2008 - 2009 Exhibition Calendar

Shaping the Spirit, Recent Sculpture by Richard Hunt
Shaping the Spirit, Recent Sculpture by Richard Hunt
installation in The Sculpture Center’s Euclid Avenue Gallery

September 5 – October 25, 2008
Opening Friday, September 5 from 5:30 – 8 PM
6:30 PM The Artist Talks with Richard Hunt
Artists Panel

Thursday, October 23, 6 PM at The Sculpture Center’s Main Gallery
Richard Hunt, Sculptor, Shaping the Spirit in Cleveland with artists Al Bright and Cavana Faithwalker and artist and foundryman Ron Dewey

More from the curator... (pdf)

Artist Interview in The Plain Dealer by Steve Litt (pdf)

Review in Cleveland Scene by Douglas Max Utter (pdf)

Shaping the Spirit, Recent Sculpture by Richard Hunt
Shaping the Spirit, Recent Sculpture by Richard Hunt includes selected small bronze and stainless steel sculpture and the maquettes and photomurals of selected outdoor public commissions from the last ten years by the renowned, second generation Abstract Expressionist sculptor Richard Hunt. Hunt (b. 1935) was the first African-American artist to receive a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and has created more publicly commissioned sculpture than any American artist. More info

Godfather by Curtis Mitchell
Curtis Mitchell
Video projection
Dimensions variable by room size
Image courtesy of the artist

November 7 – December 20, 2008
Opening Friday, November 7, 5:30 – 8 PM
6:30 PM  The Artist Talks with Curtis Mitchell in the Main Gallery

Saturday, Nov. 15, 7-9 PM  Meet T.R. Ericsson at the opening of Narcissus, the complementary exhibition at SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, 740 W. Superior Ave., Suite 101, downtown Cleveland

Review in The Plain Dealer by Dan Tranberg (pdf)

Review in Art Papers by Douglas Max Utter (pdf)

Curtis Mitchell: Personas
In his ongoing series Personas, Curtis Mitchell appropriates and alters short video clips by applying large bands of monochromatic color to the images, covering all except a narrow band of action and always removing the faces of the protagonists. These are film moments to which Mitchell has a particularly strong and visceral reaction and into which he would wish to project himself. For this iteration at The Sculpture Center, two altered videos are projected across opposite ends of the gallery to fill the entire space with light, monochromatic color, and moving image. The majestic rhythms of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony seem to complement, and oddly pace, the frenetic movements from Pulp Fiction and The Godfather. The viewer, unable to avoid the light or sound, inextricably becomes a vital element in the artwork and must engage directly with the artist’s dilemma of desire and identity. [More info]

The Magic Inside of You is Infinite by T.R. Ericsson
T.R. Ericsson
Absolute black granite w/ engraving
72 x 60 x 1 ¼ in.
Image courtesy of The Sculpture Center


See reviews from Cleveland Magazine and The Cleveland Scene.

Ericsson's art is one of disclosure, using his life events in works ranging from story telling, drawing, video, installation, photography, book works, and sculpture.[More info]



About the W2S Series
Through the Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series (W2S), begun in 1990, The Sculpture Center has brought to the Cleveland region the artwork of over 100 talented Ohio sculptors and installation artists. The series supports the careers of Ohio sculptors who have completed an arts degree, apprenticeship, or self-training and are no more than 10 years into their profession. With an open call for artists with a connection to Ohio, whether by birth, residency, or schooling, The Sculpture Center's Exhibition Committee of sculptors and art historians chooses 6 sculptors per year for a comprehensive one-person exhibition and accompanying brochure.

Title to be determined by Donald Henson
Installation in Euclid Avenue Gallery of In Fluid Space

January 9 – February 14, 2009
Opening Friday, January 9, 5:30 – 8 PM

See reviews in The Plain Dealer and Cleveland Scene

In Fluid Space
The lathe turned wood and machined aluminum sculptures of Don Henson synthesize the historically formal aesthetics of object making with the contemporary popular culture genre of science fiction. [More Info]

Installation in Main Gallery of Accumulations Retraced

Accumulations Retraced
In a labor intensive process, Susan McClelland creates her sculptures with hand stitched, variously worked fabrics placed over recognizable household furniture or shaped metal wires. The resultant works are organic, unruly, and open ended in appearance and interpretation. [More Info]

Jake Beckman
wood, plaster, 17 x 12 x 6 ft. (work in progress). Courtesy of the artist.

February 27 – April 4, 2009
Opening Friday, February 27, 5:30 – 8 PM


More from the curator…

See review by Steve Litt of The Plain Dealer (pdf)

See review by Douglas Max Utter in Sculpture, a publication of the International Sculpture Center (pdf)

Jake Beckman’s installations and sculpture seek to reveal and explore the complexities of the hidden mechanical constructions that support and make possible our modern existence. [More Info]

Danielle Julian Norton
In Between
braided hair, 11 ft. long (detail). Courtesy of the artist.


More from the curator…

Enough is a new departure in Danielle Julian Norton’s work with an open, even sparse, installation of discrete vignettes, some altered utilitarian antiques, others artist created objects and overlaid video. Each tableau resonates with its own possible interpretations, and the installation as a whole implies a loss and melancholy.…[More Info]

Sarah Kabot
All physical elements of the gallery reproduced and shifted one foot towards the center of the room.
11 ½ x 20 ½ x 44 ½ feet overall (detail)
Image courtesy of the artist.

April 17 – May 23, 2009
Opening Friday, April 17, 5:30 – 8 PM

6:15 PM The Artist Talks with Sarah Kabot in the Main Gallery

7:00 PM The Artist Talks with Elissa Cox in the Euclid Avenue Galle


Sarah Kabot's site-specific installation, Enough, is a full scale, three-dimensional, gray and white paper line drawing of the Main Gallery's architecture. The physical elements of the gallery, meticulously and sparingly recreated, are shifted by one foot towards the center of the room. [More Info]


Elissa Cox
mixed media
40 ft x 22 ft installation at New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN (detail).
Image courtesy of the artist.


Elissa Cox was supposed to exhibit earlier in 2009 but could not due to an elbow injury. For updated exhibition information click here.

with a twinge and a grimace

Elissa Cox's installation in the Euclid Avenue Gallery, with a twinge and a grimace, turns the world inside out to exemplify human pain. Hers are exuberant, seemingly chaotically constructed, often visually and emotionally overwhelming environments made with cloth, wax, plaster, and latex… [More Info]


On A Pedastal and Off the Wall 2008
Alton Falcone, Alba, 2009, recovered wood, steel, and ceramics, 8 ft. x 4 ft. x 5 in. Image courtesy of the artist.

Friday, June 5 – Saturday, August 1
After the Pedestal, the 5th Annual of Smaller Sculpture from the Region

Main and Euclid Avenue Galleries and the Sculpture Courtyard

Friday, June 5
5:30 to 8 pm – Opening in the Main and Euclid Avenue Galleries and the Sculpture Courtyard
6:30 pm in the Euclid Avenue Gallery -The Juror Talks with Paola Morsiani, Curator of Contemporary Art of the Cleveland Museum of Art
7:23 pm in the Sculpture Courtyard - Full Moon over Hot Springs, a participatory art piece by R Ferris. Bring your folding chair.

With 21 artworks by 16 artists from this geographical region, juror Paola Morsiani has created a cohesive exhibition that explores the most current interests of many artists creating three-dimensional work. Included in the exhibition are works by Karen Bondarchuk (Kalamazoo, MI), Carol Boram-Hays (Columbus, OH), Samantha Doan (Oxford, OH), Elizabeth A. Emery (Cleveland, OH), Alton Falcone (Newport, KY),  R Ferris (Kirtland, OH), Nicole M. Gibbs (Columbus, OH), Elizabeth Hoy (Philadelphia, PA), Tyler Matthew Oyer (State College, PA), Mark Soppeland (Akron, OH), Scott Stibich (Cleveland, OH), Howard Tran (Williamsport, PA), Will Tucker (Columbus, OH), Norwood Viviano (Plainwell, MI), and Lauren Yeager (Cleveland, OH).

Paola Morsiani says, "Since the 1960s sculpture as a discipline and expressive language has been extremely prolific with new ideas. These have involved much interaction with architecture and the open space, including social relationships, inside and outside the gallery, as well as a continuous exploration of how sculpture can transform ready-made objects and materials. After the Pedestal introduces audiences to a selection of very interesting evolutions in these areas by artists based in our surrounding regions."…[more info]

The Sculpture Center is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to the advancement of the careers of emerging Ohio sculptors and the preservation of Ohio outdoor sculpture as a means to provide support for artists and to effect the enrichment, education, enjoyment, and visual enhancement of the Cleveland community and greater region.

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