After reaching out to art galleries and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio, I’d like to start by personally apologizing for everything we had to leave out of this guide due to space restrictions. We received an overwhelming number of responses. Even in two pages, we can’t fit everything. We’ve compiled as many highlights as possible, but stay tuned throughout the rest of 2015 (and beyond) for more information on these events (and so much more). (Note: for more information on 10 art-related events happening this week, check out our Get Out section)
With that being said, let’s get right to it.
Fall starts off with the return of IngenuityFest on the first weekend of October (Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 4). The 11th annual IngenuityFest will be centered around Voinovich Park, and promises a greater emphasis on urban experience and waterfront programming. Once again, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock Hall will also host some of IngenuityFest’s programming.
Friday Oct. 2 will be a busy night the local art community. It also includes an opening reception for Dana Oldfather’s latest exhibition, Soft Armor, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland’s only gallery older than the Cleveland Museum of Art! In November, Bonfoey presents the work of Julian and Barbara Stanczak. The gallery hosts an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.
Additionally, recent Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Rose Haserodt debuts 20 new and recent paintings in Little Italy as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Emerge program. Edited, Deleted and Manipulated is a one-night-only event on Friday, Oct. 2 in the Singer Steel building (2100 Random Rd.) as part of the Little Italy Art Walk.
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s curator of photography Barbara Tennenbaum stops by the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve for a very special discussion on collecting photographic artworks and current trends in today’s art market. Collecting Photography with Barbara Tennenbaum takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
October’s Third Friday at 78th Street Studios includes opening receptions for CAN Journal Executive Director/Editor/Publisher Michael Gill’s highly anticipated children’s book launch and exhibition, A Pocket Full of Change, at Tregoning and Company, Gojira, a Godzilla-inspired group show at Derek Hess’ gallery (enter through door on W. 78th Street), and Popeye Gallery presents Dana Depew’s Assholes and Elbows at Survival Kit (Note: I’m one of the directors of Popeye Gallery). You’ll also have an opportunity to view a number of exhibitions remaining on view this fall; including HEDGE Represents, Cinema 06 at Kenneth Paul Lesko and the Cleveland at Home Collection at E11even 2. Stop by for Third Friday open studios from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 (individual gallery/studio hours vary).
Local vaudevillians Pinch and Squeal’s (aka Jason and Danielle Tilk) WIZBANG! returns to the East Bank of the Flats for a special haunt-themed weekend of vaudeville, burlesque, circus and sideshow performances. Evening performances are adults only, but the matinees are family friendly. Evening tickets are $20 and matinees are $15 (plus service fees). They are available through Brownpapertickets.com. (Note: as of publishing these are not yet available online)
Lakeland Community College’s gallery coordinator Mary Urbas really loves skulls and skeletons. So much so, that every year she hosts a large skull and skeleton-themed exhibition just in time for Halloween. The Skull and Skeleton in Art IV: Folk Art to Pop Culture opens Sept. 24, but an Artist Reception, Costume Party and Boneyard Market take place during a special event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 – just in time for Halloween. What began as 18 artists in 2009, now boasts over 80 international, national, regional, and local artists from Northeast Ohio, Arizona, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, as well as England and Mexico. It’s well worth the scenic drive to Kirtland. The exhibition remains on view through Nov. 6.
BAYarts’ three cartooning instructors (Randy Crider, Ryan Finley and Rev. Jim Giar) take center stage for Triple Lindy this October. Triple Lindy opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, and remains on view through Oct. 28.The following Friday, Oct. 16, BAYarts hosts an opening reception for Jen Craun’s Of The Earth (on view through Nov. 8)
Both the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and the Galleries at Cleveland State University (CSU) present special exhibitions celebrating Chinese masterpieces. Opening Nov. 14, Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese painting will remain on view through Apr. 24 at the CMA. Additionally, Chinese Landscape Duets of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney is open now and remains on view through Feb. 2 at the CMA.
CSU also hosts two special exhibitions of Chinese art this fall. The North and Center Galleries feature A Tradition Re-Interpreted: New Works by Chinese Artists, while the South Gallery showcase A Spirit Resonates: Chinese Art from the Degenfelder Collection. Both shows at CSU open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22 and remain on view through Dec. 5.
Additionally, the CMA hosts a number of special events and exhibitions throughout the fall. Highlights include Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (Oct. 11 through Jan. 5), Imagining the Garden (Oct. 31 through Mar. 6), Music Videos II (through Dec 13), Shadows and Dreams: Pictorialist Photography in America (through Jan. 17) and Muhammad Shah’s Royal Persian Tent (through Jun 26).
A number of lectures are planned in conjunction with these exhibitions, including Easels in Eden: Monet’s Gardening and Painting at Giverny (Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.), Contemporary Artists Lecture Series: Glen Ligon (Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.) and Issues in Provenance (Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Bring the family to the museum for the Fourth Annual International Cleveland Community Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Nearly 50 community groups and organizations share their history and heritage through performances, music and table displays. The CMA’s Atrium will have stages on its east and west sides, alternating performances of vibrant global music and dance. The event also includes studio workshops, scavenger hunts and the Art Cart.
Lauren Davies’ 2731 Prospect (the former William Busta Gallery) hosts its second opening reception with new works by Joseph Minek and Amber Stucke. Minek’s Photographic Works and Stucke’s Symbiosis State open with a reception Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. and remain on view through Dec. 5.
Local ceramics artist Gina DeSantis has a busy season ahead. From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, she hosts a Grand Redesign Opening of Gina DeSantis Ceramics and RTD Design Collective at the Screw Factory (aka Lake Erie Building) in Lakewood. On Thursday, Nov. 5, DeSantis teams up with Toast Wine Bar for Kiln to Table, a special dinner, plated using DeSantis’ custom, handmade tableware, which itself was inspired by Toast Wine Bar’s menu and décor and designed to accentuate the meal’s presentation. The event is free with the purchase of dinner. Pieces will be available for purchase after dinner.
And speaking of the Screw Factory, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, the artists of the Screw Factory host their annual Holiday Sale. As in previous years, a large number of guest artists and makers will also have booths in the building.
Additionally, the Screw Factory will once again host Genghis Con. John G.’s (John Greiner) independent and small print comics convention is quickly becoming an after-Thanksgiving weekend tradition. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, dozens of local and regional artists, writers, readers and fans will fill the Screw Factory in Lakewood for this one-day-only, annual event. The convention continues to get bigger and better every year, and 2015 surely won’t disappoint.
November is also a busy month for SPACES. From 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, SPACES hosts its annual benefit, costume party and art auction. This year’s theme is based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the evening honors now-retired local gallerist William Busta and his wife Joan Tomkins. Later in the month, SPACES debuts three new exhibitions; including artist in residence Anna Viola Hallberg’s Imperial Differences, The Venus Vault and the People’s Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory. These new shows open with a reception Friday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., and remain on view through Jan. 15.
Throughout the fall, the Cleveland Foundation partners with local arts organizations to host the latest round of Creative Fusion Artists from around the world. Current Creative Fusion Artists include Adolfo Bimer (Cleveland Print Room via Chile), Nicolás Grum (Sculpture Center via Chile), Nguyen Manh Hung (Negative Space via Vietnam), Behrang Samazadegan (Zygote Press via Iran), Kop Thammapruksa (Rainey Institute via Thailand) and Kuen-lin Tsai (Waterloo Arts via Taiwan). A number of exhibitions and events are planned around these artists. See individual host organization websites or contact the Cleveland Foundation for more information.
Collinwood’s historic Waterloo Arts District hosts first Friday Walk All Over Waterloo Events on Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 this fall. However, it’s worth noting that the annual DAYGLO show is moving to Waterloo Arts this December. The previous three years took place at Doubting Thomas in Tremont, but DAYGLO 4 opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at Waterloo Arts. The Cleveland-based DayGlo Color Corporation sponsors the show, providing artists with free paint and awarding prizes through guest jurors. The gallery will be lit in ultraviolet blacklight, causing the fluorescent paintings to glow like a lightbulb. A closing reception takes place for January’s Walk All Over Waterloo on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Just steps down Waterloo Road, Maria Neil Art Project (MNAP) hosts exhibitions in its main gallery space, as well as the Native Annex around the corner (same building, between Native Cleveland and Star Pop Vintage + Modern). Scott Goss’ Incoherent Spaces remains on view at MNAP through Oct. 18. MNAP also presents ARTneo curator and collections manager Christopher Richards’ Chromatic Consumption, a collection of new work inspired by the sticker dots used for merchandising in retail department stores, in the Native Annex from Friday, Oct. 2 through 25 (opening reception Friday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 10 p.m.). In November, MNAP presents Libby Chaney’s Seasons from Nov. 6 through 22 (opening reception Friday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 10 p.m.)
Don’t forget about MOCA Cleveland’s Fall exhibitions; which remain on view through Jan 10. MOCA’s Fall 2015 schedule includes Nevet Yitzhak’s OFF THE RULING CLASS , Fatima Al Qadiri’s Chinas of the Mind and Do Ho Suh’s self-titled exhibition. Thanks to PNC bank, the first Saturday of each month is free to the public. Regular admissionis $8 for adults; $6, seniors; $5, students (with valid ID); children 5 and under are free.
In conjunction with the Fall 2015 exhibitions, MOCA Cleveland has planned a number of events. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 MOCA Cleveland hosts BREAK IT DOWN: Iconoclasm Today, a special panel discussion around Nevet Yitzhak’s exhibition – inspired by the 1970 bombing of Rodin’s The Thinker outside of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In advance of a special Summer 2016 exhibition, the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (and curator of Mothersbaugh’s Myopia) presents a special talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Aside from music, Mothersbaugh’s prolific career includes drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture and more. His sister, Amy Mothersbaugh, is also an artist, as well as gallerist – the owner of Studio 2091 in downtown Cuyahoga Falls. [Editor's note: This post originally misstated that Mark Mothersbaugh would be in attendance. That is not the case and we apologize for the confusion.]
Additionally, MOCA Cleveland hosts a special Halloween Edition of Silent Disco in partnership with Thrive Cleveland from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 ($20 in advance, $25 at the door). Costumes are encouraged, and the best costumes will win big prizes. MOCA promises a night you won’t forget, with each of its gallery spaces featuring a special surprise inside.
While there’s plenty of art to see in Cleveland, there are also opportunities to see dynamic work by Cleveland-based artists throughout Ohio. The Akron Art Museum presents NEO Geo (Nov. 21 through Apr. 24), and the Ohio Arts Council’s new Riffe Gallery presents its inaugural juried exhibition (Nov. 5 through Jan. 5; opening reception Thursday, Nov. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.). Additionally, CHOICE: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum remains on view at Hingetown’s Transformer Station through Dec. 6.
NEO Geo features local and regional artists exploring geometric abstraction through painting, printmaking, drawing, installation, sculpture, fiber and photography. Participating artists include Gianna Commito (Kent), Natalie Lanese (Toledo), Janice Lessman-Moss (Kent), Michelle Murphy (Cleveland), Erik Neff (Newbury), Kristina Paabus (Oberlin), Paul O’Keeffe (Cleveland Heights) and Amy Sinbondit (Cleveland Heights).
Cleveland-based artists accepted into the Inaugural Juried Exhibition at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery include Judith Brandon, John W. Carlson, Si-Yun Chang, Laurence Channing, Stephanie Craig, Jen Craun, Eileen Dorsey, Marilyn Farinacci, Tom Hubbard, Jonah Jacobs, Andrea Joki, Lori Kella, Charles Minz, Deborah Pinter, Laila Voss and Gina Washington. Based on this artist roster alone, this is sure to be one of the best exhibitions of the year in the region.
As stated previously, there will be plenty more in the months ahead. Be sure to check back early and often.