Progressive Art Opening on Waterloo

Best in Show 2016: Jonah Jacobs (detail)

Best in Show 2016: Jonah Jacobs (detail)

On Friday, June 2, the Waterloo Arts District will open a street-wide Juried Exhibition managed by Waterloo Arts. The Juried Exhibition was spearheaded by Gallery Committee member, Diane Shoemaker, in Spring 2014 and after a successful first year, the show was moved to June/July, so it would be on view during the Waterloo Arts Fest, the district’s most attended event. Last year, Shoemaker invited Praxis Fiber Workshop, Brick Ceramic + Design Studio, and The Sculpture Center to sponsor media specific awards and this year Praxis and Brick have expand that partnership with the use of their galleries as exhibition space.

Even with the nearly doubled space, 2017 Juror Anderson Turner, had the challenging task of selecting fewer than 75 pieces from the 540 submitted. CAN Journal is sponsor of the $500 Best in Show award and will include a profile of the winning artist in CAN Fall edition. Praxis, Brick and The Sculpture Center will also sponsor media specific awards again this year. In progressive party style, an opening reception will begin at one gallery location with music and refreshments, then hop down the street to the other gallery locations. With so many galleries within strolling distance, the Waterloo Arts District provides an opportunity, unique in Cleveland, to expand this national Juried Exhibition to even more galleries for a truly district-wide event and a fine art exhibit that runs through the Waterloo Arts Festival.

Diane M. Shoemaker has been coordinating the Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition for the past four years and has 30 years experience in coordinating and curating gallery exhibitions.  She is an artist, educator, and nonprofit fundraiser and holds degrees in painting, printmaking, drawing, art education and nonprofit management.  She has been working for and volunteering with nonprofit and for profit arts organizations for over 30 years.  She is a past board chair and co-founder of Art House.  Currently she is part of the fundraising team at Case Western Reserve University and a is a programmer with WRUW 91.1 FM.

Anderson Turner received a BFA in sculpture from the University of Arizona and went on to earn an MFA in ceramic art from Kent State University (Ohio). He has served as a technical editor for the American Ceramic Society and the Publications Director for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He has edited and compiled numerous books as well scholarly journals about ceramic arts. He continues to make and show artwork and maintains a studio at his farm in Garrettsville, Ohio ( He currently serves as the Director of the School of Art Collection and Galleries for the Kent State University School of Art and recently added the extra roll of being the Art Critic for the Akron Beacon Journal.


Waterloo Arts

15605 Waterloo Road

Cleveland, Ohio 44110



Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition: June 2 – July 21. Opening Reception: 5-9 pm June 2

Waterloo Arts Fest: noon – 7 pm June 24