Courtesy Cleveland Arts Prize
A few months ago, William Busta announced his plans for retirement. Although he made the announcement months before the gallery actually closes, which will come this summer, the future of the exhibition space was still unclear. Well, all that changed late last week.
Just a day before the opening reception for his latest exhibitions by Elizabeth Emery and Douglas Max Utter, Busta announced via email and social media that the gallery’s future has been officially secured.
“As the William Busta Gallery closes at the end of August, John and Lauren Davies will continue its traditions, opening the 2731 Prospect Gallery in September,” Busta said in an open letter. “I am pleased that they have been inspired by the William Busta Gallery's support of the visual arts community of Cleveland to continue – with their own voice.”
Brother and sister John and Lauren Davies will take over day-to-day operations after Busta’s final exhibition closes at the end of July. Their grand opening gala is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18. We’ll have more information on that as it gets closer. During the transition, Busta will serve as a consultant. He plans to work with the Davies in similar role as time moves on.
“My participation will primarily be as a consultant during the transition,” he explained. “I will not be involved with the day-to-day operations, though I will work to maintain the relationships that the gallery has established over time.”
John and his wife Allyn Davies currently serve on the Boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, the Cleveland International Film Fest, the Cuyahoga County Library Foundation and the International Piano Competition.
Lauren Davies received her MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. She served as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Kala Art institute in Berkeley, CA from 2000 to 2012. She recently relocated from San Francisco to Cleveland, and will serve as Gallery Director beginning in September.
"We have a deep admiration and appreciation for the commitment that Bill Busta and his wife Joan Tomkins have made to the arts community,” expressed the Davies Family in Busta’s announcement. “For over 26 years, the William Busta Gallery has provided countless opportunities for both local artists and collectors. We are honored that Bill is passing the torch to the Davies family as we keep this well-respected gallery moving forward."
Douglas Max Utter’s Timelines runs through Apr. 11 and Elizabeth Emery’s Lick Time run through April 18 at William Busta Gallery. Both artists will be in the gallery on Apr. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Both exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. Additional gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by appointment.
(William Busta Gallery) 2731 Prospect Ave., 216-298-9071, williambustagallery.com