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NewNow 2021

February 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - April 17, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

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

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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


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.


February 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
April 17, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
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