Archive for December, 2013

Eric Rippert Photography in Collinwood

December 31, 2013


The Maria Neil Art Project announces the opening of a new exhibition from Collinwood based photographer Eric Rippert. ‘Is This It’ is the first solo exhibition from Rippert in the Northeast Ohio area in more than ten years. In addition, the gallery will introduce R Howard, an impressive new photographer, in her first professional exhibition. In the exhibition, Rippert presents a series of new photographs, produced especially for this show, created using the historic platinum printing process. Platinum prints are known for their beauty, archival stability and unique, one-of-a-kind print statement. The same can be said of Rippert’s images – they are beautiful, one-of-a-kind statements offering a notion of a passed history, a collective memory, perhaps representing life events experienced, no matter how minute or grand. Each image presents the viewer with the opportunity to form a personal narrative when looking at the blurred versus the precise within the images. Purposefully keeping the meaning of the photographic narrative cryptic allows the viewer multiple interpretations and creates representational diversity. The exhibition will also feature some of Eric’s previously shown work from his 2011 ‘Ameriscape’ series.

‘Emergence’ is the first professional gallery exhibition for R Howard. Her work features many wellknown landmarks in Cleveland, but they are seen from her unique perspective. Each photo represents a new way of viewing places which one sees every day.

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Cleveland’s 2013 Art Scene

December 27, 2013

Art by Dana Depew

2013 has been an outstanding year for Cleveland overall. Well, except for our sports teams. However, the visual art community in particular had one of its best years in a long time. Venues like the Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA, SPACES, 78th Street Studios and many more have been featured in numerous national publications over the past year. It seems guests agree that our cultural institutions are among of our city’s strongest assets.

Some of Cleveland’s biggest events of the year were art-related…and world-class. From the opening of the Transformer Station to MOCA’s new location in University Circle to the completion of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s renovations (including the Atrium and Gallery One), the entire landscape of Cleveland’s cultural institutions has been reshaped permanently… Read the entire Cool Cleveland article by CSU ART alum Josh Usmani.

Christina Vassallo Named New SPACES Director

December 20, 2013


Cleveland, Ohio – After a national search, five months and 60 candidates, SPACES Gallery has chosen a new executive director.

Christina Vassallo, executive director of the Flux Factory nonprofit arts organization in New York City, will take over leadership of the nonprofit Cleveland gallery dedicated to experimental work by emerging artists on Feb. 3. She replaces Chris Lynn, who resigned in June.

“One of the many reasons we chose Christina is her knowledge and excitement and ideas about emerging contemporary art,” says Spaces board President John Farina.


And here’s the bio included on the Flux Factory’s website:

Christina Vassallo has been involved with Flux Factory since 2010 as Adjunct Curator, and was appointed Executive Director in May 2011. In addition to serving as lead fundraiser and defining the organization’s artistic vision, she has redesigned Flux’s educational programming by co-developing a number of initiatives, including Flux Death Match, The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides?, and Fake It Til You Make It. She has also co-curated major Flux Factory exhibitions, including The Typhoon Continues & So Do You, Congress of Collectives, and Public Trust.


Ryan Upp Curates Emerging Photographer Exhibition

December 19, 2013


Contemporary photographs by the next generation of artists
Curated by Ryan Upp

The Galleries at CSU, South Gallery
January 16 – March 1, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, January 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm , Artist Talk 6:30 pm

Curator’s Statement:

As I embarked on curating a show recognizing the emerging photographer I quickly realized that all of the artists I felt drawn to were really quite young. The professionalism and expertise in the work I uncovered marveled that of photographers who have been in the business for years. Amazingly, most of these young minds are self taught and have created a support system for one another through social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram. I had discovered a group of individuals, working almost as a single unit, without the typical competitiveness and self absorption thats often seen in those attempting to make a name for themselves. They bounce ideas off one another, provide constructive positive feedback, and host outings where they model for each other’s images. I quickly noticed a reoccurring theme of the innocent human figure surrounded by the natural world. The work is timeless, provocative and has a universal theme of innocence. When we are young we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can.


Artists included in the exhibition:

Shane Black
Jacqueline Bon
Davit Botchorishvilli
Nicolas Bruno
Brendon Burton
Robby Cavanaugh
Marley Cumbee
Elisabeth Dare
Amelia Fletcher
Robert Moses Joyce
Breanna Kulkin
Sarah Haley
Jessica Neuwerth
Brian Oldham
Nicholas Scarpinato
Alison Scarpulla
Felicia Simion
Steven Sites
Victoria Smyrniotis
Alex Stoddard
David Talley
Gina Vasquez
Erika Victor
Brad Wagner
Rob Woodcox

Also on View:

January 16 – March 1, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday, January 16th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Artist Talk 6:30 pm


Contemporary Sculpture exhibition of works by university sculpture professors in the region with Lisa Austin of Edinboro University of PA, Carmel Buckley of Ohio State University, Kate Budd of The University of Akron, Lane Cooper of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Alison Crocetta of Ohio State University, Isabel Farnsworth of Kent State University, and Irina Koukhanova of Cleveland State University; curated by Robert Thurmer.

Cleveland Arts on the Radio

December 18, 2013

Today WCPN, Cleveland’s NPR station, had two great programs on the Arts in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Museum of Art's recently opened atrium.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s recently opened atrium.

The Sound of Ideas discussed the impact of the arts on the national and local economies:

Many of us recognize the value of the arts for entertainment and cultural fulfillment. Now, for the first time, the federal government says it can quantify the economic impact of the arts: $504 billion, or 3.2 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Now that’s a blockbuster. We’ll talk about how the number was derived with the lead analyst at the National Endowement for the Arts Wednesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, and examine the impact of the arts locally. Join host Mike McIntyre.

The Sound of Applause interviewed Cleveland Museum of Art Interim Director and Transformer Station cofounder, Fred Bidwell. It’s the second segment of the program.

Fred also discusses the future of the Cleveland Museum of Art in an interview on the CMA blog.

Laura Bidwell at 1point618 Gallery

December 16, 2013
Project Space Announcement

Laura Ruth Bidwell: Song of Desire
1point618 Project Space (website)
Opening reception: Jan 10, 7pm

Hank Willis Thomas Opens at Transformer Station

December 13, 2013





Transformer Station
Opening Sat, Dec 14 12 – 5pm

Hank Willis Thomas uses photography, video, the web, and installations to examine how history and culture are framed, who is doing the framing, and how these factors affect our views of society. One of the most thoughtful, provocative young American artists of our time, Hank Willis Thomas’s largest museum show to date is on view simultaneously at the Cleveland Museum of Art and at the Transformer Station until March 9, 2014.


The Transformer Station hosts a five-screen video installation, Question Bridge: Black Males. This collaborative project invites viewers to witness an intimate dialogue between black men from a wide range of backgrounds. Through questions and answers that are pointed, poignant, humorous, painful, and revealing, these men begin to redefine black male identity in America.

In an adjoining gallery, a survey of photographs from several of Thomas’s past series, plus a selection of new works by the artist, accompany an emotionally powerful video by Thomas and Kambui Olujimi, Winter in America. The film employs stop-action animation and G.I. Joe figures to act out the shooting death of Thomas’s cousin during a robbery. The artists, who played with similar toys themselves, have come to believe that they breed “a culture of violent thoughts for young boys who are invited to author violent scenarios before they can even read.


The Truth Booth will be at the Transformer Station all day Saturday!


Record your answer to the eternal question, “What is the truth?” inside the giant inflatable speech bubble and video recording booth known as the Truth Booth. A collaborative project of Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev, and Jim Ricks, the Truth Booth has been traveling the world, and most recently was in Afghanistan. Click here to watch videos of people’s answers and to learn more.


Barbara Tannenbaum on the CMA Collection

December 10, 2013

Thursday, January 16
Barbara Tannenbaum: Treasured Images
Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society
Free. Happy Days Lodge, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 7 – 9 p.m.

As part of the Conservancy, CVPS sponsors monthly presentations by local, regional, and national photographers as well as workshops,  photo walks, and an annual show. For more information contact CVPS at or the Conservancy at 330-657-2909.

Explore a treasure trove of photographic images with expert commentary from Barbara Tannenbaum, curator of photography for the Cleveland Museum of Art. View highlights of the museum’s permanent collection and find out what makes an image collectible.

To view images from CMA’s collection, visit


Long Time Coming

December 9, 2013

MB printerBy almost all accounts, the Cleveland State University Art Department’s relocation to the PlayhouseSquare Arts Campus has been a boon. Bigger, better, brighter and… just better.  We are a bit further from the main campus… and its general computing facilities. Long overdue, we now have laser printing available in the Middough Building 2nd floor student lounge. You no longer have to trek across PlayhouseSquare and campus to print that Art History paper. The printer is available at all times (not limited to computer lab hours), and can accommodate black and white and color printing.

The printer will eventually be on a network and you will be able to log in using your CSU ID. But in the short term log in using:

Username: art
Password: student

Please limit your printing to academic and studio course related work. If you have issues, comments, or questions about the printer, please call or email Prof. Mark Slankard about the problem: / x2101.

CAN Launch Part and Off the Wall at CPR

December 4, 2013


Friday, Dec 6 @ 5pm
Cleveland Print Room (FB event page)

New season . . . New issue of the Collective Arts Network’s CAN Journal: Cleveland galleries’ own art magazine.
The launch party is booked for Friday, December 6 at the Cleveland Print Room.
In addition to the new issue launch, we’re celebrating the Print Room’s Holiday Member Show.