CLEVELAND, December 20, 2019 — The Cleveland Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition of paintings by noted Cleveland artist and educator Timothy Callaghan at its offices in Playhouse Square in Cleveland. The exhibition, entitled “Glenville” will host an opening reception on January 9, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Cleveland Foundation Lobby, 1422 Euclid Avenue, 13th Floor, Cleveland Ohio, 44115.
The works on view, totaling 16 paintings and 16 drawings, depict Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. During 2018 Callaghan took up an informal residency in Glenville at the invitation of FRONT International Triennial at the PNC Glenville Arts Campus. The artist, well known for his sensitive and perceptive observations of Cleveland’s vernacular architecture and landscape, documented Glenville through plein air ink sketches made during his exploration of the area. The artist reproduced the sketches as larger drawings, exploring the interplay of his original, first-hand documentation of the scenes with memory and photography. Callaghan then expands upon these drawings in larger, full-color gouache paintings. The result is a chronicle not only of a place but the aesthetics of memory—the evolution of form and color through time. Much of Callaghan’s practice involves these explorations of Cleveland neighborhoods, including a previous series on Collinwood, where he lives.
Callaghan’s 2018 residency was not a formal element of FRONT’s programming, but rather a natural product of the Triennial’s year-round support for Cleveland, and Northeastern Ohio, artists. “It was a case of right time, right place,” said Callaghan. “[FRONT founder Fred Bidwell] had an extra studio and I wanted to take advantage of the unique opportunity to see if I could apply a similar process that I used in Collinwood, on East 185th Street, and generate a new body of work.” While in residence, Callaghan also hosted a workshop for young painters.
“The Cleveland Foundation was a major supporter of FRONT and the Glenville Arts Campus and we are so pleased to exhibit the work of Tim Callaghan as one of the many new projects that have blossomed from this investment in bringing artists and resources to the Glenville community,” said Lillian Kuri, Senior Vice President for Strategy at the Cleveland Foundation. “Tim’s work furthers our effort to reveal the beauty and character of this vibrant neighborhood that is experiencing a remarkable renaissance.”