TERRIBLE AND BEAUTIFUL: Darius Steward, Clotilde Jimenez, and Race as a subject for artistic dialog


When we talk about race in Cleveland, conversation runs quickly toward headline stories, especially of white police officers and Black men or boys. Thanks to a couple of high profile shootings and the way the justice system responded, the city had a major role in the national discussion of race-related violence in 2015.  That was the context in which I […]

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Artistic Languages from Around the Globe

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And the voices keep coming –     Throughout Cleveland’s history our cultural legacy has been built by people from around the globe. From the dozens of immigrant nationalities that designed, sculpted, and maintain the cultural gardens of Rockefeller Park,  to the music performed at Severance Hall, to the Asian collection and the rest of the vast holdings of the […]

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Creativity Matters: Grafton Nunes and the New Unified Campus of the Cleveland Institute of Art


“Our values today are not very different from the values of  Viktor Schreckengost.  We believe in discipline, a close reading of the reality around you, a connection with the viewer and end user.  We give our students traditional drawing skills, and knowledge of color theory, composition, and perspective.  Today these very important foundational skills are being applied to 3D animation, […]

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Washing the Blues Away – Unfixed: The Fugitive Image at Transformer Station

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  Fred and Laura Bidwell’s Transformer Station Museum is a particularly savvy instance of contemporary design, and simultaneously a study of fading history.  Originally a streetcar power substation dating from 1924, the well-made and now restored original building is supplemented at the west end by a new minimalist structure of about the same size. It looks intriguingly like one thing […]

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Artface: Dexter Davis


Dexter Davis was two years old when the riots broke out in Hough, which was his neighborhood. He has lived in Cleveland his entire life, except for some time in France back in 1987. He earned his BFA at CIA, and has worked as a security guard at the Cleveland Museum of Art for more than 20 years, all the […]

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Spring, 2016 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 March 12 New Directions — new works from young up and coming artists, Harris Stanton Cleveland Gallery Directors Choice […]

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Creative Fusion: Sculptor hopes organic forms will build bridges between cultures / Abdullah Qamer / Karachi, Pakistan / The Sculpture Center

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The work Pakistani sculptor Abdullah Qamer plans to create during his residency at the Sculpture Center deals with broad, sweeping questions, he says, about progress, and how it is defined and achieved. Using reclaimed materials, he welds and casts large metal pieces to create concave and convex forms, with the effect of turning something hard and unyielding into something that […]

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Creative Fusion: The Spirituality of Things / Hui Lin Chuang / Kaohsiung City, Taiwan / Inlet Dance Theatre

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First impressions of Hui Lin Chuang’s sculptures convey delicate webs, dappled sunbeams and frilly coral colonies. Their beauty, however, is elevated to ethereal heights by the unlikely artificial materials the Taiwanese artist employs to create them, which include plastics, rubber items and paper. That ironic choice of media is informed by her homeland’s manufacturing sector, which is replete with plastic […]

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Creative Fusion: “What is this city about?” / Anila Rubiku / Durres, Albania / Zygote Press


Albanian by birth and a global nomad living between Toronto, Milan, and Tirana, Albania, Anila Rubiku is an artist who brings voice to important social issues.  When her residency at Zygote Press begins March 1, her plan is to immerse herself in local culture and learn about daily life. “What is this city about?” she asks. “What is the political […]

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