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Aja Grant Exhibition at Black House

August 29, 2018

Aja Grant: Saccharine
Opening Sat, Oct 6
2pm – 7pm

The Black House Gallery
Purchase tickets online and learn the event’s secret address


Come join her as recent CSUphoto alumna Aja Grant will exhibit her new work in Saccharine at The Black House Gallery on Sep 8.

Aja graduated from CSU last spring. She has gone on to work at Cleveland Print Room. She was also awarded a CSU/CIA Post-bac award and has recently started her tuition-free year of study at Cleveland Institute of Art.


CSU Photo Students Published in Case Reserve Review

January 20, 2015

Congratulations to Matt Wolosz, Ryan Upp, Yiyun Chen, Liz Dare, and Lena D’Amico for having their work published in the Case Reserve Review journal. To view the publication online visit click here.

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Ryan Upp Art Exhibition

May 2, 2013


Ryan Upp
Thursday, May 30 @ 8pm

The Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Ave, Lakewood (map)

Ryan Upp, CSU Photo major, also works in other media. Check out this show of his mixed media work this month.

RAW:Cleveland visual artist Ryan Upp’s incredible mixed-media paintings combine spray paint, colored pencil, and gold-leafing to create stunning depictions of females introduced in biblical stories and other manuscripts.

“I find inspiration in antique toys, found objects on the forest floor, and in the lyrics of poetry. I often take mundane domestic objects, and depict them as whimsical, dream-like, and over-embellished.”

“I utilize a palate of muted colors and a blurry shallow depth of field to obtain a feeling of dreaminess. My most recent work is inspired by female characters from the bible and illuminated manuscripts.”

The one message he aims to achieve in his work?

“Be like little children,” says Upp.

“Children have such expansive imaginations and they aren’t influenced by others opinions. They live in the present moment and their creations are genuine.”




CSU Photo Represents at Cleveland Museum of Art

July 16, 2012

Ryan Upp and Peg Mc Nally have photo books included in DIY: Photographers & Books, Barbara Tannenbaum‘s debut exhibition at Clevland Museum of Art.

Ryan Upp and Matt Wolosz Published in Case Reserve Review

May 6, 2012

CSU photo students Ryan Upp and Matt Wolosz both have work featured in the  new Spring 2012 issue of Case Reserve Review. CRR is the official student-run literary and photographic magazine of Case Western Reserve University. CRR encourages creative expression by publishing one free, book-style issue each semester featuring original poetry, prose, and photography submissions from students across the nation.

View CCR’s Spring 2012 issue
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Ryan Upp’s work featured in Case Reserve Review’s Spring 2012 issue.

Matt Wolosz’s work featured in Case Reserve Review’s Spring 2012 issue.

Matt Wolosz’s work featured in Case Reserve Review’s Spring 2012 issue.

Matt Wolosz Presents to CMA Friends of Photography

April 25, 2012

On Tue, Apr 24 CSU photo student Matt Wolosz presented his work to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Friends of Photography. He, along with students from U of Akron and CIA, displayed prints and talked about his work at Society for Photographic Education’s (SPE) national headquarters (in a surprising coincidence, the Akron student turned out to be Matt’s aunt!). All three students had strong work and it was a nice time all around.

One of Matt's pieces presented to FOP. 45"x24" Archival Pigment Print, 2012.

Friends of Photography is an Affiliate Group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The organization strives to cultivate knowledge of the art and history of photography, to promote private collecting, and to generate funds with which to acquire works for the museum. Student participation is encouraged with a discounted membership fee. For more information of FOP, visit

FOP members checking out Matt's work as Matt plays it cool in the background.

Ryan Upp Goes National

February 3, 2012

Cleveland State University recently received some national attention. On Sunday, Jan. 22 photos by CSU student Ryan Upp, a senior Art and Photography major, were featured front and center in The New York Times Education Life section.  Read more in The Cleveland Stater.

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January 15, 2012

CSU students playing Angry Birds in a CSU "Stress Free Zone".

CSU photo student Ryan Upp photographed CSU’s “Stress Free Zones” during fall 2012 finals week. CSU provided a range of finals decompression activities including yoga & meditation, free food, henna painting, live Angry Birds, among others.  The photographs will be published in the New York Times – yes THE New York Times – on Sunday, January 22. They will also be published online on the same day. Congratulations Ryan.

Watch this space for a link once published, and make sure to pick up your copy on Sunday.

Case Reserve Review Features CSU photo Students

December 31, 2011

Ryan Upp and Kellie Gannon both had images published in Case Reserve Review’s Fall 2011 issue. CRR is Case Western Reserve University’s literary and photo journal.  Kellie had one image published and Ryan had two – and he snagged the cover. Congrats guys.

CRR is published twice a year and features work by undergraduate students from across the nation. Keep an eye on this blog for submission info for the spring 2012 issue.

CSU photo Alumna Wins Award

October 19, 2011

From Alena's current "Marilyn Project"

A big congratulations to Alena Reyes.  Alena  will be recognized tonight for her Young Photographers Alliance Award at Calumet Gallery in New York City.  Her award will be presented by Albert Watson and Deborah Willis.  Click here to read Alena’s essay and see more award-winning images.  Of course, I have to mention that Alena learned about the opportunity right here on CSUphoto (here).

From the award winning body of work.