Archive for February, 2013

Stay on the Bus

February 27, 2013

We are in the midst of sea change – a tidal wave might be more accurate – with the medium of photography. While the lens is still firmly fixed to the camera body, the body itself appears to have imploded…

Read Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s story about creativity and originality in photography here: Helsinki Bus Station Theory –


Annual Student Show and Postcard Contest

February 22, 2013

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Click the images above to view detailed information.

Merit Scholarship Info and Entry Form

February 22, 2013

merit scholarship001merit scholarship002Approximately $40,000 in scholarship, up to full tuition, is awarded on the basis of artistic merit. Please follow directions carefully. Consult with your area professor on your image submissions and statement.

CLE Photo in the News

February 21, 2013

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Voting Ends Today, Feb 20!

February 20, 2013


Picture it: the Cleveland Image Festival, a unique celebration of the photographic image – past, present and future.

Picture a free county-wide month-long celebration of the photographic image that anyone and everyone can enjoy.

Dozens of exhibitions, giant projections, contests, on-line sharing and hands-on experiences that will have you seeing, sharing and experiencing the world through pictures like never before.

Cleveland’s museums, galleries, studios and schools, artists and scholars will all come together for one exciting month of the image in communication, technology and art. Picture provocative, beautiful and engaging experiences that will stimulate your sight and your mind.

Thanks to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, you can make the Cleveland Image Festival a reality. The Transformer Station is proud to partner with more than a dozen other visual arts organizations to develop this unique celebration for Cleveland.  Cast your vote now on the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture web site and they will provide major funding for this exciting project.



Some Photography in Cleveland

February 20, 2013


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Animatopoeia Artist Kate Clark Lecture

February 19, 2013

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The Galleries at Cleveland State University (map)

Kate Clark lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her sculptures synthesize the human face and the body of wild animals – leaping, running, crouching. She utilizes animal hides in her work while shaving the skin to create human-looking skin and features. In Clark’s view, the lifestyle of modern humans does not allow for much physical interaction with wild animals, yet we continue to be fascinated by characteristics we no longer see in ourselves, including fierceness, instinctiveness and purity.

“When encountering my sculptures, the viewer is faced with a lifelike fusion of human and animal that investigates which characteristics separate us within the animal kingdom, and more importantly, which unite us,” Clark explains. “The sculptures visually, emotionally and intellectually explore this overlap.”
In addition to exhibits throughout the United States, her work is collected internationally and is in public collections such as the David Roberts Art Foundation in London and the C-Collection in Switzerland. Clark attended Cornell University for her BFA and Cranbrook Academy of Art for her MFA. She has been awarded fellowships from the Jentel Artists Residency in Wyoming, The Fine Arts Work Center Residency in Provincetown, Mass. and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program in New York.

Her sculptures have been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Art21:Blog, The Village Voice, PAPERmag, The Atlantic, NYArts, Arte Mondadori, Hi Fructose, the BBC World News Brazil, Hey! magazine and other publications.

For more information, visit The Galleries at CSU’s website.

Transformer Station on WVIZ’s Applause

February 14, 2013

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Learn more about the birth of the Bidwell’s baby, the Transformer Station on this episode of WVIZ’s Applause. Click the art collecting love birds above to learn more.

What is a Transformer Station? Dig into CSU photo to find out.

Cleveland Print Room’s Darkroom Opening

February 13, 2013

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The Cleveland Print Room is opening its community darkroom, and beginning a program of all-ages, all-skill-level educational photography workshops.

The opening signals Cleveland Print Room’s next step in its mission of serving the larger photographic community through its focus on hand-processed photography with an accessible community darkroom, collaborative workspace, gallery, and classes.

To read the complete press release, which includes details about the reception, membership and rental fees, download the PDF here: CPR darkroom opening

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CSU photo Visits Transformer Station

February 12, 2013
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Fred Bidwell discusses the Light of Day exhibition with CSU photo students.

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Fred Bidwell talks about the Transformer Station and Vaughn Wascovich’s large format pinhole images from Bridging Cleveland.

Here are a couple photos our our class visiting the Transformer Station last week. Big thanks to co-founder Fred Bidwell for being such a gracious host, knowledgable connoisseur, and all around cool guy.

For more on the Transformer Station visit the website.

Too learn more about the work in the exhibition visit www.

For more on the Bidwell’s collection, visit Bidwell Projects’ website.