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Academics . Community Works . Exhibitions 


Community Works exhibitions will examine
diaspora and displacement

CIA’s Reinberger Galleries plans exhibitions for November-December 2014, and March-April 2015 featuring nationally and internationally known artists.

Bruce Checefsky, director of CIA’s Reinberger Galleries, will curate two public exhibitions for the galleries that will approach social engagement of art from different perspectives and with different art forms.

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

Nov. 7-Dec. 20
Locations: Reinberger Galleries and the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts

An international-artists exhibition exploring multi-layered narratives of identity, exile, and displacement through works of photography, video, installation and other media. The artists include:

Reinberger Galleries

  • Dor Guez: Pendant Letters  Guez, a Tel Aviv-based video-installation artist and son of a Christian Palestinian and a Tunisian Jew, focuses in this work on the personal stories of two 20th-century theater artists in Tunis, whose work reflected the merged Jewish and Arab cultures in which they lived. Learn more about Guez here.

  • Caroline Woolard:  An artist and organizer from Brooklyn, N.Y., Woolard creates both physical objects and opportunities for dialogue about the practice and socio-economic impact of art-making. The works in visualize the number of students graduating with creative degrees, generates conversation about such artists’ collective power, and elicits proposals for organizing efforts. Learn more here.

  • Susan Jahoda: is an artist, educator, and organizer whose work includes video, photography, text, performance, installation and research-based collaborative projects. Venues include group and solo exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Seoul, and Moscow. Currently, Jahoda is a core member of BFAMFAPhD, and a co-founder of NYC To Be Determined and The Pedagogy Group, collectives of socially engaged artists and educators based in New York City. Jahoda has organized exhibitions and screenings and published numerous short stories and essays. Jahoda is a professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and she resides in New York City. Learn more about Jahoda here.

  • Maj Hasager: Decembers  This archive of objects and photos represents a larger project titled “Decembers” that Hasager, a Danish photographic artist, created to explore the stories of Poland’s two December strikes in 1970 and 1981and the social phenomenon of solidarity they created. The subjective collection deconstructs the linear narrative of personal experience, creating a new architecture of history. Learn more about Hasager here.

  • José Carlos Teixeira: The Fall - o exercício da queda: A video, installation and performance artist from Portugal, Teixeira is the Champney Family Visiting Associate Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and CIA. He examines the different meanings of the word “fall” in this video essay about otherness, trust and self-representation based on the collaborative interactions of participants with the artist on the stage of a theater. Wall text runs parallel to the main installation, navigating between English and Portuguese, as a meditation on identity, language, exile and displacement, drawn from different authors and thinkers.  Learn more about Teixeira here.

Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts

  • Chi-Yu Liao: Liao comes to CIA from Taiwan as a Fall 2014 artist-in-residence through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program. A specialist in video installations, Liao artistically explores interpersonal relationships, gender roles, women’s issues and experiences about her own body. Learn more about Liao here  and here.

The Community Works exhibition will open with a panel discussion, moderated by Reinberger Galleries Director Bruce Checefsky and featuring Teixeira, Liao, Hasager, Woolard, and Jahoda. 

Spring 2015 Exhibitions:
Women to Watch - Ohio
 and student work

CIA’s Community Works series continues in spring 2015 with a major exhibition in the Reinberger Galleries, Women to Watch - Ohio, and, in the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts, a collection of artworks and research findings presented by students enrolled in three new field-based courses.

Women to Watch – Ohio

April 2-May 2

Where are all the women artists? According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), 51% of visual artists today are women, yet only 5% of work on US museum walls is by women, and work by women makes up only 5% of major permanent collections in the US and Europe. And according to a research paper, “The Gender Gap in Art Museum Directorships,” published by the Association of Art Museum Directors, women hold just 24% of art museum director positions at museums with budgets over $15 million and earn 71¢ for every dollar earned by male directors.

Through a unique collaboration with the Ohio Advisory Group of NMWA, CIA shines a spotlight on accomplished women artists with Women to Watch—Ohio. This exhibition, the last major show in CIA’s current Reinberger Galleries, will feature artworks by five women artists from Northeast Ohio who work in a variety of media including ceramics, tapestry, painting and drawing, photography, installation, and mixed media.

All of the artists are nominees for the international Women to Watch exhibition in Washington, D.C., which opens on June 4, 2015 at NMWA. They were selected by Reto Thüring of the Cleveland Museum of Art and Rose Bouthillier of MOCA Cleveland based on the theme of women, nature and art. Women to Watch - Ohio includes CIA graduates Christi Birchfield (Class of 2006) and Lauren Yeager (Class of 2009), plus Hildur Jonsson, Mimi Kato, and Eva Kwong.

Reinberger Galleries Director Bruce Checefsky is curating Women to Watch - Ohio with the assistance of Jen Rokoski, a graduate level curatorial intern from the Art History and Museum Studies program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Rokoski was identified and engaged by Ohio Advisory Group member Catherine Scallen, who is chair of CWRU’s Art and Art History Department.

“We’re organizing this exhibition because women have been under recognized in exhibitions in this region and nationally and this is an attempt to show the significance of their contributions,” Checefsky said. “These particular women artists represent the very best and the finest craftsmen and artists in the region and have reputations that extend nationally and globally.”

Public Events

Women to Watch - Ohio opens to the public with a reception in Reinberger Galleries on Thursday, April 2, from 6-8 pm. As part of CIA's Lunch On Fridays series, the featured artists will participate in a public panel discussion on women in the arts on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 12:15pm in Aitken Auditorium in the Gund Building. Rokoski will moderate the forum. 

The National Museum of Women in the Arts, based in Washington, D.C., is the only museum dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women artists through exhibitions, acquisitions, educational initiatives and archival research. Read more about this remarkable museum here.

The Ohio Advisory Group of the National Museum of Women in the Arts provides leadership, guidance, and resources in support of the museum's mission and works to elevate the profile of accomplished women artists from Ohio. The founding members of the Ohio Advisory Group are distinguished women leaders in Ohio who share a passion for the art and/or advocacy for women.

Co-Chairs and Founders:

  • Barbara Richter, NMWA National Advisory Board
  • Harriet Warm, NMWA National Advisory Board

Founding Members:

  • Diane DeGrazia
  • Marilena Disilvio
  • Helen Forbes Fields
  • Susan Goldberg
  • Sally Gries
  • Shannon Lundeen
  • Ellen Stirn Mavec
  • Barbara Robinson
  • Catherine Scallen
  • Eliza Wing

Students’ socially engaged art

Spring semester 2015

Art and research findings by CIA students enrolled in the three new, field-based courses associated with Community Works will be on display in the Project Space on the first floor of CIA’s McCullough building in the spring. The three new courses are:

  • Socially Engaged Art for Change I: Drawn to Care = Portraiture + Medicine, in which students have been drawing and painting portraits of patients and their caregivers
  • Socially Engaged Art for Change I: projectFIND = People + Shelter + Food + Mapping, in which students have been working with 17 organizations that assist Cleveland’s homeless by creating a guide that maps resources available to them
  • Environment, Art and Engaged Practice, in which students have been in the Cleveland Metroparks exploring natural systems, learning about environmental issues, and making art using natural materials
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