Arthopper.org, a project of the Foundation for New Creative Projects, seeks to provide high quality arts journalism in the Greater Lake Erie region in specific cities including Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Youngstown. Covering visual arts events through reviews of exhibitions, interviews of artists, essays, opinion pieces and critical discourse, Arthopper.org provides an engaging community asset that educates the public, fosters critical thinking, provokes conversations, and contributes to an overall better quality of life for the citizens of the region.
Funding for Arthopper.org provided by generous sponsorship support from the Cleveland Institute of Art, generous foundation support from the George Gund Foundation and generous public sector support from the Ohio Arts Council.
Indra Lacis graduated with her MA in art history from Case Western Reserve University in 2007 and completed her PhD at Case in 2014. Her research and writing focuses on the development and current state of performance art, the impact of celebrity culture on art and its market, and the relationship between artists and audiences from the mid 20th century until the present day. She has curated collection-based, solo, group and participatory exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Zygote Press, the Cleveland Foundation and SPACES. Indra presents at art history conferences annually, teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is particularly invested in understanding what an art world actually “is”—where its boundaries begin and end and how art functions within contemporary culture at large.
Jimmy Kuehnle – Director / Founder
Jimmy Kuehnle is Assistant Professor of Foundation, Design and Sculpture at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Focusing on sculpture and performance, Kuehnle works in various media and has exhibited his projects nationally and internationally. After earning an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006, Kuehnle was awarded a Fulbright grant to study and research public art in Japan (2008). In 2014, Kuehnle was one of 102 artists selected for a national survey exhibition, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Artist Mimi Kato’s work focuses on photographic imagery, video and installation. Since graduating with a MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006, she has participated in numerous artist-in-residency programs including the Roswell artist-in-residency program in Roswell, New Mexico; MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and the SPACES World Artist in Residence program (SWAP) in Cleveland. In 2013, Kato was the recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship grant.
Michael Stillion teaches at the Miami University, Oxford as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He earned his MFA from Indiana University Bloomington in 2007 and works with paintings, collages and occasionally sculpture. His numerous residencies and awards include an individual excellence award from the Ohio Arts Council, a Joan Mitchell Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship from the Roswell artist-in-residency program in Roswell, New Mexico, and a recent nomination for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.
Lane Cooper is Associate Professor in Painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Cooper holds a Masters in Art History with an emphasis in Contemporary Art and an MFA in Painting. Her practice as an artist spans painting, sound, video, text and performance. Cooper’s work has been presented in venues ranging from Birmingham, Alabama to Madrid, Spain. In 2009 she participated in a Residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and in the fall of 2010 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey.
Since 2006 Ann Albano has served as the Executive Director + Chief Curator at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1989, The Sculpture Center is dedicated to showcase emerging artists in Ohio and its greater region to support their career advancement. She has over 35 years of managerial experience in major American museums and an expertise in contemporary art and the development of early career artist exhibitions. She has strong connections with educational and other cultural institutions across the region. Among other appointments, Ann previously served as Director of Exhibitions and Registrar at MOCA Cleveland (1997-2006), Supervisory Paper Conservator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), and Assistant Paper Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY). She holds a MA and Advanced Certificate in Art Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.