The 2013 exhibit schedule
January* “Half Empty”: Our January exhibition and first of our three-part “Collinwood Rising” series features Cleveland artists Liz Maugins and Dale Goode. The work in Half Empty addresses the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding our current political and economic conditions. Using found signage and personal testimonials as source material, Half Empty is a project about making this confusion tangible and creating an active record of how people are living through the basic challenges of the everyday.
February* “Pretty Vacant”: Five regional artists, Joseph Carl Close, Ron Copeland, Dana Depew, Dave Desimone, and Greg Ruffing, whom have spent the last decade exploring the abandoned factories and vacant neighborhoods of the region, will create an intricate, site-specific installation exploring the ideas of vacancy, potential, and how they apply directly towards Collinwood and the greater Cleveland. “The rustbelt region is full of reminders of a more prosperous past. Vacant residential and commercial spaces have left neighborhoods like Collinwood exposed and vulnerable to a myriad of social and economic hardships. However, with this vacancy comes an opportunity to start anew, to rebuild and begin again.” *Funding for these exhibits comes from Collinwood Rising, a special initiative of Northeast Shores Development Corporation, made possible through the generous support of ArtPlace.
March The Fourteenth Annual National Arts Program in Cleveland: Features work by Cleveland artists of all ages, backgrounds and artistic experience. The Leonard E. B. Andrews Foundation established The National Arts Program in 1985 to inspire, acknowledge and reward creative accomplishment throughout the nation. Cleveland is one of fewer than 50 cities nationwide participating in the National Arts Program. A panel of prominent artists and art educators judge the show. If you are interested in exhibiting, please Pick up an application at Arts Collinwood or visit our website.
April “Das Wird Sich Alles Finden (Everything Will Turn Out Alright)”: This international group show includes 16 artists from 7 countries. The collection of work addresses how artists and people across the globe connect to the many uncertain- ties of contemporary life. ‘Everything will turn out alright’ may be sincere, sarcastic, or questioning, depending on the artist. This exhibition showed at Bloc Projects in Sheffield, England in December of 2012. Arts Collinwood will be a second, and expanded, stop for this exhibit where it will be curated by Christopher Richards.
May C.I.A. Biomedical Art Exhibition: Featuring the best of CIA student work. The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of only a handful of colleges in the United States that offers a BFA degree in Biomedical Art. The program combines applied art, science, and technology to create visual education materials on scientific and medical topics. Based on the traditional field of scientific and medical illustration, the curriculum incorporates leading-edge digital media techniques, interactivity, and animation.
June “Annual Members Show”: This juried show features work from members of Arts Collinwood. Membership: $10. Members may submit up to three pieces to be juried by our gallery committee. This show will be on display during the largest event on Waterloo Rd., the 11th Annual Waterloo Arts Festival!
July “Plain, Ordinary and Human”: Comic books have again exploded into popular culture. Cleveland is ground-zero for much of the graphic narrative scene as we know it today. Arts Collinwood is set to honor those contributions alongside Cleveland’s current vibrant comic scene with Plain, Ordinary and Human. Love comics. Love art. Love Cleveland. “POH” is curated by Angela Oster, a freelance illustrator based in Rocky River. She holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and is a 2009 Creative Workforce Fellow. Her focus is to support all emerging and established comic artists in Cleveland.
August-Mid September “Perceptual Beauty”: This solo exhibition will feature the work of Michelle Murphy. Working in a contemporary culture where the attainment of beauty is paramount and science strives to engineer the ultimate look, Murphy’s photography and video explore opposing positions in the relationship between consumption and rebellion of these ideals. Inspired by op art, scientific imaging, and third- wave feminism, Murphy produces macro close-ups of the adorned, treated body and beauty “tools”. Through her processes of scientific observation and interpretation, she playfully uses beauty products as art materials going against their intended purpose to conceal or accentuate parts of the body.
December “Holiday Sale”: This annual holiday sale will showcase one-of-a-kind gifts made by regional, professional artists. From jewelry to paintings and pottery to knit- wear and ornaments, there’s something for everyone!
The 2014 exhibit schedule:
March-Mid April “VACANCY/NO VACANCY” A national call for entries with a theme of ‘Vacancy/No Vacancy’ will be juried and selected for this show by guest curator, Jon Seydl, Cleveland Museum of Art: The Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos, Jr. Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture.