Archive for January, 2016

2016-17 Merit Scholarship Competition

January 28, 2016

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Current and prospective full-time undergraduate art majors seeking a first BA degree and needing at least 24 additional credit hours for graduation are invited to apply for the Art Department 2016-2017 Visual Art Merit Scholarship.

Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016

To apply: Download the 2016-2017 Merit Scholarship Information PDF:

Read the information carefully for eligibility and conditions. Prepare your image files and brief statement (optional) according the the instructions.

For Video and Time-based work submissions, download these special instructions:

Apply online:

Consult with your professors about selecting the work to include and preparing your application. Good luck!


Zanele Muholi Lecture at CMA

January 28, 2016

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Contemporary Artists Lecture Series: Zanele Muholi 
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall

Artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi records the lives of black lesbian women in South Africa through photography, installation, and video, seeking to illuminate the contradictions of life in a country that recognizes the legality of same-sex marriages but is plagued by hate crimes and intolerance for LGBTI individuals. In photographic series such as Faces and Phases and Weddings, and the video Being Scene, Muholi brings into focus the love, intimacy, and daily life within these close-knit yet vulnerable communities. Join the artist in her first Cleveland appearance for a discussion of her work and career. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing in the Recital Hall lobby.

Free; registration recommended.
Reserve tickets at, or call the ticket desk at 216-421-7350.

Unfixed at Transformer Station

January 8, 2016

Paul Shambroom, Poppy, 2014 Pigmented Inkject Print

UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image
Transformer Station
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 15, 6pm
Additional events below

This winter Transformer Station presents UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image, an exhibition featuring 11 national and international artists who are exploring the ephemeral image in a wide variety of ways with and without cameras, in still images as well as video. Although photographic images existed long before, the birth of photography is marked by the date when we learned to “fix” a representative image on a light sensitive surface permanently. Since then, the truth of photographic representation has been often questioned and much discussed. Less debated, but just as questionable is the permanence of the photographic image. Of course, eventually, all surfaces decay and images fade, but the artists in this exhibition embrace the fleeting nature of the image that is created by light and is eventually destroyed by it.

Many of the works in UNFIXED have been created for the exhibition, including a site-specific installation of Wait and See by Swiss artists

F + D Cartier and a project by Matthew Gamber that deconstructs the illusion of color photography through the lyrical use of obsolete slide projectors. John Opera’s application of natural, light-sensitive dyes mean that his photographs will fade gradually, while Phil Chang’s unfixed photographs will disappear within hours of the opening party. A group of vernacular photographs from the collection of Peter Cohen reveal the surprising beauty of Kodacolor snapshots from the 1950’s that, owing to a faulty dye couplers, have all turned pink. Other works in the show are elegiac—Brian Ganter’s heat sensitive tintypes reveal haunting portraits of queer porn stars, all of whom died of AIDS, when held in the viewer’s hands. Meanwhile Paul Shambroom’s photographs of lost pet flyers, washed out by sun and rain, quietly mourn what can never be recaptured. Also featuring work by Eric William Carroll, Dustin Grella, Luke Stettner, and Tom Persinger, UNFIXED brings together objects and images that cause us to consider mortality and entropy, time and memory and the beauty of moments that can never last.

UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image will open on Friday, January 15th. Transformer Station members are invited to preview the exhibition from 5 – 6 p.m. Artists Françoise and Daniel Cartier will deliver a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Additional Programs

Matthew Gamber Gallery Talk, Saturday, January 16th, 2 p.m.

Dr. Kate Albers Lecture, “The Ephemeral Photograph: From Salt Prints to Snapchat,” Saturday, March 12th, 2 p.m.

Tom Persinger Gallery Talk and Performance, Sunday, April 3rd, 3 p.m.

Prof Eric Vaughn’s Photography at Beck Center

January 7, 2016


Eric Vaughn: Cross Section
Beck Center for the Arts
Opening reception: Sat, Jan 9, 6-7:30pm

The Beck Center main gallery is proud to host the opening reception for Eric Vaughn’s one person photography show, Cross Section. Eric’s images demonstrate his techinical skills as well as his unique artistic vision and a contemporary art approach to his medium. “Retaining the photographic trace of observable phenomena operates as a guiding principle in my art practice..” – E. Vaughn

The public is welcome to attend the artist’s reception free of charge. The show will be on view from 1/8/16 – 1/31/16. Please visit www.beckcenter.orgfor more information on open hours.


Eric teaches photography at CSU. His exhibition features an 18-piece display of 40″ prints from his Distant, Disrupted Visions series. Click here to visit the Facebook Event page.