CREATIVE FUSION OUTCOMES: Keeping Lines of Communication Open with Embargo

The Cleveland Print Room—never an organization to squander opportunity or let potential lay fallow—has kept in touch with artists who visited through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program. The result for director Shari Wilkins and her staff is an ongoing international dialog. For Cleveland art audiences it results in a new exhibit in fall 2018, bringing together artists and works […]

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The Cleveland Foundation Presents CREATIVE FUSION: Forward-thinking, Globally-minded

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts series is robust and wide-ranging, spanning classical and contemporary music, global music traditions, dance and film. The series is recognized internationally, and stands out in the Northeast Ohio region for its vitality and the excitement it brings to a crowded musical landscape. Renowned composer-performers and ensembles, composer residencies, sound installations, summer festivals, music […]

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OUTCOMES Creative Fusion + Rainey Institute = Brain Gain

The Rainey Institute’s roots are in providing service to immigrant families. The organization was founded in 1904 as a settlement house, providing services to eastern European immigrants who were making new homes in Cleveland, and dealing with the associated challenges of new culture, language, and economic conditions. These days Rainey serves Cleveland families in neighborhoods surrounding its home, near East […]

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THE LOCAL COHORT: Local Artists-in-Residence for FRONT International

Back in October, the FRONT International team announced the names of six local artists who would represent Cleveland during the global art triennial. Chosen by curators Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffman (who has since left his role in the wake of sexual harassment charges), these six artists come from a wide spectrum of interests, media, and disciplines: Julie Ezelle Patton […]

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The Cleveland Foundation Presents CREATIVE FUSION Artists and Residential Developments

An artist’s residency, if it is defined by a finite (and, face it, usually short) period of time, can only have lasting impact if the community is engaged, and if relationships are formed, and if both the artist and the host community learn something in the process. Since last fall, we’ve been following the Madison Residents—a group of national, international, […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: The City as a Setting – Guillaume Leblon / Paris, France

What follows is excerpted from a phone interview.   Guillaume Leblon’s art defies categorization. Known for working in many different mediums from paintings to film, hand-blown glass, and everything in between, perhaps his most successful medium is working with space itself. The spaces he creates often feel uneasy, unfinished, alienating – once Leblon moved a wall from inside the gallery […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Site Very Specific Juan Araujo / Caracas, Venezuela

Of all the venues to be used by FRONT International’s Madison resident artists, the Oberlin Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a peculiar one–not only because it is an artwork unto itself, designed by Frank Lloyd-Wright, but also for its physical distance from Cleveland, and perhaps the distintion of character between the city and the small college town. The Venezuelan painter Juan Araujo […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: The Political, Personal Art of Indrė Šerpytytė – Palanga, Lithuania

Indrė Šerpytytė’s Two Seconds of Colour, rectangular painted color fields stacked brick-like in a grid, looks like a work of vibrant minimalism, and that sensibility is only enhanced when the work is presented as a series, as it was last year at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. It’s pleasing, with a nearly lulling effect. But Šerpytytė, a Lithuanian […]

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