Cleveland Artists Foundation Presents Cleveland Collects

The Cleveland Artists Foundation celebrates the opening of its biennial show, Cleveland Collects: An Exhibition of  Members’ Favorite Regional Artwork, December 7 through February 16, 2013. The exhibition highlights the patronage  of art and artists in Northeast Ohio by showing important pieces from members’ personal collections. It’s a rare  opportunity to see art by Cleveland masters whose works reside in private homes.


Over the past several years, CAF has embarked on a collections management project, to photograph and catalog our  entire collection, and eventually make it fully accessible on our website. After countless hours, more than 1000 works  have been recorded into our database with almost as many works photographed. CAF aims to post these images on our  overhauled website by Spring of 2013, thereby solidifying CAF as a key Northeast Ohio art education resource.

Works of Paul Travis are a good example of what will become available after this process: A mainstay of the CAF  collection, Travis was born in Wellsville, Ohio, and trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he taught from 1920- 1957. Considered one of the most lively and influential teachers, his puckish sense of humor and irreverent  attitude toward authority is depicted here in his 1948 oil painting Syndics, where he playfully portrays several Cleveland School of Art faculty members.