The Cleveland Foundation Presents CREATIVE FUSION: Revealing Our City to Us


When Juan Capistran visited Cleveland for a week in January, we took a driving tour, starting in University Circle. There’s nothing like showing Cleveland to a visitor to reveal the city to yourself anew. Los Angeles-based, Mexican-born Capistran is one of the Madison Residents, a cohort of national, international, and Cleveland-based artists whose residencies are supported by the Cleveland Foundation […]

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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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LOST AND FOUND Lauren Yeager / Cleveland

Creative-Fusion-yeager cone trade install 2015

Lauren Yeager’s studio on the fourth floor of a near-east-side warehouse is filled with the dry humor of accumulated cast-off products, mostly made of plastic. You wouldn’t call any of it beautiful, at least not to look at, not in any conventional sense.  There are five-gallon paint buckets brimming with drips and smears, mostly white and neutral. There are balls […]

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Worldwide Begins at Home


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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CAN Editor Michael Gill Honored at BAYarts

Mike Gill of the Courier- Photo © Bob Perkoski,

BAYarts will honor CAN Journal’s co-founder and executive director at the annual Moondance Benefit on September 9. Each year, BAYarts honors an individual who has contributed to northeast Ohio’s cultural landscape in a transformative and lasting way. Past honorees have included CPAC President & CEO Tom Schorgl, Liz Maugans of Zygote Press and Brian Zimmerman, CEO of Cleveland Metroparks. Some […]

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