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The Sculpture Center's fall 2010 through summer 2011 exhibitions shine a spotlight on the exceptional quality of the art schools and art departments of our region. This fall opens with an exhibition of the small serial work of David Deming, just retired President of the Cleveland Institute of Art, a new installation by Heather McGill, Head of the Sculpture Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a new construction of Aaron L. Peterman, a 2008 MFA graduate of Cranbrook.

In early November The Sculpture Gallery will open a new installation by Beth Campbell, the visiting artist-in-residency at the Cleveland Institute of Art for the spring semester. Campbell, a 1997 MFA graduate of Ohio University in Athens, had a major installation, Following Room, in the 2007 Whitney Biennial and has recently completed a Kohler Residency. The November 6 opening of this exhibition will conclude a day-long working conference "Concerning the State of Sculpture. What is sculpture, and how does one teach it?" being held at the Cleveland Institute of Art in collaboration with Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and The Sculpture Center with keynote speaker Jeanne Silverthorne, faculty at the School of Visual Arts and at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Columbia University, New York.

The winter 2011 W2S series (Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist) will show new work by Joshua Parker and Jennifer Omaitz, Qian Li and Daniel McDonald, and Annie Strader and Elaine Hullihen, all graduates from and/or professors at Ashland College, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Ohio University, and the University of Akron.

In summer 2011, The Sculpture Center and the Erie Art Museum are presenting a joint exhibition of work (title TBD) by six Ohio and Western Pennsylvania sculptors/three dimensional artists and professors, curated by renowned author, critic, and art history professor David Carrier. These exhibitions are accompanied by an ongoing collegial website exchange, Sculpture Xchange, hosted by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and will be highlighted at the November 6 conference, open to all, at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

See Exhibitions 2010/2011 for full details.


Artist and filmmaker Brent Green, whose animated shorts and their hand-constructed props were shown at The Sculpture Center in Animation in Four Dimensions (2007), gave brilliant Live Shows of narration and music at the Beachland Ballroom and The Sculpture Center. He's been showing his artwork and films at museums all over the country and at the Sundance Film Festivals, and he's just finished his first full-length feature, "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then," a New York Times Critics Pick. He'll present "Gravity" at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm. Green, whom The Village Voice has called "an emerging Orson Welles of handmade experimental cinema," will answer audience questions after the screening, along with the film's co-writer and star, Donna K. Sculpture Center Evite subscribers will receive the $7 Cinematheque/CIA ticket price with this coupon. Normal price is $10. Find out more about the event at their website.

2011 W2S artist Qian Li is part of the Ingenuity Festival from Sept. 24-26. Don't miss her new work Washed Away, right in the pool at the east end - that's towards downtown - of the lower level of the Veterans Bridge - better known to Clevelanders as the Detroit Superior Bridge.

Lauren Kalman, Cleveland Heights native and a Sculpture Center 2008 W2S artist (A Pretty Little Trick), now teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her own work was most recently seen in Not the Family Jewels at CAM Houston (2010). She's curated a traveling exhibition Dichotomies in Objects: Contemporary South African Studio Jewelry from the Stellenbosch Area at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, OH, that's on view through Oct. 31.

Image: Nanette Nel, Verkeerd-Om Protea, silicone, silver, silicone cast

FiveOne, a new music ensemble, is collaborating with two of the 2011 W2S artists. For Qian Li's exhibition No Matter How Hard I Yell they are composing new music for solo instruments in response to each of the three pieces. Li is making special costumes for the performers. The works will be performed in the Main Gallery on Friday, April 1, 2011, at 8 PM. They are in dialogue with Annie Strader about experimental work for her May 2011 exhibition.

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