CSN Panel Schedule
6:30 p.m. – Public networking with visiting artist, panelists and moderator.
7 p.m. – Panel event followed by audience discussion.
8 to 8:30 p.m. – Public networking continued.
Negotiating the Art World, the 6th panel for the Cleveland Sculptors Network, focuses on underrepresented artists seeking new methods for propelling their careers forward, finding exposure and representation, and promoting themselves in the art world. Panelists include visiting curator Taylor Aldridge, assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Art; Jennifer Coleman, the Gund foundation’s senior program officer for arts; and Jova Lynne, Ford Curatorial Fellow at MOCAD and transdisciplinary artist based in Detroit; with moderator Vince Robinson, celebrated photographer and co-owner of Larchmere Arts (Cleveland, OH).
Taylor Renee Aldridge is a Detroit based writer and curator. In 2015 she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Taylor has worked for the Detroit Institute of Arts, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, and The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions) as a Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow. She is the 2016 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for Short Form Writing. Taylor has written for Art21, ARTNews, ContemporaryAnd, Detroit MetroTimes, SFMoMA’s Open Space and Hyperallergic. She received her M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies and a B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History.
Jova Lynne, a 2018 Ford Curatorial Fellow at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) is a trans-disciplinary artist who is active in the LGBTQ community. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Jova currently lives and works in Detroit, MI. She received her MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (2017) and her BA in Film/Video from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2010). Jova is a co-founder of Raising Voices Collective and is currently the Director of Photography for the “D-Town Sounds” docu-short (https://www.alliedmedia.org/raising-voices). She is also a member of WOAH Collective, whom strives to activate community healing through the arts (To learn more about WOAH collective and their film and mural based works in Kingston, Jamaica, and Birmingham, AL, contact the artist directly.). Finally, Jova is a co-creator and co-facilitator of the Black Artist Meet Up Group Detroit along with Taylor Renee Aldridge and Ash Arder (To learn more about their work contact BAMUDetroit@gmail.com or follow them on instagram @BAMUDETROIT). Jova is the recipient of numerous grants including from the American Association of University Women Career Development and the Astraea Foundation For Justice’s Global Arts Fund.
Moderator Vince Robinson is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Cum Laude) in Telecommunications (Radio & Television Broadcasting). He is the co-owner of Larchmere Arts, a photography studio, art gallery and performance venue in Cleveland. He hosts a bi-weekly event called NeoSoulPoetry at Larchmere Arts, a spoken word and music show. Robinson is also on the Board of Trustees for Heights Arts, a non-profit arts organization in Cleveland Heights, Ohio that sponsors music, literary and visual arts events. He is the current host of Open Door with Vince Robinson airing on Cable 9 (channel 1021 on Spectrum Cable) in Northern Summit County. He is also the co-host of the radio program 360 Info Network on W.E.R.E -1490-AM in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jennifer Coleman is the Gund Foundation’s senior program officer for arts. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was an architect, and president of her own design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative LLC, since 2005. Prior to that she practiced architecture with Robert P. Madison International, URS Corporation and Westlake Reed Leskowsky. She also founded CityProwl.com, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of Cleveland. Among her many civic endeavors, Coleman has served as chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee. She also has been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Coleman has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.
About the Cleveland Sculptors Network Panel/Master Reviews
In 2016, The Sculpture Center and the commercial Cleveland gallery 2731 Prospect (closed April 30, 2017) formed the Cleveland Sculptors Network/Getting There from Here as a venture to increase the reach and connectivity of sculptors in Northeast Ohio and our greater region. We are hosting a series of evening panel discussions with a social gathering and Master Reviews & Collective Discussion the following day. The moderated panel discussions focus on selected contemporary issues in sculpture, issues facing artists living and working outside major metropolitan cities, and strategies to have sculptors’ work shown beyond our region. The panelists include a mid-career sculptor from outside our region by invitation and one or two regional sculptors. These panels are open to everyone who is interested — the public, sculptors, artists of all media, academics and students.
On the following day after the panel, the visiting sculptor holds a private Master Review & Collective Discussion with an intimate group of 5 to 6 selected sculptors of Northeast Ohio and our greater region. This is a group critical feedback discussion of the work presented by the selected artists, intended to foster ongoing ties of the sculptors with the visiting artist and among the regional sculptors for future interactions.
Visiting sculptors to date have been Nathalie Miebach (November 2016), Luca Buvoli (April 2017), Steve Locke (June 2017), curator Christina Linden (November 2017) and Ward Shelley (April 2018).
The Cleveland Sculptors Network is generously funded in part by the Callahan Foundation.
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