NEO Women Sculptors, and Young Photographers at CSU

The Galleries at Cleveland State University are delighted to announce two exciting exhibitions for the spring semester of 2014.

In the North and Center galleries we are presenting the exhibition: Hephaestos Challenged, an exhibit exploring explores the work of women sculptors teaching at Universities in Northeast Ohio. It traces the recent change in academic sculpture programs from a male-dominated aesthetic, characterized by hot, massive metals (Hepaestos) to a more female-directed, nuanced approach involving more subtle forms and materials.

The exhibition features a variety of media and approaches, including a sound and moving image installation, intimate objects made from soft and delicate materials, and installations exploring highly personal images and ideas.

Artists include Lisa Austin of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, collaborating with Lane Cooper of the Cleveland Institute of Art; Carmel Buckley and Alison Crocetta of Ohio State University, Kate Budd from Akron University, Isabel Farnsworth of Kent State University, and Cleveland State University’s own Irina Koukhanova. The exhibition is curated by Robert Thurmer.

In the South Gallery we present the second installment in our new series of student-curated exhibitions. Ryan Upp, a graduating senior who has served on the Galleries’ exhibitions committee as undergraduate student representative for two years successfully proposed this exhibition entitled: 25 Under 25, The Emerging Photographer. The exhibition explores contemporary photographs by the next generation of artists.


Hephaestos Challenged


25 Under 25, The Emerging Photographer

January 16 – March 1, 2014

opening reception and gallery conversation with artists and curators

6:30 pm January 16



The Galleries at Cleveland State University

1307 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44115