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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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

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.

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.

 

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)

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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.

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

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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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

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

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.

 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Seeing the Unseen- a panel discussion moderated by Charles Peterson

This Fall, as part of the seenUNseen exhibition, the Artists Archives is pleased to host a series of programs which promote the visibility of regional artists of color. seenUNseen, held in partnership with The Sculpture Center and presented by the Cleveland Foundation, combines work from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art with a curated response of Northeast Ohio creators. The show, which opens September 20, features over 100 paintings, sculptures, textiles and mixed media pieces, and includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists.

 

Seeing the Unseen– a panel discussion moderated by Charles Peterson, is hosted by The Sculpture Center in partnership with Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and presented by the Cleveland Foundation. The program will take place on Saturday, November 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00pm in The Sculpture Center’s Main Gallery.

 

What factors inhibit African American artists from obtaining the same visibility as their white peers? What are some ways to collectively overcome these barriers? This vibrant panel discussion will be moderated by Charles Peterson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Oberlin College and address some of the educational, financial, and cultural obstacles that challenge African American artists as they seek recognition in the art world.

 

The panel will include emerging artist and social activist Kristi Copez and established artist Johnny Coleman. Copez, who works primarily in ceramics, is an artist-in-residence at the Artcraft Building and holds degrees in peace studies and conflict resolution. Johnny Coleman, known for his interdisciplinary sculpture and immersive sound installations, is an associate professor of studio art and Africana studies at Oberlin College.

 

Dr. Sonya Harris-Haywood, Senior Associate Dean & Clinical Associate Professor of NEOMED, will also be on the panel, providing a unique perspective which connects factors that inhibit African Americans from advancing in the medical field, to those in the art world.

 

Seeing the Unseen is free, however, please register to attend. For additional information on the panelist, program, and to register, please visit https://sculpturecenter.org/ or call 216.229.6527

 

Collecting African American Art with Kerry Davis

Louis Delsarte, Reconciliation (Detail), 2007, Mixed media on board, Kerry & C. Betty Davis Collections

10/11/2019 3:30PM.  ATTENTION. Collecting African American Art with Kerry Davis is SOLD-OUT. But don’t worry!  You are still welcome to come to the Artists Archives. If registered guests cancel or do not attend, their seats will be released to non-registered guests. The exhibition will be on view in the other two galleries during the presentation, and all are welcome to participate in the meet n’ greet at the end of the program!  Please arrive by 12:55pm as Mr. Davis will begin shortly after 1. The presentation should run approximately 45 minutes – 1hr.

 

This Fall, as part of the seenUNseen exhibition, the Artists Archives is pleased to host a series of programs which promote the visibility of regional artists of color. seenUNseen, held in partnership with The Sculpture Center and presented by the Cleveland Foundation, combines work from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art with a curated response of Northeast Ohio creators. The show, which opens September 20, features over 100 paintings, sculptures, textiles and mixed media pieces, and includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists.

 

Collecting African American Art with Kerry Davis is presented by the Cleveland Foundation and will be held at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve on Saturday, October 12, from 1-3pm.

 

In this illustrated lecture, Kerry Davis describes his 30-year journey collecting African American art with his wife C. Betty Davis, and how they built their world-class collection using only modest middle-class means.

 

As Kerry describes, “I want to share how I started- working as a postman and my wife as a television director/producer. Through our partnership we managed to acquire major and unseen artists. You don’t have to be wealthy or an art student to appreciate art– there are different ways to collect… I want to share some of my steps and fortunate encounters as I followed my passion.” This 45-minute presentation will explore Kerry’s unique approach to collecting and trace how a desire to decorate his suburban home transformed into a pursuit that shaped his family’s lives.

 

Kerry will share his methods of selecting artists and works as well as the “significance of why” he collects art and feels it is so important to tell his story. The program will conclude with Kerry describing his interactions with artists he has “had the pleasure of working with over the years,” sharing memorable experiences, and commenting on his most prized works.

 

Collecting African American Art is FREE, however, please register as seating is limited. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE or by calling 216.721.9020. Join the conversation on Facebook HERE

 

More about our speaker:

Kerry Davis: 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.

 

Sharing the Spirit: Black Philanthropy & the Arts, a conversation with Kerry Davis and Dee Perry

 

This Fall, as part of the seenUNseen exhibition, the Artists Archives is pleased to host a series of programs which promote the visibility of regional artists of color. seenUNseen, held in partnership with The Sculpture Center and presented by the Cleveland Foundation, combines work from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art with a curated response of Northeast Ohio creators. The show, which opens September 20, features over 100 paintings, sculptures, textiles and mixed media pieces, and includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists.

 

Sharing the Spirit: Black Philanthropy & the Arts a conversation with Kerry Davis and Dee Perry, is held in partnership with The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland and is presented by the Cleveland Foundation. The program will take place on Thursday, Oct 10th, 6-7:30pm, at the Idea Center’s Westfield Studio Theatre, 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103.

 

Beginning his career as a postman in Atlanta, Kerry Davis and his wife, C. Betty, amassed a world-class collection of African American art on a modest middle-class budget. Over 30 years, the Davis family not only financially supported artists through their patronage, but physically supported them through hands-on actives like stretching canvases, providing supplies, and even transporting works in their family car.

 

In this special presentation, Kerry will be interviewed by Dee Perry, best known for her 20 years hosting The Sound of Applause, an arts and culture review on WCPN public radio. Join Kerry and Dee as they discuss how supporting black artists benefits the community, non-traditional ways of giving, and how philanthropy changes the life of the giver, one act at a time.

 

Sharing the Spirit is FREE, however, please register to attend. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite by clicking HERE , via The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland website, or by calling 216.721.9020. Click HERE to join the conversation on Facebook!

 

More about our speakers:

 

Kerry Davis: 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.

 

Dee Perry: Dee Perry began her broadcasting career in 1976, and worked for more than a dozen years hosting shows on commercial radio. In 1989 Dee took a job with 90.3 WCPN, Cleveland Public Radio, which became the multi-media content provider Ideastream in 2001, following a merger with WVIZ/PBS. Since then Dee has written, produced, and conducted thousands of interviews about arts and culture for radio, TV, and the web.

Although retired from full-time broadcasting Dee continues to serve as a freelance researcher, interviewer, and host for various community events and organizations.

 

 

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.

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.

 

Foundry Studio Tour with Lisa Kenion

Lisa Kenion, Night's Egg, Cast bronze, ostrich shell

Lisa Kenion, Night’s Egg, Cast bronze, ostrich shell

Registration is required!  Please sign-up HERE on Eventbrite or call 216.721.9020 to reserve your spot.

 

As part of ART BITES series of programming and the 2019 Members Exhibition, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present a tour of the Foundry Studio lead by co-founder/Studio artist Lisa Kenion.

 

Saturday, April 27th, 1-3pm: Join co-founder Lisa Kenion on a tour of the Studio Foundry. Established in 1973, Studio Foundry is a full service, solid investment foundry dedicated to the reproduction of fine art sculpture using the lost wax -casting process. The Studio, located in Cleveland’s Midtown Corridor, specializes in precision mold making and wax work, intricate metal chasing and the creation of stunning patinas. Process demos will be included in the tour. 2 hours.  Light refreshments provided.

 

The tour is FREE for AAWR members, and $10 for the general public. Registered non-members may pay over the phone with a credit card (26.721.9020) or with cash the day of the event.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for making the program free, courtesy of a matching grant a 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.

 

 

Rare Photography Book Tour with Herbert Ascherman Jr.

Archived Artist Herbert Ascherman Jr. in his Library, Photo by Archived Artist Stuart Pearl

Archived Artist Herbert Ascherman Jr. in his Library, Photo by Archived Artist Stuart Pearl

Event sold out.  Please call Artists Archives, 216.721.9020, to be put on the wait list

 

As part of ART BITES series of programming and the 2019 Members Exhibition, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present a Rare Photography Book Tour with Herbert Ascherman Jr.

 

Saturday, April 6th, 1-3pm: Please join Archived Artist Herb Ascherman for an afternoon discussion of fascinating, odd, interesting and unusual photography books. Attendees will experience an intimate tour of Herb’s personal library featuring over 2300 books exploring this popular media. The presentation will cover Herb’s 40 years of photo book collecting and be illustrated with examples from his private collection. 2 hours. Limited to 15 people. Coffee and delicious hand-made deserts will be provided.

 

The tour is FREE for AAWR members, and $10 for the general public.  Registered non-members may pay over the phone with a credit card (26.721.9020) or with cash the day of the event.

 

Event address and parking information will be provided to registered guests 48 hours before the event. 

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for making the program free, courtesy of a matching grant a 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.

Art of the Iroquois- People of the Eastern Woodlands with John Kunikis

  • Vince Bomberry, Onondaga sculptor, Peace Friendship Bowl, 2002, Steatite stone
    Vince Bomberry, Onondaga sculptor, Peace Friendship Bowl, 2002, Steatite stone

Title of Program: Art of the Iroquois- People of the Eastern Woodlands with John Kunikis
Date of Program: Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location of Program: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
Cost of Program: FREE- Please register HERE, or call 216.721.9020

 

As part of the ART BITES series of programming, the AAWR is proud to present Art of the Iroquois- People of the Eastern Woodlands with John Kunikis on Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

 

 This 45-minute illustrated lecture will explore the rich history, religion and legends which form the foundation of contemporary Iroquois art.

 

At its core, Iroquois art is an expression of the cultural adaptation to the eastern woodlands of North America.  The Iroquois are composed of six nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida and Tuscarora. Their original homelands were around the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Gaining control of most of the northeastern United States and Canada, their empire reached its zenith in 1680.  A progressive nation, the Iroquois Confederacy was known for democracy, equality, women’s rights, and environmental respect. Today most Iroquois live in upstate New York and Canada.

 

Join John Kunikis as he shares the stories which bring this art to life while viewing stunning images of contemporary Iroquois sculpture, painting, pottery and masks.   A question and answer period will follow the talk as well as a meet-and-greet with the speaker and refreshments.

 

About the presenter: John Kunikis, a life-long resident of the Greater Cleveland area, earned degrees studying economics, sociology and educational administration. As a child, his interest in indigenous cultures was fostered by free, weekly volumes of encyclopedias (a shopper’s rewards from the local store) and wanderings through the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In 1994, he opened his first gallery featuring Iroquois art, Native Spirit Gallery in downtown Cleveland.  Several years later the gallery would relocate to the Colonial Marketplace and re-open as First People’s Gallery.  Kunikis took the venture on-line in 2000 and maintained it until his retirement in 2009.  His love of the art of indigenous people continues, and his travels have deepened his appreciation, reverence and wonder.

 

On view for the final day during the presentation- Working Women: Gerte Hacker and Elise Newman, which features the work of two mid-century Ohio artists, who made a living off their art at a time when it was rare for women to do so.  Show Dates: January 25 – March 2.  

 

Art of the Iroquois- People of the Eastern Woodlands is free and open to the public, courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, PLEASE REGISTER to attend. CLICK HERE to register on Eventbrite or call our offices, 216.721.9020 to reserve your spot.

The Art of Travel: India as a Personal Journey with Irene Shaland

 

Alex Shaland, Lord Ganesh Khajuraho Digital photograph

Alex Shaland, Lord Ganesh Khajuraho Digital photograph

Program (1-2pm): FREE. Lecture will begin at 1pm and last approximately 45 minutes with a brief Q & A to follow.  You do not need to be registered for the tasting to follow to attend.

Tasting (2-3pm):  SOLD OUT. Tasting will begin at 2pm.  Prior registration is required. 

 

As part of the ART BITES series of programming, the AAWR is proud to present The Art of Travel: India as a Personal Journey with Irene Shaland, featuring a sampling of Indian cuisine provided by Taste of Kerala.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

 

This illustrated lecture will last approximately 45 minutes with a question and answer period to follow. Shortly after 2pm, the tasting menu will be served buffet style in the main gallery.

 

Join internationally published art and travel writer Irene Shaland, as she invites you to “grow into India.” Crisscross with Irene the subcontinent of India, the country unique among the world civilizations with its seven thousand years of uninterrupted traditions. Discover – like “peeling an onion,” layer after layer – India’s most refined beauty and its deepest spirituality. Travel through historic periods, cultural traditions, artistic and architectural styles, stopping in Deli, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Ellora and Ajanta caves, Cochin, and finally – Mumbai.  Along the way, Irene will share her own personal journey of discovery.

Alex Shaland, Smiling Guard, Jaipur Palace, Digital photograph

Alex Shaland, Smiling Guard, Jaipur Palace, Digital photograph

 

Following the presentation, a sampling of India cuisine will be provided by Taste of Kerala.  The menu will include a cauliflower korma, mixed vegetable avial, rice, naan and sambar (a lentil curry).  The lecture is free and open to the public however, the tasting is $10 and requires advance registration.

 

About the Presenter: Irene Shaland is an internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer.  She is the author of multiple books, including her most recent, The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish Narrative All Over the World, as well as numerous magazine articles published in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, and the U.K. Her lectures on cultural travel are enthusiastically received by audiences in museums, libraries, synagogues, and theaters throughout the country.  Irene and her husband, travel photographer Alex Shaland, reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

 

About Taste of Kerala: Taste of Kerala, located in Beachwood and Mayfield Heights OH, are locally owned and operated restaurants which serve authentic cuisine from Kerala region in Southern Indian.  Kerala boast fare both traditional and innovative- linked to its beautiful landscape, its sought-after spices, and based on the principles of Ayurveda, a medical system concerned with physical and mental well-being. A Taste of Kerala’s menu has a multitude of both vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes of fish, poultry and meat. Experience the flavors and spices from Kerala at convenient locations in your own backyard! Click the logo below to find out more!

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Understanding, Appreciating, Collecting Inuit Art of Canada

  • Artist Unknown, Wallrus-Hand Transformation, Serpentine stone and caribou antler, Circa 1995–97
    Artist Unknown, Wallrus-Hand Transformation, Serpentine stone and caribou antler, Circa 1995–97

Title of Program: Understanding, Appreciating, Collecting Inuit Art of Canada

Date of Program: Saturday, December 1, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Location of Program: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

 

As part of the ART BITES series of programming, the AAWR is proud to present Understanding, Appreciating, Collecting Inuit Art of Canada with John Kunikis on Saturday, December 1, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

 

Art has been created in the Canadian Arctic for thousands of years.  How did the amulets and “magical pieces” carved so long ago evolve into the fine art that today is collected around the world, and accounts for over eighty-seven million dollars of the Canadian economy?  This hour long illustrated lecture will examine that journey from small works created as far back as 600BC to the dramatic and bold sculptures being produced by the imaginative and creative Inuit artists living in the vast Canadian Arctic.

Is Inuit art all the same, a homogeneous art form? Are there differences to be discerned, understood and appreciated?  How should you approach the art?  How should it be interpreted and understood? Where do the ideas for the works come from?  Why do some look so strange and others so beautiful? What should you know if you wish to begin collecting, or even purchase just a single piece?  What should you look for or avoid?  All of these questions and more will be discussed during the presentation. A question and answer period will follow the talk as well as a meet-and-greet with refreshments.

About the presenter: John Kunikis, a life-long resident of the Greater Cleveland area, earned degrees studying economics, sociology and educational administration. As a child, his interest in indigenous cultures was fostered by free, weekly volumes of encyclopedias (a shopper’s rewards from the local store) and wanderings through the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Later, travels to Canada brought Kunikis into direct contact with the Inuits of the Canadian Arctic and their dramatic stone carvings- a love affair was begun. In 1994, he opened his first gallery featuring Inuit sculpture, Native Spirit Gallery in downtown Cleveland.  Several years later the gallery would relocate to the Colonial Marketplace and re-open as First People’s Gallery.  Kunikis took the venture on-line in 2000 and maintained it until his retirement in 2009.  His love of the art of indigenous people continues, and his travels have deepened his appreciation, reverence and wonder.

On view in the main gallery during the presentation will be Vivid Colors: Bess Rodriguez Richard (Show Dates: 11/16/18 – 1/12/19) and Holiday Treats 2018, our annual small works member’s market, in the Entrance Gallery on view until December 21st.

 

Understanding, Appreciating, Collecting Inuit Art of Canada is free and open to the public, courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, PLEASE REGISTER to attend. click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call our offices, 216.721.9020 to reserve your spot.

About the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve:  The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a unique archival facility and regional museum that preserves representative bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists and, through ongoing research, exhibition and educational programs, 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 the Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, 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.

AAWR Tour of the Mansfield Carousel Works

Before the City Artists At Work, City Artists at Rest opening reception at the Mansfield Art Center (Sunday, June 24, 3-5pm), please join us for a guided tour of the Mansfield Carousel Works from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

The tour will be lead by carver Tim Gorka, who will explain how carousel figures are restored and created using a variety of traditional and modern carving techniques.

The tour is FREE, however, please register to attend, either HERE on Eventbrite or by calling our offices, 216.721.9020 to reserve your spot.

Please meet in side parking lot by 1:30pm to attend.

How to Make Friends & Influence Strangers- Social Media for the Artist with Judy Takács

Judy Takács, Judy, Judy, Judy (Detail), Oil

Judy Takács, Judy, Judy, Judy (Detail), Oil

 

As part of ART BITES series of Professional Practices programs, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is proud to present How to Make Friends and Influence Strangers– Social Media for the Artist with Archived Artist Judy Takács on Wednesday, June 6th, 6:00 – 8:00pm.

 

Ten years ago,  Judy Takács was a graphic designer mom with a 1986 BFA in Portrait Painting and Illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art.  She painted in her kitchen every day until the kids got home from school.

 

Today, thanks to the wonders of social media and the internet (along with dedication, determination, and a little desire to save the world) she’s internationally known as the creator of Chicks with Balls, a portrait series featuring unsung female heroes- topless, and cheekily obscured by spherical objects.  Takács now shows at museums, art centers, galleries and colleges nationally, and often wins top awards and honors.

 

This didn’t happen by accident.  Takács’ prestige came from careful planning and the construction of her online presence using her website, blog, Facebook and Instagram. As the saying goes, “It takes a lifetime to become an overnight success.”

 

Not content to merely forward her own career, Judy has also dedicated herself to “making it happen” for other artists through digital media.  Takács previously held the position of Chair of New Media Relations for the Portrait Society of America Cecilia Beaux Forum and is currently serving on the board of the Allied Artists of America as their Social Media Chair.  Her current mission is to create Wikipedia pages for figurative artists she admires, thus cementing them into history.

 

On view during the presentation will be SZALAY/TAKÁCS SECRETS, Takács’ joint AAWR inaugural exhibition with the late Marilyn Szalay.  The exhibition will feature 12 pieces by each Archived Artist including new work and previously unexhibited drawings.

 

How to Make Friends…will furnish attendees with digital tips and tricks, how’s and why’s as well as provide valuable social media etiquette rules.  Participants should at least have a basic understanding of social media in to fully benefit from the presentation. This is NOT a class intended to teach artists how to start a Facebook profile, but rather a program designed to help you maximize the results of your online promotional endeavors.  Come prepared with questions and topics you would like addressed!

 

How to Make Friends and Influence Strangers is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, you must register to attendTo reserve your spot, register on Eventbrite or call our offices at 216.721.9020.

The History of Street Art with Roger Gastman and Bob Peck

  • Bob Peck, Monster Truck Wall Mural
    Bob Peck, Monster Truck Wall Mural

Title of Program: The History of Street Art with Roger Gastman and Bob Peck
Date of Program: Saturday, August 18th, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location of Program: 78th Street Studios, 1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102. Lower “Ramp” Level

 

8/15/2018. 6:17pm. ALL SEATING IS CURRENTLY RESERVED FOR THIS PROGRAM!

WAIT LIST: Those who were unable to register may show up to 78th Street Studios the day of the event (after 12:15pm please) and place their names on the wait list. Unclaimed seats will be released in order of attendees arrival immediately before the program. Shortly after 1pm

**You can also opt to bring your own chairs or stand, but please note the presenters will be speaking for 1  – 1.5 hours, and your view *might* be obstructed depending on where you are. All exits and isles must remain clear.

 

Cost of Program: FREE and open to the public, courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).

 

As part of ART BITES series of programming, the AAWR is proud to present The History of Street Art with Roger Gastman and Bob Peck on Saturday, August 18th, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

 

The History of Street Art will be held in conjunction with AAWR’s summer exhibition, GRAPHIC- the Counter Culture of Cartoons, Comics & Graphic Novels in Northeast Ohio which will open at the Artists Archives on July 19th, 2018.  The program will be held on the lower “ramp level” of 78th Street Studios, who are also proud sponsors of the event.

 

This two-part presentation will cover both the regional graffiti/street art scene as well as the broader history of street art on a national and international level.

 

Cleveland artist Bob Peck began his long career with street art and is considered one of the region’s leading experts in the genre.  Peck has exhibited his abstract, graffiti-inspired paintings in galleries for over a decade and has been creating commissioned public art and murals for nearly twenty years.  Peck’s portion of the presentation will focus on the history of Cleveland graffiti from the 1980’s to present day.  It will showcase photos of regional work, spotlight local artists/crews and even include a few harrowing stories of “close calls and sketchy situations” while painting.

 

Roger Gastman, one graffiti’s foremost international authorities, will place the regional street art scene into a larger national and global context.  Gastman is a curator, graffiti historian, urban anthropologist and collector who Forbes says “has made a career of being the cultural connector between street artists and the art world.” Gastman founded and co-published Swindle magazine with Shepard Fairey, co-authored The History of American Graffiti and co-produced the Oscar-nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. His most recent project, BEYOND THE STREETS (BTS) is the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond and will feature over 100 artists including Bansky, Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, TAKI 183, Martha Cooper, Takashi Murakami and Mark Mothersbaugh. BTS opened to the public in Los Angeles on May 6, 2018.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank 78th Street Studios for their official event sponsorship as well as Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, 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.

 

Parking and Entrance (SEE MAP BELOW):

  • Please enter through the complex via 78th Street Studio’s driveway, which is located directly off West 78th Street. Parking is FREE in adjacent lots
  • Proceed to the glass public entrance which is located towards the back of the building (towards West 80th Street) on the building’s North side (Under the “Your Art…” light up sign)
  • There will be a sign on the door and volunteers to direct you!

 

Check-In and Seating (for ticketed attendees):

  • Please have your tickets ready upon arrival. They can either be printed or in digital format.
  • PLEASE ARRIVE BY 12:50pm to assure smooth check in. The presentation will begin shortly after 1pm
  • There are no assigned seats and we are currently at capacity. PLEASE NOTE: If you are not there by the start of the presentation, your seat *may* be offered to those on the wait-list.
  • All attendees will be seated on folding chairs, so if you need, bring a cushion!

 

Schedule:

  • The presentation will begin shortly after 1:00pm.
  • Gastman will present a definition of terms then, hand things over to Peck, who will talk about the NEO graffiti/street art scene. Gastman will then place the genres in a broader, national and international context.
  • Gastman and Peck will be speaking for approximately 1 – 1.5 hours. A question and answer period will follow.

 

Questions or additional information? Please contact:

Megan Alves

Gallery & Archives Coordinator

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Office: 216.721.9020

Official Sponsors: 78th Street Studios

Art as an Economic and Civic Engagement Engine with Paul Biber and Joan Perch

As part of ART BITES series of Professional Practices programs, we are proud to present Art as an Economic and Civic Engagement Engine with Paul Biber and Joan Perch on Saturday, February 24th, 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.*

 

In this program, Paul Biber and Joan Perch will present an informal, 45 minute talk on the topic of art as a means of civil and economic engagement.

 

Both Biber and Perch are committed arts professionals with over three decades of experience in gallery operations, community arts, arts advocacy and arts based economic development initiatives.  Biber’s first Cleveland art gallery was in the Cleveland Flux building in the Flats, then Art at the Powerhouse, and finally ArtMetro in downtown’s Colonial Marketplace. Perch began her career in the arts as an arts educator, then worked alongside Paul in their gallery businesses, and was the founder of RED Dot Project, a social enterprise that marketed the art of NEO regional artists.

 

In addition to these arts based businesses, Paul and Joan were active leaders in the early arts renaissance in Cleveland:  on the organizing board of the early Arts Summits at Cleveland City Hall, founders of the Sparx Arts Hop (now the Sparx City Hop), and arts coordinators in the first Ingenuity Festivals of Art and Technology.

 

Lorain County residents, Biber and Perch then founded the first county wide community public arts project in Lorain County, Follow the Fish Art and Adventure Trail, and the Fire Fish Festival, now entering its fourth year in downtown Lorain under Executive Director James Levin. Perch, former Coordinator of Lorain Community Colleges’ Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery, also founded the FireFish STEAM Academy, an arts apprentice program for urban teens now housed at the new LCCC Center for Ideation and Invention, where she currently coordinates programming and outreach.  The Center houses the second Fab Lab in the United States, an international initiative connected to Neil Gershenfeld’s “fab labs” at MIT and around the world, and is now offering FAB Art Fridays on the 4th Friday of every month in an effort to build an artist/maker community experimenting with new ideas and technologies.

 

Art as an Economic and Civic Engagement Engine is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, please click HERE to register on Eventbrite, or call 216.721.9020 to make reservations.

 

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for making the program free, courtesy of a matching grant a 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.

 

*Please note this program will be replacing Collecting First Nation’s Art with Paul Biber which was previously scheduled for this date.  The Collecting First Nations Art program has been postponed until Fall 2018, and expanded into two separate programs which will now be hosted by indigenous art expert, John Kunikis.  The new dates for Collecting First Nations Art with John Kunikis are Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, December 1st.

Artists Studio Tour- Shovel Works Building, 40th Street Artists

Shovel Works Building, Image Courtesy of Cleveland Landmarks Commission

Shovel Works Building, Image Courtesy of Cleveland Landmarks Commission

As part of ART BITES series of Artist Studio Tours, the AAWR is proud to present a tour of the Shovel Works Building & 40th Street Artists’ Studios on Saturday, May 12th, 1:00-3:00pm.

 

The Shovel Works tour will be held in conjunction with AAWR’s satellite exhibition, City Artists at Work (CAAW), The History of an Art Community which will take place at the Mansfield Art Center in June.  Artist studios visited will include pioneering CAAW members Helen Libens, Susan Donovan Lowe, Lucette Johnson & Johanna Page.

 

Founded by artist William Martin Jean, City Artists at Work began as a grassroots organization of artists whose primary mission was to educate the public by demystifying art in the intimacy of the artist’s studio. In what would become a signature event, 27 artists from three buildings, including the Shovel Works Building, opened their studios to the public for the first studio tour on October 23, 1998.  Libens, Lowe, Johnson & Page were among the first to open up their studios in this effort, which over the course of 20 years would include 40 – 60 artists in 14 buildings, attracting over 7000 people.

 

Eleven galleries would come and go, 16 exhibitions were curated for The Plain Dealer headquarters, and countless workshops and demonstrations were held.  While other arts organizations like Zygote Press and Morgen Conservatory that were attracted to the location continue to thrive, the fate of the individual artists’ studios in this historic neighborhood are now in limbo.  AAWR’s tour of the Shovel Works Building & 40th Street Artists Studios will allow general public and art enthusiasts access to an important part of Cleveland creative history and provide a personal glimpse at the innovative world of foundational area artists.

 

The tour is FREE for AAWR members, and $10 for the general public.  Registration is required.  Please click HERE to register or call 216.721.9020 to receive your discounted AAWR Member’s rate.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank Cuyahoga Arts & Culture 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.

 

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Herbert Ascherman Jr., City Artists at Work, 2012

Herbert Ascherman Jr., City Artists at Work, 2012

Imagination Go! with Joseph Polevoi

Joseph Polevoi, Clowning in Red (Detail), 2010, Kaleidoscopic digital print, Winner of AAWR's PHOTONOW 2017's "Best Color" Image

Joseph Polevoi, Clowning in Red (Detail), 2010, Kaleidoscopic digital print, Winner of AAWR’s PHOTONOW 2017’s “Best Color” Image

As part of ART BITES series of Professional Practices programs, we are proud to present Imagination- Go! with Joseph Polevoi on Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

Join Joseph Polevoi as he explores the realms of imagination with a dazzling, 45-minute presentation of his signature kaleidoscopic photography.  Rich with audience participation and joyous discovery, this program encourages attendees to “see the world through a different lens” and to appreciate the unexpected beauty in everyday life.

 

Polevoi is known for his innovative “kaledio/computer” images, created through a combination of digital manipulation and in-camera effects achieved with kaleidoscopic lenses.  In a recent article, Popular Photography described Joe’s work as “a world of vibrant color, swirling shapes and pulsing patterns” with a photographic style that “harks back to the kaleidoscope sixties and forward to a digital future.”  Since his retirement 30 years ago, Joe has done more than 300 presentations of his work across the country including Disney World, where he addressed an international group of designers, retailers and collectors of kaleidoscopes.

 

Imagination- Go is not just a means to share vibrant art, but an experience intended to enliven your mind and combat the pitfalls of rigid thinking.  Polevoi describes “My message can be summed up with a simple icon, probably one of the most familiar symbols in our lives…a traffic light.  I like to think the red light represents those who no longer wish to learn, who think they know it all, or feel that they have been there- done that.  The yellow light represents a cautious approach to new ideas and new experiences.  The green light signifies a willingness to explore in many directions which could include furthering education, making new friends, helping in the community, traveling and enlightening one’s world.”

 

“In our lifetime, more has been created by those whose imaginations led them to experiment and develop their ideas.  We have seen the results of this in the arts, medical advances, education and in the many changes that make our lives more complete.”

 

Join us Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 – 8:00pm for a unique experience and let your Imagination- Go!

 

Imagination- Go! is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, please register on Eventbrite by clicking HERE, or call 216.721.9020 to make reservations.

 

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

 

A Brief Biography:  Joe Polevoi received his BFA from the Akron Art Institute Professional School.  After serving in the U.S. Army as an illustrator during the Korean War, he moved to Cleveland and worked as an artist at the Cleveland Press, newspaper.  He later designed corporate publications and served as public relations art director at Ohio Bell/Ameritech until his retirement in 1986.  His wife Marcia owned the popular Coventry gift shop, High Tide Bock Bottom.

 

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The Fledgling Collector with Susan Covey & Kathy Cameron

Hendrick, Goauche Harbor (Detail), Gouache on board, Collection of Susan Covey & Kathy Cameron.

Hendrick, Goauche Harbor (Detail), Gouache on board, Collection of Susan Covey & Kathy Cameron

As part of ART BITES series of Collecting Art Talks, the AAWR is proud to present The Fledgling Collector with Susan Covey & Kathy Cameron on Saturday, March 24th, 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

In this program, Susan Covey and Kathy Cameron will deliver an informal presentation on how to build a rewarding personal art collection on a limited budget, creating both enjoyment for the collector and income for the artist.

 

Covey and Cameron have spent over 50 years enjoying, collecting, contributing to/advocating for and producing art.  In the Fall of 2006, they curated an exhibit of Canadian artwork to travel in exchange with artists from Upper Arlington, Ohio. The exhibit then traveled at the request for the Center for Canadian Studies at Bowling Green University, serving as the center piece for 100 CEO’s of US/Canadian Businesses in collaboration with artist Doug Fraser who was brought from Cape Breton to speak at BG & in Michigan.  The exhibit continued onto Nelsonville at the request of the International Travel and Tourism division of Hocking Technical College.

 

Wheel of Art Acquisition, Courtsey of Covey and Cameron

Wheel of Art Acquisition, Courtsey of Covey and Cameron

Being avid collectors, Covey and Cameron have occasionally found themselves in possession of original art work whose value far exceeds their personal appreciation.  This led to their “Finding Homes” project, which strives to return the early-career work of artists, such as Daniel Lang and Louise Nevelson, back to the communities in which they were created or exhibited.

 

Their own collections began in high school as they accumulated the work of fellow students.  Both Susan and Kathy feel that more than the “purchase provenance”- the story behind the piece, meeting the artist (or not), and how artwork fits into the “family” of a collection are all important parts of the whole experience.

 

The presentation is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, however, please click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call 216.721.9020. AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for making the program free, courtesy of a matching grant a 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.

 

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Improves with Age- Collecting Fine Wines with Cris Drugan

 

Image courtesy of Cris Drugan

Image courtesy of Cris Drugan

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and as part the ART BITES series of Collecting Art Talks, AAWR will present Improves with Age- Collecting Fine Wine with Cris Drugan on Saturday, February 10th, 1:00 -4:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

In this 45-minute presentation, Drugan will provide a delicious introduction to the world of fine wines. Attendees will learn about the fascinating factors that influence a wine’s unique taste, the differences between collecting and investing in fine wine, and discover what appraisers look for when ascribing value to this beloved libation. The talk will also include an audience question and answer period.

 

Directly following the presentation, participants will be able to put their new knowledge to the test in a wine tasting.  The tasting includes a selection of 4 wines, as well as instruction on how best to appreciate their singular flavors and sensations by certified Sommelier John Constantine.  A pairing of light H’ordeuvres will also be served.

 

The presentation is FREE and open to the public, however, there is a suggested donation of $10 per person for the tasting. To participate in the tasting, please click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call 216.721.9020 to make reservations.

 

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.

 

Cris Drugan ISA-AM, MIPAV-OS, is an Art & Wine Appraiser accredited with the International Society of Appraisers and an Overseas Member of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers in Ireland. In addition, Cris maintains current USPAP training and has attended numerous fine art & antique, wine, disaster recovery and restoration workshops, classes, conferences, forums and symposiums. Drugan is also the owner of Emerald Art Services, LLC.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for making the program free, courtesy of a matching grant a 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.

Artists Studio Tour & Process Demo with Archived Artist Mindy Tousley

Mindy Tousley, Studio Still Life 3, Acrylic mono-print collage

Mindy Tousley, Studio Still Life 3, Acrylic mono-print collage

 

In conjunction with her exhibition, Round and Round, at the Shaker Historical Society‘s Lissauer Art Gallery (Show Dates: 11/3 – 1/4/18) AAWR Executive Director and Archived Artist Mindy Tousley will be hosting an Artist’s Studio tour and process demo on Sat, Dec 2, 1-3pm.

The tour is $10 per person.

Please call the Shaker Historical Society, 216.921.1201, to RSVP! Spaces are limited!

Cuba: the Land, the People, the Arts – 60 years after Castro’s Revolution with Irene Shaland

Alex Shaland, Cuban Street, Digital Print

Alex Shaland, The Malecon, Digital Print

As part of its upcoming exhibition Visual Emotions- The Way I Remember You and the new 2017 ART BITES series of Collecting Art Talks, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present Cuba: The Land, the People, the Arts – 60 years after Castro’s Revolution with Irene Shaland, on Saturday, November 18th, 1 – 3pm

 

Cuba defies conventional thinking: with half the land and people of the whole Caribbean, it seems more of a continent than an island. At the crossroads of the Western hemisphere for over 500 years, 20th century Cuba became a country where the clocks stopped for many decades. Its recent troubled history presents a story of brutal oppression and deprivation, but which is at the same time intriguing and fascinating. From the hot music clubs to Che Guevara murals, sensuality and socialism rub shoulders in Cuba’s great cities; and the newly-allowed art galleries display cutting-edge paintings and sculptures that might make New York or Santa Fe envious.  Dilapidated mansions neglected for decades stand side-by-side with beautiful newly renovated colonial, art nouveau and art deco buildings.

 

Take a journey with internationally published art and travel writer Irene Shaland to rediscover this island against the background of its 500 plus year history. Travel from Santiago to Havana, from Cienfuegos to Trinidad- to learn how Cuba is finding its way back to the future.

 

Cuba: The Land, the People, the Arts – 60 years after Castro’s Revolution with Irene Shaland is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE or call 216.721.9020 to reserve a spot.

 

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

Targeted Internet Marketing for the Fine Artist with Augusto C. Bordelois

 

Augusto C. Bordelois, Wishing A New Tomorrow, Oil on Canvas

Augusto C. Bordelois, Wishing A New Tomorrow (Detail), Oil on Canvas

ART BITES: Professional Practices Series – Targeted Internet Marketing for the Fine Artist with Augusto Bordelois, Wednesday, October 25th from 6:00 – 7:30pm.

 

As part of our new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists, we are proud to present Targeted Internet Marketing for the Fine Artist with Augusto C. Bordelois, Wednesday, October 25th from 6:00 – 7:30pm.

 

Bordelois, who is represented by many national and international galleries, will share his experience digitally marketing himself in to the fine art world.

 

Bordelois describes, that “During my life as a professional artist, gallery owner and teaching artist, I have felt that it is my responsibility to help others to succeed in the art world. There is nothing more valuable to me than to help another artist to pursue his/her artistic dreams. It does not matter if you are a high school student preparing your portfolio to apply to an art school, self-taught artist needing technical feedback, or an emerging or mid-career artist needing marketing advice.”

 

Topics Bordelois will cover include social media marketing, tailoring the digital presentation of one’s work to secure gallery representation and general marketing advice.

 

Targeted Internet Marketing for the Fine Artist with Augusto Bordelois is FREE and open to the public, however, please click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call 216.721.9020 to reserve a spot.

 

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

 

The ART BITES series of programming is free courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).

Quilting Today with Tracy Rieger

Susan Shie, 10 of Potholders in the Kitchen Tarot, 60″ x 90″, Airbrush & AirPen art quilt

Susan Shie, Cradleboard: 10 of Potholders in the Kitchen Tarot, 60″ x 90″, Airbrush & AirPen art quilt

As part of its upcoming textile invitational In the Details, and the new 2017 ART BITES series of Collecting Art Talks, AAWR will present Quilting Today with Tracy Rieger on Saturday, October 7th.  1:00-3:00 pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

In this 45-minute presentation, Rieger will explore the history of Art Quilts and the origins of the now burgeoning Art Quilt movement. Reiger’s talk will be illustrated by lush examples of contemporary work and will investigate current trends in Art Quilting as well as contemplate the media’s promising future. Rieger will conclude with a spotlight on Art Quilters from Ohio and how they have made their mark on the community at large.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

 

Tracy Rieger received her BFA from Ohio State University.  She continued her art education at Ardmore Studio, a ceramic studio located in South Africa where she worked and lived with Zulu Artists.  Tracy has also worked for Ohio Designer Craftsmen and was the Assistant Art Director for the Ohio Craft Museum from 2012 – 2016.  In 2010 she became sole owner and director of the Quilt & Surface Design Symposium (QSDS), a highly respected and comprehensive conference that concentrates on various aspects of art quilts, textiles and surface design.  Reiger’s interest in textiles has led her to curate over 30 art quilt exhibitions, including the Material Matters exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art in 2008. Tracy is also a studio artist with a focus on oil painting, collage, hand-stitching and beading.

 

Quilting Today with Tracy Rieger is FREE and open to the public, however, please visit click HERE to register on  Eventbrite or call 216.721.9020 to reserve a spot.  AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, 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.

Clarissa Jakobsons, The ABC's of Life, Sculptural Crystal Book, Borax, Altered Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, Landoll 1963 Ed

Word Play with Laura Grace Weldon

As part of the current exhibition Word. and the new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists programs, AAWR will present Word Play with Laura Grace Weldon on Saturday, August 12th.  1:00-3:00 pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

 

This small-group workshop will consist of a series of writing exercises, both solo and collaborative, designed to stretch participants into seeing language differently.  Writers know what neuroscience now shows- certain uses of language have greater power to engage us. Weldon will talk about enlivening meaning through word choice. Participants will also generate fresh writing through playful exercises that range from Surrealist Movement games to more revelatory pieces. Reading work aloud is always voluntary. Writers and non-writers welcome.

 

Laura Grace Weldon is a writer, editor, and educator with experience teaching in varied settings including schools, community centers, detention facilities, and arts programs. She is the author of the poetry collection Tending and a handbook of alternative education entitled Free Range Learning, with a book of essays due out soon. Her creative nonfiction, essays, reviews, short stories, and poetry appear in mainstream as well as literary publications. She lives with vast optimism on a small farm where she’d get more done if she didn’t spend so much time reading library books, cooking weird things, and singing to livestock. Connect with her at lauragraceweldon.com, on FB, or @earnestdrollery.

 

Word Play with Laura Grace Weldon is FREE, however, please CLICK HERE or call 216.721.9020 to register.                

This workshop will be limited to between 10 – 15 participants, so sign up early!

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

Clarissa Jakobsons, The ABC's of Life, Sculptural Crystal Book, Borax, Altered Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, Landoll 1963 Ed

Clarissa Jakobsons, The ABC’s of Life, Sculptural Crystal Book, Borax, Altered Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, Landoll 1963 Ed

Collecting Outsider Art with Thomas Arlen Wagner

Title of Program: Collecting Outsider Art with Thomas Arlen Wagner
Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2017.
Time: 1:00-3:00pm.
Cost: FREE, however, please click HERE to register via Eventbrite or call our offices 216.721.9020
Location: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. 1834 East 123rd Street. Cleveland, OH 44106.
Contact: 216.721.9020 or info@artistsarchives.org

 

As part of the new 2017 ART BITES series of Collecting Art Talks, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present Collecting Outsider Art with Thomas Arlen Wagner on Saturday, May 27th from 1:00-3:00pm in the AAWR main gallery, 1834 E. 123rd Street, Cleveland OH 44102.

 

Thomas Arlen Wagner, a Columbus resident, has been collecting Outsider art for over 30 years. His extensive private collection includes works from such artists as Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Chris Hipkiss and Mark Beyer of RAW Magazine & MTV’s Liquid Television fame. Beyer is perhaps best known for Amy + Jordan, the beleaguered protagonists of his dark & anxious graphic novel Agony as well as its accompanying compilations of comic strips.

 
In 2013, Wagner curated the first in-depth retrospective of Beyer’s work Mark Beyer: With/Without Text at OSU’s Urban Arts Space in Columbus. The exhibition featured more than 130 objects from Wagner’s personal collection, including 70 original drawings and paintings.

 
Work from Wagner’s collection has been loaned to institutions across the country and around the world, including the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, the Folk Art Society of America, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago & the Halle Saint Pierre Museum in Paris for 25 Years of Raw Vision, Raw Vision magazine’s 25th anniversary exhibition.

 
Wagner is currently curating an exhibition at the Mansfield Art Center entitled Outsider Or Insider? Art! Approximately half of the work displayed will be the creation of Outsider artists while the remaining work will be the product of trained artists, including Cleveland artists Scott Miller, George Kocar, Amy Casey and Archived Artist Douglas Max Utter. The exhibition will run from June 24th to July 23rd and an opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 24 from 7-9 PM.

 
In his presentation at the Artists Archives, Wagner will discuss the definition of Outsider art, its history and how he began collecting. Wagner will bring a dozen pieces of original Outsider Art from his private collection to illustrate his talk, including drawings, paintings and works in wood, steel and glass executed by local and internationally known artists.

 
Collecting Outsider Art with Thomas Arlen Wagner is FREE, however please register via Eventbrite on artistsarchives.org or by calling our offices, 216.721.9020. Join the conversation on Facebook!

 

Collecting African American Art with David Lusenhop

 

As part of The Electrostatic Man: The Art of Miller Horns exhibition and Black History Month, AAWR will host a Collecting Art Talk: Collecting African American Art with David Lusenhop on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. 1:00-3:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

The Collecting Art Talks are part of our new 2017 Art Bites programing, and are designed to stimulate the local economy by pulling together artists, art collectors both new & experienced, curators, art historians, art dealers and gallery owners.

The talk is FREE and open to the public, however,  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

In the Collecting African American Art , David Lusenhop will present a forty-five minute illustrated talk about his experiences working with museums to get important art by African Americans in public collections. He will show images of art that he has handled as an art dealer and collector, tell stories about how the works were discovered, and talk about the sometimes complicated process of working with public museums. David will discuss how mainstream American museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, have begun to diversify both their collections and their staffs as a way to present a more accurate history of American art, and to better serve diverse audiences. He will close the talk with some thoughts on the work of the late Akron, Ohio artist Miller Horns whose work David has begun to collect in depth. He will discuss why he believes Horns’ work belongs in more public collections.

About the speaker:

David Lusenhop is a Cleveland-based art dealer, collector and independent scholar specializing in aspects of African American art history. Since 1989, David has worked with private collectors and institutions interested in collecting, preserving and researching art by African American artists. His private collection of forty-four artworks made by artists associated with the Black Arts Movement in America was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum in 2013. In recent years he has sold important paintings, drawings and prints to several American art museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas – Week 2

NEW for 2017!  ART BITES-  Nutrition for the Creative Mind.  A series of three ongoing programs (Professional Practices, Collecting Art Talks and Artist Studio Tours) that offer information for artists and like-minded individuals.

 

As part of our new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists, we are proud to present Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas. This 6-week class is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35+ years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, and consultant. As an exhibited artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art.

 

Each week a different aspect of “getting your work out there” will be discussed, followed by a question and answer period so the group can brainstorm and network.

 

The following syllabus is meant to be a guide-line of proposed topics.  Depending on the needs of the class participants, additional topics can be discussed to target specific areas to enhance and improve the individual’s “image” they are projecting.

 

The series is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

 

All classes can be attended individually with the exception of WEEKS 3 & 4, which must be taken together.

 

There is a limit of 45 per class, with the exception of Weeks 3 & 4, which will be conducted in a “workshop” format.  To insure the quality of the experience, registration will be closed after the first 12 students are enrolled for this module only.  Students that would like to participate must be able to attend both classes.  After enrollment is closed, a waiting list will be kept in the event of student cancellation.  If there is sufficient interest, this module will be offered again in the future.

 

The class schedule will run as follows:

 

WEEK 1:  Intro, establish goals, make a plan: Saturday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00pm.

  • Introduction, establish your goals, make a commitment, create a support structure. Are agents, reps and art coaches right for you?
  • Prepare and presenting your artwork, how to establish pricing and basic record keeping

 

 WEEK 2:  Create a professional image: Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create a professional image, assemble the business tools to sell your art: mailing list, business cards, slides/photos.
  • Where to show: group, co-op, or juried. What jurors are looking for.  Are Art Fairs and Festivals the “right” way to go for you?
  • Booth layout and design.

 

WEEK 3:  Write artist statement, exhibition resume and present to class for review: Saturday, April 15th, 1:00-3:00pm.  CLASS WILL CONTINUE INTO “WEEK 4” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH, 12:30-3:30PM.  Registration Limit of 12 with a waiting list. 

  • Write an artist statement and an exhibition résumé.
  • Create and formulate a brochure or other visuals. Assemble a portfolio.
  • Give visual presentation to class: show portfolio of artwork, share artist statement.

 

WEEK 4:  MUST HAVE TAKEN WEEK 3 TO ATTEND:  Saturday, April 29th, 12:30-3:30pm.

  • Continue with visual presentations.

 

WEEK 5:  Contacting & Approaching Galleries: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Contacting and approaching galleries that are appropriate for your artwork.
  • Selling your artwork on consignment vs wholesale.
  • Delivering and shipping artwork.

 

WEEK 6:  Publicity: Wednesday, November 1st, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create written and visual publicity: press releases, paid advertisements and direct mail.
  • Marketing and social media.
  • Finish up any unresolved topics or issues.

 

Mary Urbas Biography:

 

Mary Urbas is currently the Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, (Kirtland), a position she has held for 11 1/2 years.

Mary was the Assistant Director/Gallery Curator at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH from 2001-2005 and also owned and operated The Gallery in Chagrin Falls, a fine art and contemporary crafts gallery, from 1997-2001.  From 1979 to 1997, Mary Urbas was the Gallery Manager and head of shipping and receiving at Sylvia Ullman’s American Crafts Gallery.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Urbas’ own work as a textile designer has been exhibited in shows throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, receiving many honors including several Best in Crafts awards from juried shows. She is a member of the Surface Design Association of America and the American Crafts Council, as well as a participant in several regional artist guilds and associations.

Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas – Week 3

WEEK 3 AND WEEK 4 ARE AT CAPACITY.  We apologize for the inconvenience!  Due to popular demand, we intend to offer this module again on a date to be announced.  Please email info@artistsarchives.org to be placed on the waiting list or call our offices at 216-721-9020.  Thank you for your interest!

******

NEW for 2017!  ART BITES-  Nutrition for the Creative Mind.  A series of three ongoing programs (Professional Practices, Collecting Art Talks and Artist Studio Tours) that offer information for artists and like-minded individuals.

 

As part of our new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists, we are proud to present Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas. This 6-week class is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35+ years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, and consultant. As an exhibited artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art.

 

Each week a different aspect of “getting your work out there” will be discussed, followed by a question and answer period so the group can brainstorm and network.

 

The following syllabus is meant to be a guide-line of proposed topics.  Depending on the needs of the class participants, additional topics can be discussed to target specific areas to enhance and improve the individual’s “image” they are projecting.

 

The series is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

 

All classes can be attended individually with the exception of WEEKS 3 & 4, which must be taken together.

 

There is a limit of 45 per class, with the exception of Weeks 3 & 4, which will be conducted in a “workshop” format.  To insure the quality of the experience, registration will be closed after the first 12 students are enrolled for this module only.  Students that would like to participate must be able to attend both classes.  After enrollment is closed, a waiting list will be kept in the event of student cancellation.  If there is sufficient interest, this module will be offered again in the future.

 

The class schedule will run as follows:

 

WEEK 1:  Intro, establish goals, make a plan: Saturday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00pm.

  • Introduction, establish your goals, make a commitment, create a support structure. Are agents, reps and art coaches right for you?
  • Prepare and presenting your artwork, how to establish pricing and basic record keeping

 

 WEEK 2:  Create a professional image: Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create a professional image, assemble the business tools to sell your art: mailing list, business cards, slides/photos.
  • Where to show: group, co-op, or juried. What jurors are looking for.  Are Art Fairs and Festivals the “right” way to go for you?
  • Booth layout and design.

 

WEEK 3:  Write artist statement, exhibition resume and present to class for review: Saturday, April 15th, 1:00-3:00pm.  CLASS WILL CONTINUE INTO “WEEK 4” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH, 12:30-3:30PM.  Registration Limit of 12 with a waiting list. 

  • Write an artist statement and an exhibition résumé.
  • Create and formulate a brochure or other visuals. Assemble a portfolio.
  • Give visual presentation to class: show portfolio of artwork, share artist statement.

 

WEEK 4:  MUST HAVE TAKEN WEEK 3 TO ATTEND:  Saturday, April 29th, 12:30-3:30pm.

  • Continue with visual presentations.

 

WEEK 5:  Contacting & Approaching Galleries: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Contacting and approaching galleries that are appropriate for your artwork.
  • Selling your artwork on consignment vs wholesale.
  • Delivering and shipping artwork.

 

WEEK 6:  Publicity: Wednesday, November 1st, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create written and visual publicity: press releases, paid advertisements and direct mail.
  • Marketing and social media.
  • Finish up any unresolved topics or issues.

 

Mary Urbas Biography:

 

Mary Urbas is currently the Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, (Kirtland), a position she has held for 11 1/2 years.

Mary was the Assistant Director/Gallery Curator at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH from 2001-2005 and also owned and operated The Gallery in Chagrin Falls, a fine art and contemporary crafts gallery, from 1997-2001.  From 1979 to 1997, Mary Urbas was the Gallery Manager and head of shipping and receiving at Sylvia Ullman’s American Crafts Gallery.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Urbas’ own work as a textile designer has been exhibited in shows throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, receiving many honors including several Best in Crafts awards from juried shows. She is a member of the Surface Design Association of America and the American Crafts Council, as well as a participant in several regional artist guilds and associations.

Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas – Week 6

Mary Urbas speaking at AAWR 2016 Ceramics Invitational, photo by Archived Artist Stuart Pearl

Mary Urbas speaking at AAWR 2016 Ceramics Invitational, photo by Archived Artist Stuart Pearl

NEW for 2017!  ART BITES-  Nutrition for the Creative Mind.  A series of three ongoing programs (Professional Practices, Collecting Art Talks and Artist Studio Tours) that offer information for artists and like-minded individuals.

 

As part of our new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists, we are proud to present Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas. This 6-week class is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35+ years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, and consultant. As an exhibited artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art.

 

Each week a different aspect of “getting your work out there” will be discussed, followed by a question and answer period so the group can brainstorm and network.

 

The following syllabus is meant to be a guide-line of proposed topics.  Depending on the needs of the class participants, additional topics can be discussed to target specific areas to enhance and improve the individual’s “image” they are projecting.

 

The series is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

 

All classes can be attended individually with the exception of WEEKS 3 & 4, which must be taken together.

 

There is a limit of 45 per class, with the exception of Weeks 3 & 4, which will be conducted in a “workshop” format.  To insure the quality of the experience, registration will be closed after the first 12 students are enrolled for this module only.  Students that would like to participate must be able to attend both classes.  After enrollment is closed, a waiting list will be kept in the event of student cancellation.  If there is sufficient interest, this module will be offered again in the future.

 

The class schedule will run as follows:

 

WEEK 1:  Intro, establish goals, make a plan: Saturday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00pm.

  • Introduction, establish your goals, make a commitment, create a support structure. Are agents, reps and art coaches right for you?
  • Prepare and presenting your artwork, how to establish pricing and basic record keeping

 

 WEEK 2:  Create a professional image: Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create a professional image, assemble the business tools to sell your art: mailing list, business cards, slides/photos.
  • Where to show: group, co-op, or juried. What jurors are looking for.  Are Art Fairs and Festivals the “right” way to go for you?
  • Booth layout and design.

 

WEEK 3:  Write artist statement, exhibition resume and present to class for review: Saturday, April 15th, 1:00-3:00pm.  CLASS WILL CONTINUE INTO “WEEK 4” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH, 12:30-3:30PM.  Registration Limit of 12 with a waiting list. 

  • Write an artist statement and an exhibition résumé.
  • Create and formulate a brochure or other visuals. Assemble a portfolio.
  • Give visual presentation to class: show portfolio of artwork, share artist statement.

 

WEEK 4:  MUST HAVE TAKEN WEEK 3 TO ATTEND:  Saturday, April 29th, 12:30-3:30pm.

  • Continue with visual presentations.

 

WEEK 5:  Contacting & Approaching Galleries: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Contacting and approaching galleries that are appropriate for your artwork.
  • Selling your artwork on consignment vs wholesale.
  • Delivering and shipping artwork.

 

WEEK 6:  Publicity: Wednesday, November 1st, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create written and visual publicity: press releases, paid advertisements and direct mail.
  • Marketing and social media.
  • Finish up any unresolved topics or issues.

 

Mary Urbas Biography:

 

Mary Urbas is currently the Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, (Kirtland), a position she has held for 11 1/2 years.

Mary was the Assistant Director/Gallery Curator at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH from 2001-2005 and also owned and operated The Gallery in Chagrin Falls, a fine art and contemporary crafts gallery, from 1997-2001.  From 1979 to 1997, Mary Urbas was the Gallery Manager and head of shipping and receiving at Sylvia Ullman’s American Crafts Gallery.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Urbas’ own work as a textile designer has been exhibited in shows throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, receiving many honors including several Best in Crafts awards from juried shows. She is a member of the Surface Design Association of America and the American Crafts Council, as well as a participant in several regional artist guilds and associations.

Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas – Week 5

Mary Urbas speaking at AAWR 2016 Ceramics Invitational, photo by Archived Artist Stuart Pearl

Mary Urbas speaking at AAWR 2016 Ceramics Invitational, photo by Archived Artist Stuart Pearl

NEW for 2017!  ART BITES-  Nutrition for the Creative Mind.  A series of three ongoing programs (Professional Practices, Collecting Art Talks and Artist Studio Tours) that offer information for artists and like-minded individuals.

 

As part of our new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists, we are proud to present Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas. This 6-week class is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35+ years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, and consultant. As an exhibited artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art.

 

Each week a different aspect of “getting your work out there” will be discussed, followed by a question and answer period so the group can brainstorm and network.

 

The following syllabus is meant to be a guide-line of proposed topics.  Depending on the needs of the class participants, additional topics can be discussed to target specific areas to enhance and improve the individual’s “image” they are projecting.

 

The series is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

 

All classes can be attended individually with the exception of WEEKS 3 & 4, which must be taken together.

 

There is a limit of 45 per class, with the exception of Weeks 3 & 4, which will be conducted in a “workshop” format.  To insure the quality of the experience, registration will be closed after the first 12 students are enrolled for this module only.  Students that would like to participate must be able to attend both classes.  After enrollment is closed, a waiting list will be kept in the event of student cancellation.  If there is sufficient interest, this module will be offered again in the future.

 

The class schedule will run as follows:

 

WEEK 1:  Intro, establish goals, make a plan: Saturday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00pm.

  • Introduction, establish your goals, make a commitment, create a support structure. Are agents, reps and art coaches right for you?
  • Prepare and presenting your artwork, how to establish pricing and basic record keeping

 

 WEEK 2:  Create a professional image: Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create a professional image, assemble the business tools to sell your art: mailing list, business cards, slides/photos.
  • Where to show: group, co-op, or juried. What jurors are looking for.  Are Art Fairs and Festivals the “right” way to go for you?
  • Booth layout and design.

 

WEEK 3:  Write artist statement, exhibition resume and present to class for review: Saturday, April 15th, 1:00-3:00pm.  CLASS WILL CONTINUE INTO “WEEK 4” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH, 12:30-3:30PM.  Registration Limit of 12 with a waiting list. 

  • Write an artist statement and an exhibition résumé.
  • Create and formulate a brochure or other visuals. Assemble a portfolio.
  • Give visual presentation to class: show portfolio of artwork, share artist statement.

 

WEEK 4:  MUST HAVE TAKEN WEEK 3 TO ATTEND:  Saturday, April 29th, 12:30-3:30pm.

  • Continue with visual presentations.

 

WEEK 5:  Contacting & Approaching Galleries: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Contacting and approaching galleries that are appropriate for your artwork.
  • Selling your artwork on consignment vs wholesale.
  • Delivering and shipping artwork.

 

WEEK 6:  Publicity: Wednesday, November 1st, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create written and visual publicity: press releases, paid advertisements and direct mail.
  • Marketing and social media.
  • Finish up any unresolved topics or issues.

 

Mary Urbas Biography:

 

Mary Urbas is currently the Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, (Kirtland), a position she has held for 11 1/2 years.

Mary was the Assistant Director/Gallery Curator at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH from 2001-2005 and also owned and operated The Gallery in Chagrin Falls, a fine art and contemporary crafts gallery, from 1997-2001.  From 1979 to 1997, Mary Urbas was the Gallery Manager and head of shipping and receiving at Sylvia Ullman’s American Crafts Gallery.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Urbas’ own work as a textile designer has been exhibited in shows throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, receiving many honors including several Best in Crafts awards from juried shows. She is a member of the Surface Design Association of America and the American Crafts Council, as well as a participant in several regional artist guilds and associations.

Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas – Week 4

WEEK 3 AND WEEK 4 ARE AT CAPACITY.  We apologize for the inconvenience!  Due to popular demand, we intend to offer this module again on a date to be announced.  Please email info@artistsarchives.org to be placed on the waiting list or call our offices at 216-721-9020.  Thank you for your interest!

*****

NEW for 2017!  ART BITES-  Nutrition for the Creative Mind.  A series of three ongoing programs (Professional Practices, Collecting Art Talks and Artist Studio Tours) that offer information for artists and like-minded individuals.

 

As part of our new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists, we are proud to present Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas. This 6-week class is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35+ years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, and consultant. As an exhibited artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art.

 

Each week a different aspect of “getting your work out there” will be discussed, followed by a question and answer period so the group can brainstorm and network.

 

The following syllabus is meant to be a guide-line of proposed topics.  Depending on the needs of the class participants, additional topics can be discussed to target specific areas to enhance and improve the individual’s “image” they are projecting.

 

The series is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

 

All classes can be attended individually with the exception of WEEKS 3 & 4, which must be taken together.

 

There is a limit of 45 per class, with the exception of Weeks 3 & 4, which will be conducted in a “workshop” format.  To insure the quality of the experience, registration will be closed after the first 12 students are enrolled for this module only.  Students that would like to participate must be able to attend both classes.  After enrollment is closed, a waiting list will be kept in the event of student cancellation.  If there is sufficient interest, this module will be offered again in the future.

 

The class schedule will run as follows:

 

WEEK 1:  Intro, establish goals, make a plan: Saturday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00pm.

  • Introduction, establish your goals, make a commitment, create a support structure. Are agents, reps and art coaches right for you?
  • Prepare and presenting your artwork, how to establish pricing and basic record keeping

 

 WEEK 2:  Create a professional image: Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create a professional image, assemble the business tools to sell your art: mailing list, business cards, slides/photos.
  • Where to show: group, co-op, or juried. What jurors are looking for.  Are Art Fairs and Festivals the “right” way to go for you?
  • Booth layout and design.

 

WEEK 3:  Write artist statement, exhibition resume and present to class for review: Saturday, April 15th, 1:00-3:00pm.  CLASS WILL CONTINUE INTO “WEEK 4” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH, 12:30-3:30PM.  Registration Limit of 12 with a waiting list. 

  • Write an artist statement and an exhibition résumé.
  • Create and formulate a brochure or other visuals. Assemble a portfolio.
  • Give visual presentation to class: show portfolio of artwork, share artist statement.

 

WEEK 4:  MUST HAVE TAKEN WEEK 3 TO ATTEND:  Saturday, April 29th, 12:30-3:30pm.

  • Continue with visual presentations.

 

WEEK 5:  Contacting & Approaching Galleries: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Contacting and approaching galleries that are appropriate for your artwork.
  • Selling your artwork on consignment vs wholesale.
  • Delivering and shipping artwork.

 

WEEK 6:  Publicity: Wednesday, November 1st, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create written and visual publicity: press releases, paid advertisements and direct mail.
  • Marketing and social media.
  • Finish up any unresolved topics or issues.

 

Mary Urbas Biography:

 

Mary Urbas is currently the Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, (Kirtland), a position she has held for 11 1/2 years.

Mary was the Assistant Director/Gallery Curator at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH from 2001-2005 and also owned and operated The Gallery in Chagrin Falls, a fine art and contemporary crafts gallery, from 1997-2001.  From 1979 to 1997, Mary Urbas was the Gallery Manager and head of shipping and receiving at Sylvia Ullman’s American Crafts Gallery.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Urbas’ own work as a textile designer has been exhibited in shows throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, receiving many honors including several Best in Crafts awards from juried shows. She is a member of the Surface Design Association of America and the American Crafts Council, as well as a participant in several regional artist guilds and associations.

Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas – Week 1

NEW for 2017!  ART BITES-  Nutrition for the Creative Mind.  A series of three ongoing programs (Professional Practices, Collecting Art Talks and Artist Studio Tours) that offer information for artists and like-minded individuals.

 

As part of our new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists, we are proud to present Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas. This 6-week class is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35+ years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, and consultant. As an exhibited artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art.

 

Each week a different aspect of “getting your work out there” will be discussed, followed by a question and answer period so the group can brainstorm and network.

 

The following syllabus is meant to be a guide-line of proposed topics.  Depending on the needs of the class participants, additional topics can be discussed to target specific areas to enhance and improve the individual’s “image” they are projecting.

 

The series is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

 

All classes can be attended individually with the exception of WEEKS 3 & 4, which must be taken together.

 

There is a limit of 45 per class, with the exception of Weeks 3 & 4, which will be conducted in a “workshop” format.  To insure the quality of the experience, registration will be closed after the first 12 students are enrolled for this module only.  Students that would like to participate must be able to attend both classes.  After enrollment is closed, a waiting list will be kept in the event of student cancellation.  If there is sufficient interest, this module will be offered again in the future.

 

The class schedule will run as follows:

 

WEEK 1:  Intro, establish goals, make a plan: Saturday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00pm.

  • Introduction, establish your goals, make a commitment, create a support structure. Are agents, reps and art coaches right for you?
  • Prepare and presenting your artwork, how to establish pricing and basic record keeping

 

 WEEK 2:  Create a professional image: Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create a professional image, assemble the business tools to sell your art: mailing list, business cards, slides/photos.
  • Where to show: group, co-op, or juried. What jurors are looking for.  Are Art Fairs and Festivals the “right” way to go for you?
  • Booth layout and design.

 

WEEK 3:  Write artist statement, exhibition resume and present to class for review: Saturday, April 15th, 1:00-3:00pm.  CLASS WILL CONTINUE INTO “WEEK 4” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH, 12:30-3:30PM.  Registration Limit of 12 with a waiting list. 

  • Write an artist statement and an exhibition résumé.
  • Create and formulate a brochure or other visuals. Assemble a portfolio.
  • Give visual presentation to class: show portfolio of artwork, share artist statement.

 

WEEK 4:  MUST HAVE TAKEN WEEK 3 TO ATTEND:  Saturday, April 29th, 12:30-3:30pm.

  • Continue with visual presentations.

 

WEEK 5:  Contacting & Approaching Galleries: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Contacting and approaching galleries that are appropriate for your artwork.
  • Selling your artwork on consignment vs wholesale.
  • Delivering and shipping artwork.

 

WEEK 6:  Publicity: Wednesday, November 1st, 6:00-8:00pm.

  • Create written and visual publicity: press releases, paid advertisements and direct mail.
  • Marketing and social media.
  • Finish up any unresolved topics or issues.

 

Mary Urbas Biography:

 

Mary Urbas is currently the Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, (Kirtland), a position she has held for 11 1/2 years.

Mary was the Assistant Director/Gallery Curator at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH from 2001-2005 and also owned and operated The Gallery in Chagrin Falls, a fine art and contemporary crafts gallery, from 1997-2001.  From 1979 to 1997, Mary Urbas was the Gallery Manager and head of shipping and receiving at Sylvia Ullman’s American Crafts Gallery.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Urbas’ own work as a textile designer has been exhibited in shows throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, receiving many honors including several Best in Crafts awards from juried shows. She is a member of the Surface Design Association of America and the American Crafts Council, as well as a participant in several regional artist guilds and associations.

William Martin Jean - Turnstile II

Studio Tour with Archived Artist William Martin Jean

William Martin Jean - Turnstile IAs part of our 20th Anniversary Founder’s Exhibition, the Artists Archives is hosting private studio tours of Founder David E. Davis’ studio and a selection of the other early supporting artists. The series continues with an intimate look at William Martin Jean’s studio in the Tower Press Building in Cleveland on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00-2:30pm.

Widely acclaimed for his elegant systems-based art, William Martin Jean creates paintings that combine rational, intellectual experience with personal, intuited feeling. Jean’s paintings and works on paper reflect his Asian background as an influence and are developed using subtle color and textural relationships, creating a sense of order and quiet introspection. Recently, Jean has also been creating small collage paintings, often by gluing and sewing materials on paper.

Jean was a Director at the Cleveland Institute of Art for forty years and his work is represented in the collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospitals, the Cleveland Art Association and numerous corporate collections.

William Martin Jean - Votive Figure IVAlong with the founder David E. Davis and the first 7 supporting artists- Shirley Aley Campbell, David A. Haberman, Robert Jergens, Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Phyllis Seltzer, Phyllis Lester Sloane and Randall Tiedman- William was instrumental in laying the groundwork for what would become the only freestanding archive and regional museum of its kind in the country- the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

The tour will commence at 1:00pm and light refreshments will be served.

Reservations: To attend the tour, please reserve tickets via our Eventbrite listing or by contacting our office at 216.721.9020.

Cost: The cost is $10 for current AAWR members and $20 for non-members.

To Purchase Tickets: To pay by credit card, please call our office at 216.721.9020. Cash payments may be made on arrival to the event. The address will be provided once payment arrangements have been made.

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Archives Tour, Get to Know the Archives 2015

Get to Know the Archives!

Archives Tour, Get to Know the Archives 2015Annual Holiday Party for Artists Archives Members!  Our way of saying “Thank You” for being part of our creative community.  Come join us for refreshments, cheer and a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the Artists Archives.  The event also marks the opening of our festive Holiday Treats exhibition in the A.A.W.R. Entrance Gallery.  All works on view will be by Member Artists, deliciously petite (under 16″ x 24″ inches) and AVAILABLE FOR SALE for your Holiday shopping!  Come out for what is sure to be a merry and mirthful evening!
The event is for FREE for Members, however, please RSVP on Eventbrite or call our office at 216.721.9020.
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Art Criticism for Artists with Dottie Shinn

Professional Practices Series – Art Criticism for Artists with Dottie Shinn

Art Criticism for Artists with Dottie ShinnAs part of its Professional Practices Series, The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to host a presentation by Dottie Shinn, the Akron Beacon Journal’s long-time art critic on Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00-3:00pm.

Dottie will share her fascinating experiences working as a professional critic as well as offer up her advice to artists on inspiring favorable reviews.

The “Professional Practices for Artists” series is designed to impart valuable information to help artists of all ages navigate the marketplace as well as provide them with knowledge beneficial to the growth of their careers. In 2017 we will offer a 6-week class presented Lakeland Community College’s Gallery Director Mary Urbas entitled “Business of Art for Artists: Presenting and Promoting Your Art.” The course is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it to a larger audience.

“Art Criticism for Artists” is FREE and open to the public. A question and answer period will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served. Please register on Eventbrite to attend.

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street.

Some topics Dottie plans on addressing include (but are not limited to)…

Why did you become a critic; how did you become a critic?
How do you approach an exhibition?
What has it been like working with artists?
What do we need to know, as artists, to get to the critic? What are some of the do’s and don’ts?
How has the internet affected newspapers and how do you feel about online criticism?

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Felice Varini - Twelve Disks Over Sixteen Hallowed Halves and Four Quarters

Progressive Art Collection Tour

Felice Varini - Twelve Disks Over Sixteen Hallowed Halves and Four Quarters

Felice Varini, “Twelve Disks Over Sixteen Hallowed Halves and Four Quarters,” Acrylic Paint on Self-Adhesive Foil.

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to host a private tour of the Progressive Art Collection to be held on Friday, October 14th from 2:00-4:00pm.

The tour is to take place at Progressive Headquarters (Campus I) located in Mayfield Village and will present viewers with a rare opportunity to see Progressive’s world-class, museum quality contemporary art collection.

Started in 1974 with an acquisition of 30 original pieces, the Progressive Art Collection now contains over 7,500 artworks displayed in Progressive offices countrywide and features over 2,000 contemporary artists from around the world.

Notable artists on our scheduled tour route include Petah Coyne, Andy Warhol, Valerie Hegarty, Todd Pavlisko, Beverly Semmes, David Wojnarowicz, Andy Yoder, Nick Cave, Jon Kessler, Rachel Mason, Jason Middlebrook, Laurel Roth, Matthew McCaslin, Erika Rothenberg, Kate Eric and Hilary Berseth.

The Collection, which according to its creators is intended to “provoke and foster passionate discussion,” both among visitors and employees alike, is also host to numerous large scale installations including work by Felice Varini, Vik Muniz, James Hyde, Sharon Louden and Stephen Dean.

TICKET RESERVATIONS: To attend the tour, please reserve tickets via our Eventbrite listing or by contacting our office at 216.721.9020.

TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED NO LATER THAN 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH. This assures your admittance to the building upon arrival.

COST: This tour is FREE for all Members of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and $10.00 for Non-Members.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: To pay by credit card, please call our office at 216.721.9020. Cash payments may be made on arrival to the event.

DIRECTIONS: The Progressive Building is located at 6300 Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village, OH 44143.

  • Once attendees arrive at the corporate driveway entrance (Peter B. Lewis Drive) turn onto the drive and follow signs to the Visitor Center and Visitor Parking.
  • Proceed to check-in with the Security guard at the Visitor Center desk. The Security guard will distribute name badges to each of the attendees to be worn for the duration of the tour.
  • Please meet in the main lobby at 1:50pm. If you have any questions about directions or instructions upon arrival, please call Progressive’s visitor front desk at 440-910-3785.

QUESTIONS?: Please contact Artists Archives at 216.721.9020 or email us at info@artistsarchives.org

David Davis - Bridge to Knowledge Study

Studio Tour of Founding Artist David E. Davis’ Studio

David Davis - Bridge to Knowledge Study

As part of our 20th Anniversary Founder’s Exhibition, the Artists Archives in partnership with the Davis Sculpture Foundation is hosting private tours of AAWR & Sculpture Center Founder David E. Davis’ studio on Saturday, December 3rd. 1:00-2:30pm.

One of the region’s most celebrated artists and the recipient of the 1980 Cleveland Arts Prize, Davis has been described as a “high modernist… keeping faith with ideas of beauty, aesthetics, and timeless universal content.” He spent nearly forty years creating a large, impressive sculptural oeuvre distinguished by its pervasive quality, variety, visual intelligence, and originality.

This very special tour will focus on Davis as a working studio artist and look at his methods and materials. The beautiful historic building has been lovingly maintained for public viewing after the artists’ passing in 2002.

Davis’ studio is located on the Davis arts campus that is also the location of the AAWR, TSC & Davis Sculpture Foundation.

Please reserve tickets through Eventbrite or by contacting the office at 216.721.9020 or via email at info@artistsarchives.org. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Artists Archives or on East 123rd Street.

Pat Zinsmeister Parker

Studio Tour with Archived Artist Pat Parker

Pat Zinsmeister ParkerAs part of our 20th Anniversary Founder’s Exhibition, the Artists Archives is hosting private studio tours of Founder David E. Davis’ studio and a selection of the other early supporting artists.  The series begins with an intimate look at Pat Zinsmeister Parker’s studio adjacent to her private residence in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, October 8th from 1:00-2:30pm.

Patricia Zinsmeister Parker’s career spans four decades, and her work is best described as narrative abstract expressionism. Her painting methodology is based on a well-honed sense of intuition acted upon with random gestures, which eventually suggest the content of the paintings and prints.  The subject matter (iconic shapes, symbols and color tonalities) comes together in the ‘’soup’’ of pigment, collage and ideas which evolve with the flow of physical activity.

Parker was an adjunct professor at the University of Akron in the School of Art from 1978-1998, and her work is represented in the collections of the Akron Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Canton Museum of Art, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University and the Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution).

Along with the founder David E. Davis and the first 7 supporting artists- Shirley Aley Campbell, David A. Haberman, William Martin Jean, Robert Jergens, Phyllis Seltzer, Phyllis Lester Sloane and Randall Tiedman- Patricia was instrumental in laying the groundwork for what would become the only freestanding archive and regional museum of its kind in the country- the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

In addition to enjoying a first-hand look at Pat’s creative process, tour participants will have the unique opportunity to view the artist’s collection of master prints and Picasso ceramics!

The tour will commence at 1:00pm and light refreshments will be served.

To attend the tour, please reserve tickets via our Eventbrite listing, or by contacting our office at 216.721.9020

The cost is $10 for current AAWR members and $20 for non-members. Cash payments may be made on arrival to the event.  The address will be provided once payment arrangements have been made.

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Bourguignon - Woman In The Blue Dress

The Woman Behind the Artist – The Many Lives of Erika Bourguignon

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to announce its program: The Woman Behind the Artist – The Many Lives of Erika Bourguignon a presentation by Irene Shaland.

Bourguignon - Woman In The Blue DressAn internationally-published art and travel writer Irene Shaland invites you to voyage through time and space to uncover the different lives of an extraordinary woman, Erika Bourguignon, the life-long companion of the talented visual artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon. The journey will take us first to Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century where Erika Eichhorn was born to a prosperous Jewish family.  In the Vienna of Erika’s childhood, music and arts were paramount and Viennese Jews played a crucial role in creating and supporting modernism. This was also the world of escalating anti-Semitism from which Erika’s family was lucky to escape to America in 1938 right after the Anschluss.

In the second part of the presentation, we will travel back in history to realms inhabited by ghosts and phantoms, where intense spirituality and shamanistic dance created altered states of consciousness. These worlds were the scientific focus of Erika Bourguignon, a US-educated cultural anthropologist, famous for her studies of “possession of trance” and its role in pre-historic and modern cultures. We will approach this other life of Erika through the haunting symbolic images painted many centuries ago on the rocks of South Africa by a vanished people.

The Woman Behind the Artist is being held in conjunction with the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve’s exhibition, Paul-Henri Bourguignon: Citizen of the World, a showing of the vibrant, globally-minded paintings of Erika’s husband Paul-Henri, the esteemed modernist and long-time Ohio resident. The exhibition runs from July 21st till September 10th and will showcase a variety of works both from the Archives’ permanent collection as well as the artist’s estate. When considered in conjunction with his work, Erika’s various lives offer a unique perspective on her artist-husband as well as the famed intellectual atmosphere within their family.

Irene ShalandIrene Shaland is an avid world traveler and writer. She resides in Lyndhurst, Ohio with her husband travel photographer Alex Shaland. She is the author of two books on the history of theater, drama, and intercultural interpretations as well as a third work, “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories,” which was published in January 2016. Irene’s books will be available for sale before and after the program and the author is willing to sign purchased work following the presentation.

The event is to be held on Wednesday, August 17th from 6:30-8:00 PM. It is free and open to the public, however, participants are requested to register on Eventbrite prior to arrival. Click here to register.

 

Beachwood Community Center – Art Interprets Alzheimer’s Panel Discussion

George and Sue Roby - Herb Ascherman Jr.

Held in conjunction with the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve signature Art Interprets Alzheimer’s Exhibition, this fascinating event features three prominent and diverse speakers all of which have unique relationship to Alzheimer’s and its effects. FREE and open to the public.

GARY LANDRETH, Ph.D. is professor of Neurosciences and Neurology Director of the Landreth Lab, a Alzheimer’s Research Laboratory at Case Western University that investigates the biological basis of Alzheimer’s and its translation into new therapeutics possibilities.

CYNTHIA DAVENPORT, M.Ed is the Education & Outreach Specialist of the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter.

GEORGE ROBY is a respected Ohio potter, sculptor, and teacher who is featured in the Art Interprets Alzheimer’s exhibit. George’s deeply personal pieces chronical his own unique experience as caregiver for his wife Sue as they faced the day to day realities of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Exhibition runs June 22nd, 2016 to July 13, 2016 at the Beachwood Community Center and will be available for view Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM.

Ceramics in Action with Julie Hanus

Ceramics in Action

Ceramics in Action with Julie Hanus

CERAMICS IN ACTION with Julie Hanus, Senior Editor of American Craft Magazine

Join us Saturday, June 4th from 2-4pm at the Beachwood Branch Library for a conversation about ceramic artists who are leading the way – combining their studio practice with social, environmental, and political action.

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Herb Ascherman

AAWR Annual Members Meeting

Herb Ascherman

WROPC opening 2014 photo courtesy of Stuart Pearl

Please join us after our Annual Meeting as we honor Board President Herb Ascherman Jr. for his years of contributions to the Artists Archives

 

AAWR Annual members meeting

Friday May 6, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Party for Herb. 7:00 – 8:00pm

Ted Sikora

Oral History Project with Filmmaker Ted Sikora

With support from a grant through CAC, the Artists Archives has commissioned Independent filmmaker, Ted Sikora to create documentaries featuring some of our archived artists. Join us for a sneak peek at the Archives’ Oral History Project and Ted’s short documentary on Cleveland artist, Augusto Bordelois! Ted will also discuss his approach to filmmaking and be available for a question and answer session. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are FREE, but please register here.

AAWR is proud to become Community Partners with CIFF 40! Please join us in screening our partner film “Dough”

CIFF-40th-Community-Partner

CIFF recaps, “Nat is a Jewish baker desperately trying to save his family business. All his customers are moving or dying, and a ruthless developer wants to buy him out. Ayyash is a young Muslim immigrant trying to remove himself and his mother from poverty. He is looking for a cover job—something to legitimize the sudden big money he hopes to make working for a local drug supplier. When Nat’s apprentice leaves him, Ayyash gets the position. Soon he is secretly selling pot from the bakery. When a stash accidentally gets mixed into the dough, sales suddenly increase and new customers bloom. Ayyash sees a way to riches, while Nat believes the boy’s skills have turned things around and may save his business. Things naturally will unravel. But how they unravel, and the bonds that are broken and forged along the way, is the real secret ingredient of DOUGH. Witty and wise (shall we also say high-spirited?), this charming film aims for sharp-edged social commentary and rises to the occasion.” –C.R

Screenings are Thursday, March 31st at 6:25pm and Friday, April 1st at 11:40am.Tickets are on sale NOW! Use our partner code “AAWR” for a $2 discount off each ticket! Click me to get tickets!

 

No Art Left Behind

No Art Left Behind

Tickets are on sale now for the AAWR’s big fund raiser event!
Sunday, May 15th, 4:00 – 7:00pm

A $300 ticket includes entrance for two and one lottery ticket.
Throughout the evening, tickets are drawn randomly and the ticket holder chooses a piece of original art to keep as their very own! Every ticket holder gets a piece of art!

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AAWR Oral Histories Project premier

Oral Histories Project Premiere

As part of the 20th Anniversary Founder’s Exhibition, we will be premiering our Oral Histories Documentary Film Project which consists of short documentaries created by Akron independent film maker Ted Sikora and noted Cleveland photographer Chuck Mintz.  These histories, each running approximately 4 minutes, artfully document the lives and careers of 11 Archived Artists (including 3 original Archived Artists), detailing their personal aesthetic, approach to art creation, influences of teachers and mentors, exhibition history, and relationships with other notable area artists.  The films will be screened at the on Saturday, November 19th from 1 till 3pm. Please join us for this FREE premiere event!

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The Archives would like to thank the voters of Cuyahoga County for providing funding for this project through a Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Grant.

Andrew Reach

Andrew Reach Studio Tour

Our last week of our Studio Tour series gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artistic processes of the artists exhibiting in the Artist Archives’ show “Reinvention”. Reinvention documents the stories of five artists who reinvented themselves and their work in order to overcome limitations forced on them because of traumatic injury, aging or disease. The acceptance, adaptation and growth that each underwent as part of the crisis process resulted in the production of powerful, original bodies of work in divergent directions.

Andrew Reach - Solid Ambiguities

Pain and limitations due to a spine disease ended the architectural career of Andrew Reach, causing him to reinvent his creative output. He produces large scale digital works that would otherwise be too physically demanding to paint. When describing his sizable canvas prints he writes “Using color and geometric fragments akin to bits, I recombine them, in a visual dance of color, composition and optic play to imbue in them a kinetic sense of movement; a stand in for my ability to move freely through the world without pain”.

A tour of Andrew’s in-home studio will give us a look inside his digital world and his influences for shape and color.

Andrew’s studio is located in the Gordon Square District of Cleveland. The address will be provided once a ticket is purchased. Call the Archives to purchase a ticket at 216-721-9020. Tickets: $10 AAWR Member, $20 Non Member.

Ruth Bercaw

Ruth Bercaw Studio Tour

Week two of our Studio Tours program gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artistic processes of the artists exhibiting in the Artist Archives’ show “Reinvention”. Reinvention documents the stories of five artists who reinvented themselves and their work in order to overcome limitations forced on them because of traumatic injury, aging or disease. The acceptance, adaptation and growth that each underwent as part of the crisis process resulted in the production of powerful, original bodies of work in divergent directions. We will be starting the tour at Ruth’s at 1:00pm prompt, then have refreshments, then finish up at Kim’s studio.

Ruth Bercaw - Gate
Ruth Bercaw had always worked three-dimensionally until 2005, when the pain and swelling in her hands caused her to reinvent how she expressed herself through art. Color was the vehicle that transitioned her work from 3D to 2D. What was once peaks and angles are now expressed through lines and shapes. The results were readily embraced by the art community for a rather seamless evolution.

Join us at Ruth’s studio for a glimpse of her creative process, the unique papers she uses and some of her painting techniques.

Ruth Bercaw’s studio is located in the Heller Building in Cleveland. The address will be provided once a ticket is purchased. Call the Archives to purchase a ticket at 216-721-9020. Tickets: $10 AAWR Member, $20 Non Member.

Terry Klausman

Terry Klausman Studio Tour

Saturday, April 9th kicks off our Studio Tour series as we get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artistic processes of the artists exhibiting in the Artist Archives’ show “Reinvention”. Reinvention documents the stories of five artists who reinvented themselves and their work in order to overcome limitations forced on them because of traumatic injury, aging or disease. The acceptance, adaptation and growth that each underwent as part of the crisis process resulted in the production of powerful, original bodies of work in divergent directions.

Klausman-Reflection-Reversed

Terry Klausman worked in a variety of mediums early on, but it was after a welding accident injured his dominant hand that he picked up drawing again and developed what he is now most known for – his “stitch” or “barbed wire” drawings. Using his left hand, Terry began composing beautiful drawings using the manipulation of a repeated ticking mark that would eventually develop into its own language. Rows of ticking (resembling barbed wire) undulate across the page, sometimes pulled apart by an unknown force or curled as if blowing in a breeze.

Join us at Terry’s studio for an inside look at what inspires him, his found objects, steel sculptures and beautiful drawings.

Terry Klausman’s studio is located in Barberton, OH at the Art Center on Tusc. The address will be provided once a ticket is purchased. Call the Archives to purchase a ticket at 216-721-9020. Tickets: $10 AAWR Member, $20 Non Member.

Kim Bissett -

Kim Bissett Studio Tour

Kim Bissett - Spring Day

Nerve damage made it impossible for Kim Bissett to continue with her work in bronze and cast stone. She began constructing drawings instead where she applied what she knew of three dimensional space to her new, two dimensional medium. She states, “I learned how to compress space, set perimeters, understand figure/ground relationships, manipulate illusory space, and communicate weight and gravity.” What culminated are large, very sculptural compositions in mixed media paper relief.

Kim Bissett’s studio is located in the Heller Building in Cleveland. The address will be provided once a ticket is purchased. Call the Archives to purchase a ticket at 216-721-9020. Tickets: $10 AAWR Member, $20 Non Member.

Marketing and Promotions for the Individual Artist by Josh Usmani

Josh UsmaniThis talk is to help local, emerging artists and young art professionals in their efforts to promote their news and events to local and regional media outlets. However, the lecture is open to anyone interested in learning more about how to promote their efforts through local media outlets.

In this presentation, Usmani will discuss press releases, deadlines, different media outlets (traditional vs. digital), networking and more. By the end of the presentation, participants will learn what to send, who to send it to and when to send it by. Following the talk, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Josh Usmani is Cleveland Scene Magazine’s Visual Arts Editor. In addition to writing, he’s also an artist, instructor and occasional curator. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a BA in Painting (’13). In just two years, he’s written over 200 articles and hundreds of shorter event listings. Currently, he has his third solo show, Funny Money II, at Tregoning & Co. (78th Street Studios). He teaches cartooning classes for kids at Cleveland Institute of Art, Shore Cultural Centre and the Campus International School at CSU.

Josh’s multi-dimensional career allows for insight into art journalism from virtually every possible perspective.

“I began writing about local art news and events, because I wanted to see the efforts of my hardworking friends and peers get the attention they deserved,” explains Usmani. “I kept meeting so many people doing cool, interesting things, but it was like a tree in the woods. If no one knew about it, did it really happen at all? It’s in this same spirit that I’ve proposed this discussion. I want to help as many local artists and art professionals as possible to promote their efforts,” Usmani says.
This event is free and open to the public.

Collecting Photography with Barbara Tannenbaum

Barbara TannenbaumJoin the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve at 1834 East 123rd St. as we continue our Collecting Art series. “Collecting Photography” will be presented by Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography from the Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00pm.

Barbara Tannenbaum presents a primer for beginning collectors. Her talk will explore the reasons why individuals collect and she will present opportunities and strategies for collecting photography locally and nationally.

Ms. Tannenbaum was Chief Curator for the Akron Art Museum for 26 years where she oversaw its collection of photographs grow from 500 pieces to 2500 photographs. While there, she organized forty-eight photography or video exhibitions in addition to other media. She became the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Curator of Photography in 2011. Barbara Tannenbaum holds a PhD in modern and contemporary art from the University of Michigan.

There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after Ms. Tannenbaum’s powerpoint presentation.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to a grant from the George Gund Foundation.

Collecting International Art with Meg Harris

Meg HarrisThe Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present Collecting International Art with Meg Harris of Harris Stanton Gallery. Ms. Harris will lead us through the process of buying International art – where to buy International art, what to buy and issues one might encounter. Her discussion may offer insight to regional artists as they pursue their own global endeavors.

Meg’s interest in international art began with studying art history at Old Trail School, followed by a course in Japanese art at Smith College, and classes in Renaissance Art and Contemporary European Art while living in Florence, Italy in 1974. It was during these years that she also studied French and Italian language and literature, and became fluent in both languages. It was during her 7 year residency in London in the 80’s, where she began collecting art. Meg also studied art history with a professor at the Courtauld Institute there. She was hired as Gallery Director by the Evelyne Shaffer Gallery in Akron in 1988 upon her return to the States, where she studied under French-born Evelyne Shaffer until 1994, when she bought the gallery. Evelyne had had a gallery in both Paris and England for many years, and it was under her tutelage that Meg made many of her international artist and dealer contacts. She continued these relationships after she bought the gallery, and enjoys bringing art to Northeast Ohio that is not familiar to people here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Collecting Art: State of the Art Market

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) announces Collecting Art: State of the Art Market with Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives celebrity, Wes Cowan.

Cleveland, OH – The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is excited to announce Collecting Art: State of the Art Market, one of the many gallery talks in the Artists Archives new Collecting Art series. This talk will take place Saturday, March 7, 1- 3 p.m.

Wes Cowan, Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives celebrity, will be discussing the current state of the art market from an auction perspective. Cowan will go into detail about how you no longer need to attend an auction in person, and how the Internet has drastically changed the auction world – both for competition and for the quality value of the items being offered..

About Wes Cowan

Wes Cowan is founder and owner of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. An internationally recognized expert in Historic Americana, Wes stars in the PBS television series History Detectives and is a featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. He writes an antiques column for the Cincinnati Enquirer and is a frequently requested speaker at antiques events around the country. Wes is licensed as an auctioneer in Ohio and holds a BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Wes grew up in a household filled with Victorian antiques, nurtured by a mother who liked all things “old.” Torn between the antiques business and American archaeology, Wes first chose a course that set him on an academic road.
After receiving his doctorate degree, Wes taught at the Anthropology Department of Ohio State University. In 1984 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to assume the post of Curator of Archaeology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. He has published widely in the fields of American archaeology and paleoethnobotany, and is coeditor of The Origins of Agriculture in International Perspective and Societies in Eclipse: Eastern North America at the Dawn of European Colonization.

In 1995, Wes left academia and the museum world to return to his childhood love – antiques. Since then, Cowan’s Auctions has grown from a one-man shop to a nationally recognized business generating $20 million in annual sales.

Copyrights and Trademarks

Copyrights and Trademarks

Artists are increasingly finding themselves navigating through the complex issue of copyrights.  The internet has become a useful tool for artists to market themselves and share information with the world.  As images become more easily accessible, artists must have a clear understanding of their own intellectual property rights as well as when it is legally permissible to use the images made by others freely.

Michael Vary will give us a better understanding of Intellectual Property laws as he discusses copyrights and trademarks.  There will be a question and answer session to follow.

Mr. Vary practices Intellectual Property Law with McCarthy Lebit Crystal & Liffman, was a partner at Jones Day, and has lectured and taught intellectual property law as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

This presentation is free and open to the public, but please register by “purchasing” your free tickets. Click to register for this event

Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand

HAND IN HAND – Artists, Collectors and Conservators Working Together

by Jamye Jamison, Paper Conservator

Case studies: As a multi-disciplinary regional conservation center, ICA Art Conservation has developed a specialty in contemporary art. This talk will highlight three projects that were recently completed by the ICA and the various ways in which conservators approached working with contemporary objects. Two of the projects were strictly works on paper, while the third was a composite sculpture with a paper component. Each case study will delve into the varying degrees to which artists can be involved in the conservation of their artwork and how the relationship between owner, artist, and conservator can play a role in conservation decisions.

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