Circles of Community at Brandt Gallery

In 23 years as a curator, Jean Brandt has continually emphasized community-building over any rigid aesthetic criteria. Starting with her contemporaries in the Tremont scene, one can find a series of concentric circles that shows how Brandt envisions “community” in the broadest sense. Her inclusiveness extends to artists who maintain connections to Cleveland even though they presently work elsewhere. Our […]

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Zygote Press Working Archive Project

By the time this article is printed, National Preservation Week (April 21-27) will have already passed. But in the spirit of its sentiment, we at Zygote want to share some exciting news about our 17-year archive. In 1996, the Co-Founders of Zygote Press (Liz Maugans, Bellamy Printz, Joe Sroka and Kelly Novak) wanted to provide affordable facilities for artist-printmakers. Originally […]

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Giving Vacancy Another Look

Artists have long weighed in on the social ills of their day, and foreclosure is one of the biggest to come down the pike in a long, long time. A home is rife with meaning and purpose and when it loses both, and on such a broad scale, the loss is collective. What role can art play in piecing it […]

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Cleveland Artists and Pocket Neighborhoods

Ross Chapin’s Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World (Hardcover, 224 pp., Taunton Press, 2011, $30 signed) “introduces an antidote to faceless, place-less sprawl: clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around a shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley. They can be […]

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