Updated! Art of the Eclipse

Have you heard there is going to be a total solar eclipse April 8, and that Cleveland is in the Path of Totality? No? Well, it’s true. Skip the following paragraph if you have already heard this information forty gajillion times: The moon will begin to block the sun at 1:59 pm in Cleveland. Between 3:13 and 3:17 pm, it […]

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Ronayne’s Nominations for CAC Board

For more than a year, artists have complained that Cuyahoga Arts and Culture –the entity that administers the cigarette tax for the arts–did not meet the requirement that at least two of its members “devote a major portion of their time to practicing, performing or teaching any of the arts, or […] are professional administrators in any field of the […]

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Settling/Unsettling: Xia Gao at Waterloo Arts

Waterloo Arts rang in the new year with the opening of Settling/Unsettling, Daydream of Jiangnan. A solo exhibition featuring the works of Michigan-based textile artist Xia Gao, Settling/Unsettling was a multifaceted and thought-provoking exhibition that raised pertinent questions about modernization, adaptation, and the rapid socioeconomic changes taking place in China and beyond. Gao, a Chinese immigrant and professor at Michigan […]

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Catherine Lentini, Hard-Edged Anxieties at Abattoir’s Quarter

Vividly graphic paintings adorn the walls of Abattoir’s satellite location at the Quarter in Hingetown. The exhibition consists of hard-edged canvases by Catherine Lentini. Two related but separate series that make up the majority of the show explore Lentini’s thoughts about the passage of time, the pervasiveness of screens in our daily lives, and of war – specifically nuclear war […]

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Comet: Matthew Kolodziej at William Busta Projects

When I walk alongside Lake Erie’s beach, I peel my eyes open for rocks of all different shapes, sizes, and textures, keeping the ones most divine to me contained in my pocket. The ones which are flat are perfect forms for skipping across the water, flickering movements which follow. In Matthew Kolodziej’s solo show at William Busta Projects titled, Comet, […]

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Black Artists from Cleveland and Beyond, at Framed Gallery

In the heart of the Waterloo Arts District, fashionista Stacey Bartels–owner of Framed Art Gallery–offers an impressive array of wooden and clay sculptures, oil on canvas paintings, photo-realistic nudes, and more from internationally and locally acclaimed Black artists that elevate and celebrate Black beauty. Presently on display, Cleveland native piercer, muralist, and other mixed media abstract artist Honey Pierre’s central […]

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Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, A Botanical Conversation

“Globalization begins at home.” – Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture, 1994 For 60 years academics across disciplines have been exploring culture and histories through the lenses of sex, gender, race, class, nationality, and sexual orientation. In the 1990s, post-colonial studies emerged; theorists such as Homi K. Bhabha and writers like the Salman Rushdie show the ways in which […]

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CAN to re-focus on art news and reviews; Will not produce CAN Triennial 2025

Collective Arts Network Board of Directors and Staff voted January 23 that the organization would not proceed with plans for CAN Triennial in 2025, and would instead focus on its core strengths and original mission: to provide a platform for communication and public discussion about art and related issues in Northeast Ohio. While that decision originally came with the intent […]

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Aaron D. Williams, Escaping Aawful Land, at SPACES

Aaron Williams’ “Escaping Aawful Land” is a multimedia exhibition made in collaboration with Toby Griffits, Tony Yanick, Marco Kazandejeiff, Eleanor Jergens, and Wayne Smith III, on view in Toby’s Vault at SPACES through March 1. Williams’ alias is Aawful—a moniker encompassing that which is both awe-inspiring and horrible—Aaron. Williams describes it as a contranym, a word that references both the […]

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