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Horizon #121

Laila Voss - Multi-Media Arist

Laila Voss creates multi-media installations, performances, sculptures, and images that are inspired by the urban environment, the creative cycle and the interior landscape of the human psyche.

She has exhibited in the United Sates and abroad. Her work has been featured in several major art institutions such as the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and MOCA Cleveland. She has been the recipient of numerous commissions, residencies, and grants including several awards from the Ohio Arts Council, the University of Akron Myers School of Art, the Headlands Center for the Arts and the FCCA Prague, Czech Republic. Her work is part of the Progressive Collection as well as several others.

Voss has curated exhibitions and completed a number of public art projects in the Cleveland area. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the William Busta Gallery and a group exhibition in Columbus, OH. Currently she is preparing for a two-person exhibition opening in June 2014. Laila Voss is active on SPACES’ board and is a senior lecturer at the University of Akron Myers School of Art. She has also taught at numerous other colleges and universities in the region. She received her BFA from Ohio University and her MFA from Kent State University.

  • Education
    Kent State University MFA in Studio Art. Concentration in Sculpture, Installation, Performance Art, and Film. Ohio University School of Fine Arts B.F.A., Cum Laude. Major in Ceramics with a Minor in Printmaking. Cleveland State University Art History and Studio Arts. Oslo University International Summer School, Oslo, Norway. Art History and Elementary Norwegian. Syracuse University School of Fine Arts, Syracuse, New York. Foundations.
  • Solo Exhibitions, Installations"
    2013 (Just Another Part of) Inside My Head: LailaVoss, Realized and Unrealized Projects. William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH. 2004 Chalking. Installation with an on-going action. groop #41, Colonial Marketplace Arcade. 2003 In the Center, Unable to Hear , Unable to Speak. FCCA, Prague, Czech Republic. 2001 Fire and Embers. Akron Art Museum installation series On-site: Ohio. Night Scenes and Horizons. Crandall Gallery, Mount Union College, Alliance, OH. 2000 At the Water’s Edge. Oakland Center for the Arts, Youngstown, Ohio. 1999 Still Life Maze. Cleveland Institute of Art, McCullough Center. 1993 Studio Artifacts. Sculpture Center, Window to Sculpture series. Look. William Busta Gallery, Installation series. 1991 Drawings and Sculpture. Lima Art Association. 1989 Drawings. Ameritrust Development Bank. 1988 Night Scenes. The Hilliard Theatre. Dreaming Reality. Committee for Public Art; “Art Behind Bars”. 1980 Shapes Past and Forms to Come. Cleveland Garden Center.
  • Selected Group Exhibitions, Installations"
    2022 "An Excavation of Sorts": "You are Here, Can Triennial". William Busta Project Space, Cleveland OH. 2020 "The Duo Show.” Worthington Yards, Cleveland. 2020 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition, Cleveland. "Art Made in the Shut Down." Worthington Yards, Cleveland. 2019 SPACES Membership Show 2018 “Can Triennial.” 78th Street Studios, Cleveland. 2016 “Locus of Transition: Works by Jason Milburn & Laila Voss." ARTneo Museum, Cleveland. “100 X 100: A Survey of Contemporary Sculpture from the Midwest.” Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI. 2015 “Inaugural Juried Exhibition.” Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH. “Midwest Sculpture Initiative.” Tecumseh, MI. “Cleveland Creates.” ARTNeo Museum. 2014 “19”: An invitational Exhibition. Red Space Gallery, Cleveland, OH. Divergence/Convergence: Laila Voss and Bruce Edwards.” Maria Neil Art Project, Collinwood, OH. Midwest Sculpture Initiative Outdoor Exhibitions at the University of Toledo, OH & Belleville, MI. “RTL: Rooms to Let Temporary Art Space.” Slavic Village Development. “Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books III.” International traveling exhibition. 2013 “RE: Cle 6.” Second Sight (Second Site), Columbus, OH. “Video Fall-Out II. ” Loren Naji Studio, Cleveland, OH. 2012 “47 Days.” Summit Art Space, Akron, OH. “Six in Studio.” Cleveland west Art League, Cleveland. “Arts Quarter Exhibition.” Zygote Press, Cleveland. “20 Years Ago, Or So.” Wolfy Part II Gallery, Cleveland. “Tall Walls.” Loren Naji Gallery, Cleveland. 2011 “48 Hours of Making Art.” Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH. “Brandt 21.” Brandt & Mastrioanni Galleries, Cleveland, OH. “Legation Hearts SPACES.” Legation, a Gallery, Cleveland. The Sketchbook Project. Brooklyn Art Library, NY and a traveling exhibition. “Intersections.” Zygote Press and the Lit. “Nexts.” Kent State University Centennial Alumni II. 2010 “John Ranally and Laila Voss: Sculpture in the Garden One.” Arts Collinwoood, Cleveland. “Arts Quarter Exhibition.” Zygote Press, Cleveland. “repetition/correspondence.” Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland. 2009 “Monumental Ideas in the Miniature Books”. International exhibition traveling through 2012. Ingenuity Festival/Detroit-Superior Bridge, Cleveland. “19″. Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland. 2008 “Connections: Ohio Artists Abroad”. Riffe Gallery, Columbus. 2007 “Massillon Outdoor Sculpture”. Massillon, OH. “Mix: 24 hrs of Art”. Gallery U Haul. Cleveland & Oberlin. 2006 “Ninth International Shoebox Exhibition.” University of Hawaii. “Into View.” The Sculpture Center, Cleveland. “Open Tank.” Downtown Gallery, Kent. “Sweet Sixteen.” Brandt Gallery, Cleveland. 2005 “Outdoor Sculpture in the Heights.” Severance Town Center. “NEO+ONE” Murray Hill Galleries. “Works in Process.” Heights Arts. “Man and Beast.” Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron. Myers School of Art, University of Akron Faculty Exhibitions (2003-2008). 2004 “Smoke, Mist and Mirror: the Cuyahoga Valley in the Artist’s Imagination.” Cleveland Artists Foundation. “Site Unseen” Newsense Enterprises Home Gallery. “Prints from Zygote Press”. Kendal Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio. 2003 Kent State University School of Art Faculty Exhibition (2001-2003). 2002 “Quinta Essentia: East and West.” Zygote Press. “Two Faced-Portrait Duets”. Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH. “48 Hours of Making Art”. Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH. “With/Against Materials”. Allegheny College, Meadville, PA. 2001 “1st Cleveland Biennial Exhibition”. Cleveland State University. “Photographs by Artists made for a variety of Purposes”. Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA. “Midwest Maquette”. West Bend Art Museum, WI. 2000 Findings Along the Great Shore for “Great Lake Erie: Imagining an Inland Sea”. Detroit Artists Market,Detroit, MI. A traveling exhibition between Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan. “Tenth Year Anniversary Exhibition”. Sculpture Center. “Quilt”. Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois. 1999 “Personal Accumulations”. JCC Mandel Center. Faculty Exhibition. Lake Erie College. (Yearly1997-1999.) 1998 19,000, Still Counting… for “Howling at the Edge of a Renaissance; 1978- 1998″. SPACES. “Global Rivers Art Exchange”. Volgograd Cultural Center, Volgograd, Russia. A traveling exhibition between U.S., Russia, & Ghana. “Bernice Davidson and Laila Voss”. Volgograd Children’s Gallery, Volgograd, Russia. Cycle/Recycle for “Regional Forecast”. A tri-state exhibition. Brew house/Space 101. Pittsburgh. 1997 A Studio Practice: Four Inch Squares for “What’s Rite: Rituals & Experience”. SPACES. Wall Paper. “48 Hours” Installation/Performance. Collaboration with Bruce Edwards. Lake Erie College. Faculty Art Show. Cuyahoga Community College, West. (Yearly 1985-1997.) 1996 A Chaotic Symphony; The Catch-All Net for “Urban Evidence: Contemporary Artists Reveal Cleveland” at MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art, & SPACES. (Just a small part of) Inside my Head for “Head and Hand” at Cleveland State University. 1995 Peace in Our Time. “Still Here, 50 Years of the Bomb and Nuclear Technology”. SPACES. Collaboration with Bruce Edwards. 1994 “Neighborhood Destinations”. Committee for Public Art. SPACES. 1993 Live-In-Room for “Habitats”, Outdoor sculpture show. OSU Lima Technical College, Lima, Ohio. “Outdoor Sculpture I & II”. Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Untitled for “Site Dialogues”. SPACES. “Dish Art”. William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio. 1992 “Second Anniversary Exhibition”. Sculpture Center. “RTART”. Exhibition of Charette results. Committee for Public Art and SPACES. 1991 “What’s the Problem?”. Exchange group exhibition between Cleveland and Chicago, IL. Window Maze for “Sites”. A group show of site-specific installations, Millworks, Akron, Ohio. “New Forms”. Cuyahoga Community College, West. 1990 “Collaboration, Or…”. Exhibition of Charette results, Committee for Public Art. SPACES. “Mainstream/Hidden Stream”. WCA, University of Akron, Emily Davis Gallery. Three Rivers Art Festival. Pittsburgh, PA. “Woman Artists”. Spectrum Gallery, Toledo. Journey/Shelter for “Personal Space, Environmental Installations for the senses”. Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio and the Acme Gallery, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Actions/Performance Art
    2003 How can I say what I mean? FCCA, Prague, Czech Republic. 2000 Ritual Burning. Action at 2275 Professor. 1999 Memory. Collaboration with Bruce Edwards. Kent State Art Education Symposium. 1997 The burden of ‘truth.’ Action at Lake Erie College while a visiting artist. 1996 Fate, Fortune, Female. In three parts, four performances. Cleveland Performance Art Festival. 1995 Making It. On- going action in collaboration with Bruce Edwards. Southside Gallery. Up Against The Wall. Performance with Bruce Edwards at 2275 Professor. 1994 Man Cutting Woman’s Hair and Slide Lectures. Tremont Art Walk Events. 1993 Rope Piece. “Dream Life and Real Life” a collaborative event organized by Frank Green with area artists. Self-Stacking. Cleveland Performance Art Festival Open. 1992 Untitled. Collaborative action with Bruce Edwards; “A Purgative Event”. Blue Circle, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Public Works
    2004–08 Hyacinth Park. Slavic Village Development, Cleveland. Designing gardens and benches with community. 2003 Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Temporary sculpture. Collaboration with Bruce Edwards & John Ranally. 1997–98 Baltic Children’s Park, Cleveland. Designed & supervised design implementation to all park surfaces & earth mounds. Lead Artist in two-artist team with Jef Scharf. Louisa May Alcott Elementary School. Designed & painted school doors in collaboration with Jef Scharf. 1996 Bicentennial Legacy Park, Cleveland Botanical Gardens & Cleveland Public Art. Designed & supervised design implementation of ‘Serpent’ Mounds and Vine Topiaries. 1994–95 Greenwood Pool Park. Designed & implemented painting the Pool House Mural Project with other team members and the community.
  • Related Activities: Lectures, Projects, Charettes, Residencies"
    2017: Social Venture Partners Big Bang: 4-minute Organization Pitch Presenter 2013: Cool Cleveland Video with Thomas Mulready, 06/07/13. 2009 Radio interviews: WCPN “Around Noon.” Ingenuity Festival Bridge Project. 2008 Artist-in-Residence. Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. 2007 Presenter: OAC Symposium for Artists and Communities Program: Lessons Learned. 2006 Panel member: Funding for the Arts, Cleveland Public Art and the Foundation Center. 2003 Zygote Press Strategic Planning Committee. Artist-in-Residence. Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic. 2002 Artist-in-Residence. Zygote Press. Lake Erie College (48 Hours event and exhibition). Western Reserve Academy. 2001 Lecture. Mount Union College Art Department. 2000 Panel member. Making it Work: Owning and renting studio space. SPACES. 1998 Slide lecture. Global Rivers Art Exchange Festival, Volgograd, Russia. “Teachers Collaborating with the Art Community”. Seminar, Cleveland State University. 1998 Radio interviews: WCPN; September: “Around Noon”. Howling at the Edge of a Renaissance; WBKC (1998 &1999): “Kaleidoscope”. 48 Hours of Making Art. Developing ideas and proposals, suggesting sites along the rapid tracks for art to take place to enhance the ride for commuters. Cleanland Ohio (now ParkWorks). 1997/98 Workshops with neighborhood children in conjunction with Baltic Park project during design stage as well as during implementation. 1997 Lecture. Aichi University of Education, Department of Arts and Crafts, Aichi-ken, Japan. 1996 Tile Project for the time capsule. Women Celebrating the Bicentennial. Lecture. Urban Evidence, Contemporary Artists Reveal Cleveland. Cleveland Museum of Art. Lecture. MOCA Cleveland. Urban Evidence, Contemporary Artists Reveal Cleveland. Neighborhood Initiative. Developed proposals for specific sites in Cleveland. Some of these were later realized. Committee for Public Art. 1994 Panel member for the 1995 selection process for the Cleveland Performance Art Festival. Neighborhood Destinations. Committee for Public Art. Team member for Greenwood Park, working with the community, to develop a long-range plan for the Park. Part of this project was later realized through a City Works grant. 1993 Lecture. Ohio State University, Lima Campus. 1991 Right of Way. Design team member for the areas along side the RTA tracks. Committee for Public Art & Rapid Transit Authority. 1990 Collaboration, Or…. Design team member for Union- Miles Shopping Mall. Committee for Public Art.
  • Awards
    2012 Myers School of Art, University of Akron Faculty Grant. 2009/10 Myers School of Art, University of Akron Faculty Materials & Research Grants. 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award, Council of the City of Cleveland Annual Neighborhood Summit. (Slavic Village for Hyacinth Gardens) 2007 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant. Also Artist Residency Award, HCA, California. Myers School of Art, University of Akron Faculty Research Grant. Ohio Arts Council Special Opportunities: Artists and Communities Project Support Grant. 2005 Ohio Arts Council Artists and Communities Project Support Grant. 2004 Myers School of Art, Art, University of Akron Faculty Research Grant. 2003 Ohio Arts Council Fellowship Grant. Residency Grant and Stipend. Ohio Arts Council Artist Project Support. Myers School of Art, University of Akron Faculty Research Grant. 2002 Finalist: North Shore Pocket Park Competition. Columbus. Honorarium: 48 Hours of Making Art. Zygote Press: Supplies, assistance, and press time during the 6-month Residency period. 2001 Stipend: On site: Ohio, Akron Art Museum, Ohio. Honorarium: Night Scenes and Horizons. 2000 Honorarium: Findings Along the Great Shore. “Great Lake Erie: Imagining an Inland Sea”. 1998 Travel Grant: Global Rivers Art Exchange, Peace Tree Foundation. Honorarium: 19,000….Still Counting; “Howling at the Edge of a Renaissance”. Honorarium: Cycle/Recycle; “Regional Forecast”. 1997/95 Travel Grant: Cuyahoga Community College. 1995 IPD Grant: Research to develop a lecture for studio art classes. Cuyahoga Community College. 1993 Honorarium: Live-in-Room, Arts Space/Lima. Honorarium: Untitled, SPACES. 1991 Full Tuition Assistantship: Kent State University. 1990 Stipend: Journey/Shelter for “Personal Space”, Very Special Arts Ohio. Elizabeth Garsey Memorial Award in drawing: Spectrum Gallery, Toledo. Half-Tuition Scholarship to Blossom-Kent.
  • Selected Commissions, Collections & Sales"
    Progressive Collection William Busta and Joan Tompkins Ellen and Joseph Carraras Mary Schiller Myers Luis M. Proenza, President, University of Akron On-site: Ohio, Akron, Ohio Urban Evidence, Cleveland, Ohio Norjiri Family, Ono, Fukui, Japan Yamamoto Family, Shinkawa-cho, Aichi Ken, Japan Volgograd University, Volgograd, Russia Ameritrust Development Bank, Cleveland, Ohio Dan and Rosemary Lavista, Bay Village, Ohio Jan and Chuck Heidan, Mentor, Ohio Jennifer Ungres, Cleveland, Ohio Peter Lewis, Beechwood, Ohio Ellen Cavanaugh, Houston, Texas Georgia Abrahams, Lakewood, Ohio Nick and Sharlena Koulkobeck, Chesterland, Ohio
  • Reviews of Work
    Books: Artists of Rubber City, ed. Present Tense: Contemporary Art in Ohio. Akron. Blurb Publishing. 2014. Gibans, Nina Freelander. Creative Essence: Cleveland’s Sense of Place. Kent: Kent State University Press. 2005. Catalogues: Laila Voss (Just Another Part of) Inside My Head: Realized and Unrealized Projects. WBg William Busta Gallery. 2013. Nexts. Kent State University. 2011. Monumental Ideas in the Miniature Books. The University of Akron. 2009. Connections II. Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery. 2008. Massillon Museum Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Massillon Museum. 2007. the 9th International Shoebox Sculpture exhibition. University of Hawaii Art Gallery. 2006. 48 Hours of Making Art, 2002. Howling at the Edge of a Renaissance: SPACES and Alternative Art in Cleveland 1978-1998. 1998. Regional Forecast. 1998. Urban Evidence: Contemporary Artists Reveal Cleveland. 1996. Ninth Annual Cleveland Performance Art Festival. 1996. Collaboration, Or… Committee for Public Art. 1990. Habitats. Lima Art Association. 1989. Civic Re-Visions. Committee for Public Art. Spaces. 1988. Domo Project. Spaces. 1985. Magazines: “William Busta Gallery: Three Questions for Laila Voss.” William Busta. CAN Journal. Summer 2013. “Dana Depew does some damage at Asterisk Gallery.” Douglas Max Utter. Cleveland Scene. 7/22-28/09. “One to Watch.” Dan Tranberg. The Plain Dealer Friday Magazine. 4/16/04. Reviews: “What’s Rite: Ritual & Experience.” Kristy Kriitsky. Dialogue: Sept./Oct. 1997. “Urban Evidence: Contemporary Artists Reveal Cleveland.” Leslie Stewart Curtis.New Art Examiner. Dec./Jan. 1996- 97. “Clues to the City.” Tom Wachunas. Dialogue. Nov./Dec. 1996. Reviews: The Performance Open/Cleveland Public Theater. Frank Green. Dialogue. Sept./Oct. 1993. Reviews: Habitats. Dialogue. 11/12/89. Newspapers: “KSU faculty exhibits art.” Dorothy Shinn. The Akron Beacon Journal. 11/9/03. “We talk to Laila Voss.” Fresh Ink. Zygote Press Fall/Winter Newsletter. 2002. “Artists Explore Materials in New Exhibit.” Amanda Lachowski. The Campus, Allegrheny College. 1/31/02. “Installation peeks fondly at artist’s past.” The Akron Beacon Journal. 6/18/01. “The Road is murky.” Dan Tranberg. The Cleveland Free Times. 6/6-12/01. “Lake Erie, its shores are in the spotlight.” Keri Guten Cone. Detroit Free Press. 10/1/00. “Celebration of 10 years is a failed experiment.” Dan Tranberg. The Plain Dealer. 6/22/00. “Broken Art: Not your everyday picture.” Frank Green. The Cleveland Free Times; Vol. 8, Is. 711/3-9/99. “Designed by Kids.” Fontreia Strong. The Plain Dealer. 6/24/98. “‘Regional Forecast’”; The Artists” Road Trip.” Richard Huntington. The Buffalo News; 6/12/98. “Photos for Thought.” Steven Litt. The Plain Dealer. 6/13/898. “‘What’s Rite’ and Wrong with exhibition on rituals.” Karen Sandstrom. The Plain Dealer. 7/4/97. “Faculty Focus.” Andy Peck. Tri-Scene; Part-Time Faculty Newsletter. Vol. 2: Issue 1, 1996. “The Hidden City Revealed.” Amy Bracken Sparks. The Cleveland Free Times. 9/4/96. “Breakthrough show makes a point of Cleveland.” Robert Pincus. The Plain Dealer. 9/1/96. “Creating growing, lasting memories of bicentennial.” Suzanne Hively. The Plain Dealer. 5/31/96. “Real-time artwork touches audience’s senses.” Michael Drexler. The Plain Dealer. 8/3/96. “Working Woman.” Cindy Barber. The Cleveland Free Times. 7/31/96. “Performance artist on her enigmatic craft.” Michael Drexler. The Plain Dealer. 7/22/96. “Artists Look at the Bomb.” Frank Green. The Cleveland Free Times. 7/2/95. “Sprucing up the city with public art.” Steven Litt. The Plain Dealer. 5/12/94. “Material Expression.” Excerpts from a recorded interview with Amy Sparks. The Sculpture Center Quarterly Newsletter. Winter, 1994. “Outdoor sculptures tend to be artistic and tough.” Helen Cullinan. The Plain Dealer. 10/8/93. “‘Artists’ ‘Site Dialogues’ offer lots to talk about.” Helen Cullinan. The Plain Dealer. 6/14/93. “Art is Work, Work is Art.” Amy Sparks. The Cleveland Free Times. 5/5/93. “Words, Pictures & Fibers.” Amy Sparks. The Cleveland Free Times. 1/27/93. “Sculpture Center Exhibit interesting in a maddening way.” Steven Litt. The Plain Dealer. 6/28/92. “Camp teaches girls they can realize ‘impossible’ dreams.” Donna Chernin. The Plain Dealer. 8/4/92. “Feed, Seed & Wide Open SPACES.” Amy Sparks. The Edition. 12/27/90. “Disturbing art pushed to the limit in video exhibit.” Dorothy Shin. The Akron Beacon Journal. 6/24/90. “Personal Space.” Cincinnati Post. 4/25/90. “UC features ‘Personal Space.’” Michael Miller. The News Record. 4/23/90. “Tangeman exhibit appeals to the senses”. UC This Week. 4/13/90. “Decay part of the art of award-winning sculpture.” Jerry Hertenstein. The Lima News. 10/22/89.
  • Poetry, Art Publications"
    Haikus for Way West. Laila Voss & Bruce Edwards ArtCrimes 10. Edited by Beth Wolfe. 1990. ArtCrimes 9. Edited by Jim Lang.1989. ArtCrimes 7. Edited by Christopher Franke. 1989. ArtCrimes 6. Edited by Steven B. Smith. 1988.
  • Exhibitions Curated
    2020: Collective Possibibilty. MetroArts-in-Health Out patient Gallery. 2019: Founders Exhibition. Art House,Inc 2015-16: Conceptual Migrations: An Initial Survey of Contemporary Sculptural Practices. Waterloo Sculpture Garden, Collinwood, OH. 2000- 2015: SPACES, as part of the programming committee, reviewing artist’ applications for the yearly selections exhibitions and Space Lab, as well as co-curating such shows as Back from Space Lab: Ten Years of Innovation; Public Process; Discomfit; Active Mode. 2008 Flash Forward. SPACES, opens in 1/30/2009. One of four curators. 2002 Diverse Visions. Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus. 2001 Installation 2001. Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus. Ceramics: The Five Elements. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. 2000 Recent Regional BFA’s. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. Women, Art, and Ideas: 360˚. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. Artists for a New Era. SPACES. 1999 Recent Graduates: Vermont College MFA-V. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. Nine Lives: Painting at the End of the 20th Century. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. 1997 Intersections/Cross Sections: Sculpture in Our Time. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. 1998 El Dia de los Muertos: Cultural Approaches to Death. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. 1998–2000 BFA exhibitions. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. 1998–2000 48 Hours of Making Art. B. K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College. 2000–continuing SPACES, as part of the programming committee curated Back from Space Lab: Ten Years of Innovation. We review artists’ applications for the yearly selections exhibitions such as Discomfit, Active Mode, Myth America.
  • Membership in Organizations
    SPACES Art Gallery/Organization Zygote Press College Art Association
  • Administrative Experience and Third Level Teaching
    Art House, Inc. 2016-Current Executive Director.Leadership; Strategic planning: Operational: Facilities, Program, Human Resources, Financial planning & management; Fund development; Communications; Risk management; Campus Expansion. University of Akron, Mary Schiller Myers School of Art 1998-2016 2003-2016: Senior Lecturer. 2-D Design. 3-D Design. 7100- 322 & 422; Sculpture II & Advanced Sculpture: Integrating Temporal Media. I developed and proposed this course that focuses on sound, video, performance; 7100- 489: Studio Art- Installation. This course also included a public art component; 7100-145: Foundation 3-D Design; 7100-144: 2-D Design; 7100- 231: Intermediate Drawing; 7100-335 & 450: Intermediate & Advanced Life drawing. 7100-233: Foundation Life Drawing; 7100-131: Foundation Drawing. Spring 2000: Visiting Assistant Professor. Taught 7100- 231: Drawing II and 7100- 233: Intro to Life Drawing. 1998–2000: 7100-131, 231: Drawing I, II; 7100-348: Painting II/Drawing III; 7100-449: Advanced Painting/Drawing. These are courses designed to help students focus on building a strong body of work for their senior show. Art House Inc. 2014 Creative Fusion Residency Coordinator. Working with Art House to facilitate Artist-in-Residence’s project, workshops, and exhibition. Creative Fusion is an extended residency program organized by the Cleveland Foundation to integrate international artists with Cleveland and surrounding communities. Cleveland State University 2007 Sabbatical Replacement. 226/326/426: Sculpture I/II/III. Managed sculpture facility, including the foundry. Kent State University 2001- 03 Temporary Assistant Professor. Drawing I, 14000; Drawing II, 14001; Drawing III, 24001. Kent State University School of Art 2000-2003 Drawing I & II 14000, 14001. Cleveland Institute of Art 1999–02 Visiting Artist Faculty Advanced Sculpture, SCU 427-527, lecture series. Foundations Drawing I: DRG 117. 1999: SCU 427-527. Teaching/ advising 4th & 5th year sculpture majors. Cuyahoga Community College 2000-01/04-06. One year Lecturer: Program Coordinator, and Gallery East Director. Taught 1100/1110: Sculpture I & II; 2000/2010: Life Drawing I & II; 1700/1710: Ceramics I & II. As Program Coordinator: Ran art department which included staffing; planning class schedules for 2000-2001; Managed the various studio areas; inventory; ordering supplies; Hiring, training, and supervising student assistants and work study. Also developed a web site computer lab proposal and other recruitment strategies. As Gallery Director: Mounted current exhibition schedule and developed/curated gallery programming for 2001–2002. 2005;Sculpture I & II,1100- 1110; Ceramics I & II, 1700- 1710. Western campus. 1999: Introduction to Humanities: H1010. Taught a multi-disciplinary & multi-cultural course. Metro campus. 1985–1997: 105- 107: Drawing I, II, & III; 169- 171: Ceramics I, II, & III. Western campus. 1988–1997 Ceramic/Sculpture Lab Supervisor: Maintained studio and equipment; conducted inventory; ordered supplies; loaded & fired kilns; mixed clay & glazes; hired & trained work-study students. Lake Erie College September 1997–2000 Co-Director of the B. K. Smith Fine Art Gallery; Curated and organized yearly exhibitions; wrote grants; organized and facilitated other programming for the Fine Arts Department. As adjunct faculty: Taught TH 360, Independent Study in Installation & Performance; AT 114, Sculpture I. Began rebuilding sculpture facility, 1999–2000 Vermont College of Norwich University. 1997–1998 Artist-Teacher. Advised and critiqued MFA candidate in sculpture for the last two semesters of the student’s program. Lorain County Community College 1990 Sculpture I. Kent State University, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. 1986–1988. Taught Design Visuals, I & II, two and three-dimensional design.
  • Second Level Teaching & Workshops
    Ruffing Montesorri School 2004/2014 Summer Ruffing It. Parade class, 6th-8th grades. Developed theme and Parade floats. Ceramics: 1st – 5th grade: Figures, environments, stories; SRI Extreme: “The Miniature" ‘Museum” workshop for 6th- 8th graders. Volgograd, Russia. 1998 Peace Tree Foundation Global Rivers Art Exchange. Festival, and Painting Workshop with five professional artists and five young adults. MOCA Cleveland 1997–1999 Workshop Coordinator and Artist-in-Residence. Lake Erie College 1997 Installation workshop. Cleveland Museum of Art 1996 Installation Workshop for teachers. Urban Community School 1996 Installation Workshop with 4th graders. Class produced a site-specific installation with found objects from the immediate neighborhood. Cleveland State University Summers 1993–1995 W.E.B DuBois & Ohio Summer Institute, Urban Odyssey. Taught art to gifted teens and potential teachers.
  • Professional Services
    Current: SPACES Board: Programming, World Artist (SWAP), Building, Board Recruitment University of Akron Myers School of Art: Foundation Portfolio Review Previous: SPACES: Vice-President of Programming, Executive Director Search, Board Secretary, Committee Chair of SPACES’ World Artist Program, Board Perfection University of Akron: Junior Review Committees; Honors Projects; University Park Alliance Cleveland Institute of Art: Ad Hoc Foundation Curriculum Review Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising: Core Curriculum Review Cleveland Public Art and the Foundation Center: 2006 Panel member: Funding for the Arts Zygote Press: Committee member, 2003 Strategic Planning Process The Cleveland Performance Art Festival: 1995 Selections panel member Juror (selected examples): Annual Student Art Show, Cuyahoga Community College, West;Beam Art Invitational, Laurel School; Tremont Arts and Culture Festival; Best in show, Cain Park Festival; American Greetings Spring Fine Art Show
  • Skills Experience
    Grant writing Curating Video/audio/Image production & editing: DVD Studio Pro, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Photoshop, llustrator Data-base Management Arc, mig, and oxy-acetylene welding, Foundry Carve through addition and subtraction Mold making and various casting methods Clay and glaze formulation/mixing Kiln operation and maintenance Fabricate with metal and wood Operate stationary and hand-powered tools
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