Archive for October, 2012

Do You Like Old Cameras and Crap?

October 31, 2012




Print the coupon and bring your student ID to pay $1 for entry. That’s a $5 value! Thanks CSU photo!


POSTPONED: Pieter Hugo Lecture at CMA

October 29, 2012

This lecture has been postponed, no doubt due to Hurricane Sandy. CSU photo will repost when a new date is announced.

Pieter Hugo Lecture
Cleveland Museum of Art
Saturday, Nov 3, 2:00pm
Free, but tickets are required, call 216.421.7350

A native of Johannesburg who now lives in Cape Town, artist Pieter Hugo describes himself as “a political-with-a-small-p photographer . . . it’s hard not to be as soon as you pick up a camera in South Africa.” The images in his most recent book, Permanent Error, were shot in Ghana at an enormous dump for obsolete technology shipped there from industrialized Western countries. We are brought face to face with the people and domestic animals that inhabit an arid, poisoned wasteland of our old monitors, discarded hard drives, and other technological remains.

Hugo, a self-taught photographer, won the 2008 Discovery Award at the distinguished Recontres d’Arles festival and the 2011 Seydou Keita Award at the 9th Recontres de Bamako African. Earlier series include the hyena men of Nigeria; portraits of extras from Nollywood, the Nigerian feature film industry; and “Messina/Musina,” which portrays a trucking and mining town near the Zimbabwe border where migrant labor, prostitution, and AIDS abound.

Visit CMA’s event page
Visit Pieter Hugo’s website

Arts Employment and Calls for Artists

October 26, 2012

Recent arts employment from Creative Compass

  • Graphic Designer – Cleveland Play House
  • Gund Foundation Seeks 2013 – 2015
  • Photographers and Videographers
  • SPACES Graphic Design Intern FALL 2012
  • Development Associate – Young Audiences
  • Education Associate – Young Audiences
  • Internship- Brickman Music
  • Graphic Design Intern – MOCA Cleveland
  • Media Program Intern – MOCA Cleveland
  • Youth and Family Education Intern – MOCA Cleveland
  • Public Programs Intern – MOCA Cleveland
  • Development Intern – MOCA Cleveland
  • Membership Intern – MOCA Cleveland
  • Exhibitions Intern – MOCA Cleveland

Recent Calls for Artists from Creative Compass

  • W2S 2014 Emerging Artist Series
  • Waterloo Tower Revolving Art Program
  • Winter Storefront Competition
  • Big Ideas for a small space: See Also
  • SPACES R&D program
  • National Call for Entries issued for public art project at new CWC Health & Science Center
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Commission
  • Akron Zoo Trunk Show
  • 37th CIFF Call for Entries Now Open

TLR Deal on Craigslist

October 20, 2012

Here’s a deal on a Yahica Mat TLR (twin lens reflex) camera on Craigslist in Strongsville. $40 for a TLR that is in “good condition except for handle”. These are higher quality cameras than school’s Seagulls. Note: the above photo is not the actual camera. The listing didn’t include a pic. Check out the Craigslist post here.

Cleveland Art Resources

October 16, 2012

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture(CPAC) concluded their review of the 2013 Creative Workforce Fellowship today. The CWF awards $20,000 to  20 artists each year. I was very fortunate to receive one in 2011. I was also fortunate to be able to tune into the podcast of the proceedings yesterday and today. I was even able to attend in person with several students to watch live yesterday. The winners haven’t been officially announced, but I can tell you that we have a couple photo friends in there. If you’re interested,  you can watch recordings of the proceedings on this this ustream page. It’s instructive to see how a panel of outside experts discusses the merits and shortcomings of work. Assuming the funding is renewed, you may be eligible to apply for the 2014 round. Check out this video featuring fellows from the past two years (including yours truly):

This has got me thinking about the artist support resources in our area. And man, are we lucky. Check out the CSU photo links page for a list of galleries, arts resources, photography resources, and more (yes it needs some updating, let me know if you have an addition). I want to point you toward two particularly helpful websites from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

Culture Forward

This is the rebranded CPAC website. It includes the Creative Workforce Fellowship, My Creative Compass, Artist as Entrepreneur Institute, art community research, artist-in-residence support, and more.

My Creative Compass

This website is a clearinghouse for Cleveland-area arts opportunities, education, support, employment, calls for artists, events, small business support, competitive funding, arts community building, and more. Be sure to bookmark it.

From Culture Forward: North Shore Collinwood (blue outline) and Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District (magenta).

50 Greatest Nat. Geo. Photos at CMNH

October 16, 2012

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Fawick Gallery
Sep 29, 2012 – Jan 13, 2013

50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history.

In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, visitors to the exhibition will learn the stories behind the photos and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors will be able to see the “near frames” taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot. The exhibition is based on the popular iPad app released by National Geographic in 2011 and featured by iTunes as an iPad “App of the Week.” Devices featuring the app will be available in the gallery for visitors to experience.

College students get discounted admission with ID (more info on hours and admission)

Four Year Degree Map for CSU Photo

October 16, 2012


Want to graduate with a BA in photography in four years? Use this degree map to guide your upcoming course schedules. Other BA Art degree maps can be found here. Click the “BA Art Degree Maps” link in the top right of the page.

If you haven’t seen an advisor for registering for fall classes yet, you need to ASAP.

CSU Art Students at Sandusky Cultural Center

October 16, 2012

Sunday, Oct 21, 1-4pm
Sandusky Cultural Center (map)

CSU photo student Omid Tavakoli has curated Gold for the Sandusky Cultural Center in Sandusky, OH. The exhibitions includes Omid’s own work, as well as CSU students Ryan Upp and Josh Usmani. Among the notable artists are friends of CSU photo Michelle Murphy and Greg Ruffing (Chicago), both have visited our classes.

The Sandusky Cultural Center is proud to present a unique color exhibition guest curated by Omid Tavakoli. It comments on the current state of our economy: gold prices are at all-time highs, the recession has become too familiar, and this brings a new perception on a common topic.

GOLD is a themed exhibit about gold, value and money. Our participating artists comment on the value of the dollar, gold prices and the economy with works that deal with currency, precious metals and related ideas as well as with works that focus on the color gold and its cultural history or use the metal as the medium.

Galleries at CSU Opening Celebration

October 11, 2012

Join us for the opening celebration of The Galleries at CSU!

Friday, October 19th, from 5:30pm – 9pm.
Ribbon cutting will be at 6:30pm.

Valet parking will be provided on E.13 St.
Please use the front entrance on Euclid Ave.

The Galleries at CSU Featured on WVIZ’s Applause

October 11, 2012

From the Applause website: “Of all the road trips our ideastream team took this summer, this one may have been the easiest.  Just a few steps west of the Idea Center on Euclid Avenue in Playhouse Square is our new neighbor – The Galleries at Cleveland State University, that we dropped in on and took a tour with Robert Thurmer, the Art Gallery Director.”  Find out more…

The program airs tonight: Oct 11 at 7pm on WVIZ (click for schedule)
You can also watch the program on Applause’s website here.