The Galleries at Cleveland State University

The sign for The Galleries at CSU, in storage while the university seeks new space for its gallery program.

The CSU Art Gallery first opened in 1975 at 2307 Chester Avenue, where it operated for 36 years until being demolished in 2011 to make way for student housing. In 2012, the gallery moved to 1307 Euclid Avenue in Playhouse Square and was renamed The Galleries at CSU. The 1920 historic building now occupied by the Galleries had originally housed the Cowell and Hubbard Jewelry Company.

This past summer, the Galleries at CSU vacated 1307 Euclid Avenue, a location that had hosted numerous local, national, and international exhibitions and served not only our students, but also the Cleveland-area arts community. We will miss our old home, but are thankful for eleven years in this beautiful space.

In 2019, thirty-year gallery director Robert Thürmer retired, and the People’s Art Show was renamed to recognize his service and contributions to CSU and the Galleries. This biennial event has become our signature exhibition: 246 artists submitted 409 artworks included in the 2022 Robert Thürmer People’s Art Show. Unfortunately, futureshowsare on hold until we secure a new home.

One key mission of the Galleries  at CSU has been to support and highlight our talented students through the Annual Student Art Show andthe Merit Scholar Exhibition, and these exhibits will continue to be a priority during the gallery transition. We are thrilled to report that YARDS Project Space at Worthington Yards, 725 Johnson Court, has graciously offered their gallery space to host the Merit Scholar Exhibition in mid-April 2024.

There is still an ongoing effort to identify a space to host the Annual Student Art Show, slated to open to the public on April 16. There will also be an awards ceremony and reception for the student show. We welcome your support, comments, and suggestions as we work towards a solution that will allow our students to participate in this annual juried exhibition.

The Galleries at CSU wish to acknowledge and thank CSU President Laura Bloomberg, Provost Nigamanth Sridhar, Dean Andrew Kersten, and the gallery relocation committee for their work to identify a new permanent home for the galleries. We are also grateful to YARDS Project Space and Liz Maugans for hosting the Merit Scholar Exhibition, and to the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

1307 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

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