52 Weeks + Works
The arrival of the Academy Graphic Communication’s 52 Weeks + Works calendar has become an annual moment in the region’s art scene. The 2020 calendar reached mailboxes in the first days of the New Year. It’s a week-by-week planner for the year, with each week accompanied by a full page image by an artist of Northeast Ohio. So it annually highlights the work of 52 artists in the region, plus a couple dozen more in smaller images adorning pages for notes in the back of the book. The printing is beautiful. There’s a broad range of media, with painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers and more represented. For users, it’s a beautiful way to organize their days. For artists, it’s a little splash of publicity.
Full disclosure: I’m one of the 52 artists in 2020. It’s good company. Among the year’s featured artists were Sarah Curry, Amy Casey, Judith Brandon, Lynne Lofton, Christina Sadowski, Wally Kaplan, Susan Danko, Stephanie Craig, Mark Yasenchack, April Bleakney, Elizabeth Emery, Judy Takacs, and Liz Maugans.
AGC has produced the calendar annually since 2003, making this the 18th edition. They
print 1900 of them, giving most to clients and the participating artists. For the last two years, they’ve presented an exhibit of featured artists in the Fawick Gallery at Baldwin Wallace University. The exhibit for the 2020 calendar was held late in 2019.
Each year the calendar touches off a flurry of social media activity, including questions: How are the artists chosen? And how can I get a copy?
First, you can get a copy, at least while supplies last. You can pick them up by visiting ACG at 1000 Brookpark Road in Cleveland. Hours are 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. We emphasize: While supplies last.
AGC vice president Candice Champion says usually about 120 – 125 artists apply. The call for art for the 2021 calendar will go out in the Spring.