of visual art. Setting the stage for the exhibition are the cogent self-portraits of Kristi Copez which reflect on the intersections of her identity as a Black Disabled Woman. As she explains, “A question I ask myself as someone with a disability is ‘what are you presenting to the world?’ Is my disability visible, and I will be discounted? Or conversely, is it not visible enough, and I will be doubted. These are portraits of a Black Body. A Woman’s Body. A Sick Body. What I want you to see is the beauty of the art AND the illness.”

 

An important theme in the show is the use of art as a tool to process the experience of illness. In 2010, artist Arabella Proffer’s work shifted dramatically from renaissance inspired portraits to biomorphic still-lives of floating blobs with ribbon-like tendrils. It was only after her diagnosis with terminal cancer that she realized the shapes mirrored the tumors that wrapped around her kidneys and spine. As Proffer describes, “My work has increasingly gone into a transcendental direction with these organisms and shapes acting as guides, or perhaps signals and prophecies. My visual vocabulary is now about the universal love of beauty, because making it beautiful is the hard part.”

 

Artist Sarah Brown has made a career out of helping others to process trauma with art. A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Art Therapist at the Cleveland Clinic, Brown has translated her life with epilepsy into a series of 12 life-sized foam heads. Displayed chronologically, the vividly embellished forms confront the viewers at eye level and trace her journey through corrective brain surgery and cognitive recovery. “The sculptures are meant to reflect rebuilding identity and self,” Brown explains. “I went from being a disempowered person with epilepsy… to being an empowered person and identifying what I can do… Now I can now look at myself as an author of my life.”

 

Advocacy and inclusion are powerful currents which flow throughout the exhibition. Each piece provides a unique window into the world of chronic illness and disability, facilitating change through empathy and fostering understanding.

 

Artist Kate Snow has not only used art to chronicle her experience with autoimmune disease, but her latest digital piece uses satire to expose the social policing of disabled bodies. When a debilitating flare up left her unable to make her signature Pointillist paintings, Snow began producing stripped down “Journal Entries,” before pivoting to vibrant, graphic compositions. It was during this time that she started receiving an avalanche of unsolicited advice to “correct” her health. Instead of collapsing under the weight, Snow compiled them. Upon entering the gallery, visitors will be encouraged to scan a QR code to receive such helpful suggestions as “Have you tried yoga?” and “I read pain is controlled by the mind. I’ll send you the article!” – all glimpses into a world where persistent illness is considered to be the fault of the ill.

 

Art’s ability to dismantle stigma is displayed prominently throughout the show.  Playing on a video monitor is a recording of Meg Matko’s endurance performance piece SECRET CONDITION | ADHESION in which she removes a plaster cast from her pelvis using only her fingers – physically chipping away at the silence surrounding chronic reproductive disorders. As Matko describes, “The shocking lack of knowledge, research, treatment options available, coupled with the medical industry’s blatant dismissal of those debilitated by the chronic, physical and psychological pain of these diseases, has resulted in millions of women hiding symptoms, foregoing care, questioning their sanity and suffering in silence.”

 

At its core, W/O Limits is also a celebration of the beauty of the body in all its forms. To this end, artist Nate Puppets has created Yachveotte, “The Most Beautiful Puppet in the World,” a massive 46-inch soft sculpture crafted from what, at first glance, seems to be a tangle of mismatched parts in psychedelic hues. The choice is intentional, and Yachveotte stands confidently in her beauty, defying society’s labels of “sick” or “broken.” “She’s perfect, just the way she is,” Nate reflects. “No irony intended. And the best part is, she knows it.” An emerging artist, Nate will also display 3 additional sculptures and an interactive touch piece, all “characters roughly based on my experience growing up Poor, Queer, Disabled, and Black in Cleveland, OH.”

 

So too does the artist conglomerate MANDEM reframe beauty through the lens of disability. MANDEM’s pieces explore the visceral and disabled body, religious iconography, and issues of gender and desire. Their art is simultaneously disruptive and beautiful, in critical dialogue with art history and mythology. Using reclaimed ephemera and historic darkroom techniques, MANDEM’s new body of work, the Anarchronist Archives, presents artifacts “recovered” from a fictious Cleveland attic which ingeniously “address historical trauma, queer/disabled identity, and the transformative power of myth-making… to create a “stitch in time” — a portal that reaches back to those who walked (or crawled or danced) down the stairs before us.”

 

Thanks in part to the support of a grant by the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities, W/O Limits also features a variety of accessibility measures including braille text, a wheelchair friendly layout, and a selection of touchable sculptures for those with sensory sensitivities and visual impairments. Artist Andrew Reach, known for his buzzing, large-scale digital prints, was commissioned to make one such tactile piece. “At first, the thought intimidated me,” Reach admits, “but it had been a few years since I worked in 3D and it would be healthy to challenge myself and expand into new territory. Digital technology is a gift to the disabled, allowing expression that can be too physically demanding with traditional tools.” The result is a 3D printed hashtag symbol, composed of 80 individual hashtag relief blocks – a sensory feast which transmits the concept of metadata to both the eyes and hands.

 

One of the most inspiring components of the exhibition, is the posthumous display of the work of Chappelle Letman Jr., a successful painter and printmaker until the age of 41 when he “woke up blind”, losing his sight to glaucoma just days after his mother’s death. Rather than give up his life as an artist, Letman turned to carving stone. Letman came to discover “I was not a ‘blind artist,’ I was an artist who was blind. Making art puts me in a state of mind where my disability is not an issue. My life and art are a unity of purpose, spirit, and the moment transcending limitations… I’ve always been an artist since day one. I didn’t let a disability interfere with my life’s calling.” His work will be archived in the museum’s permanent collection after the exhibition closes.

 

W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability will open with a free public reception on Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30 – 8:00pm, and will be on view until November 12th.

 

Programming:

In addition to coordinating tours with local colleges/universities, special needs and art classes from the Cleveland Metropolitain School District, Menorah Park Senior Community and disability advocate organizations including the Cleveland Sight Center and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, W/O Limits will feature a robust schedule of accompanying programming for people of all abilities.  

 

On Wednesday, October 12th, 7:00 – 8:00pm, W/O Limits will host a free, virtual artist panel discussion which will provide deeper insight into the artists’ work as well as a platform to discuss issues of accessibility in the arts. This digital event will include a community Q&A period to connect the speakers to the audience, as well as allow for broadcast of the show’s mission outside the gallery walls for those who are unable to attend in person.

 

W/O Limits will also feature disability friendly puppet making workshops on Saturday, November 5, 10:00am – 12:00pm and Sunday, November 6, 1:00 – 3:00pm led by exhibiting artist Nate Puppets with facilitation by Clinical Social Worker Chris Richards-Pagel, BFA, MSW, APSW. These small group events are designed for people experiencing disabilities, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to build self-esteem and practice social engagement in a friendly environment using the joyful power of creative expression.

 

During the free, two-hour sessions, participants will be encouraged to create an “identity puppet” which represents an aspect of themselves using an easy-to-follow template and an exciting array of props and materials. After their puppets are complete, Nate Puppets will provide expert instruction to animate their creations, giving them voice and agency.

 

Accessibility and Adaptive Measures:

In addition to proudly displaying art created by artists experiencing chronic illness or disability, W/O Limits is committed to creating a rewarding and inclusive viewing experience for as wide a spectrum of visitors as possible. Some of the accommodations which will be provided are:

 

  • Touchable artwork for those with visual impairment or sensory sensitivities
  • Exhibition labels and didactics in braille
  • Large font exhibition hand-outs for those with visual impairments and in wheelchairs
  • Lower pedestals for easy viewing from wheelchairs
  • Special viewings by appointment for the immunocompromised and those with sensory sensitivities, including optional lower exhibition lighting
  • Gallery chairs available for those with mobility issues
  • Visually descriptive tours available by appointment for those with visual impairments
  • Tours available by appointment with deaf interpreters
  • Digital catalogs available for free for those with chronic illnesses or disabilities that are unable to attend the show in person

 

Need an accommodation list above? Or need other special accommodations? We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve has been proudly certified as a Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities “ALL means ALL” organization. All people deserve to have equal access to and be equal participants in all aspects of community life. This includes where a person chooses to live, learn, work, and play. Cuyahoga DD’s ALL means ALL initiative provides guidance on actions businesses should take to ensure that they are welcoming of all people and able to support their inclusion in all activities, programs and events. To learn more about the ALL means ALL initiative, visit the Cuyahoga DD website. We look forward to serving the community with inclusion and equity for years to come!

 

Community Partners:

 

Cleveland Sight Center LogoAbout Cleveland Sight Center:  We are a team of professionals dedicated to providing services and support with a high level of compassion and expertise to people of all ages who have vision challenges. Our team of optometrists, vision rehabilitation therapists, teachers, employment specialists & other staff work with individuals & their families to understand their unique vision-related challenges and provide solutions that empower them to reach their goals and live independently.

 

CCBDD LogoW/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, and Disability is generously supported by an Arts and Culture Partnership Grant provide by Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. This funding has helped us provide accessibility measures including braille text, adaptive programming, and provide catalogs for those unable to attend the exhibition in person. Cuyahoga DD, established in 1967, strives to serve people of all ages who have a developmental disability and reside in Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga DD is part of the state’s developmental disabilities’ system, which is overseen by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). DODD certifies both people (independent providers) and agencies that provide an array of services directly to people with developmental disabilities.

 

ReelAbilities LogoReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. ReelAbilities Film Festival debuted September 2018 in Cleveland with a goal to enhance communication surrounding different disabilities in our community.

 

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2022 Annual Members Exhibition

  • 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.

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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

Stories in Light: Small Group Artist Talk

Stuart Pearl, Invisible Dog Walk - Cleveland Ohio, 2016, Digital archival print, Collection of AAWR

Stuart Pearl, Invisible Dog Walk – Cleveland Ohio, 2016, Digital archival print, Collection of AAWR

*PLEASE NOTE* Due to continued inclement weather, this tour has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 12th, 1-2pm. If you have already RSVP’d, your reservation has been automatically transferred to the new event date. Our apologies for any inconvenience! Please email mindy@artistsarchives.org for additional information.

 

Photographer Stuart Pearl is a distinct product of Cleveland. A life-long resident and second-generation Ohio artist, his work reflects the region’s shifting industrial realities, hidden revelations, and the people who travel its landscape.

 

To accompany the exhibition Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl, A Retrospective the Artists Archives is pleased to present two unique opportunities to take a deep dive into the five decades of work on display. Though diverse in subject matter, the breathtaking images are united by a painterly attention to narrative and light, as well as a compelling desire to capture the texture of life in Northeast Ohio.

 

The first event is a small group artist talk on Saturday, February 12th, 1:00 – 2:00pm. Join Pearl as he walks you through the exhibition and 50 years of his rich career, including rare, early photojournalist work and exquisite nature photography captured for the Cleveland Metroparks. The event will be limited to 15 people. Masks are required, and social distancing will be observed. Please contact the gallery if you require seating or other special mobility considerations by calling 216-721-9020 or email info@artistsarchives.org.

 

Register for the small group artist talk

 

The second event is a free, virtual artist talk on Wednesday, February 16th, 7:00 – 8:00pm. Learn more and register here….

 

Photograph by Herbert Ascherman Jr.

Image by Herbert Ascherman Jr.

About Stuart Pearl: Photographer Stuart Pearl is a lifelong Clevelander who loves to promote our city’s growth and transformation.  He believes that subjects like the Innerbelt Bridge Project, urban skylines, and the Emerald Necklace all present opportunities for telling stories through the art of photography. Pearl’s documentary technique is to be patient and methodical. Looking for the special light that transforms a mundane scene into a memorable image, he enables the viewer to see his surroundings in an entirely different way. His goal is to create images that have lasting impact, striving to capture unique sites around Cleveland that at first may appear common but in fact tell the story of the city beginning at its core. Pearl believes that photographers should support one another through mentoring and constructive critique as part of the creative process.  As an artist he believes there is a responsibility to foster dialogue with those in our larger community.  This can help create a stronger cultural appreciation for everyone. He has exhibited in the Metroparks, Erie Art Museum and Butler Institute of American Art. He currently serves as AAWR’s Board President and is a wonderful asset to this institution.

 

Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl Virtual Artist Talk

 

Photographer Stuart Pearl is a distinct product of Cleveland. A life-long resident and second-generation Ohio artist, his work reflects the region’s shifting industrial realities, hidden revelations, and the people who travel its landscape.

 

To accompany the exhibition Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl, A Retrospective the Artists Archives is pleased to present two unique opportunities to take a deep dive into the five decades of work on display. Though diverse in subject matter, the breathtaking images are united by a painterly attention to narrative and light, as well as a compelling desire to capture the texture of life in Northeast Ohio.

 

A free, virtual artist talk will be held on Wednesday, February 16th, 7:00 – 8:00pm. During the 45-minute illustrated presentation, Pearl will share the stories behind the stunning images on display, as well as show additional works which trace the trajectory of his career from his documentary roots through his contemporary urban landscapes and illusory abstract studies. The presentation will be followed by a live audience Q & A.

 

Photograph by Herbert Ascherman Jr.

Image by Herbert Ascherman Jr.

About Stuart Pearl: Photographer Stuart Pearl is a lifelong Clevelander who loves to promote our city’s growth and transformation.  He believes that subjects like the Innerbelt Bridge Project, urban skylines, and the Emerald Necklace all present opportunities for telling stories through the art of photography. Pearl’s documentary technique is to be patient and methodical. Looking for the special light that transforms a mundane scene into a memorable image, he enables the viewer to see his surroundings in an entirely different way. His goal is to create images that have lasting impact, striving to capture unique sites around Cleveland that at first may appear common but in fact tell the story of the city beginning at its core. Pearl believes that photographers should support one another through mentoring and constructive critique as part of the creative process.  As an artist he believes there is a responsibility to foster dialogue with those in our larger community.  This can help create a stronger cultural appreciation for everyone. He has exhibited in the Metroparks, Erie Art Museum and Butler Institute of American Art. He currently serves as AAWR’s Board President and is a wonderful asset to this institution.

 

Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl, a Retrospective

  • Stuart Pearl, Innerbelt Bridge Demolition, 2012, Digital photograph, 12 x 18”, Collection of the AAWR
    Stuart Pearl, Innerbelt Bridge Demolition, 2012, Digital photograph, 12 x 18”, Collection of the AAWR

 

Campus-wide Opening Reception: Friday, January 21, 5:30 – 8:00pm, including simultaneous openings at The Sculpture Center: Joshua Penrose: Forward EscapeCharmaine Spencer: From: Seed  To: Root

Virtual Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 – 8:00pm. REGISTER ON ZOOM

 

Some photographers are from a place, while others are distinctly of it. Just as Ansel Adams became synonymous with the sprawling American West, or Nan Golding with the nocturnal ecosystem of 1970s New York, the locus of a photographer’s production can become inseparable from their creative product.

 

Photographer Stuart Pearl is a distinct product of Cleveland. A life-long resident and second-generation Ohio artist, his work reflects the region’s shifting industrial realities, hidden revelations, and the people who travel its landscape.

 

This January, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve will host Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl, a 50-year retrospective which traces the artist’s trajectory from his documentary roots through his lavish urban landscapes, and illusory abstract studies. Though diverse in subject matter, the breathtaking images are united by a painterly attention to light and narrative, as well as a compelling desire to capture the texture of life in Northeast Ohio.

 

Pearl inherited his appreciation for the tumult of the city from his father, the prolific painter and educator Moses Pearl. Known for his bright, bustling watercolors, Moses’ work memorializes the looming factories and ramshackle houses of Cleveland’s mid-century neighborhoods; they also set the stage for his son’s artistic development. As Pearl describes, “I grew up surrounded by paintings and sketches. They covered every wall of our house. Dad used brush and pencil to capture his version of the world but sometimes he would grab his old Argus camera. That equipment fascinated me once I saw how it could be used to freeze a moment in time. It was pure magic to a little kid.”

 

Pearl’s own urban landscapes transform Cleveland’s gritty industrial center with the drama and grandeur of Renaissance painting. Using sweeping compositions and bold chiaroscuro, the images are reminiscent of opulent oil tableaus, populated by classical forms and rimmed with porcelain light. In Morning Transit, amber light oozes like honey over the cream arches of the Terminal Viaduct, chasing a silver passenger train as it races out of frame. A striking night scene unfolds in Innerbelt Bridge Demolition as construction crews spotlight the vestigial steel giant against a silvering dusk. Sparks fly into the air and cranes contort, silhouetted by a pink-tinged skyline. These are not manufactured images, but rather carefully awaited moments which say as much about the city as the artist’s relationship to it.

 

Stories in Light also features five decades of Pearl’s historic documentary photographs. Pearl, who attended Kent State University for post-graduate study in photojournalism and later worked as the Art Director for AT & T, began honing his craft early in his undergraduate career. “I shot for campus newspapers where I developed my photojournalistic style,” Pearl explains. “It was exciting to document people like Leonard Bernstein, Elton John, Cheech and Chong, and Ted Kennedy. Because newspapers run on deadlines, these assignments taught me how to work fast… Images must be compelling and composed in a way that immediately tell the story. These became guiding principles.”

 

A particularly moving piece features Pearl’s father painting a sports mural for South High in a makeshift basement studio. The image conveys the artist’s meditative gaze and the great scale of his endeavor. His eyes levelly regard a distant corner of the composition while his brush rests against a well-worn pallet, attending to the task with the unbroken focus of the athletes he depicts.

 

A fascinating series on display is Pearl’s abstract studies which transform everyday life into visual illusions. In Acacia Winter Shadow Stream, the viewer is presented by what appears to be a deep gash in the snow, cut by a dark trickle of water. Upon closer inspection, a miniature bridge emerges, revealing the trickle to be a deep stream which destabilizes the visual field. The juxtaposition of perceived and realized scale turns the mind, creating the sensation of looking at a tabletop model or 3-D collage.

 

In another image, the featureless peaks of suburban houses peer out over a tangle of foliage, reaching nearly to the rooftops through forced perspective. The shapes stand out as invasive, geometric impossibilities hiding between the natural world and an exquisitely feathered cloudscape. The observer gets the distinct impression the houses are peeking back, and that it is perhaps best to stay hidden in the weeds. As in many of Stuart’s works, the image calls on the viewer to reimage their position, their place and the world, and the locus of beauty, which Pearl reminds us, is often just beyond our doors.

 

Stories in Light: Stuart Pearl, a Photography Retrospective, will be celebrated with a campus-wide reception on Friday, January 21st, 5:30 – 8:00pm which includes two simultaneous openings at The Sculpture Center: Joshua Penrose: Forward EscapeCharmaine Spencer: From: Seed  To: Root. No reservations needed but masks will be required while on campus.

Contemporary Glass with Susie Silbert

 

Glass has been used in art for millennia. Traditionally valued for its form and function, the last 70 years have seen rapid innovations in studio glass technique and revolutions in its content. Contemporary artists are pushing the material to its limits and using the ubiquitous medium to take on issues from globalization to environmental conservation and human rights.

 

On Wednesday December 8, the Artists Archives will host Contemporary Glass with Susie Silbert, a virtual program featuring the Curator of Postwar & Contemporary Glass from the prestigious Corning Museum of Glass in New York. During the richly illustrated 1-hour presentation, Silbert will showcase advancements in the field and the exciting roster of artists creating them.

 

As Silbert explains, “one of the things that excites me about contemporary glass is the way that is has come from a medium that only a few people have access to, to one that people all over the globe are using to really think through ideas, to engage materiality, to develop new concepts that really haven’t ever existed before”

 

Presented as part of the Archives’ current exhibition Kindred Objects: Ceramics & Glass from the Western Reserve, the program will include the work of exhibiting regional artists. An audience Q & A will follow the presentation.

 

About Presenter Susie J. Silbert: Susie J. Silbert was appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 2016. Trained in glass working and design history, she is motivated by the complex and intertwined histories of material, making, and makers in all media. As part of her curatorial role at The Museum, Silbert serves as the editor of New Glass Review, an exhibition-in-print designed to provide a snapshot of global glass working on an annual basis, selects the recipient of the Museum’s annual Rakow Commission, awarded annually to an artist not currently represented in the Museum’s collection, and serves on the committee for the Specialty Glass Residency. She is the curator of New Glass Now and the co-curator, with Colleen McFarland Rademaker, of New Glass Now | Context.

Prior to joining the Corning Museum, she was an independent curator working across disciplines, as well as a lecturer on the History of Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her exhibitions include #F*nked!, exploring the relationship between digital interfaces and handmade objects at the Kansas City Art Institute; Concept:Process, at Parsons The New School for Design; Material Location at UrbanGlass; and SPRAWL, an interdisciplinary exhibition interpreting urban development at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogs for the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Center for Art in Wood, and UrbanGlass as well as American Art Collector, GLASS Quarterly, Metalsmith, the American Craft Council website and the book CAST, on casting in all media, edited by Jen Townshend and Renee Zettle-Stirling. Silbert holds an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

Our AIDS Story at moCa

 

Our memories. Our lives. Our AIDS Story.

 

As part of their presentations of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Artists Archive of the Western Reserve and the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland have come together to host two collaborative story sharing programs. The first was held on September 25 at the Artists Archives during CONVERGE, an exhibition which featured the work of 70 regional LGBTQ+ artists. The second program, honoring World AIDS Day on December 1st, will be held in moCa’s first floor atrium, powerfully overlooked by sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt which accompany the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.

 

HIV/AIDS has touched the lives of so many in Northeast Ohio. Grounded in the practices of community-building and healing, these unique programs are structured as inclusive story sharing circles. All are welcome to join these discussions and share their memories and experiences with the disease in a safe and nurturing environment.

 

Our AIDS Story at moCa will be facilitated by Jen McMillen Smith, a Social Work Specialist in the Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease at MetroHealth and coordinator of MetroHealth’s biennial exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The event will also include CONVERGE artists Gil Kudrin, Jim George, and Randy Maxin as featured storytellers as well as CONVERGE chief curator Kelly Pontoni.

 

 Attendance is limited and advance registration is required.

Please note: Participants are required to wear a mask inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106)

 REGISTER FOR PROGRAM HERE

 

About the Facilitator Jen McMillen Smith: Jen McMillen Smith is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has been working with people living with HIV since 1998. With expertise in mental health and addiction, Jen created Compass Services at MetroHealth, where she facilitates support groups and provides counseling plus Rapid Start services for people who are newly diagnosed with HIV. Jen manages several HIV-related grants & projects, most notably a mobile app for 13-34 year olds living with HIV, Positive Peers. Jen has a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a BA in Sociology from Baldwin Wallace University.

 

 

About the accompanying exhibitions: 

  •  Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCA), maps the intersections and collaborations among a network of Los Angeles based queer Chicanx artists and their artistic collaborators between the late 1960s and early 1990s. Taking its title in deference to the artist Edmundo “Mundo” Meza (1955-1985), a central figure within his generation, Axis Mundo presents over two decades of work—painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, music, fashion, and photography— created in the context of significant artistic and cultural movements, from the emergence of the Chicanx civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ liberation movements through to the political activism around the AIDS epidemic.
  • CONVERGE, was a group exhibition of over 70 artists presented by the Artists Archive of the Western Reserve (AAWR) picks up where Axis Mundo concludes, showing recent work by the LGBTQ artistic community of the Western Reserve. As in Axis MundoCONVERGE showcases stories that range from protest, pride, and transformation, to simple joy in the aesthetics of beauty and act of creation. Though the show closed on October 16th, the Archives continues to support the LGBTQIA+ community through it’s exhibitions and programming.

Axis Mundo and CONVERGE highlight the contributions of many under-recognized artists, solidifying their presence in the archives of art history. In concert with these exhibitions, both moCa and AAWR will display blocks of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Kindred Objects: Ceramics & Glass from the Western Reserve

  • Katie Burkett, Silence of the Situation at Hand, 2021, Rocking chair, medical gauze tubing, blown glass, aprox. 4 ft × 6ft x 7.5ft
    Katie Burkett, Silence of the Situation at Hand, 2021, Rocking chair, medical gauze tubing, blown glass, aprox. 4 ft × 6ft x 7.5ft

In-Person Opening Reception: Thursday, November 4th, 5:30 – 8:00pm. No registration necessary. Masks required.

Virtual Program: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Contemporary Glass with Susie Silbert (Curator of Postwar & Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass) has been rescheduled to Wednesday December 8th, 7:00 – 8:15pm. Our apologies for any inconvenience! REGISTER ON ZOOM

 

There’s something fundamentally moving about glass and ceramics. Familiar, yet surprising, the mediums form a visceral connection between the viewer and the artist, providing a powerful pathway to transmit ideas through shared tactile experience.

 

This November, the Artists Archives welcomes Kindred Objects:  Ceramics & Glass from the Western Reserve, a regional group exhibition curated by Kent State University faculty Davin K. Ebanks and Peter Christian Johnson. The show features over 20 Ohio creators including representative works from established artists like Brinsley Tyrrell, Todd Leech, Eva Kwong, Marc Petrovic, and Kari Russell-Pool, as well as that of emerging and aspiring artists whose work is lesser known.

 

For Ebanks and Johnson, the pairing of the media was a natural choice. “Glass is historically linked to ceramics,” they explain. “The technology for the latter is necessary to produce the former. This kinship formed the basis for the genesis of this show… Moreover, both materials seem to command a unique loyalty from their practitioners.” Both glass and ceramics also have strong historical ties to Northeast Ohio. “It must be mentioned that the American Studio Glass Movement was born in the Western Reserve, in Toledo, Ohio, nearly 60 years ago…The Western Reserve is now home to 3 significant glass programs: Bowling Green State University, Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University, all of which are represented in this show.”

 

While the work was not chosen for any thematic or formal similarity, certain commonalities emerged including the timely theme of adaptation. “The Coronavirus Pandemic has created challenges for all artists,” Ebanks muses, “but even more so for those who depend on specialized equipment and studios to make their work. Many of the artists here rose to that challenge, adapting their practice when going to their studio was an impossibility.” Glass artist Katie Burkett, for example, began incorporating textiles into her work during quarantine when other materials became scarce at local craft stores. Both Alicia Telzerow’s process and subject matter seemed altered by the pandemic. Switching to cast resin when she no longer had access to kilns or hot glass, Telzerow’s created Connectivity Issues, a wearable mask which features human ears in the place of respirator cartridges – a play “on the filtration of information rather than air,” and an ominous nod to the fragile safety of the pandemic.

 

Another commonality in the show is artists’ use of personal experience to address universal themes.  Brian Sarama, for instance, sculpts vibrant, ceramic towers of gooey snacks to confront his own struggles with body image while drawing parallels “to the larger paradigm of food culture and consumerism.” Glass artist Sommer Bonfiglio explores the sexualization of women and girls by recreating the familiar iconography of the ballet. Bonfiglio describes, “As an ex-dancer, my work is influenced by the backstage of the Paris Opera house. In the 1800’s, the backstage was known as le foyer de la danse. It served as a meeting point between dancers and wealthy male subscribers known as the abonnés, who sexually exploited the dancers. I transform objects related to dance that have not yet been influenced by the male gaze into sexual objects which serve as relics.”

 

Perhaps most of all, “the works in Kindred Objects highlight how material exploration can not only reinforce concept but be the locus of the work itself.” This can be seen in Timothy Stover’s exquisite cast and laminated glass sculptures which dive deep into the refractive qualities of the medium, or in Marc Petrovic’s Murrini tablets, which form the foundation for his hot-sculpted bird of prey. In both cases, the process becomes part of the concept. Todd Leech’s lusciously textured ceramic surfaces and Gabriel John Poucher’s swirling, deconstructed forms function much the same way. “Materiality is a major driving force for artists of both mediums, and no wonder,” Johnson marvels, “walking through this exhibition is a showcase of seductive surfaces, colors and forms, all created from two humble materials that started as sand.”

 

An in-person opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 4th, 5:30 – 8:00pm. No reservations are required but masks are mandatory while inside the gallery.

 

On Wednesday, December 8th join Susie J. Silbert, Curator of Postwar & Contemporary Glass from The Corning Museum of Glass for a virtual program which highlights current innovation in the medium. REGISTER ON ZOOM!

 

Kindred Object Exhibiting Artists: Sommer Bonfiglio, Katie Burkett, Kristin Cliffel, Stephanie Craig, Alli Hoag, Benjamin Johnson, Brent Kee Young, Eva Kwong, Benjamin Lambert, Jennifer Leach, Andrea Leblond, Todd Leech, Alberto Veronica Lopez, Jennifer Masley, Zachary Miller, Marc Petrovic, Gabriel John Poucher, Kari Russell-Pool, Brian Sarama, Timothy Stover, Michelle Summers, Alicia Telzerow, Brinsley Tyrrell.

Dollmaking with PRIDE!

 

Join moCa AIR Artist-in-Residence Joyce Morrow Jones on Saturday October 16 & Sunday October 17, 10am-3pm, for a special PRIDE edition of her popular doll making workshop. Allow the creative spirit to flow as you craft a traditional bottle doll celebrating your very own PRIDE story. All materials will be provided by Joyce, as well as joyful encouragement and expert instruction. No experience is necessary!

 

A workshop fee of $20 will be charged to cover the instructor’s time and material costs. Payment can be made directly to Joyce on the day of the event. Cash and credit card accepted.

 

To maintain the safety of our community, social distancing will be practiced. Masks are encouraged for those who are vaccinated and mandatory for those who are not. Limited to 10 participants per day. Please allow yourself at least 1.5 hours to create your PRIDE story doll.

 

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PRIDE bottle doll by Joyce Morrow Jones

To attend, REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE!

 

After booking your day on Eventbrite, please email mindy@artistsarchives.org with the time you would like to attend. The following time slots are available…

 

Saturday October 16th:

  • Session 1: Limit 5 people, 10 – 11:30am
  • Session 2: Limit 5 people, 11:30 – 1:00pm
  • Session 3: Limit 5 people, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Sunday October 17th:

  • Session 1: Limit 5 people, 10 – 11:30am
  • Session 2: Limit 5 people, 11:30 – 1:00pm
  • Session 3: Limit 5 people, 1:00 – 2:30pm

 

Dollmaking with PRIDE! is presented as part of CONVERGE, a massive visual art exhibition featuring 70 Ohio LGBTQ+ artists and over 140 works shown across 5 venues. Held in partnership with the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Lake Erie College, Judson Manor Retirement Community, and Cleveland MetroHealth CONVERGE brings together the stories of the regional LGBTQ community. On view until October 16. (learn more…)

ART + AIDS: A Virtual Panel Discussion

 

AIDS and visual art are inextricably linked. From the searing images of David Wojnarowicz to ACT UP’s powerful SILENCE = DEATH campaign and the countless lives memorialized by the National AIDS Quilt, art has been used as a call to arms and means of comfort for an entire generation impacted by the disease.

 

Join the Artists Archives on Wednesday, October 6th for ART + AIDS, a virtual panel discussion exploring the relationship between creative expression and the AIDS epidemic, including the ability of art to raise awareness, enact social change, and provide pathways to healing. Moderated by historic LGBTQ+ activist Martha Pontoni, the panel includes CONVERGE exhibiting artists Gil Kudrin and M. Carmen Lane, as well as Daniel Marcus, co-curator of the pivotal Art After Stonewall exhibition.

 

“The reason AIDS had such a good PR campaign was because it had to,” panelist and long-term AIDS survivor Gil Kudrin explains. “Because no one was paying attention. It was get noticed or die… so we demanded it.” In the words of Gran Fury, ACT UP’s infamous graphic design collective, art was a powerful means to “get drugs into bodies,” which through unapologetic advocacy and sheer tenacity, is precisely what it did.

 

The panel will also discuss the regional impact of AIDS, and the response of Ohio artists to the epidemic. As Daniel Marcus describes, “while the role of artists as AIDS activists features centrally in histories of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the story is almost always told—not unjustly—with New York and San Francisco as its focal points. Through my curatorial work on Art after Stonewall, I became interested in exploring alternative legacies of ‘cultural activism’ rooted in and around Central Ohio.”

 

As recently as 2017, Cuyahoga County had some of the highest new HIV diagnosis rates in the country, with gay/bisexual men of color contracting the disease at twice the rate of their white peers[1]. Panelist M. Carmen Lane, a socially engaged artist, educator and consultant has experienced first-hand the impact of AIDS on the region, including on the African American LGBTQ+ community. Lane describes, “I was born in 1975, by age ten I was acutely aware that the environment that I lived in didn’t like people like me because of the intersections of my race and gender…By my twenties my awareness expanded—that human beings with social group identities labeled marginal by society made one vulnerable to infection and targeted for being HIV positive by the very system that put you at risk. I’m almost fifty and these conditions still exist.”

[1] AIDSVu, 2021

 

Gil Kudrin, Larry, Screen print on paper, 8 x 10”

 

 

About Moderator Martha Pontoni: Martha is the former publisher and founder of the Gay People’s Chronicle. In 1989, she was instrumental in starting the Pride Celebrations here in Cleveland and bringing the Names Project Quilt when it was first starting and still small enough to fit in the Convention Center. She now works as a Business Analyst and is an assistant to her artist wife, Kelly Pontoni.

 

 

 

About Panelist Gil Kudrin: Gil has been one of the principal designers at Nightsweats & T-cells for the last 31 years. His sense of design was born organically from his work in the trades; cabinet making, carpentry, landscape design, home renovation and wood working. An appreciation for architecture and an education in Environmental Technologies ( system design ) have help shape Gil’s approach to all design and art projects relying on clean lines and precise messaging. Gil arrived at Nightsweats & T-cells on a busy Friday morning in 1990 and soon realized that this was going to be a pivotal point in his life and career. He enrolled at The Cleveland Institute of Art studying design and digital art… Followed by many years of courses in Adobe software, web design and coding at Cuyahoga Community College. The screen printing industry was on fast trajectory from mostly old school hand drawn illustrations and type setting with press type (Letraset) to digital direct to film output and higher efficiency.

The first Time Nightsweats & T-cells showed a full array of work was in 1991 at Cleveland Pride. October of 1992found Gil and Nightsweats & T-cells in Washington, D.C. on The National Mall side by side with ACT UP during a 3 day event and a display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Nightsweats & T-cells provided Gil and other people living with HIV/AIDS a voice that by 1994 reached across the world. Bookstores, shops and galleries that catered to the LGBT/HIV communities carried their product, designs, art and messages from London to Hawaii.. The custom screen printing end of the business allowed Gil to collaborate on design, art preparation and production with the likes of Hillary Knight, Bob Mackie, John Lithgow, Bernadette Peters, David Gallo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Russell Preston Brown (senior creative director of Adobe) to name, but a few. gil worked with many events from “The Day of Silence”, V-Day, The National LGBT Health Conference, The Ohio AIDS Coalition, National Minority AIDS Council to The President Bill Clinton’s Work Incentive Legislation and President Obama’s Nation HIV/AIDS Policy and implementation.

Gil has lectured at over 100 conferences, Universities and events. Teaching print making at University level is always a unique opportunity to share knowledge passed to Gil by master artists and printers. He is currently working on his own Covid delayed Dutch brand gijs-ink.

 

About Panelist M. Carmen Lane: M. Carmen Lane, MSOD is a two:spirit African-American and Haudenosaunee (Mohawk/Tuscarora) artist, writer and facilitator living in Cleveland, Ohio.  Lane’s work ranges from experiential educator to diversity practitioner to organizational systems consultant to experimental artist—all of it integrates ancestry, legacy, and spirituality; pursues expansion, experimentation, and play. Lane is founder and director of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership, an urban retreat center and social practice experiment in holistic health, leadership development, Indigenous arts and culture and the Akhsótha Gallery located in the historic Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.

Lane’s work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including the Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink Magazine, Anomaly, and the Lambda Literary Award-nominated Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literatures. Lane’s first collection of poetry is Calling Out After Slaughter (2015). Lane has exhibited work during the FRONT 2018 triennial group show by Michael Rakowitz, A Color Removed at SPACES Gallery and at EFA Project Space’s Spring 2019 exhibition In The Presence of Absence. Lane was a 2018 Creative Fusion artist-in-residence and recipient of the 2019 Room In The House artist residency at the historic Karamu theatre. In 2020, Lane was awarded a Joyce Award with ATNSC: Center for Healing and Creative Leadership. They are currently exhibiting work at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio and Lake Erie College as part of the group exhibition CONVERGE, of Northeast Ohio based LGBTQIA artists.

Lane attended Earlham College receiving their BA in Women’s Studies with a focus in feminist art history, theory & criticism and later earned their MS in Organization Development & Change from American University. Lane was a recipient of both the AU/NTL Segal-Seashore Fellowship and Hal Kellner Award. Lane is an Amanda Fouther scholar/member of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. In 2016, they became a birth/postpartum and end-of-life doula. In February 2020, they were an artist-in-residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University.

 

About Panelist Daniel Marcus: Daniel Marcus is Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at The Ohio State University. He was previously the inaugural Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow at the Columbus Museum of Art, where he co-curated with Jonathan Weinberg, Tyler Cann, and Drew Sawyer the acclaimed exhibition Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989. His scholarly research, teaching, and exhibition projects have lately converged around histories of art and activism, with an emphasis on the relationship between artistic form and movement politics.

 

 

About CONVERGE: The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present CONVERGE, a massive visual art exhibition held in partnership with the LGBTQ Center of Greater Cleveland, Lake Erie College, Judson Manor, and Cleveland MetroHealth. Curated by Kelly Pontoni, with co-curators Sam Butler, Tony Williams, and Mark Yasenchack, CONVERGE features 70 Ohio LGBTQ artists and over 140 works. On view until October 16

 

About the Artists Archives:  The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

 

 

Our AIDS Story

 

Our memories. Our lives. Our AIDS Story.

 

To accompany their exhibitions of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa) will come together to host two collaborative story sharing programs. The first, on Saturday, September 25, will be held at the Artists Archive of the Western Reserve during their CONVERGE exhibition of Ohio LGBTQ artists while the second, taking place on December 1, 2021, World AIDS Day, will be located in moCa’s first floor atrium in conjunction with the museum’s presentation of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt.

  

HIV/AIDS has touched the lives of so many in Northeast Ohio. Grounded in the practices of community-building and healing, these unique programs will be structured as inclusive story sharing circles. The September 25th program will be facilitated by Rabbi Rachel Davidson, Chaplain Resident at the VA Medical Center. The December 1st program will be facilitated by Jen McMillen Smith, a Social Work Specialist in the Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease at MetroHealth and coordinator of MetroHealth’s biennial exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

 

All are welcome to join these discussions and share their memories and experiences with the disease in a safe and nurturing environment. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. 

 

  • Part I: Saturday, September 25, 10am – 12pm at Artists Archive of the Western Reserve, 1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland OH 44106. Facilitated by Rabbi Rachel Davidson, Chaplain Resident at the VA Medical Center, the morning will include stories from CONVERGE artists Bret Hines, William Martin Jean, Gil Kudrin, Jessica Pinsky, and Dan Rothenfeld. Following the program, the gallery will be open from 12 – 4pm to view the exhibition. REGISTER FOR PART I HERE

 

  • Part II: Wednesday, December 1, 5pm – 7pm at moCa Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106. Hosted on World AIDS Day during moCa’s presentation of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. Facilitated by Jen McMillen Smith, a social work specialist in the Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease at MetroHealth and coordinator of MetroHealth’s biennial exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. REGISTER FOR PART II HERE

 

Please note: Participants will be required to masked an maintain social distance during both events.

 

About the accompanying exhibitions: 

  •  Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCA), maps the intersections and collaborations among a network of Los Angeles based queer Chicanx artists and their artistic collaborators between the late 1960s and early 1990s. Taking its title in deference to the artist Edmundo “Mundo” Meza (1955-1985), a central figure within his generation, Axis Mundo presents over two decades of work—painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, music, fashion, and photography— created in the context of significant artistic and cultural movements, from the emergence of the Chicanx civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ liberation movements through to the political activism around the AIDS epidemic.
  • CONVERGE, a group exhibition of over 70 artists presented by the Artists Archive of the Western Reserve (AAWR) picks up where Axis Mundo concludes, showing recent work by the LGBTQ artistic community of the Western Reserve. As in Axis Mundo, CONVERGE showcases stories that range from protest, pride, and transformation, to simple joy in the aesthetics of beauty and act of creation.

 

Axis Mundo and CONVERGE highlight the contributions of many under-recognized artists, solidifying their presence in the archives of art history. In concert with these exhibitions, both moCa and AAWR will display blocks of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt.

 

About the Facilitators:

September 25th Facilitator: Rabbi Rachel Davidson is a recent graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, in Wyncote, PA. Rabbi Rachel served as an intern at West Chester University, Bryn Mawr College, Monroe Village Senior Living Community, Lions Gate Continuing Care Retirement Community and Albert Einstein Medical Center. She focused her rabbinic training on pastoral and text skills, and especially enjoyed getting to research Jewish burial practices and the Divine Feminine in the Ancient Near East. She is called towards providing spiritual and existential accompaniment as part of holistic health care teams. Rachel is continuing her rabbinic work as a chaplain resident at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She and her wife recently moved to Shaker Heights, where they both grew up. 

 

December 1st Facilitator: Jen McMillen Smith is a Social Work Specialist in the Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease at MetroHealth and coordinator of MetroHealth’s biennial exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. McMillen Smith graciously facilitated the display of panels of the AIDS Quilt at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve as part of their CONVERGE exhibition of Ohio LGBTQ+ art and at moCa as part of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. 

Tom Roese CONVERGE Artist Talk

 

As part of the CONVERGE exhibition of Ohio LGBTQ art, the Artists Archives in partnership with Judson Manor is pleased to present a virtual artist talk with Archived Artist Thomas Roese on Thursday, September 2, 4:00 – 5:00pm.

 

Join Roese as he reveals insights into his creative process and practice during this hour-long, richly illustrated program. Known for his impeccable draftsmanship and portrayal of rust-belt life, Roese’s images lavish attention on everyday scenes frequently passed by or overlooked.

 

As Roese describes, “My drawings are stories about people and the implied relationships between themselves and to their environment. The deserted factory, the smoke from a mill, the singular figure walking along a street. All these reference the present, the past, prosperity, employment, or despair. Descriptive imagery with an inner abstracted structure, the stage is set with pattern, color, texture, and lighting. ”

 

During the talk, Roese will also discuss his latest CLE Project series which critically explores suburban life through its sterile, monolithic architecture. For Roese, the impenetrable structures also speak to the isolation and loss of connectivity experienced during the COVID epidemic, particularly as a gay man who lived through the anxiety and terror of the AIDS crisis only decades before.

 

About Thomas Roese: Thomas Roese graduated the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1971. His paintings appeared in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show every year from 1979-1989. He has shown in the Butler Institute of American Art’s National Mid-year exhibition in 1985 and 1994. Other exhibition venues for his work have included the Mansfield Fine Arts Center, Sandusky Cultural Arts Center, Southwest Arts Council, and the Great Northern Corporate Center. In 2000, he had solo shows at the Audrey and Harvey Feinberg Gallery in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and at the Ohio Arts League Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. In 2001, he showed with Bonnie Dolin at the Cleveland Playhouse Art Gallery.

Roese taught drawing and painting for decades at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Parma City Schools where he served as a high school art teacher and department chair. In 1991, he was recognized as an outstanding classroom art teacher and was invited to participate in the AICA New York Summer Studio Program. In 2001, he became an Archived Artist at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

About CONVERGE: This August, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve presents CONVERGE, a massive visual art exhibition held in partnership with the LGBTQ Center of Greater Cleveland, Lake Erie College, Judson Manor, and Cleveland MetroHealth. Shown across 5 venues, CONVERGE brings together the diverse stories of the LGBTQ community, including the historically underrepresented voices of women, transgender people, and people of color. Curated by Kelly Pontoni, with co-curators Sam Butler, Tony Williams, and Mark Yasenchack, with assistance by Mary Proctor, CONVERGE features 70 Ohio LGBTQ artists and over 140 works which explore themes of protest, pride, celebration, and transformation.

Un(masc)ing Drag History with Dr. Lady J

 

What do you think of when you think of drag? For many, an image of a cisgender gay man comes to mind: an Ethel-Merman-type impersonator in a towering wig, lip-syncing show tunes amidst a maelstrom of kitsch and glitter. While the vision is not inaccurate, it’s not the whole story, and overlooks the contributions of whole communities of performers to a powerful artform that has evolved into multimillion-dollar creative industry.

 

On Tuesday, September 14th,  join the Artists Archives for Un(masc)ing Drag History with Dr. Lady J, a virtual program which reveals the foundational role of gender non-conforming people, trans people, and cisgender women in creating and advancing the art of drag. During this hour-long presentation, Dr. Lady J will explore over 150 years of US & UK drag history, including the rich legacy of BIPOC performers and the difficulties they faced in even the most progressive drag scenes.

 

Beginning with London’s Molly Houses in the 19th century, the program follows drag history through the gender blended landscape of the Cockettes, an acid-tripping, commune-based drag troupe from the 1960s that included adults, children, cisgender, trans performers, and even pre-fame Divine and Sylvester. Lady J will unpack these subcultures of drag, guiding the audience to today’s wide-open nightlife scenes where the gender of performers, and their characters, are nearly limitless.

 

For presenter Dr. Lady J, the history of drag is not only her life’s work; it is her lived experience. A non-binary trans woman who holds a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, Lady J is “the world’s first drag queen with a PhD dissertation on drag history” and a respected performer on the national stage. As Lady J explains, “over the last decade or so, this history brought me closer to my actual self: from genderqueer-ish boy starting grad school, to non-binary trans kid…to a non-binary trans woman who won’t be defined by anyone but herself…. The people in this talk made space for people like me and other misfit weirdos to find our path in the drag world. The least I can say as a thank you is to try to bring these folks back into drag history where they belong.”

 

Un(masc)ing Drag History is proud to accompany CONVERGE, a massive exhibition of Ohio LGBTQ visual art held in partnership with the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Lake Erie College, Judson Manor, and Cleveland MetroHealth. Shown across 5 venues, CONVERGE brings together the diverse stories of the LGBTQ community, including the historically underrepresented voices of women, transgender people, and people of color. Curated by Kelly Pontoni, with co-curators Sam Butler, Tony Williams, and Mark Yasenchack, with assistance by Mary Proctor, CONVERGE features 70 Ohio LGBTQ artists and over 140 works which explore themes of protest, pride, celebration, and transformation.

 

About the presenter: Originally hailing from just outside of Dollywood in rural  East Tennessee, Dr. Lady J is a non-binary trans woman who holds a doctorate in Musicology from Case Western Reserve University and is the world’s first drag queen with a PhD dissertation on drag history, a working drag queen whose research and educational outreach focus on obliterating the erasures of queer performance from history and bringing forward the contributions drag performers have made to politics, music, film, fashion, and popular culture. Her dissertation “From the Love Ball to RuPaul: The Mainstreaming of Drag in the 1990s” has now reached over 4000 downloads. Dr. Lady J now serves as the Director of Programming, Education & Outreach for Studio West 117, a new LGBTQ+ hub for the Greater Cleveland area.

 

Lady J’s career as a drag performer led her to become the first drag queen to perform representing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland Pride in 2017, as well as the Drag Queen Coordinator and one of three selected drag performers for the Gay Games IX Opening Ceremonies, a selected entertainer for the Ohio Burlesque Festival for  2015, 2016, and 2017, and headlined at the 2018 and 2019 Austin International Drag Festivals. Before leaving the world of academia she even sat on the American Musicological Society National LGBTQ Study Group board for three years, and her review of Gillian Roger’s Just One of The Boys: Male Impersonation on the 19th-Century Stage will be published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. For more information, visit Dr. Lady J’s website.

 

CONVERGE: AAWR

  • Ray Caspio, I Am Just so Scared to Touch You (But If I Do), Mixed media, 45 x 33”
    Ray Caspio, I Am Just so Scared to Touch You (But If I Do), Mixed media, 45 x 33”

CONVERGE Venue Name: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Venue Location: 1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland OH 44106

Venue Exhibition Dates: August 26 – October 16th

Gallery Hours: W-F 10am – 4pm, Sat 12pm – 4pm

Venue Website: CONVERGE – Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Venue Contact: 216-721-9020

 

Venue Exhibiting Artists: Ray Caspio, Trey Gehring, Jim George, Nancy Halbrooks, Michael W. High, Rodney Hines, Rowan Leek, Max Markwald, Charles Mayer, Kelly Pontoni, Laurie Reydman, Dan Rothenfeld, Ron Shelton, Kevenn Smith, Aaron Swank, Shawny Walthaw, Tony Williams

               

Special Venue Events:

  • Artist Archives Opening Reception | Thursday, August 26
    • Featured appearance by Veranda L’Ni Cleveland’s Tallest Drag Entertainer
    • Private VIP Reception | 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Public Reception | 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • Virtual Program: Un(masc)ing Drag History with Dr. Lady J | Tuesday, September 14 | 7:00 – 8:15pm | Register here
  • Virtual Program: ART + AIDS Panel Discussion | Wednesday, October 6 | 7:00 – 8:15pm
  • Workshop: Cleveland MetroHealth AIDS Quilt Making
    • Saturday, September 25 | 11:00am – 1:00pm or 1:00 – 3:00pm
    • Wednesday, September 29 | 12:00 – 2:00pm or 2:00 – 4:00pm
    • Thursday, October 7 | 4:00 – 6:00pm or 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Workshop: moCa + AAWR AIDS Story Sharing
    • Part I| Saturday, September 25 | 10:00 – 12:00pm | Artists Archives
    • Part II | Wednesday, December 1 | 5:00 – 7:00pm | moCa
  • Workshop: Joyce Morrow Jones Doll Making | Artists Archives
    • Saturday, October 16 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Sunday, October 17 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

CONVERGE Venue Statement:

CONVERGE is a broad-based exhibition encompassing the many facets of the Western Reserves’ LGBTQAI + visual arts community. The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate and document the Legacy and the contributions of these artists to the cultural fabric of the Western Reserve. It purposefully encompasses a wide breadth of styles and disciplines produced by seventy-one diverse artists ranging in age from young adults to octogenarians. The stories these artists chose to communicate through their work span a wide range from protest, pride, and transformation to simple joy in the aesthetics of beauty and act of creation

 

The mission of the Artists Archives is to uphold and preserve the histories and legacies of our Ohio artists, with a focus on the Western Reserve. The documentation of the work of the LGBTQAI + community of artists to the overall history of the Western Reserve has not previously been compiled to any great extent. It is our hope that holding this exhibition, producing a catalog, recording the artists oral histories, and supporting their stories in a series of virtual programs, will begin the process of historical documentation for future generations.

 

Their stories, their lives and their art CONVERGE here into one grand exhibition revealing who they are, what they do, why they do it, and how important their viewpoints are to all of us. Mindy Tousley, Executive Director AAWR 2021

 

CONVERGE: LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

  • Ben Oblivion, Desired Constellation (Still), Video
    Ben Oblivion, Desired Constellation (Still), Video

CONVERGE Venue Name: LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

Venue Location: 6705 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

Venue Exhibition Dates: August 29 – October 16

Gallery Hours: Mon Wed Thu Fri 10am – 8pm, Tue 10am – 6pm

Venue Website: Home – LGBT Community Center (lgbtcleveland.org)

Venue Contact: 216-651-5428

 

Venue Exhibiting Artists: Amie Albert, Denise Astorino, Tom Balbo, Karen D. Beckwith, Melissa Bloom, Kat Burdine, Sam Butler, Cathy Clerk Dully, Paxton Enstad, Susan Farone, Chuck Fischer, Christa Freehands, Matthew Gallagher, Jim George, Cassie Harner, Bret Hines, Mark Howard, William Martin Jean, Robert Jergens, Jackson Kennedy, Drew King, Gil Kudrin, Tracey Lind, Randy Maxin, MANDEM (Moco/Maize/Kiki), Ben Oblivion, Wendy Partridge, Jessica Pinsky, Kelly Pontoni, Mary Proctor, Andrew Reach, Christopher Richards, Thomas Roese, Dan Rothenfeld, John Saile, Aaron Swank, Dan Tranberg, Arnold Tunstall, Daiv Whaley, Mark Yasenchack

 

Special Venue Events:

  • Virtual Program: LGBT Center CONVERGE Artist & Curator Talks 
  • LGBT Center Reception | Friday, September 17 | SOLD OUT
    • Plexus LGBTQ+ Young Professional  Mixer | 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Public Reception Part I | 6:30 – 8:00pm
    • Public Reception Part II | 8:00 – 9:00pm
  • LGBT Center Heritage Day Special Viewing | Saturday, October 9 | Time TBA

 

CONVERGE Venue Statement

The LGBT Community of Greater Cleveland is pleased to partner with Artist Archives (AAWR) of the Western Reserve to highlight the creativity and contributions of local LGBTQ artists who have always been included as part of the cultural fabric of the Western Reserve. The upcoming exhibit will be a celebration of the legacy of the LGBTQ’s community within the visual arts. The stories artists tell will range from protest, pride, and transformation to simple joy in the act of creation.

As an established anchor organization in the Gordon Square Arts District and as one of the first established LGBT Community Center’s in the nation it is an honor to work with AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley and additional talented artists, activist Kelly Pontoni, Mark Yasenchack, Tony Williams, and Sam Butler. We believe the partnership with AAWR and the exhibit is aligned and in support of our efforts to achieve our mission to, “Enrich the lives of the diverse LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, support, education, and celebration.”

CONVERGE: Judson Manor

  • Robert Jergens, Window Variations, Near & Far, 1990, Acrylic on wood, 31 x 46 x 1”, Collection of the Artists Archives
    Robert Jergens, Window Variations, Near & Far, 1990, Acrylic on wood, 31 x 46 x 1”, Collection of the Artists Archives

CONVERGE Venue Name: Judson Manor Retirement Community

Venue Location: South Concourse Gallery | 1890 E 107th St. Cleveland, OH 44106

Venue Exhibition Dates: July 1 – October 31, 2021

Gallery Hours: Daily 10am – 4pm

Venue Website: Retirement Community in University Circle, OH | Judson Manor (judsonsmartliving.org)

Venue Contact: 216-532-1351

 

Venue Exhibiting Artists: Archived Artists Roy Bigler, Terry Durst, William Martin Jean, Robert Jergens, and Thomas Roese

 

Special Venue Events:

  • William Martin Jean Artist Talk | Wednesday, July 28 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | In-person at Judson Manor
  • Tom Roese Artist Talk | Thursday, September 2 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | In-person at Judson Manor & on Zoom

 

About CONVERGE at Judson Manor: Part of the CONVERGE exhibition of Ohio LGBTQ art, CONVERGE at Judson features LGBT artists from the Archives’ permanent collection including Robert Jergens, William Martin Jean, Thomas Roese, Roy Bigler, and Terry Durst, as well as private works for sale by Jergens, Jean, and Roese. Now on view until September 26th.

 

CONVERGE Venue Statement:

Judson Manor is a vibrant senior living community within University Circle. As part of the Judson Smart Living group of three campuses which “Bring Community to Life”, Judson Manor occupies a long and storied place in the cultural/artistic/educational nexus of the Cleveland that is University Circle. Since its construction in 1923 as the Wade Park Manor Hotel, this Georgian Revival architectural Grande dame has long been a magnet for artists, musicians, poets, and dreamers.

 

Now as a senior residential community it has an internationally recognized Artist-In Residence program with students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art, whereby talented young artists live for free with audiences of life-long patrons of the arts. The new South Concourse Gallery is just an expansion of keeping the arts central to Manor residents’ lives. Judson Manor is thrilled with its year-round collaboration with The Artist Archive of the Western Reserve and proud to partner for CONVERGE, an extraordinary celebration of the work, stories, and lives of LGBTQ+ artists.

CONVERGE: MetroHealth

  • Paxton Enstad, 30 Years Worth, Screenprint on paper, 40 x 32”
    Paxton Enstad, 30 Years Worth, Screenprint on paper, 40 x 32”

CONVERGE  Venue Name: Cleveland MetroHealth

Venue Location: MetroHealth | Rammelkamp Atrium & Outpatient Plaza Atrium |2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland OH 44109

Additional Venue Information: Park in the visitor’s garage on MetroHealth Drive, across from the towers –  bring your parking ticket in for validation. Enter through the revolving doors under the towers and the front desk staff can direct you to the Rammelkamp Atrium and the Outpatient Plaza Atrium (near our Pharmacy)

CONVEGE Exhibition Dates: August 26 – October 16

National AIDS Quilt Exhibition Dates: September 20 – October 8

Gallery Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm Daily

Venue Website: 2021 AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibition | The MetroHealth System

Venue Exhibiting Artists: Mark Badzik, Paxton Enstad, Gene Epstein, William Martin Jean, Gil Kudrin, Tracey Lind, Anthony Trausch

 

Special Venue Events:

Make a Mini Quilt Piece:

  • Saturday, September 25 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 29 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 7 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

MetroHealth Artist Reception | Thursday, October 7 | 6:30 – 8:00pm

 

From Metro: In order to maintain social distance and avoid a large crowd hanging out for a long time, in 2021 we are opting to host several smaller, shorter “mini” panel-making workshops where participants can create a one-foot square block that will be sewn in to a traditional 3 by 6-foot community AIDS Quilt panel representing Greater Cleveland. These smaller workshops, creating smaller Quilt pieces that will be sewn together into one, unified panel, will allow more people to participate and can include not just those who lost a loved one to AIDS-related illness, but also those who care about the HIV community in Cleveland.

If you want to be a part of the Quilt but don’t know the first thing about sewing or design, don’t worry. We have talented seamsters, artists with design savvy, and other caring volunteers to guide you through the process. We provide everything you’ll need – materials, sewing machines, sewing folks, and a supportive environment. All you have to bring is yourself and ideas of how you might want your mini Quilt piece to look.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Creative Volunteer: If you are a person who sews, an artist, or are simply a creative, caring person, Metro need you! Please consider volunteering for our mini panel-making workshops.
  • Sitting Volunteer: The AIDS Quilt is an irreplaceable work of art and needs to be treated with care and carefully looked after during it’s time at MetroHealth. Metro needs volunteers to come to MetroHealth for “Quilt-sitting” in 2-hour shifts. Please consider supporting HIV awareness by giving your time. Parking validation provided and our gratitude.
  • CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

 

Group Visits Opportunities:

Visiting the Quilt can be a powerful experience, especially for young people. Please contact Jen McMillen Smith at jmsmith@metrohealth.org or 216-778-4051 if you are interested in planning a group visit to the Quilt. We can arrange a short talk with a person who made a Quilt panel and/or a person living with HIV. Groups hosted in the past include middle school students from Urban Community School, Cleveland Heights High GSA students, a group of young volunteers with Planned Parenthood, and a LGBT Teen Group.

 

CONVERGE Venue Statement:

On a crisp November day in 1985, activist Cleve Jones learned that over 1,000 San Franciscan lives had been snuffed out due to AIDS related illness. Reeling from the profound loss, he implored his fellow activists of the annual candlelight march he had been organizing since the assassination of the out gay San Francisco Supervisor, Harvey Milk, to write the names of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS. The marchers then hung the placards, all taped together, on the San Francisco federal building, creating a makeshift, patchwork quilt. Thus, the AIDS Quilt was conceived.

 

History has a nasty habit of benefitting the most powerful, leaving the names and stories of those with less access behind, trampled beneath the foot of collective memory, gone, and forgotten. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a bastion for those who would otherwise be un-remembered, LGBTQ people and the community that loved them.

 

At MetroHealth, the patients we serve, newly diagnosed and long-term survivors, people who have seen the ebb and flow of this epidemic, have lost hundreds of loved ones since the beginning. In 2019, even with monumental advancements in treatment and care, 370 Ohioans died to HIV/AIDS related illness1. Such profound loss should never be wilted to invisibility.

 

MetroHealth has a long history of providing affirming health care to the LGBTQ community. Our HIV clinic started in 1991 and currently serves over 1,800 people with HIV. In addition, The MetroHealth Pride Network, which began as the Pride Clinic in 2007, was the first of its kind in Cleveland to provide healthcare services specifically to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community.

 

Since 2009, MetroHealth’s HIV clinic staff has found it intensely important to not only display the Quilt, but create opportunities for the Greater Cleveland community to contribute to it as well. Since the first showing at MetroHealth, a total of 50 new panels have been created during MetroHealth’s panel-making workshops, lead by local sewing experts, artists and passionate volunteers, to expand the prevailing poignant message that our people will not be forgotten; they were here and still live on in the lives they touched. The Quilt has been displayed every-other year in MetroHealth’s Rammelkamp Atrium, for public viewing.

 

MetroHealth’s Center for Arts in Health is proud to partner with the Artist Archive of the Western Reserve to present the Converge exhibition featuring LGBTQ artists of our community. It can be viewed in the Arts in Health Gallery near the Office of Patient Experience at MetroHealth Medical Center, Main Campus.

 

Jennifer McMillen Smith, Social Work Specialist at MetroHealth & coordinator of MetroHealth’s AIDS Quilt displays.
Writing contribution credit to AKeem Rollins 1 Ohio Department of Health HIV Surveillance Annual Report, 2019

William Martin Jean CONVERGE Artist Talk at Judson Manor

 

On Wednesday, July 28th 4:00 – 5:00, join Archived Artist William Martin Jean and CONVERGE curator Kelly Pontoni for an in-person artist talk at Judson Manor.

 

Jean will discuss his work in the exhibition, which includes the Ancient Fragment and Vestment Series, two collections deeply impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and his experience as a bi-racial gay man during the crisis. As Jean describes, “As I look back over the years of the works represented in this series of exhibitions, I am struck by the strong effect the AIDS crisis had on my work during that period and after. When the AIDS crisis struck, my work was already changing, becoming more introspective, spiritual and somber…. Other works during this period became more sensuous, with fragmented body parts and more heavily textured surfaces.”

 

About William Martin Jean:  Widely acclaimed for his elegant systems-based art, William Martin Jean creates paintings that combine rational, intellectual experience with personal, intuited feeling. During his early years, Jean created improvisatory paintings with rich impasto surfaces. In the early 1970s he began seeking more control over the creative process and developed a personal language of ordered structure, often basing his compositions on a predetermined mathematical grid. The new structures were inspired partly by Pre-Columbian pyramids that Jean encountered in Mexico. For the past two decades, architecture has remained a dominant concern of Jean’s art. More recently, Jean has also been creating small collage paintings, often by gluing and sewing materials on paper.

 

About CONVERGE at Judson Manor: Part of the CONVERGE exhibition of Ohio LGBTQ art, CONVERGE at Judson features LGBT artists from the Archives’ permanent collection including Robert Jergens, William Martin Jean, Thomas Roese, Roy Bigler, and Terry Durst, as well as private works for sale by Jergens, Jean, and Roese. Now on view until September 26th.

Adventures in Art Collecting with Christopher Richards

 

Art collecting isn’t just for the rich and privileged – it can be accessible, youthful, and at times, downright adventurous!

 

On Wednesday July 14th 7:00 – 8:00pm, the Artists Archives will host Adventures in Art Collecting with curator and arts writer Christopher Richards. Follow Christopher on a virtual tour of his home which highlights his fascinating personal collection, including paintings by Ken Nevadomi, Ed Mieczkowski, Clarence Holbrook Carter, and other pivotal regional artists active before the 1990s.

 

“I never intended to be an art collector,” Richards explains. “I always felt that owning art was inaccessible and beyond my budget. But I learned to be savvy. I buy what is available on the secondary market, but also support working artists and galleries when I am able.  The hunt is part of the thrill of collecting for me. Finding something I recognize in unexpected places or discovering something I am not familiar with and learning about the artist and their work.”

 

Curated room by room, Christopher’s home is a living gallery – constantly shifting as displays are rearranged, pieces moved in & out of rotation or sold off entirely to make room for new acquisitions. “I like building collections within my collection,” he describes, “be it geometric abstraction, Pop art, figurative, or even floral still lifes. But they all tend to flow together and create interesting narratives. Whether the works are easily understood or challenging, they have to be something I want to live with.”

 

The program will also include Richards’ exciting stories about the unexpected places he has discovered art. “I find a lot of the art I buy at thrift stores, much to the chagrin of some artists. I think of myself as saving their works, adopting them, and giving them a good home. I’ve found some really wonderful pieces in old warehouses, in cardboard boxes in people’s basements, and in box lots of junk at auctions.” You never know where great art will emerge!

 

About the presenter: Christopher L. Richards has been working in the fine arts for 10+ years. Formerly the curator and collection manager at ARTneo: The Museum of Northeast Ohio Art, Richards continues to work on independent projects. He has worked for galleries, auction houses, publications, and nonprofits including CAN Journal, Rachel Davis Fine Arts, and Wolfs Gallery. He specializes in regional art of the 20th century, and has published essays in catalogues on the Pop portraits by Phyllis Sloane, Post-Painterly Abstraction in Northeast Ohio, and the Abstract Expressionist paintings of James Johnson.

 

 

 

25th Anniversary Summer FUN-Drive

 

Our Board is bored with the average fundraiser- so this summer we’re doing something different!

In honor of the Artists Archives’ 25th Anniversary, AAWR Board members will host unique challenges & activities to raise money to support the conservation of our growing collection of 10,000 works by 89 Ohio artists.

Proceeds will also be used to produce oral history videos which document our artists’ creative journeys!

Pick an event below and support the preservation of Ohio art today!

 


iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH RYN CLARKE

Does your “real” camera sit on the shelf while your iPhone fills with photos? Ready to go beyond simple snapshots and take outstanding images? Already an iPhoneographer but looking for new ideas?

This July, join professional photographer Ryn Clarke for her wildly popular iPhone Photography Workshop. Offered with a new, limited class size, all proceeds from this special session will benefit the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Suitable for beginners to intermediate users, this hour and a half workshop will teach you the iPhone’s features and capabilities in a structured, easy-to-follow format, followed by hands-on training on your own device. During the class, Ryn will illustrate a variety of ways to enhance images using easily downloaded apps. Get ready to challenge your imagination in this fun and informative afternoon!

Saturday, July 10th 1:00 – 2:30pm 
Suggested donation $40/person 
Register on Eventbrite by July 9th @ 4pm. Limited spots available!

Questions? Call 216-721-9020

 


LEE HEINEN’S BLUE HAIR CHALLENGE! 

AAWR Board Secretary Lee Heinen explains “When my children were young, they referred to people living at Moreland Courts as ‘blue heads’ referencing the rinse women often used to avoid yellowing white hair.  Now that I am living at Moreland Courts and the AAWR is in fund raising mode, I have offered to not just tint, but dye my hair blue, if I reach my $500 goal.”

Suggested donations are $25, $50, $100 “for the pleasure of seeing me take this uncharacteristic and uncomfortable action.” If Lee reaches her goal, she will post her new look on Facebook go grocery shopping at Heinen’s during the busy 4th of July weekend- complete with matching red, white, and blue outfit!

 

Suggested donation: $25 and up!
To donate to Lee, email your pledge amount to leeheinen@gmail.com by June 26th
or give to her personal Facebook fundraiser!

 


PRIVATE ART CRITIQUE WITH JOHN A. SARGENT III

Join John A. Sargent III as he offers his expertise as an art instructor, juror, and critic for individuals or groups of artists. Sessions will be held in a time and place of the patron’s choosing!

 

More details to come…

 

 

Suggested donation: $25/person
To book a session with John, email johnasarge@yahoo.com
or give to his fundraiser on Facebook. Link coming soon!

 


STUPID CAT TRICKS WITH MINDY TOUSLEY

Join Executive Director Mindy Tousley as she trains her cat Squeezy to perform stunning tricks with the help of her feline friends. Hilarity & mayhem guaranteed!

 

More details to come…

 

 

Suggested donation: $20/person
To donate to Mindy, email mindyt@brightdsl.net your pledge amount
or give to her fundraiser on Facebook. Link coming soon!

 


 

CONVERGE

  • Mark Howard, Shower Scene, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 70”
    Mark Howard, Shower Scene, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 70”

VENUES:

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • Artist Archives Opening Reception | Thursday, August 26
    • Featured appearance by Veranda L’Ni Cleveland’s Tallest Drag Entertainer
    • Private VIP Reception | 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Public Reception | 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • LGBT Center Reception | Friday, September 17 | SOLD OUT
    • Plexus LGBTQ+ Young Professional  Mixer | 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Public Reception Part I | 6:30 – 8:00pm
    • Public Reception Part II | 8:00 – 9:00pm
  • MetroHealth Reception | Thursday, October 7 | 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Lake Erie College Closing Reception | Thursday, October 14 | 4:30 – 7:30pm

 

PROGRAMMING:

 

CONTACT:

Kelly Pontoni | Curator | aawrlgbtq2021@gmail.com
Mindy Tousley | Executive Director | mindy@artistsarchives.org
Megan Alves | Marketing & Program Manager | info@artistsarchives.org

 

ABOUT CONVERGE:

LGBTQ history is our history, and the story of the community is the story of our region. Behind the jubilant parades and rainbow flags which blossom along porches in June, is a proud and diverse population who live, work, and contribute mightily to the creative culture of Northeast Ohio.

 

This August, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve presents CONVERGE, a massive visual art exhibition held in partnership with the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Lake Erie College, Judson Manor Retirement Community, and Cleveland MetroHealth. Shown across 5 venues, CONVERGE brings together the stories of the LGBTQ community, including the historically underrepresented voices of women, transgender people, and people of color.

 

CONVERGE features 70 regional artists of all ages, backgrounds, and identifications, creating a vibrant cross-section of the LGBTQ experience. Conceived by Kelly Pontoni, and co-curated by artists Sam Butler, Tony Williams, and Mark Yasenchack, with assistance by Mary Proctor, over 140 pieces were selected in a staggering array of media including painting, photography, textiles, glass, fashion, assemblage, and immersive installations which transport the viewers while transforming their perspective.

 

In a sense, Chief Curator Kelly Pontoni’s whole life has informed the exhibition. Pontoni, a print maker and painter who identifies as lesbian, is a recent graduate from Cleveland Institute of Art. “As a non-traditional student in my late 40’s, I found myself surrounded by a new generation of LGBTQ+ students. I wondered where I as a lesbian fit into an increasingly non-binary world…but instead of holing up in my comfort zone I asked questions. I listened… and over many, MANY cups of coffee, I gained perspective.” Inspired by these café conversations, CONVERGE was created “to open people’s minds, facilitate real dialog, and to honor the unique identities that come together to form our community.”

 

United by themes of pride, protest, transformation and celebration, the art in each venue honors the past while looking to the future of the community.  In the work of M. Carmen Lane, for example, the region’s rich LGBTQ history is not only powerfully presented, but preserved. On view in CONVERGE is Lane’s poignant photographic triptych Children Wade In!, which documents the former Allen-Sullivan House on Euclid Avenue. Once known as The Colosseum, the site held “house balls,” and served as a Black gay afterhours space until the late 1990s. As Lane describes, “this work is a gesture to acknowledge and honor Cleveland’s underground Black ball culture and the Black queer histories that are hidden or erased by time and place.” Demolished in July of 2021 to make way for a housing complex, all that remains are Lane’s images and their frames, created from materials repurposed from the historic structure.

 

Another important theme in CONVERGE is the exploration of identity, particularly trans and non-gender conforming identities in all their rich variations. This is the case with Violet Maimbourg’s mixed media installation Wholeheartedness which features fleshy, silicon sculptures lounging about a suburban interior. At once alarming and endearing, the eerily organic figures reflect the artist’s own experience as a transgender woman. As Maimbourg explains, “Being in a body that is not congruent with your mind is a distressing, life altering experience…[These] creatures are more self-portraits than figments of my imagination… By removing body parts from the context of my own body, transforming them into art, they seem less intimidating.”

 

CONVERGE is also honored to feature work from Cincinnati photographer Arykah Carter’s Black Trans Project. In a series of elegant portraits, Carter creates dignified and relatable representations of the “everyday existence of black trans bodies.” As she explains, “Trans people of color often navigate away from mainstream Cis-Society and Trans community organizations because of a lack of trust, lack of individuals that resemble them…  The [project] started off as a tribute to Black Trans Women seeks to make Black Trans Women, Trans Men, and our Non-Binary siblings more visible, and the normality of our lives more relatable.”

 

As colorful as a rainbow flag and just as joyful, a spirit of pride and celebration courses through the exhibition. Nowhere is this better seen than in Susan Farone’s Efflorescene: A Lesbian Garden, lush abstract triptych which jubilantly celebrates her lesbian identity as well her relationship to self, nature, and the universe beyond. “A garden is a wonderful metaphor for Lesbian lives – soil rich with great writers, change makers, artists, poets, singers, teachers, thinkers, and bad ass movers and shakers,” Farone shares. “I have been OUT since 1984 and have loved my LESBIAN Garden of DYKE-o-dils, LEZBO-gonias, AMAZinnias… and FEMINations. I thank God every day that I am a Lesbian… SHE just smiles.”

 

A highlight of CONVERGE is painter Melissa Bloom’s series of 71 miniature portraits which lovingly document the show’s exhibiting artists. Created from the artists’ headshots, each 5 x 5” panel features the creators on jewel-toned rainbow backgrounds, ringed by golden byzantine inspired halos. Displayed at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, it is hoped that the portraits will be purchased by a generous donor and added to the Center’s growing collection of regional art.

 

CONVERGE is proud to display sections of the National AIDS Quilt which memorialize midwestern lives lost to the disease. Founded in San Francisco, CA in 1987 by Cleve Jones, today the AIDS Quilt is composed of more than 49,000 panels on over 6,000 twelve-foot square blocks which are continuously exhibited around the country. MetroHealth, which has displayed the Quilt bi-annually since 2009, has planned their display to coincide with the show. MetroHealth will also hold a one-day workshop in partnership with Stitch Cleveland and local sewing volunteers to make new panels with local families, partners, lovers & friends of people who died of AIDS-related illness.

 

Work reflecting the impact of the AIDS epidemic will be reverently displayed throughout the partner venues. On view in the LGBT Center are the assemblage sculptures of Akron artist Bret Hines, created in remembrance of his brother, Rodney Hines, who died of AIDS in the 90s. Chief Curator Kelly Pontoni describes, “Rodney lived in San Francisco and when he died, Brent and his family wanted to bring him home to bury him, but they couldn’t fly his body back because he died of AIDS. It was heartbreaking for the family. They had to cremate him… It’s been 20+ years since his brother passed away, and he still just holds so much of that with him and his art.”

 

In addition to its support of local LGBTQ artists, CONVERGE also marks the first effort to extensively document their contributions to the important visual culture of Northeast Ohio. As AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley explains, “It is our hope that holding this exhibition, producing a catalog, recording the artists oral histories, and supporting their stories in a series of virtual programs, will begin the process of historical documentation, and add to valuable insight addressing the extent of their work.” To this end, the Artists Archives is raising funds to archive their first lesbian artist in honor of the tireless efforts of curator Kelly Pontoni and her wife, Martha. Donate online or by calling the Archives directly, 216-721-9020.

 

Receptions will be held at 4 venues, beginning with an opening reception at the Artists Archives on Thursday, August 26th featuring an appearance by Veranda L’Ni Cleveland’s Tallest Drag Entertainer. Additional receptions will follow at Cleveland MetroHealth (Date TBA), the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland on Friday, September 17th, and a closing reception will be held at Lake Erie College on Thursday, October 14th.

 

On September 14th, the Archives will host Un(masc)ing Drag History with Dr. Lady J, a non-binary trans woman who holds a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and is “the world’s first drag queen with a PhD dissertation on drag history.” During this 1-hour virtual program, Lady J will reveal the real roots of drag, highlighting the overlooked contributions of cisgender women, trans and gender non-conforming people, and people of color to an art form. Registration link coming soon!

 

The Artists Archives will also be partnering with Cleveland MetroHealth to present a panel discussion on the relationship between art and the AIDS epidemic, including Daniel Marcus, co-curator of the powerhouse exhibition Art After Stonewall, as well as Gil Kudrin, an exhibiting CONVERGE artist and the longest surviving AIDS patient in the United States. The panel will be moderated by Martha Pontoni, historic LGBTQ activist and former publisher of the Gay People’s Chronicle.

 

CONVERGE EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Amie Albert, Denise Astorino, Mark Badzik, Tom Balbo, Karen D. Beckwith, Roy Bigler, Melissa Bloom, Kat Burdine, Sam Butler, Arykah Carter, Ray Caspio, Cathy Clerk Dully, Terry Durst, Paxton Enstad, Gene Epstein, Susan Farone, Chuck Fischer, Christa Freehands, Matthew Gallagher, Trey Gehring, Jim George, Nancy Halbrooks, Cassie Harner, Alex Heard, Michael W. High, Bret Hines, Rodney Hines, Mark Howard, William Martin Jean, Margaret Jenkins, Robert Jergens, Jackson Kennedy, Drew King, Gil Kudrin, M. Carmen Lane, Rowan Leek, Tracey Lind, Meg Lubey, Violet Maimbourg, Max Markwald, Randy Maxin, Charles Mayer, Scott Miller, MANDEM (Moco/Maize/Kiki), Ben Oblivion, Wendy Partridge, Jessica Pinsky, Kelly Pontoni, Mary Proctor, Andrew Reach, Laurie Reydman, Christopher Richards, Thomas Roese, Rick Rollenhagen, Dan Rothenfeld, John Saile, Ron Shelton, Kevenn Smith, Elle Strong, Aaron Swank, Dan Tranberg, Anthony Trausch, Arnold Tunstall, Shawny Walthaw, Daiv Whaley, Tony Williams, Charlie Wirfel, Mark Yasenchack, Jan Zorman.

 

Kelly Pontoni, Forever In Transition, Screen prints on Rives BFK paper, 12 x 8’

Kelly Pontoni, Forever In Transition, Screen prints on Rives BFK paper, 12 x 8’

A Wild Ride: Ken Nevadomi 1976 – 2006

  • Ken Nevadomi, Attacking the A&P II, 1976, Acrylic on canvas, 64.5 x 54.75”, Collection of ARTneo
    Ken Nevadomi, Attacking the A&P II, 1976, Acrylic on canvas, 64.5 x 54.75”, Collection of ARTneo

In-Person Receptions: Thursday, June 17th, 5:30 – 8:00pm and Sunday, June 27th, 5:30 – 8:00pm. No reservations required. Review our visitor safety protocol here
Virtual Program: Adventures in Art Collecting with Christopher Richards: Wednesday, July 14th, 7:00 – 8:00pm. REGISTER HERE ON ZOOM

 

Some artists have careers which unfold over time – beautiful, clean arcs that advance doggedly toward a mature style. Not Ken Nevadomi. A fearless innovator and unapologetic iconoclast, Nevadomi’s creative journey rides like a rollercoaster: twisting, looping, and changing directions at break-neck speeds.

 

This June, the Artist Archives welcomes A Wild Ride: Ken Nevadomi 1976 – 2006, an exhibition which follows the soaring heights and hairpin turns of the artist’s remarkable career. Known for his provocative figure paintings which draw on influences from Expressionism to Pop Art and Surrealism, Nevadomi’s work stubbornly resists categorization and interpretation. This is no accident; it’s by design and Nevadomi outright refuses to give you a hand. Over decades, he has cultivated a reputation as one of the “most tightlipped painters in town,” forcing viewers to make sense of the winding road ahead with nary a guidepost in sight.

 

As curator Mindy Tousley describes, “Ken is an all-out painter. Over the years he consistently has not held anything back in his work. His stream of consciousness paintings explore his inner life without fear, in combination with ongoing investigations of various styles of representation. His creative search for something new and unexpected has confounded viewers and he truly doesn’t care. To me this is a real badass attitude. He is predictably and enjoyably unpredictable.”

 

A Wild Ride: Ken Nevadomi features 4 distinct categories of work: Pop & Funk Art, Expressionist tableaus, modernist nudes, and deconstructed paintings created by viciously slicing and reweaving his own canvases. These diverse styles were produced concurrently and on one occasion, brashly exhibited at competing shows. A Wild Ride also includes rare drawings which edify the artist’s aesthetic and demonstrate his technical prowess.

 

Though varied in execution, themes such as voyeurism, social rebellion, and the conflict between humanity and technology can be traced throughout Nevadomi’s work. While the paintings can feel like personal fever dreams, they also signal a deep discomfort with the insane pace and absurdist ideals of the contemporary life. This is particularly evident in Nevadomi’s Pop Funk images which channel the sex, violence, and hysteria of the modern experience. On loan from ARTneo is Attacking the A&P II, a cartoonish, pulsing canvas from 1976 which depicts a nude in a scuba mask and sneakers shooting through the window of the popular urban grocery chain. In the foreground, a garish pin-up flees the carnage, dodging the advances of a protruding hand sprouting from a speeding car. Some elements however, like the floating cactus-like patches of green, are destined to remain non-sequiturs.

 

In a rare 1991 artist statement Nevadomi explains “My painting has a lot to do with what I am thinking about- views that I may not even be aware of. I am going in a number of directions, and one thing I am doing is not consciously thinking about it. My feeling is that you don’t chose your ideas, your ideas choose you…The viewer has to figure it out. As a figurative artist, I focus on the figure, and the rest develops in ways I can’t predict.”

 

A more overt critique of society, particularly of religion, is presented in several large Expressionist paintings from the Archives’ permanent collection. A prime example is Mysteries of Repulsion, which portrays a nude, dichromatic woman with her head jerked backwards into frame. In front a young girl, potentially her daughter, watches in horror, hemmed in by an eerily serene nun wielding a cross and flowers. To the left in an isolated plain, a man reclines on a sofa, bathed in the anesthetizing blue light of a small T.V. set. When viewed in the company of works like Adam and Eve at Sea which features the hapless couple sailing towards the edge of a flat earth, a pall of chaos and absurdism is unmistakably cast.

 

Despite his creative anarchy and provocateur status, Nevadomi possessed a conventionally admirable resume which includes the title of Professor Emeritus at Cleveland State University and receiving the coveted Cleveland Arts Prize in 1988. His work has also been exhibited in countless regional and national exhibitions and is included the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Progressive Insurance, and Kaiser Permanente. This pedigree becomes evident in the more classical drawings and modernist nudes on view, such as the diffused Somnambulist or Nude on a Cat Mat which mirrors the subdued poise of Picasso’s Blue Period or the dreamy elegance of Modigliani’s ingénues.

 

Perhaps the most radical offerings of the exhibition, however, are Nevadomi’s woven canvases. Created by slicing and reassembling his own work, the violent process creates a distorted mechanical Cubism; the act reads as unmistakably aggressive, both against his own artistic product, as well as toward the unhinged world they portray. This style is particularly successful in Short Circuit, a piece on loan from the artist’s estate revealing the glitching image of a barefoot man in a tie sitting with a remote control in front of an exploding television. Nevadomi reflects “I think it’s the idea that…. I or we don’t know where we are going… In a hostile universe or world. Where past and present are one or rearranged or happen at the same but going on in different directions… what’s the alternative? Who am we?”

 

To promote safe visitation to our gallery, A Wild Ride: Ken Nevadomi 1976 – 2006 will be celebrated with two in-person receptions on Thursday, June 17th, 5:30 – 8:00pm and Sunday, June 27th, 5:30 – 8:00pm. No reservations required. Please review our visitor safety protocol prior to arrival.

 

On Wednesday July 14th 7:00 – 8:00pm, follow former ARTneo curator Christopher Richards on a house tour that highlights his personal collection, including paintings by Nevadomi and other local artists active in the 1970s. Christopher will discuss how he built his collection of Northeast Ohio art on a budget from both primary and secondary markets, and how he curates rooms to maximize the connection between pieces. The program will be followed by Q&A session so you can learn more stories in the adventures of collecting art. Zoom Registration link coming soon!

Phyllis Sloane Virtual Studio Tour & Curator Talk

 

As part of its ongoing partnership with Judson Manor, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce Print & Process, a satellite exhibition which combines work from the museum’s permanent collection with restrikes of historic plates created by students from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Conceived by Associate Professor and Printmaking Department Chair Maggie Denk-Leigh, and Collections’ Registrar Kelly Pontoni, the collaborative project involved reprinting images from matrices created by Archived Artist & CIA Alumni Kestutis Kizevicius, known fondly as “Kesty” to his friends.

 

On display in Print and Process are be several of Kesty’s original plates alongside of the students restrikes. The exhibition will also feature additional prints from the Archives permanent collection which provide insight into the printing process and celebrate the technical brilliance of the media. Featured artists include David Haberman, Kestutis Kizevicius, and Phyllis Sloane.

 

To accompany the exhibition, the Archives will host a virtual tour of Phyllis Sloane’s preserved studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico led by the artist’s daughter, Ginna Sloane. During the hour-long event, Ginna will not only share Sloane’s stunning workspace, but also stories about her mother’s life and artistic practice, as well as rare printing matrices and hand-painted corks. Held on Wednesday, June 23rd at 4:00pm, the event will also feature an overview of the printing process with curator and printmaker Kelly Pontoni, and a description of the Archives’ historic restrike collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art. A question and answer period with Ginna & Pontoni will follow.

 

Print and Process will be on view until June 27th and is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional visiting information.

Print & Process at Judson Manor

  • Phyllis Sloane, Dancing Shoes on Lace, 1981, Screen print on paper, Collection of the AAWR
    Phyllis Sloane, Dancing Shoes on Lace, 1981, Screen print on paper, Collection of the AAWR

Location of Exhibition: Judson Manor – South Concourse Gallery, 1890 E 107th St. Cleveland, OH 44106
Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional information
Virtual Program: Phyllis Sloane Virtual Studio Tour & Curator Talk: POSTPONED! New date TBA

 

As part of its ongoing partnership with Judson Manor, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce Print & Process, a satellite exhibition which combines work from the museum’s permanent collection with restrikes of historic plates created by students from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Conceived by Associate Professor and Printmaking Department Chair Maggie Denk-Leigh, and Collections’ Registrar Kelly Pontoni, the collaborative project involved reprinting images from matrices created by Archived Artist & CIA Alumni Kestutis Kizevicius, known fondly as “Kesty” to his friends.

 

Though some of the plates were almost a half century old, students found varied and meaningful connections with the work, and even the artist himself. Drawing major Nicholas Birnie selected Crash Test Dummy with Sweater, a printing matrix featuring a blank-faced figure with upheld hands and a camera slung around his neck.  “I see this piece functioning as a timely piece to now,” says Birnie. “I’m thinking a lot about media censorship, the use of the camera, and the way that the crash test dummy is pressed up against the front of the paper reminiscent of reporters being attacked during the protest. His work continues to stay timely.”

 

On display in Print and Process will be several of Kesty’s original plates, alongside of the students restrikes. The exhibition will also feature additional prints from the Archives permanent collection which provide insight into the printing process and celebrate the technical brilliance of the media. Featured artists include David Haberman, Kestutis Kizevicius, and Phyllis Sloane.

 

To accompany the exhibition, the Archives will host a virtual tour of Phyllis Sloane’s preserved studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico led by the artist’s daughter, Ginna Sloane. During the hour-long event, Ginna will not only share Sloane’s stunning workspace, but also stories about her mother’s life and artistic practice, as well as rare printing matrices and hand-painted corks. The event will also feature an overview of the printing process with curator and printmaker Kelly Pontoni, and a description of the Archives’ historic restrike collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art. A question and answer period with Ginna & Pontoni will follow. Date TBA.

 

Print and Process will be on view until June 27th and is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional visiting information.

 

Read more about the collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art…

The May Show: The Museum, The Community, & The Story of Art in Cleveland

 

Moderator: Michael Gill (Executive Director­- Collective Arts Network, Editor / Publisher- CAN Journal)
Panelists:

  • Henry Adams (Professor of Art History- Case Western Reserve University)
  • Key Jo Lee (Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Curator of Special Projects- Cleveland Museum of Art)
  • Steven Litt (Art and Architecture Critic- The Plain Dealer)

 

The May Show. If you are a creative type in Cleveland, you’ve heard it mentioned, and likely in the same breath as some choice words concerning its removal. Hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the annual juried show served as a who’s who of regional artists for nearly 75 years until it was retired in 1993 due to mounting expense and the reallocation of resources towards national-level exhibitions.

 

Its cancellation sparked debates of revival for decades, but whether you miss it, love it, or hate it, the May Show played a huge role in the development of art in Cleveland. On May 12th, join the Artists Archives for The May Show: The Museum, The Community, & The Story of Art in Cleveland, a virtual panel discussion which examines the role of major museums in relation to the creative communities which surround them.

 

Moderated by Michael Gill, Executive Director of the Collective Arts Network (CAN), the program features Henry Adams (Case Western Reserve University), Key Jo Lee (Cleveland Museum of Art), and Steven Litt (The Plain Dealer). Spanning the worlds of academia, museums, and critical review, each panelist brings unique expertise and perspective to the conversation. Steven Litt, Art and Architecture Critic for Cleveland’s Plain Dealer since 1991, will share his intimate knowledge of the contemporary art scene both before and after the Show’s removal. Key Jo Lee, Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Curator of Special Projects at the Cleveland Museum of Art, is a transplant to the city, and self-described “new kid in town who has never experienced the May Show.” Lee will offer a fresh outlook and speak to an “alternate vision” of engagement which is “not driven by direct commodification.” Professor of Art History at Case Western, Henry Adams, has written extensively concerning early 20th century art in Cleveland and will contribute a solid historical framework, in addition to championing the Show’s return.

 

The discussion, however, will move far beyond the question of the Show’s revival. As moderator Michael Gill explains, “I want to create the next generation of May Show discussion…one which doesn’t just rehash conversations which have been had for decades but instead examines the relationship between the museum and the community, and imagines new possibilities of engagement.”

 

The May Show: The Museum, The Community, & The Story of Art in Cleveland is free and open to the public on the Zoom meeting platform. An audience Q & A will follow the discussion.

 

Photo by Bob Perkoski

Photo by Bob Perkoski

About Moderator Michael Gill: Michael Gill is founding executive director of Collective Arts Network, the nonprofit organization that publishes CAN Journal, its website, blog, and newsletter.  This role draws on the diverse skills of his varied, liberal-arts-informed career. Prior to CAN, he served as arts editor at both the Cleveland Free Times and Cleveland Scene. And prior to that, he was marketing director at Beck Center for the Arts.  Michael has won multiple awards for arts feature writing from the Cleveland Press Club, and in 2007 the organization named him the “Best Essayist in Ohio.”  In 2019, the same organization named CAN Journal the “Best Magazine in Ohio,” which is a tribute to designer JoAnn Dickey and the multitude of artists, writers, and organizations that contribute to the magazine. All this came long after the demise of the May Show. Yet through those decades, he has heard people talk about what a loss that was.

 

About Panelist Henry Adams: The author of about 400 articles and thirty books in the American field, Henry Adams has written widely on Cleveland art, including books and catalogues on the artists Viktor Schreckengost, Paul Travis, Frank Wilcox, Edris Eckhart, and Dexter Davis, as well as on the Kokoon Club and Cleveland Modernism before the Armory Show of 1913.  In April of 2019 he wrote an article in CAN titled “What happened to the May Show,” in which he proposed that the May Show deserves a comeback. 

 

 

 

About Panelist Key Jo Lee: Key Jo Lee is director of academic affairs and associate curator of special projects at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She designs and implements programs to inspire scholarly engagement with the CMA’s collections; creates and tracks opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students’ exposure to humanities fields and museum careers; and develops and oversees the CMA’s academic institutional partnerships. Lee, whose expertise is in American art history, the history of photography, and African American studies as well as museum education, is responsible for curatorial and publication projects that both highlight the intersection of scholarly work and public audiences and illuminate works in the collection by artists of the Black diaspora. She is currently a PhD candidate in art history and African American studies at Yale University. Her dissertation is titled “Precarious Matter(s): Photography, Physics, and Blackness.”

 

About Panelist Steven Litt: Steven Litt has been the art and architecture critic of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1991. His work has also appeared in ARTnews, Metropolis, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and other magazines. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Brown University, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in city planning from Cleveland State University. He is a 2010 winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a 2016 inductee into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame, and the 2019 winner of the Centennial Award of the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association. In 2020, Steve was awarded the Leo Rabkin Prize for arts journalism.

Annual Meeting of Members 2021

AAWR 2019 Annual Members Meeting

AAWR 2019 Annual Members Meeting

Due to the events surrounding the Covid – 19 Global Pandemic the Annual Meeting of Members the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve will be held virtually via ZOOM on Friday May 7, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00pm.

All AAWR members in good standing are welcome to attend or participate via proxy vote. Unsure of your membership status, call 216-721-9020 or email info@artistsarchives.org for assistance.

 

Voting will take place

  • by email proxy for those with internet access (proxy link coming soon)
  • hard copy proxies are available upon request to the AAWR office, for those unable to attend with no internet access
  • live during the ZOOM meeting for those that are attending

 

An Annual Report for 2020 will be generated and uploaded to the AAWR website, where you may access or download it after the meeting.  If you would like a printed copy mailed to you please contact AAWR with your request, and we will be happy to comply.

 

 Election of the Board of Directors

The following is the list of nominees to the Board of Directors of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve:

 

TO SERVE UNTIL ANNUAL MEETING – MAY 2022

Phillip Bautista – re-elect
Stephen Bucchieri – re-elect
Ryn Clarke – re-elect
Kristi Copez – re-elect
Al Cowger – elect
Lee Heinen – re-elect
David Joranko – re-elect
Stuart Pearl – re-elect
Jocelyn Ruf – re-elect
Rota Sackerlotzky – re-elect
John Sargent III – re-elect
Patricia Triggs – elect

 

Thank you for your continued membership in the Artists Archives. We hope that you will take the time to fully participate as a member by joining us on ZOOM May 7 or by casting your proxy vote by email or mail.

 

To attend the Annual Meeting, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON ZOOM

Can’t attend the Meeting? CLICK HERE TO VOTE BY DIGITAL PROXY

 

Sincerely,
Stuart Pearl, President
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Women of the Archives: Oral Histories Premiere & Virtual Artist Talk

 

In honor of Women’s History month, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to host Women of the Archives: Oral Histories Premiere and Artist Talk, Wednesday March 24, 4:00 – 5:00pm on Zoom.

 

Join us for the Oral Histories premiere of Archived Artists Elaine Albers Cohen, Gloria Plevin, and Judy Takács. Produced by local filmmaker Ted Sikora, these 5-minute videos provide fascinating insight into the history and process of important Ohio artists. Following the premiere will be a moderated conversation with Judson exhibiting artists Charlotte Lees, Lee Heinen, Gloria Plevin, and Judy Takács, finishing with a live audience Q & A

 

The accompanying satellite exhibition, Women of the Archives, is the Artists Archives’ second collaboration with Judson Manor, a not-for-profit retirement community located in historic University Circle. The show features 17 works by 10 notable women from the museum’s collection of Ohio art including Ruth Bercaw, Charlotte Lees, Lee Heinen, Rebecca Kaler, Elise Newman, Gail Newman, Algesa O’Sickey, Gloria Plevin, Marsha Sweet and Judy Takács. On view until March 29th, Women of the Archives is free and open to the public at Judson Manor – South Concourse Gallery, 1890 E 107th St. Cleveland, OH 44106. Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional information.

 

*Please note* This webinar is limited to 100 attendees. If we hit capacity, Zoom will give you the option to join via Facebook Live. Simply follow the prompts to view the presentation! If you would like to participate in the webinar directly on Zoom, we recommend logging on as close to 4pm as possible. The event will also be recorded and available on artistsarchives.org within the week.

 

About the Artists Archives:  The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

2021 Annual Members Exhibition

  • 2021 Annual Members Exhibition

Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, April 8th 7:00 – 8:00pm VIEW OPENING RECEPTION
Virtual Panel Discussion: The May Show: The Museum, The Community, & The Story of Art in Cleveland: Wednesday, May 12th 7:00 – 8:00pm on Zoom. Moderated by Michael Gill (CAN Journal), featuring Henry Adams (Case Western Reserve University), Key Jo Lee (Cleveland Museum of Art), and Steven Litt (Cleveland Plain Dealer) VIEW PANEL DISCUSSION

Winners of the 2021 People’s Choice Awards:

  •  Jonathan Litt, Harmonic Wave, Stainless steel, wire, glue, washers
  • Myrya Johnson, Tina, Soft sculpture
  • Tony Williams, The Origins of the Boogie Man, Mixed media assemblage
  • Cheryl Glubish Brickman, I Am Because You Were!, Ink & mixed media
  • Michael W. High, The Tin Man, Ceramic with oxides, stain, glaze, emulsion
  • Sue Hood, Wait, Oil on linen
  • Jim Soppelsa, On Edge, Acrylic on paper

 

Supporting local art starts with supporting local artists – all of them. Regardless of the level of critical acclaim or time spent in the professional art world, for artists to flourish they need spaces and exhibitions which allow them to experiment, cultivate a sense of community, and yes – have their work actually seen. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve’s (AAWR) Annual Members Exhibition was created to do just that.

 

In addition to the 89 artists archived in the museum’s permanent collection, the AAWR is comprised of hundreds of regional member artists who form the backbone of the organization. The exhibition, a perennial favorite, accepts 1 piece from each active member and proudly displays them in an energetic salon-style. Now in its 7th year, the show has become so popular that entries are limited to 24 inches to conserve gallery space. Ranging from painting to photography, ceramics to textiles, and mixed media installations, each piece served as a unique snapshot of life in Northeast Ohio. Exhibition attendees may vote for their favorite piece in person until the end of the exhibition, when the four artists with the most votes will receive awards and cash prizes.

 

The 2021 Annual Members Exhibition is exclusively open to artists with active memberships. To become a member and to take advantage of this unique exhibition opportunity, please call our offices at 216-721-9020 or visit artistsarchives.org for more details.

 

The show will be celebrated with a virtual reception on Thursday, April 8th 7:00 – 8:00pm featuring a joyous gathering of AAWR staff, Board, and member artists, as well as a preview of the show.

 

On Wednesday, May 12th 7:00 – 8:00pm, the Archives will host a virtual panel discussion on the history & cultural impact of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show. Miss it, love it, or hate it, the May Show played a huge part in the development of the Cleveland arts community – so much in fact, that its 1996 removal generated numerous spin-offs that persist today. Join the Artists Archives for a fascinating look at the history of art in Cleveland which asks, “just what is the role of major museums in relation to the communities which surround them?” Moderated by Michael Gill (CAN Journal), panelists include Henry Adams (Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University), Key Jo Lee (Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Curator of Special Projects- Cleveland Museum of Art), and Steven Litt (Author, Art and Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer).View a recording of the program.

 

CALL FOR ENTRY DETAILS:

This April, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve welcomes the return of its Annual Members Exhibition, featuring work by its member artists, hung salon-style in the main & office galleries.

To display your work, your AAWR membership must be current through June 1st, 2021! To check your membership status or to renew, call our office 216.721.9020. You can also renew your membership online

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

 

Schedule:

  • Drop-Off Dates: March 30 – April 3 during office hours (T-F: 10:00am-4:00pm, Sat: 12:00-4:00pm) or by appointment with Mindy Tousley, mindy@artistsarchives.org
  • Show Dates: April 8 – May 29, 2020
  • Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, April 8, 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom
  • Virtual Annual Members Meeting & Digital Collection Launch: Friday, May 7, 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom. All current members are welcome to attend!
  • PickUp Dates: June 1 – June 12 during regular office hours (T-F: 10:00am-4:00pm, Sat: 12:00-4:00pm)

 

Details:

  • There is no entry fee.
  • One piece will be accepted from each AAWR member in good standing.
  • All work will be hung salon-style in the main & office galleries.
  • 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!
  • Popular Choice Awards: Exhibition attendees may vote for their favorite piece in person until the end of the exhibition, Saturday, May 29 at 4:00pm. The four artists with the most votes will receive awards and cash prizes. Winners will be announced virtually.
  • 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.
  • Works will be insured while part of the exhibition, and 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 or info@artistsarchives.org, or Mindy Tousley, mindy@artistsarchives.org. We look forward to having your work in this year’s exhibition!

 

Download a PDF of the prospectus here!

4 African American Women Artists You Should Know with Amalia Amaki

 

It’s no secret, African American women have not been given their proper dues in society or in art history. For centuries, it was exclusively white men who decided what or who was worthy of study- but that’s changing, and black creators, particularly women, are slowly gaining the recognition they deserved all along.

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Artists Archives will present 4 African American Women Artists You Should Know with renowned art historian, author, and artist Amalia Amaki. Held on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00pm, this hour-long virtual program explores the lives and work of Augusta Christine Fells Savage, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Norma Gloria Morgan and Camille Billops, 4 artists known not only for their individual achievement, but for the crucial roles they played in the development of contemporary art.

 

Savage (1892-1952), a sculptor, teacher, and Harlem community art program director, and Prophet (1890-1960), a celebrated expatriate sculptor in France affiliated with the Negro Colony in Paris, came to the attention of the art world in the climate of the New Negro movement of the 1920’s. Morgan (1928-2017), a printmaker and painter of the Catskills, and Billops (1933-2019), a printmaker, sculptor, documentary filmmaker and archivist, emerged during the of civil rights era, creating revolutionary work that took up the mantle of their predecessors.

 

Presenter Amalia Amaki’s own artwork explores the lives of African women of the Diaspora through photography and found objects including beads, textiles, and flowers. These feminine artifacts are echoes from her childhood when she was given buttons to play with because marbles were considered “too boyish.” In her academic work, Amaki has championed the unsung legacies of women artists of color, with Savage, Prophet, Morgan, and Billops being a particular area of interest. As she describes, “The nature of their art, creative individualism and impact warrants a revisit of work that is underdiscussed and historically undervalued. These women changed the face of art through their support, teaching, and most importantly through their creation. Their work is not only masterful, it also represents important eras in the advancement of African American art.”

 

4 African American Women Artists You Should Know is free and open to the public, and a live audience Q & A will follow Amaki’s richly illustrated lecture.

 

Amalia Amaki

Amalia Amaki

About Amalia Amaki: Amalia K. Amaki is an artist, art historian, curator, and writer. She received a BA in Journalism from Georgia State University, BA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, and MA and Ph.D. in Modern American Art and Culture from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts where she was a Foreign Study Fellow in France.  Dr. Amaki has taught at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, University of North Georgia, University of Delaware and University of Alabama. She also taught photography at Student Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Her publications include: A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection; Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and the Academy; two books on Tuscaloosa, AL, and a book on Tuskegee, AL.  Her more than thirty solo shows include a retrospective at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.  She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in photography, artist grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council and the City of Atlanta, and won art commissions from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Valdosta State University, the 1996 Olympics, several public agencies and private corporations and The High Museum of Art’s Creative Hearts Youth Art Community Quilt Project.  Dr. Amaki has curated numerous exhibitions, primarily as curator of the Paul R. Jones Art Collection.  She has published five books and written several catalog essays, articles and art related blogs.

A Conversation Across Time: Responding to the Work of Kestutis Kizevicius

  • CIA Print Department Chair Maggie Denk-Leigh and Class at the Artists Archives, Photo Credit: Kelly Pontoni
    CIA Print Department Chair Maggie Denk-Leigh and Class at the Artists Archives, Photo Credit: Kelly Pontoni

Exhibition Location: Cleveland Institute of Art, Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery, 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

Please Note: At this time, the exhibition is not open to the public, as building safety measures restrict access to the gallery to CIA students, staff and faculty only. For additional gallery information, please contact Nikki Woods, Gallery Director of the Cleveland Institute of Art, nwoods@cia.edu.

 

The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) Printmaking Department, in conjunction with the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR), are pleased to present A Conversation Across Time: Responding to the Work of Kestutis Kizevicius.

 

Last year Covid disrupted almost every aspect of academic life, including how the Institute’s Advanced Topics Printmaking course completed their collaborative portfolio assignment. In previous semesters, students would invite local artists to physically visit the campus and guide them through the printmaking process. Normally, these prints would be gathered and exchanged in a portfolio along with the student’s original work. Of course, with the pandemic in full swing, things have been anything but normal. To maintain the safety of their community, visitors to the campus were strictly limited. A new strategy was needed, which came in the form of a creative partnership with the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

The Archives, located only blocks away from the Institute, offered up original printing plates from their own collection for the student’s use. Conceived by Associate Professor and Printmaking Department Chair Maggie Denk-Leigh, and Collections’ Registrar Kelly Pontoni, the project included students reprinting images from plates created by Archived Artist & CIA Alum, Kestutis Kizevicius, known fondly as “Kesty” to his friends.

 

Pontoni, who had spent the Summer cataloging and re-organizing Kesty’s work, describes “In review, I found that many of his prints were damaged for different reasons, among them poor paper choices for oil-based inks, improper storage, and time…there were plates but no prints, as well as plates for some of the severely damaged prints. After researching some options with AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley, we built a collaborative project…” The opportunity allowed the students to recondition the plates from storage, print a small edition to be included in the AAWR collection, and pull a second edition for the class exchange portfolio. Each participant received a full portfolio, and two archived sets will remain in the collection of CIA and AAWR. A video of Denk-Leigh demonstrating intaglio printing from Kesty’s plates was even included in the Cleveland Museum of Art Print Club’s Virtual Fine Print Fair in October.

 

Though some of the plates were almost a half century old, students found varied and meaningful connections with the work, and even the artist himself. Drawing major Nicholas Birnie selected Crash Test Dummy with Sweater, a printing matrix featuring a blank-faced figure with upheld hands and a camera slung around his neck.  “I see this piece functioning as a timely piece to now,” says Birnie. “I’m thinking a lot about media censorship, the use of the camera, and the way that the crash test dummy is pressed up against the front of the paper reminiscent of reporters being attacked during the protest. His work continues to stay timely.”

 

“As a printmaker myself,” shares Pontoni, “a memorable part of the project was being present with the students while they printed. I listened to the students having conversations with the artist, as if he was with us in the studio- thanking him and expressing delight they were allowed to print this work, even asking questions and divining answers. I believe that Kestutis Kizevicius’ spirit was with us that day.”

 

The exhibition, which features the complete portfolio, the original loaned plates, and the students’ pulled prints, is currently on display in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art. At this time, the exhibition is not open to the public, as building safety measures restrict access to the gallery to CIA students, staff and faculty only. For additional gallery information, please contact Nikki Woods, Gallery Director of the Cleveland Institute of Art, nwoods@cia.edu.

 

Participants of the Portfolio:

Kestutis Kizevicius (Kesty) ’75

Maeve Billings ’21

Nick Birnie ’21

Maggie Denk-Leigh, CIA Print Department Chair

Connor Goodwin ’20

Tatiana Hornung ’21

Mike Lombardy ’15

Kelly Pontoni ’19

Stevie Tanner, CIA Print Department Technical Specialist

*This release was written collectively, by the staff Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and staff of the Cleveland Institute of Art.

 

Women of the Archives

  • Charlotte Lees, Joshua Tree 2, Mixed media on wood, 28” x 15”, Collection of the AAWR
    Charlotte Lees, Joshua Tree 2, Mixed media on wood, 28” x 15”, Collection of the AAWR

Location of Exhibition: Judson Manor – South Concourse Gallery, 1890 E 107th St. Cleveland, OH 44106
Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional information
Oral Histories Premiere & Virtual Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 24, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for program

 

This winter, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce Women of the Archives, the museum’s second collaboration with Judson Manor, a not-for-profit retirement community located in historic University Circle. The satellite exhibition, which extends into Women’s History Month, features 17 works by 10 notable women from the museum’s collection of Ohio art including Ruth Bercaw, Charlotte Lees, Lee Heinen, Rebecca Kaler, Elise Newman, Gail Newman, Algesa O’Sickey, Gloria Plevin, Marsha Sweet and Judy Takács.

 

Held in Judson’s newly christened South Concourse Gallery, Women of the Archives blends the elegance of the 1920’s architecture which surrounds it with premiere examples of textile sculpture, wood carving, print making, figurative oils, and colorful mixed media work. Highlights include 3 portraits by Judy Takács of fellow female Archived Artists Shirley Campbell, Marsha Sweet, and Lee Heinen, as well as newly acquired pieces never before exhibited by the museum.

 

The continuing partnership not only allows public access to the Archives’ extensive collection, it enriches the lives of Judson’s senior citizens. “The reaction from the residents has been enormously enthusiastic,” says Mark Corcoran, chair of the Manor’s House Committee. “There are so many vibrantly-colored pieces in the show, it has added a whole lot of life to the building!”

 

“We have an enormous collection—more than 10,000 pieces from more than eighty Ohio artists—and only about 1,000-square-feet of gallery space,” says AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousely. “So community partnerships are key to providing more access to the public…. For me, this has been a fantastic partnership. Judson Manor is a community of art lovers. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

 

On view until March 29th , Women of the Archives is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. For additional information, please contact Judson Manor, (216) 532-1351 

Beyond Surface: Denise Buckley & Kathy Skerritt

  • Denise Buckley, Ireland, Cast bronze, 10” x 9” x 6”, Collection of the AAWR
    Denise Buckley, Ireland, Cast bronze, 10” x 9” x 6”, Collection of the AAWR

Virtual Opening Reception: Friday, February 5th 7:00 – 8:00pm VIEW OPENING RECEPTION

 

On the surface, the work of Denise Buckley and Kathy Skerritt seems very different. Appearances, however, can be deceiving. Buckley, a welder and figurative sculptor, and Skerritt, an abstract process painter, share a technical mastery, and the ability to show beyond what is seen. By pushing their materials to the limit, both artists unearth the inner essence of their subjects, and find meaning in themselves. This February, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to host Beyond Surface: Denise Buckley & Kathy Skerritt, an exhibition which welcomes the artists into the museum’s prestigious 10,000-piece collection of regional art.

 

In one sense, Kathy Skerritt’s paintings are all about the surface. Richly colored and highly textured, the work reflects an intimate knowledge of her media. The deep, jewel-toned pigments of Humming II, for example, are expertly applied, creating a rainbow, iridescent pulse which buzzes across the canvas with crackling immediacy. Skerritt allows her paint to pulse and peel, intuiting the moment where whole sections seem ready to drop and freezing them in time, as is seen in the furrowed, crocodile-like skin of Mahasamadhi, a mixed media piece on display.

 

In another truer sense, Skerritt’s work is about anything but the practice of painting. Her works are all things at once: biological, geological, and anatomical, metallic, and fluid. As Skerritt explains, during a well-traveled youth, “I became deeply influenced by hours spent gazing at the Earth from airplanes. Viewing from above the river systems and lakes, mountain ranges, and desert stimulated my sense of the Earth as a living system. Later studies of human anatomy revealed exciting visual correspondences between rivers and the circulatory system, forests and the bronchial tree of the lungs, topographies and the organ, skeletal, and fluid systems of the body.”

 

On view in the exhibition are several paintings which reflect the connections between our bodies and the natural world, including Indigo Cell, a massive 3-foot square canvas which recalls river deltas, and the Geo-Biologic series which evokes both microscopic life and canyons cutting across a desert landscape.

 

These layers of meaning “confound the viewer’s mind with an array of possibilities” and point to a deeper reality. “Combined with this observing of environmental patterns has been an investigation of what it is that is continuously being revealed from behind or under or within form. To connect the viewer beyond the surface to the substance or process that underlies appearances, to approach a vision of that most fundamental Truth or source condition, [that] is my artistic intention.”

 

Sculptor Denise Buckley’s work also strips away the surface- both literally and figuratively. Known for her human forms which blend bronze, clay, and steel, Buckley’s sculptures appear as if they have been pulled from the ruins of an ancient temple. In Ireland, a pair of elegant, neo-classical torsos rise out of a solid grey block, so close they are almost touching, yet remaining inexorably apart. They are penetrable, with open heads, holes, and missing limbs reminiscent of the Venus de Milo or the bomb-ravaged Thinker, allowing the viewers to peer inside to their richly patinaed centers.

 

“My history is reflected in my work, my relationships with people, the environment, and thoughts which all come together in the safety of the studio.” Buckley describes, there “I can push, pull, pound, form and distort materials into the human form, into my voice, into me.  I make figurative objects sometimes they are beautiful, sometimes not.  The work is personal yet speaks to universal themes of beauty, power, hardship, and compassion as defined by different cultures, both past and present.”

 

In some cases, entire bodies are replaced with steel frames, leaving serene faces floating on top of cage-like forms. And yet, the subject’s personality shines though, as is the case with Yang, Yang, a piece on view from the Archives permanent collection who, despite her rustic body and expressionist features, exudes the graceful composure of a ballerina waiting to take the stage.

 

A highlight of the exhibition is a herd of six life-size metal deer set to graze across the gallery floor. Constructed using welded steel rods, these free-standing sculptures represent an exciting new exploration of the animal kingdom. Though stripped down to their sinews, like Buckley’s human subjects, they communicate a fundamental essence. As Buckley explains, “Although, the physiognomy captures my attention, the materials I use bring the pieces to life.  I love the processes used in sculpture and I get lost in the visceral experience of those materials… No matter the process or technique, however, my approach to figurative sculpture is to capture the spirit.”

 

Beyond Surface: Denise Buckley & Kathy Skerritt will be celebrated with a virtual opening reception on Friday, February 5th at 7:00pm. The Artists Archives gallery is free and open to public Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm and Saturdays 12pm – 4pm. No appointment necessary, groups limited to 10 people or less. To review the organization’s visitor safety protocol, please view our visitor safety protocol.

 

To accompany the exhibition, the Artists Archives is pleased to host 4 African American Women Artists You Should Know on Wednesday, March 10th, 7:00pm featuring renowned art historian, author, and artist Amalia Amaki. In celebration of  Women’s History Month, Amaki will honor 4 African American women artists who served as the corner stones of their eras, creating meaningful, personal work, and providing crucial support to the development of contemporary art. Featured artists include Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890 -1960), Augusta Savage (1892 – 1962), Norma Morgan (b. 1928), and Camille Billops (1933 – 2019). The program is free and open to the public on the Zoom meeting platform. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON ZOOM

About Body | About Face Virtual Artist Talks Part II

 

About Body | About Face Virtual Artist Talks

  • Part II: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 – 8:15pm featuring Lawrence Baker, Amanda D. King, and Tony Williams

 

Vilified, exotified, and commodified, for centuries black bodies have been treated as screens, a place to project white desires with little regard for their own experience.  This Fall, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to host About Body | About Face, a small-group, figurative exhibition which examines the representation of African American bodies in art and culture. Featuring 7 regional creators, the show includes paintings, mixed media installations, photography, mosaics, and textiles, creating a compelling display which is both a meditation and celebration of black identity.

 

 

To accompany About Body | About Face, the Archives will host 2 virtual artist talks. Please join artists Davon Brantley, Jacques P. Jackson, and Yvonne Palkowitsh for Part I on Wednesday December 2, and Lawrence Baker, Amanda D. King, and Tony Williams for Part II on Wednesday, December 9, as they discuss issues of identity and representation, share current work, and provide unique insights into their practice.

 

 

The About Body | About Face Virtual Artist Talks will last approximately 1 hour, followed by an audience Q & A. The programs are free and open to the public on the Zoom meeting platform. Read more about the exhibition and artists here…

 

  • Amanda D. King TO BE BORN AGAIN (Detail), 2019\2020 Digital inkjet prints, wood, ceramics, satin, metal, wax, jute, pearl flowers, cheesecloth and paper
    Amanda D. King TO BE BORN AGAIN (Detail), 20192020, Digital inkjet prints, wood, ceramics, satin, metal, wax, jute, pearl flowers, cheesecloth and paper

 

About Body | About Face Virtual Artist Talks Part I

 

 

About Body | About Face Virtual Artist Talks

  • Part I: Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 – 8:15pm featuring Davon Brantley, Jacques P. Jackson, and Yvonne Palkowitsh

 

Vilified, exotified, and commodified, for centuries black bodies have been treated as screens, a place to project white desires with little regard for their own experience.  This Fall, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to host About Body | About Face, a small-group, figurative exhibition which examines the representation of African American bodies in art and culture. Featuring 7 regional creators, the show includes paintings, mixed media installations, photography, mosaics, and textiles, creating a compelling display which is both a meditation and celebration of black identity.

 

 

To accompany About Body | About Face, the Archives will host 2 virtual artist talks. Please join artists Davon Brantley, Jacques P. Jackson, and Yvonne Palkowitsh for Part I on Wednesday December 2, and Lawrence Baker, Amanda D. King, and Tony Williams for Part II on Wednesday, December 9, as they discuss issues of identity and representation, share current work, and provide unique insights into their practice.

 

 

The About Body | About Face Virtual Artist Talks will last approximately 1 hour, followed by an audience Q & A. The programs are free and open to the public on the Zoom meeting platform. Read more about the exhibition and artists here…

 

  • Yvonne Palkowitsh, Before Me, 2016, Digital photograph, 20" x 20"
    Yvonne Palkowitsh, Before Me, 2016, Digital photograph, 20" x 20"

 

City Reveries at Judson Manor

Phyllis Seltzer, City Life 2, 2007, Heat transfer print, 26" x 59", Collection of AAWR

Phyllis Seltzer, City Life 2, 2007, Heat transfer print, 26″ x 59″, Collection of AAWR

 

Virtual Artist Talk with Jennie Jones and Stuart Pearl: Wednesday, November 11th 4:00 – 5:00pm VIEW PROGRAM

 

AAWR’s first collaborative exhibition with Judson Manor. Curated by Kelly Pontoni, City Reveries is a visual walk through the city, showcasing the strength of urban environments symbolized through their architecture. The exhibition features Archived Artists Phyllis SeltzerJennie JonesMoses PearlAnthony Eterovich, and Stuart Pearl, and includes beautiful local examples of print making, photography, painting and mixed media work.

 

The City Reveries exhibition is free and open to the general public 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional information. On view until January 2nd, 2021

 

City Reveries: Virtual Artist Talk with Jennie Jones & Stuart Pearl

 

On Wednesday, November 11, 4:00pm, please join photographers Jennie Jones and Stuart Pearl as they share their work and the architectural treasures of Cleveland, captured through their own unique lenses. 

 

This intimate, virtual artist talk accompanies City Reveries, a satellite exhibition currently on view at Judson Manor’s South Concourse, 1890 E 107th St. Cleveland, OH 44106. Curated by Kelly Pontoni, City Reveries is a visual walk through the city, showcasing the strength of urban environments symbolized through their architecture. The exhibition includes Archived Artists Phyllis Seltzer, Jennie Jones, Moses Pearl, Anthony Eterovich, and Stuart Pearl.

 

The City Reveries exhibition is open to the general public 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional information. On view until January 2nd, 2021.

About Body | About Face

  • Davon Brantley, ON SIGHT, 2020, Charcoal, sepia Conté crayon, chalk pastel on toned paper, 70" x 42"
    Davon Brantley, ON SIGHT, 2020, Charcoal, sepia Conté crayon, chalk pastel on toned paper, 70" x 42"

Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, November 19th 7:00 – 8:30pm VIEW OPENING RECEPTION

Virtual Artist Talks on Zoom:

  • Wednesday, December 2nd  7:00 – 8:15pm featuring Davon Brantley, Jacques P. Jackson, and Yvonne Palkowitsh VIEW PART I
  • Wednesday, December 9th 7:00 – 8:15pm featuring Lawrence Baker, Amanda D. King, and Tony Williams  VIEW PART II

 

How we are represented in culture not only reflects our realities, it creates them. This is particularly true for people of color in America. Vilified, exotified, and commodified, for centuries black bodies have been treated as screens, a place to project white desires with little or hostile regard for their own experience.  This November, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) will host About Body | About Face, a small-group, figurative exhibition which examines the representation of African American bodies in art and culture.

 

Featuring Lawrence Baker, Davon Brantley, Jacques P. Jackson, Amanda D. King, Yvonne Palkowitsh, LaSaundra Robinson, and Tony Williams, About Body | About Face highlights 7 Ohio artists from the massive 2019 seenUNseen exhibition of African American Art. The show includes large scale paintings, drawings, analog photography, mosaics, and textiles, creating a compelling display which is both a meditation and celebration of black identity.

 

Exhibited for the first time are the Renaissance-inspired self-portraits of Cleveland artist Davon Brantley. Stately and technically dazzling, Brantley’s pieces rewrite the narrow history of western art by inserting himself into the classical world. As he explains,“I reference Renaissance and Baroque portraiture and religious paintings, two era of art that are almost exclusively lacking in depictions of people of color. I disrupt that space by adding myself, an African American, within the fine art realm of realism.” These rich portraits harken back to the great, sweeping saints of Michelangelo and Caravaggio. “By filling that space, I am asserting that people of color and those considered ‘other’ are allowed to have narratives that are metaphors of tragedy, emotion and life.”

 

An important theme in the exhibition is the representation of women of color. On display will be several new abstract portraits by LaSaundra Robinson which reflect “the strength and beauty of black women,” by stylizing her subjects to let their “inner light come through.” These paintings combine multiple figures to create works which are not simply portraits of individuals, but universal possibilities of being. “I am a painter of women,” Robinson proclaims, “The process starts with finding a face that calls to me…One woman in my painting may consist of two or three images of different women. My work is about finding yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.  I feel a lot of people hide their true selves and stereotypes… If you make it through the maze of fears and doubts, you can transform into whatever you want…I want to make paintings that allow you to feel the person you want to be.”

 

Photographer Yvonne Palkowitsh’s digital composites examine moments of truth and decision in women’s lives. “I explore the themes of turmoil, struggle and triumph,” Palkowitsh explains, “I am drawn to the story of existing and seeing a life’s story unfold before me and capturing the vulnerability, fragility and the very moment that a peace overtakes her.” Palkowitsh’s work takes on an almost pastel quality, with figures blurring in and out of focus as if rendered in the softest chalk. Characters repeat, sometimes infinitely, to show internal struggle and the pivot to revelation, crystallizing the moment when a fever breaks and insight is revealed. So too can they exude joy and whimsy, as in Tin Can Goodbyes which depicts a young woman boldly walking away from a shuttered and optionless world. As Palkowitsh describes, “The fantasy and surrealism throughout my imagery are intended to express how the reality of one’s life can often feel timeless and dramatized, yet we hold on for that ultimate moment of peace right before it all takes a turn.”

 

Also included in About Body | About Face is a piece from Amanda King’s collaborative project with photographer Matthew Chasney, To Be Born _____. The series, which references an 1873 sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, represents a radical reclaiming of the viewer’s gaze. Resistant to the traditional ownership of the white male photographer, To Be Born ____ creates meaning out of art history, personal artifacts, and innocent tokens of faith. As King describes, “To Be Born____ radically revises the conventional role subjects and practitioners play in the production of art. Chasney’s role as photographer reveals deeply entrenched aspects of the male gaze toward the female body and alternately attempts to undermine this by yielding to the artist as subject dynamic.”

 

Other themes presented in the show include the celebration of human form, and the resilience of African American culture. Jacques P. Jackson’s intimate mosaics exalt the body in its endless variety as the locus of communication and connection. “I wanted to create sculpture that celebrates the design of the human body, both male and female” explains Jackson.  “In our society, we have been presented with ideals for perfection.  I believe that we must learn to appreciate what we have, and therefore, I explore different shapes, proportions, and sizes.” Jackson’s pulsating and primal creations evoke movement, passion, and the vibrance of the human spirit. “Body Language is a form of communication we all use,” Jackson notes. “It can be purposeful, instinctive, seductive, or inadvertent…Through my works, I use the figurative canvas of the body to tell both simple and complex stories. They are stories of love, stories of good times, stories of culture, and occasionally stories of politics and drama…. This human body has many stories to tell; no tongue is necessary.”

 

On display in About Body | About Face is a new body of work by textile artist Tony Williams which evokes the image of the warrior to empower communities of color in turbulent times. “In a year of fires, storms, social unrest, and the pandemic, my work has taken on a different look and feel,” says Williams. “The warrior figure has emerged as a voice of an unheard and unseen population.” Using indigo dye and paper, Williams has created banner like pieces, some up to 6 feet tall, which fully immerse the viewer. Figures emerge from cross-hatched backgrounds into solid, palpable forms, mythic yet fully human, with the weight of skin and muscle. The use of indigo dye also has a deep, historical significance. “Indigo has been the foundation of centuries-old textile traditions throughout West Africa,” Williams explains. “In West African culture, Indigo symbolizes sacred associations… The blues run through my soul like my DNA my blue-black skin glistening in the sunlight.”

 

The early figurative work of Archived Artist Lawrence Baker will also be exhibited. A native of Jacksonville Florida, Baker worked as a visual arts instructor for the Cleveland Municipal School District and received his BFA, MA, and MFA, from Kent State University. His large portraits are striking in their simplicity, using bold, flat plains to transmit stillness, longing, and even anxiety. As Baker describes, this “simplicity is an innate clearness, which can beautiful. It doesn’t matter if a man or nature manipulates it.”  Baker depicts his subjects in ordinary clothes and settings, undergoing average moments of thought or even unflattering stress. In this way, his portraits become graphic snap shots of daily life. “I am well aware these everyday observations are things we busy society sometimes take for granted. As a result, I am determined to show the qualified beauty in all of them.”

 

 

A virtual opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 19th 7:00 – 8:30pm on Zoom which features a preview of the show, a talk by curator Mindy Tousley, and remarks by the exhibiting artists. To accompany the show, the Archives will also host two artist talks on Wednesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 9th, 7:00 – 8:30pm. The exhibition, virtual reception, and programs are free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Wed – Fri, 10am – 4pm. Saturday: 12pm – 4pm. Visit artistsarchives.org to read more about our visitor safety protocol.

 

 

About seenUNseen: In the Fall of 2019, The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in partnership with The Sculpture Center presented seenUNseen, an exhibition which combined selections from the renowned Kerry and C. Betty Davis collection of African American Art with work by 32 Northeast Ohio artists. Shown for the first time out of Atlanta, selections from the Davis Collection included 32 works by Charles White, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Romare Bearden, Sedrick Huckaby, Sam Gilliam, and Mildred Thompson. The story of the Davis Collection began in Atlanta, where Kerry worked as a postman and his wife as a television producer. Over 30 years, on a modest budget, they amassed a collection of over 300 paintings, works on paper and sculpture which includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists. This vibrant body of work now covers every inch of the Davis’ suburban residence, transforming the space into an “in home museum” that provides community access to the important, and often “unseen”, legacy of American artists of color. For more information on the seenUNseen exhibition and the Davis Collection, click here.

 

The Infamous Bridge Wars of 1836 with Judy MacKeigan

 

On Wednesday November 4th, join Metroparks historian Judy MacKeigan on Zoom as she shines light on a little-known part of Cleveland’s past- the wars between the East and West banks of the Cuyahoga River. In 1836, a new bridge over the Cuyahoga, along with the impending demolishment of an old bridge, sparked fiery protests. Soon the freshly dubbed cities of Cleveland and her rival across the river, Ohio City, went to battle.  In this free program, Judy MacKeigan presents a light-hearted and informative presentation on the “Infamous Bridge War” and the possible origins of the less serious rivalry between today’s East and West side Clevelanders.

 

The Infamous Bridge Wars of 1836 is presented as part of Bridges and Barriers, a photography invitational which uses the landscape of Cleveland to explore the obstacles which face its people and the connections they forge to overcome. The exhibition features regional artists Stephen Bivens, Jef Janis, Chuck Mintz, Lauren Pacini, and Shooting without Bullets, a for-impact organization which deploys artistic activism to break down the systemic barriers which prevent Black and Brown youth from thriving. This dynamic body of work spans analog photography, video projections, and multimedia installations, while tackling such important themes as the struggle for racial equity, foreclosure, homelessness, and immigration. On view at the Artists Archives until November 14th.

 

About Judy MacKeigan:  Judy MacKeigan joined the park system in 2010 while completing her MA in History from Cleveland State University.  Judy has the joy and privilege of researching, compiling and sharing the history of Cleveland Metroparks as well as local history of the many communities in the Metroparks district.  She was lead author and chief editor of the book, The 100 Year Trail: A Centennial Celebration of Cleveland Metroparks, and she served on the Centennial Celebration steering committee.

Thomas Whepley, Columbus Street Bridge, 1836, Courtesy of Judy MacKeigan

Thomas Whepley, Columbus Street Bridge, 1836, Courtesy of Judy MacKeigan

Boo! Halloween Party and FUNdraiser

Location: Held virtually on ZOOM

Date/Time: Friday, October 30, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Cost: $50 per household (unlimited guests per household)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE!

 

Surprise! The Archives is holding a Halloween pop-up virtual FUNdraiser.

 

The evening will feature ghoulishly good fun and games, a tour of a private collection of spooky art, and a costume contest (for humans or their pets!). Prizes will be given throughout the evening for the winners of the games and contests, including free passes to Holden Forests and Gardens, Ferrante Signature Series wine, original art by Marvin Jones, Richard Zeid, and other regional artists. The evening will be hosted by Uncle Toots (a division of Ray Caspio), and we assure you, surprises will abound!

 

All proceeds from this event will benefit the AAWR Legacy Society, which supports the conservation of our unique, growing collection of 10,000 works by 83 Ohio artists!

 

Donations given over the $50 ticket price, up to $1,000, will be generously matched by an anonymous member of the AAWR Board of Directors. and used for the Archiving Equity Initiative, which helps Ohio artists of color to overcome the financial barriers which can inhibit them from archiving.

 

To make additional donations to the Archiving Equity Initiative:

 

HOW TO ATTEND BOO!

  • Once you PURCHASE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE, a Zoom event link will be sent in your confirmation email (Scroll down. The link is under the “additional information” section) Save the email and click on the link on Friday, October 30, 7:30 to join to party! Email info@artistsarchives.org if you did not receive this.
  • Getting close to the big day and can’t find your confirmation email? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Two additional reminder emails with the Zoom link will be send 2 days before the party, then an hour before. Purchased tickets and didn’t receive a confirmation email? Call our offices, 216-721-9020 or Megan Alves, 814-282-4863 if it is after 4pm on Friday, October 30th.

 

About the Artists Archives:  The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

 

Uncle Toots Courtesy of Ray Caspio

Uncle Toots- Detail Photo by Frankie Gallo

About Uncle Toots: Uncle Toots, a former actor turned sausage salesman and host, is quarantined in his Parma, Ohio ranch-style home, Toots Tower. Toots lives with his husband, who has not caught Covid yet. Toots is an avid rider of the Community Circulator and knows most things. He’s pleasured audiences for years through irreverent YouTube videos, theatrical appearances, and family dinners. Uncle Toots’ extensive art collection was acquired from the Woolworths and the Walgreens. Toots is managed by Ray Caspio, a multidisciplinary artist working in the realms of performance, illustration, and installation. Caspio’s works centers queer identity, satire, and playing with the boundary between artist and audience. Ray’s work has been performed at BorderLight International Theatre & Fringe Festival, Theater Ninjas, Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ray’s illustrations have been shown through Maria Neil Art Project. Ray is a Creative Workforce Fellowship recipient and the founder of Michael Chekhov Center Cleveland. raycaspio.com

 

 

 

 

NewNow 2021

  • Samantha Bias, Something Vague, Photosynthesis photograph
    Samantha Bias, Something Vague, Photosynthesis photograph

>>> View the NewNow 2021 <<<

 

Exhibition Location: Exclusively online at artistsarchives.org
Virtual Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Thursday, February 18th , 7:00 – 8:00pm VIEW OPENING RECEPTION
The NewNow 2021 catalog is now available! $20 + tax. To purchase, please call 216-721-9020, or visit the Artists Archives to purchase on-site.
See something you like in the digital gallery? Please email purchase inquiries to info@artistsarchives.org or call 216-721-9020 for assistance!

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College is proud to present the NewNow 2021, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition juried by Cat Sheridan, curator of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery.

 

Due to the prolonged closure of Tri-C’s Gallery East, this year’s exhibition will be held exclusively online. Fitting, perhaps, as much of the work speaks to the upheaval of the previous year and the frenetic energy propelling us toward the future. Featuring the creations of 63 regional artists, the NewNow, more than ever, takes the pulse of the current artistic climate, and reflects the experience of living in Northeast Ohio during this tumultuous moment in time.

 

As juror Cat Sheridan explains, “I hope that the NewNow exemplifies for the viewer (as it does for me) the liminal truth of the year: We find ourselves placed squarely at the nexus of change, acutely aware that we are experiencing history. Deep emotions have shaken off their apathy and pulse forward into focus with urgency, as seen in these works through themes of representation, equity, social justice, climate change, the global pandemic, displacement, isolation, and meditation.”

 

This year’s exhibition includes vibrant abstract painting, stunning portraits in oil, innovative ceramics, and poignant mixed media work. “They range from quiet and intensely introspective to tempestuous clashes—most often staccato in the exchange,” Sheridan describes, “but they are always touching, in some way, whether through communication, relation, or contrast to one another. In this whipsaw existence, on the horizon forms a clarity, a seeing previously obscured to some. It is only from friction, recognition, and acceptance of difference that a beautiful shine can emerge.”

 

Beginning February 18th, the NewNow 2021 will be displayed in a beautiful digital gallery which features detailed images and artist information including biographies, headshots, and links to delve deeper into their compelling work. A majority of pieces will be available for sale online, with proceeds directly benefiting the artists and the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, whose revenue stream has been impacted by the pandemic. Hard copy catalogs will also be available for sale. See something you like in the digital gallery? Email info@artistsarchives.org to make a purchase inquiry!

 

A virtual Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 18th, 7:00pm on Zoom. At that time, the winners of 5 Juror’s Awards will be announced, and over $1800 in cash prizes will be presented. The event will also include a preview of the show, and remarks by Juror Cat Sheridan, Gallery East Director Blake Cook, Gallery East Coordinator Terri Patton, and AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley.

 

NewNow 2021 Exhibiting Artists:

Keegan Adams, What We Think We Know

Sawsan Alhaddad, Immigrant Series: Hallowed Portals

Barbara Bachtell, The Great American Comeback I

Harriet Ballard, Thought Forms

Jeff Benedetto, 3 Loci, Rt 206 NY

Samantha Bias, Something Vague

Luanne Bole-Becker, Scraps = Life / Haiti

Augusto Bordelois, The Good Life

Bob Bruch, Desert Stone

Raymond Bugelski, Cibum Puer Tuss

Kimberly Chapman, Ghost Ship Duo

Ryn Clarke, Queen Anne’s Lace

Donna Coleman , Hand Signals

Hadley K. Conner, The Road Less Traveled

Julianne Edberg , Inner Crabby

Marilyn Farinacci, Coming Thru

Mark Giangaspero, Mrs. M

Jennifer Gleason, Saving Grace

Ben Hauser, Tears From the Lotus, An Egyptian Myth to Reflect the President #9, The Asp

Marti Higgins, Daylilly

Michael W. High, Behind the Mask

Susan Hood, Afternoon Light

Drew Ippoliti, The Job of Making Others Use Their Imaginations

Benjamin Johnson, Frost Field

Molly Johnson, Dark Matter

Rebecca Kaler, Aerial IV

Wally Kaplan, The Look

Larry Kasperek, Girl with Sheep

Clarissa Katz, Spirit

Lisa Kenion, Displacement

George Kocar, Fanfare for Fools

Suzan Kraus, Between Awareness and Experience

Andrea LeBlond, Molecule

Todd Leech, Carousel

Baila Litton, Displaced Project/ Brenda

Barbara Martin, April 15

Greg Martin, He Wonders if He Too Might Have Made a Similar Mistake

Linda McConaughy, Modern Apothecary: Cabinet of Delights

Bob McNulty, Waterships

Janet Mikolajczyk, Complicated Shadows, Civil War Monuments

Julia Milbrandt, …and exhale

Tom Millward, At Low Tide

Charles Mintz, The Library Bureau

Jane Montgomery, Foggy Morn

Melissa O’Grady, Arkansas, 1935

Don Parsisson, Perched

Stuart Pearl, RR Position Tower – Cleveland

Christopher Pelrine, View of a Town from the Highway

Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Dante Rodriguez, Nepantlero

Kolman Rosenberg, Waiting Man

Jackie Sajewski, Covid Fears

John A. Sargent III, AS ABOVE SO BELOW

Mary Ann Sedivy, Here on This Ridge

Ron Shelton, Yellow Waterfall

Lawrence Short, Swandive Nebula

Will Slabaugh, And then it Rained

Judy Takacs, Venus, She’s Got It

Judy Takacs, Trust Women

Melinda Tousley, Compare & Contrast

Gwen Waight, ABC AKA Thank You I Have My Own

Al Wasco, Self-portrait, Leaning

Jennifer Whitten, Decision

Stephen Yusko, This Space

Evie Zimmer, La Corona

 

About Our Judge:

Cat Sheridan

Cat Sheridan is the director of The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, which showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in downtown Columbus. Sheridan has had many roles in the arts throughout her career, including being an artist herself. She is a Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) graduate with a degree in Fine Art and a minor in Art History. She has worked for many years as an arts administrator and arts advocate primarily with the CCAD, and the Worthington Arts Council. Sheridan loves how art can create community and foster conversation, and is excited to expand her knowledge of Ohio artists outside of the Columbus area.

Through Our Lens: Photography as a Tool of Social Justice

 

Images have taken a powerful place in the fight against police brutality. From documenting crimes against people of color, to increasing the visibility of protests, mass access to cell phones and digital photography have forever changed the nature of representation.

 

On Saturday, October 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm, the Artists Archives will host Through Our Lens: Photography as a Tool of Social Justice, a virtual panel discussion held on the Zoom meeting platform. This 45-minute conversation will investigate the ability of images to create social change, the new face of representation, as well as discuss potential pitfalls of this now ubiquitous media. A live audience Q & A will follow the presentation.

 

Through Our Lens will be moderated by Cleveland artist and advocate Kristi Copez and include panelists Amanda D. King, Founder/Creative Director of Shooting without Bullets, Barbara Tannenbaum, Chair of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Curator of Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, Professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University. Fleetwood is also co-curator of Prison Nation, a traveling photography exhibition which depicts the “hidden” American prison population, fostering empathy and political awareness to facilitate systemic change.

 

This free program is presented as part of Bridges and Barriers, a photography invitational which uses the landscape of Cleveland to explore the obstacles which face its people and the connections they forge to overcome. The exhibition features regional artists Stephen Bivens, Jef Janis, Chuck Mintz, Lauren Pacini, and Shooting without Bullets, a for-impact organization which deploys artistic activism to break down the systemic barriers which prevent Black and Brown youth from thriving. This dynamic body of work spans traditional analog photography, video projections, and multimedia installations, while tackling such important themes as voting access, racial equity protests, foreclosure, homelessness, and immigration. On view until November 14th.

 

Kristi Copez Arukah Art

Kristi Copez Arukah Art

About Kristi Copez: Kristi Copez is an Advocate-Artist. Blogger. Chronic-Illness-Warrior. Coffee-Lover. Dancer. Foodie. Grandmother. Other-Mother. Maven. Phoenix. Poetic-Essayist. Veteran. & all-around Brazen woman! Kristi Copez was recognized by The Tyrian Network of Ohio & awarded “The Tyrian Artist of the Year” (2017-2018). Tyrian seeks artists whose work promotes harmony with nature and all people, & whose life work align with their mission goals of Creativity, Healing and Peace. Kristi envisions a non-profit (Arukah.Art) in the near future that supports living as a person of faith notwithstanding chronic illness(es), especially women who’ve come through trauma. Arukah.Art will be a sacred space for creating a sense of spiritual, emotional, & physical resilience and vigorous well-being. She has earned her A.A. in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution, her B.A. in Studio Art, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Theology & Pastoral Studies. Kristi resides in Cleveland, OH & enjoys spending time with her Grands and Ripley the “Grand-dog”.

 

 

Nicole Fleetwood

Nicole Fleetwood

About Nicole R. Fleetwood: Nicole R. Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Professor Fleetwood’s books are Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020), On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press, 2011). She is co-editor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation,” a special issue focusing on photography’s role in documenting mass incarceration, as well as co-curator of Aperture’s touring “Prison Nation” exhibition. She has co-curated exhibitions and programs on art and mass incarceration at MoMA PS1, the Andrew Freedman Home, Aperture Foundation, Cleveland Public Library, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Zimmerli Art Museum. Her work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, ACLS, Whiting Foundation, Denniston Hill Residency, Schomburg Center for Scholars-in-Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the NEH.

 

Amanda D. King

Amanda D. King

About Amanda D. King: Amanda D. King is a Cleveland-based artist, activist, and educator. Her civically engaged practice utilizes social justice, art history and photography to spread progressive ideas and messages of equity through art direction, image making, public art and community organizing. Amanda is the founder and creative director of Shooting Without Bullets, a for-impact organization working to eliminate systemic barriers that prevent black and brown youth from thriving. Utilizing cultural production, artist education and development, activism and advocacy, Shooting Without Bullets models an alternative arts ecosystem that accelerates movement Black and Brown youth and their communities need to thrive. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Bryn Mawr College and a JD from Case Western Reserve University where she received the Martin Luther King Jr., Diane Ethics, and Dean’s Community Service Awards.

 

 

Barbara Tannenbaum Photo by: Andrew McAllister

Barbara Tannenbaum Photo by: Andrew McAllister

About Barbara Tannenbaum: Barbara Tannenbaum, Chair, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, has organized over 125 exhibitions during her four-decade career as a curator and academic. Current exhibition projects include Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica and Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang. From 1985 through 2011, Tannenbaum was chief curator at the Akron Art Museum, where she acquired numerous works by a diverse group of local, national, and international artists, including growing the photography collection from 500 to 2,500 works. She has authored numerous publications including books on TR Ericsson, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and the Akron Art Museum’s collection, and lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Brazil, and China.

 

 

 

Jasmine Banks, Keep Me Posted (Detail of Multimedia Installation), Photographic print, 2020, Courtesy of Shooting without Bullets

Jasmine Banks, Keep Me Posted (Detail of Multimedia Installation), Photographic print, 2020, Courtesy of Shooting without Bullets

Bridges & Barriers

  • Amanda D. King, May 30th, Film still, 16:9, 2020, Courtesy of Shooting Without Bullets
    Amanda D. King, May 30th, Film still, 16:9, 2020, Courtesy of Shooting Without Bullets

Virtual Opening Reception: Friday, September 25th, 7:00 – 8:30pm VIEW OPENING RECEPTION

Virtual Panel Discussion: Through Our Lens: Photography as a Tool of Social Justice: Saturday, October 10th 1:00 – 2:30pm VIEW PANEL DISCUSSION

Virtual Program: The Infamous Bridge Wars of 1836 with Metroparks Historian Judy MacKeigan: Wednesday, November 4th  7:00 – 8:15pm VIEW PROGRAM

 

Cleveland is more than a city, it’s an environment.  Its streets, neighborhoods and monuments shape our reality, setting up expectations and impacting outcomes with every square inch of brick and concrete. This September, the Artists Archives welcomes Bridges and Barriers, a photography invitational which uses the physical landscape of the city to explore the obstacles which face its people and the connections they forge to overcome.

 

The exhibition features regional artists Stephen Bivens, Jef Janis, Chuck Mintz, Lauren Pacini, and Shooting without Bullets, a for-impact organization which deploys artistic activism to break down the systemic barriers which prevent Black and Brown youth from thriving. This dynamic body of work spans traditional analog photography, video projections, and multimedia installations, while tackling such important themes as voting access, racial equity protests, foreclosure, homelessness, and immigration.

 

A highlight of the exhibition is Keep Me Posted, a multimedia installation featuring sound, photography, and hip-hop performance that “juxtaposes the precariousness of Black life and radical resistance against the forces that threaten it, seen through the lens of Shooting Without Bullets.”  Founded in 2016 by artist/activist Amanda D. King, Shooting Without Bullets is an educational artist collective that feeds into a production company which prepares its participants for careers in the creative field. “These talented young adults, ages 18 – 21, engage in valuable experiential learning opportunities, provide creative services to the public, and produce original works… spanning the disciplines of photography, film, music, hip-hop performance, design, and more.”

 

Crafted specifically for the exhibition, Keep Me Posted is a creative exploration of movement, not just movement through Cleveland’s neighborhoods as young people of color, but also movement through the digital world, and involvement in social movements including removing barriers to voting, and recent protests against police brutality. The work is direct and immediate, combining the candy like aesthetics of Instagram and TiKTok with an immutable cry for social justice. King describes, “We are not here to ask nicely for equity, or to evoke empathy. We are here to take up space. To make our voices heard.” Exhibiting Shooting without Bullets artists will include visual artists Jasmine Banks (age 19) and Lai Lai Bonner (19), and Hip-hop artists James Banks (JB- 19), Maurice Philpott (Los P- 20) and Shatara Jordan (Mixxedrose- 18).

 

From the loss of industry to environmental disaster, Cleveland has come back from more calamities than it can count. One of the greatest challenges was the collapse of the housing market in 2007.  Considered one of the early epicenters, the effects of the crisis can still be seen today in the boarded-up windows which disrupt communities from East Cleveland to Westpark.

 

On display in Bridges and Barriers will be 3 installations from Chuck Mintz’s series, Every Place – I Have Ever Lived. The Foreclosure Crisis in 12 Neighborhoods. These 2’ x 2’ constructions feature images of abandon homes mounted on “cheap plywood”, with alternate views revealed by rolling down vintage window shades.  Accompanying these are factsheets containing personal history side by side with sobering demographics of each neighborhood. As Mintz describes,

 

“The pieces in this project each contain images of a foreclosed home in the 12 neighborhoods I’ve lived. Many were built after wars, in times of what seemed like boundless economic growth. Home ownership had become symbolic of The American Dream…. You cannot tell this story without considering changes in population, race and economics… In Every Place, the original concept was to show how this crisis reaches beyond the very poor and is, in fact, a problem for all of us.”

 

A particularly salient moment for Mintz occurred as he returned to the site of his childhood home.  “In the end, I didn’t know what to think. When I visited a few weeks ago, it had been torn down. It was disturbing. You expect these things to age and change, maybe deteriorate. But disappear? This feels like a war on the idea of the family home. It is easy to see who lost. I have no idea who won.” Despite the unsettling experience, Mintz was able to find hope just a few miles away. He describes “Four years ago we realized that, with both kids long gone, we could move only constrained by distance from jobs and my son’s home in University Heights. We felt that living by the lake would be worth the bother and discovered the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. Two years ago, my daughter announced she was moving back to Cleveland from Chicago and now lives nearby. Here, there is a feeling that things are only getting better.”

 

Prior to the pandemic, Cleveland had been described as experiencing a sort of Renaissance, with torrents of resources being poured into developing new businesses and housing stock. While many communities tout this revitalization, it is important to examine who benefits from development and who ultimately pays its price.

 

On view in the exhibition is a powerful series by Cleveland artist Jef Janis which documents the devastating effects of the Irish Bend Stabilization and Restoration Project on the local homeless population. In 2017, millions of dollars in federal funding was allocated for the creation of a 17-acre park, slated to cover most of the riverbed of West 25th Street from Detroit Ave to Columbus Road. This project included a $49 million hillside-stabilization effort of an area where a community of individuals experiencing homelessness lived, “some for upwards of 20 years.” Though alarm bells were raised, many residents were forcibly displaced by a 2019 clean-up effort which destroyed their possessions and left them without shelter. Janis felt called to record the event. He describes,

 

“Last summer while doing a great deal of street photography, I was informed that the homeless community down in the flats was being forcefully removed. All the people that were living in this makeshift community had been arrested or runoff and a group of individuals were cleaning up the area. I felt this was something that needed to be documented, I was compelled to be there.” The result is a collection of elegant black and white photographs which capture mountains of personal belongings being shoveled into garbage bags by volunteers with cheerful matching t-shirts. Heart-rending and conflicting, these images show how an overlooked riverbed can become a tangible reminder of the all-too-human toll of development.

 

Also on view in Bridges and Barriers is a series of work by Lauren Pacini which celebrates Cleveland’s diverse immigrant population by reflecting on one its architectural gems – the Cultural Gardens. The Gardens were established in 1916 with the Shakespeare Garden (now known as the British Garden) by Leo Weidenthal, editor and publisher of the Jewish Independent newspaper. Today, the nearly 40 gardens represent a physical curation of city’s rich legacy of immigration, a model of inclusion rather than assimilation, where different communities are linked by “paths of peace.”

 

So too does it represent a complicated history, with spaces for Asian, African, and Latin American groups carved out much later than their European counterparts. Featured in the exhibition is a striking image of the African American Cultural Garden to acknowledge those who were brought to this country by force. Pacini’s artful photograph of the Past Pavilion shows the predominately black neighborhood which it borders peeking through its columns, a forceful reminder of the living, breathing community it represents.

 

Pacini, a black and white, architectural photographer, is as intrinsically tied to the regional as the monuments he depicts. He explains, “As an artist and local history author I strive to understand the story behind the subject matter and to convey that story through my work. I have felt driven to tell the story of the industrial city. I was seven years old when I moved to Cleveland…The never-say-die spirit of its citizens who have not seen a baseball or football championship since 1964 leads Clevelanders to unshakable belief in next year. While I am all too aware of the city’s signs of death, I have been driven to tell another story – one of hope – of rebirth, documenting the renovation, restoration.”

 

 

IN HONOR OF STEPHEN BIVENS: Bridges and Barriers will also pay tribute to the late photographer Stephen Bivens, who was slated to exhibit prior to his passing in June. Respected and beloved by the Cleveland arts community, Bivens became known for his elegant portraits of the city and its people. As his wife Jennifer Bivens describes, “Stephen lived a life of disarming simplicity. He was quiet. But when he spoke – wisdom was present. I think that’s why so many loved him… He used his camera as his voice. A bridge. A means of connection. Stephen lived all over the world, but he loved Cleveland- and Cleveland loved him.” On display will be 3 black and white photographs featuring innovative views of Cleveland’s steel bridges. “Bridges were a favorite subject of Stephen’s,” Jennifer explains, “He was fascinated by them. Their strength. Their beauty. Thoughts of unity and possibility. A transition from one space or place into the next.” All proceeds from the sale of his work will benefit the Cleveland Print Room, where Bivens was a Teaching Artist, and a student scholarship fund has been established in his name.

 

 

A virtual opening reception will be held on Friday, September 25th, 7:00 – 8:30pm on Zoom which features a preview of the exhibition, remarks by the artists and Jennifer Bivens, the wife of the late photographer Stephen Bivens, as well as a vibrant, multidisciplinary performance by Shooting without Bullets that blends hip hop, dance and spoken word. The exhibition, virtual reception, and program are free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Wed – Fri, 10am – 4pm. Saturday: 12pm – 4pm. Click here to read more about our visitor safety protocol.

 

To accompany Bridges and Barriers, the Artists Archives will host Through Our Lens: Photography as a Tool of Social Justice, a virtual panel discussion on Saturday, October 10th, 1-2:30pm. Images have taken a powerful place in the fight against police brutality. From documenting crimes against people of color, to increasing the visibility of protests, mass access to cell phones and digital photography have fundamentally changed the nature of representation.

 

This powerful program will investigate the ability of images to create social change, the new face of representation, as well as discuss potential pitfalls of this now ubiquitous media. Panelists include Amanda King, Founder/Creative Director of Shooting without Bullets, Barbara Tannenbaum, Chair of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Curator of Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Dr. Nicole Fleetwood, Professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University. Fleetwood is also curator of Prison Nation, a traveling photography exhibition which depicts the “hidden” American prison population, fostering empathy and political awareness to facilitate systemic change. The program will be moderated by Cleveland artist and activist Kristi Copez. Through Our Lens will be free and open to the public.

 

 

2020 Annual Members Meeting

To all current members* of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve:

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve cordially invites you to attend the Annual Meeting on

Saturday, July 25, 11:00am – 12:00pm on the Zoom Meeting Platform

The Annual Meeting will include reports by the AAWR Board,  Committee Chairs, and an election of officers.

Agenda coming soon!

To register for the AAWR Annual Members Meeting please use the link below. You will receive a confirmation with a password, and a reminder directly from ZOOM, and an agenda from us.

When: Jul 25, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: AAWR Annual Members Meeting

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dQbK_7FJQMOvh5Ry1SiuTg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

*Unsure if your membership is current? Call 216-721-9020 today!

The Ardent Thread Virtual Artist Talks Part II

As close to us as the clothes to our bodies, textiles hold an intimate place in our lives. This Summer, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to host The Ardent Thread, a textile invitational curated by Tony Williams which shares both the personal stories and passionate work of nine regional fiber artists.

 

Curator Tony Williams explains “We have all learned the craft of fiber for different reasons. Some of us learn because it is something passed down from generation to generation. Some of us learn out of necessity. Some of us learn for its beauty and skill and want to express our voice in these techniques. The group of artists exhibiting in The Ardent Thread are all true masters. They express their love of their craft… creating extraordinary art as they intertwine their chosen thread into a life of its own.”

 

Please join Ohio fiber artists Cynthia Lockhart, Char Norman, Jessica Pinsky and Ron Shelton on Wednesday July 29th & Phyllis Brody, Rebecca Cross, Myrya Johnson, and Aimee Lee on Wednesday, August 26th as they share their creative journeys, influences and unique insights into their practice.

 

The Ardent Thread Virtual Artists Talks will last approximately 1 hour followed by an audience question and answer period. The events will be free and open to the public via the Zoom meeting platform. For information on exhibition and artists, read more here…

 

  • Aimee Lee, Learning Duck, 2018, Brazilwood, onion skin dyes on corded and twined hanji, 6” x 9.25” x 5"
    Aimee Lee, Learning Duck, 2018, Brazilwood, onion skin dyes on corded and twined hanji, 6” x 9.25” x 5"

The Ardent Thread Virtual Artist Talks Part I

 

 

As close to us as the clothes to our bodies, textiles hold an intimate place in our lives. This Summer, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to host The Ardent Thread, a textile invitational curated by Tony Williams which shares both the personal stories and passionate work of nine regional fiber artists.

 

Curator Tony Williams explains “We have all learned the craft of fiber for different reasons. Some of us learn because it is something passed down from generation to generation. Some of us learn out of necessity. Some of us learn for its beauty and skill and want to express our voice in these techniques. The group of artists exhibiting in The Ardent Thread are all true masters. They express their love of their craft… creating extraordinary art as they intertwine their chosen thread into a life of its own.”

 

Please join Ohio fiber artists Cynthia Lockhart, Char Norman, Jessica Pinsky and Ron Shelton on Wednesday July 29th & Phyllis Brody, Rebecca Cross, Myrya Johnson, and Aimee Lee on Wednesday, August 26th as they share their creative journeys, influences and unique insights into their practice.

 

The Ardent Thread Virtual Artists Talks will last approximately 1 hour followed by an audience question and answer period. The events will be free and open to the public via the Zoom meeting platform. For information on the exhibitions and artists read more here…

  • Char Norman, Hang Ten in the Gyre, Linen, mixed fiber, plastic water bottles, weaving, coiling, assemblage
    Char Norman, Hang Ten in the Gyre, Linen, mixed fiber, plastic water bottles, weaving, coiling, assemblage

The Legacy of African American Textile Art with Cynthia Lockhart

 

As close to us as the clothes to our bodies, textiles hold an intimate place in our lives.  It is precisely this closeness which makes fiber a powerful tool to explore our individual and collective experiences. This summer, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve will host The Ardent Thread, a textile invitational curated by Tony Williams which shares both the personal stories and passionate work of nine regional fiber artists. Though varying widely in process and style, each artist uses tradition as a springboard to investigate heritage and their relationship to the world, including the deep connection of textiles to African American heritage.

 

On Saturday August 15th, from 1:00 – 2:30pm, the Artists Archives is proud to present The Legacy of African American Textile Art with Cynthia Lockhart, a virtual presentation via the Zoom meeting platform. Lockhart, an exhibiting artist in The Ardent Thread and Emerita Professor at Cincinnati University describes,

 

“Perhaps more than any other art form, textiles reflect the pulse of the African American Culture. Symbolism of the cloth has been one of our connections to our African roots. The fiber artwork and quilts in the presentation will celebrate the resilient and creative spirit of our African Ancestors. In 1619, my ancestors were brought to America as slaves. Although slavery was cruel, dehumanizing, and oppressive… against all odds my ancestors persevered. As a descendant, I am honored and proud to celebrate the accomplishments of a vibrant and creative people.”

 

This 45-minute illustrated lecture will feature seminal national artists such as Sam Gilliam, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold as well as regional fiber artists like Myrya Johnson and Lockhart’s own work.  These powerful creators draw inspiration from Slavery through Emancipation, Reconstruction, Civil Rights, Black Life Matters, “Hands Up”, and present-day protests in honor of Mr. George Floyd.

 

“I can only imagine where we would we be as a people of color, if somebody had just taken their knee off the necks of my ancestors,” Lockhart reflects. “I salute Mr. Floyd along with so many others who have paid the ultimate price of death while being a person of color. I pray and believe as we go forward that all Americans, and people all over the world would stand together and work for justice and liberty for all. Black Lives Matter.” The work in this presentation not only celebrates the rich fiber heritage of a people, it powerfully asks the question, “What do you think about Freedom?”

 

The Legacy of African American Textile Art is free and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The live zoom program will be followed by an audience Q & A with the presenter. To attend, please register on artistsarchives.org. Zoom registration links will be available shortly.

 

About Cynthia Lockhart: Cynthia Lockhart’s fiber art is infused with a kaleidoscope of diverse influences such as:  Nature, fashion, music, dance, travel, African and Cultural arts. Lockhart’s textiles are distinguished by their pulsating colors, which simulate the vivaciousness of her African ancestry, and by their irregular, organic shapes and circles. Her fashion and accessories design background provide the perfect platform for creating exquisite three-dimensional artwork.

 

Lockhart holds the distinct honor of having her artwork reviewed and published in the New York Times. Her work is included in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, University of Cincinnati, Michigan State University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In addition, a solo show at the Weston Gallery at the Aronoff in Cincinnati. Lockhart’s work has been featured in “The Artist Magazine” and numerous books and publications. She is a member of the Women of Color Quilters Network. Noteworthy is her inclusion in the “Encyclopedia of African American Artists” and artwork on the cover of the iconic fashion magazine, “Women’s Wear Daily”.

 

As an award-winning artist, she continues to be an active contributor in the design and art community from a local, national, and International perspective. Professor Lockhart has lectured at conferences and museums throughout United States, Japan, Italy and France. Emerita Professor Lockhart taught Fiber Art Fashion, Art of Jewelry & Leather Accessory Design and Masters of Design Professional Development Seminar courses at the College of Design, Art and Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. Her work was on exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art, “Journey to Freedom”, December 2019 – March 2020. In addition, her art is located in Gallery 708 on Hyde Park Square, Cincinnati, Ohio. www.gallery-708.com .

 

About the Artists Archives:  The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

 

Fantastical Landscapes

Ryn Clarke, Starling and Month (Detail), Photographic composites on metal

Ryn Clarke, Starling and Month, Photographic composite on metal

 

Fantastical Landscapes: Satellite Exhibition at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Works by:
Lawrence Baker
Harriet Ballard
Ryn Clarke
Robert Jergens
Thomas Roese
Newsom Shewitz
Jean Sommer
Kathleen Totter

 

Fantastical Landscapes was conceived to highlight some of the more unusual artistic interpretations of the landscape that are part of the collection of The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR), or in the case of the works by Ryn Clarke, on loan from AAWR member artists.

 

All of these artists explore the boundaries of this theme without sacrificing the basic structure of landscape in such a way that it becomes unclear to us, the viewer.

 

Harriet Ballard manipulates her landscape by flattening the perspective in her painting, Mooring, while at the same time we know this is a depiction of a sunny day by the water because of her use of bright yellow and sky blue as the predominant colors.

 

Photographers, Newsom Shewitz and Ryn Clark jumble reality by combining recognizable elements in a surreal or startling way. Shewitz was an early manipulator of photography to achieve these dreamlike results through traditional means, while Clark uses a computer to digitally combine and alter her photographs into tropical fantasies.

 

Tom Roese and Randall Tiedman both use colors in their paintings of trees that do not correspond with the reality of their subject matter but textural brushstrokes that do suggest both the tree bark and the kinetic energy flowing beneath the living bark. In contrast, Lawrence Baker, in his drawing of complex tree roots and rocks, removes all color as well as traditional chiaroscuro and texture in favor of the suggestion of volume through subtle line alone.

 

Robert Jergens employs a combination of realistic yet decorative pattern painting on an abstracted construction, to convey the idea of looking from an interior, through a window into nature. The result is that he removes us from nature by forcing us to think we are inside and then reconnecting us to the outside while keeping us fully aware of the artifice of painting.

 

Both Kathleen Totter and Jean Sommer abstract the landscape by reducing it down to the minimal elements of foreground and background, emphasizing strong horizon lines and geometric shapes and both use non-traditional materials like hand cast paper, felted wool and found objects.

 

I hope that this selection allows you as a viewer to engage your imagination and perhaps “see” the landscape as you visit the gardens here with a fresh appreciation for both the wonder of nature and the creative ability of the artist to reinterpret reality.

 

Mindy Tousley   AAWR Executive Director

 

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The Ardent Thread

  • Cynthia Lockhart, The Journey to Freedom, Mixed textiles, leather, snakeskin, beads

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16, 6:30 – 8:00pm  VIEW OPENING RECEPTION

Virtual Artist Talks on Zoom:

  • Wednesday July 29, 6:00 – 7:30pm featuring Cynthia Lockhart, Char Norman, Jessica Pinsky and Ron Shelton VIEW PART I
  • Wednesday, August 26, 6:00 – 7:30pm featuring Phyllis Brody, Rebecca Cross, Myrya Johnson, Aimee Lee VIEW PART II

Virtual Program: The Legacy of African American Textile Art with Cynthia Lockhart: Saturday, August 15, from 1:00 – 2:30pm VIEW PROGRAM

 

*To visit the Archives and view the exhibition, please review our safety and social distancing policy or call 216-721-9020 for additional information*

 

As close to us as the clothes to our bodies, textiles hold an intimate place in our lives. Though historically dismissed for its utility, it is precisely this closeness which makes fiber a powerful tool to explore our individual and collective experiences. This Summer, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to host The Ardent Thread, a textile invitational curated by Tony Williams which shares both the personal stories and passionate work of nine regional fiber artists.

 

Featuring Phyllis Brody, Rebecca Cross, Aimee Lee, Cynthia Lockhart, Myrya Johnson, Char Norman, Jessica Pinsky, Ron Shelton, and Anne Weissman, The Ardent Thread showcases weaving, quilting, embroidery, papermaking, assemblage, and innovative mixed media work. The exhibition also includes artist Oral Histories, unique interactive audio recordings which trace their journeys with the fiber arts.

 

Curator and fiber artist Tony Williams explains, “We have all learned the craft of fiber for different reasons. Some of us learn because it is something passed down from generation to generation. Some of us learn out of necessity. Some of us learn for its beauty and skill and want to express our voice in these techniques. The group of artists exhibiting in The Ardent Thread are all true masters. They express their love of their craft… creating extraordinary art as they intertwine their chosen thread into a life of its own.”

 

Though the artists vary widely in process and style, each uses tradition as a springboard to investigate heritage, the boundaries of materials, and their relationship to the world. A powerful theme explored in the show is the deep connection of textiles to African American heritage. Artist Cynthia Lockhart describes, “Perhaps more than any other art form, textiles reflect the pulse of the African American Culture. Symbolism of the cloth has been one of our connections to our African roots.” Lockhart’s own work in the exhibition employs pulsing colors and organic shapes to “simulate the vivaciousness of her African ancestry” and address vital parts of the African American experience, including the slavery and the Underground Railroad.

 

Myrya Johnson also channels the rich legacy of African American textiles as a source of inspiration and a means to access her creative center. She relates, “Color inspires me, especially the tribal colors of the African cultures and their connection with Mother Earth. I find that these colors bring me to a place of freedom and rawness of self-expression. It is the place that I need to be when I create. When I am in that mental space, I allow the Spirit that comes to me to guide me… I have learned to listen.” Johnson’s deeply personal garments and dolls were previously shown in seenUNseen, AAWR’s landmark 2019 exhibition of African American art.

 

Aimee Lee draws from her Korean ancestry and hanji, the traditional process of Korean papermaking, to craft elegant and inventive new forms. “I excavate my heritage to reveal cultures and stories we rarely see or read,” Lee explains, “through hand papermaking I look for connections between humans and the wider world.” On view in The Ardent Thread, is a series of Lee’s ducks, which are created by weaving and twisting paper into hollow bodies. In Korea, carved mandarin ducks are symbols of fidelity and fertility, given as gifts to the bride and groom. “I translate these artifacts into contemporary versions that remind us where we have been while pointing to where we are going…. I encourage them to talk, fly and share their stories.”

 

Phyllis Brody’s work for The Ardent Thread serves both as a reflection on her family’s history as well as on the long and problematic relationship of women and the textile industry. “Textile arts have been a lifelong interest stimulated by having two grandfathers who were tailors and a grandmother who was a seamstress in a shirtwaist factory in the Garment District of NYC.” On display in the exhibition is Brody’s Crazy Quilt, a work comprised of parts of bodices, collars, hems, table runners, napkins, doilies and other obsolete goods. “I am awed by the craft, intricacy and beauty of their handwork and saddened to see it discarded.”

 

In addition to heritage, several artists in The Ardent Thread use fiber to reflect on human’s connections to and effects on the environment. For Char Norman, threads themselves serve as a metaphor of interconnectivity and the weaving process, a way of binding back together the nature we have broken. On display are several of Norman’s Egret Series, inspired by her encounter with the remains of a great white egret in South Carolina. “There was not much left except a smattering of feathers strewn about the trail… my hiking companion remarked that I should gather a few feathers for a hat.” The resulting sculptures use woven forms as stand-ins for the bird’s bodies and resemble the sweeping Victorian hats which bore their feathers. This fashion craze nearly drove the egrets to extinction. If not for the efforts of Harriet Lawrence Hemenway and Minna Hall, two environmentally conscious women who launched a boycott of the feathers, “we may not know the beauty of these birds today.”

 

Multi-media artist Rebecca Cross employs fiber to warn of humanity’s profound impact on the natural world. Using the Japanese process of Shibori, Cross fashions highly colored silk sculptures which mimic the botanical specimens found in natural history museums. “At once a mourning and a celebration of the biological diversity that we need, and is rapidly disappearing, these objects suggest a speculative future where plant species of our era…only exist as artifacts.” Cross carefully constructs clear mounts for these forms and etches them with the work’s own cast shadows and hand-written taxonomies of Ohio’s endangered plants. The “additional, linear tracings of these ‘lost plants,’ ultimately cast shadows themselves… Together, these objects become a remembrance, and express the fugitive and fragile nature of living things.”

 

Ron Shelton transformed his classical textile training into a call to arms over our deadly addiction to plastic. “My passion for textile arts began at the early age of six. I was fascinated by the elaborately crafted starched doilies that my ‘nanny’ created. There was such an innate connection that she began teaching me how to crochet and knit…. Later, as curator/publisher of the online arts magazine/non-profit organization, High Art Fridays (HAF), I began to observe artists using plastic, unsustainable material, in their art. From Ghana to Serbia, El Salvador to Korea, they were making a statement…this devasting medium is wreaking havoc on our communities.” The Ardent Thread features several of Shelton’s plastic hats and garments, including translucent jackets designed expressly for the show.

 

Another connection between the exhibiting artists, is their joy of experimenting with materials. Anne Weissman constructs elaborate fabric collages with “improvised embroidery stitches and a surprising range of textiles, including those she has hand printed.” Using her needle as a “drawing tool, the thread literally drawing together the elements of these complex, yet intimate, pieces.” With a background in fine arts, art history and world textiles, Weissman’s diverse studio work includes printmaking on paper and fabric, collage, and contemporary mixed-media paper arts.

 

Jessica Pinsky uses her vast knowledge of the fiber arts to push the boundaries of conventional materials and processes. “With lots of experimentation,” Pinsky describes, “I discovered I could make cloth behave very differently with the same basic materials.” Beyond technique, her weavings serve as metaphors for the human condition. “[We are all] made of the same material, but can behave very differently… Halves of [my] weavings are barely held together by tangled masses of fiber, demonstrating the many divides within our society… In contrast, the yarns that appear similar are side by side but actually very different in material and value… Our communities are segregated based on these differences. How is balance achieved? We need cloth to survive. It is our warmth and our shelter. Maybe this unifier can not only demonstrate our differences but mend them as well.”

 

The Ardent Thread will be celebrated with a virtual artist’s reception on Zoom, Thursday, July 16th, 6:30 8:00pm. The event features a video tour of the exhibition, a live curator’s talk by Tony Williams, and brief artist statements followed by audience Q &A. The Ardent Thread Artist Talks will also be held via Zoom on Wednesday July 29, 6 – 7:30pm and Wednesday, August 26, 6 – 7:30pm.
REGISTER FOR PART I ARTIST TALKS HERE

 

On Saturday, August 15, from 1 2:30pm the Archives is pleased to host The Legacy of African American Textile Art with Cynthia Lockhart. This free, online virtual program will be presented on the Zoom online meeting platform. Lockhart is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati and has taught courses in Fiber Art & Fashion, the Art of Jewelry & Leather Accessory Design, and Master of Design Professional Development. As an exhibiting artist in The Ardent Thread, Lockhart reflects, “Perhaps more than any other art form, textiles reflect the pulse of the African American Culture. Symbolism of the cloth has been one of our connections to our African roots. The fiber artwork and quilts in this presentation celebrate the resilient and creative spirit of our African Ancestors.”

 

Artists highlighted in the presentation reflect inspiration from Slavery through Emancipation, Reconstruction, Civil Rights, Black Life Matters, “Hands Up”, and present-day protests in honor of Mr. George Floyd.



Artist Oral Histories with Curator Tony Williams

Listen to The Ardent Thread artists describe their journey with the fiber arts… in their own word. Conceived, recorded and edited by curator Tony Williams.

Phyllis Brody

Rebeccia Cross

Myrya Johnson

Aimee Lee

Cynthia Lockhart

Char Norman

Jessica Pinsky

Ron Shelton

Anne Weissman

 

Home to Home: Virtual Artists Talks Part II

 

On May 1st & 8th, please join the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) for Home to Home: Virtual Artists Talks, a two-part online program featuring the Archived Artists of the 2020 Annual Members Exhibition.

 

In a series of energetic, 10-minute segments, local creators Margaret Arthur, Herbert Ascherman Jr., Lee Heinen, Rebecca Kaler, Terry Klausman, George Kocar, Stuart Pearl, Gloria Plevin and Judy Takács will share how they’ve been keeping creative in quarantine, including tours of their studios, recent artwork and general inspiration!

 

These events will last approximately 75 minutes including Q & A and will be hosted by AAWR Executive Director & Chief Curator Mindy Tousley on the Zoom meeting platform. Home to Home: Virtual Artist Talks are FREE, courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

 

To see additional work by these and other Northeast Ohio artists, view the entire 2020 Annual Members Exhibition online! This digital exhibition features a striking mosaic of over 100 pieces, including painting, print making, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, photography, mixed media assemblage and more. The gallery changes with each viewing, so visit often for inspiration. In support of Ohio’s creative community, all artwork is available for sale online. Viewers may also vote for their favorite work in the Members Exhibition by joining the Artists Archives mailing list. The 4 most popular artists will receive awards and cash prizes which will be presented in a virtual awards ceremony on a date TBA.

 

Instructions to join Home to Home: Virtual Artist Talks

  • Use the REGISTER links below!
  • After registering, you will receive an email (sender: Mindy Tousley) with a “Click here to join” link.
  • Save the email and click the link at 7:00PM on the day of the event.  Follow the prompts to attend!
  • To make sure you ready for the event, we recommend installing Zoom a day PRIOR to the program. To set up/create your free account CLICK HERE!

 

Schedule of Presenters/Registration (Updated 5/7/2020): Please note, artists will speak for approximately 10 minutes each.

 

Part II: Friday, May 8th, 7:00PM | REGISTER FOR PART II

  1.  Lee Heinen
  2. Margaret Arthur
  3. Stuart Pearl
  4. Rebecca Kaler

(Top L to R) Mindy Tousley, Portrait by Herbert Ascherman Jr.; Margaret Arthur, Portrait by Herbert Ascherman Jr.; Rebecca Kaler, courtesy of artist

(Bottom L to R) Lee Heinen, Portrait by Herbert Ascherman Jr.; Stuart Pearl, Portrait by Herbert Ascherman Jr.

Home to Home: Virtual Artists Talks Part I

 

On May 1st & 8th, please join the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) for Home to Home: Virtual Artists Talks, a two-part online program featuring the Archived Artists of the 2020 Annual Members Exhibition.

 

In a series of energetic, 10-minute segments, local creators Margaret Arthur, Herbert Ascherman Jr., Lee Heinen, Rebecca Kaler, Terry Klausman, George Kocar, Stuart Pearl, Gloria Plevin and Judy Takács will share how they’ve been keeping creative in quarantine, including tours of their studios, recent artwork and general inspiration!

 

These events will last approximately 75 minutes including Q & A and will be hosted by AAWR Executive Director & Chief Curator Mindy Tousley on the Zoom meeting platform. Home to Home: Virtual Artist Talks are FREE, courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

 

To see additional work by these and other Northeast Ohio artists, view the entire 2020 Annual Members Exhibition online! This digital exhibition features a striking mosaic of over 100 pieces, including painting, print making, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, photography, mixed media assemblage and more. The gallery changes with each viewing, so visit often for inspiration. In support of Ohio’s creative community, all artwork is available for sale online. Viewers may also vote for their favorite work in the Members Exhibition by joining the Artists Archives mailing list. The 4 most popular artists will receive awards and cash prizes which will be presented in a virtual awards ceremony on a date TBA.

 

Instructions to join Home to Home: Virtual Artist Talks 

  • Use the REGISTER links below!
  • After registering, you will receive an email (sender: Mindy Tousley) with a “Click here to join” link.
  • Save the email and click the link at 7:00PM on the day of the event.  Follow the prompts to attend!
  • To make sure you ready for the event, we recommend installing Zoom a day PRIOR to the program. To set up/create your free account CLICK HERE!

 

Schedule of Presenters/Registration (Updated 4/28/2020): Please note, artists will speak for approximately 10 minutes each.

Part I: Friday, May 1st, 7:00PM | REGISTER FOR PART I

  1. Herbert Ascherman Jr.
  2. Gloria Plevin
  3. Judy Takács
  4. George Kocar
  5. Terry Klausman

Part II: Friday, May 8th, 7:00PM | REGISTER FOR PART II

  1. Margaret Arthur
  2. Stuart Pearl
  3. Rebecca Kaler
  4. Lee Heinen

 

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(Top L to R) Terry Klausman, portrait by Alex Yanculeff; Herbert Ascherman Jr, Self Portrait, circa 1986; George Kocar, courtesy of artist

(Bottom L to R) Judy Takacs in her studio, courtesy of artist, Gloria Plevin, portrait by Herbert Ascherman Jr.

CALL FOR ENTRY: NewNow 2020

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, NewNow 2018

May 29, 2020: To insure the safety of its community, Cuyahoga Community College’s Gallery East has announced it will stay closed for the remainder of 2020 . As a result, the NewNow has been postponed until January 2021, date TBA. The deadline for entry will be extended until SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 and a new calendar, including exhibition dates, will be released. Thank you for flexibility and continued support during these uncertain times! 

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRY for the NewNow, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition to be held January 2021. This multi-media juried exhibition will be judged by Cat Sheridan, the curator of The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. The exhibition will be held in Tri-C’s beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. Gallery East, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122.

 

Cash awards of $750, $500, and 2 awards for $250 will be given out by the juror, and additional awards will be chosen by popular vote. A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece. All proceeds from the competition will fund the artist’s awards and benefit the Artists Archives, whose mission is to support Ohio visual artists and preserve their important heritage for future generations.

 

A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece. Please review all entry details, submission instructions and calendar deadlines prior to application. They are listed directly below.

 

All entries must be made online. Submit work here >>>>  https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr. <<<<

 

The original deadline has been extended to September 1, 2020! Artists will be notified of acceptance by October 1, 2020.

Entry Details:

ELIGIBILITY: This juried exhibition is open to living artists of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Trumball, Summit, and Wayne counties.

ACCEPTED MEDIA: Painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, assemblage, collage, ceramics, glass, installations, fiber, weaving, textiles, video & film and photography. Jewelry will be accepted if it is made using metalsmithing or hand-formed using unique materials or techniques. Printmaking must be original – no giclée reproductions of work done in other media.

FILM AND VIDEO ENTRIES: Film and video submissions must be made separately at The NEW NOW 2020/ film, video

PRESENTATION: 2-D work cannot exceed 8’ in height or 50 lbs. in weight. No width limit. 2-D work should be appropriately framed and ready to hang (neutral matting only, glass or acrylic where applicable, frames must be strong enough to hold the weight of the piece). Any painting stretched on canvas does not have to be framed. No saw-tooth hangers. 3-D work cannot exceed 8’ in height or 100 lbs. in weight. No width limit. Work not properly presented for exhibition at the time of delivery will not be accepted.

ENTRY FEES: A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece.

CASH AWARDS: Awards of $750, $500, and 2 @ $250 will be given out by the awards juror, and additional awards of $250 total will be chosen by popular vote.

CATALOG: Images of award winning work will be featured in a printed show catalog and names of all accepted artists will be listed.

INSURANCE: Accepted artists assume sole responsibility for insuring their work.

SALE OF WORKS: Works may be for sale at the discretion of the artist. AAWR will retain a 40% commission on all sold work, and will handle all sales of work during the exhibition.

 

Submission Instructions:

SUBMISSIONS TO THIS SHOW WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY

TO SUBMIT WORK GO TO>>>>>  https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr

To prepare images for uploading please adhere to the following guidelines:
• sRGB or RGB color space (standard) NO CMYK (typically used for printing industry)
• 72 dpi resolution
• Images sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional
• Layers must be flattened
• 8-bit mode
• Jpg format
• Jpg compression at level 7 (Medium)
• Do not use characters other than a period preceding jpg in the file name. The following characters will lead to image uploading problems :!@#$%^&*()_+

As a submitter to this show you grant AAWR 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. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition grant AAWR the right to use images of their work for the purposes of promotion, inclusion in AAWR programs, and subsequent display on the AAWR website without further contact or compensation from AAWR.

 

Calendar:

ENTRIES: The original submission deadline has been extended from July 18, 2020. All additional dates will be updated soon!

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: By October 1, 2020

DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK:
• TBA Please note: Work should be delivered to Gallery East, Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122. Parking for delivery is free in LOT H3, accessed most easily by the Harvard Road entrance.

OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: Pending

PICK UP OF EXHIBITED WORK:
• TBA Please note: AAWR & Tri-C will not be responsible for work left after pick-up dates. Work not picked up will be subjected to storage fees and disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery Coordinator.

 

Questions?

Please email info@artistsarchives.org. Include your name and phone number so we may assist you!

 

About Our Judge:

Cat Sheridan is the director of The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, which showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in downtown Columbus. Sheridan has had many roles in the arts throughout her career, including being an artist herself. She is a Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) graduate with a degree in Fine Art and a minor in Art History. She has worked for many years as an arts administrator and arts advocate primarily with the CCAD, and the Worthington Arts Council. Sheridan loves how art can create community and foster conversation, and is excited to expand her knowledge of Ohio artists outside of the Columbus area.

 

About the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR):

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

 

Our Supporters:

The Bernice and David E. Davis Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), the Gund Foundation, Ohio Arts Council (OAC), the Cleveland Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation, Zufall Foundation

Art without Limits: VR Technology with Peter Babula

Collaborative Drawing from2019 Art without Limits

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Art without Limits has been CANCELLED.  Please stay tuned for future programing opportunities at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and stay safe out there!

 

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As part of its 2020 Annual Members Exhibition, the Artists Archives welcomes the return of Art without Limits: VR Technology with Peter Babula, a small group, interactive program which explores painting and drawing in a virtual environment.

 

During this free, two-hour session, participants will learn the basics of Google Tilt Brush and take turns producing art with a VR headset and controllers. A monitor will be set up to share the artists creative process and at the end of the program, attendees may take home a copy of their work.

 

Emilie Unkrich 2019 AWL

 

 

 

Art without Limits: VR Technology is free courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture however, guests must register to attend. RSVP limit of 15 to provide attendees adequate time to play and learn. 

 

About Blue Robot: Art without Limits is presented by Blue Robot, is interactive design studio located in Cleveland historic Tower Press building that specializes in the creative development and production of touchscreen exhibits, websites and mobile applications for museums, corporations and nonprofit organizations

2020 Annual Members Exhibition

2020 Annual Members Exhibition Preview

Dates: Extended Run, Friday, March 27 – June 27, 2020
Watch the video exhibition tour HERE ON FACEBOOK!
Annual Members Meeting & Closing Reception: Saturday, July 25th 11:00am
Home to Home: Virtual Artist Talks: Part I – Friday, May 1st, 7:00PM | Part II – Friday, May 8th, 7:00PM

To vote for your favorite piece in the show: join the AAWR mailing list by Sunday, May 31st. A digital ballot will be sent on June 1st. Voting may also be done in person when the gallery re-opens on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 until the exhibition closes on June 27.

 

Click here to join our mailing list! At the end of the show, a digital ballot will be sent to the safety of your inbox

To purchase work: Send an email to info@artistsarchives.org with the artist’s name. An AAWR staff member will reach out shortly!

 

On March 27, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) welcomed the return of its Annual Members Exhibition, featuring work by over one hundred of its member artists, hung salon-style in the main gallery. For more than a decade, this all-media show has brought together some of Northeast Ohio’s finest creators. This year, the tradition’s been updated – we’ve gone digital!

 

Scroll down to enjoy a mosaic of 106 works by Northeast Ohio artists, including painting, print making, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, photography, mixed media assemblage and more. The digital gallery changes with each viewing, so visit often for inspiration. Detailed images can be viewed by clicking a piece and using the arrows to advance. In support of Ohio’s creative community, all artwork is available for sale online. Email info@artistsarchives.org to purchase work.

 

Viewers have traditionally voted for their favorite work in the show…and this year is no exception. Voting will be done online! At the end of the exhibition, a ballot will be sent to AAWR’s mailing list. The 4 most popular artists will receive awards and cash prizes which to be presented in a virtual awards ceremony on a date TBA. To join our mailing list and receive a ballot, click HERE.

 

Weekly exhibition highlights will be shared via Facebook and email to help visitors find their favorite work. These digital exhibition spotlights feature views from AAWR’s Main Gallery and links to learn more about featured creators.

 

If it becomes safe to do so, we hope to allow limited or by appointment access to the gallery space. We promise to keep you posted as things develop! until then, enjoy the digital show!

 

2020 Exhibiting Artists: Sawsan Alhaddad, Lizzi Aronhalt, Margaret E. Aurthur, Herbert Ascherman, Barbara Bachtell, Philip Lawrence Balin, Karen D. Beckwith, Jeff Benedetto, Ruth B. Bercaw, Diane Bjel, Hazel H. Brown, Denise Buckley, Stephen Calhoun, Kimberly J. Chapman, Ryn Clarke, Kristi Copez, Michele Crawford, John R. Davis, Dian Disantis, Susan Dovovan Lowe, Bette Drake, Leslie Edwards-Humez, Shirley Ende-Saxe, Patty Flauto, Helen Frankovits-Libens, Mark Giangaspero, JoAnn Giordano, Dale Goode, Bonnie Gordon, Adrian Hardin, Lee Heinen, Bob Herbst, Marti Higgins, Michael W. High, Joyce W. Hoffer, Palli Davis Holubar, Zachary Hoon, Mark E. Howard, Hap Howle, Marty Huehner, Harry E. Izenour, Paula Izydorek, Jacques P. Jackson, Lucette Johnson, Amelia C. Joynes, Maria Kaiser, Rebecca Kaler, Tricia Kaman, Wally Kaplan, Milan Kecman, Lisa Kenion, Terry Klausman, George Kocar, Phyllis Kohring-Fannin, James Leslie, Amy Lewandowski, Lewanda Lim, Grace S. Lin, Jonathan Litt, Maria Litt, Barbara Martin, Dennis Mastrangelo, Wayne Mazorow, Kathleen McKenna, Harry Melroy, Janet Mikolajczyk, Charles Mintz, Rita Montlack, Joyce Morrow Jones, Hilton P. Murray, Clare Murray Adams, Lynn O’Brien, Robert Pabst, Johanna Page, Bill Pappas, Katina Pastis Radwanski, James Norman Paukert, Stuart Pearl, Sharlene Pearl-Green, Ted Pikturna, Gloria Plevin, Joe Polevoi, Kelly Pontoni, Hollis Richardson, Kolman Rosenberg, Sam Roth, John Salie, John A Sargent III, Gary Schmidt, Renata Schmidt, Lisa Schonberg, Rita Schuenemann, B.J. Sessions-White, Alex Shaland, Deborah Silver, Jim Soppelsa, Jack St. John, Judy Takács, Barney Taxel, Mindy Tousley, Zoya Trofimova, Eva Volf, Gwen Waight, Al Wasco, Kim Zarney and Paula Zinsmeister.

 

Digital Gallery Note: To view detailed images, click on any work and use the left or right arrows to scroll through the show. Dimensions listed include framing, where applicable. Want to see the framed work or have any other questions, just reach out! (info@artistsarchives.org)

Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard & Patricia Zinsmeister Parker

 

The Video Story: In the Spring of 2020, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve filmed this video to document Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard & Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, a satellite exhibition at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Art Gallery.

 

At the time, we hoped show and Center would reopen soon – little did we know it was only the beginning of a history-breaking year spent in lock down. Shortly after filming, we received word the Convention Center would be closed indefinitely. The exhibition was quietly de-installed, and the video was shelved as dealing with the new realities of Covid took center stage.

 

Here we are a year later, still traveling through the pandemic, but now with a light at the end of the tunnel as mass vaccination sites surreally mirror the Convention Center itself. Though the exhibition was woefully under-viewed, the surviving video captures what was truly at the heart of the show: the enduring friendship between two remarkable painters.

 

The Archives decided to release the video not only to mark the year anniversary of the pandemic, but to close out Women’s History Month. Featuring interviews with artists Harriet Moore Ballard and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, as well as the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing Dave Johnson, and Art Source Inc. Owner Eileen Roth, the video shows how far we have come and points to a brighter future.

 

Under the steadfast leadership of Dave and Eileen, we hope to see the Convention Center Gallery open once again. Their commitment to local art was laudable, and we look forward to great things to come. Here’s to the future! From all of us here at the AAWR!

 

Credits: Filmed by AAWR Collection’s Registrar Kelly Pontoni. Editing by AAWR Marketing & Programming Manager Megan Alves, Directed by Megan Alves & Kelly Pontoni.

Featuring: Harriet Moore Ballard, Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Dave Johnson, Huntington Convention Center’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and Eileen Roth, Art Source Inc. Owner

Location: Filmed at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Art Gallery and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker’s Studio in Canton, OH

 

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Satellite Exhibition at The Cleveland Convention Center Art Gallery, 1 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland (door is labeled Global Center for Health Innovation).  The Gallery is located in the C2 Concourse  Attendees can also enter the Gallery using the tunnel from the Huntington Self-Park Garage, located off of West Third Street (1141 West 3rd, Cleveland, OH 44114)

 

CAN Winter 2019 Article by Mindy Tousley:

 

The Huntington Convention Center is pleased to continue its partnership with The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve through 2019 and into the spring of 2020 In February, The Foundations show will be replaced with Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker.

 

Parker and Ballard have long enjoyed a friendship which began long ago. Their common bonds, combined with their mutual respect for the others artistic abilities and achievements, has served to strengthen the ties between them. This will be the first time that these two talented women exhibit a number of their works together, and while their creations are individually distinctive, their paintings mesh together visually like two old dancing partners routines. As each artist utilizes her sensitivity to surroundings as source material, trips together to Ballard’s home in San Miquel de Allende, Mexico has inspired both of them. Table for Two, as the title implies, focuses on still lives that each has periodically produced, both past and present.

 

Ballard, for her part, employs all of the objects around her as well as impressions and references to her life, all become fodder for her paintings. To quote Douglas Max Utter,” There is no clear division between the past and the present, things underground and those built on top. This melding of dimensions became the central content of her work”. She then uses color and line to typically flatten, and either negate or pull together these apparently disparate elements. “Pressing multiple planes into one ambiguous surface and crossing planes with lines that deny the third dimension is central to my work” writes Ballard.

 

As an artist Parker continually challenges herself. She is equally at ease creating the beautiful, expressionistic still lives showcased in Table for Two, as she is making nonrepresentational abstractions. Mundane objects, phrases, political views and bits of contemporary fashion are items that also creep into Parker’s paintings. These items do not create a flowing narrative but rather surprise us and force us to reengage with the painting under new terms. In her words, Parker is motivated to ”seek new and original means of expression that will convey a unique response not only to the environment which we inhabit but to the world in general.”

 

As a mutual experience the love of painting that both these artists share is clearly expressed in their work and visible to the viewer in all the ways that count.

Conservation Framing with Mindy Tousley Part II

Portrait of Mindy Tousley by Archived Artist Herbert Ascherman Jr.

PROGRAM IS AT CAPACITY. Please CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WAIT LIST, or call 216.721.9020. We will contact you if spots open up or if the class is offered in the future!

 

Artists! Need help getting your work “show ready” but don’t know where to start? Join AAWR Executive Director and accomplished framer Mindy Tousley as she teaches you the basics to take your piece from easel to exhibition wall. This two-part program will feature live process demonstrations, material examples, as well as tips and tricks for preserving and displaying your art for years to come.

 

Conservation Framing Part II, held on Saturday, March 7th, will focus on fitting and finishing, assembling the final product, and framing works on canvas and textiles.

 

While it is recommended attendees take both classes, the sessions can be taken independently. Please note, the March 7th session will not re-cover topics addressed in the first class (click here to read about Part I). Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing as they will be standing to observe the process demonstrations.

 

Conservation Framing is free courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, however, guests must register to attend. RSVP limit of 15 to provide attendees an unobstructed view of Tousley’s instruction. To register, call 216.721.9020 or CLICK HERE TO RESERVE your spot on Eventbrite

Conservation Framing with Mindy Tousley Part I

Portrait of Mindy Tousley by Archived Artist Herbert Ascherman Jr.

PROGRAM IS AT CAPACITY. Please click HERE TO JOIN THE WAITLIST or call 216.721.9020.  We will contact you if spots open up or if the class is offered in the future!

 

Artists! Need help getting your work “show ready” but don’t know where to start? Join AAWR Executive Director and accomplished framer Mindy Tousley as she teaches you the basics to take your piece from easel to exhibition wall. This two-part program will feature live process demonstrations, material examples, as well as tips and tricks for preserving and displaying your art for years to come.

 

Conservation Framing Part I, held on Saturday, February 29th, will cover framing works on paper and help you navigate the confusing world of conservation materials. The class will also demonstrate mounting, cutting mats of various thicknesses and creating multi-opening displays. Conservation Framing Part II, held on Saturday, March 7th, will focus on fitting and finishing, assembling the final product, and framing works on canvas and textiles.

 

While it is recommended attendees take both classes, the sessions can be taken independently. Please note, the March 7th session will not re-cover topics addressed in the first class. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing as they will be standing to observe the process demonstrations.

 

Conservation Framing is free courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

2020 Annual Members Exhibition- CALL FOR ENTRY

Leslie Edward Humez, Gluttony, Mixed media, 2019 Annual Members Exhibition

This spring, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve welcomes the return of its Annual Members Exhibition, featuring over 100 pieces by its professional-level member artists, hung salon-style in the main & office galleries. The show presents an exciting diversity of voices and media, as each artist is able to contribute 1 original work under 24” for display. In years past, submissions have ranged from traditionally inspired portraits and oils, to evocative assemblages and innovative digital creations.

To display your work, your AAWR membership must be current through May 1st, 2020! To check if your membership status or to renew, call our offices 216.721.9020. Membership can also be renewed HERE ON OUR WEBSITE. 

Not a member yet?  Click HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION or call 216.721.9020 to speak to our staff!

Schedule:

  • Drop-Off Dates: March 10 – 14 during office hours (T-F: 10:00am-4:00pm, Sat: 12:00-4:00pm) or by appointment.
  • Show Dates: March 27 – May 1, 2020
  • Campus-Wide Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 5:30-8:00pm. Includes simultaneous openings at The Sculpture Center and open hours at the David E. Davis Studio & Gallery.
  • Annual Members Meeting: Friday, May 1, 5:00-6:00pm. All members welcome to attend.
  • Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 1, 6:30-7:30pm. Directly following the Annual Members Meeting.
  • PickUp Dates: Artists may take their work home following the announcement of Popular Choice winners during the Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony. Additional pick-up dates/times: May 2 – May 8 during office hours (T-F: 10:00am-4:00pm, Sat: 12:00-4:00pm)

Details:

  • There is no entry fee.
  • One piece will be accepted from each AAWR member in good standing.
  • All work will be hung salon-style in the main & office galleries.
  • 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 GICLEES!
  • Popular Choice Awards: Exhibition attendees may vote for their favorite piece until 4:00pm on Friday, May 1, 2020. The four artists with the most votes will receive awards and cash prizes. Winners will be announced at the Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony.
  • 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 and bring it with their piece or fill the form out upon arrival. We will have copies on hand.

 

Questions? Contact Megan Alves, Marketing & Programing Manager, at 216.721.9020 or info@artistsarchives.org. We look forward to having your work in this year’s exhibition!

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE CALL TO ENTRY!>>>  Call for Entry 2020 Annual Members Exhibition

Print and Process Curator’s Talk

Marvin Jones, Right and Wrong: White Socks, Hand Colored Etching (Intaglio), Collection of the AAWR

 

On Friday, January 17th, 4:30pm, please join AAWR Executive Director and Chief Curator Mindy Tousley and Collection’s Registrar Kelly Pontoni at Kendal at Oberlin for a curator’s talk on AAWR’s satellite exhibition Print and Process.

 

Print and Process features works from the AAWR permanent collection by David Haberman, Marvin Jones, David Kaplan, Kestutis Kizevicius, Elise Newman, Phyllis Sloane, Phyllis Seltzer and Marvin Smith, including examples of hand-colored lithography, etching & engraving, intaglio, heat transfer prints and serigraphs. Select original plates are displayed as well as work by Phyllis Sloane which illustrates her silk screen process.

 

No registration for the talk is necessary, however, please arrive promptly at 4:30 to attend.

 

Print and Process is open to the public and on view until February 2020. Gallery Hours: 9am – 5pm daily Gallery Location: Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, OH 44074

Ruth Bercaw: Bold Statements Artist Talk

Ruth Bercaw, Zeus Chair’s a Conclave (Detail), Acrylic/mixed media on paper, 43 x 34 inches, Collection of the AAWR

 

On Saturday, February 8th, 1-2pm, please join artist Ruth Bercaw for an intimate conversation about her life and work. The presentation, held in conjunction with her solo exhibition Bold Statements, will explore Bercaw’s influences, provide insights into her latest creations and feature a walk-and-talk where she will discuss displayed work with attendees. Light refreshments will be served, and guests can mingle with the artist directly following the 40-minute presentation.

 

Ruth Bercaw: Bold Statements Artist Talk is free and open to the public, however, please REGISTER HERE or call 216.721.9020 to attend.

 

Click HERE to join the conversation on Facebook!

 

 

About the Artist: Ruth Bercaw graduated with a BFA in 1959 from Washington University in St. Louis and later received her MFA from Kent State University. In 1990, she was the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. As an active Cleveland artist her contributions to the art community are considerable. She has exhibited extensively in Ohio, particularly Cleveland and Columbus, and is represented in numerous collections including the Ritz Carlton (Cleveland), the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Spoleto, Italy), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Naples, Florida), among many others.

Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard & Patricia Zinsmeister Parker

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

RSVP EXTENDED DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

To RSVP, please CLICK HERE or call 216.721.9020

 

Brunch Fundraiser: Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard & Patricia Zinsmeister Parker
Date/Time: Sunday, February 16, 12-3pm
Location: Huntington Convention Center Gallery, 1 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland OH
Cost: $75 per ticket
Dates of Accompanying Exhibition: 2/11 – 4/10/2020

 

Please join the AAWR Legacy Society in honoring Archived Artists Harriet Moore Ballard and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker with a very special brunch fundraiser on Sunday, February 16, 12-3pm at the Huntington Convention Center Gallery 1 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland.

 

All proceeds from this event will benefit the AAWR Legacy Society, which supports the conservation of our unique, growing collection of 10,000 works by 83 Ohio artists!

 

The $75 per person admission includes

  • An exclusive buffet brunch by Executive Chef Brad Gambrell & Executive Pastry Chef Britt-Marie Culey
  • Open bar featuring a selection of signature brunch cocktails
  • Free self-parking at the attached Huntington Garage or free valet service.
  • Entertainment provided by a live jazz ensemble with performers from the Local 4 Cleveland Federation of Musicians.

 

The afternoon will also include remarks by guest of honor Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Douglas Max Utter and AAWR Executive Director & Chief Curator Mindy Tousley as well as raffles of original work by Ballard and Zinsmeister Parker.

 

The accompanying exhibition will be on view in the Convention Center Gallery until April 10, 2020. Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker will be the fourth show in this newly launched gallery space. Though Parker and Ballard have enjoyed a friendship for decades, it is the first time their work has been exhibited together. Over 40 large still lives will be featured, including colorful pieces inspired by their trips taken together to Ballard’s home in San Miquel de Allende, Mexico.

 

Parking Information:

  • FREE SELF PARK *preferred* Guests are encouraged to use the Huntington Self-Park Garage, with entrances off West Third Street and Lakeside Avenue. Please take a parking ticket upon entering the Garage and park in any of the non-reserved spaces. A parking voucher will be provided at the Reception. Guests who utilize the Huntington Self-Park Garage can access the Convention Center Gallery by simply walking through the Underground Garage Connector to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown and Huntington Convention Center. No need to go outside!
  • VALET: Free valet services will be provided for guests with mobility considerations. Please email info@artistsarchives.org or call 216.721.9020 if you would like to take advantage of this parking option. The valet will be available at the Convention Center’s St. Clair Avenue Entrance (1 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland OH 44114) for the duration of the event.

Ruth Bercaw: Bold Statements

  • Ruth Bercaw, It’s Going to be a Great Day, 2019, Mixed media, 28 x 50 inches

Campus-Wide Opening Reception: Friday, January 24, 5:30- 8:00pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 8th, 1-2pm. FREE, however, please REGISTER HERE or call 216.721.9020 to attend

 

The Artists Archives is pleased to launch its 2020 exhibition season with Ruth Bercaw: Bold Statements, a vibrant retrospective which highlights exciting new directions in the artist’s work. The show will feature over 20 originals and focus on the debut of large-scale, multi-media pieces, finished as recently as 2019.

 

Known for her geometric abstraction, Bercaw’s perfectly-balanced creations use a “limited selection of simple shapes and an unlimited selection of colors” to explore relationships between people, their past, and the natural world. The artist is perhaps most renowned for her 3-dimentional paintings: brightly-hued canvases, folded into pyramids or other angular shapes and mounted on the wall. These forms, though quite modern in appearance, were inspired by ancient petroglyphs she viewed while visiting England and Ireland. Enthralled by the shaped stones and elaborate geometric symbols, Bercaw describes her works as bringing the “the power of that imagery to the 21st century with colors both new and yet evocative of our past.”

 

Bercaw’s mixed media work continues this interest in relationships. Some of the earliest pieces in Bold Statements reflect the interplay of light with the rivers, bluffs and tangled brush of her native Missouri, ruminating on the “interdependence of just about everything and us.” Each creation is also a thoughtful exercise in experimentation. Bercaw often plans her composition with sketches or by meticulously repositioning scraps of colored paper. “In this process, I look for the unexpected while still holding out for combinations that have potential for beautiful development, contexts that exhibit uniqueness and strength, ones that excite and challenge the mind.”

 

Bold Statements includes recent, large canvases which are direct descendants of her 2015 Transported Garden series. This evolution, the result of decades of aesthetic exploration, has led to works of impressive sophistication and beauty which seamlessly integrate her 2 and 3 dimensional efforts. These pieces, and perhaps more still, the process of creating them, are also meant to evoke optimism and our ability to overcome adversity. “My paintings yet turn out to be experiments involving the human spirit.” Bercaw explains, “In the end, I judge my art to be a visual manifestation of our knowingly positive attitude, our very human ability to experience joy and recognize beauty in a variety of forms.”

 

Bold Statements will open with a free, campus-wide reception on Friday, January 24th, 5:30-8:00pm featuring simultaneous openings at The Sculpture Center and access to the David E. Davis Studio and Gallery. A free, accompanying artist talk will be held on Saturday, February 8th, 1-2pm. To attend the talk, please register HERE ON EVENTBRITE or call 216.721.9020.

 

About the Artist: Ruth Bercaw graduated with a BFA in 1959 from Washington University in St. Louis and later received her MFA from Kent State University. In 1990, she was the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. As an active Cleveland artist her contributions to the art community are considerable. She has exhibited extensively in Ohio, particularly Cleveland and Columbus, and is represented in numerous collections including the Ritz Carlton (Cleveland), the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Spoleto, Italy), The Cleveland Clinic (Naples, Florida), among many others.

Foundations at the Cleveland Convention Center

  • Phyllis Seltzer, Court House 2 (1st State), 2002, Heat transfer print on paper

Location of Exhibition: Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Art Gallery, 1 St. Clair Avenue NE,
C2 Concourse Level
Dates: November 7 – February 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

 

You are invited to the Foundations Opening Reception on Thursday, November 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will include brief remarks, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, and a celebratory champagne toast to officially open the exhibit. Free and open to the public!

 

Complimentary parking is available (for the reception only!)  in the Huntington Self-Park Garage, with entrances off West Third Street and Lakeside Avenue. Please take a parking ticket upon entering the Garage and park in any of the non-reserved spaces. A parking voucher will be provided at the Reception. Guests who utilize the Huntington Self-Park Garage can access the Convention Center Gallery by simply walking through the Underground Garage Connector to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown and Huntington Convention Center.

 

Guests who are not using the free self-parking option can enter the facility either through the Global Center for Health Innovation (1 St. Clair Avenue NE) or Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland main entrance (300 Lakeside Avenue). Guests using either of these entrances will take the escalators/elevators down one floor to the C2 Concourse level.

 

After the reception, the gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

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This November, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to partner with the Cleveland Convention Center to present Foundations, a satellite exhibition featuring the work of founder David E. Davis and the Archives first 8 supporting artists.

 

Foundations will showcase the accomplishments of David E. Davis, Shirley Aley Campbell, William Martin Jean, David Haberman, Robert Jergens, Randall Tiedman, Phyllis Seltzer, Phyllis Sloane and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker. When establishing the Archives in 1996, their goal was to create a ‘living” archive where visual art, along with oral histories, and other documentation of artists’ lives would be made available to the public through ongoing exhibitions and programs. This unique archival facility and regional museum now houses the work of 82 Archived Artists and has over 10,000 pieces in its collection.

 

Each of the 9 featured artists has contributed greatly to the creative community via their accomplishments, and several are octogenarians who continue to produce and exhibit important work. Over 30 paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces highlights their individualism and unique voices. As a group they are held together by the strength and quality of their work rather than a shared conceptual vision to form an exciting view of Northeast Ohio’s visual heritage.

 

Foundations is the third exhibition presented by the Convention Art Gallery. The Huntington Convention Center is pleased to continue spotlighting the talent of NE Ohio’s regional artists by inviting the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) as a guest exhibitor for the 2019 fall and winter season. The mission of the Cleveland Convention Art Gallery matches closely with that of the Archives to promote North east Ohio’s irreplaceable artistic culture.

 

“As a Cuyahoga County-owned facility, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland belongs to the people and our mission in creating an art gallery is to honor the broad diversity, history, and significant momentum and growth in our community,” said Dave Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Huntington Convention Center. “Our goal with the Cleveland Convention Gallery is to create a memorable destination by presenting thoughtfully crafted experiences that support education and the commerce of art in the City of Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio.”

 

 

Everything in its Place: Personal Archiving with Karen Eterovich

Anthony Eterovich, Record Town (Detail), Oil on Masonite, Collection of artNEO

Program FREE- REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE to RSVP or call 216.721.9020

 

ATTENTION: Overwhelmed artists, families of artists and collectors- Do you have a studio, attic, or an entire home brimming with art? Want to get organized but don’t know where to start? Join the Artists Archives on Saturday, November 23rd, 1-3pm for Everything in its Place, a 45-minute discussion lead by Karen Eterovich which will walk you the process of creating your own, personal archive. 

 

Everything in its Place will cover topics such as preservation, research, cataloging, storage and the use of accessible tools such as spreadsheets, sheet protectors, portfolios and estate stamps for collection’s management. The discussion will also include ways to organize ephemera like photographs, journals, texts, newspaper clippings, programs and catalogues. Finally, Eterovich will address how a personal archive can help to create a documented history of artwork (provenance) as well as enhance relationships with gallerists, curators, institutions and buyers. Sample materials will be provided. A question and answer period will follow the talk as well as a meet-and-greet with the speaker and refreshments.

 

Everything in its Place: Personal Archiving with Karen Eterovich is part of the Fulfilling the Eye: Anthony Eterovich (1916 – 2011), a unique retrospective that traces the work of Cleveland painter Anthony Eterovich over his seminal 80-year career. Opening reception: Thursday, November 21st, 5:30-8:00pm with remarks by Karen Eterovich. The program is free and open to the public, courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, PLEASE CLICK HERE to register on Eventbrite or call our offices, 216.721.9020 to reserve your spot.

 

About the presenter: Karen Eterovich became an instant archivist after her father, Cleveland artist Anthony Eterovich, died in April of 2011, leaving behind decades of work. Karen soon found that her childhood in the Cleveland arts community and the many jobs she held while a struggling actor in NYC provided her with a unique skill set to tackle the sizable collection. It was after seeking advice from Cleveland Institute of Art, the Artists Archives, ARTneo and gallerist Bill Tregoning, however, that Karen discovered that she had a lot to learn! She remains her fathers’ champion; when not curating and promoting her father’s art, Karen performs as Jane Austen in her own solo show. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina. She is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the Dramatists Guild.

Fulfilling the Eye: Anthony Eterovich (1916 – 2011)

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 5:30 – 8:00pm

  • Anthony Eterovich, Green Curly Haired Boy, Pastel and pencil, Estate of Anthony Eterovich
    Anthony Eterovich, Green Curly Haired Boy, Pastel and pencil, Estate of Anthony Eterovich

“The magic of Shakespeare with words, the thrill of Beethoven in music, is certainly a rewarding experience. But the human eye, being precious, demands another kind of fulfillment…” Anthony Eterovich.

 

This winter, the Artists Archives is pleased to present Fulfilling the Eye: Anthony Eterovich (1916 – 2011), a retrospective that not only rewards the gaze but traces the evolution of Eterovich over his eight-decade career. The exhibition features rare, early work from the 1930’s including charcoal studies of the artist’s classmates and children impacted by the Great Depression. Over 30 pieces highlight key moments in Eterovich’s creative journey, ranging from vibrant, abstract portraiture to photorealistic scenes of American life and magical realist paintings that blend cityscapes with bursts of color and wonder.

 

Eterovich’s long career was fundamentally linked to Cleveland. Born and raised in the city’s Tremont neighborhood, Eterovich won a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art (formerly the Cleveland School of Art) where in 1938, he received a degree in portraiture. It was there he was encouraged by designer Viktor Schreckengost, who would occasionally turn classes over to Anthony for a few hours each week. After serving in the army during World War II, Anthony went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Art Education from Western Reserve. During his lifetime, Anthony Eterovich participated in more than one hundred and fifty exhibitions, including multiple May Shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art and other exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Canton Art Institute, the Massillon Museum of Art, Ohio University, and the Chautauqua Institute.

 

In addition to his technical mastery, Anthony Eterovich was known for the impact of his teaching on the local arts community. For more than forty years, he was an instructor for Cleveland Public Schools and taught at Kennard Middle School, Rawlings Middle School, Lincoln High School, and Rhodes High School, where he chaired the art department from 1962 to 1978. Eterovich also instructed evening and weekend classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art for a remarkable 54 years. A few of Anthony’s notable students include Alice Crist, Angelo Stevens, Carl Stokes, Maxine Masterfield, Dorothy Winovich, Richard Bobby, Stuart Wooton, Wanda Ullman, Cathy Pavia, Tom Roese, Laura Ospanik, Andy Rokakis, Walter Ongaro, Nadine Miller, Steven Seward, Danny Pavia, and George Kozmon. In 2014, a classroom was named for him in the Institute’s new Joseph McCullough Building and The Anthony W. Eterovich ’38 Memorial Scholarship fund was established to “provide support to exceptional drawing students.”

 

Fulfilling the Eye combines pieces from the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, ArtNEO, the estate of Anthony Eterovich, and consignments from Tregoning & Co., to create an unprecedented view of the artist’s life and work. The exhibition opens with a free reception on Thursday, November 21st, 5:30-8:00 which will feature remarks by his daughter, Karen Eterovich.

 

As part of the exhibition, the Artists Archives will offer Everything in its Place: Personal Archiving with Karen Eterovich on Saturday, November 23, 1:00-3:00pm. In this program, Karen, daughter of the late painter Anthony Eterovich, will share the tribulations and triumphs of archiving her father’s work as well as give practical advice on managing large, personal inventories. A must-attend event for collectors/artists (and their families!) looking to ways to get organized. The event is free and open to public, however, please register by emailing info@artistsarchives.org or calling 216.721.9020.

seenUNseen

  • Yvonne Palkowitsh, Guided, Altered photograph, 20" x 20", 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, September 20th, 6:00-8:30pm
Interview w Kerry Davis (The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland {TSOPCLE}, The Cleveland  Foundation): Thursday, October 10, Time/Location TBA
Program: Collecting African American Art with Kerry Davis, Saturday, October 12, 1-3pm
Panel Discussion (The Sculpture Center): Saturday, November 2, 1-3pm

 

This September, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in partnership with The Sculpture Center, is proud to present seenUNseen, an exhibition which combines work from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis collection of African American Art and a curated response of Northeast Ohio artists.

 

The story of the Davis Collection begins in Atlanta, where Kerry worked as a postman and his wife as a television producer. Over 30 years, on a modest budget, they amassed a collection of over 300 paintings, works on paper and sculpture which includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists.

 

This vibrant body of work now covers every inch of the Davis’ suburban residence, transforming the space into an “in home museum” that provides community access to the important, and often “unseen”, legacy of American artists of color. Their collection includes artists such as Charles White, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Romare Bearden, Sedrick Huckaby, Richard Mayhew, Sam Gilliam, and Mildred Thompson*. SeenUNseen will be the first-time work from the Davis collection has been shown outside of Atlanta.

 

The exhibition will also showcase 32 Ohio artists in conversation with the Davis Collection. Working closely with Kerry Davis, curators Ann Albano (The Sculpture Center) and Mindy Tousley (Artists Archives of the Western Reserve) selected pieces that “demonstrate the deep commitment to the artistic process and great talent of the African American artists of Northeast Ohio.” Tousley explains, that though the exhibition began “as showing bodies of work by a small group of artists” it transformed into “a large survey show of 67 regional works by 32 artists… which by coincidence is the same number of artists coming to us from the Davis collection.”

 

“Most of these artists,” Albano, describes, “are focused on themes of relevance to the black American experience such as storytelling and fantastical events, ancestral connections, family and community. There is a wonderful freedom in the use of less conventional materials for art making including glass and a profusion of textiles to create exuberant dolls and gorgeous clothing…” Tousley adds, “Specific works were chosen with the Davis collection in mind so that regional artists could be shown in context. I was personally impressed by the large number of artists working in a textile medium in some fashion, and the works of NEO artists Myrya Johnson, Regina Abernathy and Tony Williams which pair up very nicely with John T. Riddle and Ealy Mays from the Davis collection. Riddle & Mays have obviously used the tradition of African textiles and African American quilters as a reference in their paintings.”

 

SeenUNseen also features work which frankly addresses inequality and discrimination. “There are darker, angry, and very powerful depictions of the injustices still too prevalent in the lives and history of African Americans,” Albano notes. Paintings such as Bloody Sundays by Louis B. Burroughs Jr. and the sculpture Middle Passage by James Halloway confront these issues head-on and present invaluable, first-hand experience and perspective. “The work of these artists of Northeast Ohio will hold its own with grace and impact in the company of the collection of Kerry and C. Betty Davis.”

 

Exhibiting Ohio artists include Regina Abernathy, Anna Arnold, Lawrence Baker, Donald Black Jr., Davon Brantley, Malcolm Brown, Louis B. Burroughs Jr., Shyvonne Coleman, Kristi Copez, Dexter Davis, Barbara Freeman Eady, Davin K. Ebanks, Amber N. Ford, Dale Goode, James L. Holloway, Mark Howard, Thomas Hudson, Myrya Johnson, Joyce Morrow Jones, Amanda D. King, Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., Julius M. Lyles, Lauren Mckenzie-Noel, Woodrow Nash, Yvonne Palkowitsh, Jacques P. Jackson, LaSaundra Robinson, Charmaine Spencer, Darius Steward, Bob Walls, Antwoine D. Washington and Tony Williams.

 

The exhibition is proudly presented by the Cleveland Foundation with help from the Ohio Arts Council, and will be displayed in three galleries on the David E. Davis Arts Campus in University Circle. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 20th, 6:00-8:30pm that will feature a tribute to Cleveland artist Malcolm Brown. The Davis Family and many Northeast Ohio artists will also be in attendance and brief talks will take place midway through the reception. The show will continue until November 16.

 

The Artists Archives is also pleased to announce a series of related programming. Collecting African American Art with Kerry Davis will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 1-3pm (please call 216.721.9020 to register). The Sculpture Center will host a panel discussion including emerging, mid-career, and established regional African American artists on Saturday, November 2, 1-3pm. In collaboration with The Soul of Philanthropy exhibition which is taking place concurrently at the Cleveland History Center (Western Reserve Historical Society), the Cleveland Foundation is proud to present a live interview with Kerry Davis about grass-roots philanthropy in the arts on Thursday, October 10th. The event will be free and open to the public. Time and location TBA. Dynamic programing is also being planned with area schools.

 

This exhibition will also help launch a fund to help artists of color to archive their work within the collection of the Archives. Support for this initiative comes from a Steering Committee formed by Sonja Harris-Haywood, M.D., M.S (Senior Associate Dean & Clinical Associate Professor of NEOMED) and made up of community leaders.

 

Reception, exhibition, and accompanying programs are FREE and open to the public.

 

About the Artists Archives: The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, Ohio Art Dealers Association, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

 

Please contact: Megan Alves, Gallery & Archives Coordinator, info@ArtistsArchives.org or Mindy Tousley, Executive Director, mindy@artistsarchives.org,  for additional information, high resolution images or a PDF of the complete list of exhibiting artists.

 

*Complete List of Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection Artists exhibited in seenUNseen* Amalia Amaki, Romare Bearden, McArthur Binion, Moe Brooker, Calvin Burnett, William S. Carter, Elizabeth Catlett, Carl Christian, Claude Clark, Kevin Cole, Louis Delsarte, Greg Henry, Richard Hunt, Sedrick Huckaby, Frederick D. Jones, Yashua Klos, Kojo Griffin, Jacob Lawrence, Donald Locke, Lionel Lofton, Ealy Mays, Norma Morgan, Hayward Oubre, James Phillips, Howardena Pindell, John T. Riddle, Henry O. Tanner, William Taylor, Mildred Thompson, Charles White, Charles Edwards Williams, Walter Williams, John Woodrow Wilson, Freddie Styles

After the Burn: 50 Years of Progress on the Cuyahoga with Judy MacKeigan

Photo courtesy of Stuart Pearl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This August, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to host 3 conservation-minded programs as part of its exhibition Environmental Impact: Stress, Hope and Transformation. Environmental Impact is a small group show which focuses on the role of Ohio artists as activists, and features the work of Keith Berr, Palli Davene Davis, Lisa Kenion, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Gary & Laura Dumm, Barbara Gillette, Tatiana Athena Gracyk, Marty Huehner, Stuart Pearl and Gwen Waight.

 

After the Burn: 50 Years of Progress on the Cuyahoga with Judy MacKeigan will be held on Wednesday, August 21st, 6-7:30pm.   The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire, though minor compared to earlier fires on the river, caught the attention of a nation becoming aware of the impacts of environmental degradation. The iconic fire became major catalyst for the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Cleveland Metroparks Historian, Judy MacKeigan, looks back at the history of our “crooked river.” A tale of neglect and abuse, but also, a tale of reclamation and revival. MacKeigan joined the park system in 2010 while completing her MA in History from Cleveland State University. Judy has the joy and privilege of researching, compiling and sharing the history of Cleveland Metroparks as well as local history of the many communities in the Metroparks district. She was lead author and chief editor of the book, The 100 Year Trail: A Centennial Celebration of Cleveland Metroparks, and she served on the Centennial Celebration steering committee.

 

All programming is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Please click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call 216.723.9020 to attend. Join the conversation on Facebook to share!

African Safari 101: Supporting Wildlife Conservation through Ecotourism with Alex Shaland

Suburbanites on Safari by Alex Shaland, Cover image

This August, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to host 3 conservation-minded programs as part of its exhibition Environmental Impact: Stress, Hope and Transformation. Environmental Impact is a small group show which focuses on the role of Ohio artists as activists, and features the work of Keith Berr, Palli Davene Davis, Lisa Kenion, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Gary & Laura Dumm, Barbara Gillette, Tatiana Athena Gracyk, Marty Huehner, Stuart Pearl and Gwen Waight.

 

African Safari 101: Supporting Wildlife Conservation through Ecotourism with Alex Shaland will be held on Wednesday, August 14th, 6-7:30pm. This program is based on Alex Shaland’s new book Suburbanites on Safari which he wrote and richly illustrated with photographs of his adventures. Shaland, an internationally published travel author and photographer, believes that encouraging ecotourism and inviting people to come to Africa with their cameras, cash, and credit cards, is one of the most effective ways to protect the animals of this magnificent continent.

 

In an entertaining and informative slide presentation, Alex Shaland talks about his first-hand experience of meeting the wild animals of Africa face to face. Having gone on safaris in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, and Madagascar, Shaland shares both practical information and fascinating stories. In addition to tips and tricks for planning a safari trip, the lecture answers such frequently-asked questions as “How does it feel to be only a few feet away from a pride of lions devouring their kill, a herd of suspicious elephants, an intimidating Cape buffalo, or an unpredictable rhinoceros?”

 

The program is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  Click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call 216.723.9020 to reserve your spot! Join the conversation on Facebook and share!

 

Copies of Suburbanites on Safari will be available for sale during the presentation.

 

More about the speaker:

Alex Shaland started his writing career in the 1990s, contributing articles and book chapters for several Penton

Author Alex Shaland with Lemur Friend

Publishing periodicals and other publications. In addition to his own writing, he collaborated as an editor and photographer with his wife, Irene Shaland, in producing several books and articles published in numerous magazines in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and East Africa.

Shaland’s photographs have appeared in over 20 publications and online sources including Holiday Magazine (France/U.K.), The Boston Forward, Tikkun, ZEEK, Diarna Digital Heritage Mapping, Hackwriters (U.K.), IMAGE Magazine, ROMAR Travel, Design World Magazine and other journals printed in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Korea, and Kenya. An award-winning photographer, Shaland had several solo photography shows and participated in group exhibitions organized in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Ohio.

This book is Shaland’s first work devoted exclusively to Africa and African wildlife that, in addition to being informative and entertaining, aspires to support the effort to preserve and protect the animals with whom we humans share this planet. Alex and Irene, reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Acacia: Environmental Impact with Stuart & Jeanne Pearl

Stuart Pearl, Acacia 2014/2018, Digital photographic prints

 

This August, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to host 3 conservation-minded programs as part of its exhibition Environmental Impact: Stress, Hope and Transformation. Environmental Impact is a small group show which focuses on the role of Ohio artists as activists, and features the work of Keith Berr, Palli Davene Davis, Lisa Kenion, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Gary & Laura Dumm, Barbara Gillette, Tatiana Athena Gracyk, Marty Huehner, Stuart Pearl and Gwen Waight.

 

Acacia: Environmental Impact with Stuart and Jeanne Pearl will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, 1-3pm. In this illustrated lecture, the Pearls will discuss their work documenting the former Acacia Country Club golf course as it is restored back to its natural state. Stuart, an Archived Artist and professional photographer, and Jeanne, a retired critical care registered nurse, having been collectively volunteering for the Metroparks for over 44 years. Now called the Cleveland Metroparks Acacia Reservation, this 155-acre tract of land located in Lyndhurst, was deeded to the park system in 2012. Each Spring, Summer and Fall, Stu and Jeanne navigate to 39 GPS locations across the park and take four directional photographs, compiling them for the park’s Natural Resources staff. These images are used to paint a picture of green space in transition and highlight the healing powers of the planet.

 

The presentation will not only discuss Acacia’s early history, but also review the current restoration efforts and the park’s importance in the Euclid Creek Watershed.

 

An installation of over 20 photographs by Stuart mapping this transformation have been included in the Environmental Impact exhibition and will be on view during the presentation.

 

The program is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  Click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call 216.723.9020 to reserve your spot! Join the conversation on Facebook and share!

 

More about the speakers:

Stuart’s photographs have been included in publications by the Cleveland Museum of Art and he regularly exhibits in NE Ohio. He lectures on the art of photography and is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN). Jeanne is also an OCVN and leads school groups at Holden. She additionally does a variety of volunteer activities at the North Chagrin Reservation and is a retired critical care registered nurse. For 46 years she worked at area hospitals and has lectured on a variety of nursing topics during hear career.

Environmental Impact: Stress, Hope and Transformation

  • Gary & Laura Dumm, The Four Horsemen Of Extinction, Acrylic
    Gary & Laura Dumm, The Four Horsemen Of Extinction, Acrylic

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 18, 5:30 – 8:00pm

 

Man’s impact on the environment is everywhere. Climate change, over population, pollution, extinction of species, deforestation and the consumption of natural resources are all affecting the planet at an alarming rate. In this sea of existential threats jockeying for attention, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, or worse still, apathetic to the changes which surround us.

This summer, the Artists Archives will host Environmental Impact: Stress, Hope and Transformation, a small group exhibition of Ohio artists whose work seeks to energize, activate, and provide hope concerning the future of our planet. Environmental Impact will focus on the role of artist as activist and include pieces by Keith Berr, Palli Davene Davis, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Gary & Laura Dumm, Barbara Gillette, Tatiana Athena Gracyk, Marty Huehner, Lisa Kenion, Stuart Pearl and Gwen Waight.

Among the works featured in the show are digital prints by artist and environmental activist Keith Berr. Keith Berr is a Cleveland based photographer, known for his razor-sharp compositions which blend commercial and fine art. Over the past 8 years, he has dedicated himself to raising awareness of the destruction of the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a site that in some regions, has been whittled down from 7 feet thick to a mere 3 inches. Berr’s “Save the Salt” images feature racers during historic “speed week” and have helped to gain real world support to reverse the salt depletion. Berr explains, “I am working with the hope that the salt flats will continue to exist for generations to come, by using photographs to make statements that can help to change the world.”

Another “artist as activist” included the show is Maggie Denk-Leigh, an assistant professor and Chair of the Print Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Denk-Leigh’s masterful prints document single moments in time to call our attention to the larger environmental issues. Her work also emphasizes the role of the individual in the process of global change. Written on a panel of her hand-made lithography art book, Critical Condition: December 2008, is this sage advice. “I have a responsibility to participate in the global warming debate. As an engaged individual, locating, gathering, and comprehending research and terminology on the topic in order to comprehend, is exceedingly easy. However, I find it overwhelming, monumental… What am I ultimately to do? I resolve to respect my community and remain engaged.”

The exhibition also includes the art of Gary & Laura Dumm, a husband and wife collaborative team known for their bold style of “pop-surrealism.” The series on view in Environmental Impact frankly expresses their planetary concerns using images from 20th century horror films. As the Dumm’s describe “We utilize classic movie monsters as our “foils” to create a distancing feature, allowing the viewer to remain initially separated intellectually (but only momentarily) from the ‘monstrous’ actions that we highlight in our paintings.” The Dumm’s also make no bones about their art’s intent. “Consider these works a gentle slap across the face to get you to stop for more than a moment and consider one’s sacred place in this existence. Ours is an activist art… We cannot change your habits, only you can do that. We merely ask: What will you do to help preserve this beautiful earth?”

In addition to sounding the alarm, Environmental Impact also features artwork which provides hope for the healing of the planet. On display in Environmental Impact will be an installation of over 20 photographs by Stuart Pearl which document the former Acacia golf course as it transitions back to its natural state. Beyond their beauty, the work demonstrates the positive effect of community action and the profound ability of the planet to mend.

Pearl, an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, was recruited by the Cleveland Metroparks to document the reclamation of the land which was purchased by a non-profit conservation fund in 2012.  He and his wife Jeanne, who has been instrumental in the project, describe “The original job was to photograph specifically located stake positions. So every spring, summer and fall, we navigate out to 39 stake points…In the beginning it was easier to find the stakes because they were visible. Now as plants and other things start to grow, it is a little more difficult even with using GPS to find them.”

Some other works included in show are striking pastels of suburban sprawl by Barbara Gillette, Palli Davene Davis’ organic, mixed media sculptures, Marty Huehner’s ecology-based ceramics, Gwen Waight’s beach-trash assemblages, nature-inspired bronze reliefs and sculptures by Lisa Kenion, and impactful felted road-kill by fiber artist Tatiana Athena Gracyk.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 18th, 5:30-8:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. The show will continue until September 7th and will feature a variety of free, accompanying programing. On Saturday, August 3rd, 1-3pm, Stuart Pearl & Jeanne Pearl will discuss their Acacia documentation project in Acacia: Environmental Impact. Suburbanites on Safari will be held on Wednesday, August 14th 6:00 – 7:30pm and feature Alex Shaland as he shares his experience exploring and photographing South Africa and Zimbabwe for his recently released book. After the Burn: 50 Years of Progress on Cuyahoga with Judy MacKeigan will be held on Wednesday, August 21st 6:00 – 7:30pm and discuss the triumphant recovery of the Cuyahoga river.

 

 

No Art Left Behind 2

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce the return of its premiere Legacy fundraising event, No Art Left Behind, to be held at their location in University Circle on Saturday, July 13, 4:00-7:00pm.

 

Only 75 tickets will be sold for this exciting event. Tickets holders will be able to select a work of original art in order of a random, live drawing. Over 82 works will be available to take home, including pieces from some of the region’s most respected creators.

 

This year’s contributing artists include Margaret Arthur, Herbert Ascherman Jr., Lawrence Baker, Harriet Ballard, Karen D. Beckwith, Ruth Bercaw, Paul-Henri Bourguignon, Denise Buckley, Shirley Aley Campbell, John W. Carlson, Sarah Clague, Ryn Clarke, Leslye Discont Arian, Bonnie Dolin, Bette Drake, Samuel Francazio, Hilary Gent, Vanessa Gilbert, Barbara Gillette, Morton Grossman, David Haberman, Andrea Hahn, Don Harvey, Lee Heinen, Marti Higgins, Michael High, Miller Horns, Mark E.  Howard, Harry Izenour, William Martin Jean, Jennie Jones, Marvin Jones, Kelly Joslin, Maria Kaiser, Wally Kaplan, David Kaplan, Kestutis Kizevicius, George Kocar, Phyllis Kohring Fannin, Ursula Korneitchouk, George Kozmon, Suzan Kraus, Mark Krieger, Charlotte Lees, James Leslie, Baila Litton, Bob Marrone, Liz Maugans, Wayne Mazorow, Leslie Miller, Chuck Mintz, Gail Newman, Patricia Z. Parker, Stuart Pearl, Moses Pearl, Sharlene Pearl Green, Gloria Plevin, Joseph Polevoi, Kelly Pontoni, Hollis Richardson, Christine Ries, Anita Rogoff, Louis Ross, John Saile, Lisa Schonberg, Rita Schuenemann, Alex Shaland, Kathy Skerritt, Marvin Smith, Jean Sommer, Susan Squires, Marsha Sweet, Mindy Tousley, Eva Volf, Rev. Albert Wagner, Gwen Waight, Roger Welchans, and Joe Zabel. Preview of available works below!

 

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer, hors d’oevres, and mingle with the artists while the entertainment unfolds. This year’s ceremonies will be presided over by local celebrity Peacock! Peacock, known for his flamboyant personality and legendary collection of custom formal jackets, is one of region’s most vibrant MC’s- guaranteed to fill the evening with upbeat energy.

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

Click HERE to purchase $300 tickets-  includes entrance for two and one original work of art.

Click HERE to purchase $50 tickets- libations, hors d’oevres, and entertainment (no artwork included)

Or call our office, 216.721.9020 for assistance

Funds raised during this event will benefit our Legacy Society & Oral History Project, which preserve the artistic heritage of Northeast Ohio.

 

Additional Event Information:

 

Parking: Limited parking will be available in our adjacent lot.  We encourage those who are mobile to park across Euclid Avenue, free of charge, in the Free Clinic lot (12201 Euclid Ave) which has been secured specifically for the event.

 

Schedule of Events:

*4:00 – 4:30: Browse the gallery, make your selections *We recommend prompt arrival!

4:30 – 6:30: Names are drawn randomly and art is claimed while attendees enjoy libations.

6:30 – 7:00: Claimed artwork leaves the building

 

Click HERE to view the latest version of the PDF invitation!

 

Preview of Available Works (click on image to expand). More to come- check back often!

Art without Limits: VR Technology (session 2)

DUE UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, the Art without Limits: VR Technology program scheduled for Saturday, June 1st is CANCELLED.  

We plan on rescheduling this event for a later date TBA.  Please contact us if you are interested in attending at that time.

 

Art without Limits: VR Technology

Session 1: Saturday, May 25, 1-3pm, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, 1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland OH 44106

Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 1-3pm, Blue Robot LLC, 1900 Superior Ave # 1900, Cleveland, OH

 

Ask any artist.  Art is physically demanding.  The toll creating takes is tangible- measured in strained wrists, pulled backs, carpal tunnel syndrome and so much more. But what if there was a means of producing art that was easier on the body?

 

This spring, the Artists Archives will host programming that explores technology’s potential to create art beyond physical limitations. As part of the EVAC: Experiencing Veterans & Collaboration exhibition and the Art Bites- Professional Practices series of programs, the Artists Archives will host Art without Limits: VR Technology presented by Blue Robot LLC.

 

Participants will be able to create art using a Virtual Reality 3-D drawing program as well as explore their choice of two different virtual environments.  Two identical sessions will be offered to maximize capacity: Saturday, May 25th (1-3pm) at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland OH) and Saturday, June 1st (1-3pm) at Blue Robot LLC headquarters (1900 Superior Ave # 1900, Cleveland, OH)

 

Limit: 10 participants per session. Registration required (please call 216.721.9020 or email our staff, info@artistsarchives.org to reserve your spot). Program is FREE courtesy of a grant by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

 

Art withouth Limits: VR Technology

Art without Limits: VR Technology

Session 1: Saturday, May 25, 1-3pm, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, 1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland OH 44106

Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 1-3pm, Blue Robot LLC, 1900 Superior Ave # 1900, Cleveland, OH

 

Ask any artist.  Art is physically demanding.  The toll creating takes is tangible- measured in strained wrists, pulled backs, carpal tunnel syndrome and so much more. But what if there was a means of producing art that was easier on the body?

 

This spring, the Artists Archives will host programming that explores technology’s potential to create art beyond physical limitations. As part of the EVAC: Experiencing Veterans & Collaboration exhibition and the Art Bites- Professional Practices series of programs, the Artists Archives will host Art without Limits: VR Technology presented by Blue Robot LLC.

 

Participants will be able to create art using a Virtual Reality 3-D drawing program as well as explore their choice of two different virtual environments.  Two identical sessions will be offered to maximize capacity: Saturday, May 25th (1-3pm) at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland OH) and Saturday, June 1st (1-3pm) at Blue Robot LLC headquarters (1900 Superior Ave # 1900, Cleveland, OH)

 

Limit: 10 participants per session. Registration required (please call 216.721.9020 or email our staff, info@artistsarchives.org to reserve your spot). Program is FREE courtesy of a grant by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for making the program free, courtesy of a matching grant, as well as the Ohio Arts Council, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

 

2019 Annual Members Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting Image by Stuart Pearl

2017 Annual Meeting Image by Stuart Pearl

To all current members* of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve:

 

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve cordially invites you to attend the annual meeting to be held in the AAWR gallery: 

 

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

1834 E. 123rd Street

Cleveland, Ohio

 

ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

 

  • Welcome

President’s Report, Philip Bautista

Treasurer’s Report, David Joranko

Executive Directors Report, Mindy Tousley

 

  • Committee Reports:

Peer Review Committee, Suzan Kraus

Development, Cris Drugan

Nominating Committee, Vincent Monnier

Exhibition Committee, John Sargent

 

  • Election of the Board of Directors:

The following is the list of nominees to the Board of Directors of

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve:

 

TO SERVE UNTIL ANNUAL MEETING – MAY 2020 

Phillip Bautista re-elect                     Michael Bowen re-elect                    Stephen Bucchieri re-elect

Cris Drugan – elect                             Lee Heinen re-elect                           David Joranko re-elect

Vincent Monnier, M.D.  re-elect     Stuart Pearl, re-elect                          Jocelyn Ruf re-elect

Rota Sackerlotzky re-elect                                                                               John Sargent III re-elect

 

  • Adjournment

 

Following the Annual Meeting there will be a reception and awards ceremony for the 2019 Annual Members Exhibition artists. 6:30-7:30pm. The 4 winners of the Popular Choice Awards will be announced at 7pm

 

*Unsure of your membership status? Please email info@artistsarchives.org or call 216.721.9020 to verify your membership is current.