ARTneo Recognizes Cleveland’s Working Artists with Cleveland Creates
On February 20th, 2015 ARTneo opened Cleveland Creates, a juried exhibition of Northeast Ohio artists on the second floor of 78th Street Studios. First introduced in 2011, the exhibition reached out to members of the organization and those interested in joining ARTneo to submit up to three works of art to be considered. For the second iteration of the show, a panel of jurors was assembled to examine the entries and select three prize winners. Works in a wide range of media have been considered, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawing, photographs, assemblage, installation, digital manipulation, ceramics, fiber, and mixed media.
“Cleveland has such a wealth of amazing artists and Cleveland Creates gives us a chance to showcase them and their work,” says John Farina, ARTneo Executive Director. “While ARTneo honors and preserves the work of the artists of our past, it is important for us to keep looking forward for the next generation of work that might join our collection and the collections of other museums.”
With the addition of prizes, Cleveland Creates increases the quality of work submitted by the great talent of the organizations members, and of Northeast Ohio artists. The first place winner will receive a solo exhibition sponsored by ARTneo in our soon-to-be-finished gallery space on the ramp level of 78th Street Studios. Second and third place winners will be given a two person exhibition in the same gallery. These exhibitions will be presented within the time between Cleveland Creates exhibitions. This year, the three artists selected are, in First Place, Andy Dreamingwolf, in Second Place, Jason Milburn and in Third Place, Laila Voss. Three artists were also selected as Honorable Mentions: Phyllis Fannin, Matthew Hostelley and Eric Rippert.
The panel of jurors included Helen Forbes Fields, Loren Naji, and Christina Vassallo. Each have contributed to the arts in Cleveland, making it a more diverse and exciting creative community. Fields is a collector who has served on several boards throughout the City of Cleveland, including Karamu House, Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. Currently, she serves as a Trustee for the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Naji is a curator and gallery owner with a finger on the pulse of the arts scene. He runs the Loren Naji Studio Gallery in Ohio City and Satellite Gallery in Collinwood. Vassallo is the executive director of SPACES. She was previously the executive director of the Flux Factory in New York City. While in New York, Vassallo taught high school students at NURTUREart and owned her own gallery, Random Number.
Entries to the exhibition showcase the breadth and strength of the region’s artistic talent while supplementing ARTneo’s regular exhibitions of regional, historic art. Rotating on a biennial basis with Cleveland Collects, these exhibitions serve to give back to the community’s artists and enhance the value of membership at ARTneo, while continuing to expand our audience.
Cleveland Creates 2015 Winners:
acrylic and marker, 22 x 24 in.
Jason K. Milburn
pen, wash, collage on paper, 30 x 24 in.
“SPACES: Reliquary Artifacts and Archives”, 2014
wall paint chips, exhibition remnants, catalogues, concrete, 23 x 8.5 x 12 in.
Cleveland Creates: February 20 – April 19
1305 West 80th St., Suite 016
Cleveland, OH 44102
john @ artneo.org