Partnerships and Cultural Exploration at CSU Galleries

August 27 – October 3, 2015

North and Center Galleries


Unending Journeys: Works of Samuel Butnik

ARTneo and the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve partner with Cleveland State University Galleries for a retrospective of works by Samuel Butnik. The exhibition will consist of works from the collections of AAWR and ARTneo, emphasizing Butnik’s ability to capture the feeling of the landscape throughout his career in a variety of styles. From his early landscapes painted during World War II, to his sketches from his European travels and his large abstract canvases, Butnik referenced both physical journeys as well as psychological and transcendental explorations. Samuel Butnik’s work was, in his own words, a “realization of new experiences.”


South Gallery

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Andean Spirit: Past and Present

We are pleased to exhibit a collection of paintings by Ana Maria Pizzarro, Peruvian artist and advocate for indigenous people’s rights with themes revolving around ancient Andean culture and its persistence in modern Peruvian society. Presented in collaboration with CSU’s Latinos Unidos and the Latino Faculty and Staff Association. Reception celebrating Latin American culture, Friday, August 28, 5-8pm


October 22 – December 5, 2015

North and Center Galleries:


A Tradition Re-Interpreted: New Work by Chinese Artists

This exhibition is curated by Professor Qian Li from Cleveland State University with academic advice by Prof. Zhijian Qian from New York City College of Technology of City University of New York. The first of its kind in Northeast Ohio, the exhibition features most recent works by Chinese contemporary artists who re-interpret the great tradition of Chinese art in their fascinating exploration of formal, stylistic and material aspects in the rapidly changing economic, social and cultural realities of China. This exhibition presents a diverse selection of Chinese contemporary artists, and including various media such as Chinese traditional painting, photography, digital animations and site-specific installations. Artists include Qinghe Liu, Lu Yao, Xuguang Liu, Yongliang Yang, Guangbin Cai, Wentao Liu, Qiukui Wu, Fei Cui, Qingji Wei, Mengbo Feng, Yueying Zhong, Zhongyan Wen. The works address an array of relevant themes including environmental issues, historical traditions, economic development, and life experiences. This exhibition will communicate the impact that contemporary art has on everyday life in China.


South Gallery:

A Spirit Resonates: Chinese Art from the Degenfelder Collection

The exhibition is a highlight of Pauline & Joseph Degenfelders’ collecting interests, and the rich cultural heritage of Chinese & Asian art. This exhibition is curated by Diana Y. Chou, Ph. D. in Chinese Art History.