'WIRED and Ready to Hang' Showcase CIA Students' Artwork at HEDGE Gallery This Weekend

From 5 to 9 p.m., this Friday, Apr. 17, HEDGE Gallery presents its first juried student art show. WIRED and Ready to Hang showcases work by current students at the Cleveland Institute of Art. This Friday’s reception coincides with 78th Street Studios’ Third Friday monthly open studios event.

“I am featuring this show as an opportunity to form deeper connections with current CIA students and the institution,” explains HEDGE Gallery Director Hilary Gent. “The connections created with the local art programs and current students further the mission of HEDGE Gallery: to encourage emerging artists in their professional careers, providing an exhibition space that encourages exploration, productivity, and the ability to obtain networking skills with the community and general public.”

“We’re always looking to give our students real-world professional experiences,” adds CIA Painting Department Chair and Associate Professor Lane Cooper. “Mike Meier, a current Painting faculty member and a CIA alumnus, knows first-hand how important these opportunities are for the students. He and Hilary have worked together to develop a process for curating the exhibition that will showcase some of the exciting work that’s happening in the CIA student studios. I can’t wait for people to see the work. It’s a wonderful thing that a gallery of HEDGE’S reputation recognizes the quality of our students’ work.”

WIRED and Ready to Hang was selected by a panel of jurors including Gent and artists/writers Michael Gill and Douglas Max Utter. Both Gill and Utter once wrote for Cleveland Scene Magazine, and both are still active as both artists and writers. Gill is the founding Editor and Publisher of CAN Journal, and Utter has been writing articles for CAN Journal since its inception. Utter recently presented his latest exhibition, Timelines, at William Busta Gallery. Gill is currently developing a book for an exhibition at Tregoning and Company at 78th Street Studios in the fall.

“Schools like CIA bring a constant supply of new ideas and artists to Cleveland,” explains Gill. “It's exciting to see the entrants in this show exploring concepts, experimenting with the relationships between their media and their ideas. It's also encouraging to see a growing connection between the Institute and the region's galleries. HEDGE and the Cleveland Institute of Art are building a relationship with shows like this, which no doubt will continue as the students advance in their careers.”

“Being an art student once myself, I can understand the difficulty with expanding one’s art career beyond college and studio walls,” adds Gent. “I believe in helping artists find a voice through their work, and that starting with the student body is the first step to connecting with the individuals who are ready for progress.”

Accepted students include Dunya Abrahim, Qiu Chen Fan, Benjamin Grossi, Celena Grossman, Riley Kemerling, Samantha Konet, Angela Ko, Xyl Lasersohn, Michael Lombardy, Elmi Ventura Mata, Samantha McCarthy, Christine Meder, Kim Menapace Brian Mouhlas, Chen Peng, Abigail Richard, Debbie Weidrick, and Laura Yurko.

WIRED and Ready to Hang remains on view through Friday, May 8. Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. The exhibition, as well as the rest of Third Friday at 78th Street Studios, is free and open to the public.

(78th Street Studios) 1300 W. 78th St., 330-819-7280, 78thstreetstudios.com

(HEDGE Gallery) Suite 200, 216-650-4201, hedgeartgallery.com
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