Archive for January, 2012

Panel on Landscape at Akron Art Museum

January 31, 2012

Three Northeast Ohio Artists Discuss Landscape Art

Thursday, February 2, 6:30 pm

Bruce Checefsky in front of his photoraphs in "SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood"

The Akron Art Museum will host a panel discussion featuring three local artists currently on view at the museum on February 2 at 6:30 pm.

Bruce Checefsky, Michelle Droll and Barry Underwood will discuss how light, environmental issues and the tradition of landscape painting apply to their work in a panel discussion moderated by Interim Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph.

Regional artist Michelle Droll, creator of Landslide: Between a Rock and a Place, builds environmentally friendly landscapes out of recycled materials. She uses scraps from her studio, Styrofoam and other recycled man-made material to create these scenes. Intrigued by the “building” of landscape with junk, she has created a vibrant sculpture that references present-day environmental concerns.

Cleveland photographers Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood use atmospheric and applied light to capture ephemeral moments in nature. All of these artists have illustrated nature and landscapes in different ways but all have unified viewers under one topic.

Learn more from Akron Art Museum’s Blog.


Job Opportunity

January 27, 2012

Art House
Education Coordinator

Art House is seeking a collaborative, energetic, team player to fill the position of Educator Coordinator. The position requires a candidate that has experience with grant funded educational programs particularly residencies with schools . The candidate should also have experience with organizing visual art programs, classes, and workshops for adults, teens, children and families. Qualifications include 1.) BA or MA degree in art education, visual art, arts management, or art history 2) proven program development and implementation and/or curriculum development, exhibited by 3-5 years experience 3) excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Position Details: This is a part time position — 15 hours per week. Salary to commensurate with experience.

Develop, coordinate, and implement visual arts programming that includes school residencies, classes, and community outreach for a wide range of audiences. Emphasis for these programs is on children, adults, and families. Responsible for working with resident artist and partner schools through our award winning Urban Bright Residency Program that serves 300-500 students annually. Candidates must be able to assist in developing arts curriculum for residencies lasting up to 10 weeks. Urban Bright is our grant funded artist residency program that brings together Cleveland artists with partner schools on an annual basis. Assist with developing and managing budgets for residencies. Coordinate and assess evaluations for Urban Bright and coordinate all evaluations for classes and programs . Coordinate and implement off-site outreach programs. Assist in maintaining studio space, maintain supplies and inventory for programs. Manage program volunteers and/or interns related to residencies, outreach, and classes. Additional tasks as needed by director.

To apply please send letter of interest, resume and three references with name, address, phone number and email addresses to Executive Director, Amy Craft Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Hank Willis Thomas on WCPN’s Around Noon

January 26, 2012

''B®anded,'' 2003. Hank Willis Thomas, from the book ''Pitch Blackness'' (Aperture, 2008)

Dee Perry speaks with acclaimed and provocative photographer Hank Willis Thomas who spotlights his controversial images at The Cleveland Museum of Art this Saturday. We also take you behind the scenes of a dance described as part vaudeville and part toy store after midnight from The Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company performing this weekend at PlayhouseSquare. Plus, we meet Mato Nanji the Native American blues man who brings his band Indigenous back to the Beachland Ballroom tonight.  Listen to the interview with Hank Willis Thomas and Barbara Tannenbaum online now.

Q and A with Hank Willis Thomas @ CMA

January 25, 2012

From Cain't See in the Morning til Cain't See at Night, 2011 by Hank Willis Thomas

Q&A with Hank Willis Thomas

“Artist Hank Willis Thomas will be presenting a free lecture at the museum on Saturday, January 28 at 2:30 pm. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions before he gets here. Hopefully, it will inspire you to come up with a few more. See you there!

Q1: Who inspired you you to pursue photography as a career?

A: My mother, Deborah Willis, was my first influence. It was really fascinating to watch someone else write history the way she did. I was drawn by the power of photography to create evidence of how things exist…”

… holy crap.  I didn’t know Hank Willis Thomas was Deborah Willis’ son.  One more reason to go see his lecture.  I’ve heard he’s a really great speaker.  So come on out and enjoy.

Read more from CMA’s blog: Q&A With Hank Willis Thomas | Cleveland Museum of Art.

GLASA Seeking Art for Show and Silent Auction

January 23, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012 @ Bounce Nightclub

GLASA along with Cleveland State University’s Office of Diversity and Multi-Cultural Affairs invites you to their annual Art show and Silent Auction!

Each year, we bring together the best local artists, bands, and merchants to showcase their talents and goods, all benefiting CSU’s Gay, Straight, and Lesbian Alliance (GLASA). At the end of the academic year, awards are given out to a few students that best demonstrated a commitment to community, a strong sense of self, and a dedication to a more diverse and accepted environment.

Come see Bounce Nightclub & Union Station turned into an art gallery for a night and help this amazing student organization continue to help color this world equal!

*This event is OPEN, so please feel free to invite whomever you wish! We’d love to see a bigger turnout than years past!*

If you are an artist, band, or local merchant and wish to be featured at this event, please contact Joel Masters, Caitlin Stallbaum, or Becky Ray at: or 216-687-9265 (Landline phone, NO TEXTING)

For more information, visit GLASA’s Facebook Event Page.

CSU Art Department Website

January 19, 2012

You look like someone who hasn’t yet visited the CSU Art Department website yet.

CSU Arts Campus

January 18, 2012

Click the image above for move related parking info.

Cleveland State’s new Arts Campus is taking shape, and in the process, drawing the attention of performing arts students nationwide. This month construction crews are placing finishing touches on the Middough Building renovations, as faculty, staff and students move into the new facility.

The Middough is the new home to CSU’s Theater, Dance and Art departments, just a stone’s throw from the Allen Theater, where a recent $30 million reconfiguration now offers CSU students three state-of-the-art performance venues in the heart of the nation’s largest theater district west of Broadway.

The Middough Building includes more than 120,000 square feet of classrooms, rehearsal space, art studios, offices, meeting rooms and production shops for sets and costumes. It is one of the most extensive undergraduate theater and dance facilities in the nation, and the only program in the country working alongside a professional theater company, the Cleveland Play House.

To see more images, visit CSU Moves into New Arts Campus.

Click above for an updated campus map that includes the Arts Campus and parking info.

Scholarship Opportunity: Short Deadline

January 16, 2012
Prior to the holidays I posted an opportunity to participate in the federally-funded University Circle Undergraduate Internship program.
There are still some scholarship openings for this spring and the course doesn’t start until February 6.   It is an online course and includes a $200 stipend for shadowing experiences in various libraries and archives in University Circle and then the possibility of a paid ($1,000) internship.  
In addition to libraries at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art, other participating libraries include those at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
If your spring schedule can accommodate an additional course, they can still apply for this opportunity. The application process is simple and can be completed quickly. 
The sooner you can complete an application for this spring, the better.
Interested students can be directed to email for additional information and to apply.  You can also find information on the School’s website ( or go directly to

Hank Willis Thomas Lecture at CMA

January 16, 2012

From Cain’t See in the Mornin’ til Cain’t See at Night, 2011. Hank Willis Thomas. Digital C-print; 30 x 96 in.

Saturday, January 28, 2:30pm @ the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall

Hank Willis Thomas is one of the most thoughtful, provocative young American artists of our tie.  Working in photography and transmedia, he has “branded our collective memory with his studding and evocative imagery…Thomas reveals a cultural treachery of images far beyond Magritte’s purview” (Andrew Hibbard, Duke University Chronicle). Fore more information, download the flyer here: Flyer_Hank-Willis-Thomas

Ryan Upp in the New York Times

January 15, 2012

CSU students playing Angry Birds in a CSU "Stress Free Zone".

CSU photo student Ryan Upp photographed CSU’s “Stress Free Zones” during fall 2012 finals week. CSU provided a range of finals decompression activities including yoga & meditation, free food, henna painting, live Angry Birds, among others.  The photographs will be published in the New York Times – yes THE New York Times – on Sunday, January 22. They will also be published online on the same day. Congratulations Ryan.

Watch this space for a link once published, and make sure to pick up your copy on Sunday.