Experience Local Art Throughout Cleveland | CAN Triennial

Experience Local Art at 16 Galleries Throughout Cleveland from July 8th-August 31st

Save the date for the hottest local art event of the summer starting July 8 through August 31, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

CAN Triennial, is a regionally focused, curated art exhibit. It will be an opportunity to admire and honor inspiring artwork created by regional artists at several participating galleries in six neighborhoods. Featuring 125 talented, local artists showing in 16 art galleries. The artists represent seven Northeast Ohio counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake, and Geauga. 

CAN Triennial 2022: You Are Here is a citywide exhibition of Northeast Ohio art making, concurrent with FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, in July and August. CAN Triennial features the galleries and studios supporting the regional culture by enabling and exhibiting works of Northeast Ohio artists. 

The exhibition is produced by Collective Arts Network (CAN), the nonprofit publisher of CAN Journal, with support from Christy Gray, Hillary Lyon and Liz Maugans of Art Every Space, and is being planned by a diverse curatorial team.

CAN Triennial’s curatorial team—Kristin Rogers (Progressive Collection, SPACES), Thea Spittle (Independent curator) Michael Gutiérrez (2020 Schaaf, Hildebrandt Collective), Darius Steward (artist) and the students of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Currently Under Curation (CUC) program, under the leadership of Sabine Kretzschmar. CUC is a mastery program for Cleveland students and the team working with Sabine includes; Shree Ghosh, Abby Hope, Jamal Ledonté, Arica McKinney, Sarah Voss, and Jacklyn Walker.

Collective Arts Network is an organization that advances the visual art sector in Northeast Ohio through collaborative projects, especially communications via the print quarterly, CAN Journal, and other outlets. CAN’s variety of projects leverage relationships for mutual benefit, and in that sense the exhibition prizes are emblematic of the organization’s work.

The CAN Triennial Exhibition Prize winners will be chosen from the 125 participating artists. CAN Triennial Exhibition Prize partners each agree to send a curator to the Triennial, view the exhibits, and select an artist for a solo show in their venue within the next three years. This approach brings curators from regional museums to visit 16 Cleveland art venues presenting the exhibits, and is valuable exposure for both rising stars and established artists within our community. The participating galleries are; Akron Art Museum, Senior Curator Jared Ledesma, ArtNeo, ArtNeo Board of Directors, BAYarts, Artistic Director Karen Petkovic, The Butler Institute of American Art, Liz Hicks-Skeels, Canton Museum of Art, Christy Davis, Curator of Exhibitions, and Kaleigh Pisani-Paige, Curator of Collections, Erie Art Museum (Erie, Pennsylvania), Executive Director Laura Domencic, MansIeld Art Center, Executive Director George Whitten and Exhibition Chair Tim Gorka, Massillon Museum, Executive Director Alex Coon and Studio M Coordinator Emily Vigil, Summit Artspace, Natalie Grieshammer Patrick, Director of Artist Resources. Selections will be made during CAN Triennial and announced at the closing celebration on August 18.

Event dates:

June 24:  CAN Triennial Exhibition Guide launch at The Happy Dog (5 – 7 pm) 

July 8:  CAN Triennial opens at all venues 

July 8:  Opening party at Morgan Conservatory (5:30 – 9 pm) 

July 16:  FRONT Block Party – FRONT / CAN artist and staff/supporters bike ride (tbd), NEO
Giving – Potlach in Public Square (2 – 6pm) 

July 20:  Who Curates Contemporary Art? panel at The Cleveland Museum of Art (7 pm)

July 23:  History of Graffiti in Cleveland panel at Graffiti Heart (6 – 8 pm) 

July 29:  PechaKucha: You Are Here (8/8:30 pm) MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art

August 18: Awards at The Beachland Ballroom (6 – 9 pm) 

August 31:  CAN Triennial closes

Neighborhood receptions: 

July 14: Playhouse Square (Bonfoey and CSU Galleries)

July 15: ArtNeo at 78th Street Studios

July 21: St. Clair / Superior (Zygote Press and Morgan Conservatory)

July 22: Clark Fulton (FIG, Pivot, and Hildebrandt)

July 29: University Circle (AAWR, Sculpture Center, and CIA Ann and Norman Roulet Student +
Alumni Gallery)

August 5:  North Collinwood (Praxis, Waterloo Arts, and Brick Ceramic Studio)

Neighborhood Programming:

Clark Fulton 


July 22:  Reception – DJ and performances to be confirmed, 7pm + 8pm – SNACK Creative
Destruction Collective at Inlet Dance Studio 

July 23: Inlet Dance Studio – 2pm + 3pm – SNACK Creative Destruction Collective Performance 

July 30:  Lobby – 2pm – Artist Talk – Graffstract – from graffiti to gallery with Bob Peck, will cover
the full gamut of his street graffiti into galleries and be able to get media promotion and attention just through authenticity and connections 

July 30:  FIG – 3pm Screen-printing workshop at FIG with Stephanie, make posters, totes, tbd 

August 6:  Lobby – 2pm Panel discussion and workshop on art therapy “healing trauma with the
Arts” on mental health and art therapy, people recovering from PTSD and trauma and the role that art plays – with Kaitlin Rothacher (featured artist) – children encouraged while parents listen to the talk (family oriented)  

August 20:  Lobby – 2pm – Artist Talk – Steven Guiterrez – “in defense of science; musing by Steven
G.” professor at CIA, talking about the awe of science and his work based upon science, the earth and space around us


July 16:  2pm – Artist Talk – Molly Fitzpatrick, has her own design label and sells textiles to major
retailers and companies

July 16:  4pm – Artist Talk – Eboni Randall Joyner – runs shalom tranquility garden in the
neighborhood, work with kids in the neighborhood, art as therapy and African American autism children struggles, breaking down unconscious bias, building inclusive communities

July 21 + August 11 – 6pm – Life Drawing Class with Adrian Eisenhower- $10 supplies fee (cash due at
start of class)

July 22:  Reception  – music and performances to be confirmed 

August 13  1pm – Artist Talk – Hector Castellanos Lara, Former CAN Curator and the Day of The
Dead parade Host, speak to his work and the Latino community and how art is a vibrant part of neighborhood 

*Specials and businesses open – Rising Star (coffee) in courtyard 

*Open Studios artist collective (during open hours)

St. Clair / Superior

July 23:  Graffiti Heart panel discussion (6 – 8pm) 


July 16:  2pm – 6pm – NEO Giving – Potlach in Public Square 

University Circle

July 20:  Who Curates Contemporary Art? panel at The Cleveland Museum of Art (7 pm)

July 29:  PechaKucha: You Are Here (8/8:30 pm) 

*For up to date programming and more information, please visit; https://cantriennial.org/ 

About Collective Arts Network (CAN): a nonprofit organization serving the visual arts industry in and around Cleveland, providing a public forum for promotion, reporting, and reviews. Its primary projects are the quarterly print magazine CAN Journal, the website CANjournal.org, its blog, and the e-newsletter CAN Weekly. Additional projects include CAN Triennial, a regionally focused, curated art exhibit.

About Art EverySpace: A Cleveland‐based, women‐owned small business that partners with real estate developers and building owners to connect people and enhance the quality of shared spaces. We believe that culturally based community experiences transform the everyday and inspire residents to become more engaged in their surroundings through placemaking programs and events. Our award‐winning team includes civically engaged artists, curators, art consultants, designers, event planners, strategists, innovators and entrepreneurs. We know art, we know the artists, we know our community, and how to connect all of them. ArtEverySpace.com 

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