A Color Removed
Jul
14
to Sep 30

A Color Removed

A Color Removed is a city-wide participatory project grounded in the impossible gesture of removing the color orange from Cleveland and suspending its future use. 

The presence of orange, as a symbol of safety, encourages complacency. But what if we could trust that safety is a right guaranteed to everyone who travels in, through, and around Cleveland? What if orange was rendered superfluous? A Color Removed addresses the underlying questions regarding the right to safety by encouraging community members to deconstruct its symbols and create solidarity for a more peaceful city.

A Color Removed formally commenced with a public letter writing campaign in the fall of 2017 and continues with an open call for orange objects to be accumulated in collection bins installed throughout Cleveland. Clothing, toys, sports equipment, household items, etc. will be catalogued and displayed at SPACES from July 15 to September 30, 2018. The enlistment of community members in surrendering orange objects and developing responses to the supersaturated orange display at SPACES is an invitation to a difficult and ongoing conversation around the forces that shape safety in American cities, including gun violence and community-police relations, as well as the overlapping impacts connecting characteristics that are targeted for oppression. Facilitated discussions and workshops will be conducted by partner organizations, project collaborators, and neighbors, and housed within the monochrome A Color Removed display at SPACES, where fearless listening enables fearless speaking.

A Color Removed was conceived by Michael Rakowitz, as a response to the shooting of Tamir Rice by Cleveland police, and was debuted as a call to action during his 2015 Beamer-Schneider Lecture at Case Western Reserve University. In response to community feedback and the involvement of the Rice family, the project evolved to include a group exhibition of newly commissioned works by Cleveland-based artists who have long explored the conceptual underpinnings of A Color Removed in their work: Amber N. Ford, Amanda King and Shooting Without Bullets youth photographers, M. Carmen Lane, and RA Washington of Guide to Kulchur Learn House. Additional collaborators include Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Amir Berbic, Christopher Horne, Elaine Hullihen, Kelley O'Brien & Anthony Warnick of The Muted Horn, and Samaria Rice & The Tamir Rice Foundation.

The project is organized by SPACES and presented as part of FRONT International, An American City: 11 Cultural Exercises, taking place July 14 - September 30, 2018.



FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is an exhibition comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs, in collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin. It will showcase an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater throughout the landscape and built environment. With a roster of national, international and area-based artists at all points in their career, FRONT will examine the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

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CAN Triennial
Jun
7
to Jun 29

CAN Triennial

2 CITY BLOCKS
3 CURATED FLOORS OF ARTISTS AND GALLERIES
23 DAYS

A gathering of exemplary contemporary art from Northeast Ohio, featuring new discoveries, rising stars, and the region's most accomplished artists. An exhibit filling three floors of 78th Street Studios with painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fiber art, music, film, and site-specific installations. A Gallery Pavilion bringing together 20 of the most selective dealers from Northeast Ohio and surrounding cities. A deep dive into the creative minds of Cleveland.

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Stranger in the Sun
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Stranger in the Sun

Please join us for the opening of "Places in the Sun", works by Juliette Thimmig and Amber N. Ford, Third Friday at 78th St. Studios. (Left: Mixed media by Juliette Thimmig. Right: Screen print by Amber N. Ford.)

Closing reception June 15th from 6-9pm

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Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Processing the Present

Curated by Rebekah Wilhelm
On View: March 9 – April 7
Opening Reception 6 – 8pm Friday, March 9

Printmaking has a long and rich history of process; of processing and disseminating information, of experimentation in new methods of production, as well as allowing for the creation and production of beautiful and important works of art through the processes available in print. These artists shown here all, in their own way, utilize printmaking as a method of communication, a method of production, and a method of processing and speaking to current issues and concerns in their work. Print media has become bigger than its processes of production, but also is strengthened as a method by the process and conception of its production. It becomes a way in which artists today can process the present.

Participating Artists:

Jerry Birchfield
Marcus Brathwaite
Amber Nicole Ford
Khelha Chepape Makgato
Liz Maugans
Darius Steward

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The New Masters: Women Artists of Northeast Ohio
Feb
16
5:00 PM17:00

The New Masters: Women Artists of Northeast Ohio

  • Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Gallery (map)
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February 16, 2018- March 23, 2018

As students of art history know, the "Old Masters" were the European painters regarded as the best artists before about 1800. And they were, for the most part, men.

Ursuline College's Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Gallery turned that concept on its head this winter by inviting women artists of Northeast Ohio to submit artworks for a juried exhibition. More than 100 residents responded to the call. The result, The New Masters: Women Artists of Northeast Ohio, opens with a reception and awards ceremony on Friday, February 16, 5-8pm. 
Join us for this engaging exhibition and help celebrate the creativity, skill and vision of women artists in our midst.

At the Feb. 16 opening, enjoy entertainment, catered refreshments and the excitement of the cash prize award announcements.

The gallery is free and open to the public.

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ART BAR at YARDS Projects at Worthington Yards
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

ART BAR at YARDS Projects at Worthington Yards

*ART BAR Nights-Meet and Greet happy hours where artists host and present images of their work on the ART BAR screen and mix with residents of the building and the Greater Cleveland community.

Meet your artist hosts for the evening and check out their works in OPEN YARDS Exhibition and the Dalad Collection-
Amber Ford http://www.ambernford.com/
Eric Rippert http://ericrippert.com/
Corrie Slawson http://corrieslawson.com/

ART BAR is scheduled during the opening reception of the New Directions in Glass Exhibition at Meg Harris Stanton Gallery. Please stop by and take another look at OPEN YARDS Exhibition and meet the artists. Appetizers and non-alcoholic refreshments provided, cash bar (beer and wine).

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Beau●ty: Works by Amber N Ford, Rachael Tweed, and Justin Woody
Jan
19
to Feb 16

Beau●ty: Works by Amber N Ford, Rachael Tweed, and Justin Woody

  • PopEye Gallery located inside 78th Street Studio (map)
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POPEYE PRESENTS

BEAU●TY: Works by  
Amber N Ford, Rachael Tweed, and Justin Woody

PopEye/Survival Kit, Suite 303
78th Street Studios
1305 W. 80th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102

Opening Reception, 5 – 9 pm Jan 19th
Closing Reception, 5-9 pm Feb 16th



PopEye Gallery proudly presents our first exhibition of 2018 “Beau•ty” an exploration of gender, race, and identity by challenging the representation of beauty within our society amidst the stereotypes of gendered racism through portrayals of men and women of color through advertising, fashion, film, TV, and other forms of pop-culture
This exhibit is inspired by the political movement of the 1960’s “Black is Beautiful” that expressed beauty within the black community and empowered generations with powerful icons that celebrated natural hair and dark skin. This exhibit invites three African American artists who are creating awe-inspiring work about men and women of color, hair, makeup, as well as beauty standards amongst the masculine and feminine.

Amber N. Ford is an artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. Primarily working in photography while occasionally exploring other mediums such as printmaking. She is interested in topics such as race, and identity.
She is best known for her work in portraiture, which she refers to as a “collaborative engagement between photographer and sitter”. While always questioning “the truth”, Ford aims to establish a platform in which her sitter may present themselves as they please.  
Ford received her BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art ’16. Upon leaving CIA she was granted the Mary C. Page Memorial Scholarship for travel and took her talents to New Orleans, Louisiana (for two weeks) where she attended a National Geographic Workshop and photographed the diverse culture and people of NOLA.

Her work has been shown in galleries such as The Cleveland Print Room, Waterloo Arts, Heights Arts & Zaina Gallery located in Cleveland, OH. Selected as a 2016 Creative Fusion Local Artist, you may find some of Ford’s work on the front of the Ohio Pasta Building at the corner of Detroit and West 32nd. Ford was recently awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017. 

Rachael Tweed is a 25-year-old self-taught artist, whose primary medium is cut paper, ink, and acrylic. Through collage, she designs portraiture of women of color, robust female figures, and plant life. She utilizes techniques from the color-field genre and sites the body positive movement and the artist Miss Van as inspiration.
Her work has been shown at galleries such as Canopy Collective, ROY G BIV gallery in Columbus, Waterloo Arts, with a solo show “Foliage” in the Gordon Square Arts District, and has participated in the Monster Drawing Rally at Spaces, and in our PopEye House at Rooms to Let in Slavic Village. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Cleveland National Arts Project juried show. 

Justin Woody graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art ‘15 with a BFA in painting yet works with fiber arts, photography, and printmaking, all while being a theatre performer. Justin’s affinity for hair was unavoidable as a child of both a hairdresser and barber so naturally, most of woody’s works revolve around hair and identity. Justin recently completed a Six-month residency with Praxis Fiber studio where he chose to learn how to weave. “Weaving is an art that takes time, dedication, persistence, and a lot of repetition. In many ways, it can be closely related to doing hair, especially the moments where I get stuck, places that need more time and more care to work through the rough patches. The materials I use are familiar objects in my life: grandma’s jewelry, blunt wraps, and weave. Incorporating these materials within the weavings is what took the most time, combing through and stopping constantly (Courtesy of Praxis exhibit NAP)”
In another body of work, Woody creates photographic portraits that reference African masks, using a collage of materials inspired by the elder women in his family. Justin has also shown at Waterloo Arts, The Reinberger Gallery, and The Galleries at CSU, Praxis Fiber Workshop, and Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts.
An opening reception for Beau●ty takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 19 during Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. The exhibition remains on view for Third Friday in February ( Feb 16th). Immediately following both receptions, local musician and co-founder of Survival Kit Brian Straw presents free performances by local bands and musicians in the gallery.

PopEye Gallery is located in Suite 303 on the third floor of 78th Street Studios. As always, all Third Friday events are free and open to the public. For more information about PopEye Gallery or these artists, visit PopEyeGallery.comAmberNFord.comRachaelTweed.comJustinWoodyart.com

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Open Yards: Grand Opening of YARDS Projects
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Open Yards: Grand Opening of YARDS Projects

January 18, 2018-March 17,2018

Yards Project Space is nestled in the Worthington Yards Apartments, a cluster of four historic warehouse buildings that feature art around every corner -- commissioned works, explosive digital wall installations and a permanent collection that represents well over 30 local artists. The Dalad Group, owner and developer of Worthington Yards, believes that challenging and compelling art fosters community-building, which in turn helps to attract and retain residents. 

The first exhibition features the work of artists included in the Dalad Collection at Worthington Yards. Exhibiting artists are Don Harvey, Michelle Murphy, Royden Watson, Michael Loderstedt, Anna Tararova, Corrie Slawson, John Jackson, Bruce Checefsky, Eric Rippert, Lauren Yeager, Charles Mintz, Douglas Max Utter, Garie Waltzer, Liz Maugans, Lori Kella, Darius Steward, Jeff Chiplis, Amber Ford, Bellamy Printz, Lauren Davies, Joe Minek, Chris Mason, Jane Critchlow, Sam van Strien and Nick Fagan.

On the YARDS SCREEN: YARDS PARTY: a film of the building of Worthington Yards and the Dalad Collection by Bruce Checefsky and seesaw pictures

The exhibition runs through March 17th. This opening is free and open to the public. Tours of the Dalad Collection that is housed throughout the building will be given by the residents of Worthington Yards. 

The image used in the Facebook event page is a mixed media work by Corrie Slawson who is represented by Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art (also located in the Warehouse District).

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BY FORCE & BY CHOICE
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

BY FORCE & BY CHOICE

The Temple of Tifereth-Israel is pleased to announce BY FORCE & BY CHOICE, an upcoming solo exhibition by Amber N. Ford. 

Please join us for Amber's opening reception on Saturday, September 16th, at 7:00pm

In her photo series, BY FORCE & BY CHOICE, Amber N. Ford turns her lens and her ear to focus on immigrants and refugees in Cleveland. Engaging in the collaborative act of creating portraits between photographer and sitter, Ford confronts herself with a less known side of the city she calls home. 

In conjunction with US Together, an organization devoted to the needs of refugees and immigrants, we invite you to bring gently used winter wear, gift cards, or bus passes (which van be purchased at grocery stores) to donate to Cleveland's newest refugees. Please bring items to The Temple and place them in the suitcases that are located in the Hartzmark Center. 

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PHOTONOW
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

PHOTONOW

  • Cuyahoga Community College - Eastern Campus (map)
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The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce it’s upcoming exhibition, PHOTONOW™ to be held in the beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. Gallery East located on Cuyahoga Community College’s eastern campus. 

The exhibition will begin with an Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony held at Gallery East on Thursday September 7, 6:00 - 8:30pm.

At this time, awards will be presented in four categories: Best in Show ($400), Best Black and White ($250), Best Color ($250) and the People’s Choice ($200) which will be based on popular vote taken during the opening reception.  

Come and vote for your favorite photograph!

The award winners (with the exception of the People’s Choice) and all accepted works were selected by our prestigious judge, Aline Smithson of Aline Smithson Photography and LENSCRATCH Magazine! For more information on Smithson and the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, please visit our website!

http://www.artistsarchives.org/event/photonow-2017/

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NOBODY LIKES YOU WHEN YOU'RE 23
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

NOBODY LIKES YOU WHEN YOU'RE 23

  • 1390 East 30th Street Cleveland, OH, 44114 United States (map)
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Nobody Likes You When You're 23
Curated by Evan Fusco
Pop up show one day only!
6 pm - 10 pm
1390 East 30th st next to zygote press

Imagine an art world populated by the young and enthusiastic. More concerned with their growth as artists and the impact they can make than with how to keep up an established image or how to sell your work to collectors for thousands and thousands of dollar. An art world populated by those conscious of our current dilemma and still have a belief in the way things can change. The young have always been agents for change; unfortunately the systems we find ourselves in follow the logic of the idea that nobody likes you when you’re 23. We are not viable or people are excited about us for the sole fact that we can be put in a listicle of “best artists under 25, you won’t believe number 5!” because we won’t be useful until we’re products to be sold. This show wants to meet the artists on their own terms. Nobody Likes You When You’re 23 seeks to showcase a wide range of artists from across the United States (and 1 in Canada), of differing backgrounds, races, gender identities, sexualities, etc. who share one common trait: in the year 2017 they will be 23 at some point. The goal is to show the power of the young artist, their drive, and their talent at a time where we have grown so much yet still have so much further to go. Art shows will always lean towards the more established, wiser, older artist, the economically viable if you will. We reject that and say nobody likes you when you’re 23, we’re aware of that, but just wait and see.

Featuring Olive Ayers, Alex Morante, Cooper Hepburn, Amber N. Ford, Laurence Philomene, Lauren Bailey, Leila Khoury, Meghan Calvert, Hobbes Ginsberg, Evan Fusco, Megan Tepper, Sara May, Ryan McKrell, Jillian Carlock, Liz Barr, Kyle J. Osborne, Jessi Lembo, Shannon Wilt, Carmen Hurtado Esteve, Lora Mathis, Kathleen Deems, James Waite, Emery Allen, Amelia Pitcherella, Ricky Hamilton, Marco Ciofani, Leonard Baum, Noorann Matties

At the show there will be musical performances.
Donations will be taken at the show to help support the musicians, with much of the donations being given to Preterm Cleveland Ohio and LGBT Cleveland Community Center

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BY FORCE & BY CHOICE
Apr
21
5:00 PM17:00

BY FORCE & BY CHOICE

ZAINA Gallery is pleased to present BY FORCE & BY CHOICE: A solo exhibition by Amber N. Ford

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 21 • 5:00-9:00pm • free & open to the public

In her photo series, BY FORCE & BY CHOICE, Amber N. Ford turns her lens and her ear to focus on immigrants and refugees in Cleveland. Engaging in the collaborative act of creating portraits between photographer and sitter, Ford confronts herself with a less known side of the city she calls home. 

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In junction with Amber's show, ZAINA Gallery will be hosting a separate fundraising event in support of USCRI -- the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. 

Thursday, April 27th • 6:00pm • $5 suggested donation

Event will include open-mic style music and poetry performances, tarot card readings, raffle opportunities, and a talk by the directer of USCRI Cleveland Chapter, Karin Wishner.

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Emergent 2017
Apr
21
to Jun 4

Emergent 2017

Heights Arts presents the second iteration of its well received exhibition, "Emergent," which shines a light on artists who have recently graduated from area colleges and universities. First presented in 2015, Emergent 2017 celebrates the strength of the northeast Ohio region as a training ground for the great artists of tomorrow. 

Represented: Meghan Calvert, Amber Ford, Jessica Howard, Erin Jesson, Jacob Koestler, Samantha Konet, Mike Lombardy, Nathan Prebonick, Rachel Shelton, Maia Stern, Grace Summanen, and Nikki Woods.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 21 and meet the artists. For more information, visit www.heightsarts.org/exhibitions

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