Behind the scenes, the interns at local, non-profit arts organizations are always working hard to help the organizations and their art initiatives throughout Northeast Ohio. To celebrate these hardworking interns and their efforts, Zygote Press conceived its In-TURN exhibition to showcase the talents of these hardworking interns.
“I was an intern many years ago at SPACES, and I pay much of my schooling in the arts due to my time spent there learning the ropes, meeting artists, prepping slides for jurying and installing shows,” says Liz Maugans, Executive Director of Zygote Press. “I met so many people from my intern experience and it gave me a leg up in what I would know was going to be an art life that I am experiencing now. Having interns were essential day one to Zygote and I am blessed to have so many wonderful artists helping us do the good work. I am indebted to them for their ideas, abilities and skills.”
This year’s In-TURN exhibition is curated by Frances Lee, former Zygote intern and current MFA candidate at the University of Chicago.
“The represented organizations are all workshops in town,” Lee explains. “These art nonprofits rely on intern labor to remain open and accessible to the public. In exchange for monitoring an open studio, or helping to hang a show, the artists are provided the tools and space necessary to hone their practice. There is an irony to artists professionalizing their practices in the context of unpaid work, but this work-exchange economy is robust in Cleveland.”
Artists included in this year’s In-TURN show include (represented organization, education): Tony Carlone (Morgan Conservatory, State University of New York at New Paltz), Samantha Konet (Praxis Fiber Workshop/Zygote Press, Cleveland Institute of Art), Yana Miko-Misho (Zygote Press/Micro Art Space, Visual Communications at Tri-C), Kelsey Moulton (Zygote Press, Kent State University), Allison Polgar (Zygote Press, Miami University), Annmarie Suglio (Praxis Fiber Workshop, Cleveland Institute of Art), Anna Tararova (Zygote Press, Ohio University) and Grace Wen (Zygote Press, University of California Davis).
“The artists in the IN-Turn show share an onus for making things,” Lee elaborates. “When much emerging art today is caught between the ready-made and the never-made the participating artists have a genuine interest in making original objects. In the work I have chosen I see a process of recalling through material investigations. For this region, physical space is transient, economies are shifting, and ideas of vacancy and emblem are shaped by what Cleveland used to be. For these artists there is an impulse to make a thing that stays.”
In-TURN opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 4, and remains on view through Nov. 26. Normal gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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