NewNow 2022

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

About the Exhibition:

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About Our Judge:

Amalia Amaki

Amalia Amaki

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

 

2022 NewNow Award Winners

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

 

All Exhibiting Artists:

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

 

Mindy Tousley & George Roby | Manifestations in Paper & Clay

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*Text courtesy of The Mansfield Art Center.

NewNow 2022 – CALL FOR ENTRY

CALL FOR ENTRY:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About Our Judge:

Amalia Amaki

Amalia Amaki

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

Entry Details:

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

 

Submission Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

 

As a submitter to this show you grant AAWR permission to include your name as part of future mailings and announcements. If you would prefer to NOT be included on our mailing list, please notify us in writing. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition grant AAWR the right to use images of their work for the purposes of promotion, inclusion in AAWR programs, and subsequent display on the AAWR website without further contact or compensation from AAWR.

 

Calendar:

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Our Supporters:

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

 

CONVERGE: LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

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

CONVERGE Venue Name: LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

Venue Location: 6705 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

Venue Exhibition Dates: August 29 – October 16

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

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

Venue Contact: 216-651-5428

 

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

 

Special Venue Events:

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

 

CONVERGE Venue Statement

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

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

CONVERGE: Judson Manor

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

CONVERGE Venue Name: Judson Manor Retirement Community

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

Venue Exhibition Dates: July 1 – October 31, 2021

Gallery Hours: Daily 10am – 4pm

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

Venue Contact: 216-532-1351

 

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

 

Special Venue Events:

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

 

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

 

CONVERGE Venue Statement:

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

 

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

CONVERGE: MetroHealth

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

CONVERGE  Venue Name: Cleveland MetroHealth

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

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

CONVEGE Exhibition Dates: August 26 – October 16

National AIDS Quilt Exhibition Dates: September 20 – October 8

Gallery Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm Daily

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

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

 

Special Venue Events:

Make a Mini Quilt Piece:

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

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

 

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

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

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

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

 

Group Visits Opportunities:

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

 

CONVERGE Venue Statement:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CONVERGE

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

VENUES:

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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

 

PROGRAMMING:

 

CONTACT:

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

 

ABOUT CONVERGE:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CONVERGE EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

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

 

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

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

Print & Process at Judson Manor

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Participants of the Portfolio:

Kestutis Kizevicius (Kesty) ’75

Maeve Billings ’21

Nick Birnie ’21

Maggie Denk-Leigh, CIA Print Department Chair

Connor Goodwin ’20

Tatiana Hornung ’21

Mike Lombardy ’15

Kelly Pontoni ’19

Stevie Tanner, CIA Print Department Technical Specialist

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

 

Women of the Archives

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

City Reveries at Judson Manor

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

NewNow 2021

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

>>> View the NewNow 2021 <<<

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NewNow 2021 Exhibiting Artists:

Keegan Adams, What We Think We Know

Sawsan Alhaddad, Immigrant Series: Hallowed Portals

Barbara Bachtell, The Great American Comeback I

Harriet Ballard, Thought Forms

Jeff Benedetto, 3 Loci, Rt 206 NY

Samantha Bias, Something Vague

Luanne Bole-Becker, Scraps = Life / Haiti

Augusto Bordelois, The Good Life

Bob Bruch, Desert Stone

Raymond Bugelski, Cibum Puer Tuss

Kimberly Chapman, Ghost Ship Duo

Ryn Clarke, Queen Anne’s Lace

Donna Coleman , Hand Signals

Hadley K. Conner, The Road Less Traveled

Julianne Edberg , Inner Crabby

Marilyn Farinacci, Coming Thru

Mark Giangaspero, Mrs. M

Jennifer Gleason, Saving Grace

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

Marti Higgins, Daylilly

Michael W. High, Behind the Mask

Susan Hood, Afternoon Light

Drew Ippoliti, The Job of Making Others Use Their Imaginations

Benjamin Johnson, Frost Field

Molly Johnson, Dark Matter

Rebecca Kaler, Aerial IV

Wally Kaplan, The Look

Larry Kasperek, Girl with Sheep

Clarissa Katz, Spirit

Lisa Kenion, Displacement

George Kocar, Fanfare for Fools

Suzan Kraus, Between Awareness and Experience

Andrea LeBlond, Molecule

Todd Leech, Carousel

Baila Litton, Displaced Project/ Brenda

Barbara Martin, April 15

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

Linda McConaughy, Modern Apothecary: Cabinet of Delights

Bob McNulty, Waterships

Janet Mikolajczyk, Complicated Shadows, Civil War Monuments

Julia Milbrandt, …and exhale

Tom Millward, At Low Tide

Charles Mintz, The Library Bureau

Jane Montgomery, Foggy Morn

Melissa O’Grady, Arkansas, 1935

Don Parsisson, Perched

Stuart Pearl, RR Position Tower – Cleveland

Christopher Pelrine, View of a Town from the Highway

Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Dante Rodriguez, Nepantlero

Kolman Rosenberg, Waiting Man

Jackie Sajewski, Covid Fears

John A. Sargent III, AS ABOVE SO BELOW

Mary Ann Sedivy, Here on This Ridge

Ron Shelton, Yellow Waterfall

Lawrence Short, Swandive Nebula

Will Slabaugh, And then it Rained

Judy Takacs, Venus, She’s Got It

Judy Takacs, Trust Women

Melinda Tousley, Compare & Contrast

Gwen Waight, ABC AKA Thank You I Have My Own

Al Wasco, Self-portrait, Leaning

Jennifer Whitten, Decision

Stephen Yusko, This Space

Evie Zimmer, La Corona

 

About Our Judge:

Cat Sheridan

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

Fantastical Landscapes

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

Ryn Clarke, Starling and Month, Photographic composite on metal

 

Fantastical Landscapes: Satellite Exhibition at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mindy Tousley   AAWR Executive Director

 

For Cleveland Botanical Garden visitor policies and hours of operation, read more here…

CALL FOR ENTRY: NewNow 2020

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

Timothy Gaewsky, In Our Lonely Minds (Detail), Acrylic, latex house paint on cradled wood panel, NewNow 2018

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Entry Details:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Submission Instructions:

SUBMISSIONS TO THIS SHOW WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY

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

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

As a submitter to this show you grant AAWR permission to include your name as part of future mailings and announcements. If you would prefer to NOT be included on our mailing list please notify us in writing. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition grant AAWR the right to use images of their work for the purposes of promotion, inclusion in AAWR programs, and subsequent display on the AAWR website without further contact or compensation from AAWR.

 

Calendar:

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

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: By October 1, 2020

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

OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: Pending

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

 

Questions?

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

 

About Our Judge:

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

 

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

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

 

Our Supporters:

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

Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard & Patricia Zinsmeister Parker

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

CAN Winter 2019 Article by Mindy Tousley:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Foundations at the Cleveland Convention Center

  • Phyllis Seltzer, Court House 2 (1st State), 2002, Heat transfer print on paper

Location of Exhibition: Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Art Gallery, 1 St. Clair Avenue NE,
C2 Concourse Level
Dates: November 7 – February 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

 

You are invited to the Foundations Opening Reception on Thursday, November 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will include brief remarks, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, and a celebratory champagne toast to officially open the exhibit. Free and open to the public!

 

Complimentary parking is available (for the reception only!)  in the Huntington Self-Park Garage, with entrances off West Third Street and Lakeside Avenue. Please take a parking ticket upon entering the Garage and park in any of the non-reserved spaces. A parking voucher will be provided at the Reception. Guests who utilize the Huntington Self-Park Garage can access the Convention Center Gallery by simply walking through the Underground Garage Connector to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown and Huntington Convention Center.

 

Guests who are not using the free self-parking option can enter the facility either through the Global Center for Health Innovation (1 St. Clair Avenue NE) or Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland main entrance (300 Lakeside Avenue). Guests using either of these entrances will take the escalators/elevators down one floor to the C2 Concourse level.

 

After the reception, the gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

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This November, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to partner with the Cleveland Convention Center to present Foundations, a satellite exhibition featuring the work of founder David E. Davis and the Archives first 8 supporting artists.

 

Foundations will showcase the accomplishments of David E. Davis, Shirley Aley Campbell, William Martin Jean, David Haberman, Robert Jergens, Randall Tiedman, Phyllis Seltzer, Phyllis Sloane and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker. When establishing the Archives in 1996, their goal was to create a ‘living” archive where visual art, along with oral histories, and other documentation of artists’ lives would be made available to the public through ongoing exhibitions and programs. This unique archival facility and regional museum now houses the work of 82 Archived Artists and has over 10,000 pieces in its collection.

 

Each of the 9 featured artists has contributed greatly to the creative community via their accomplishments, and several are octogenarians who continue to produce and exhibit important work. Over 30 paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces highlights their individualism and unique voices. As a group they are held together by the strength and quality of their work rather than a shared conceptual vision to form an exciting view of Northeast Ohio’s visual heritage.

 

Foundations is the third exhibition presented by the Convention Art Gallery. The Huntington Convention Center is pleased to continue spotlighting the talent of NE Ohio’s regional artists by inviting the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) as a guest exhibitor for the 2019 fall and winter season. The mission of the Cleveland Convention Art Gallery matches closely with that of the Archives to promote North east Ohio’s irreplaceable artistic culture.

 

“As a Cuyahoga County-owned facility, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland belongs to the people and our mission in creating an art gallery is to honor the broad diversity, history, and significant momentum and growth in our community,” said Dave Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Huntington Convention Center. “Our goal with the Cleveland Convention Gallery is to create a memorable destination by presenting thoughtfully crafted experiences that support education and the commerce of art in the City of Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio.”

 

 

Current Satellite Exhibition: Life Reflected- Marihatt at Kendal

  • Marihatt, Reflections #43B, Acrylic on canvas, 38" x 46", Permanent collection of the AAWR
    Marihatt, Reflections #43B, Acrylic on canvas, 38" x 46", Permanent collection of the AAWR

Title of Exhibition: Life Reflected: Marihatt at Kendal
Location of Exhibition: Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, OH 44074
Dates:  December 11th – February 2nd, 2019
Gallery Hours: 9am – 5pm daily
Presentation on Artist by Dr. Vincent Monnier: Friday, January 18th, 4:30 – 5:30pm
 
 

This December, the work of Archived Artist Marihatt (1945 – 2010) will be featured in Life Reflected, a solo exhibition at Kendal at Oberlin.

 

A native of Winterthur, Switzerland, Marihatt studied physiology and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Basel in 1968.  Despite a promising career in medicine, Marihatt decided to leave her field and pursue art full-time.  She moved to New York City with her husband and three children, where she exhibited extensively before relocating to the Cleveland area.  Marihatt’s work has since been shown in galleries and museums throughout the country and around the world, as well as included in private collections in Ohio, New York, Bern, Geneva, Paris, Montpellier, and Bergen.

 

Known for her large-scale oil and acrylic paintings, Marihatt’s work showcases her appreciation of color and deep respect for the balance of Japanese aesthetics. The exhibition will show approximately 15 examples of the artist’s mature style, inspired by reflections in a coy pond outside of Osaka, Japan. Elements of poetry and mathematics also feature largely in Marihatt’s paintings, including verse by E.E. Cummings and Cleveland poet Christopher Franke, with whom she frequently collaborated.

 

Life Reflected: Marihatt at Kendal will open at Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, OH 44074, on December 11th, 2019.  Dr. Vincent Monnier, Marihatt’s husband, will speak on the artist’s life and career on Friday, January 18th 4:30 – 5:30pm.  The presentation will begin promptly, and while the event is free and open to the public, please register on Eventbrite to attend or call our office, 216.721.9020, to make a reservation.  Join the conversation HERE on Facebook!

Past Satellite Exhibition: Art Interprets Alzheimer’s

  • George Roby, How's It Going, Clay, acrylic, Collection of the AAWR
    George Roby, How's It Going, Clay, acrylic, Collection of the AAWR

Dates: June 29th – Aug 26th, 2018
Location: Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens, OH 45701
Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Sunday 12:00-5:00pm

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is proud to announce the arrival of its signature Art Interprets Alzheimer’s exhibition to the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH. The public is invited to attend the free art exhibition which will run through August 26th, 2018. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday- Sunday 12:00-5:00pm

 

This important exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, will showcase the works of Archived Artists Herbert Ascherman, Jr. and the late George Roby.

 

George Roby was a respected Ohio potter, sculptor, and teacher who produced functional stoneware using both hand built and wheel-thrown techniques. 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. George passed away in April of 2018 after a prolonged battle with cancer.  One of his greatest desires was to continue to see Art Interprets Alzheimers tour widely, promoting understanding as well as providing a sense of community to caregivers.

 

Herbert Ascherman, Jr. is internationally recognized for his professional portraiture in creative, commercial, and social settings.  In this show, his photography lovingly captures the often complicated relationships between family members and those living with the condition itself.  The sculptures and photographs will promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, research for a cure, and its effects on the patients, caregivers and the community as a whole. Art can evoke a range of emotions and the AAWR hopes this exhibition will have a positive impact and inform people about Alzheimer ’s disease.

 

The exhibition has toured extensively since its launch in 2012 as part of a continued effort to spread awareness and promote continuing understanding through research.  Some important past show locations include the University Hospital, many educational facilities and a special event for the Alzheimer’s Association in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

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.

Satellite Exhibition: Three Angles: A History of Cleveland Art

  • George Adomeit (1879-1967), A Country Road, Provincetown, 1923, Oil on canvas, 16" x 13", Gift of Robert Blaine, Permanent collection of ARTneo
    George Adomeit (1879-1967), A Country Road, Provincetown, 1923, Oil on canvas, 16" x 13", Gift of Robert Blaine, Permanent collection of ARTneo

Exhibition Location: 78th Street Studios, 1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland OH 44102

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) and ARTneo are proud to present Three Angles: A History of Cleveland Art, a three-part exhibition curated from their permanent collections for the inaugural year of the CAN triennial.  Located in ARTneo’s gallery, Tregoning & Company’s south gallery, and Survival Kit, Three Angles features a historic look at the 20th century in Cleveland art featuring paintings, prints and drawings, and sculpture.  The exhibition, organized by media over the three gallery spaces, illustrates the great breadth of talent and creative thinking possessed by Northeast Ohio artists and celebrates their long history of artistic innovation.

 

Three Angles uses early 20th century works from ARTneo’s permanent collection to trace the artistic development of the region.  Beginning with the Cleveland School, the show examines how influences from Europe’s avant-garde made their way into local work. Artists from this era hail from two distinct schools: the traditional Cleveland Society of Artists, including George Adomeit and Ora Coltman, and the more radical, modernist Cleveland Secessions, such as Henry Keller, William Sommer and Abel Warshawky.

 

The exhibition also follows the whirl-wind of innovation that characterized the pre- and post- war eras. Featured artists include Erdis Eckhardt, Elmer Brown, Kalman Kubinyi, employed by the Public Works projects of the Great Depression, John Teyral, William Ward, and Anthony Vaiksnoras who were influenced by (but not entirely committed to) the Abstract Expressionism of the 1950’s, Ed Mieczkowski and David E. Davis, representatives of the Geometric Abstraction of the 1960’s as well as Shirley Aley Campbell, Phyllis Sloane and Phyllis Seltzer who marked the return of Cleveland artists to figurative and representational art in the 1970s.

 

Works from the collection of the Artists Archives focus on mid-to-late 20th century artists, and invite viewers to observe how these later artists synthesize the influence of the Cleveland School into expressions of personal and regional identity.  On display will lesser shown pieces such as an assemblage by Roy Bigler and a maquette by large-scale sculptor Jon Barlow Hudson in addition to the work of regional staples such as Augusto Bordelois, Anthony Eterovich, Miller Horns, Adele Marihatt, William Martin Jean, Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, George Roby, and Judy Takács.

 

ARTneo curator Christopher Richards explains, “Presenting a century of Cleveland area artists’ works shows a diverse array of experimentation. There is no style that can easily be a defining factor … as the artists of the region were eager to adopt and explore multiple techniques and movements in modern art.  Examining the works by media …demonstrating their ability to observe and adapt ideas to develop their own unique voices, each artist adds to the artistic story of Cleveland”

 

The exhibition will be one view from July 7th through July 29th, 2018.

Exhibit Hours: noon to 8 pm Wednesday through Monday. CLOSED TUESDAYS

Satellite Exhibition: City Artists at Work, City Artists at Rest: A Final Retrospective 1997 – 2018

  • Gerald Kramer, Paradise Lost, Acrylic on canvas, 75"x 70"

Location of Satellite Exhibition: Mansfield Art Center, 700 Marion Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44906
Dates:  June 23rd – July 22nd, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 24th, 3:00 – 5:00pm

 

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to partner with the Mansfield Art Center to present City Artists at Work, City Artists at Rest: A Final Retrospective 1997 – 2018. This satellite exhibition will be held at the Mansfield Art Center beginning with an opening reception on Sunday, June 24th.

This exhibition, curated by current AAWR Executive Director, and former City Artists at Work (CAAW) Co-Chair, Mindy Tousley, will be the first in what is hoped will be a continuing partnership between AAWR and Mansfield. It brings together over eighty works, in a variety of mediums, by forty of the artists who were involved in the CAAW group over its twenty-year span. The show will also mark the official disbandment of CAAW.

The story behind CAAW is a familiar one for artists. It concerns forgotten industrial neighborhoods, gentrification, and the political use of artists to boost local economies.

Founded by Archived Artist William Martin Jean, City Artists at Work was 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 opened their studios to the public for the first studio tour on October 23, 1998. They attracted 350 guests in a three-day period, a success by any standard. Visitors were eager to see what was in the old warehouses. Delighted by the large open, interior spaces flooded with natural light, they were happy to interact with and learn from the artists. These Open Studio Tours became the vehicle for CAAW to accomplish its mission and a catalyst for the economic growth of the neighborhood.

As the years progressed City Artists at Work was formalized and operated as a non-profit under the umbrella of The Quadrangle (now Campus Inc) CDC. By 2007 then City Councilman Joe Cimperman estimated there were 500 artists living or working within what was initially branded by the artists as the Superior Arts Corridor, (the QuARTer in 2007, and now the Superior Arts District).

Over the course of 20 years CAAW would hold 24 open studio tours of 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.

With the encroachment of new campus housing, and the recent sale of many of the buildings in the district to real estate developers GBX, the neighborhood continues to change. While other arts organizations like, Zygote Press and Morgen Conservatory, that were attracted to the neighborhood continue to thrive, the fate of the individual artists’ studios are now in limbo.

*“As early residents and developers, we take a little credit for the start of something big….City Artists at Work began with the idea that there is more power as a group of artists than going it alone and we have seen the area flourish and spread out in a way that has absorbed us in the changes that continue to take place. We are forever grateful to the Mansfield Art Center for hosting our last hurrah art exhibition. In many ways this is more than an exhibition, it is the fulfillment of our mission and a salute to those who will continue to take up the banner and lead the district into its next phase.” * WM Jean 2018

Exhibiting artists include Archived Artists Margaret Arthur, Ruth Bercaw, Bonnie Dolin, David Haberman, William Martin Jean, Robert Jergens, Jennie Jones, Mario Kujawski, Bea Mitchell, Gloria Plevin, Kathy Skerritt, Mindy Tousley as well as Paulette Archer, Keith Berr, Kim Bissett, Diana Bjel, Ala Celinska Siwkiewicz, Barbara Chira, Megan Dull, Marilyn Farinacci, William Gould, Lucette Johnson, Wally Kaplan, Anne Kmieck, Gerald Kramer, Andrea LeBlond, Helen Libens, Baila Litton, Lynn Norwood Lofton, Susan Donovan Lowe, Alan Mintz, Rita Montlack, Johanna Page, Jesse Rhinehart, Robert Romeo, Rita Schuenemann, Andrzej Siwkiewicz, Susan Squires, Mark Yasenchack.

The Mansfield Art Center is open to the public Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Current Satellite Exhibition: Altered Paradise: The Work of Barbara Gillette

  • Barbara Gillette, Roadside Swale, Chalk pastel on paper, 30” x 40”
    Barbara Gillette, Roadside Swale, Chalk pastel on paper, 30” x 40”

 

ARTIST TALK RESCHEDULED: Friday, January 26th, 4:30pm, Kendal at Oberlin

Title of Exhibition: Altered Paradise: The Work of Barbara Gillette
Location of Exhibition: Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Show Dates: December 8th, 2017 – January 27th, 2018

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is proud to announce its satellite exhibition, Altered Paradise: The Work of Barbara Gillette to be held at the gallery of Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, Ohio 44074.  The Artist Talk, previously scheduled for Friday, January 12th has been rescheduled for FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 4:30PM at Kendal at Oberlin. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

 

The show features the delicate and thought-provoking monoprints and pastels of Akron-area artist Barbara Gillette who has been archived at the AAWR since 2000. Gillette depicts landscapes in the majority of her pieces, and she particularly focuses on Medina County and other parts of rural Ohio. She states that she is “especially interested in the tension between suburban and rural areas” and her work often juxtaposes the sterile, flat planes of modern housing developments with the rich, natural beauty of regional landscapes.

 

Gillette received her BFA degree in drawing from the University of Akron and is represented by the Harris-Stanton Gallery located in Akron. Her work has been exhibited at the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Zanesville Art Center in Zanesville, Ohio. Her work can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, and the law firm of Squires, Sanders, and Dempsey.

 

Altered Paradise displays pieces from the AAWR’s permanent collection as well as from the artist’s personal collection. Works from the artist’s personal collection are available for sale. The exhibition and talk are free and open to the public.

 

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would 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 and our members for their continuing support.

Women of the Western Reserve Artists’ Reception

  • Ruth Bercaw, Transported Garden (Euphrates), Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, Collection of the Artist

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present its exhibition The Women of the Western Reserve, featuring the work of Archived Artists Ruth Bercaw, Lee Heinen, Phyllis Seltzer & Member Artist Marti Higgins.

 
In honor of Women’s History Month, an Artists’ Reception will be held on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:00-7:30pm.  The show is currently displayed in Cleveland’s AECOM Building (Formerly the Penton Media Building) and will be on view until June 1st, 2017.

 

The reception is FREE, however, please click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call our offices at 216-721-9020 to be placed on the guest list.  Reservations can also be made by emailing info@artistsarchives.org.

 

The women in this show represent a vibrant cross-section of regional artists, each with a unique style and subject matter.

 
Ruth Bercaw is an active Cleveland artist whose bold colors and crisp geometric forms serve as explorations of the human spirit. Bercaw explains, “The concepts which currently interest me revolve around subjects associated with the environment as well as complex relationships (human or non-human) experienced over time and space. My chosen vehicle for conveying these ideas is a limited selection of simple three-dimensional shapes, and an unlimited selection of colors.”  “Use of chance enters into many of my compositions, where… I juxtapose segments of seemingly unrelated shapes and hues. In this process, I look for the unexpected while still holding out for combinations that have potential for beautiful development, contexts that exhibit uniqueness and strength, ones that excite and challenge the mind.”

 
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. She has exhibited extensively in Ohio, particularly Cleveland and Columbus, and is represented in numerous collections including the Ritz Carlton (Cleveland), the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Spoleto, Italy), The Cleveland Clinic (Naples, Florida), among many others.

 
Phyllis Seltzer was one of the 8 original artists, along with Founder David E. Davis that laid the foundations for the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in 1996. Seltzer, known for her innovative printmaking techniques, derives inspiration from her immediate environment and translate these experiences into indelibly personal images. She has been a leader in the art community, contributing to groups such as E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), and has established a national reputation for her creative application of new technologies in the graphic arts, including research in color Xerography, pochoir ozalid, and heat transfer prints.

 
Since 1986, Seltzer has made tremendous advances in technologies of electrostatic-copier/heat transfer prints. These prints begin with an oil painting made from sketches and photographs. The painting is then placed on a color copier to produce a series of heat transfer prints. After the prints are trimmed and glued together, they are placed in a press to create a final heat-transfer print on paper. This process allows Seltzer to create prints on a scale larger than permitted by conventional graphic media, such as etching or lithography.

 
The work of Archived Artist Lee Heinen can be found all over the city of Cleveland. In addition to her formal education in painting, drawing and art history, Heinen finds travel and art historical influences important to the development of her work. She draws from various artists and periods according to her current interests, including David Hockney and Henri Matisse for color and decorative motifs and Milton Avery for his purity of form. Recently, Joan Mitchell’s and Jackson Pollock’s paint application has engaged her interest, directing her attention to an active surface, leading to a greater variety of paint application, including use of the palette knife and collage. It is the continuing exploration of new ideas, or new approaches to old ideas that keeps her art exciting.

 
Heinen is included in numerous corporate collections (MBNA Bank, B.F. Goodrich, Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals to name a few) and is represented by Harris Stanton Gallery (Akron) and The Duncan Gallery (Hudson). Ms. Heinen’s work can also be seen in her studio located at 12402 Mayfield Road. She has had solo exhibitions at the Intown Club in 1990, 1994 and 2000 and at The Cleveland Play House Gallery in 1991, 1995, and 1998, and has been a part of several group exhibitions.

 
Member Artist Marti Higgins specializes in abstract compositions which emphasize elements that naturally draw the attention of the human gaze- light, shadow and organic form. Her technique includes a combination of reference photographs and remembered visual experiences, such as the way the sun lit a rock, a tree held its limbs or colors looked in relationship to one another.  Marti says of her work, “My paintings are about the beautiful things I see all around me. I find joy in observing the natural and organic, the woods, gardens and weather. I notice where objects touch, overlap, or separate. The structure of trees and the interplay of branches and limbs is a frequent theme. I am interested in the spaces in between!”

 
Higgins artwork has been purchased by: Cuyahoga County Administration Building, Swift Filter, Metro Health Hospital, Flour Restaurant, Nordson Corporation, Cleveland State University, Fairmount Mineral, PNC Bank, Dollar Bank, Marriott Hotel, Glidden House, Private Collections – St. Louis, MO, Hudson, OH and Cleveland, OH. Marti’s art an be purchased through GrayHaus Studios and Art Source, Cleveland. More work can be viewed at ArtistsofCleveland.com, link above.

 
Women of the Western Reserve is produced in collaboration with Art Source of Cleveland, which served as corporate sponsors for the exhibition and will be on view until June 1st, 2017.

Lee Heinen - Red Trees

Trees, Trees, Trees!

Lee Heinen - Red Trees

The Artists Christine Ries - Nature StrataArchives of the Western Reserve is proud to present its satellite show, Trees, Trees, Trees! which will be held at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens beginning on February 11th. The exhibition is a delightful sampling of pieces from the Archives’ permanent collection and loaned work from select Member and Archived Artists. Trees, Trees, Trees! features images of arboreal splendor ranging in representation from delicate and traditional to bold and modern.

Regional artists displayed in the show include Archived Artists Lawrence Baker, June Bonner, Lee Heinen, Robert Jergens, Adele Marihatt and Stuart Pearl as well as contributions by Member Artist Christine Ries. The exhibition will be on display in the Garden’s “intimate and inspiring” second floor Guren Art Gallery until March 11, 2017.

About the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programming 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, Ohio Art Dealers Association, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice and David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

Women of the Western Reserve

  • Ruth Bercaw, Transported Garden (Euphrates), Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, Collection of the Artist

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present its exhibition The Women of the Western Reserve, featuring the work of Archived Artists Ruth Bercaw, Lee Heinen, Phyllis Seltzer & Member Artist Marti Higgins.

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, an Artists’ Reception will be held on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:00-7:30pm.  The show is currently displayed in Cleveland’s AECOM Building (Formerly the Penton Media Building) and will be on view until June 1st, 2017.

 

The reception is FREE, however, please click HERE to register on Eventbrite or call our offices at 216-721-9020 to be placed on the guest list.  Reservations can also be made by emailing info@artistsarchives.org.

 

The women in this show represent a vibrant cross-section of regional artists, each with a unique style and subject matter.

 

Ruth Bercaw is an active Cleveland artist whose bold colors and crisp geometric forms serve as explorations of the human spirit. Bercaw explains, “The concepts which currently interest me revolve around subjects associated with the environment as well as complex relationships (human or non-human) experienced over time and space. My chosen vehicle for conveying these ideas is a limited selection of simple three-dimensional shapes, and an unlimited selection of colors.”  “Use of chance enters into many of my compositions, where… I juxtapose segments of seemingly unrelated shapes and hues. In this process, I look for the unexpected while still holding out for combinations that have potential for beautiful development, contexts that exhibit uniqueness and strength, ones that excite and challenge the mind.”
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. She has exhibited extensively in Ohio, particularly Cleveland and Columbus, and is represented in numerous collections including the Ritz Carlton (Cleveland), the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Spoleto, Italy), The Cleveland Clinic (Naples, Florida), among many others.

 

Phyllis Seltzer was one of the 8 original artists, along with Founder David E. Davis that laid the foundations for the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in 1996. Seltzer, known for her innovative printmaking techniques, derives inspiration from her immediate environment and translate these experiences into indelibly personal images. She has been a leader in the art community, contributing to groups such as E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), and has established a national reputation for her creative application of new technologies in the graphic arts, including research in color Xerography, pochoir ozalid, and heat transfer prints.
Since 1986, Seltzer has made tremendous advances in technologies of electrostatic-copier/heat transfer prints. These prints begin with an oil painting made from sketches and photographs. The painting is then placed on a color copier to produce a series of heat transfer prints. After the prints are trimmed and glued together, they are placed in a press to create a final heat-transfer print on paper. This process allows Seltzer to create prints on a scale larger than permitted by conventional graphic media, such as etching or lithography.

 

The work of Archived Artist Lee Heinen can be found all over the city of Cleveland. In addition to her formal education in painting, drawing and art history, Heinen finds travel and art historical influences important to the development of her work. She draws from various artists and periods according to her current interests, including David Hockney and Henri Matisse for color and decorative motifs and Milton Avery for his purity of form. Recently, Joan Mitchell’s and Jackson Pollock’s paint application has engaged her interest, directing her attention to an active surface, leading to a greater variety of paint application, including use of the palette knife and collage. It is the continuing exploration of new ideas, or new approaches to old ideas that keeps her art exciting.

 
Heinen is included in numerous corporate collections (MBNA Bank, B.F. Goodrich, Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals to name a few) and is represented by Harris Stanton Gallery (Akron) and The Duncan Gallery (Hudson). Ms. Heinen’s work can also be seen in her studio located at 12402 Mayfield Road. She has had solo exhibitions at the Intown Club in 1990, 1994 and 2000 and at The Cleveland Play House Gallery in 1991, 1995, and 1998, and has been a part of several group exhibitions.

 

Member Artist Marti Higgins specializes in abstract compositions which emphasize elements that naturally draw the attention of the human gaze- light, shadow and organic form. Her technique includes a combination of reference photographs and remembered visual experiences, such as the way the sun lit a rock, a tree held its limbs or colors looked in relationship to one another.  Marti says of her work, “My paintings are about the beautiful things I see all around me. I find joy in observing the natural and organic, the woods, gardens and weather. I notice where objects touch, overlap, or separate. The structure of trees and the interplay of branches and limbs is a frequent theme. I am interested in the spaces in between!”

 
Higgins artwork has been purchased by: Cuyahoga County Administration Building, Swift Filter, Metro Health Hospital, Flour Restaurant, Nordson Corporation, Cleveland State University, Fairmount Mineral, PNC Bank, Dollar Bank, Marriott Hotel, Glidden House, Private Collections – St. Louis, MO, Hudson, OH and Cleveland, OH. Marti’s art an be purchased through GrayHaus Studios and Art Source, Cleveland. More work can be viewed at ArtistsofCleveland.com, link above.

 

Women of the Western Reserve is produced in collaboration with Art Source of Cleveland, which served as corporate sponsors for the exhibition and will be on view until June 1st, 2017.

Samuel Butnik - Circle Forms Phase B and Phase B2

A Curve of Color: Art and Fashion of Samuel Butnik and Bonnie Cashin

Samuel Butnik - Circle Forms Phase B and Phase B2

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in collaboration with American Greetings and the Western Reserve Historical Society is proud to present the exhibition A Curve of Color:  Art and Fashion, of Samuel Butnik and Bonnie Cashin, to be held at American Greeting’s Gallery W from January 5th – February 23rd, 2017.  The event will be celebrated with an opening reception on Thursday, January 12th, 2017. 5:00 – 7:00pm.  Gallery W.  American Greetings Creative Studios. Crocker Park.  One American Boulevard, Westlake, OH. 44145.

A Curve of Color was curated for Gallery W, the public art gallery at the new American Greetings Corporate Headquarters in Crocker Park, from the collections of The Western Reserve Historical Society’s History Center and The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. It features the fashion of Bonnie Cashin and the paintings of Samuel Butnik. Butniks large scale, iconic paintings from the 1960’s and 1970’s play off Cashins clothing designed for Coach in the same decades.

A native Clevelander, Samuel Butnik (1920 – 2004) was a celebrated artist whose works were shown across the country at various points in his career. Butnik was very reticent about describing his work in words and very little information has been recorded except that written by interviewers. From the time he was young Butnik was interested in pursuing art as a vocation. His studies at the Cleveland School of Art were interrupted by his enlistment in the Army at the start of World War II. At this time, he was stationed in Santa Ana, California where he was inspired to paint the canyons and deserts so different from his home in Ohio. Thus began his lifelong fascination with travel and use of the landscape as inspiration in his art. After his return from the Army, and graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1947, he began travelling and living by turns in; Taos, New Mexico; New York City; Tumbridge Wells, England; Paris, France; Athens, Greece; Torremolinos and Ibiza, Spain. Each of these stints produced a distinct body of work, but all of it retains a reliance on recognizable subject matter. In 1957 he returned to Cleveland and began painting in what is described as his “soft Expressionist” style. In 1970 he married Barbara Blossom and moved to providence Rhode Island for many years. Following this he returned once more to the Western Reserve, where he lived in Oberlin until his death in 2004.

Butniks time spent in NY was the same time period when the young Abstract Expressionists were active and Bauhaus teachers such as Hans Hoffman were influencing the New York art scene. He continued exhibiting work in New York while he lived in Cleveland and was included in the prestigious Art USA show at Madison Square Garden in 1958, where his painting was purchased by NY Herald Tribune Art Critic, Emily Grenauer.

In 1966, inspired by a documentary of Stonehenge, he began reducing his paintings down to archetypal imagery. He created works using large vertical bands of undulating paint based on the positive and negative play of stones and light. These later progressed into hard edge geometric shapes (circles, X’s and V’s) and the interaction of color became the focus of his work. This masterful use of color is the thread that is found throughout the different distinct series of paintings that mark his maturity as an artist from the 1960’s until his death in 2004. In a statement for The Midwest Painters Invitational he pointed out that his painting in rejecting nostalgia, sentiment, and myth, was an effort toward the “realization of new experiences.” Historically this work can be placed firmly within the context of geometric abstract painting. Butnik was also influenced by his contact with other Cleveland artists who worked in a similar vein, were known to each other and often exhibited together. Of these ‘Op Artists” who are still living, Julian Stanczak, John Pearson and Ed Mieczkowski, have recently seen a national resurgence in their careers.

AAWR is a unique facility and regional museum that preserves bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists. The Archives was founded in 1996 by David Davis who, along with other prominent regional artists, felt that it was important to preserve Ohio’s unique visual artistic heritage. Their goal was to create a ‘living” archive where works, along with oral histories and other documentation of artists’ lives would be made available to the public on a regular basis. Today the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve has 71 Archived Artists, a growing membership, an exciting schedule of exhibitions, and a long list of outreach and educational programming. Its location on the Davis Foundation Campus positions it within the vibrant and growing community of University Circle. Samuel Butnik became an Archived Artist in 2000, and AAWR is honored to have over 200 of his paintings, drawings and prints as part of its permanent collection. The AAWR proudly continues to enhance its role and that of its artists in the Ohio community.

Bonnie Cashin (1908-2000) was a pioneer of American sportswear, celebrated for her use of color, texture, and layering. From the 1940s through the 1970s, she designed richly hued garments and accessories in luxurious leather, suede, and wool. Trained as an artist, Cashin once said, “I can only think in color. I look at everything in relationships.” With these garments as her canvas, one can imagine Cashin flinging swaths of bright color and stippling each wooly texture.

Historians credit Bonnie Cashin with the modern concept of layering, although she adamantly credited the Chinese and their expression, “today is a ten-layer day,” as her inspiration. As a Californian, she chose to design clothes not for the seasons but for different activities and temperatures. Cashin hoped that wearers would arrange and rearrange the beautifully colored and textured garments, which she considered “simple art forms for living in.” In 1962, tired of fussy mid-century handbags, she created coin purses within the pockets of her clothing and then “carriables” for a new company called Coach. They quickly became part of her layered look. Although Bonnie Cashin may not be a household name today, her use of the brass turnlock as a fastener for her famous Coach bags lives on.

The garments on view are from the collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center, which sits in the cultural center of University Circle. As Cleveland’s oldest cultural institution, the museum has documented Northeast Ohio’s past and present since 1867, preserving stories of politics, technology, culture, and everyday life. The costume and textile collection contains over 40,000 objects ranging from quilts to Dior gowns and spans over 200 years of history

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.

Nature as Muse

Nature as Muse

The satellite exhibition, Nature as Muse, will be held at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens beginning on September 3rd.  A delightful sampling of loaned work from select Archived Artists and pieces from the Archives permanent collection, the Nature as Muse show features images with themes of plants and flowers, ranging in representation from delicate and traditional to bold and modern.

Regional artists displayed in the show include Barbara Gillette, Lee Heinen, Gloria Plevin, Bess Rodriguez Richard and Newson H. (Bucky) Shewitz.  The exhibition will be on display in the Garden’s “intimate and inspiring” second floor Guren Art Gallery until September 27th, 2016.

Gloria Plevin - Helleborus "Lenten Rose"

Gloria Plevin – Helleborus “Lenten Rose”

 

Barbara Gillette - Pentecost Trees

Barbara Gillette – Pentecost Trees

Eterovich - Venus De Mall

Out of the Archives

Running in conjunction with the Art Interprets Alzheimer’s exhibition at the Beachwood Community Center, Out of the Archives features the work from the permanent AAWR collection of Archived Artists.  Urban landscapes by Anthony Eterovich and Moses Pearl, and portraiture in a variety of mediums by Sid Rheuban, Shirley Campbell, Kestutis Kizecivius, Paul-Henri Bourguignon, David Kaplan and Marilyn Szalay as well as prints and paintings of the fantastic figures by Marvin Jones will grace the walls of the center until August.

Image:  Detail of Anthony Eterovich’s Venus de Mall, Oil on Linen.

NEWNOW(tm) 2016 poster

NEWNOW™

NEWNOW(tm) 2016 poster

Beginning on September 6th, the NEWNOW™ 2016 will be on view at Cuyahoga Community College’s East Gallery. This regional juried exhibition features the work of 55 artists in a variety of media representing the “Best of the Western Reserve.”

Conceived of in 2014, this year’s NEWNOW™ competition includes 73 pieces chosen by judge Michael J. Beam from a pool of over 450 highly competitive entries. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, described his selection process as assembling a “cohesive visual narrative of what is, in my opinion, reflective of the Western Reserve collective—embodying a visualization of the spirit of our times.”

Beam goes on to reflect “I consider NEWNOW™ 2016, and other regional exhibitions, a microcosm of current social and cultural inclinations—the emerging artistic Zeitgeist of the NOW. We, as a society, must continue to celebrate our artists’ tenacity for independent thought and their innate ability to reflect these trends through their own artistic endeavors. “

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony is to be held on Tuesday, September 6th from 6:00-8:30 pm in Tri-C.’s Gallery East, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122. The awards recipients, including Best in Show, will be announced at 7:30 pm and voting for the People’s Choice Award will commence until 7:00 pm.

 

The NEWNOW™ 2016 artists are:

Leslye Arian
Margaret Arthur
Harriet Ballard
Augusto Bordelois
Denise Buckley
Robert Carpenter
Alicja Celinska Siwkiewicz
Ryn Clarke
Donna Coleman
Michaela D’Angelo
Palli Davene Davis Holubar
Bonnie Dolin
Julianne Edberg
Barbara Gillette
Ben Hauser
Lee Heinen
Marti Higgins
Patricia Ingram
Tricia Kaman
Wally Kaplan
Milan Kecman
Mark Keffer
Judith Khaner
Terry Klausman
George Kocar
Mona Kolesar
Jennifer Leach
James Leslie
Baila Litton
MANDEM
David Manuelle
Wayne Mazorow
Michael McEnroe
Kathleen McKenna
Janet Mikolajczyk
Charles Mintz
Nancy Notarianni
Carol Paquay
Christopher Pekoc
Glenn Petranek
Diane Pribojan
Patricia Zinsmeister Parker
Blind 7 Photography (Abe Robinson)
George Schroeder
Nancy Schwartz-Katz
Susan Squires
Jack St. John
Judy Tákacs
Andy Tubbesing
Jim Vandenboom
Gwen Waight
Al Wasco
Roger Welchans
Evie Zimmer

The New Now 2014

New Now 2014

The New Now is an exhibition of artists living in the counties of the Western Reserve that surround Cleveland. This is an all media competition juried by Chief Curator of the Akron Art Museum, Janice Driesbach. Driesbach has published and lectured extensively on the art of the 20th century. Out of 16 artists and 356 images submitted she has chosen 77 works of art from 69 artists.

Works submitted in the painting category were predominantly the strongest, with accepted artists such as 2009 Pollack – Krasner award winner, Mathew Kolodziej, CAC award winner Andrea Joki, and Augusto Bordelais. Several Archived Artists from the Artists Archives were also accepted: Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Lee Heinen and William Martin Jean, among others. The accepted works range in media from photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, film and two installations, including one-floor-to-ceiling laser-cut paper sculpture by young artist Abbey Blake.

The Artists Archives has reached out to the cultural community and partnered with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to present this show in their beautiful 3,000 sq. foot Gallery East, located on the eastern campus close to the Harvard Road entrance. It is anticipated that at least 1,000 people will visit this campus on a monthly basis. Tri-C has agreed to host this show on a biannual basis for the Artists Archives.

The public was invited to attend the opening of The New Now, September 9th from 6.00 to 8.30 p.m. at the Tri-C Gallery East, 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills.  At the opening reception, there was over 300 guests and awards totaling $1,750 were presented to Mathew Kolodziej (Best of Show), Judith Brandon (1st Runner Up and People’s Choice), and Augusto Bordelois (2nd Runner Up). A full color catalog was printed to complement the exhibition and is available for free to all visitors.

  • New Now 2014

Photo Now 2015

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve presents Photo Now formerly known as the Western Reserve Open Photography Competition, at Tri-C Gallery East located at 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, Ohio 44122.  The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, September 8th from 6 – 8 p.m.

Herbert Ascherman, AAWR President of the Board, Sponsor of the Directors Award, and the Creator of the first Western Reserve Open Photography Competition that took place in 2013 is excited about this years’ wide variety of photographers who submitted to the show. “The many entrants once again showed the breadth and the depth of the incredible photo talent of Cleveland and Ohio photographers. We’re very pleased to be able to showcase this much variety of contemporary photography exhibited in the show,” he says.

Mindy Tousley, Executive Director of AAWR wants visitors to know not to expect a particular theme throughout the exhibition. “Dr. Pulikkal made excellent choices from the vast variety of submissions. Rather than limit himself by choosing an exhibition based on a specific theme he selected the best from many different types of photography. The public should expect to see works of quality in a wide diversity of subject matter, ranging from the social commentaries of photos by Susan Bestul and Donald Black to the abstract landscapes captured by Andrew Gacom. Artists like Jeannette Palsa and Ben Hauser manipulate traditional photographic developing processes to create very personal expressionistic works of art. Photographer, Bob Herbst uses traditional processes without additional manipulation. Gabriel Gonzalez offers beautiful black and white portraiture while photographers Wayne Mazorow and Daniel Medalie offer nature photography. Quite a few accepted works use the digital processes at the disposal of modern photographers to create “Photo Collages” of haunting beauty. Works in this category include those made by Preston Buchtel and Raheleh Mohammed. All in all this will be an exhibition that appeals to a wide range of people with something for everyone,” Tousley explains.

Overall, there were 96 people who entered the show and 331 entries submitted. Out of the 331 works submitted 67 photographs were accepted by the juror Dr. Unni Pulikkal. Photographers accepted into Photo Now include: Adriana Bernardino, Susan Bestul, Donald Black Jr., Preston Buchtel, Ryn Clarke, Hadley K, Conner, Barry Cunningham, Joanne Damian, Lena D’Amico, Andrew Gacom, George S. Gati, Gabriel Gonzalez, Ben Hauser, Bob Herbst, Matt Hostelley, Sam Hubish, Robert Kiwi, Ryan Kral, Tim Lachina, Susie Lilley, James March, Steven Mastroianni, Wayne Mazorow, Daniel Medalie, Dennis Meyer, Tom Millward, Raheleh Mohammad, Rita Montlack, Andriana Nativio, Joan Neubecker, Jeannette Palsa, Jennifer Pearl, Cynthia Penter, Judy Rawson, Lori Roach, Christopher Rok, Kolman Rosenberg, Wayne Roth, Angie Rucker, Jackie Sajewski, William Sheck, Bruce Sherman, Maurice Sherman, Frank Shoemaker, Omid Tavakoli, Barney Taxel, John Tellaisha, Nico Pico Train, Andy Tubbesing, Eric Vaughn, Kenneth Weiss, and Abe Wolf.

The show will run through Tuesday, October 13. Tri-C Gallery East hours are Monday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is closed Friday through Sunday. Gallery East is located in the Eastern Campus Education Center near the Harvard Road entrance – Room 135 (EEC) Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills, OH 44122.

About Dr. Unni Pulikkal

Dr. Unni Pulikkal was introduced to photography in 1998. His current interests are nature photography with specialization in photographic documentation of butterflies of the southwestern reserves [Western Ghats] of southern India, and contemporary, visual art photography. In the fall of 2014, he founded the first museum of photography in India. He has exhibited all over the world, including; a retrospective collection of work shown in The Industry and Film Museum, Wolfen, Germany from August to September, 2013; two solo and two group exhibitions in Berlin – 2011, 2012 & 2013; Exhibition in Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio, USA, 2007; and over 24 venues across India. His work has been published hundreds of times in India and abroad in various journals, magazines, catalogues, websites, calendars, books and dailies. His numerous awards include the Royal Photographic Society of London’s prestigious title ARPS [Associate of RPS] in 2008 and the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture senior fellowship in creative photography for the year 2014-2015.

Jennie Jones - Hoson Gallery at Judson Park

Jennie Jones

An exhibition of Jennie Jones, one of our Archived Artists, at Judson Park