AAWR explores Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability

Many folks consider chronic illness and disability a “them” rather than an “us” problem—an unfortunate but distant reality which impacts only a handful of the population. This couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the CDC, an estimated 26 percent of Americans experience some form of disability, with women and People of Color being affected at rates much higher […]

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Roy Bigler and Terry Durst at AAWR

There’s a certain rawness to our region—one forged out of our industrial past and the ensuing decades spent forming and reforming our identity from the rusty pieces left behind. It also fuels our creativity, and perhaps no artistic medium better captures this drive to repurpose and redefine than assemblage. Whether it’s the abundance of source materials or an innate desire […]

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Universal Themes in Kindred Objects at AAWR

Glass and ceramics have long held a position at the crossroads between craft, utilitarianism, and fine art. Kindred Objects: Ceramics & Glass from the Western Reserve, at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve on view through December 18, embraces each of those aspects in a breathtaking array of style and form. “I feel like glass and ceramics often get jammed […]

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The View from Home: AAWR’s Virtual New Now

  The New Now,  Artists Archives of the Western Reserve’s biennial staple of the Northeast Ohio exhibition calendar, showcases a juried collection of artists from throughout the region. Partnering with Cuyahoga Community College, the exhibition is normally held at Tri-C’s Gallery East. This year, however, it has been moved to an online format on the Archives’ website. Cat Sheridan, the […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Supporting local art starts with supporting local artists—all of them. Regardless of their level of critical acclaim or time spent in the professional art world, for artists to flourish they need spaces and exhibitions, which allow them to experiment, cultivate a sense of community, and yes—have their work actually seen. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve’s (AAWR) Annual Members […]

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South Concourse Gallery Opens at Judson Manor: Partnership with AAWR Yields New Art Space

Like many good things, the recent collaboration between Judson Manor and Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) was launched over lunch. Judson Manor resident Mark Corcoran had invited his friend Kelly Pontoni for a meal at the historic residence in the heart of University Circle. During a post-prandial stroll through the beautifully restored gem, Kelly, AAWR’s collection registrar, found […]

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Lee Heinen: Interior Worlds

In this time of social distance, the space inside our heads has become paramount, and often far more real than the remote, bewildering world that lies beyond our doors. While known for her innovative portraiture, Lee Heinen’s current body of work explores our interior realities during a moment of unprecedented isolation. Started in March 2020, the series began as a fortunate […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

This January, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce the arrival of a new exhibition featuring Denise Buckley and Kathy Skerritt—two women who have been staples of the Cleveland arts community for over thirty years. Newly archived to AAWR’s permanent collection, both artists push the boundaries of their materials to unearth their subjects’ hidden internal realities. […]

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