Archive for February, 2014

Thefts in the Middough Building

February 24, 2014

We have learned that there have been “thefts of opportunity” of the fifth floor of our building, primarily bags left in the hall.


Some of these thefts have occurred while the owner was away only for a brief time.


4 to 3 Transition Advising

February 19, 2014

big-switch-sliderFrom the Provost’s office:

The University asks that all undergraduate students planning to return to CSU in Fall 2014 make an appointment with their academic advisor as soon as possible before registration begins in April.  Because the curriculum is being converted from 4 to 3 credit hour courses, you will need help in determining what is the best way to complete your academic program.  You will be held harmless in the process, if you meet with an academic advisor – you will be able to graduate with the same (or perhaps even fewer) credit hours and you will be able to choose whether to follow the old or the new curricular rules.   Please make an appointment for transition advising as soon as possible.  If you are not sure who your advisor is, you can email or consult the information available on the “Big Switch” web page:

If you are a photography major, you need to schedule an appointment with Professor Mark Slankard ASAP. To schedule, see Jan Milic, Administrative Assistant in the Art Department office, or call 216.687.2065.

In order to be “held harmless” all CSU students are required to meet with their advisors by March 7, 2014.

25 Under 25 Curated by Ryan Upp

February 17, 2014


25  Under 25: The Emerging Photographer
Ryan Upp, curator
The Galleries at CSU
on view through March 1, 2014

In this video, recent CSU photography graduate, Ryan Upp recently discusses his first curated exhibition. 25 Under 25: The Emerging Photographer focuses on young photographers who inspired him.

For more information and gallery hours, visit www. csuohio/artgallery

Ryan’s Curatorial 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.


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 Woodcut

Cleveland Print Room on Applause

February 14, 2014

letterhead_logoScreen Shot 2014-02-14 at 10.11.31 PMCleveland Print Room was featured on WVIZ TV’s Applause program last night. The episode describes how founder Shari Wilkins’s interest in collecting vintage vernacular photography led to the opening of the first community darkroom in the state of Ohio.

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 10.08.11 PMBonus: friend of CSU photo Donald Black Jr. is featured. To watch the program online visit the WVIZ Applause website.

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Donald Black Jr. visits CSU photo

Arts Campus Digital Lab Hours

February 10, 2014

MB220 LAB HOURS  (Photography)

Monday: 10am – 4 pm

Tuesday: 4:30 – 6 pm

Wednesday: 2 – 4 pm

Thursday: 4:30 – 6 pm

Friday: 2 – 4 pm

Saturday: 1 – 4 pm *

* sign up, or email

MB217 LAB HOURS  (Graphic Design/New Media)

Monday: 3 – 6pm

Tuesday: 11:30am – 1pm , 3 – 6pm

Wednesday: 3 – 6pm

Thursday: 11:30am – 1pm , 3 – 6pm

Friday: none

Some Upcoming Photo Events

February 9, 2014


Born in New York in 1926, raised in France, and living and working as a nanny in Chicago for 40 years, the reclusive Maier was secretly a prolific, self-taught photographer who documented life in the Windy City for decades. But her thousands of stunning pictures were never shown during her lifetime and, in fact, were only discovered after her death in 2009.

Gallery Talk: Vivian Maier
February 15, 1:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Print Room, 2550 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114
Free. Please contact the Cleveland Print Room with questions: 216-401-5981 or
Join us at the Print Room to hear collector Jeffrey Goldstein along with printers Ron Gordon and Sandy Steinbrecher talk about Vivian Maier and her work.

Film Screening: Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures?
February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Akron Art Museum, One South High Street, Akron, OH 44308
Free. Visit for more information. 



While filming Question Bridge: Black Males, the artists encountered a compelling question and answer exchange between a younger participant and an older civil rights activist. The question, “Why didn’t you leave us the blueprint?” was posed to those who brought the civil rights move-ment to glory, and elicited a variety of different answers. Surprisingly, one response was, “We dropped the ball.” This sparked a powerful multigenerational conversation about leadership, mentorship, and critical social issues in the black community over the past 40 years and how to overcome the challenges faced by the next generation. In the Blueprint Roundtable, a live panel discussion event, established and emerging black male leaders in the Cleveland community discuss this and other questions in an attempt to dismantle communication boundaries between generations.

Blueprint Roundtable at the Cleveland Clinic
Wednesday, February 26, 11:30 a.m.
Cleveland Clinic
Free. Reservations Required. Reserve your ticket at

Blueprint Roundtable at the Friendly Inn Settlement House
Thursday, March 6, 6 p.m.
Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Rd. Cleveland, OH, 44104
Free. Reservations required. Call


CCTV, Beijing, China

Lois Conner began her photographic explorations of China with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984. Since then, she has returned annually, traveling extensively and using her 7 x 17 banquet camera to describe the landscape, architecture, and people. Some think they are evocative of Chinese scroll paintings because of their elongated cinematic-like format. This exhibition focuses on her work in Beijing, describing its transformation over the past thirty years. Join the artist for a look at her career and work on the opening day of Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial: Photo-graphs by Lois Conner, on view in the Photography Gallery from March 30 to June 29, 2014.

Artist Talk: Lois Conner
Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Recital Hall
Admission is free for museum members and students with ID. Nonmembers $15. Reservations required. Reserve your ticket by calling the ticket center at 216-421-7350. 

Gallery Talk: In Conversation: Exploring Beijing
Tuesday, April 29, 12:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Schwartz and Katz Photography Galleries
Free, meet in the exhibition
Join Barbara Tannenbaum, curator of Photography, and Anita Chung, Curator of Chinese Art, for a lively afternoon discussion of Lois Conner’s images of Beijing.



Film: In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter
Wednesday, April 2, 7:00; Friday, April 4, 7:30
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Lecture Hall

Directed by Tomas Leach. This intimate film captures self-effacing New York School street photographer Saul Leiter as he cleans up his cluttered apartment shortly before his 2013 death. A pioneer in color photography, Leiter never sought recognition but found it late in life. “Pleasant and unaffected…Never succumbs to cutesy hagiography.” –Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. (USA, 2014, color, Blu-ray, 75 min.) Admission $9: CMA members, seniors & students $7.

Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits in Akron

February 5, 2014
Loretta Lux, Hidden Rooms 1, 2001, Ilfochrome print, 9 x 9 in

Loretta Lux, Hidden Rooms 1, 2001, Ilfochrome print, 9 x 9 in

Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits
Akron Art Museum
Feb 1 – Jun 1, 2014

Photographers have used their cameras to explore the faces of friends, loved ones, passing strangers, cultural icons and themselves since the nineteenth-century beginnings of photography. Portraits are meant to document individuals, but do these images tell us more about the sitter or the person behind the lens?

Invitation to Stare features many recent acquisitions as well as some classic favorites to view in a new context. Works by 26 photographers including Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Michael Disfarmer, Vivian Maier, Andrea Modica, Abe Frajndlich, Angelo Merendino and Jen Davis entice viewers to consider the relationship between artist and subject as we gaze at the person in the photograph.