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CONVIVIUM (Latin), means to celebrate and feast. Convivium33 is a celebration of art and art is a feast for the mind and soul. The gallery is committed to showcasing some of Northeast Ohio’s greatest talents in all media categories.

CONVIVIUM33 GALLERY is located at
1433 East 33rd Street (one way/off Superior Ave)
Cleveland, Ohio 44114 in Cleveland's newly named Art Quarter.

Regular gallery hours only apply during exhibit schedule. (see below: CURRENT EXHIBITION)

CAN Journal interview: Starts at 36sec.



-an exhibition of works by the legendary Venezuelan Major League Baseball infielder.

Exhibit dates: Sunday, July 7-Sunday, August 4, 2013

Artist Public Reception: Sunday, July 7, from 5pm –8 pm /free/public (immediately following the game)

5 Alarm Fire Truck sponsored by A Taste of Excellence Catering
will be on site serving up $2 BRATWURST Sandwiches.
*All proceeds support El Sistema Cleveland, Inc., a 21st Century children’s orchestra program providing at-risk children with music literacy skills and access to the world-class cultural institutions of Cleveland’s University Circle.

A special thanks to the Cleveland Indians, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and A Taste of Excellence Catering for their generous event sponsorship.

Exhibition Gallery Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 6pm – 8pm & Sunday: 10am-2pm

This year, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers over the July 4th holiday weekend, the team will be honoring one of the Cleveland Indians most beloved players, the legendary Venezuelan Major League Baseball infielder, Omar Vizquel. What would this have to do with Convivium33 Gallery? Like his famous reach, the multiple Gold Glove winners’ artistry now stretches beyond the baseball diamond to a noteworthy body of work. On Sunday, July 7, 2013 Convivium33 Galley opens a special exhibit showcasing NEW WORK by Omar Vizquel.

The traveling schedule of a professional baseball player is demanding, typically 162 games a season played over approximately 180 days. The regular season runs from early April through the end of September. During his 24 years in the major leagues, Omar focused his free time on exploring destinations. He found himself discovering a city through its arts, visiting galleries and museums all over the country. Then, during the baseball strike in 1993, he picked up his first paint brush. With a new found passion and the time to learn and experiment, Vizquel started on a new journey, a journey of discovery but more importantly one of self-exploration and expression.

Vizquel, who unabashedly holds Cleveland close to his heart, feels this is the perfect place and time to share his body of work. Recently, Omar was the main speaker at the Akron Shaw Jewish Community Center’s sports dinner on January 29, 2013. When asked about his time with the Indians franchise Omar responded, “There is no other team I love more than the Cleveland Indians,” he said. “Believe me.” Vizquel’s work ranges in disciplines from painting to sculpture. Omar acknowledges that experimenting is part of the process. Recognizing that his baseball fans would enjoy seeing his progression over the years, Omar has invited longtime friend and photojournalist Stephen Albanese to be part of the gallery exhibit.

Albanese, a Los Angeles-based photographer, has an extensive collection of photographs chronicling Vizquel’s evolution in the Major Leagues. About Albanese:

It is a new time in Omar’s life. After nearly a quarter-century in the major leagues and having played more games at shortstop than any player in baseball history, he will not leave the sport. Without missing a season, Omar has embarked on his new career as a coach with the Los Angeles Angels, continuing yet again on his journey of discovery.

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ARCHITECTS DRAW, an exhibition of the works by Architects, students of Architecture hosted by Cleveland Architect Peter van Dijk

Exhibit dates: Friday, November 2 –Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cleveland Architect Peter Van Dijk will be hosting a special art exhibition at Convivium33 Gallery this November sponsored by AIA Cleveland. Architects Draw is an exhibition concept which was conceived from Peter’s appreciation for what may seem natural but in today’s age and fixation with all things digital, is not. Peter reminds us that you won’t find the soul of architecture in your desktop. Great architecture can only derive from a uniquely human collaboration between the mind, the eyes and the hand. Peter, who spent a year in Rome on a Fulbright fellowship, will be featured as a special guest artist and will showcase his personal travel sketches from over the years.

Architects, intern architects, associates and students of architecture were invited to submit travel sketches, paintings, watercolors, and similar works of art outside the normal business of architecture. AIA Cleveland President, Kurt Weaver admitted “We had no idea what to expect, by all accounts submissions exceeded the expectations of this first ever exhibit concept for AIA Cleveland.” Reviewing the submissions then became the difficult job of a distinguished panel of jurors. The jury panel includes: Artist, Cathie Bleck, CIA President, Grafton Nunes, Artist, Christopher Pekoc, Artist, Antonia Reiner and Artist and Art Critic, Douglas Max Utter. The juried exhibition will include works in a variety of disciplines.

Peter is undeniably one of the region’s most respected architects. He reminisces as he shares his personal drawings. They are timetables to his life, and serve as reminders of his love for architecture and his discovery of the details not found in any book. A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in 2000 van Dijk was awarded the AIA Ohio Gold Medal, one of the profession’s highest honors. His legacy has touched so many individuals well beyond our region. The list is impressive but none greater than Blossom Music Center, the beloved summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. An open-air pavilion completed in 1968. The legendary acoustics make Blossom one of the most desirable outdoor performance destinations in America.


Breast Cancer Captured Through the Eyes of Love
Photographer Angelo Merendino chronicled his wife’s powerful battle with the life-threatening disease

Cleveland, OH (July 27th, 2012) – Manhattan-based photographer, Angelo Merendino exhibits “The Battle We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer,” a powerful photo-documentary chronicling his wife Jennifer’s fight with breast cancer. Sadly, Jennifer passed on December 22nd, 2011.

The exhibit, which recently opened on July 13, 2012 at the Gathering Place in Westlake, OH has been relocated to Convivium33 Gallery in Cleveland, OH

Exhibit dates: Friday, July 27 –Sunday, August 26, 2012

With respect to the recent decision made by The Gathering Place to discontinue my photo exhibition, I’d like to issue the following statement:
Throughout Jen’s devastating diagnosis, we were fortunate to find organizations that embraced and supported us, much like The Gathering Place serves such needs in the greater Cleveland community. To say that I was thrilled when the organization reached out to me and extended an invitation to exhibit my work would be an understatement. I was ecstatic to take this important work to the next level and I eagerly submitted images for approval, which I received. As such, the nature and content of the exhibit should not have taken anyone off guard.
While I can appreciate there are people who may find some of the images overwhelming and difficult to look at, I only wish that the feelings of the clientele served by The Gathering Place had been taken into consideration before I was given approval to install the exhibition. Based on the stated mission of the organization, perhaps this was not an appropriate venue to properly showcase my work. That said, it would be disappointing if the fallout from this decision resulted in negatively impacting the support of present and future donors of The Gathering Place.

To everyone who has reached out to me privately and publicly to express their dismay with the decision of The Gathering Place to remove my exhibition, I see an opportunity to channel your collective enthusiasm and energy into something positive and join us at the re launch of the exhibit on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 6-10pm at Convivium33 Gallery, 1433 e33rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44114. I strongly believe this is the best way to honor Jen’s legacy and provide a voice for those affected by metastatic breast cancer. I am grateful for your help and humbled by your continued love and support.
The opening night will serve as a fundraiser for The Love You Share, a non-profit organization established in Jennifer’s honor with a mission to help make life more manageable, even for just a moment, for people with cancer by providing public transportation reimbursement and gift cards for groceries.
These striking photos portray the daily life of Jennifer Merendino’s second cancer diagnosis in 2010 until her recent passing. The photos tell the compelling story of how a person is transformed by this horrific disease.

“We noticed that most people were not aware of the challenges that we faced every day,” said photographer Merendino. “Sadly, so many of them did not want to hear these realities and we felt our support fading away. When words failed, I turned to the only other way I know to communicate, my camera. My photographs show this daily life. They humanize the face of cancer, on the face of my wife.”

In February of 2008, just five months after their wedding, Jennifer and Angelo Merendino were thrown into cancer land. Some two years after Jen’s initial diagnosis, the couple received news that the breast cancer had metastasized to her liver, hip and sacrum. This past October, the couple received news that the cancer had spread to Jen’s brain. After a courageous struggle, Jen passed away on December 22nd, a few days before Christmas and 16 days after her 40th birthday.

“I trust Angelo and his camera; more than anyone save myself, he knows how I am feeling.” - Jennifer Merendino

During this trying time, the couple was blessed with an incredible support group as Jennifer lived with the diagnosis of chronic cancer. “Pink ribbons serve a purpose but they do not tell the whole story of breast cancer,” adds photographer Merendino. “Cancer is not a battle that should be fought alone. Support from family and friends is so important. Don’t stay away from someone who is fighting cancer because you don’t know what to say or do: you do not have to “say the right thing,” or know all the answers. Just be there.”

“Through his powerful photography, Angelo Merendino has captured the most intimate moments of his beautiful wife’s experience with illness. His moving work speaks to the fears, the triumphs, the love and the sorrow of living with cancer. By inviting us to share in their transforming journey, Jennifer and Angelo Merendino will inspire you in ways you will never forget.”

- Tiffany A. Traina, MD Breast Cancer Medicine Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

To learn more about Jennifer Merendino’s personal battle with breast cancer, go to her blog at

May 2012

IN MEMORANDUM, an exhibition of the works by Scott Miller (1955 – 2008)

Exhibit dates: Friday, May 25 –Sunday, June 24, 2012

It was Pablo Picasso who said “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." One artist’s words to live and create by, but not to be so for Cleveland based artist, Scott Miller, whose sudden and unfortunate death in May of 2008 left much undone and much in question. By all accounts, Miller was a flourishing regional talent who was experiencing success beyond his Northeast Ohio home. Art dealer and curator, William Busta called Miller "certainly one of the most important artists in Cleveland in the late 20th century." Miller at age 53 was already in prominent collections including Peter B. Lewis, Philanthropist; Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Hugh Hefner, Playboy Enterprises; Henry Hawley, Head Curator, Cleveland Museum of Art; Flemming Flindt, Choreographer; Akron Museum of Art; British Petroleum and Allen Ginsberg, Poet.
It is not surprising that it has taken until now for the Miller Trust to inventory the extensive collection of work that remains as part of the prolific artist’s legacy. IN MEMORANDUM opens four years after Miller’s death and reflects the Trust’s desire to remember the artist and to reintroduce the art he created. The exhibit will feature significant works spanning more than three decades.
Scott Miller studied at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland before graduating in 1983 from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he received his BFA. He was a very productive and dynamic artist with a large personality and a significant body of work which varied in style, technique and principle.
Given Miller’s short-lived life, the number of galleries and museums throughout the world that showed his work is remarkable. Locally, his work was part of significant exhibits at the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, N.O.V.A, Spaces Gallery and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Venues beyond Cleveland included Akron Museum of Art, Akron OH.; Kent State Center Gallery, Kent, OH; Art Lick Gallery - San Francisco, CA; World Tattoo Gallery - New York, NY; Penson Gallery - New York, NY; Feature Gallery - New York, NY; Artemesia Gallery and Hyde Park Institute, Chicago, IL; Don O'Mellveny Gallery, Klapper Gallery and Edgar Varela Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FLA; Weller/Potosky Gallery, Toronto, Canada and the Modern Museum of Art, Paris, France. Miller’s final exhibition closed May 10, 2008 at the Edgar Varela Gallery in Los Angeles, one week before his death.


October 2011

See Art - Create Art/A Fine Art Exhibition of 32 Cleveland Artists
Friday,October 28, 2011 - Sunday November 20, 2011

A weekend to immerse yourself in art. The Exhibition: Thirty-two Cleveland Fine Artists Exhibition curated by Mark Cole from the Cleveland Museum Of Art. City Artists at Work (CAAW), a collaboration of artist from the Quadrangle, Midtown Corridor and the St Clair Superior art Districts, is proud to announce our fourteenth anniversary. To celebrate, we are offering you a chance to experience the work of some of Cleveland's finest artists, and to create some memorable art of your own from a variety of hands on workshops at select area studios, from painting to mask making. Be sure to join us Friday night October 28th from 6:30 to 10:00 at the Convivium 33 Gallery for the opening night and enjoy refreshments, live music and food by High Thai'd Restaurant in Coventry.
For more information about this three day See Art/Create Art event, visit or email

September 2011 Opening


Cleveland Artists Foundation announces its upcoming city-wide exhibition, The Way of All Flesh: A Shirley Aley Campbell Retrospective, curated by Douglas Max Utter. The Way of All Flesh features Campbell’s series Motorcyclists of the Seventies in its entirety at CONVIVIUM33 GALLERY Josaphat Arts Hall. These thirteen 5 x 7-foot paintings were commissioned in the 1970s by Cleveland collector Joseph Erdelac, and executed by Campbell from 1973-1981.

Shirley Aley Campbell has been one of the Midwest’s premier painters and graphic artists for more than half a century. No one has represented the human body with a keener eye for muscular poise and thrust, capturing the poignancy and psychological weight of flesh. Trained at the Arts Student League in New York, the Pratt Institute, and the Cleveland School of the Arts, she was celebrated as one of the region’s brightest lights well before her thirtieth birthday. Throughout the 1950’s her works were included annually in the Butler Museum of American Art’s Midyear Exhibition, and during the same time period she was awarded First Prize in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s annual May Show three years in a row. She went on to teach at various Cleveland area institutions and is currently Professor Emeritus at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College. Her most recent solo show at C.I.A. was mounted in 1978.

April 2010 SPRING EXHIBITION: Traveling to Ursuline College August 2012

Ladies Room | Arts Lead | Cleveland Scene
Convivium 33 celebrates the art of local women

Around Noon: Jessica Lea Mayfield, Barbara Stanczak & Theater Ninjas

Cleveland, Ohio- Convivium33 Gallery at Josaphat Arts Hall presents: 21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex featuring works by Northeast Ohio’s leading and most respected female artists.

“One is not born, but rather becomes a woman,” declared French author Simone de Beauvoir in her 1949 work, The Second Sex. Sixty years later, in November 2009, the book was newly translated and re-released and it remains as compelling as ever. On the theme of a woman’s metamorphosis, Beauvoir wrote, “Then from woman’s point of view I shall describe the world in which women must live; and thus we shall be able to envisage the difficulties in their way as, endeavoring to make their escape from the sphere hitherto assigned them, they aspire to full membership in the human race.”

21st Century Expressions of The Second Sex will showcase selected works by leading female regional artists, created in the world in which women artists must live. The pieces may span the decades of a career or reflect new work produced specifically for the show.

A December 2009 ARTNews feature, The Feminist Evolution by Phoebe Hoban echoed the words of Beauvoir and underscores the timeliness of Convivium33 Gallery’s latest show. “Museums are exhibiting an increased sensitivity to collecting and presenting works by women- through new acquisitions, solo shows and a stronger focus on artists who were previously neglected. But true gender equality, critics maintain, remains elusive,” Hoban wrote.

Curator Alenka Banco aims to explore a woman’s voice during the different stages of life through art. Similar to Beauvoir’s ‘Facts and Myth’s’ in book one of The Second Sex, there is a chronicle for womankind not unlike, stations of the cross, journeying from girlhood, through puberty and sexual initiation, to maturity and old age. 21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex will showcase art as an individual reflection of womanhood,” explains Banco. The exhibit includes artists of various ages at different points in life, and depicts works produced in a variety of media.

Exhibit dates: Sunday, April 3 –Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sneak Preview of scenes from Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves by Cleveland Public Theatre

Featured Artists

Anna Arnold received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1983. She is a prolific entrepreneur artist who has produced paintings, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry for more than 25 years and has exhibited in over 200 gallery and museum shows across the United States including the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, the California Afro American Museum in Los Angeles, the Alternative Museum in NYC, the Chicago Public Library, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Arnold earned a Master’s degree in Art Education at Case Western Reserve University in 2010. Her works are in the collections of the Progressive Corporation Art Collection, the Western Reserve Historic Museum, the Cleveland Public Library, Akron Art Museum and the Center for Art and Religion, Washington, DC. Arnold lives in Cleveland, OH.

Cathie Bleck received her BFA from the University of Illinois in 1978. Bleck worked as a successful, internationally respected illustrator prior to publishing of a monograph of her artwork called Open Spaces in 2006, which quickly launched her career into the gallery world. Solo exhibitions followed in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York City as well as two museum shows in 2008. Bleck attracted The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT who offered her a mid career retrospective and The Butler Museum in Youngstown, OH extended her solo exhibition of New Works entitled Becoming Human. In 2007 Bleck was awarded the prestigious honor of designing, in her clay-board technique, the U.S. State Department’s Earth Day Image. Other commissions include Sony Records, Time, Esquire, New York Times, LA Times, Warner Bros., Random House, Simon & Schuster, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Forest Service. Bleck lives in Cleveland Hts., OH and New York City, NY.

Rian Brown is an Associate Professor of Cinema and New Media at Oberlin College where she teaches video production and video art. Brown has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and a MFA from University of California San Diego. Her short films, Presence of Water and The Settler and Death of the Moth have shown at numerous film festivals and museums including the L.A. Hammer Museum of Art, New York Shorts Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair and many others. In 2009, Rian co-founded Ice Lens Pictures and is currently in production on a multi-channel video shot in Antarctica called, BLUE DESERT: Towards Antarctica. Rian is married and is the mother of two young boys. She divides her time between Turin, Italy and Oberlin, OH.

Brittany Campbell was born in Columbus Georgia and spent most of her childhood in Lancaster, OH. In 2009 she received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Fiber and Material Studies with a minor in Film Video and Photographic Arts, as well as an emphasis in Visual Culture. Brittany’s video works have led to many accolades including the “Best Live Action” film award for Troubled Water, presented at the 2008 E.M.I.T. show at the Cleveland Cinematheque. Currently, Campbell is a Technical Assistant at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Fiber and Material Studies. She lives in Cleveland, OH.

Kristen Cliffel graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1990 with a BFA in Ceramics. Her works are in many Cleveland area public and private collections including University Hospitals, Metro General Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and Hahn, Loeser and Parks LLP. Cliffel has completed residencies at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and the Kohler Company in Wisconsin. She has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and has been a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Nominee. Kristen is married and the mother of two. She lives in Cleveland, OH.

Liz Maugans is a co-founder and Managing Director of Zygote Press, Inc. She received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1992. Maugans is an adjunct instructor of printmaking at several Northeast Ohio colleges and universities including the Cleveland Institute of Art and Lorain County Community College. Maugans is included in the collections of the BF Goodrich and The Verne Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. She received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in 2000, participated in the Andy Warhol Leadership Institute for National Arts Media and Culture in 2010 and received an Artist-in-Communities Grant from the Ohio Arts Council for her Drawing It Out program. Maugans lives in Bay Village, OH with her husband and three children.

Helene Morse received her BFA in 1976 from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Helene has been a practicing artist for more than 30 years. Her daily work is focused on her conservation business, restoring china and porcelain and her studio art, which consists primarily of private custom commissions. Helene considers being a mother her most important role and the source of her creativity. Her family life is the inspiration for her sculptures, which she describes as figurative interpretations of everyday life. Morse lives in Cleveland Heights, OH.

Angelica Pozo is a nationally recognized ceramic artist and author of Making and Installing Handmade Tile published by Lark Books in 2005. Her newest book, Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes and Firings, released August of 2010. A New York City native born of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, Angelica came to Cleveland in 1984. Pozo received her MFA from the University of Michigan and her BFA from SUNY College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. Pozo has worked on numerous public art commissions, including those for RTA Airport Station, Gateway’s “Marketplace Bench” outside of Quicken Loans Arena, plus tile/mosaic murals at Cleveland State University Law Library, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Her work has been widely exhibited. Among Angelica’s awards are an Ohio Arts Council and an NEA Regional Arts Midwest Individual Artist Fellowship. She also has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. Pozo lives in Cleveland, OH.

Bellamy Printz was born and raised in New York City. Printz received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from University of Washington, Seattle. Printz has exhibited her work internationally, including a PULSE exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland (now MOCA) and recently at the William Busta Gallery. She has received several grants from the Ohio Arts Council including an Individual Artist Fellowship in 1999. Dedicated to her craft of printmaking, she co-founded Zygote Press in 1996, and is the current Board President. Printz is a Curator for the Cleveland Clinic Art Program. She lives with her family in Cleveland, OH.

Chris Seibert is the Director of Education at Cleveland Public Theatre. As director, she works collaboratively with Cleveland inner-city teens, children in public housing, and adults in recovery to create original performances based on the participant’s life experiences. Through the Council of International Programs USA, she recently traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as part of a contingent of Cleveland-area arts professionals working with Turkish artists in the development of arts program for marginalized urban youth. Seibert is a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellow. Seibert is performer, director, and playwright primarily working in the devised theatre method. She has appeared in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional performance venues including Daley Plaza, Navy Pier, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Cleveland Play House and Cleveland Public Theatre. Seibert lives in Cleveland, OH

Audra Skuodas was born in Lithuania during World War II. She was 3 years old when she fled with her parents to Germany, and was almost 10 when they immigrated to the US. Skuodas received her BFA and MFA degrees at Northern Illinois University. She has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Oberlin College. Skuodas has exhibited at numerous May Shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as having been included in the Cleveland Museum of Art second Invitational. She has held one person shows in NYC and in 1989, what is now MOCA Cleveland held a major exhibit of her work. Skuodas is a 2010 recipient of a Cleveland Arts Prize in Visual Arts. She is married to artist John Pearson and they have two children. Audra lives in Oberlin, OH.

Susan Squires attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio where she studied psychology and art. Squires received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1983 with a focus on painting and drawing. Subsequently, Squires studied art and art history in Italy with the University of Georgia and the University of Texas. In 2000, she participated in a five week Printmaking Residency in Dresden, Germany through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council and Zygote Press. Since 2002, Squires has exhibited extensively in our region and has shown with the Arte e Pensieri Gallery in Rome, Italy. She also has work in Spoleto, Perugia and Pisa, Italy. Susan travels extensively and currently resides in Cleveland Heights, OH.

Barbara Stanczak was born in Germany during WWII. Her art education began in 1957 at an arts and crafts school in Germany. Stanczak embarked for America in 1960 on a student visa. She studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1960-1963, majoring in Painting and Sculpture while simultaneously taking classes in English and the humanities at Cincinnati’s Xavier University, where she fell in love with her husband, artist Julian Stanczak. In 1975, Barbara earned a BFA in German Literature and Art Education from Case Western Reserve. In 1976 she joined Julian as a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she continues to teach today. In 1990 she received her MFA in Art Education, Art History, from Case Western Reserve University. Barbara has exhibited extensively in our region and is in the collections of Anderson Gallery at the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH, Central Cadilac Headquarters, Cleveland, OH, The Cleveland Art Association, Cleveland, OH, The Hausertonic Museum of Art, Bridgetown, CN and the Taft Collection, Pepper Pike, OH. In addition to her fine arts and teaching career, Barbara has been the curator for Julian’s One-Man shows 23 times since 1974. She lives in Seven Hills, OH.

Garie Waltzer was born in New York City and received her BFA in painting and MFA in photography from State University of New York/Buffalo. An early proponent of the marriage of technology and art, her large color electrostatic collages have been included in many exhibitions, publications and corporate and museum collections. She is a recipient of numerous artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. Waltzer developed the photography program at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College where she chaired the department and taught until 2004. Waltzer lives in Cleveland Heights, OH.

Trudy Wiesenberger is the Founding Curator of the Art Collection at University Hospitals in Cleveland. Since 1988, Wiesenberger, who previously worked as an instructor at the Cleveland Museum of Art, has assembled a patient-friendly collection. Trudy is a recipient of the 2010 Martha Joseph Cleveland Arts Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts. Wiesenberger has served on many non-profit boards and committees including the Print Club of Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Institute of Art and she is the founding board President of the Contemporary Council, The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art now known as MOCA Cleveland. In the past Wiesenberger has exhibited her work at the Intown Club, St. Paul's Church Gallery, Hawken School, and Notre Dame College. Soon to retire after 23 years at University Hospitals, she will again focus on her collage work and printmaking at Zygote Press in Cleveland and at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado. Wiesenberger lives in Lyndhurst OH and Scottsdale, Arizona.

A special thanks to Sally Lachina, principal of Walter Green & Co. for her design and visual packaging of this exhibit.

During this exhibition, there will be a special sneak preview of scenes from
Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves,
the world premiere play opening at Cleveland Public Theatre in April, 2011.
Convivium 33 featured artist Chris Seibert will be joined by her colleagues:

Holly Holsinger is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Cleveland State University, specializing in acting, voice, and movement, as well devised theatre techniques. Ms. Holsinger was named Cleveland’s Best Director 2010 by Scene Magazine for her production of CSU’s In The Blood and recently received the first Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Holsinger has been a Cleveland theatre artist for the past seventeen years and has created/performed in over ten original plays including Blue Sky Transmission and her solo piece Frankenstein’s Wake, both of which toured Off-Broadway. She received an MFA in Acting from the University of California.

Anne McEvoy has been on stage at the Bang and Clatter, Beck Center, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Karamu, and Kennedy's - Playhouse Square.


APRIL 2009

“Connecting Cleveland Through A Celebration Of Architecture”

November 2009
For Closure: Visions of Reality, Words of Promise
The main gallery features large-scale photographs by Cleveland artist Donald Black.

Outer Gallery(Entrance)
In the outer gallery, Convivium33 will showcase the photography of Timothy Lachina.

Listen: Great Interview/Donald Black on Around Noon

Steve Lit Review: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

September 2009

Read all about it!

Nearly 50 years ago CAP began a tradition of identifying and honoring Cleveland’s outstanding artists on an annual basis. Since then the Arts Prize commissioned an Arts Prize medal, launched a scholarship program and established the tradition of holding an annual awards event to honor the accomplishments of Artists in Northeast Ohio.

This unique exhibition will launch a new Cleveland Arts Prize tradition focusing its outreach in a Cleveland neighborhood. Cleveland Arts Prize Winner’s Collaborative will give awardees the opportunity to share their accomplishments in an unprecedented collaborative effort and celebrate Cleveland’s rich art history with a broader community.


May 2009
VAN DUZER: Celebrate the Life of the Artist and the Man
Memorial Service
Sunday, May 17, 2009 from 4pm-7pm

Clarence E. Van Duzer 1920- 2009
Van Duzer may be most recognized to Clevelanders for his piece at Cleveland Hopkins International airport- Global Flight which was erected in 1976 to celebrate the airports fiftieth anniversary, but this 86-year-old Cleveland School of Art graduate and Agnes Gund Scholar has been recognized for his innovative works since entering art school almost 70 years ago. With a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University and a B. S. from Case Western Reserve University, Van Duzer is truly a remarkable American artist.

Van Duzer, who retired from teaching after 32 years currently, has the honor of being Professor Emeritus from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

November 2008:
THE BLACK CHURCH PROJECT: "REVELATIONS":Photographs of Cleveland's African American Churches MICHAEL STEPHEN LEVY

“Through his lens, Mr. Levy captures the joy, sadness, soul and spirit of the black church and moves us with photographs of quiet reflection, exuberant praise and abiding fellowship. He enables all of us to see the strength of our elders and the power and promise of our young people-all gathered together in worship.”

-from the foreword
-The Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones
U.S. Congress (OH-11)

Plain Dealer Art Critic-Steve Litt writes: " The exhibition is an astonishing, arresting, and extremely powerful portrait of African American Churches in Cleveland ."



The Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Black Church Project Exhibition takes the visitor on a journey into a welcoming yet very private community, revealing and sharing the strengths of a common faith. The hard-bound compilation REVELATIONS - PHOTOGRAPHS OF CLEVELAND’S AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCHES published by Kent State University Press in cooperation with Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs collects seventy-two of Michael Levy’s deeply moving photographs. Working both in crisp black and white and vibrant color, Levy documents the joy, sorrow, and spiritual resolve of members of Cleveland’s east side African American community worshipping in diverse locations and ways -- in houses and in churches, in sober reflection, jubilation, and song. Levy’s book is both an act of intense artistic concentration, and a gift of faith from the men and women, adults and children depicted, who tell their need and their strength to the camera and future generations.

May 2008

Cleveland Institute of Art Faculty and Students, Ceramics Program 1978-2008
Curated by George Bowes '84, Deirdre Daw '80
April 2008

30 Years of CIA Ceramics will highlight the work of graduates and faculty from the CIA Ceramics Department. Spanning the decades from 1978 through 2008, the works reflect the 30 years during which Ceramics Department Professor Judith Salomon has been a guiding force at CIA.

Salomon, along with colleague Professor Bill Brouillard who has taught at CIA for 27 years, have created an exceptional environment for students to study, learn and embark upon a career in the arts. Department Director Salomon’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and she is represented in the collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; the Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, England; and the National Museum of History of Taiwan. Brouillard is represented in collections across the world, including Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN; the Nara National Museum in Nara, Japan; Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Tom Judy Collection in Washington, DC; the Detroit Museum of Art [DIA], Detroit, MI; and The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.

The program of the Institute’s Ceramics Department embraces both tradition and innovation, exposing students to the rich history of the ancient medium of clay while exploring its potential for expression of contemporary ideas. The exhibit illustrates this and showcases artists who are actively producing ceramicists. Featured alumnae work will include Eddie Dominguez, Linda Arbuckle, Lisa Clague, Neil Patterson, Kristen Cliffel, George Bowes, Deirdre Daw, Kevin Snipes, Julie Tesser, Susan Collett, and faculty members Judith Salomon, Bill Broulliard, Kirk Mangus, Eva Kwong, Susan Sipos, and Mary Jo Bole.

Experience the achievements of this highly regarded department and its noted ceramic artists who are influential creators in the field today. Please join us to celebrate 30 years of CIA Ceramics.

March 2008
The Salvation of Reverend Albert Wagner: THE EXHIBITION
World-renowned Cleveland artist, Reverend Albert Lee Wagner passed away on September 1 of 2006 leaving his family, his ministry and his art behind. For Cleveland’s “Black Moses,” God and art were his salvation. The Salvation of the Reverend Albert Wagner is now coming forward; THE EXHIBITION showcases his art and shares his story. It is all very continuous, powerful and left up to interpretation.

ONE BAD CAT: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story is the focus of a new FILM recently awarded the coveted “Best Documentary” category at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, California and People's Choice Award in Cleveland Ohio.

Visit to view a trailer.

December 2007
CLE + design + style = functionalart 2007

Convivium33 Gallery will showcase new work, by twelve Cleveland Artists. Just as Cleveland is re-establishing an international profile as the design center, Cleveland's national profile has been growing. Throughout Cleveland's history, design, manufacturing and quality have been a consistent component in Cleveland's economic growth and national recognition. Convivium33 joins forces with Cleveland Designer, Greg Morris to showcase a selection of contemporary artists who walk the fine line of decorative and visual arts. The emphasis here is principally, though not exclusively sculptural.

From the meticulous to the obsessive, attention to detail, recycling, piecing and repetition are processes that result in a dramatic variety of forms and subjects. Morris brings to the forefront Cleveland’s growing and progressive design community during this Holiday season. Among the areas featured in this exhibit, these progressive artists highlight expressions in furniture and jewelry as areas of exploration. Interest in this exhibition revolves around the idea that functional art has the ability to engage with critical ideas on a multiplicity of levels, from the visual to the tactile, and from the conceptual to the utilitarian.

April 2007

Recent works by internationally recognized Cleveland painter and printmaker Phyllis Seltzer were featured in ARTE, an exhibition at Convivium33 Gallery from April 6 through May 27, 2007. Like churches throughout Europe, Convivium33 Gallery (a former Catholic Church) was a perfect setting to temporarily house Seltzer’s most recent maste