Archive for September, 2012

SOFA Zoo Trip, October 8

September 26, 2012

SOFA (Student Organization of Fine Arts) and Cleveland State University Art Department invite all students to come draw, paint, photograph, sculpt, etc. the animals and environs of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 (it’s Columbus Day, a national holiday). Tickets are FREE for you AND YOUR GUESTS.  Weather permitting food there will be a grill in the parking lot.

For more information download the flyer: Zoo Trip flyer info.


Looking at the Land, an Online Exhibition

September 24, 2012


“Why do people photograph places? What compels artists to make images of the land? Are their intentions similar or different than previous generations? The advantage of an exhibition like this is that we have the luxury of putting these questions to the artists themselves. Early in the process of organizing these images, I interviewed each of the eighty-eight contributing photographers to understand the motivations that drove their work. I soon realized that these first-person accounts added new meaning to the viewing experience and should accompany the pictures they inspired. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did collecting them.” -From Andy Adams of Flak Photo

View the exhibition here.

Given our current project is the Cultural Landscape project, this online exhibition is especially relevant. It includes a few artists we’ve looked at this semester, including Cleveland’s own Garie Waltzer.  Each image includes a brief interview with the artist about their work and relationship to landscape.  Here’s Garie’s:

Garie Waltzer, Coney Island Amusement Park, Brooklyn, 2006

Why did you photograph this place?

I made this image as part of Living City, a series that looks at the cultural landscape of urban spaces. Coney Island is an endangered American landscape, one that has been at the center of development controversies for years. Having spent time there as a kid, I was intrigued by what is fleeting and what persists in this decades old iconic recreational space at the edges of Brooklyn.

What compels you to make images of the land?

As our worldviews change with time, and as imaging technologies give us more sophisticated tools and methods that change the look of photographic images, the basic desire to see who we are and render how we look remains the same. I am particularly interested in the ways in which cultural information about a place and time is embedded in the visual landscape, and when framed from today’s vantage point, becomes a multi-faceted time capsule. Places on the tipping point of change are interesting because they reveal past and present simultaneously.

Who/what are your landscape influences/inspirations?

There are too many to list here but my early documentary influences were Walker Evans, Robert Frank, August Sander, Nathan Lyons, and Berenice Abbot. I was initially drawn to photography’s documentary power and soon turned to a painterly and constructed way of working. Some of those influences were people like Ray Metzger, John Wood, Man Ray, and John Baldessari.
Years of constructing large, layered, collaged and multi-component images influenced the way I see and consider landscape, so when I challenged myself to work in a singe-frame documentary approach it wasn’t surprising that I was drawn to the temporal and spatial multiplicity of complex urban spaces. I find the chaos of unknown places inspiring. There is a lot of interest in the shape of cities today, so naturally a lot of photographers who examine and document the rapidly changing landscape influence me. I hope my images contribute to this ongoing conversation.

Is the landscape photo tradition evolving in the 21st century?

Photographers face the landscape today with knowledge of a long-standing tradition, more focused agendas for their storytelling, and a growing sense of the imperative for an original vision, frequently fueled by the marketplace. They have greater access to distant sites and a broader audience for their commentary. This lends a self-consciousness to landscape images (or any photographic image) that is an inevitable factor in the medium’s evolution. The marketplace and technological developments drive the look and packaging of photographic information, encouraging the growing scale, facility and ubiquity of images. And as new generations inhabit virtual worlds with growing commitment, it will be interesting to see how we consider the real physical landscape before us.

People’s Art Show T-Shirt Design Contest

September 21, 2012

Click the flyer above to enlarge. Contest is open to all CSU students.


Call for Art: The 20th People’s Art Show

September 21, 2012


The new Galleries at Cleveland State University are issuing a call for art work for the 20th People’s Art Show. PAS is a free, unjuried, uncensored exhibition celebrating creativity, diversity, and imagination. The exhibition is open to everyone and all entries will be exhibited.

To enter bring one or two works of any size, in any medium, to the Galleries at CSU E13th Street entrance on Friday, Oct 26 or Saturday, Oct 27 between 10am and 4pm.

An opening reception will be held on Nov 9 from 5-8pm.

CSU Students in 78th Street Studio Exhibition

September 19, 2012

Survival Kit
Opening reception: Sept 21, 5-11pm

Mark your calendars for what promises to be a fascinating exhibit this Friday night at 78th Street Studios. Our Josh Usmani and Omid Tavakoli are taking part in this group exploration of narrative, loss and memories. Here’s the story–photos taken in the early 60’s, carefully annotated, found in an abandoned building by an artist. Said artist and colleagues use the images to construct a fictional narrative around these fragments, incorporating their own imaginations as storytellers. “Who Is Deborah Allen Shore” has an opening on the 21st from 5-11, with live music after 9. On the 20th, there’s a preview fundraiser ($10) from 6-10 to launch the CAN Journal‘s Fall 2012 Issue. 1300 West 78th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44102

The New CSU Galleries in the Plain Dealer

September 19, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland State University has kicked off the first fall season at its beautiful new art gallery on Euclid Avenue with exhibitions on works by faculty and black-and-white photographs of Cleveland by veteran Cleveland architectural photographer Jennie Jones. Read more in


CSU Photo Students to Speak…

September 19, 2012

at Cleveland Museum of Art!

On October 5th   Ryan Upp and Peg McNally will be giving a short talk on their photo books and will be answering any questions from visitors. The event costs $12, is from 5-9 and cocktails will be available.  For more info visit CMA’s event website.

Click to see Ryan’s book.

Click to view Peg’s book.

The Cauldron is Seeking Photographers

September 19, 2012

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Alternative Press Live Concert Photo Contest

September 19, 2012

AP Tour is extending the opportunity of a lifetime to aspiring photographers: submit your best live event photography for the chance to be selected as one of 32 photographers who will get exclusive access to photograph the tour in a city nearest to the winner’s location.

Alternative Press’s Choice

Each of the 32 winners will receive a photography pass for one date of the AP Tour to capture the show. Each winner will also receive:

  • Two tickets to the AP Tour (travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the winner)
  • Inclusion in photo feature spread in issue #295 of Alternative Press Magazine
  • Social media exposure through all of AP’s official channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and the AP Tour site)
  • One year subscription to the Alternative Press Magazine
  • AP Tour memorabilia autographed by all of the bands

People’s Choice

The highest voted photographer will receive:

  • Two tickets to the AP tour (travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the winner)
  • An exclusive AP Tour poster

Get Involved

Submit by: October 1, 2012
Vote: October 2, 2012 10am PST – October 8, 2012 10am PST
Winners Announced: October 12, 2012

For more info visit AP’s website.

Job and Intern Opportunities in the Arts

September 19, 2012

SPACES Graphic Design Intern FALL 2012

SPACES is currently looking for a part time intern for 3 months to start as soon as possible. The minimum days for part time are 2 days a week.

Photographers and Videographers

SPACES is currently looking for Volunteers, Interns, and Federal Work-Study Students. We are looking for individuals who are creative, interested in the arts and looking to participate in the day-to-day operations of a contemporary art organization.

Donor Relations Assistant

The Cleveland Foundation is seeking a Donor Relations Assistant who will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Donor Relations Officers and the Director of Donor Relations.

Internship- Brickman Music

Brickman Music is seeking an organized, energetic and creative-thinking Marketing Intern. The Marketing Intern will assist in growing the brand through research, outreach and building partnerships.

Graphic Design Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Working within the External Affairs Department, the Graphic Design Intern will assist MOCA’s Director of Communications/Senior Designer in a range of communication projects including the design of invitations, signage, fliers, and postcards; archiving photographs and design files; distribution of images to the media; creating web-ready artwork, and the conceptual development of design projects. Work may also include other projects on an as-needed basis.

Media Program Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Working within the External Affairs Department, the Graphic Design Intern will assist MOCA’s Director of Communications/Senior Designer in a range of communication projects including the design of invitations, signage, fliers, and postcards; archiving photographs and design files; distribution of images to the media; creating web-ready artwork, and the conceptual development of design projects. Work may also include other projects on an as-needed basis.

Youth and Family Education Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Youth and Family Education Interns are integral members of the Programs Department, working with the Curator of Education to plan and execute K-12 school, family, and docent programs at MOCA. Youth and Family Education Interns’ projects include creating teacher resource packets, developing lesson plans, leading interactive tours and hands-on art projects for audiences of all ages, and performing research assignments.

Public Programs Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Public Programs Interns work directly with the Director of Programs & Associate Curator to design and execute exhibition-related events, talks and lectures, artist programs, concerts, social events, and content for media-based initiatives like podcasts and videos. The Public Programs Interns’ projects include researching upcoming exhibitions, corresponding with artists and curators for upcoming events, brainstorming future programs, creating evaluation strategies for exhibitions and events, assisting with outreach, leading interactive tours, and overseeing
components of public programs.

Development Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Development Interns participate in all aspects of MOCA’s fundraising program including conducting research assignments on prospective funding sources, facilitating mailings for a number of different campaigns, and updating and maintaining donor and prospect files. Interns will also be involved in the planning and implementation of a variety of social functions and special events.

Membership Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Membership Interns participate in all aspects of MOCA Member acquisition and retention through on-site acquisition, events, direct-mail, and other methods.  Interns engage visitors, increase their awareness of the membership program, promote the value of membership, and sell memberships during museum and event hours.  Administrative responsibilities include member benefits fulfillment, renewal processing, member satisfaction surveying, and other related duties.

Exhibitions Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Exhibitions Interns assist with the day-to-day work of organizing and presenting exhibitions of contemporary art. They are flexible problem-solvers, who are willing to take on diverse tasks, working both independently and with MOCA staff. Interns must be self-motivated and creative.

Full-Time Education Apprentice – Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Play House’s apprenticeship program is a season-long, intensive program that offers young graduates the opportunity to work alongside the nation’s top theatre artists and professionals at a unique arts facility.  The program is tailored to provide the experience that will be most beneficial to each participant. Apprentices become acclimated to a professional theatre environment in their individual area of interest, assisting in all aspects of CPH’s top-tier productions.

Managing Director

The managing director is responsible for overseeing and managing the organization and annual chamber music festival of ChamberFest Cleveland. The operations manager will work with the artistic directors, executive director, and board of directors. The position is part time (21-28 hours/week).

Theatre Instructors

Weathervane Playhouse (Akron) Department of Education Outreach is seeking Instructors for paid contracted positions for the upcoming 2012-2013 Season.

 New Play Development Associate – CPT

 Cleveland Public Theatre ( announces a new staff position: The New Play Associate. The New Play Associate is a mentee or early-career position. The Associate will provide managerial and operational support to CPT’s four developmental series.

Actor / Educator / Entertainer

 The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is pleased to announce auditions for immediate open positions within the Actor/Education program, for on the floor work at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Off-Site at school out-reach programs. The auditions are open to adult male and female performers/actors/inter-actors

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