MAKERS: Elizabeth Emery

It’s hard to pin down Elizabeth Emery. She is a printmaker, painter, sculptor, installation artist, gallery owner, feminist, avid cyclist, and podcaster – Emery can’t be reduced to a “category” or descriptor – she is the kind of person that I find endlessly fascinating. She’s also one of only six area artists chosen to participate in the FRONT Triennial this Summer. Emery seems to […]

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Art At the Schoolhouse Presents William Martin Jean

The art world, like so many other worlds, is enamored of youth, always celebrating this year’s crop of “next big things.” And some of the best-known artists of the last century made their impact young, with many spending the rest of their careers coasting on their early breakthroughs. Cleveland’s William Martin Jean upends all of that. With a 60-year career […]

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A Dollop of Grandeur for Your Living Room

  On view now at Gallery W in Westlake is a Mad Men-esque battle of the sexes, each grid-based piece by Bruce Checefsky, Marilyn Farinacci, and Freddy Hill hoping to land itself a spot in your permanent collection. Powerful ideas scaled for your mantle, magnificent form that’s immediately obtainable. The only work you can’t walk out with is the Checefsky […]

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Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew

Among the most moving contributions made by LGBTQ artists to new aesthetic and political perspectives are photographs – forthright, often sensuous testimony about self-concepts, social roles and gender identities. Mind-altering troves of recent contemporary portraits and studies of intimate or informal human interactions, expand upon the example of revolutionary photographers of the past several decades. Nan Goldin and Catherine Opie, […]

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The Members Speak: Voting for Art at the Allen

  Members of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College have an intriguing privilege: They get to hear pitches from curators, and vote on which works the museum will acquire for its permanent collection. On the evening of May 3, members (and a bevy of onlookers) will gather for the vote, and a party. The Purchase Party is a […]

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Steve Cup: Breaking Point, at Waterloo Arts

There is no visual fluff here, Steve Cup’s linoleum block and digital prints read like somebody violently screaming into a pillow. Cup’s images are evocative and word, “Woah!” was often heard at the opening. Cup’s art boldly supports the trending #Enough Movement. Enough of racism, gun violence, social injustice, political chaos, global warming, and enough living in fear, each of print […]

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Karen Gahl-Mills Resigns

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture CEO and executive director Karen Gahl-Mills has resigned, effective June 7, according to a press release sent this morning, April 18.  In a challenging atmosphere of funding cuts, the leader of one of the nation’s largest public funders of the arts became embattled on several fronts: first in an attempt to address racial inequity in grantmaking […]

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MAKERS: Sarah Isenhart

“Sarah Isenhart is interested in transformations. Quiet, nimble – dedicated, but defiant, her needle punctures, rips through the surface – ruptures what was, making what is to come. It is in these careful moments of conversion that objects take on a new life. Acknowledging the tradition of women’s craft, she shadows the conventions of embroidery – meticulously hand-stitching each image, dedicating […]

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