The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College is proud to present the NewNow 2021, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition juried by Cat Sheridan, curator of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery.
As juror Cat Sheridan explains, “I hope that the NewNow exemplifies for the viewer (as it does for me) the liminal truth of the year: We find ourselves placed squarely at the nexus of change, acutely aware that we are experiencing history. Deep emotions have shaken off their apathy and pulse forward into focus with urgency, as seen in these works through themes of representation, equity, social justice, climate change, the global pandemic, displacement, isolation, and meditation.”
This year’s exhibition includes vibrant abstract painting, stunning portraits in oil, innovative ceramics, and poignant mixed media work. “They range from quiet and intensely introspective to tempestuous clashes—most often staccato in the exchange,” Sheridan describes, “but they are always touching, in some way, whether through communication, relation, or contrast to one another. In this whipsaw existence, on the horizon forms a clarity, a seeing previously obscured to some. It is only from friction, recognition, and acceptance of difference that a beautiful shine can emerge.”
A virtual Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 18th, 7:00pm on Zoom. At that time, the winners of 5 Juror’s Awards will be announced, and over $1800 in cash prizes will be presented. The event will also include a preview of the show, and remarks by Juror Cat Sheridan, Gallery East Director Blake Cook, Gallery East Coordinator Terri Patton, and AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley.