Classes may have ended for the academic year, but The Galleries at Cleveland State University have a few more exhibitions to present before they close for summer break. From 5 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, May 14, The Galleries at Cleveland State University host an opening reception for Phyllis Seltzer’s Italian Works, Travis Kinchy’s From Shadows into Light and CAN DO! LIKE YOU.
Seltzer is well known for her paintings of Cleveland, but as a half-time resident of Venice, Italy, this exhibition features paintings created in Italy and never-before-seen in Cleveland.
“This exhibition re-introduces Phyllis Seltzer to Cleveland with the Italian Works that have not often been seen here,” explains CSU Gallery Director Robert Thurmer. “This exhibition reveals a side of the artist that is less about progress, technology and industry – an aspect of the artist’s body of work that many are familiar with in works about Cleveland and other American Cities – and more about Italy, Art History, Humanism, and the rediscovery of the beauty and profound esthetic dimension of the human experience.”
He continues, “The Italian Works celebrate the creative sensibility and output of an intensely gifted contemporary artist and her collaborator. These works also celebrate the profound influence of the city, country and culture of her adopted home away from home and the people, sights, architecture, and artworks she encounters there. “
Travis Kinchy is a relative newcomer to the local art community. His beautifully dark, expressive clay and bronze sculptures show the influence of his travels through Europe.
“I am completely self-taught,” says Kinchy. “I spent many hours in museums learning from actually observing the works of the masters and countless hours of trial and error. My work is the culmination of years of practice and laboring in complete solitude. I feel learning from the lives and works of those before us is the ideal way to achieve your full potential as an Artist. My desire is to create Art that honors all the traditions handed down to us, not ignoring them. To me, my work means that through discipline and determination to create, there is salvation.”
CAN DO! LIKE YOU is an eclectic exhibition of a variety of works created by artists with developmental challenges. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and SAW, Inc.
All exhibitions and the opening reception are free. Exhibitions run through Saturday, Jun. 20.
(The Galleries at CSU) 1307 Euclid Ave., 216-687-2103, csuohio.edu/artgallery