October 19, 2006

Local artists' work featured in collaborative exhibition

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Project brings together Cleveland Foundation, Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve

The work of eight local artists, all current or former students from the Cleveland Institute of Art, will be featured in an exhibition titled Heterotopia: sites of culture represented, contested and inverted, a collaborative project involving The Cleveland Foundation, the Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University. The exhibition will run through Jan. 5 at the offices of The Cleveland Foundation.

The exhibition includes works of painting, drawing, video and sound.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to work in close partnership with two of our grantee organizations—Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Institute of Art—and provide some modest support for emerging individual artists," said Kathleen Cerveny, program director for arts and culture at The Cleveland Foundation. "It also exposes the public to some of the exciting work being done by young artists."

As curator Ellen Rudolph, a graduate student in art history at Case Western Reserve, notes, "These works illustrate the concept of heterotopias, which by nature embody binary pairings: open and closed systems, the accumulation of all time or a transitory moment, the totality of the universe or a single location. This exhibition features a select but varied group of artists' explorations of space outside of everyday society. The artists do not provide specificity in terms of location or time, but the sites they depict are familiar because they reflect multiple aspects of society and culture at once."

"We're delighted for the public to be able to see this work from the next generation of visual artists and for these students to have real-world experience mounting an exhibition in a public setting," said Saul Ostrow, head of the Department of Painting and chair of Visual Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

"This project augments our internship opportunities with real-world experience," added Charles Burroughs, chair of the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University. "It's an especially beneficial experience for students who might want to be curators themselves."

The public is invited to view the exhibition at The Cleveland Foundation offices (1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1300, Cleveland) Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Artists featured in the exhibition are Michael Dotson, John Haughwout, Kate Kisicki, Paul Koneazny, Jess Laskosky, Laura Marsh, Samantha Schartman and Thomas Spoerndle.

About The Cleveland Foundation

Established in 1914, The Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and the nation's third-largest today, with assets of $1.7 billion and annual grants surpassing $80 million. The Foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders in perpetuity by building community endowments, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Currently the Foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community's greatest needs: economic development, public school improvement, early childhood development, neighborhoods and housing, and arts advancement.

For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit http://www.clevelandfoundation.org.

Story by Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004. For more information contact Scott Tennant at 216.615.7153.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, October 19, 2006 10:49 AM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, College of Arts and Sciences, HeadlinesMain, Philanthropy, Provost Initiatives

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