As part of its centennial celebration, the Cleveland Museum of Art will host Draw Together: A Big Draw Event at the CMA on Sunday, October 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Draw Together, a free daylong drawing event inviting everyone to put their creativity onto paper, is part of The Big Draw Festival, the biggest celebration of drawing taking place throughout October at locations around the world. This year's theme, The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival brings together Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math. STEAM represents the campaign to give the arts parity with other subjects so that STEM, becomes STEAM.
"Draw Together at the Cleveland Museum of Art is an event where all types of people can share the joy of drawing," said Seema Rao, director of intergenerational learning at the Cleveland Museum of Art. "They will be able to draw from collection artworks, see how local artists can be inspired by the collection and make wildly creative works of their own. It will include everything from traditional still life drawing to robots drawing, which complements the theme of this year's Big Draw Festival. Don't be worried you can't draw--everyone who has doodled has drawn."
Draw Together: A Big Draw Event at the CMA includes:
Artist Demonstrations: Watch local artists use the museum's collection as a source of inspiration. Sixteen local artists will create their own masterpieces inspired by artwork in the museum's collection by Praxiteles, Caravaggio, Antonio Canova and many more.
Learn alongside Masters: Try your hand at drawing in the galleries, including the Armor Court, under the guidance of the museum's teaching artists.
Draw on Your Creativity: Explore playful drawing games in the museum's atrium, and even make something to take home.
Sequoia Bostick is an illustrator/designer based in Cleveland. She graduated in May 2014 from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in illustration. Her main focus is character design, storytelling, and children's media. She works in both traditional and digital media in a variety of styles.
George Kozmon, an internationally collected artist widely exhibited and critically acclaimed, is known for his monumental drawings/paintings. Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, four Ohio Arts Council grants, and over 30 solo exhibitions and 100 two-person and invitational shows in commercial/institutional venues. Kozmon's works in public/private collections include: Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Hyatt Regency (Cologne, Germany), IBM (Armonk, NY), Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), the Progressive Collection (Cleveland OH), and Halliburton (Houston). Commissions include: Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi (UAE), Ungerer GmbH (Pforzheim, Germany), IngenuityFest 2013, performance painting, Cloudscape, 8 x 80 ft. Additional projects include publishing essays/articles, lectures, curating, producing art-advocacy videos, and serving on nonprofit boards.
Arabella is a painter, author, and co-founder of the indie label Elephant Stone Records. Her loose narrative themes revolve around a fascination with punk rock, Renaissance aristocrats, the history of medicine, and biomorphic organisms. She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, before receiving her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America as well as Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. She has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Plain Dealer, GOOD Magazine, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, The Harvard Gazette, Scene, and more.
Darius Steward is a visual artist and educator currently living in Cleveland. He graduated from the University of Delaware with an MFA degree in May 2010. His undergraduate work was completed at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he had a concentration in drawing and painting. Since graduating from the University of Delaware, Darius has shown paintings at the William Busta Gallery, Zygote Press, and Cleveland Clinic, and has also been the subject of an article about his achievements in the Call & Post. In addition, Darius also has a collection of his work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, and in the University of Delaware. He teaches at Saint Ignatius High School, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Darius is recent recipient of a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship.
Julie Friedman received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a specialization in book arts. She has a BA in interior design and a BFA in printmaking, both from Kent State University. Friedman works in multiple media (cut paper, painting, drawing, printmaking, artist books). She has taught at the university level for over 20 years and is also the director of Gallery West at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Her work is in the collection of many university special collections libraries. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship grant and a 3-month summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, through the generosity of the Ohio Arts Council, and will also attend a 2-week artist residency in Glen Arbor, MI. Friedman exhibits her artwork locally and across the country. She is represented by Harris Stanton Gallery. Her book arts work is featured in Cover to Cover, 500 Handmade Books, and 500 Handmade Books, volume 2.
JenMarie Zeleznak received her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. She currently teaches at Lakeland Community College and Youngstown State University and is represented by Visions West Contemporary in Denver, CO, Diehl Gallery in Jackson, WY, and Sren Christensen in New Orleans. In 2015 her work was acquired by the National Museum of Wildlife Art for its permanent collection. Featured in the current issue of American Art Collector Magazine, her work is introspective, and concerned with emotional and spiritual experience. Working with watercolor pencil on large-format paper, she proclaims the animal as autonomous but also as an emblem of the human condition, indicating shared aspects of being. JenMarie currently lives and works at the Tower Press Building in Cleveland.
Augusto Bordelois was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1969. He graduated from the University of Havana with a major in English language and literature. Bordelois also studied sculpture, ceramics, costume design, classical drawing, and painting. His first solo show was held in Havana in 1992, and he participated in a collateral exhibition to the Havana Biennial VI. Since then he's had 17 solo exhibitions in Cuba and the United States. In 1999 his work was included in the important survey Cuban Art at the End of the Century in Spain. Augusto Bordelois's works are in private collections in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, United States, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Greece, Germany, Chile, Switzerland, England, and Norway.
Mallorie Freeman was born and raised in Cleveland. Her mother was a pop singer in the 1960s, owner of a modeling agency, television producer, and a makeup artist; the prominence of femininity, creativity, and entrepreneurship greatly influenced Mallorie from a young age. Mallorie attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has participated in numerous regional and national exhibitions and residencies.
Lane Cooper is an artist who works with painting, sound, video, text, and, on occasion, performance. Her work has been presented in venues ranging from Birmingham, AL, to Madrid, Spain. In 2009 she participated in a residency at the Ban Centre in Alberta, Canada, and in 2010 she was an artist-in-residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, where she exhibited as part of the 2011-12 season. Her work is included in many collections including Cleveland's downtown Hilton. In the spring she will be featured along with five other artists in the Divergent Explorations exhibition at American Greetings's new gallery. She holds an MA in art history with an emphasis in contemporary art and an MFA in painting. She has been teaching since 1989, and since 2001 has taught full-time at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she is associate professor of painting.
Erik Neff has exhibited in galleries and museums in Cleveland, Youngstown, New York, and Chicago, including MOCA Cleveland, SPACES gallery, McDonough Museum of Art, Devening Projects + Editions gallery, the Bonfoey Gallery, Raw & Co., and Elizabeth Harris Gallery. In 2015 he was featured in a group show at the Akron Art Museum. Erik lives and works in Newbury, Ohio.
Derrick Quarles is a Cleveland artist, born and raised. In 1983-88, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Art on scholarships, majoring in illustration and minoring in drawing. He now does portraits, reproductions, and original works.
Mike Meier is a painter from Cleveland whose work investigates interiority and multiplicity. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently a lecturer at the Cleveland Institute of Art in visual arts and foundation. His work has been exhibited in Cleveland, Chicago, and St. Louis.
Timothy Herron is a portrait/landscape artist who works in oils, pastel, and conte crayon. He studied at the Cooper School of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Tri-C. His studio, "The Manly Pad," is at 2490 Professor Ave in Tremont. He runs the Pretentious Tremont Artists portrait drawing group on Friday nights where anyone can sign up to pose and receive the portraits in exchange for posing; any artist can draw for free. Other artists in the group include Jim Gerber, Larry Zuzik, Howard Collier, Je Suntala, Jack Flotte, Jia Wang, Jennifer Newyear, and Juan Quirarte, among many others.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Mark Krieger earned his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He spent his first year of graduate school in Rome and has returned twice to Italy to paint, the second time on a Fulbright Hays Fellowship. In 1976 he moved to Newport, RI, where he worked as a graphic artist. While in Newport he traveled frequently to New York and had a solo show at Touchstone in 1978. That year he accepted a teaching position at the University of Texas at Austin and in 1980 returned to Cleveland where he took a position at University School that he held until 2012. His studio is at the 78th Street Studios in Cleveland.
For more information about Draw Together: A Big Draw Event at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and a schedule of the event's programs, visit clevelandart.org/specialevents.