Two Cleveland artists put the pop! in rock. You know those great rock-show posters and fliers you've seen around town for the past 15 years? Chances are that John G. or Jake Kelly was behind them. The two artists have created more than 1,800 such posters, most of which are on display now at Heights Arts Gallery, along with a mammoth installation elucidating their mutual creative processes. John G. began as a comic book illustrator and evolved into a poster-making machine. "It has been the most immediate outlet for my illustrations," he says. This show will mark the first time his posters have been exhibited with Kelly's, and the first chance for fans of their work — or of Cleveland's rock history, for that matter — to see them all in one place. Meet the artists at an opening reception on January 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show, aptly titled A Few Hundred Posters, continues through February 26 at 2173 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights. For more information, call 216-371-3457. — Chrissy Niehaus
Akron Art Museum: Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Brooklyn Museum of Art's groundbreaking show is a dizzying tour of the images that helped shape how we hear the music. Its 174 photos capture everyone from Chuck Berry to Amy Winehouse — artists whose self-presentation is as iconic as their sound. Through January 23 at 1 South High St. in Akron. Museum admission is $7; go to akronartmuseum.org for more information.
B-Side Liquor Lounge: Ten Imaginary Movies: For the past year, artist Jake Kelly has worked on a series of full-size movie posters designed for ten movies that exist only in his imagination. He has also created fictional casts, crews, and production companies, along with imaginary synopses and production histories for each movie. To further expand the illusion of reality, he called up his fellow artist John G. to create a huge array of ephemera and memorabilia, including VHS boxes, action figures, and production stills — all on display in this imaginative exhibit. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m., January 13. Through January 30 at 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd. For more information, go to bsideliquorlounge.com.
Cleveland Institute of Art: Reinberger Galleries: Scholastic Art Competition + Exhibition: See more than 500 award-winning works from area middle- and high-school students in this prestigious exhibition of youthful talent. Many of the young artists have taken home scholarships and cash prizes. But winners of the Portfolio and Gold Key awards will go on this spring to compete in the nationals in N.Y.C., where icons like Andy Warhol first gained notice. Through February 5 at 11141 East Blvd. in University Circle. For more information go to cia.edu.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe: A collection of artifacts from churches and monasteries throughout the world. Through January 17. Also: Objects Being Taught They Are Nothing But Tools: South Korean artist Kim Beom endows his creations — sculpture, drawings, painting, videos, and mixed media projects — with absurd traits and abilities. Through March 6 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org. Museum admission is free; tickets for the special exhibit are $6 to $12, free for kids age 5 and under.
Negative Space Gallery & Studio: Works of Gadi Zamir: Israeli artist Gadi Zamir paints, stains, and burns his haunting visions into scraps of wood, allowing the grain and texture to dictate the ultimate composition. More than 150 of his pieces are now on view at 3820 Superior Ave. For more information, call 216-470-6092 or go to thinknegativespace.com.
Solon Center for the Arts: Impressions: Twinsburg painter Janis Schilling works in watercolor to create her dreamy landscapes and still lifes, but achieves more intense shades than you would commonly associate with the medium by using honey-based paints. Through January 20 at 6315 SOM Center Rd., Solon. Call 440-337-1400 or go to solonarts.org.
Sculpture Center: Jennifer Omaitz: Shadow Structures: Trained as a painter, Jenniffer Omaitz' large installations incorporate found objects, home building materials, and architectural models, and suggest the tension between physical landscape and the landscape of the psyche. Also: Joshua Parker: Humans are the only species on the planet that create trash, one good turn deserves another and the worst part about dying is that you can only do it once — but don't worry, the water's still fine here. By abandoning the limits of rational and logical methods, Parker seeks to create new, fresh works of art. Opening reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 14. Through February 26 at 1834 East 123rd St.; go to sculpturecenter.org for more information.
SPACES: Chris Kulcsar, the lead singer for This Moment in Black History, invites visitors into a collaborative soundscape for his SPACELab project. Stepping off from his own inclinations toward processed, layered sounds, he invites the public to add their sound play to a continuously running cassette loop. Also: SPACES' World Artist Program features the work of South African artist Nandipha Mntambo. Both shows through January 21 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Wall Eye Gallery: Spacelift: Ever notice how memories take on a glossy patina, making them into something more than mere recountings? That's the phenomenon that Spacelift hopes to explore. "It's an exhibition addressing the notion that some memories get better with time — it's the lifting up of the spaces in our minds," explains guest curator Kristin Bly. Built around the works of 18 artists, the exhibit moves from deeply personal autobiographies to riffs on the bombardment of popular culture, creating a colorful tapestry of past events, "all remastered and gussied up for an even richer stream of narratives." January 14 through February 5 at 5304 Detroit Ave. in the Gordon Square Arts District. Go to walleyegallery.com or call 216-640-7769.
William Busta Gallery: Dexter Davis: Monsters and Ghosts: In this exhibit, part of his War series, Cleveland artist Dexter Davis has created a collection of portraits that let us peer through faces into the souls. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Davis adopts a psychological perspective in exploring social and political issues. The result is a series of striking and sometimes disturbingly disjointed works: collage-like assemblies, created from newspaper fragments, puzzle pieces, pennies, and seemingly effortless pencil strokes. Through February 5 at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.