SPACES Announces Our Newest Teammate!   07.24.18

We are pleased to welcome Megan Young to the SPACES team, as our new Project Coordinator.

Megan has been a part of the SPACES family since 2016-as a participating artist in The First 100+ Days exhibition, (p)SPACE presenting artist, and as a champion of all things experimental. In her new official role at SPACES, Megan will support the SWAP residency program and other initiatives for local, national, and international artists.

Megan is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator with a background in arts management and nonprofit administration. She has supported exhibitions, performances, and outreach activities for Kent State University, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Arts District and other MidWest organizations. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts and media from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA in choreography from Ohio University. Her individual practice has been supported through exhibition and residencies with Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA), City of Chicago DCASE, and SiTE:LAB at ArtPrize. Megan has been awarded two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards and a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship.

Come meet Megan at SPACES this Saturday! Bring your kids (ages 6+) to ACR related workshops at noon and 1:10pm (registration suggested).

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

Farewell to Bruce   06.12.18

Our SWAP Coordinator, Bruce Edwards, will be leaving SPACES in mid-July to pursue personal projects. As I know many of our artist followers will appreciate, sometimes you have to say goodbye to your day job in order to find the time to let your creative juices flow. For over 20 years, Bruce has been an exceptional SPACES volunteer, and over the last 5 years, a dedicated employee. It's now time for him to put the same effort into his own practice that he has put into helping other artists achieve their ambitious goals.

During Bruce's tenure, he helped bring major projects to fruition through the SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP). His ability to work collaboratively with our residents can be seen in notable projects by Heidi Neilson, Ward Shelley, and Roopa Vasudevan, as well as our current 40th anniversary exhibition, 20/20 Hindsight = 40 Years. Bruce and I worked closely together to seek out local, national, and international artists and art writers for SPACES, positioning the SWAP residency program as a model for how mid-sized organizations can help materialize the ideas of cultural producers who help us see the world in unexpected ways.

Bruce's departure comes at a time when SPACES reevaluates its programming goals through a strategic planning process. Rather than seeking out a SWAP Coordinator replacement, we are taking this opportunity to consider shifting to a new model, in which we dissolve the boundaries of our existing artist-driven opportunities and redesign our programming to emphasize residencies as a core component of our work. For that reason, we are seeking a Project Coordinator, and I invite qualified candidates to consider applying. More info about the position can be found here.

Bruce will remain on staff through the opening of the A Color Removed project at SPACES, for the FRONT International Triennial. Please join me in wishing Bruce the best of luck, during our opening reception on July 14.

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

Tony Ingrisano's "Open Streets" video up at SPACES   05.30.18

In late-2017, SPACES spearheaded Hingetown Culture Works, a platform for the co-creation and implementation of free cultural activities that serve the diverse populations living in and visiting this area of Ohio City. Our inaugural project as an alliance-comprised of partners like the Music School Settlement, Transformer Station, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio City Inc., residents and local business owners-was creating an artistic hub in Hingetown, during Open Streets on May 6, 2018.

For this engaging one-day event, Hingetown Culture Works commissioned 6 new artworks that celebrate people-powered movement and promote decreasing dependency on automobiles. One of the artists, Tony Ingrisano, filmed the skaters, cyclists, and pedestrians enjoying the day's activities and created the video work, Open Streets, which is on view at night, in the SPACES corner window, through June 17, 2018.

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

Our new Development Assistant needs no introduction!   04.12.18

Lauren Davies has been a part of the SPACES family since 2015 -- as a participating artist in our Natural Itstory exhibition, an 8x8x8 panelist, an auction contributor, an enthusiastic supporter, and most recently a member of our SWAP residency review panel. As the Development Assistant, Lauren will help to fulfill the SPACES mission and support our programming by carrying out resource development initiatives.

Lauren relocated to Cleveland five years ago after a long career in San Francisco as an arts administrator and curator, in addition to being a practicing visual artist. She was the Exhibitions Director and Director of Public Programs at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, an international artist's residency center focused on print media, photography, video and digital media. After moving to Cleveland, Lauren and her brother carried on the William Busta Gallery as 2731 Prospect Contemporary Art for two years. With an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, Lauren has continued her studio practice in Cleveland and has received two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, and a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Lauren is known to have epic love for SPACES, Team SPACES, and Truman the Wonder Dog!

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

Thank You for Being a Friend   01.23.18

If you've been to SPACES in the last 26 years there is no doubt that you have met Marilyn Simmons. Her time with SPACES spanned 3 Executive Directors (Susan Channing, Christopher Lynn, and Christina Vassallo) and countless openings, benefit parties, and everything in between. In the office she is referred to as the Gallery Oracle, which we think is a fitting title for someone who knows just what needs to get done, through intuition alone. She is friend to artist, aspiring student, and art enthusiast alike. She's overseen and mentored countless interns, many of whom have moved on to successful careers in the arts.

When I first started at SPACES back in 2013 I was told by several co-workers that if I needed anything I should talk to Marilyn, because "she knows everyone." And it's true. Every time I meet someone new and tell them "I work at SPACES", they ask, "how is Marilyn"? Her name is synonymous with SPACES. While she will be concluding her tenure at SPACES at the end of this month, we know that the incredible work she has done at SPACES, and for the Cleveland art scene, will continue to have an impact on our programming.

Marilyn's last day is January 31st, but we ask that you celebrate her and her work at our January 26th opening reception.

Marilyn at SPACES in Wonderland, photo by Jerry Mann
Marilyn at SPACES in Wonderland, photo by Jerry Mann

Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: General

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