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.
This year After the Pedestal will be on view during Cleveland’s first ever international triennial, FRONT, when your 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.
Call and Application Form
Call and Application Form: sculpturecenter_ATP2018_Call_application to download for printing.
Application materials are submitted online. Application form and fee of $35.00 are submitted by mail only.
Deadlines and Other Dates
Online Application Deadline: Sunday, May 13 @ midnight
Application form and fee: Friday, May 18 due
Notification date: No later than Monday, June 4
Artwork Delivery: Tuesday, June 5 – Friday, June 8 and Monday, June 11 – Saturday, June 16
Opening: June 22 @ 5:30-8:00 pm
Exhibition dates: June 22 – August 17
Artists may submit up to 3 works that are no larger than 3 x 3 x 3 feet, all dimensions added together, and no older than 3 years. Video work with a sculptural component may be submitted. The sculpture can be for exhibition on the floor, a pedestal, and the wall, or as a ceiling suspension if it is lightweight. The work cannot have previously been exhibited in northeast Ohio (with an exception for student artworks). Artists are responsible for round trip shipping, insurance en route, and difficult installations and deinstallations. The Sculpture Center fully insures all artwork while on its premises.
How to Apply
Application materials must include the following (See the upload page/portal for how to title your PDFs.), as separate PDFs and jpegs. DO NOT combine the PDFs, DO NOT send images as PDFs:
– PDF of your CV
– PDF of your artist statement of one paragraph
– Up to 9 high resolution jpg images (set no larger than 300 ppi and 8 x 10 in.). Include your last name at the beginning of the title. Do not use apostrophes, dashes, or symbols when naming your images as this corrupts the files.
– If you are submitting a video, insert a hyperlink in an uploaded image from the video. Also indicate that there is a video, with the hyperlink repeated, in the image list. include access password if needed. The video should be no longer than 3 minutes.
– PDF of image checklist keyed to the images that includes: title, date, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth)
SUBMIT APPLICATION MATERIALS HERE ONLINE.
Application form and fee of $35.00 (check, money order, or cash) must be received by mail or in person no later than Friday, May 18.
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).
Contact Ann Albano by email (aalbano at sculpturecenter.org) or phone (216-229-6527).
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Igniting Change: Teaching Artists and Social Practice
SculptureX 2018: Social Practice exhibition
on view August 28 – September 29, 2018
Exhibition location: Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University
If selected, your artwork will be on view during the symposium SculptureX 2018: Social Practice, September 28-29, 2018, hosted by Bowling Green State University School of Art, University of Toledo, Owens Community College, and the Toledo Museum of Art.
Juror: Saul Ostrow
Saul Ostrow is an independent critic, curator, and art editor at large for Bomb Magazine. In 2010,
Open to all teaching artists working in the areas of sculpture and extended media who teach at all levels – such as universities, colleges community colleges, arts institutions, retirement homes, community centers, churches, schools, etc. – in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and western New York (Rochester and west).
How to Apply
Do not apply through The Sculpture Center. Applications are to be made to the Dorthy Uber Bryan Gallery.
Download the application information PDF Sculpture X Exhibition BGSU Call for Artists.
Online entry form here.
about SculptureX 2018: Social Practice
From Mel Chin’s Two Me to Jova Lynne’s Sites of Power (both of whom are featured in SculptureX this year), the idea of social practice within art is evolving, sometimes ephemeral, and often experiential. Its ideological concern with sociopolitical issues manifests in such expressions as community engagement, performative installations, political encounters, and environmental activities. Social practice artworks have long been a powerful means of challenging existing conditions in order to promote change.
CSN Master Reviews & Collective Discussion
Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon
Location: The Sculpture Center (1834 E. 123rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio)
The Sculpture Center’s visiting artist Ward Shelley will lead a private group critical feedback discussion of the work presented by selected sculptors (4-6) of our region. The reviews are held within the group and are not open to the public.
The Master Reviews & Collective Discussion is preceded by the 5th panel of the Cleveland Sculptors Network/Getting There from Here, “The Sculptor Performing,” with guest artist Ward Shelley, panelists Jonas Sebura and Anthony Warnick, and moderator Corrie Slawson.
Saturday, Apr 28, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:30 – 7:00 pm Networking among all
7:00 – 8:00 pm Panel discussion followed by audience participation
8:00 – 8:30 pm Networking
Location: Goldhorn Brewery (1361 East 55th Street, Cleveland, Ohio), enter at the sign BEER
Parking is available at the south end of the building and in the back.
The CSN Panel event is free and open to the public.
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
– Resume or CV that includes your correct email address and phone number
This PDF document must be titled “artist last name_artist first name_year”
Email your PDF to Executive Director Ann Albano (aalbano at sculpturecenter.org)
Monday, April 16, 2018 at midnight
Notification of selections
No later than Wednesday, April 18 by the end of the day
Email Ann Albano (aalbano at sculpturecenter.org) or call The Sculpture Center at 216-229-6527.
The Sculpture Center’s visiting artist for “The Sculptor Performing” and the Master Reviews & Collective Discussion, Ward Shelley works as an artist in New York and Connecticut. He is interested in the constructed-ness of internal and corresponding external worlds and how they mediate and form each other. Shelley specializes in large projects that freely mix architecture and performance. For more than a decade, he has been collaborating with Alex Schweder, using experimental architecture to explore the dance between the designed environment and its consequences. Since 2007, the duo have designed, built, and lived in (or on) seven structures, all of them in locations where the public are invited not only to witness, but also to actively engage with the artists in direct dialogue about their practice—an activity that has coalesced into what they call “performance architecture.” Shelley also works on diagrammatic paintings: information based timelines on culture-related subjects and history. He frequently works with Douglas Paulson on constructed environments often linked to mind, text, and language, including his project for Spaces in 2015, The Last Library. He will be exhibiting with SPACES gallery in Cleveland, OH for their 40th anniversary exhibition: 20/20 Hindsight, which is up from April 20 – June 15 2018. Shelley’s work has been exhibited in more than 10 countries and is in a number of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), The Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Shelley received a Painting and Sculpture award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 2006. He has received NYFA and NEA fellowships in sculpture and new media categories, a Bessie Award for installation art Mir 2 in 2001 (described here), and grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He is represented by Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn.
Previous Cleveland Sculptors Network panels followed by Master Reviews & Collective Discussion include:
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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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, Read more about it here.
The Sculpture Center thanks our former generous partners, 2931 Prospect Contemporary Art (formerly in business) and Happy Dog, original funder the Ohio Arts Council, and ongoing funder for the Cleveland Sculptors Network, the Callahan Foundation.
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.
Full information on W2S 2019 series call and application: sculpturecenter_W2S2019_Call_Application
Application can only be made online.
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