Why We Fished: Michael Loderstedt at Akron Soul Train

Interdisciplinary artist Michael Loderstedt welcomes moments of introspection through his autobiographical exhibition, Why We Fished, at Akron Soul Train. Sculpture, photography, and poetry meet as Loderstedt tells the story of his childhood home being overtaken by development, overfishing, and climate change. The artist contemplates the delicacy of intricate ecosystems by recontextualizing fragments of wildlife. Why We Fished strikes a chord […]

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The Painting Porch: Cathie Bleck and Marianne Berardi at BAYarts

Plein air painting is a joy, both for artists and audiences. It bridges the gap between a hobbyist’s enthusiasm for art and the deeper commitment of professional artists; even better, it prompts the painter to go outside and look around. Wonderfully basic, it’s a conversation with places and things that produces an enduring response. The process is a one-on-one encounter […]

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Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine

Taras Shevchenko (1814-61) was a master painter, etcher and a visionary. He is considered by many to be the father of Ukrainian literature and the modern Ukrainian language. Now, for two nights, Lighthouse Immersive, and the producers behind Cleveland’s mixed-reviewed, Immersive Van Gogh exhibit will transform the space to host an exhibition highlighting the Ukrainian artist, poet and national icon […]

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Updated: Some Answers, No Peace

EDIT: This story has been updated with responses from The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library Board. Advocates for the Coventry PEACE Campus in Cleveland Heights hope once again to rally residents to their cause and persuade the building owner to sell them the controversial, yet thriving, non-profit artist complex. CPC and ARTFUL Cleveland, the tenants CPC represents, have been a bone […]

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Introspection/Retrospection at the Morgan Conservatory

This year marks the tenth annual National Juried Exhibition at The Morgan Conservatory, which celebrates the paper arts. This year’s show was juried by Sienna Brown, curator at the Cleveland Clinic, and Jared Ledesma, senior curator at the Akron Art Museum. Through the theme of Introspection/Retrospection, several works draw inspiration from the periods of isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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FRONT Art Futures Fellowships for BIPOC Artists: Kind of a Big Deal

Applications are open for the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art’s Art Futures  Fellowships. These may be the most substantial fellowships offered in support of Northeast Ohio artists by an organization in the region.  The Fellowships are specifically built to support emerging Northeast Ohio-based visual artists of color, which in this context is inclusive of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and […]

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Asia Armour: In Bloom

Asia Armour’s In Bloom, on view at Deep Roots Experience, does something the gallery as a whole has done since it opened several years ago: It celebrates Black and Brown heroes, and in this case specifically women. Deep Roots manifests those ideals overtly in shows like the annual SheArt, which presents works by Black and Brown women, and the show […]

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Crucifixion of the Heart

I want to say I don’t know why I like Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew (1606-7) so much, but I do know. And while it’s connected to my Catholic upbringing, it’s so much more primal as I stand at the Cleveland Museum of Art and stare at it, like a gut punch that I’m okay with, even masochistically welcoming […]

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Visible Kin

There is power in the history of the daily, when exposed. Worn, folded, kept secret, and loved, a collection of found photographs and handwritten narratives present the horror and delight in the ordinary in Christopher Mason’s exhibit, “Objects and Tales of Fascination, African American Migration 1919 – 1980” on view at the Cleveland Print Room through April 16, 2022. It’s […]

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