Héctor Castellanos Lara
Héctor Castellanos Lara (he/him) is an artist who has worked with a variety of organizations on community-based programs, and has established new opportunities for artists in Greater Cleveland. At the Escuela Popular he coordinated exhibits of emerging Latinx Artists from Northeast Ohio and Latin America, exhibiting their work for the first time in Cleveland. Since then he has worked on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle and Chalk Festival, as well as at The Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin as both an Artist-in-Residence and outreach artist. Castellanos Lara is the artistic director of the annual Día de Muertos celebration in partnership with the Cleveland Public Theatre. He also has created installations at Ingenuity Fest, BriteWinter, FireFish Fest, Rooms to Let, and more recently at ArtHouse and the Hildebrandt Artist Collective. Héctor is also a Creative Art Specialist / Therapist working with the new bilingual art program, Journey. He won the Best of Festival award at Ashland University’s chalk festival in 2007, the Cleveland State University Sister Alicia Alvarado Award in 2009, the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation Spirit of the Community Award in 2010, and was recognized by the Ohio Art Education Association as Distinguished Citizen for Art Education in 2014.
Kristin Rogers (he/him) is an artist, writer, and curator based in the Cleveland area. His work in these three disciplines has touchpoints in a variety of venues and contexts and his outputs intentionally seek to overlap and blur their characteristics. Treating all three as, effectively, forms of invention and making, Rogers specifically uses content as a point of departure and applies tactical approaches to create the discipline intermingling. Whether it’s studying language in visual art, using pictorialism in written compositions, or curating exhibitions in the vein of speculative essays, his work(s) push and pull interdisciplinary agendas and produce—in surprising ways—unlikely mash-ups of subject matter expertise.
His independent curatorial endeavors have appeared in several area institutions both large and small and, through his 17-year employment at The Progressive Art Collection, he has developed an extensive array of exhibitions and curricular engagements intended to tie accessibility and openness to the rigors of thought provocation.
Thea Spittle (she/her) is an independent curator and arts worker based in Chagrin Falls, OH. Core to her curatorial practice is an unwavering support for artists in the presentation of exhibitions that reflect the nuanced and historically overlooked elements of an artist’s practice. She is currently working on an experimental exhibition in the form of a pop-up shop, as well as producing a small posthumous publication of poetry by Courtney Gibbons, a Detroit writer. Other curatorial projects include the sunroom (2014-2018), a project space she founded in a Cleveland Heights home; PING (2019) a solo video exhibition and publication of creative writing by interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight; and co-organized projects and performances at moCa Cleveland, the Hessel Museum of Art, New York, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), New York and SOMA Summer, Mexico City. Thea received her MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Currently Under Curation
Currently Under Curation is a curatorial mastery program for teens, led by Darius Steward and Sabine Kretzschmar; The program welcomes students from various Cleveland area high schools to the resources and opportunities available at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A small group of students will be part of the Triennial Curation Team, overseen by Darius Steward and Sabine Kretzschmar.
Darius Steward (he/him) is an artist and educator currently living in Cleveland Ohio. He graduated from the University of Delaware, obtaining a Master of Fine Art degree in May 2010. His undergraduate work was completed at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he had a concentration in Drawing and Painting. Darius has shown artwork in a number of Museums and galleries across the United States. Some of his most notable exhibitions include solo shows at the Swope Museum in Indiana, and Canton Museum of Art in Ohio. Darius has completed murals with Inter-Urban Art Project, Cuyahoga Community College, Midtown Cleveland. He was the subject of recent feature stories in Canvas Cleveland, The Plain Dealer, Scene Magazine and Hyperallergic. His work is in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, Progressive insurance, The University of Delaware, and many Museums around the U.S. including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Swope Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Darius is currently a teacher at Laurel School and also works as a master teacher for the Cleveland Museum of Art mastery program called Currently Under Curation.
Sabine Kretzschmar (she/her) is an art historian and educator at The Cleveland Museum of Art. She co-facilitates Currently Under Curation (CUC), a teen curation program, and manages the Education Art Collection. Sabine earned her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University, after majoring in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her career, she has worked as a curator, educator, and director for organizations including the University of Akron, the Akron Art Museum, the Shaker Historical Society, and the CMA. Adopting Cleveland as her adult home, she has a passion for exploring NE Ohio’s built and natural environments, especially its quirky museums/historical sites, birding hot-spots, and stands of old-growth trees.