Artists Select and Residents Select at YARDS Projects at Worthington Yards
Artists selected for the Artists Select 2019 have created an organic, offbeat mix of contemporary art outside the purview of the classic curator/artist relationship. Rather, participants in the show explore the dynamics of the artist/artist cantor, and will include public and private school teachers, artist friends and colleagues, all while encouraging newcomers to the Cleveland scene (and YARDS Projects) vis-a-vis the broadening of a wider network of support and exposure. During the opening of Artists Select, several makers will also come to sell their creative gifts for the holidays.
Artists who exhibited their work last December—and who are inspired by other artists—get to suggest others for this exhibition opportunity at YARDS Projects. Carolyn Ballou selected fellow Lake Ridge Academy teacher Ann Bort, Michael Meier selected fellow CIA student Zak Smoker, Bianca Fields chose classmate Bex Fuller, Aaron Foster selected Kent State University colleague Taryn McMahon, and Orlando Caraballo Ortiz selected Alex Overbeck.
What follows in the new year is an exhibition called Residents Select. This is where the curatorial agency shifts to our own Yards residents, and not unlike the Artists Select exhibition, a nontraditional community-based selection process ensues, bringing with it a new art enthusiasm and appreciation for artists and what they do. Through a free open submission process, any artist can submit their work for consideration. Yards residents selected work from over sixty-five submissions. Residents learned about artists, looked at their bios and artist statements, developed intersections, and suggested programming ideas and parameters for the show. In past years, a purchase prize has become part of the permanent Dalad collection and residents have purchased works from this outstanding show.
In 2020, residents and businesses from Worthington Yards and the Warehouse District will also help co-host exhibitions. Our aim is to engage new people in the arts through their professional networks, introduce residents to the arts, and broaden support for our artist community. Please note that in 2020, our openings and ART BAR events will be moved to an scheduled from 5:30 to 8:00pm.
ARTISTS SELECT: ANN BORT, BEX FULLER, ALEX OVERBECK, TARYN MCMAHON & ZAK SMOKER | DECEMBER 5–JANUARY 4
RECEPTION 6-9PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
RESIDENTS SELECT: ARTISTS SELECTED BY WORTHINGTON YARDS RESIDENTS | JANUARY 9
RECEPTION 5:30-8PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
Co-hosted by resident Suzy Stang
YARDS PROJECT SPACE
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Cleveland, Ohio 44113