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Catching up

Once again, I’ve fallen behind in my postings on! I’ve been busy though, writing mostly for the Detroit Art Review and New Art Examiner. Here are some of the things I’ve been writing about:

This is an installation shot of Shapeshifters, in the main gallery at Cranbrook Museum of Art, with Frank Stella’s Takt-i-Sulayman Variation I in the foreground.

I wrote about Shapeshifters, at Cranbrook Museum of Art for the Detroit Art Review; an encyclopedic tour of the museum’s collection that includes both the work of international art stars like Donald Judd and Joan Mitchell, as well as the work of many young, up and coming artists working in the Detroit area. To read my review in its entirety, go to: Shapeshifters @ Cranbrook Museum of Art – Detroit Art Review

I also wrote about the new sculpture by Jaume Plensa, recently installed in front of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, as well as an interesting project inside the museum that combines curated artworks from the collection paired with classes as diverse as social work, art, architecture and public health, meant to broaden students’ experience both of the subject matter and of related art. For more: Jaume Plensa Sculpture @ UMMA – Detroit Art Review

I’m particularly pleased to have had the opportunity to write about Essay’d, a unique arts writing project in Detroit that aims to create a crowd-sourced body of writing about the city’s contemporary artists, one by one: Essay’d (

And I wrote a few reviews of artists I like:

Sarah Rose Sharp @ UM Institute of the Humanities Gallery – Detroit Art Review

Blackbird & Paloma Negra ( (Sabrina Nelson at Gallery Camille)

Tom Livo @ Image Works – Detroit Art Review

Sorry to have been so neglectful of my little art blog–my new year’s resolution is to dutifully provide links to other work I’m writing on art for other publications in 2021!

Ohio Arts Council event in Toledo on 4/30 from 1:30-3 at the Toledo Museum of Art

I will be attending this event and after going over to the Library to take whomever is interested in a tour of Precious Objects. The Ohio Arts Council insists I put the statement at the bottom of any publicity this year. I know, sucks to be me. Chuck


Ohio Arts Council Hosts Public Conversation in Toledo

The Ohio Arts Council will host a public conversation at the Toledo Museum of Art and we hope you will join us.

During our time together we will introduce the agency’s new executive director, Donna Collins, and deputy director, Dan Katona. We will share information about the newly adopted State Arts Plan, and hope to hear from you about your dreams and expectations for the arts in Ohio.

April 30, 2015

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Toledo Museum of Art

GlasSalon located inside the Glass Pavilion

Please RSVP so we can plan for your participation.

Parking is FREE for Museum members and $5 for nonmembers. Guarded lots are available on Grove Place behind both the main Museum building and the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, as well as on Parkwood Avenue adjacent to the Glass Pavilion.

Questions about our Toledo visit? Email Justin Nigro, Leadership Liaison, at

This artist (me) was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2015

Precious Objects in Toledo

I am been profoundly negligent on getting publicity out on this. This is sort of the year of Toledo for me. The Library is just around the corner from TMA. The interior is filled with Vitrolite architectural glass and is, all in all, a very cool place. Hope some of you can make it to the reception on 4/13 at 6


Lustron Stories – Americans at Home


Thanks to the kindness of ka, you all know that this project is now on exhibit at PUBLIC Gallery in Louisville. It goes next to the Ohio History Connection in Columbus between Memorial Day and Labor 14072602FremiottiTableDay. Right now I am working on finding a book publisher. Not going to self-publish because the themes, including the Great American Dream and the success of these homes in realizing the Bauhaus ideal of using industrial materials to create affordable housing indicates, at least to me, that there is a wider potential audience than I can reach myself. I also put a video on YouTube which you can see here

Since many of you get my update email, I will try to not repeat but wanted to briefly mention the presentation. If you remember the four pieces at TMA, they were matted and framed using aluminum. Pretty common for me when I am…

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May Show Cleveland

Even not being from Toledo, it was impossible to avoid the flap in the Toledo art community over the changes to this show. Those of us that are in it certainly are feeling pretty good but the shows change has reduced the opportunity for Toledo artists to get seen and receive the imprimatur of being in the “Museum”. Here in Cleveland there has been a similar ongoing discussion about the long gone Cleveland Musuem of Art’s May Show. attached is an article written by the one of the more serious gallerists in town who happens to be a huge supporter of local artists. It is an important topic though the answers are not come from a nostalgic look at the past.

Me, I am grateful to have had this opportunity.


Hello Artists

I am working on putting together this blog so that we can all keep in touch about our future activities.  It has been a privilege to get to know you all (at least a little) and I’m looking forward to reading more about what you are doing. In this blog you can share news about your shows, residencies, successes in the studio–really, anything about your art practice that will be of interest to your fellow artists in the region.

The blog is in the developing stages, so I have only the most rudimentary elements right now.  I would like to add a gallery of works by artists, and I will be contacting you by e-mail to get some images.   All artists opting into this blog will be listed as “authors” and you may post at will.  If you are interested in dipping your toes into the blogosphere, this is an opportunity!