Dante Rodriguez, "El Jibaro Nuevo"
The Cleveland Museum of Art may have no interest in re-instating its legendary May Show, but Lakeland Gallery Coordinator Mary Urbas has taken up the charge in her own way. For the past five years, The Gallery at Lakeland has hosted their own version of the May Show, an annual, juried exhibition of local and regional art.
“I am humbled and impressed by the level of creativity and mastering of technique. I spent months promoting the exhibition and inviting new artists to submit artwork. It paid off! I've met so many new artists this past week and look forward to seeing what future art they will be creating. New this year, I invited members of the FAC-PAC to play music in the Gallery during the reception. They are members of Lakeland's music faculty.”
This year’s May Show is selected by Chief Curator of University Hospitals’ Fine Art Collection, Tom Huck, and Lauren Davies, future Gallery Director of 2731 Prospect – currently still known as William Busta Gallery. Over the past five years, organizers have awarded more than $20,000 in cash awards.
“It's always interesting to listen to the interaction of the jurors to gain an insight into their aesthetic. A record number of artists submitted a record number of artworks. The jurors were really tough. Once again we were able to give out $4000 in cash awards, including the $1500 cash award for Best in Show. Since the inception of the show in 2010 we have given out $24,000 in cash awards to the exhibiting artists.”
The award ceremony takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, May 15, with a reception following until 9 p.m., and the exhibition runs through July 10. Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(The Gallery at Lakeland Community College) 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 440-525-7029, Lakelandcc.edu/gallery