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.
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 Allison Smith
Sunday, September 23, 2018 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 Allison Smith 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, September 22, by the seventh panel of the Cleveland Sculptors Network/Getting There from Here, Sculpture for Society, with visiting artist Allison Smith and artist Adam Milner (exhibiting new work in Two of Wands, opening at The Sculpture Center September 21, 2018), and moderator Elizabeth Emery. Additional panelist to be announced.
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, September 9 at midnight
Notification of selections
No later than Monday, September 17 by the end of the day
Email Ann Albano (aalbano at sculpturecenter.org) or call The Sculpture Center at 216-229-6527.
Allison Smith is Dean of Fine Arts of the California College of the Arts, where she previously was the Head of Sculpture. Shewas born in Manassas, Virginia, in 1972, and later went on to graduate from The New School for Social Research. She then achieved a BFA in fine arts from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University School of Art. She has produced over twenty-five solo exhibitions, installations, and performances at establishments including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Arts Club of Chicago, and S!GNAL Center for Contemporary Art among many more. She has also been involved with many group exhibitions including some at P.S.1./MoMA and The Tang Museum. Smith also lectures at schools and museums at home and abroad. Smith has received funding from many programs, and has held residencies in Sweden, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and California. She currently has work on display at multiple museums including the Whitney, LACMA, Saatchi Gallery, and many private collections. Learn more about Allison and see her past work here.
Previous Cleveland Sculptors Network panels followed by Master Reviews & Collective Discussion include:
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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