Maybe no two words have more in common while meaning completely different things than “art” and “design.”  Artists and designers share many of the same technical skills. Both are likely adept at using color, drawing, manipulating materials, and maybe even using a sharp knife.  Trained artists and designers may take many of the same classes to learn their trade, and […]

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Connect + Intersect: How One Design Company Works with Cleveland Artists and Bridges the Gap between Art and Design

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Several Cleveland gallery artists have licensed their work for adaptation as wall covering designs.  While the worlds of design and fine art connect and intersect in a multitude of ways, the process of working together often raises questions that highlight the differences between those worlds. This is the story of how one local design firm brings them together.   If […]

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Arnold Tunstall: Movin’ On Up

Arnold Tunstall recently accepted the position of Director of the University Galleries at the University of Akron.  His appointment comes and the end of a 25-year career at the Akron Art Museum where he served in multiple roles, most recently as Collections Manager since 2008.   Lauren Hansgen: So you’ve been at the Akron Art Museum for your entire career… […]

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Outsider: The loss and lost work of Dwayne Pigee (1974 – 2016)

  Humans are complicated, flawed, and nuanced beings. Artists are no exception, and oftentimes  personal struggles, even mental illnesses, are central to our fascination with them and their creations. We make sense out of the world through narratives, and artists are our cultural alchemists, transforming emotion and thought into physical form, which are beautiful, and often emotionally evocative. To know […]

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Winter, 2016-2017 Events

Your easy, chronological guide to what Northeast Ohio galleries and museums have coming up in the next few months. More information about many of these exhibits can be found elsewhere in the pages of CAN. Enjoy the shows!   Continuing   Through November 23 Loreto Greve, Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Artist-in-Residence exhibition. CLEVELAND PRINT ROOM   Through November 25 The […]

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The Cleveland Foundation Presents Creative Fusion: Make Art Everywhere


Eleven artworks by local and international artists were commissioned through the Creative Fusion program this season, but murals do not make a place. It’s the new businesses that have cropped up–bringing with them vibrant storefronts, picnic tables, and more activity on the street–that make a place. It’s the residents who sit at those tables eating those artisanal bagels, and who […]

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Creative Fusion Outcomes: To Tijuana and Back, and Forth

Artist Corrie Slawson and writer Marc Lefkowitz met Tijuana (via Beijing) artists Daniel Ruanova and Mely Barragan when they were Spring 2013 Creative Fusion residents at Zygote Press. The four participated in the Rooms to Let project in Columbus, exploring  pre-conceived notions attached to places, especially those that have had infamous moments in their past. After their time at Zygote, […]

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