The Garage, the Field, and the Table Enter Waterloo Arts

Seneca Kuchar opens Waterloo Arts’ fall exhibition season in the main gallery honoring the community and camaraderie of an American auto body shop. In On Blocks: Repair Manual for an American Dream, Kuchar presents saturated and oily diagrammatic paintings that depict exploded automotive systems alongside the “real deal” mechanic’s repair kits required for the car’s reassembly. On Blocks evokes the […]

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All A – DayGlo

One of the joys of the annual DayGlo show at Waterloo Arts (February 4 – 26) is that it celebrates something so very Cleveland: an industrial product that is right at home in the art world. DayGlo is a Cleveland-based industrial manufacturer of fluorescent pigment: their customers are other manufacturing companies that use the pigment to make vividly colorful packaging […]

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Stuff This in Your CV (In Support of Waterloo Arts and other Juried Regional Exhibits)

  Juried fine arts exhibitions–like the one on view now at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland, and like other all-American events–are both popular and under-appreciated by people likely to read a Curriculum Vita. Yet those shows are packed with memorable works, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the depth and variety of bodies of work developed by thoughtful people who conduct their […]

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Waterloo Arts Adds Staff, Invests in the Future

It’s been a year of existential crisis and lumbering forward. Waterloo Arts has decided to lean in by adding staff as an investment in the future. New part-time Gallery Manager Kayli Salzano oversees gallery communications, logistics, and marketing, and she’s organizing a gallery committee to guide curatorial decisions and gallery programs. Salzano says, “I’m excited to carve out space for […]

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The Fertility of Transformation: Anna Chapman and Kristen Newell At Waterloo Arts 

  Emerging from a period of global “inaction times” wherein we had all been ordered to shelter in solitude, Anna Chapman and Kristen Newell turn to nature and text to locate themselves in a shared web of renewal. Many of us have found new ways in the past year to negotiate the tension between “action” and “inaction.” We’ve reassessed and […]

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2020: The Year COVID Drove Evolution

The novel coronavirus was not only devastating to the art world in 2020: COVID drove evolution, as well. Some strategies artists and organizations invented or embraced were not only innovative in the moment, but are likely to endure in 2021 and beyond. Here are a few innovations, adaptations, and repackaging efforts that got our attention in this terrible, horrible, no […]

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This Is Not Public Art

Nope, that is not a sculpture. It is the ravages of a car that came off the road, plowed through this concrete bench, and upended a formidable concrete planter before taking out the right half of Six Shooter Coffee, a couple doors down from Waterloo Arts. It was 7:30 in the morning and the shop was open, but miraculously no […]

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Photocentric: Hopeful

It’s rare these days for Cleveland galleries to publish catalogs with their exhibits. And while catalogs are very much not the point of art exhibits, they are excellent documents: they capture slices of history, collections of work and their relationships to the times. What happened on Waterloo in North Collinwood Friday, December 6, 2019, was one of those times. A […]

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