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 Gallery
Curly Raven Holton
David C. Driskell Center for African American Art
A regional music series was curated by:
The Bop Stop
Regional film screenings were curated by:
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.
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:
Massillon Museum of Art
Mansfield Art Center
Canton Museum of Art
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:
Cleveland Art Association
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.
Amber Ford Collective
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)
Watershed Artist Books