Kaiser Gallery’s Upcoming Exhibitions: Coveted, Domestic Lands, and Sugar (Chapter II)

Photographer Derick Whitson explores social constructs of race, gender, and sexuality in his upcoming exhibit, SUGAR (Chapter II).

Kaiser Gallery’s latest exhibition, Coveted (February 13-April 3) features a range of artists whose perspectives on relationships, love, and desires are not easily accessible in mainstream culture, while representations of the male gaze can be found in abundance. Featured works are by Stefani Byrd (Fayetteville, AR), Dani Clauson (Portland, OR), Rebecca Poarch (Long Island, NY), Leiyana Gonzales (Cleveland, OH), Sydney Kleinrock (Long Island, NY), Megan Lubey (Buffalo, NY/Cleveland, OH), and Olga Nazarenko (Cleveland, OH).

On April 9, DomesticLands opens at Kaiser Gallery, rescheduled from last fall. DomesticLands explores the childhood home as it relates to family relationships, childhood memories, and feelings of dysphoria. There are nurturing memories that offer safety and warmth. However, for others, the home can represent pain where a moment of trauma is forever encased in time. Home can be a physical location, associated with the material, or defined within one’s self. This cultivation of objects and relationships determines who we are—presenting the works of Cleveland native Morgan Bukovec, Gary Sczerbaniewicz of Buffalo, NY, and Allison M. Walters of Raleigh, NC.

On June 12, Kaiser Gallery presents Derick Whitson’s SUGAR (Chapter II). Derick Whitson (born 1991 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an artist currently living and working in NYC. Working primarily in photography and video, Whitson explores the history and relationships of clowning, drag queens and black/white face to explore the social constructs of race, gender, and sexuality. Whitson has attended artist residencies at AICAD New York Studio Residency program, NY; Mass MoCA, MA; The Fountainhead, Miami, FL; and The Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX. His work has recently been exhibited at Art Basel, Miami, FL, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. He received his MFA at Columbia University.


Kaiser Gallery is a contemporary gallery and lounge in the heart of Tremont. In this format, Kaiser Gallery combines their dedication to the visual arts with artisan cocktail pairings to create a unique atmosphere that can readily bring innovative art exhibitions to new audiences, while still serving artists in their artistic endeavors. As an artist-run space, we strive to be a venue for innovative and creative thought by working with contemporary artists to exhibit challenging and pertinent projects that support their professional growth. Our public programming is planned around exhibitions and provides artists opportunities for thoughtful community engagement in the form of lectures, performances, or demonstrations. Through our inclusive programming, we support, promote, and encourage artists of all mediums and in all stages of their careers to apply.