FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

July 17 – October 2, 2021

FRONT International is a new art triennial based in Cleveland, Ohio, whose inaugural edition launched in the summer of 2018. This citywide art program brings together international, national, and regional artists, curators, and scholars to propose a new format for biennials and triennials. It focuses on process, research, collaboration, and long-term engagement with Cleveland and Northeast Ohio to provide an expansive stage to create and share new work that is inspired by and engaged with the social, political, cultural, ecological, and economic issues of our time.

FRONT has teamed up with all of Cleveland and the region’s most renowned arts and cultural institutions, making it unique in the world for the scope of its collaboration.

Learn more about the inaugural 2018 edition of FRONT International:

FRONT is organized by the FRONT Exhibition Company

The FRONT Exhibition Company was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to plan, organize, and present FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art with a mission to:

  • Generate new economic activity and opportunity through cultural tourism
  • Develop an even stronger, more vibrant and sustainable creative community by bringing new recognition and opportunity to arts institutions and creative professionals
  • Enhance the brand of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by presenting a more nuanced and sophisticated view of its arts and cultural resources
  • Stimulate positive change and create new opportunities in Cleveland’s communities



Fred Bidwell

Executive Director

Fred Bidwell is a philanthropist, collector, and community leader. After a 35-year career as an advertising and marketing entrepreneur, in 2011 he and his wife established the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation. In 2013, the Bidwell Foundation opened Transformer Station, a contemporary art exhibition space on Cleveland’s West Side. Transformer Station alternates between acting as a venue for exhibitions curated by the Bidwells from their renowned collection of photo-based contemporary art and as a venue for exhibitions organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Fred Bidwell served twice as board president of the Akron Art Museum and currently on the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art and on the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Prem Krishnamurthy and Tina Kukielski

2021 Co-Artistic Directors

Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, exhibition maker, writer, and teacher who divides his time between Berlin and New York. As a founding principal at the award-winning design firm Project Projects and now partner and director at Wkshps, Prem has led strategic identity, exhibition, publishing, and interactive projects with artists, architects, museums, and non-profit institutions. As an independent exhibition maker, Krishnamurthy has curated and organized numerous exhibitions and projects at galleries, museums, and other institutions in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Between 2012 and 2017 he founded and directed P!, the experimental “Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle” that was located in New York’s Chinatown.

Tina Kukielski is based in New York City where she is Executive Director and Chief Curator of Art21, a nonprofit art organization specializing in storytelling about contemporary art and producers of award-winning documentary films on artists. Kukielski previously held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and has independently curated exhibitions in Dubai, Milan, Naples, and Miami. She was a co-curator of the acclaimed 2013 Carnegie International with Daniel Baumann and Dan Byers.


Deputy Director

Sarah Liska

Operations Manager

Caitie Moore

Associate Curator

Meghana Karnik

Curatorial Assistant

Lo Smith

Administrative Assistant

Allison Smith

Project Management

Nancy Boylan
Joe Lanzilotta
Greg Peckham


Sarah Siebert

Finance and Accounting

Rita Tersigni
Elizabeth Place
Kelly Peecook


Helen Forbes-Fields, Chair

Michelle Jeschelnig, Co-Vice Chair

Scott Mueller, Co-Vice Chair

Jon J. Pinney, Secretary & Treasurer

Fred Bidwell, Executive Director

Virginia N. Barbato

Paul Clark

James Cohan

Joanne R. Cohen

Sandra Earl

Howard Freedman

Michelle Grabner

Donna M. Kohl

James Lincoln

August A. Napoli Jr.

Richard S. Rogers

Charna E. Sherman

Steven D. Standley

Felton Thomas, Jr.

Dan P. Walsh Jr.

Toby Devan Lewis, Honorary