George Mauersberger: Transforming Line

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In the small rooms of a duplex house on Cleveland’s West Side George Mauersberger stores and sometimes makes his large-scale drawings, which have been a mainstay of the city’s visual art scene for the past thirty years. Whether these images in graphite, pastel, and watercolor are Realist, Hyper-Realist, Pop, or something else, they’re remarkable for a hallucinatory fidelity to the […]






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ENGAGE

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As CAN goes to press, a conservative US Congress is mulling over a budget document that includes complete elimination of a public support system that has been around longer than most of us have been alive: the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Grants those agencies provide constitute a minuscule portion of the nation’s […]






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Growing the Pie, Part One: Commercial Galleries on the Front Line

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Since the first meetings that led Cleveland galleries and nonprofit organizations to create CAN, our dialog has included talk of sustainability: How can Cleveland sustain its visual art scene? It is a common refrain that galleries and artists need more money, that art prices are higher in other cities, that Cleveland needs more collectors—especially collectors from outside the region. But […]






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Individual Artist Grants, Race, and Public Benefit

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Cuyahoga Arts and Culture’s abrupt termination of its Creative Workforce Fellowship last fall, and its plan to substitute it with a different program providing greater “public benefit,” have elicited a range of passionate responses from members of Cleveland’s arts community and others. While some outsiders see this as unfortunate bickering, it has opened a window on a much larger issue. […]






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BEAUTIFUL BY DESIGN

Maybe no two words have more in common while meaning completely different things than “art” and “design.”  Artists and designers share many of the same technical skills. Both are likely adept at using color, drawing, manipulating materials, and maybe even using a sharp knife.  Trained artists and designers may take many of the same classes to learn their trade, and […]






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Connect + Intersect: How One Design Company Works with Cleveland Artists and Bridges the Gap between Art and Design

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Several Cleveland gallery artists have licensed their work for adaptation as wall covering designs.  While the worlds of design and fine art connect and intersect in a multitude of ways, the process of working together often raises questions that highlight the differences between those worlds. This is the story of how one local design firm brings them together.   If […]






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