SPACES creates the role of Artist Outreach Coordinator.
Karl Anderson joins SPACES as R&D Program Coordinator.

SPACES is pleased to announce that it is expanding its services for artists. Marilyn Ladd-Simmons will transition from her role as Gallery Manager to the newly created position of Artist Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she will oversee collaborative relationships with the artist community in Cleveland and beyond, in order to further the SPACES mission of being a public forum for artists who explore and experiment. Ladd-Simmons will develop new projects that connect a broad cross-section of cultural producers to the organization, outside of the three major exhibition programs (SWAP, R&D, and The Vault). This new position provides a liaison for those who are interested in utilizing SPACES as a creative resource.

Concurrently, SPACES names Karl Anderson as its new Program Coordinator. He will assume this position at SPACES in late June. As Program Coordinator, Anderson will oversee all aspects of the R&D exhibition program, which invites artists and curators from around the world to articulate their ideas through a supported public project. Upcoming R&D projects include Hidden Assembly, a group exhibition that foregrounds work and workers in our age of invisible labor., curated by Yaelle Amir (Portland, OR); The First 100+ Days, an exhibition of artists' responses to the new president's first 100 days in office; and Havens, a major research project of Cleveland sites once listed in the Jim Crow-era travel guides known as the "Green Book," by Imani Roach (Philadelphia, PA).

Co-founder of FORUM artspace and graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art, Anderson has contributed to the conversation around visual art in Cleveland over the last decade. "SPACES adheres to beliefs that mirror my own: The power of art is to enlighten, encourage, and cause change through critical thinking, questioning, and deeper understanding. It's an honor to be part of an organization that is actively examining and pushing these boundaries," says Anderson.

As one of the country's longest running alternative art spaces, and the largest in Ohio, SPACES emancipates artists from the institutional and commercial pressures of the art world. With its upcoming relocation to the former Van Rooy Coffee Building in Ohio City, SPACES will fill a unique niche as an artist resource within an art organization by providing the tools necessary for artists to make the work they want. These efforts position SPACES as a thought leader in how experimental art is created, appreciated, and supported.

Author: Karl Anderson, R&D Coordinator


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