FRONT International #FRONT2018

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:22.
07/14/2018 - 01:00
09/30/2018 - 01:59

 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a citywide program of contemporary art and the expression of a two-year engagement by an international team of artists, curators, and scholars with the creative resources of Cleveland. In museum exhibitions and unconventional sites spread across the city, FRONT will be an expansive stage for local, national, and international artists to create and share new work that is inspired by and engaged with the most important social, political, cultural, and environmental issues of today.

The Triennial will be an important showcase for Northeast Ohio’s cultural resources, convening artists, curators, scholars, collectors, and art lovers around a city- and region-wide celebration of contemporary art. Powered by all of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s renowned visual arts institutions, the exhibition will be unique in the world for the scope of its collaboration.

The first edition of the planned Triennial has been titled An American City. The themes and ideas explored by artists will be authentically rooted in the spirit of Cleveland and the region while connecting our history and future to issues and ideas that are universal and global.


Local Submissions:

North East Ohio artists, galleries and venues are welcome to submit event programming scheduled during FRONT, July 14 – September 30, 2018. Interested parties should submit their information to info [at] frontart [dot] org by May 30, 2018, for inclusion.

Please submit your event(s) in the following format:

  • Venue
  • Artist(s) Name
  • Title of Event
  • Dates and times
  • Location and hour
( categories: )

Capital Budget Bill and East 105th St.

 See red marker above-

For reference - the "Opportunity Corridor" connects with East 105th - a very significant Cleveland street, which was once part of "Doan's Corner"

 Thirteen projects totaling $11.65 million 

recommended by the Greater Cleveland Partnership made it into the bill:

  • Phase II of Restoring the Irishtown Bend: $2.5 million ($5 million requested)
  • MetroHealth West 25th Street neighborhood innovation: $750,000 ($1.25 million requested)
  • El Mercado business incubator: $100,000 ($250,000 requested)
  • Karamu House $700,000 ($2 million requested)
  • Glenville Arts Campus: $300,000 ($350,000 requested)****
  • Cleveland Clinic outpatient children's therapy: $750,000
  • University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Interventional Cardiology Suite: $350,000
  • Severance Hall Transformation: $1.25 million
  • Reshaping History campaign for Cleveland Museum of Natural History: $2.5 million
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum 2.0 "Remixed and Remastered": $400,000
  • Playhouse Square Theater improvements: $850,000
  • Cuyahoga County Mental Health Jail Diversion Treatment Facility: $700,000
  • Flats East Bank Development (performance stage): $500,000

The capital budget also allocates $13 million for renovations at Cleveland State University and $13.5 million for structural concrete repairs at Cuyahoga Community College.

Steven Litt coverage of Wolfs Gallery

My comment may or may not be visible:


Great coverage of the Wolf Gallery in historic Larchmere neighborhood. Cleveland collectors are a quiet, but influential tide in Northeast Ohio -most of the pieces in this show reflect their passions. And, it is notable that Heritage Auctions Senior Fine Arts expert, Marianne Berardi, provided one of the three essays in the Cleveland A Cultural Center catalog, produced by Epstein Design Partners. 

The energy in the room on the night of the show was palpable and positive. Alexxa Gotthardt of Artsy made a point to mention she has lived in NYC for over ten years, but has relocated back to NEO, because of the opportunities here. 

All forms of expression are possible here without the constraints imposed by a high cost of living, especially as communication with and travel to LA and NYC are easier than ever. 

The cultural resources in Cleveland are amazing and credit also to Hilary Gent and Dan Bush for their success running an "art factory" in Cleveland at the 78thStStudios and especially to FRONT's Fred Bidwell and Laura Bidwell for founding the Transformer Station. Cleveland, along with other Ohio cities like Akron, are now on the radar for art tourism, because of the 78thStStudios, the Transformer Station and the Front Triennial.  (I misspelled Triennial as Trienniel, but corrected here).