Vacancy Means Opportunity in Collinwood

The issue of vacancy has been prominent in the North Collinwood neighborhood that hosts the Waterloo Arts District and the Waterloo Arts Gallery. Homes, storefronts and even churches have gone long stretches of time unoccupied—still reeling from the effects of a real estate bubble burst after barely inflating here to begin with. But as the gallery itself attests, vacancy also presents opportunity. 

It is into this dynamic that Waterloo Arts Gallery mounts the juried exhibition Vacancy/No Vacancy in the spring of 2014. The show’s broadly conceived theme can support an equally broad range of interpretations, touching on everything from transient states to mental states.

Vacancy/No Vacancy comes at an important time for the Cleveland neighborhoods that are answering urban challenges with creative arts but whose efforts bring up additional questions: who and what is being invited and welcomed?

Jon Seydl, the Paul J. And Edith Ingalls Vignos Jr. Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, is the juror for Vacancy/No Vacancy. Prizes range from $50 to $1000. 

Artists may submit artwork for the show online until January 19, 2014, at


Waterloo Arts

15605 Waterloo Road

Cleveland, Ohio 44110