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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Anna Arnold: Face Time

Anna Arnold may be most recognized right now as the guiding light of Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College, where she took over from long-time Director Frank Frate about two years ago. Arnold’s Facebook page recently featured a sixteen second video of all the works on view in the most recent exhibit she put together, “The Drawing Show: From Doodles to […]

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CAN We Talk?

Maybe this is a good time to talk. Just over 75 percent of the people who cast ballots in Cuyahoga County in November voted in favor of renewed public support of the arts and culture through its 30 cent per pack tax on cigarettes. That’s an overwhelming number. And a few months earlier, when the County Council discussed putting the […]

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Surge, Resurge: Tremont and Little Italy work to recover their art walk magic

Nothing could be more emblematic of the churn on Cleveland’s art-walking scene than the coincidence of the Little Italy and Tremont art walks one Friday in October. Both neighborhoods once were the edgy hot spots of the Cleveland art scene. Each of them once defined the term “Art Walk” in Cleveland, and together they are responsible for establishing here the idea that artists […]

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Looking Forward: The Art History of Cleveland’s Future

As noted in a previous issue of CAN, ARTneo—which could colloquially be described as the Museum of Northeast Ohio art—has recently been through significant changes in its staff, board, and even its location. At its 2015 benefit, the organization recognized the contributions of scholar, curator, and professor Henry Adams, who has written extensively on American art, including  art of Northeast […]

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Masked Men, Hatchets, and Bombs: Frank Oriti’s Clarity, Rodin’s the Thinker, and the Silencing of Art Vandalism

It all started on Twitter, of course.  A disturbed visitor to a London museum wrote: “I hope the @metpoliceuk deal with the masked balaclava ‘protestors’ in the national portrait gallery #London bloody terrifying :-(“. This was posted moments after a disturbance on the afternoon of July 5, and the event was made even more unnerving by its proximity to the […]

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In the Eyes of Prosperity

“In the eyes of posterity, the success of the United States as a civilized society will be largely judged by the creative activities of its citizens in art, architecture, literature, music …” This was a statement of the President’s Commission on National Goals, established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1960. The Commission’s work eventually led to the creation of the […]

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Life, Death and the In-Between: The Art of Clarence Holbrook Carter (1904-2000)

  The extensive array of artwork by Clarence Carter now on exhibit at Wolf’s Gallery on Larchmere provides an eye-opening, if not frankly revisionist, experience of a painter we thought we knew. Wolf’s is showcasing work from all phases of the Cleveland School artist’s career, and will soon put on view a trove of more than 300 of Carter’s never-before-exhibited […]

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