Shows celebrate 20 years of Weston and Aronoff

Weston Art Gallery (West Gallery space), 2015

Weston Art Gallery (West Gallery space), 2015

Continues through March 27; Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center

Two current exhibits celebrate the 20-year history of the Weston Art Gallery and its creation within the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

The first, “20 x 20 x 20,” features 20 works by 20 artists and artistic collaborators from the gallery’s first two decades. Some were established in their careers before the building opened, and others have gained significant artistic reputations since then.

The artists, selected from more than 150 solo exhibitions presented at the Weston since 1995, provide a cross-section of the artistic approaches the gallery has showcased.

Participants include Tom Bacher, Mary Jo Bole, Jay Bolotin, Carmel Buckley, Denise Burge, Cole Carothers, Ana England and Steven Finke (collaboration), Tracy Featherstone, Mark Fox, Robert Fry, Diana Duncan Holmes, Tim McMichael, Emily Hanako Momohara, Deborah Morrissey-McGoff, a reunion of the Neo-Ancestralists (Jimi Jones, Ken Leslie, Thomas Phelps), Danielle Julian Norton, Todd Slaughter, TODT, Joseph Winterhalter, and Charles Woodman.

Weston Art Gallery street-level space, 2016

Weston Art Gallery street-level space, 2016

In conjunction with the artists’ work, a “visual survey” is presented in the street-level exhibition space. It will feature printed materials that represent a timeline of the gallery’s history, including posters, announcement cards, catalogs and special event mailers culled from the archives.

The Waynes/A Tavola are co-sponsoring the exhibit along with the Cincinnati Art Association.

The second show will feature the art of Salli LoveLarkin, the gallery’s founding director. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, early performance footage, costumes and costume design.

A number of artists who knew and worked with LoveLarkin have contributed technically and artistically to the exhibition including photographers Jay Bachemin and Diana Duncan Holmes; Jefferson James,  choreographer and artistic director of Contemporary Dance Theater;  filmmaker Russ Johnson; the late poet Timothy Riordan; set designer Sarah Young; and performing arts photographer Sandy Underwood.

LoveLark died in 1999 at age 62. This exhibit is co-sponsored by

Jennie Rosenthal Berliant.

Artists and collaborators who worked with LoveLarkin will participate in a gallery talk Monday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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