HISTORY

Looking Back

CAN Triennial was conceived in 2016 to create a regionally focused answer to FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. The idea was fueled by the region’s galleries and artists seeking a forum for representation during the international festival. Lead support was provided by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, University Hospitals, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The City of Cleveland, Consolidated Solutions, and 78th Street Studios.

The inaugural CAN Triennial took place July 7 – 29, 2018 at 78th Street Studios.

Visual art curators were: 

William Busta

William Busta Gallery

Curly Raven Holton

David C. Driskell Center for African American Art

Hilary Gent

HEDGE Gallery

Daniel Weninger

Oblique Orchestra

A regional music series was curated by:

Gabe Pollack

The Bop Stop

Angelica Pozo

Artist

Regional film screenings were curated by:

Rian Brown-Orso

Oberlin College

Robert Banks

Tri-C

The exhibit presented works of 90 artists, including 16 commissioned, site-specific installations. In its 3-week run, it was visited by 7,550 people.

Artists

commissioned installations

VISITORS

Exhibition Prizes

Exhibition Prizes were offered by regional museums, each of which chose an artist from the exhibit to present in a solo show in the coming years. The following institutions chose and presented exhibition prizes to the following artists:

ArtNeo

Christine Mauersberger

BAYarts

David King

Massillon Museum of Art

Rebecca Cross

Mansfield Art Center

Wadsworth Jarrell

Canton Museum of Art

Amy Casey

Purchase Prizes

Purchase Prizes were offered by regional collecting institutions, each of which chose a specific work from the exhibit to buy and add to their permanent collections. The following institutions awarded purchase prizes and acquired works from the following artists:

University Hospitals

Corrie Slawson

Cleveland Clinic

Jennifer Omaitz

Cleveland Art Association

Timothy Callaghan

Additionally, a People’s Choice Award was given by popular vote to Jonah Jacobs.

CAN staff chose Kristina Paabus to receive the inaugural CAN Journal Prize.

Separate from the exhibit itself, CAN organized the inaugural CAN Triennial Art Fair. Presented at 78th Street Studios SmArt Space, the fair drew 16 dealers and collectives from Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. 

Booths Included

Amber Ford Collective

ArtCraft Studio

Bonfoey Gallery

Carl Solway Gallery (Cincinnati)

Cleveland Print Room

Darius Steward Collective

Harris Stanton Gallery

Cleveland Skribe Tribe

Maria Neil Art Project

Michael Verne Collection

Robert Hartshorn Studio

Sherrie Gallery (Columbus)

Salon Collective

Watershed Artist Books

WGS Productions

Zygote Press