What is Collective Arts Network?

Founded in 2012, Collective Arts Network (CAN) is a nonprofit organization serving the visual art sector in Northeast Ohio through collective communication, journalism, networking, and other projects. The organization has a membership of nearly 100 galleries, museums, studios, and artist collectives. Its primary publications are the quarterly print magazine CAN Journal, its website CANjournal.org, CAN Blog, and the e-newsletter, CAN Weekly. CAN is the producer of CAN Triennial. 

Who are the curators?

Curators of the 2022 exhibition are: Hector Castellanos Lara; Students of the Currently Under Curation curatorial mastery program at the Cleveland Museum of Art, under the leadership of Sabine Kretzschmar and Darius Steward; Kristin Rogers; and Thea Spittle. 

Who is eligible to apply to be a part of the exhibition?

Any artist living in Cuyahoga and surrounding counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake Counties.

What is the theme?

CAN Triennial: “You Are Here” is a multi-venue exhibition organized in collaboration with an intergenerational, diverse team of curators from a range of institutional affiliations. The curatorial team will assemble more than a dozen exhibitions that will, at times, examine place and location, and at other times skewer notions of culture and politics, and will also map to discussions around presence and loss. Together, these exhibitions will give us an experiential journey through the literal geography of our city, and the ever-complicated situational understandings of place, context, identity, and action.

How will artists be chosen?

Curators will select artists and works based on connection to the theme, You Are Here, and based on their own considerations. Application to be a part of the exhibition does not guarantee selection. 

When applying, artists may submit previously shown artworks. However, only artworks not previously exhibited will be chosen for the CAN Triennial.

What media are accepted?

This application is for visual artists. Media include but not limited to: painting, printmaking, photography, collage, fiber, ceramic, performance art, sculpture, mixed media, etc. 

When is the application period?

The application portal is open from June 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, midnight EDT.

When will artists be notified?

Artists selected to be a part of the exhibition will be notified by the end of 2021.

At the time they are notified, selected artists will receive an artist agreement.  Artist agreements will have details about the location, timeline for delivery and pick-up of work, and more. 

Delivery and pick-up of works chosen for the exhibit is the responsibility of the artist.

When is the exhibition itself?

The Triennial will take place July through August 2022. More dates will be announced as the planning progresses.

Can I apply more than once?

Please only submit one application per person.

What about web security and application information?

The Artist application is hosted by Review Star, a company based out of Lakewood Ohio. Review Star is “committed to securing your data and keeping it confidential. We actively work to prevent data theft, unauthorized access, and disclosure via comprehensive security controls including physical and network access restrictions, data encryption, and third-party security audits. Review Star does not share or sell user data.”

Will artists be paid?

All artists will be paid an honorarium.

Is the artwork insured?


Will art be for sale?

Artists will individually determine whether works are offered for sale, and will set their prices, bearing in mind that the gallery will take a commission of 40% from any sales. The gallery in which the work is exhibited will handle any transactions. CAN Triennial will not be involved in sales. Any works sold will remain on view for the duration of the exhibit.

What are the Location & Venues?

Participating venues will be announced at a later date.

Who are the Sponsors?

CAN Triennial 2022: You Are Here is presented by Collective Arts Network with support from the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Ohio Arts Council, Cleveland Institute of Art, and individual donors.  This page is updated as new partners join us. If you’d like to support CAN Triennial, please reach out to Stephanie Kluk, development director.

What is an artist resume?

An artist resume highlights your artistic accomplishments and experience. As an artist, you determine what information to include that is relevant to your art. 

An artist resume could have any of the following elements, and usually lists individual items in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top: Solo exhibitions, other exhibitions,  awards received, collections that include your work, collaborations, grants, publications, and residencies, and relevant education. It is an overview of your artistic professional history and achievements. 

Here are more resources


How to Write An Artist Resume (video)
How Should I Structure My Artist Resume?

How to Write an Artist’s CV in 10 Steps

Best Professional Practices for Artists: The Artist Resume


If you have further questions contact triennial@canjournal.org and we’ll get back to you within a few business days. Join the CAN JOURNAL mailing list for updates about the CAN Triennal 2022 and other local events.