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.
Next Question: A Slowed Down Practice, the 8th panel for the Cleveland Sculptors Network, focuses on sculptors whose work extends over long periods of time. Panelists include The Sculpture Center’s visiting, out-of-our-region artist Michelle Illuminato, Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Portland State University from Pittsburgh, who uses community events as artistic productions; exhibiting W2S artists, Kelley O’Brien and Ryan Dewey, who both examine political and natural shifts in land over time. They are joined by moderator Elizabeth Emery, who was selected as one of 18 local, national, and international artists-in-residence for the 2018 FRONT triennial.
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.
Kelley O’Brien is an interdisciplinary artist working between the American Midwest and Ireland. With her background in Architecture (University of Tennessee ’11) and Design (Cranbrook Academy of Art ’14) Kelley’s work negotiates boundaries defined between humans and the natural world. She has exhibited at the University of the Philippines, National College of Art and Design in Dublin as well as SPACES, Roy G Biv, and Woman Made Gallery in the United States. Kelley has been awarded grants from the Ohio Arts Council and a Fulbright Scholarship to the Philippines. Additionally, she has expanded she skills through residencies at Green Papaya Art Space in the Philippines, the Irish Museum of Art in Dublin, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden. Her artistic practice extends into her academic and curatorial research through collaborative projects with Francis Halsall under the title “Mapping Systems.” Collectively they have held workshops, lecture courses, and curated residencies in Ireland and the Philippines.
Ryan Dewey’s work is a kind of socially-engaged ecological dreaming that takes shape as installation, performance, research, workshops, and land art to highlight the entanglements between people, places, and land use. He has been a resident at ACRE, the Alps Art Academy, and a visiting researcher in the department of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University where he wrote Hack the Experience: Tools for Artists from Cognitive Science (now available here). He is a member of non//sense collective and founder of the collective Geologic Cognition Society (geocog.org). His work blurs disciplinary lines and often appears in unexpected venues including the British Society for Geomorphology, the American Association of Geographers, Kickstarter, the University of Bern, Concordia University (Montreal), the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the Annenberg School for Communication (Philadelphia), Progressive Insurance (Cleveland), MONU (Rotterdam), KERB (Melbourne), and living history festivals, as well as more traditional art venues including SPACES, ACRE, and other artist-run spaces.
Elizabeth Emery earned an MFA from Alfred University and a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in public collections including The Cleveland Clinic, Progressive Insurance, Columbus Metropolitan Library, American Greetings, Rockefeller Collection (Dresden, Germany), Metro Health, Westin Hotel Cleveland, Cleveland Artists Association, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art.
In 2018 Emery was selected as one of 18 local, national, and international Artists-in-Residence for FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. In 2017 & 2015 Emery received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a Dave Bown Award of Excellence in 2015.
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 and curators to date have been artist Nathalie Miebach (November 2016), artist Luca Buvoli (April 2017), artist Steve Locke (June 2017), curator Christina Linden (November 2017), sculptor and installation artist Ward Shelley (April 2018), curator Taylor Aldridge (July 2018), and artist Allison Smith (September 2018).
The Cleveland Sculptors Network is generously funded in part by the Callahan Foundation.