Archive for March, 2011

Photographic Depiction and the Complexities of Portraying Home

March 29, 2011

This is a repost from Greg Ruffing (yes, he visited our class earlier this semester) from his Self-Guided Tour blog.  It is a thoughtful consideration on the representation of our city’s progress and problems, as well as their photographic representations.  Greg contrasts the optimistic work he recently made for the Smithsonian Magazine with the dimmer view expressed in the work of Anthony Suau.

Read it here.


SPACES: Office Assistant Wanted

March 29, 2011

This is a good opportunity for a recent graduate interested in working with the local arts community:

Position Title: Office Assistant
Job Function: Administrative/Clerical/Support
Job Type: Part-time, hourly (est. 30 hours per week)
Some evening and weekend hours required
Location: 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113
Posted: March 29, 2011


SPACES is a 32 year-old art institution that is dedicated to contemporary artists who are experimenting. Located in Cleveland’s Flats District, SPACES advances the artist’s vision by providing freedom, resources and an audience thereby enabling artists to engage the public in a vital dialogue about contemporary art. SPACES interacts directly with artists, promoting excellence and experimentation to produce challenging gallery exhibitions, public programs, residencies and publications.


SPACES’ Office Assistant oversees all aspects of the operations of SPACES’ office. He or she will order office supplies, process mail and invoices, oversee bill paying, maintain office files and archives, coordinate building rentals, liaise with building tenants, and assist other staff as needed. Reports to the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Prior experience at a non-profit organization preferred.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Strong sense of personal accountability and follow-through.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance.
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, strong work ethic and high degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and prioritize while working under multiple deadlines.
  • Experience working within a small staff a plus.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel essential. Experience with donor tracking software a plus.
  • Interest in and passion for contemporary art a plus.


  • Answer phone calls, manage SPACES voice mail and other telecommunications.
  • Maintain and update mailing database records.
  • Assist with membership database, annual fund drive, and benefit events.
  • Perform support duties for development staff.
  • Assist Director in particular, and other staff in general, with word processing, filing, copying, mailing and other tasks.
  • Liaise with building tenants regarding leases and maintenance as well as coordinate event rentals.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as needed in a small office setting.


May 17, 2011


Commensurate with experience


Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information (phone, address, email) for three professional references to Christopher Lynn, Executive Director of SPACES, We will accept applications until the position is filled.


SPACES is an equal opportunity employer. Our employment policies are administered without regard of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status except as permitted by law.

If you are interested in becoming involved with SPACES as a volunteer or work/study intern, please visit this link.

SPACES / Work With Us / Employment.

Re-Photographic Survey: Picturing Cleveland

March 29, 2011

Tri-C photography students will present their rephotographic survey at  Cleveland Public Library with an opening on March 31 from 4 – 6pm.  See the postcard images below for more information.

Photo I: Link to Composition Video

March 25, 2011

Here’s a link to the “Language of Photography” film on composition we watched today in class:

This video is available digitally on CSU’s library website.  You have to jump through a few hoops to get to it.  Just follow the on screen directions.  To play the rm file, you’ll need Real Player.  You can download it here.


Student Opportunity

March 22, 2011

Young Photographers Alliance Scholarship Opportunity

YPA Scholarships allow young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams and give back to their communities. To foster social and environmental responsibility in the photographers of tomorrow, scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and their need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work.

Scholarships for the academic year 2011-2012 are available to US citizens and green card holders. Applications should be made via Worldstudio AIGA by April 1, 2011.

For more information visit the website.

Student Show Drop Off This Tue and Wed

March 21, 2011

You can drop off your work between 10am and 4pm in the gallery on Tue, Mar 22 and Wed, Mar 23.

Click here for more info.

2011 Ohio All-media Juried Exhibition in Ashland

March 14, 2011

Regional Deadline: May 2, 2011 – Open to all artists who reside in Ohio and are over the age of 18. Works in any media, traditional or experimental, qualify. All works must be original, not previously exhibited at The Coburn Gallery and must have been completed within the last two years.


Ohio All Media Prospectus 2011

John W. Carlson is a prolific artist living and working in Bay Village, Ohio. He attended Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art. Recently, Carlson was juried into the prestigious Midyear Show at the Butler Institute of American Art ( juror: George Adams) and invited to participate in the Florence Biennale by the Internal Committee of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art for 2009 at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence Italy. He was also nominated for the Annual Cleveland Arts Prize in 2009.

– Best of Show $500
– Three Merit Awards $100 each
– Three Juror Mention Awards

Entry Procedure
A maximum of three entries are allowed per artist. Submit a non-refundable entry fee of $20.00 payable to Ashland University.

Entry Format
Entries must be submitted in CD format, and should conform to the guidelines noted below. Slides and photographic print will not be accepted.

All entries must meet the following specifications:
– Entries will be judged from high-resolution images
– Electronic files must be in jpeg format
– Submit files on CD
– Label the CD with the artist name and address
– Label each image with last name, entry number and title
– Juror notification will be sent via e-mail, May 16
– CD will not be returned

For further information or assistance, please contact our office at:

The Coburn Gallery
331 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805


Entry Deadline
All entries must be received by June 17, 2011. Entries should be sent to:

Cynthia C. Petry
Coburn Gallery
Ashland University
331 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Really? Another Snow Day?

March 11, 2011

…and what bad timing.  Here’s what we’ll do:

Photo I: get started on your Pictures of Paper assignment.  We will critique your current assignment on the Monday after break.  We’ll address the schedule when we get back.

Photo II & III: I’m moving the deadline for the lighting assignment back one class day to Monday, March 28.

If you are signed up for lights over break, you should be able to access the Art Building tomorrow (Sat, Mar 12) unless Saturday classes are cancelled.  If you aren’t able to get them then, email me and we’ll make arrangements to get them.

Also, it would be really helpful if everyone who has the portable kits would please comment on this post and share which kit you have.  If someone wants to get them from you they can contact you directly.

Enjoy your “spring” break.

Event Photographer Needed

March 9, 2011

Cleveland Scene is looking for a student to photograph an event on March 31 from 6-8pm at the Cadillac Ranch downtown.  The photographer must be 21 years old (or over) as the drink will flow.  You should probably also have a decent flash.  If you’re interested contact Christine Grapo at 216.802.7232.

Cemetery Juried Show

March 9, 2011

Yes, yes.  I know you’re not really supposed to photograph cemeteries in art school.  But this is for a contest.  In fact last year our own Kate Shelton won.  You have my permission, just this once.  To learn more and download the application form: Ohio Cemetery Contest