Archive for April, 2014

Equipment Return / Final Exam Meeting Times

April 30, 2014


Please return all borrowed equipment by Tuesday, May 6.

All cameras, lights, film holders, tripods, videos, etc. are due.

Exam meeting time for Photo II & III: Tuesday May 6, 1-3pm

We will finish critiques on exam day.
Photo II final portfolios are due.
Photo III artist packets are due.


Jordan Tate Talk at Transformer Station

April 30, 2014

1538634_510259505753334_120053329_nArtist Dialog with Jordan Tate
Transformer Station
Thurdsay, May 1 @ 7pm

Artist Jordan Tate will discuss how he views photography and its place in his conceptual practice with SUPERBLACK contributor and independent curator Lisa Kurzner.


Road Closures This Week

April 28, 2014



Alert!  Give yourself extra time to get to school this week!


Click for official PDF announcement

 The Playhouse Square Chandelier Light Ceremony, “Dazzle the District” is Friday, May 2. Please note the following road closures as they may affect your commute between April 30 and May 2.

Wednesday, April 30: Euclid Avenue between East 13th Street and East 14th Street will close after morning rush hour.

Road Closures:

Thursday, May 1: Euclid Avenue will close between East 13th Street and East 18th Street. East 14th Street will close between Euclid Avenue and Prospect Avenue after evening rush hour.

Friday, May 2: East 17th Street will close from Prospect Avenue to just north of Euclid Avenue. The roads will reopen by 9 a.m. on May 3.

Access to West Garage (WG) on E. 17th will be available from Chester Avenue only during the closure on May 2.

CSU Parking anticipates city streets will be very congested due to these closures. We recommend alternate WG parking for prepaid green hangtags in CG, MG, EG & SG (swipe in and out with your active Viking card).

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Cleveland Print Room Founder in Scene

April 23, 2014



The Cleveland Print Room is open to photographers and artists of all stripes. The photography cooperative, opened and run by Shari Wilkins, features classes for budding photogs and wall space for inspiring exhibitions. Wilkins’ goal is to get the place buzzing alongside the rest of Cleveland’s burgeoning arts scene. We recently walked around the place — darkroom and all — and talked about the resurging art of analog photography.

This place looks really great. How did all of this get started?

SW: We opened our doors last January, but I started working on it two years ago…

…Read the entire interview in Cleveland Scene online

SPACES Moving to Hingetown

April 22, 2014


A burgeoning cultural node in Ohio City on Cleveland’s near West Side could soon get a serious boost if the nonprofit art gallery Spaces can raise enough cash to move into the neighborhood.

After months of quiet negotiations, Spaces is close to signing a lease with developer Michael Chesler, owner of the 14,000-square-foot brick industrial building at the southeast corner of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue.

Moving into the area, dubbed Hingetown by local developers Graham Veysey and Marika Shioiri-Clark, would bring Spaces cheek by jowl with the new Transformer Station gallery, and with Veysey and Shioiri Clark’s Ohio City Firehouse and Striebinger Building.

Read more about the potential move and view a slideshow at

Portable and Affordable Large Format Camera

April 16, 2014



Did you catch the 4″x5″ bug this semester, but not sure how to continue your large format work after school? Never fear. Wanderlust has developed an affordable – and charming – solution: The Travelwide System. You can preorder your camera now for just $149 + shipping. It comes with a pinhole, and you’d have to purchase a 90mm lens and film holders. But… dang… this is pretty cool. Even the website is cool. Visit Cool.


April 14, 2014




Tuition free CSU/CIA Post-baccalaureate program

If you have graduated within the last two years, or if you are graduating in Spring Semester 2014, you are eligible to apply to the new CSU/CIA Post-baccalaureate program! Five recent graduates in Studio Art from Cleveland State University will be chosen. The students who are chosen will receive one-year scholarships to further their studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art, tuition free.

Application procedure:

Application package requires 12 digital images, a list of works, a personal statement outlining artistic and personal goals, and a resume. Please put all files in one folder, send compressed folder file through or other online delivery service to 

All images must be submitted in JPG format.

Image minimum size 1000 x 1000 pixels, maximum 3000 x 3000 pixels. Label each images file with a number. (01-12)_your last name_first initial.jpg. For example: 1_smith_B.jpg

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2014 at midnight.

Please be aware that students enrolled in this program will have their tuition charges waived, but will be responsible for payment of all required fees, including but not limited to materials, student activity fee, lab fee, and parking. You are also required to carry health insurance, either your own coverage or purchased through CIA.

Questions? Contact Prof Qian Li:

Student Shows in CSU Tumblr

April 10, 2014


Homegrown talent is proudly on display in two new exhibitions at the Galleries at CSU.

“Merit Exhibitions,” in the North Gallery, showcases works by recipients of Cleveland State Art Department Merit Scholarships. Among the artists featured are Dunya AbrahimYiyun ChenBenji DiazMatt KapelaJeremy KurthBen RodriguezOmid Tavakoli and Candice Vlcek.

The “43rd Student Show,” in the Center and South Galleries, features more than 50 works by nearly 40 CSU students, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and ceramics.

The exhibits are on view from Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, May 3. A closing reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25.

Wade Gagich in The Cauldron Newspaper

April 8, 2014
Best of show

Here it is again. Wade Gagich’s Best of Show, Tongue & Nails.


Not many people can walk into their local Walmart, purchase a $22 raw cow’s tongue and become inspired to create award-winning art.

Wade Gagich, a junior Photography major at Cleveland State University, is the kind of person who can…

Read the article in CSU’s The Cauldron Newspaper.

Visiting Artist Chin-pao Chen

April 4, 2014
Chin-pao Chen lecturing to CSU photo students.

Chin-pao Chen lecturing to CSU photo students.

We were fortunate to have Visiting Artist Chen-pao Chen visit CSU photo this week.

Chen talking about the student exhibitions currently on view at The Galleries at CSU.

Chen talking about the student exhibitions currently on view at The Galleries at CSU.

Chen is a photographic artist based in Taiwan. He is in town on a Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion residency. He is doing his residency at the Cleveland Print Room. You can see his work on his website:

CSU photo, Chin-pao Chen and Donald Black at The Galleries at CSU.

CSU photo, Chin-pao Chen and Donald Black at The Galleries at CSU. (Click for larger image)

Here we all are. As an added bonus, friend of CSU photo Donald Black Jr. also came along and provided feedback on student work as well. That’s him just to the right of Chin. Donald visited earlier this semester.