Michelle Illuminato will be holding a private Master Review & Collective Discussion with an intimate group of these four artists of Northeast Ohio and our greater region. This is a group critical feedback discussion of the work presented by the four artists taking part: Elaine Hullihen, Allison Polgar, Ashley Rowland, and Kimberly Chapman. The Master Review is intended to foster ongoing ties of the sculptors with the visiting artist and among the regional sculptors for future interactions.
Elaine Hullihen first showed work at The Sculpture Center in 2011 as part of the Window to Sculpture: Emerging Artists series. She is a multi-media artist who uses actions and experiences to try to touch the vibrating energy that is the essence of life. She uses the guises of sculptor, performance artist, muralist, printmaker, writer and yoga teacher to prompt experiences, for herself and others, that bring attention to the creative curiosity that fuels us. She now resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
Allison Polgar received her BFA in painting and printmaking from Miami University in 2012. Her work depicts many landscapes and figurative scenes with strong emotional value, and many times these works quote art history juxtaposed with the contemporary. She currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ashley Rowland creates three-dimensional paintings “focused on public personas constructed from a variety of lived experiences.” She manipulates material to reveal narratives about people, likening house paint skins to the layers of human persona that are built up over time.
Kimberly Chapman is a recent ceramics graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Having made a 30-year career in Marketing, she decided to switch gears and obtain a BFA in ceramics. Her work examines childhood and ancestral nostalgia, though recently some of the dominant themes in her work have been gun violence in schools and the current issues surrounding immigration.