The Sculpture Center invites early career artists of our greater region whose practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed and expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance to apply for inclusion in our annual W2S series (Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist series). Through W2S, begun in 1990, The Sculpture Center promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors and expanded media artists from our region during the first ten years of their profession. Four – six artists are selected annually by our Exhibition Committee for one-person, full gallery exhibitions of new work in either the Main (1000 sq. ft.) or Euclid Avenue (750 sq. ft.) Gallery with a group catalog (if funding is available). We encourage and fully support risk taking and new directions of creative by the artists selected for W2S.
We have received generous donations from two Cleveland artists for waivers for the W2S 2020 application fee. Available on a first to apply basis. Email aalbano at sculpturecenter.org as soon as your application has been uploaded to be the first to receive the waiver.
1. Waiver for a WOMAN artist in the first year of W2S eligibility. – This waiver has been taken.
2. Waiver for any other artist – This waiver has been taken.
Click HERE for the Call and Application Form for full details.
Deadline: Sunday, January 6, 2019, at midnight.
Application can only be made online. Upload your W2S 2020 application here.
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Cleveland Sculptors Network
Master Reviews & Collective Discussion with Michelle Illuminato
Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – noon
Location: The Sculpture Center (1834 E. 123rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio)
No fee to apply.
The Sculpture Center’s visiting artist and educator Michelle Illuminato will lead a private group critical feedback discussion of the work presented by selected sculptors (four to six) of our region. The reviews are held within the group and are not open to the public.
The Master Reviews & Collective Discussion is preceded on Saturday, February 16, by the eighth panel of the Cleveland Sculptors Network/Getting There from Here, Next Question: A Slowed Down Practice, with visiting artist Michelle Illuminato, W2S 2019 artists Kelley O’Brien and Ryan Dewey (We too, traverse the earth and Lines of Descent), and moderator artist Elizabeth Emery.
Sculptors selected for the Master Reviews & Collective Discussion will be able to meet with the panelists, moderator, The Sculpture Center’s Executive Director, and each other at 6 p.m. at the Goldhorn Bar, courtesy of The Sculpture Center, before the panel event begins.
Open to sculptors currently living and working in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, the western half of Pennsylvania, western New York (Rochester and west), and the province of Ontario, Canada. This is not a student event. Sculpture as defined by The Sculpture Center includes individual objects of all media, installation, expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance.
How to Apply
Application must be a single PDF no larger than 5 MB that includes the following:
– Short Letter of Interest (no more than 300 words)
– 10 images of recent work. This can include up to 3 minutes of time based work per video that can be accessed online from a hyperlink from an image, but no more than 10 minutes total of viewing time for all combined videos. Alternately, your videos can be combined into one series of shorts no more than 10 minutes in length.
– Image list with the following information: Title, date, size/duration, medium, and brief description if needed
– Art resume or CV that includes your correct email address and phone number
Title the PDF “artist last name_artist first name_year”
Email your PDF to Executive Director Ann Albano (aalbano at sculpturecenter.org) with Master Reviews in the subject line.
Sunday, February 3, 2019, at midnight
Notification of selections
No later than Monday, February 11
Email Ann Albano (aalbano at sculpturecenter.org) or call The Sculpture Center at 216-229-6527.
Michelle Illuminato is recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Key to the City of Aliquippa and Best Event in Pennsylvania. Most recently her project the Lost & Found Factory was recognized nationally as one of the most compelling public artworks of 2015 by the Americans for the Arts and Public Art Network. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work has been featured on the CBS national radio program The Osgood Files. She has been artist in residence at the Cite? Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2009/2013 and at Internationales Waldkunst Zentrum in Darmstadt Germany. Her project Tripoli Street BakeYard, located in Pittsburgh, is a public cob oven and 70-foot arrow-shaped table that encourages people to get out, make a fire, and bake bread. It continues into its second year with local folks serving pizzas, hosting bake-offs, and providing a place for community to happen. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she now lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon.
Previous Cleveland Sculptors Network panels followed by Master Reviews & Collective Discussion include:
Sculpture for Society with visiting artist and educator Allison Smith, panelist artist Adam Milner and art historian Dr. Matthew Levy, and moderator Nicole Ledinek. More about it here.
Negotiating the Art World: Strategies for Underrepresented Artists with visiting curator Taylor Aldridge, panelists Jennifer Coleman and Chelsea A. Flowers, and moderator Vince Robinson. More about it here.
The Sculptor Performing, with visiting artist Ward Shelly, panelists Anthony Warnick and Jonas Sebura, and moderator Corrie Slawson. More about it here.
Breaking Through: Curators Strategize with Artists, with visiting curator Christina Linden, panelists Elizabeth Carney and Christina Vassallo and moderator Sarah Kabot, Associate Professor and Chair of the Drawing Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio. More about it here.
Unfettered, Artists who Work across Media with visiting artist Steve Locke, Cleveland State University Professor of Sculpture Irina Koukhanova, Cleveland Institute of Art professor of photography Jerry Birchfield, and moderator Kristen Cliffel, independent artist. More about it here.
Broadband to Infinity, Current Issues in Expanded Media with visiting artist Luca Buvoli and expanded media artists Julia Christensen and Jacob Ciocci with moderator Rian Brown-Orso, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and New Media, Oberlin College. More about it here.
Take Form: A Sculptors Panel, with visiting sculptor Nathalie Miebach and Kate Budd and Elizabeth Emery as panelists and moderator Isabel Farnsworth, Associate Professor of Sculpture, Kent State University, More about it here.
The Sculpture Center thanks our ongoing funder for the Cleveland Sculptors Network, the Callahan Foundation, and our former generous partners, 2931 Prospect Contemporary Art (formerly in business) and Happy Dog, and our original funder, the Ohio Arts Council.
Annually through an open call for artists, The Sculpture Center invites all sculptors, including students, currently living and working in our greater region of Ohio, its contiguous states, W. PA and W. NY, and Ontario, Canada, to submit recent work for After the Pedestal, the summer juried exhibition of small sculpture. This always critically well received exhibition is juried by an artist or curator of national and international reputation.
In 2018 After the Pedestal is on view during Cleveland’s first ever international triennial, FRONT, when the work will be seen by visitors from around the world.
Dr. Cathleen Chaffee is the Chief Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. She was the Horace W. Goldsmith Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery from 2010 to 2014 and previously held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Chaffee received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and was awarded a 2008 Fulbright Fellowship to Belgium in order to complete research for her dissertation, Décors: Marcel Broodthaers’s Late Exhibition Practice 1974–75. She received her master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and completed her undergraduate studies at Ithaca College.
Second Generation Ab Ex African American sculptor Richard Hunt (2005), designer and artist Viktor Schrekengost (2006), sculptor and urban activist Don Harvey (2007), painter and Chair of the Visual Arts Division, Columbia University, New York, Gregory Amenoff (2008), the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Curator of Contemporary Art Paola Morsiani (2009), Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery Astria Suparak (2010), Judd Foundation (New York and Texas) Executive Director Barbara Hunt McClanahan (2011), sound and installation artist and Oberlin College’s Professor of Art and African American Studies Johnny Coleman (2015), the Toledo Museum of Art’s Associate Director and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Amy Gilman (2016) and African American artist and Professor of Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design Steve Locke (2017).
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