Recast Ceramic Invitational at Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to open its fall season with Recast, an exhibition co-curated by Mary Urbas, gallery director at Lakeland Community College. Recast is the second ceramic invitational showcasing the wealth of talented Ohioans working within this versatile medium. This second casting of this exhibition features hand built and wheel thrown sculptural and functional works by David Batz, William Brouillard, Kimberly Chapman, Sarah Clague, Stephanie Craig, Michael W. High, Todd Leech, James Leslie, Jenny Mendes, Seth Nagelberg, Sandy Miller, Tom Radca, George Roby, Judith Salomon and Richard Schneider.

Also opening in September is the NewNow 2018, AAWR’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition to be held in Tri-C’s Gallery East. This multi-media juried exhibition will be judged by Steven Matijcio, the curator of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, one of the oldest contemporary art institutions in the United States. Three cash juror’s awards and a popular choice award will be presented at the exhibition’s opening reception on September 13.

November will mark the opening of Vivid Stories, the inaugural show of Archived Artist Bess Rodriguez Richard. Rodriquez Richard, the daughter of two American diplomats, is deeply inspired by her childhood abroad.

“Perhaps due to the bold colors I observed while living in Mexico City as a child, I love to create vibrant pictures. I have been told by some who have viewed my paintings that they would like to step into them and live there. This impulse to create something pleasing or intriguing that captures one’s eye coupled with an increasing fascination with color has grown in me. To tell a story, to create a mood, or to evoke…to communicate with kindred spirits…this fuels my creative process.”

Vivid Stories will feature more than twenty original paintings, including works from AAWR’s permanent collection and the artist’s personal collection.

This fall will also bring important programming to the AAWR. As part of the ART BITES series of Collecting Art Talks, the AAWR will present “Collecting First Nations Art” with John Kunikis on Saturday, October 20, and Saturday, December 1.

Kunikis is the former owner of First People in the Powerhouse Gallery, which focused on works of the indigenous peoples of Canada, otherwise known as “First Nations.” These programs will be free and open to the public; however, please call our offices, 216.721.9020, or visit to register to attend.

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

1834 East 123rd Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44106