Artistic Languages from Around the Globe

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

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

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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Creative Fusion: East Meets West: a Potentially Transformational Moment / Lee Ming-Cheng / Taipei, Taiwan / Verb Ballets

Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, established in 1973, is widely considered the island’s premier dance company. The company has garnered its reputation due in no small part to the company’s founder, Lin Hwai-Min, who champions a hybrid dance of classical western modern technique and eastern movements that find their origins in the martial art of Tai Chi. It is […]

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Creative Fusion: With Breathlessly Clever Solidarity / Blessing Ngobeni / Tzaneen, South Africa / Cleveland Print Room

Blessing Ngobeni is a South African Artist from Tzaneen. He comes to Cleveland this Spring, hosted by the Cleveland Print Room–a community darkroom that engages the public through analog photography. During his Creative Fusion residency, using the Cleveland Print Room as a base, Ngobeni will be working with students in the painting and drawing departments at  Cleveland State University and […]

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Creative Fusion: No Limit, but a Multiplicity of Possibilities / Jia-Hua “DuDu Zhan / Hsinchu City, Taiwan / Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Taiwanese installation artist and digital engineer, Jia-Hua Zhan will arrive on her first visit to the United States with an extensive and captivating portfolio full of free-thinking constructions, 3-D interactive inventions, participatory collage, as well as virtual body movement installations. She will import a dynamic crusade for social engagement, both virtual and spiritual. Of digital space, Jia-Hua Zhan offers, ”there […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Global Artists at Home in Cleveland

In 2008, The Cleveland Foundation created an unprecedented international artist residency program that has brought more than 70 foreign artists to Cleveland. Each year, Creative Fusion brings approximately a dozen accomplished or rapidly rising artists from underrepresented cultures to Cleveland.  Each is hosted by a local cultural institution during two, three-month residency periods which take place in spring (March-May) and […]

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Twenty Years of Zygote Press

What does 20 years look like? Over 100 exhibitions, hundreds of classes and thousands of students and audience members, and of course the myriad artists who have worked at the shop—both in our current location and our original spot on 72nd street. Artists from five continents have participated in programs, worked with our resident artists, staff and community, and have […]

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