Community Blooms, and Art By The Falls Evolves, at Valley Arts

A Community Art Installation Is Blooming at Valley Art Center! In celebration of Valley Art Center’s fiftieth anniversary, VAC has engaged internationally-known fiber artist Carol Hummel to wrap the trees in front of its building in a colorful display. Fantastic at Fifty – Valley Art Center’s Anniversary Community Art Project invites volunteers to create crocheted circles which will be joined […]

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Valley Art Center Celebrates Our Future, Reimagines Signature Event, Art by the Falls

Valley Art Center turns fifty years old in May, and we have been celebrating all year long! We have offered exhibits featuring our visionary founders, as well as our present-day students and faculty; a virtual gala celebration in February; and a documentary film exploring our mission within the Chagrin Valley. Now we turn our eye to the future of Valley […]

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2020: The Year COVID Drove Evolution

The novel coronavirus was not only devastating to the art world in 2020: COVID drove evolution, as well. Some strategies artists and organizations invented or embraced were not only innovative in the moment, but are likely to endure in 2021 and beyond. Here are a few innovations, adaptations, and repackaging efforts that got our attention in this terrible, horrible, no […]

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Valley Art Center Announces New Partnership

As a community-focused entity, Valley Art Center has long prioritized partnerships—from working with local community programs that bring our instructors to children and seniors with limited resources and educational options, to creating pop-up exhibitions and events at local businesses, to partnering with local schools. VAC has historically sought new and meaningful ways to connect with the region beyond the walls […]

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Valley Art Center Responds to COVID-19 with ARTLIVES

2020 was shaping up to be a banner year for Valley Art Center. We were experiencing the most vibrant program year in the Center’s history. Class enrollment was robust. Artist applications and gallery attendance were steadily climbing. A historic exhibition was installed in the completely refurbished gallery. The facility was humming with the daily activity of classes, gift shop sales, […]

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Intimate Regard: Roger Anliker

This spring, Valley Art Center is pleased to present Intimate Regard, a retrospective of the work of Roger Anliker curated by Dr. Kirsten Jensen and Dale Roberts, on display from March 20 to April 29. Intimate Regard celebrates the work of Akron native and CIA graduate Roger Anliker (1924–2013), an influential teacher and artist whose body of work is remarkable for its […]

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Ka-Pow! Comix Coming to Cleveland, Kinda! Valley Art Center Celebrates Ohio’s Unique Place in Comic History

Ohio has a long and important history with the world of comics. Lancaster, Ohio’s Richard Outcault is credited with creating the first successful newspaper comic strip Hogan’s Alley in 1895. Frederick Opper, from Madison, created the immensely popular Happy Hooligan which ran from 1900 until 1932, the same year that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster met (CRASH!) in high school […]

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