June 11 - July 31, 2015

Thursday, June 11
5:30 - 8:00 PM Opening of After the Pedestal
6:30 PM The Juror's and Artists' Talks in the Euclid Avenue Gallery

After the Pedestal, the 8th Exhibition of Small Sculpture from the Region
Juried by Johnny Coleman
Main Gallery and Euclid Avenue Gallery

Stephanie Craig (Berea, OH), Memory Cast Series: Agincourt Avenue, 2014, ceramics, 21 ½ x 28 x 9 in. Courtesy of the artist. Christian Schmit (Lakeside Park, KY), Scroll Desk, 2014-15, cardboard, paper, 6 x 6 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist. Blue Republic: Anna Passakas + Radoslaw Kudlinski (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Untitled from Hats and Containers, 2010-present, WWI helmet, drawing, circumference 17 in., height 17 in. Courtesy of the artists.

Juror's Awards

Jennifer Hecker, Drain Shelf Series #4, 2014, 7 in. cast iron drain cover, flame-worked, glass, steel & plywood, 13 x 10 x 11.5 in.
First Place
Jennifer Hecker uses the transparency and fluidity of glass to suggest water, which functions as a metaphor for memory. Jennifer received her BFA in Sculpture with honors, completing additional Graduate work in Printmaking, at the University of Illinois before continuing on to earn a Master's degree in sculpture at the University of Minnesota. She is a professor in the Department of Art at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, having taught all levels of sculpture as well as general education art courses. She was awarded a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in teaching in 1999 and completed a 6-year term as department chairperson in 2002.

Diane Bjel, The Mind of A Man, 2012, low fire, red and white clay, wire and glue, 21 x 10 x 9 in.
Second Place
Through the medium of clay Diana Bjel brings the fantastical characters of her imaginary playground to life. Her award winning sculpture The Mind of a Man embodies the artist's clever interpretation of the inner workings of a typical male mind. This miniature contraption represents man's ability to compartmentalize certain thoughts as well as his tendency to prioritize others. Diane received her BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art before going on to earn a Master's degree in education at Cleveland State University. She has taught at city schools in both Lakewood and Berea and now works as a full-time studio artist in the Arts and Crafts Building.

Doug Cannell, Apology to a Planet, 2014, Stainless Steel, Bronze, 25 x 9 x 9 in.
Third Place
Drawing inspiration from the fleeting and intangible outlets of his subconscious, mainly dreams and daydream, Doug Cannell is fascinated in finding meaning through the expansion of one singular idea or thought. Working with industrial as well as reclaimed steel the artist comments on the notion of time by exploring the dichotomy of his primary material's durability verses its tendency to eventually erode and decay. Doug works as an independent Fine Arts and Graphic Designer in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He received his BFA at Wayne State University in 1980 before continuing on to the Graphic Communications program at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.

This year's juried exhibition After the Pedestal, the 8th Exhibition of Small Sculpture from the Region highlights outstanding, small three-dimensional work by artists from our larger region. Johnny Coleman, prominent sound and installation artist of Oberlin, OH, has selected 30 pieces by 17 outstanding sculptors and one collaboration from a diverse pool of applicants. Exhibiting artists include: Gary Bibbs (KY), Diane Bjel (OH), Carol Boram-Hays (OH), Doug Cannell (MI), Stephanie Craig (OH), Jennifer Hecker (NY), Emmy Heger (MI), Kenn Hetzel (OH), Jesse L. Hickman (MI), Kevin Kautenburger (OH), Heather Molecke (OH), Blue Republic: Anna Passakas + Radoslaw Kudlinski (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Elizabeth Runyon (OH), Christian Schmit (KY), Steven Totin (PA), Christy Wittmer (OH), Jason Tanner Young (OH), and Summer Zickefoose (OH). The artists are fully engaged in making their work from a wide variety of materials such as metals, wood, glass, leather, paper, ceramics, and altered ready-mades. Each piece shows clear evidence of the artist's own hand and a desire to transfer emotions through form and materials.

Coleman comments on the sculptures of After the Pedestal: "Across the range of ideas, and approaches engaged by these artists, I found a compelling and consistent attention to materials, both formally and conceptually. In reflecting upon the work selected, an open weave of recurrent themes began to emerge: the exploration of place/dwelling and memory, alongside of interior/intuitive spaces of the mind. I continue to look to, and learn from these artists and their work. I am excited to be immersed within an artistic region as rich as this."

more about Johnny Coleman

Johnny Coleman is a Professor of Art and African American Studies at Oberlin College. He received his BFA (with honors) from the Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design and his MFA from the University of California at San Diego. He has worked collaboratively with Ulysses Jenkins, Collage Ansemble, George Lewis, Kimara Dixon, Albert Chong, Quincy Troupe, The Hitite Empire, Adenike Sharpley, Michael Early, Oshon Temple, Anthony Johnson, Karlos Parham, Dianne McIntyre, Bernard Matambo and Reverend Albert Wagner. Coleman has shown twice at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, OH, with his exhibition Progression: Song of the Underground Railroad as well as in a collaborative performance piece titled "The Best Location" Still Searching: A woven reflection. Coleman has created sound installations for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions, including Material Witness at MOCA Cleveland, Onsite Ohio at the Akron Museum of Art, Urban Evidence, which was shown at both the SPACES Gallery in Cleveland and the Euphrat Museum of Art, and inSITE 94 at Santa Fe Depot in San Diego. His work has also been exhibited at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Centro Cultural in San Diego, CA, Randolph Street, Chicago, Ill, California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA, and at the David Zapf Gallery. Additionally, he has performed on stage at BAM, Majestic Theater: Next Wave Festival 96. His work belongs to both private and museum collections, including The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The California Center for the Arts, Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps.

Johnny Coleman, Requiem. Image courtesy of the artist Johnny Coleman, Seated noble, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist

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