Galleries and Museums Slowly Re-Open

In the most complicated and difficult atmosphere in recent memory, Cleveland galleries and museums are beginning to re-open their doors, after being closed nearly three months in response to the COVID pandemic. While commercial galleries as retail businesses have been permitted to open since mid-May, Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement Thursday, June 4 specifically named galleries and museums among a long […]

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Members Show, plus Ardent Thread

This spring, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve welcomes the return of its Annual Members’ Exhibition, featuring over 100 pieces by its professional-level member artists, hung salon-style in the main gallery. The show presents an exciting diversity of voices and media, as each artist is able to contribute one original work under 24 inches for display. In years past, submissions […]

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Eterovich and Bercaw at Artists Archives

“The magic of Shakespeare with words, the thrill of Beethoven in music, is certainly a rewarding experience. But the human eye, being precious, demands another kind of fulfillment…” —Anthony Eterovich This winter, the Artists Archives is pleased to present Fulfilling the Eye: Anthony Eterovich, a retrospective that not only satisfies the senses, but follows the artist’s trajectory over his eight-decade […]

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To See the UNseen: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection and the Northeast Ohio Response

“My images are my proof that I exist in a world without accurate depictions….I am tired of people from outside of Black environments communicating our stories. Their perceptions are off. This is why my work is so important.” — Donald Black Jr., photographer, whose work is including in seenUNseen   SeenUNseen is a large survey of work by African American artists […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and Sculpture Center Partner to Present Davis Collection of African American Art

This September, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in partnership with The Sculpture Center, is proud to present seenUNseen, an exhibition which combines work from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art and a curated response of Northeast Ohio artists. The story of the Davis Collection begins in Atlanta, where Kerry worked as a postman […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Celebrates Shirley Aley Campbell, Members, and Military Veterans

This spring marks a time of celebration and collaboration for the Artists Archives. We begin the season honoring one of the region’s most important figurative painters, Archived Artist Shirley Aley Campbell (1925–2018). Campbell’s attentive portraits of marginalized subjects earned her a respected place in the Cleveland arts community for over fifty years. In tribute to Shirley’s legacy, a pop-up exhibition […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is an organization proudly founded by artists for artists. To date, the AAWR houses the work of 79 creators who have shaped Ohio’s visual landscape, preserving their legacy for generations to come in our on-site archival facility and sharing their art through exhibitions and programming. This summer marked the unfortunate passing of two […]

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Recast Ceramic Invitational at Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to open its fall season with Recast, an exhibition co-curated by Mary Urbas, gallery director at Lakeland Community College. Recast is the second ceramic invitational showcasing the wealth of talented Ohioans working within this versatile medium. This second casting of this exhibition features hand built and wheel thrown sculptural and […]

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AAWR Presents Graphic

This summer the AAWR is proud to present GRAPHIC: The Counter Culture of Cartoons, Comics and Graphic Novels. The exhibition, which will be held concurrently with FRONT International, was created to provide an important regional and thematic counterpoint to the massive, multi-city triennial for contemporary art. AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley explains, “Graphic is intended to juxtapose low/high art and […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Spring 2018

Szalay/Takács Secrets Art is full of secrets…secret meanings, symbolism, struggles and statements. Some secrets go to the grave with the artist, leaving curators and art historians to spend centuries speculating and theorizing about the mysteries hanging on museum walls. And some living artists blog about the secrets they have hidden in their paintings, hoping someone will care about the painting […]

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