Johnny Coleman Juries After the Pedestal 2015 at The Sculpture Center


In June, the eighth iteration of After the Pedestal opens at The Sculpture Center with an expanse of smaller works by bright artists of our region, selected from an open call. The juried exhibition is intended as an interlude from the mammoth-sized works often inhabiting the galleries. This showcase encourages viewers to look closely, as we often forget to do. Child mavens and seasoned exhibition-goers alike can align the work along motifs of individual significance. The artists are fully engaged in making their own work, each of which shows clear evidence of the artist’s own hand and desire to transfer emotions.

In past years, the exhibit has included menacing toasters, mouse-sized allegorical installations viewed through a peephole, and reliquary-like animal figures, swaddled and bathed in gold.

This year’s exhibition will be juried by prominent installation artist Johnny Coleman, currently a Professor of Art and African American Studies at Oberlin College. Coleman is above all a story teller. His works emerge from interests in material culture, with particular emphasis on vernacular furniture and the evolution of the banjo across worlds. His finesse for visually prosaic installations will undoubtedly provide a meaningful perspective on both collective and subtle themes woven throughout the exhibition.

The Sculpture Center

1834 East 123rd Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44106


After The Pedestal: June 11 – July 31, 2015

Opening Reception 5:30 – 8 pm June 11

Artists and Juror talk in the Euclid Avenue Gallery at 6:15 and in the Main Gallery at 7 pm.