University of Akron: A House is Not a Home

Vanessa German, Dried Beef, 2014

In response to the FRONT International 2018 theme, An American City, Emily Davis Gallery narrows its focus to a more personal lens in A House is Not a Home. The idea of “home”—whether physical space, representative objects, personal stories, or fantastical narratives—is explored by these regional artists spanning two major Rust Belt cities.

Throughout the exhibition, artists utilize found objects and appropriated imagery to emphasize community ties and cultural identity. The imagery of the “house” is treated as a symbol by other artists and used as a metaphor for familial issues or larger societal trends shared across the region. Objects in the exhibition are primarily assemblage and collage along with ceramics, painting, and prints.

Participating artists:

Amy Casey, Cleveland

Kristen Cliffel, Cleveland

Ron Copeland, Pittsburgh

Vanessa German, Pittsburgh

Ryder Henry, Pittsburgh


A chair is still a chair
Even though there’s no-one sitting there
But a chair is not a house
And a house is not a home
When there’s no one there to hold you tight
And no one there you can kiss goodnight

“A House Is Not A Home”

Lyrics by Hal David / Music by Burt Bacharach, 1964

Emily Davis Gallery is located in the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron.





University of Akron Emily Davis Gallery

150 East Exchange Street

Akron, Ohio 44325