Best Art Show

The People's Art Show

Anything goes at Cleveland State University's biannual People's Art Show, an exhibit open to anyone who can get his or her work to CSU's art gallery. It's the only art show where you can see dancing electronic Santa Clauses exposing themselves, heartfelt oil paintings of pets, and graffiti-inspired drawings of low-riders -- all surrounding an installation featuring a homeless man as himself. It's a chance for all of Cleveland to show off its artwork, and it gives the city's more established artists an opportunity to experiment. The results, while not always successful, are nearly always delightful, as well as reassuring about the creative impulse bubbling through people's lives.