The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center is hosting its annual Membership Exhibition from April 26th – June 2nd. Holding a yearly membership exhibition has been a tradition at CVAC for over 35 years. This exhibition is structured to their members’ advantage, arranged by media in 7 distinct categories for submission: Watercolor Media, Water Based Media, Oil Based Media, Dry Media, Mixed Media, 3-Dimensional Media & Photographic Media. CVAC will be accepting submissions on:
*The entry fee is $30 for up to 2 entries for 2022 CVAC Members only.
Artists can join CVAC and or renew their membership during the take-in.
The juror, Bruce Stebner, will select a Best of Category winner and up to two Honorable Mentions for each category. The Best of Category winners shall receive a cash prize of $100. A people’s choice selection process, starting April 26th, shall dictate a people’s choice category winner for each category, to be announced at the end of the Artist Reception on May 20th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. This reception is free to the public and the People’s Choice voting shall conclude at 6:00 PM with awards announced at 6:30 PM. People’s Choice Award winners shall receive a $50 Cheap Joe’s gift card.
Please Review the Prospectus: 2022 Member Exhibition PROSPECTUS
This is a highly competitive juried exhibition. Please review the prospectus guidelines for more details.
WATERCOLOR MEDIA: This category will include any media for which water, not oil nor polymers, are used as the binding agent, with the resulting artwork considered to be a watercolor. Mediums such as; watercolor paints, watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, and watercolor pastels are all included within this category, even if utilized together in one image. Acrylic and Tempera paints are not applicable within this category.
WATER-BASED MEDIA: This category will include any media that is water-based such as acrylic paints and tempera paints.
OIL-BASED MEDIA: This category will include any media that uses oil as its binder such as oil paints, oil pastels, oil-based markers, etc.
DRY MEDIA: This category will include media that is dry such as graphite, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, Conté crayon, silverpoint, etc., and media that uses a fluid solvent or carrier such as marker, pen, or ink (alcohol ink).
MIXED MEDIA: This category will include any work that combines traditionally distinct visual art medias such as work that might include both paint, ink, and collage.
3-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA: This category will include any work that occupies space through the dimensions of height, width, and depth.
PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA: This category will include any lens-based media, including but not limited to images made by film, scanner, screen-capture, digital camera, and any means of mobile photography. CVAC invites photographers working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to participate. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. Only 2-D work is eligible for this category.
*The final decision regarding category placement shall be left up to the juror.
JUROR INFORMATION: Bruce Stebner
Born with a passion for art, Bruce Stebner came to painting through a serendipitous turn of events after a three-decade run fulfilling his childhood dream to be a studio potter. Stebner’s art is a personal visual record of a lifetime of romancing the rustic. His art seeks to find meaning and beauty in life’s daily moments and simple pleasures. It’s no wonder that after being drawn to Impressionist painters like Morisot, he found his real place in the painters’ world with the French Intimist and Symbolist painters of the twentieth century. The doors, chairs, and stairs of his prized interior paintings become more and more ethereal symbols of Life’s opportunities, challenges, and repose.
Stebner’s work has been featured in Country Living, Country Home, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. His pottery has been shown and sold at galleries across the United States, including the Mansfield Art Museum, Akron Art Museum, and the Museum of American Folk Art, New York. Although his paintings have been handled by galleries around the country and shown in regional art exhibits, Bruce finds it most rewarding when he can personally facilitate people locally to collect his art.
An avid traveler, Stebner has taught and conducted Artistic Adventures about Europe, focusing on the French countryside. He had his first international one-man-show in 2015 in the southwest of France. At home, Bruce paints and teaches from his studio in Akron’s Highland Square and serves as president of the Akron Society of Artists.