Foundations is the third exhibit presented by the Convention Center Gallery and is presented by the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.
The Center is pleased to continue spotlighting the talent of Northeast Ohio’s regional artists by inviting the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve as a guest exhibitor for the 2019-20 fall/winter season. The mission of the Convention Center Gallery matches that of the Archives, a unique facility, and regional museum, founded by noted sculptor David E. Davis in 1996. Davis and other prominent regional artists felt that it was important to preserve Northeast Ohio’s irreplaceable artistic heritage.
This exhibit highlights the accomplishments of Davis and eight artists, Shirley Aley Campbell, William Martin Jean, David Haberman, Robert Jergens, Randall Tiedman, Phyllis Seltzer, Phyllis Sloane and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, who were the first artists to follow his lead and commit to supporting the Archives. Their collective goal was to create a living archive where works, along with oral histories, and other documentation of artists’ lives would be made available to the public through ongoing exhibitions and programs.
Each featured artist has contributed greatly to the arts community via their accomplishments, and several are octogenarians who continue to create and exhibit important work. Foundations highlights the individualism of each of these artists. Their voices are unique and, as a group, they are held together by the strength and quality of their work rather than a shared conceptual vision. Thanks to the initiative of these nine artists, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve of today has 82 Archived Artists, and 10,000 works in its collection. The Archives proudly continues to enhance its role and that of its artists in the Ohio community.