We (Kate Sopko, Residency Champion, and Martha Loughridge, Development Director) arrived safely this morning in Amsterdam. While we explored the central city, we came across (not completely coincidentally) De Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet Museum. (Ben and Jessica were were thinking of you!) Housed in the ornate rooms of a 1667 building alongside prestigious lawyers' and banks' offices, cat sculptures, paintings, posters, miniatures, and books about felines are exhibited in an amusingly professional and serious way. Live piano music filled the air during our visit. Created by the building owner, who lives with his five cats live on the upper floors, the museum was created in 1990 to preserve the memory of his beloved cat Tom. It was a sight to behold! To see some samples from the collection visit: http://www.kattenkabinet.nl/english.html
Prince Claus Awards 12.09.11
We have been invited to attend the Prince Claus Awards in Amsterdam next week on December 13th and 14th. Thanks to a small travel grant from the Cleveland Foundation we will be able to attend. Kate Sopko, Residency Champion, and Martha Loughridge, Development Director, will represent SPACES.
The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development makes sizable awards to artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America who are at the forefront of their field. Awards are made to artists and cultural producers in archeology and design, cultural heritage, film, literature, performing arts, photography and visual arts.
During a series of events over the two days, including a "Cultural Speed Date" event, we expect to meet artists and representatives of arts organizations from around the world. Our goal is to develop new relationships that will enable SPACES and other arts organizations in Cleveland to invite international artists to Cleveland for extended residencies and community interaction.
Stay tuned for updates from the road!
COMFORT WOMEN Around Cleveland 12.02.11
You may have noticed some ambiguous looking billboards and kiosks around town stating "COMFORT WOMEN WANTED." These are part of R&D artist Chang-Jin Lee's project for SPACES.
There is a billboard on Detroit near W. 28th St.; one kiosk in Ohio CIty across from the West Side Market; and one kiosk in Playhouse Square. Use the map below to find the locations of the signs around town.
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What More Could an Artist Ask For? 12.01.11
Earlier this year, we received a kind email/testimonial from an artist who participated in the 2010 exhibition, A Vague Whole. I thought I would share it with you:
Why SPACES was the best thing that happened to my art in 2010
I was invited to exhibit work in the group exhibition at SPACES in the autumn of 2010. I didn't know what to expect of the newly revamped contemporary art space in Cleveland, but upon arrival I was immediately impressed with the way the team at treated us with respect and greeted us as professionals.
Upon entering I was surprised to see a space that was huge by normal gallery standards. Their openness and enthusiasm extended into this space as well, where the staff encouraged us to engage the environment and took full trust in the artist's integrity by allowing full use the space. On top of this generosity, SPACES offered a substantial stipend, which personally helped me realize some larger ideas that ultimately lead to breakthrough in my work.
The conditions offered at SPACES allow artists to grow and advance in tangible ways, I can't say enough about the importance of this. It is surprising that this organization isn't truly recognized for the work they are doing, while paying respect to the 30-year legacy they are injecting a much needed fresh and contemporary perspective in the local creative community. I believe they will eventually get the attention, respect and recognition they truly deserve, until then make it a point to become personally involved, or simply drop in and enjoy the work.