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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.


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.

Student Art Show Drop Off

March 13, 2013

The drop-off days for this year’s Student Show are March 20 and 21 from 10am–4pm in the Art Gallery. Each student may submit up to four pieces that were completed since last year’s Student Show drop-off. Even if you graduated since then, you’re eligible to submit this year!

Animatopoeia Artist Kate Clark Lecture

February 19, 2013

ClarkLectureSaturday, Feb 23, 11am
The Galleries at Cleveland State University (map)

Kate Clark lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her sculptures synthesize the human face and the body of wild animals – leaping, running, crouching. She utilizes animal hides in her work while shaving the skin to create human-looking skin and features. In Clark’s view, the lifestyle of modern humans does not allow for much physical interaction with wild animals, yet we continue to be fascinated by characteristics we no longer see in ourselves, including fierceness, instinctiveness and purity.

“When encountering my sculptures, the viewer is faced with a lifelike fusion of human and animal that investigates which characteristics separate us within the animal kingdom, and more importantly, which unite us,” Clark explains. “The sculptures visually, emotionally and intellectually explore this overlap.”
In addition to exhibits throughout the United States, her work is collected internationally and is in public collections such as the David Roberts Art Foundation in London and the C-Collection in Switzerland. Clark attended Cornell University for her BFA and Cranbrook Academy of Art for her MFA. She has been awarded fellowships from the Jentel Artists Residency in Wyoming, The Fine Arts Work Center Residency in Provincetown, Mass. and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program in New York.

Her sculptures have been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Art21:Blog, The Village Voice, PAPERmag, The Atlantic, NYArts, Arte Mondadori, Hi Fructose, the BBC World News Brazil, Hey! magazine and other publications.

For more information, visit The Galleries at CSU’s website.

Animatopoeia @ The Galleries at CSU

January 9, 2013


The Galleries at Cleveland State University
Opening Reception Jan 18, 5-8pm
January 18 – March 2, 2013


ANIMATOPOEIA: A MOST PECULIAR (POST MODERN) BESTIARY – a thematic exhibition of works by 19 internationally recognized artists in various media, exploring animal imagery in contemporary art, curated by Omid Tavakoli. Also a solo exhibition by one of Cleveland’s most promising emerging artists Dante Rodriguez.




This exhibition explores animal imagery in the works of 19 contemporary artists and is based on an obscure list of categories of animals that comes to us through Michel Foucault, the postmodern thinker, and social theorist, in a groundbreaking book on Postmodernist thought The Order of Things, by way of a quote by Jorge Luis Borges who claims that it came from a translation from an ancient Chinese encyclopedia.


The list goes as follows:


The list divides all animals into one of 14 categories:


  • Those that belong to the emperor
  • Embalmed ones
  • Those that are trained
  • Suckling pigs
  • Mermaids
  • Fabulous ones
  • Stray dogs
  • Those that are included in this classification
  • Those that tremble as if they were mad
  • Innumerable ones
  • Those drawn with a very fine camel hair brush
  • Et cetera
  • Those that have just broken the flower vase
  • Those that, at a distance, resemble flies


With this ‘most peculiar’ list of categories as a starting point, the exhibition curator Omid Tavakoli brings together a number of works that strangely echo the unfamiliar ideas presented in the ‘list.’ Whereas each exhibiting artist has a unique take on animals as a subject in their art, the exhibition as a whole presents a certain mood of postmodern anxiety and uncertainty that is reflective of the state of contemporary culture.


We live in a moment of history when the natural world seems both fragile and furious – imperiled, cornered, doomed; torn apart by climate change, invasive species, genetic engineering, culture wars, the clash of civilizations, depletion of natural resources, and global anxiety expressed in post apocalyptic scenarios. We expect mutants and zombies to populate our future and we have a keen sense that we might end up in the caves from which our distant ancestors emerged.


The works in this exhibition comprise the Animatopoæa, the Most Peculiar (Post Modern) Bestiary – a collection of works that will, it is hoped, edify, amuse, and engage, and bring some light to the darker recesses of the human imagination.


Robert Thürmer, Director, Galleries at Cleveland State University


Inluded Artists are:


  • Randy Bolton
  • Stephanie Craig
  • Steve Ehret
  • Adrian Hatfield
  • Timothy Hawksworth
  • Laurietta Hogin
  • Susan Jamison
  • Jim Leach
  • JenMarie Zeleznak
  • Roberto Osti
  • Katy Richards
  • Anne Siems
  • Deborah Simon
  • Gamble Staempfli
  • Beth Cavener Stichter
  • Rob Tarbell
  • Julia Unkel
  • Pamela Valfer


Ann Fessler at CSU

November 26, 2012


A special presentation by Ann Fessler on her installation art work will be held at the CSU Art Gallery, 1307 Euclid Avenue, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on November 29. Call 216-687-2103 for more information for this free event. Sponsored by the CSU Galleries, the Michael Schwartz Library, and The Sculpture Center.

Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library in partnership with the Adoption Network Cleveland presents “Adoption’s Hidden History,” featuring the Cleveland debut of Ann Fessler’s documentary film, A GIRL LIKE HER, about women who surrendered their children to adoption in the 1950s and 1960s. Hear what they have to say about their experiences and the long-term impact on their lives. This free and open to the public program will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the CSU Main Classroom Auditorium, located at 1899 East 22nd Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more about these and other related events.

People’s Art Show T-Shirt Design Contest

September 21, 2012

Click the flyer above to enlarge. Contest is open to all CSU students.


Call for Art: The 20th People’s Art Show

September 21, 2012


The new Galleries at Cleveland State University are issuing a call for art work for the 20th People’s Art Show. PAS is a free, unjuried, uncensored exhibition celebrating creativity, diversity, and imagination. The exhibition is open to everyone and all entries will be exhibited.

To enter bring one or two works of any size, in any medium, to the Galleries at CSU E13th Street entrance on Friday, Oct 26 or Saturday, Oct 27 between 10am and 4pm.

An opening reception will be held on Nov 9 from 5-8pm.

The New CSU Galleries in the Plain Dealer

September 19, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland State University has kicked off the first fall season at its beautiful new art gallery on Euclid Avenue with exhibitions on works by faculty and black-and-white photographs of Cleveland by veteran Cleveland architectural photographer Jennie Jones. Read more in


Fall Art via

September 9, 2012

It’s payback time in the best sense this fall for Clevelanders who love the visual arts. READ MORE…

Steven Litt previews some major art events this fall. Included among others is the new MOCA (also mentioned in the NYTimes), Cleveland Museum of Art’s new exhibitions and atrium, and our very own new Galleries at CSU.

Visitors viewing work by faculty members George Mauersberger, Irina Koukhanova, and Russ Revock in CSU’s Main Gallery.

Galleries at CSU Fall Schedule:

September 7, to October 20, 2012

The first exhibition in the new Art Gallery venue at 1307 Euclid Avenue Gallery Conversations at 4PM in the North Gallery

The first faculty group exhibition in 15 years featuring current full time art faculty — Artists include: Irina Koukhanova, Qian Li, George Mauersberger, Russ Revock, Mark Slankard, Robert Thurmer.

Including works by past and present full and part-time teaching staff including Ken Nevadomi, Michael Gentile, Peter Wells, Stephanie Craig, Terry Clark, Catherine Rozmarynowycz, Nancy Halbrook, and others

An exhibition of selected works by celebrated Cleveland photographer Jennifer Jones. Artist lecture “Cleveland Inside/Outside.” TBA

November 9, to December 13, 2012

Main Gallery: THE 20th PEOPLE’S ART SHOW 
A non-juried, free and open celebration of creativity, diversity and imagination – 350 artists are expected to participate with approximately 500 works in all media.