Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is an organization proudly founded by artists for artists. To date, the AAWR houses the work of 79 creators who have shaped Ohio’s visual landscape, preserving their legacy for generations to come in our on-site archival facility and sharing their art through exhibitions and programming. This summer marked the unfortunate passing of two of these Archived Artists, including one of our organization’s founders—Shirley Aley Campbell.

Tell Me About Yourself: Remembering Shirley Aley Campbell: Campbell, a widely respected figurative painter, was known for her larger-than-life personality and the tender empathy with which she portrayed her marginalized subjects including bikers, prostitutes, and members of the LGBTQ community.  In tribute to Shirley’s legacy, a pop-up exhibition will be held as well as a Celebration of Life reception from 1:00 to 3:00pm Sunday, March 10. A selection of Campbell’s work will also be for available for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the expansion of Shirley’s storage space in the Archives. March 8–March 16

Herbert Ascherman Jr., Elise Newman Portrait, 2014, Silver gelatin print

Working Women: The Art of Elise Newman & Gerte Hacker: Sadly, Archived Artist Elise Newman also passed away in August of this year. Newman’s diverse artistic legacy will be celebrated with her inaugural show and a campus-wide opening reception from 5:30 to 8:00pm Friday, January 25.  Newman’s mixed media work will be displayed alongside of the mid-century paintings and enamels of Archived Artist Gerte Hacker.  Notably, both women made a living off their artistic endeavors—a rarity at the time. January 25–March 2

Vivid Stories: Currently on view until January 12, this is the inaugural show for Archived Artist Bess Rodriguez Richard. It features vibrant works on canvas influenced by her childhood in Mexico City. November 16–January 12. Running concurrently is Holiday Treats: Treat yourself to an original piece of AAWR member artwork at a deliciously low price! November 16–December 21

Life Reflected: Marihatt at Kendal, a satellite show launching in December, showcases the tranquil Reflection paintings of Swiss-born Archived Artist Marihatt.  A collection of nearly twenty of these large-scale works will be on display in Kendal at Oberlin’s gallery. December 11–February 5

Collecting First Nations Art with John Kunikis, part of our ART BITES series of programming, will be held from 1:00 to 3:00pm Saturday, December 1. The program is free and open to the public; however, please call 216.721.9020 or email to reserve your spot.



Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

1834 East 123rd Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44106