For thirty years, ARTneo’s mission has centered around the preservation, research, documentation, exhibition and education of the most significant visual art and architecture of the region. Originally founded as the Cleveland Artists Foundation in 1984 by Cleveland-based artists, collectors and patrons, the organization’s mission originally focused on the Cleveland School, a group of local and regional artists dating primarily to the first half of the 20th century. ARTneo isn’t a gallery; it’s a museum with a permanent collection dedicated exclusively to the artwork produced in our region.
With the somewhat recent name change came an increased interest in more contemporary artists and architecture. To help in this transition, ARTneo recently appointed John Farina, former Board President of SPACES, as its new Executive Director, Christopher Richards as its new Curator and Collections Manager and added regional art authority William Busta to its Board of Directors.
The organization’s latest change is a move from their longtime home inside Lakewood’s Beck Center for the Arts to the newly remodeled lower level of 78th Street Studios. The new space more than triples the collection’s storage space and was designed specifically to function most efficiently around ARTneo’s needs.
To celebrate this weekend’s Grand Opening, ARTneo is hosting a number of events; beginning Wednesday, May 13, with a special reception for major donors, sponsors and supporters of the institution’s relocation fund.
“This is, by far, the most significant moment in ARTneo’s history,” explains recently appointed Executive Director John Farina. “We have worked hard to secure our future by relocating to a more visible place, adding new board leadership and staff, and managing our finances. We’re ready to move forward into a promising future for this important organization.”
From 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 15, as part of 78th Street Studios’ monthly Third Friday event, ARTneo hosts a Grand Opening public reception featuring an exhibition of the museum’s recent acquisitions to its permanent collection over the past three years.
"We are very proud to present our new space to the public,” adds ARTneo’s Curator and Collections Manager Christopher Richards. “It is fitting that the first exhibition here consists of recent acquisitions to the permanent collection. In this way, we are able to thank the generous donors who make this organization thrive. Highlights of significant recent acquisitions to the permanent collection from 2012 to 2015 include works by Anna Arnold, Phyllis Fannin, Joseph Garramone, Toshiko Takaezu, Douglas Max Utter and many more. The exhibition shows a shift in collection policies. While the Cleveland School remains paramount to the mission of the organization, many of the works acquired over the past several years are more contemporary."
On Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ARTneo hosts a members-only day of activities including guided tours of ARTneo’s permanent collection and a presentation by the Intermuseum Conservation Association. At 11 a.m., Curator and Collections Manager Christopher Richards discusses a piece by renowned local painter Ed Mieczkowski. Using this work from ARTneo’s collection, Richards will elaborate on Mieczkowski’s life and significance to the narrative of regional art in Northeast Ohio. At 2 p.m., Education Outreach Officer at the Intermuseum Conservation Association Jennifer Souers Chevraux discusses Caring for Your Collection. Using items from ARTneo’s collection, Chevraux will discuss how both to incorporate museum standards into caring for your precious works of art at home. If you’d like to attend this event, vist ARTneo’s website to become a member.
Finally, from 3 to 6 p.m. this Sunday, May 17, ARTneo hosts their Annual Meeting. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the current state and future of the organization. The afternoon includes a keynote presentation by Cleveland Institute of Art’s President and CEO Grafton Nunes.
More information about the weekend’s events can be found at the organization’s website (ARTneo.org).
(ARTneo) 78th Street Studios, 1305 W. 80th St., Suite 016, 216-227-9507, ARTneo.org