Providing Therapy Within A Crisis: How Art Therapy Studio Worked to Meet Its Artists “Where They Are”

Just days into the country’s COVID-19 crisis, as Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton began transitioning from their respective State roles into our living rooms, Art Therapy Studio, the oldest art therapy program of its kind in the country, began its own transition: one that aimed to serve its audiences by providing Distance Art Therapy to its artists. “We […]

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Parallax

The day we knew that schools would close, the first thing we started talking about was how to keep arts-learning going, and what were other ways that Art House could continue to be a resource for the community. As a result, artists and staff have begun to create video art lessons and to reconnect with students and workshop participants. We […]

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MAKING ART COUNT: And Making the World Richer

Martha Cooper was one of the early documentarians of New York graffiti. Her 1984 book with Henry Chalfant, Subway Art, ranks alongside Jon Naar and Norman Mailer’s seminal 1974 volume The Faith of Graffiti as one of the primary records of the then-nascent form. We bring her up now because in March, the Cleveland International Film Festival will screen the Selina Miles documentary […]

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STATE OF PORTRAITURE 2020

The painting of portraits has a long and storied history. For hundreds of years, artists have sought to capture likenesses on canvas. In a post-postmodern world, portraiture still has a role to play, but what is it exactly? In a world of selfie sticks and Instagram filters, people still seek out traditional painted portraits, but the status of these paintings […]

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KENT STATE: FOUR DEAD IN OHIO – A Review of the Latest Graphic Novel by John “Derf” Backderf

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by John “Derf” Backderf is a graphic novelization of the four days leading up to the Kent State Massacre of May 4, 1970, where bystanders were shot by the Ohio National Guard, which had been called upon to suppress student protests of the war in Vietnam. Derf is a storied underground comic-book artist, but this will […]

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Time Travel: In a new exhibition at BAYarts, David King continues a series exploring a box of family photos

Now that he’s retired, David King has time to get to work. For three decades, King taught art in Chagrin Falls schools. He is proud of his students. “They make me look good,” he says of them. And he puts his money where his mouth is: Throughout his Cleveland Heights home, he’s hung works by Chagrin Falls graduates who’ve gone […]

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WORKING IN THE UNIVERSE: Remembering Chappelle Letman, Jr. (December 21, 1950-January 15, 2020)

A sculptor works not only to shape a chunk of stone, but also to soften the terrible hardness of the world, downshifting the deeps of time and space toward human understanding. Chappelle Letman Jr., an African American artist born in Brooklyn, New York, who became totally blind when he was 41 years old, went on in the remaining three decades […]

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