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CANJournalWinter2017-18

When CAN launched as a quarterly, we were stricken with the glow of potential. This column began: There’s a moment, sure as flipping a light switch, when you realize something is possible. The visual art scene in Cleveland is at that moment. Five years later, that potential has grown in every way, and another moment has arrived. In the summer 2018, […]






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Growing the Pie, Part IV: New Towns, Other Galleries Can Help Artists Grow Careers

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Cleveland artist John Carlson was in Manhattan years ago, pounding the pavement to make connections in galleries he hoped might show his paintings. Buoyed by recent acceptance into a well-respected show in Ohio, he made a point of dropping into a gallery owned by the very selective New Yorker who had juried him into it. Carlson introduced himself to the […]






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The Seismic Power of Feminist Art: Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum Presents A Century of Women in Prints

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“Excellence has no sex,” the German-born American artist Eva Hesse once remarked in an interview. That unassailable truth is born out in A Century of Women in Prints, 1917-2017, on view through December 17 in the Stern Gallery West of the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin. Curated by Andaleeb Badiee Banta, with the assistance of Oberlin student Claire Rasmussen […]






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Art Collector and Go-Big Developer Hopes to Turn Warehouse District into a Cultural Hub

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For nearly thirty years, the five-story George Worthington building—a T-shaped red-brick structure hidden behind the St. Clair Avenue and West 6th Street strip—sat inactive. From the 1980s though the millennium, office buildings were sparsely populated, or housed low-income artists as illegal squatters (the Bradley Building being one of them). A few art galleries came and went. The district was SPACES’s […]






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Worldwide Begins at Home

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You’ve seen at least one variation of this idea expressed on bumper stickers: Think Globally: Act Locally. That may mean something different to everyone who reads it, but when it’s stuck on the back of an old, fuel-efficient car along with a bunch of other bumper stickers that say things like “Imagine Whirled Peas,” and “Coexist” (spelled out in the […]






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Punch Above Your Weight / Growing the Pie: Selling Art Beyond the Boundaries of Northeast Ohio, Part Three

The FRONT Triennial Team (Left to Right: Michelle Grabner, Fred Bidwell, Jens Hoffman

It could happen here: In 2014, two New Orleans photographers—the husband-and-wife team Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick—showed a series of photographs of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana as part of the art triennial, Prospect. Speaking of their exhibit, called “Slavery: The Prison Industrial Complex,” Calhoun told the New Orleans Times Picayune, “Angola is still pretty much run like […]






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Show Up!

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Almost all of the artists that I know who have been successful in our region have been full participants in its art life.  They show up at art openings, participate in activities like the Monster Drawing Rally at SPACES or Monothon at Zygote, visit each other’s studios, and populate the boards of art organizations. When their careers were new, it […]






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Object Lessons: Cyra Levenson works to engage art students of all ages, through the collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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  Cyra Levenson has been in her role as the Cleveland Museum of Art’s director of education and academic affairs for just over a year. Her broad duties include overseeing interpretation of the collection, as well as collaborating in the launch of The Keithley Institute for Art History, which offers object-based learning opportunity for researchers or students interested in museum […]






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