Art Made in the Shutdown: Mary K. Thomas

Since the beginning of the COVID Shutdown, CAN has shared virtual gallery tours and studio visits and other updates from artists about how they were impacted, how they were challenged, and how they coped during the isolation. Now more than three months into the crisis, we know artists have not stopped making work, even if they have had to channel […]

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At What Cost Art?

  Some years ago, a friend announced to her parents that she wanted to go to art school. Her mother responded in words that carried a clear message, albeit strangely, asking, “Whaddaya gonna do? Cut paper?” Maybe she meant construction paper or poster board factory work? The sentiment that art is not a real way to make a living is […]

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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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Art from a Distance: Darius Steward

  In this installment of CAN Blog’s Art from a Distance series, painter Darius Steward talks about being at home with his family during the COVID crisis, and developing new ways to reach out to potential customers at a time when gallery exhibits are not an option. Steward’s work was featured both in FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art […]

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Art from a Distance: Arabella Proffer

  Museums, Galleries, Studios, and Schools are all closed in the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That has left artists alone in their studios, and gallery doors closed, sometimes with exhibits still hanging, unseen, on their walls. In the Art from a Distance series of posts on CAN Blog, we’re helping curators, dealers, artists and teachers share their […]

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Art from a Distance: Eileen Dorsey

  Museums, Galleries, Studios, and Schools are all closed in the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That has left artists alone in their studios, and gallery doors closed, sometimes with exhibits still hanging, unseen, on their walls. In the Art from a Distance series of posts on CAN Blog, we’re helping curators, dealers, artists and teachers share […]

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CAN in the Time of Corona

  It was within days of hearing the term “social distancing” for the first time that the alt-weekly Cleveland Scene announced that it would lay off some staff and stop print production, moving to an online-only format, at least for the near term. That hits close to home, as a bunch of CAN’s writers, including myself, have worked for that […]

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Art from a Distance: Better Together, with the Ohio Arts Council

  Museums, Galleries, Studios, and Schools are all closed in the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That has left artists alone in their studios, and gallery doors closed, sometimes with exhibits still hanging, unseen, on their walls. In the Art from a Distance series of posts on CAN Blog, we’re helping curators, dealers, artists and teachers share […]

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Arts Resources for COVID-19 Hardship

The region’s foundations and advocacy organizations are offering support and gathering information about what they can do to help those impacted in the arts. Some of them are listed below, where you can also find resources at the county, state, and national level for COVID-19 assistance. And be sure to consult the lengthy COVID-19 guide compiled by Arts Cleveland, an […]

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