Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 18:45.
06/06/2008 - 17:30
06/06/2008 - 20:30

Joshua Parker, Jester, 2007, mixed media, 84 x 8 x 16 in. (detail). Image courtesy of the artist.

On A Pedestal and Off The Wall, The Fourth Annual Exhibition of Small Sculpture from the Region opens on Friday, June 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm with a director’s talk at 6:30 pm. The opening is free and open to the public. This year’s prestigious juror, Gregory Amenoff, Chair of the Visual Arts Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, New York, selected 26 works by 20 artists from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Ontario, Canada. Artists include Brandy Agnew, Leticia R. Bajuyo, Matthew Boonstra, Susan Byrnes, Brian Caponi, Stefan Chinov, Jon N. Cotterman, Chad D. Curtis, Walter Early, Ed Hallahan, Delanie Jenkins, Taylor Maida, Eric Mirabito, Anne O’Callaghan, Joshua Parker, Julie Schenkelberg, Matt Steele, Scott Stibich, Nick Vanderpool, and Lauren Yeager. The artists, whose resumes were not consulted by the juror, range in experience from a self-trained electrical engineer to students still in art school to assistant art professors to artists well established in the field. The artwork varies in size from a stripped #2 pencil (Matt Steele, Raw, 2008) to a floor to ceiling installation of orange painted PVC piping that suggests a tornado funnel made solid (Leticia R. Bajuyo, Forces of Nature, 2007). The aesthetics of the juror are manifested in a coherent body of strong works of art that are united by inherent contradictions of ideas and materials, meticulous fabrication or purposefully ephemeral construction, appropriation of commercial products, and a good sense of humor.

About the juror, Gregory Amenoff The 2008 juror is the internationally recognized painter Gregory Amenoff. Amenoff is Chair of the Visual Arts Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, New York, a member of the Board of Directors and the Foundation Curator Governor of The CUE Art Foundation, which provides New York City studio space for emerging artists, and past president of the National Academy. He is represented by the Alexandre Gallery of New York. Previous jurors have been Richard Hunt (2005), Viktor Schrenkengost (2006), and Don Harvey (2007).

About The Sculpture Center The Sculpture Center is located in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood at 1834 East 123rd Street, off Euclid Avenue, beside Lake View Cemetery and two blocks from Little Italy. The Sculpture Center galleries are open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday from noon to 4 pm, and other times by appointment. The Sculpture Center offices are open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Programs and hours are subject to change. Admission, parking, public receptions, and gallery talks are always free. The Sculpture Center is handicapped accessible. The Sculpture Center is a not-for-profit 501[c]3 arts organization dedicated to the enrichment, education, enjoyment, and visual enhancement of the community at large through sculpture. It has a particular commitment to fostering the careers of emerging Ohio sculptors and the preservation of Ohio outdoor sculpture. These exhibitions are made possible by an anonymous donor and other individual donors to Friends of The Sculpture Center, by Studio Techne Architects, and by funding from the Bernice and David E. Davis Art Foundation, the John P. Murphy Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council. The Sculpture Center is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


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I have my own found sculptures on the wall and it's always a joy to watch the shadow effects from day to night, again.  This looks like an intriguing show. It reminds me of the flickering Calder movie, we were shown in high school in the time of 8mm film projectors. 

Always an enjoyable show

I try to go to this annual exhibition every year. One of the the sculptures in the Putnam Collection was purchased here.

Good to learn - which one

I'm glad to learn the Putnam Collection bought something from this show - which piece is it?

Disrupt IT

this show is a hoot! or sculpture for the home

OK, so I almost fell out when I saw these terry wrapped angelic figurines - maybe it was magnified by the drive down to the gallery through Little Italy, but I don't think so. I am so glad to know that young artists have a sense of humor...

Then there was this that slayed me... the low floating disconnected sofa cushions... fabulous! The artist is Scott Stibich.

You have to visit to see this and the other works in the show.

This wrinkled display of anxiety above by artist Susan Byrnes is called "Worry".

Guess the material? OK then go see the work. Matthew Boonstra has three works in the show.

Opening Night Small Sculptures 08 Matt Steele's Raw in the foreground


Yep that's a pencil - sort of...

Note to Matt Steele - You should meet Sarah Kabot.

Thanks to Martha Eakin for the photos and for her wonderful company.