SHOW POSTPONED, ARTIST MATTHEW GALLAGHER GRAPPLES WITH THE IMPACT OF COVID – 19

As local art galleries began shutting their doors due to the pandemic, planned exhibitions slowly started to be cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. Working artists, whose entire livelihood could be tied to one significant show, watched aghast and with little recourse as Ohio’s stay-at-home orders were extended. As the summer issue of CAN went to press, the summer […]

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STATE OF PORTRAITURE 2020

The painting of portraits has a long and storied history. For hundreds of years, artists have sought to capture likenesses on canvas. In a post-postmodern world, portraiture still has a role to play, but what is it exactly? In a world of selfie sticks and Instagram filters, people still seek out traditional painted portraits, but the status of these paintings […]

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Between Light and Shadow at the Toledo Museum of Art

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha won both the popular and juried vote at ArtPrize (an international art competition that takes place every other fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan) in 2014 for her work Intersections, a feat that no artist had previously achieved. This double-win put Agha “on the map” so to speak, and since, her highly-immersive installations have garnered not only […]

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Dan Miller Puts the Hidden Side of Depression on View at Waterloo Arts

“Depression is not always uncontrollable crying. …Depression is being given a year to get ready for an exhibition, an exhibition about depression, that is instead spent avoiding emails, wasting hours staring at blank pages and disappointment.” In the artist statement for this exhibition, Dan Miller bares it all – just as he does on the walls of Waterloo Arts for “Some […]

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DANA OLDFATHER IS OUT OF THE WOODS AT THE MCDONOUGH MUSEUM

Dana Oldfather’s paintings have always walked a fine line between abstraction and reality. Visual contextual clues could be found, if you dug deep enough—often hiding beneath her trademark bombastic layers of paint—but her new work, which will be on view at Youngstown State University’s McDonough Museum of Art this fall, shows the artist at her most representational. With this comes […]

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“Tightly Unwound” at Gallery W is a Masterclass in Technique

Gallery W might not be on your radar, but it should be. For nearly three years, this large space in the ground floor of the new American Greetings Corporate Headquarters at Crocker Park has held many truly excellent exhibitions, featuring work by prominent area artists like Jenniffer Omaitz, Corrie Slawson, Libby Chaney, Eva Kwong, Eric Rippert, Christi Birchfield, Bruce Checefsky, and […]

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