The Galleries at CSU

2021-2022 Exhibitions

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Tuesday, April 19 - Saturday, May 28

CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU

50th Annual Student Art Show and Merit Scholar Exhibition

Annual juried Student Art Shows are an important standard for academic art galleries. Cleveland State University students get real life experiences and a firsthand look into the professional world of galleries and art. For many, this is the first time their work is critiqued by outside judges. They experience the joy of acceptance as well as the sting of rejection. Both are extremely valuable life lessons that motivate and inspire.

This juried exhibition features the work of CSU students. Items on display include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, video, animation and sculpture. Many of the works are for sale. Judges again have historically large cash prizes to award thanks to our generous donors.

The Merit Scholar Exhibition in the North Gallery features work by recipients of the CSU Art Department Merit Scholarships. This year’s scholars are Evan Elchert, Treat Hanks, Stephanie Hering, Tyler Jefferies, Gabriella Kollar, Aurora Laux, Anthony Sciarappa, and Jurnee Weeams. These talented Merit Scholars are fulfilling a scholarship requirement by presenting these seven exhibitions.

To commemorate the 50th year of CSU Student Shows we are planning a celebration of Gallery milestones and will recognize the 30 years of dedicated service from former Director Robert Thürmer.

50th Student Show winners
  • Best in sculpture - $100 Ashley Sandy, Peer Pressure
  • Best in printmaking - $100 Camille Couture, Juanita
  • Best in painting - $100 Juliana Lozada, Dinner’s Ready
  • Best in video/animation - $100 Martha Gwin, Everything
  • Best in drawing - $100 Darci Gummins-Paulett, Bri
  • Best in photography - $100 Ruthie Kaiser, Girls in Arcade
  • Honorable mention photography-$75 Katherine Justiniani, Synesthesia Rotation
  • Best in Merit Scholar – $100 Aurora Laux and Stephanie Hering ($50 each)
  • Best in Project 60 – Jim Triner, Soaring
  • The President’s Award – $200 Annie Merriman, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman
  • The Alumni Donor Award – $300 Kit Hannum, Kylea

Presented by Robert Spademan

  • The Robert Spademan Best in Show Award - $500 Taelor Mullins-Ness, Depth of Workers Gloves



Gallery Viewing Hours:
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Closed on University Holidays

COVID protocols will be enforced, including mask-wearing, physical distancing, one-way traffic, and capacity limitations.

The Galleries at CSU are located at 1307 EUCLID AVENUE, in the historic Cowell and Hubbard building, at the corner of East 13th Street, in the heart of the recently launched Arts Campus at Playhouse Square. The elegant, newly restored gallery venue features three distinct exhibition spaces, a multi-purpose media room, a meeting and classroom space, and a study area, as well as state of the art lighting, surround sound, and new-media capabilities.

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