Art House contracts with a wide variety of artists specializing in varying media. We are proud to have some of the best printmakers, ceramicists, and mixed-media artists in Cleveland! All of the artists working with Art House have a high level of training and bring a wealth of teaching experience.
Augusto C. Bordelois graduated from the University of Havana with a major in English Language and Literature. He has also studied sculpture, ceramics, costume design for theater and cinema, classical drawing and painting. His visual artwork has been awarded much recognition in Cuba as well as competitions in the United States. He has participated in more than 120 national and international group shows and 27 solo exhibitions. Some of his works are in private collections in Cuba, the United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Greece, Germany, Chile, Switzerland, England and Norway. Augusto’s literary works have been published in magazines such as Kastello, and Hojas Literarias (Spain). He has also written and illustrated short stories for children and teacher activities’ guides. He was the founder and main teacher of “Taller de Niños” (Children’s Studio) at 23 & 12 Art Centerin Havana, and also the co-founder of the multimedia marketing company “2 Pasos.” He co-founded and co-directed “Proyecto Horizontal”, a partnership of 65 Cuban artists, in which capacity he was invited to curate and present a group show at Cleveland State University 1999. Augusto has participated as a costume and float designer at different carnivals in Cuba and also at Parade the Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. He has assisted in landscape designs of public spaces, coordinated community art programs and created many public art pieces across Ohio. Currently, he owns and directs Augusto Fine Art Studio and Art Center in Berea, Ohio.
Artist Melissa Daubert earned a BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art & Design. After graduation Daubert was invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa where she taught metalworking in rural Zimbabwe. After the Peace Corps, Daubert went on to design and fabricate a number of exhibits at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005 Daubert established Interactive Works of Art, a sole proprietorship through which she creates work locally, regionally and nationally for museums, hospitals, theaters, galleries, public spaces, private institutions and individual collections. Her work is sought after by places of healing and educating and can be found at places like Playhouse Square (Cleveland, OH); The Gathering Place (Beachwood, Ohio); Phoenix Center (Elyria, Ohio); Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester, New York); Health Works! Kids Museum (South Bend, Indiana); Arkansas Museum of Science (Little Rock, Arkansas); Akron Museum of Art and Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron, Ohio). Daubert has been a featured artist at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival of Art & Technology and currently serves on the board for the Ingenuity Festival. She is a Seth Rosenberg Award Winner, a COSE Arts Business and Innovation Awards finalist and a National Arts Program Award recipient.
Chris Dodson is a ceramic artist with a BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University. Chris moved to Old Brooklyn and began working as the Ceramic Lab Tech for Art House, where he manages the clay studio and teaches classes.
One of Ohio’s premier stained glass artist, Sheree Ferrato is the owner of Verite Glass, Inc. in Avon, Ohio. After having worked with glass for 19 years, she opened Verite’ -- meaning "truth" -- in 1993. Her studio offers clients and students a glimpse into her work and the opportunity to learn about glass through her classes. While art is her passion, art education is her focus. Sheree has been teaching for 19 years, most recently with Young Audiences, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “help make the arts an essential part of young people’s education.” Sheree also teaches at many local school districts within their art and science programs. Besides her studio collection, Sheree’s artwork is seen throughout the community with her donated pieces to the Avon Library, Ireland Cancer Center in Lorain, North Ridgeville Library, the South Lorain Library, as well as Parma General Hospital among others. Sheree’s credentials are extensive, covering a 39 year career. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, attended seminars in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. She apprenticed for 4 years under renowned artist Narcissus Quagliata in San Francisco. She has used these experiences and knowledge to develop her amazing work and in helping people enjoy art as much as she does.
Originally from Trinidad, Wendy Mahon is a festival artist who has worked extensively on Cleveland Museum of Art projects, including the annual Parade the Circle Celebration and “I Madonnari” Chalk Festival. She has presented numerous workshops to both adults and children at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Hiram College. Wendy received her B.A. in Scientific Illustration from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Jan McAndrew received her BFA – Fibers/Printmaking/Art Education from Ohio University and her MA – Education from Kent State University. She has worked 13 years as an engineering drafter. She taught pre-engineering for 10 years and Visual Art for 10 years at Lakewood High School and Harding Middle School. Her creative work was shared with Ingenuity Fest, The Starwood Festival, Cleveland Steampunk Union Community, Tribe Ostara Tribal Belly Dance, and Art House and it’s outreach programming. She loves to share visual art and multiculturalism with performance and mixed media in all her classes.
Melinda Placko earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a focus in public and collaborative art. She has taught art for over seven years through the Cleveland and Akron Art Museums, Youthbuild Holyoke, and Beck Center for the Arts. A working artist and co-founder of Melk Truk Studio, she creates mixed media drawings on a variety of surfaces such as paper, sidewalks, lawns, parking lots, walls and walkways.
James W. Peake is a paper-folding expert based in Oberlin, OH, who specializes in folding and teaching origami, as well as curating origami exhibitions. After graduating from Oberlin College in 2006, James spent 11 years as the Education Director with the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, where he started the ongoing “FAVA Folding Festival”. An active member of the international origami community, James has organized and hosted over a dozen origami gallery exhibitions that feature master paper folders from around the globe. James has led numerous educational origami programs and events for students young and old with organizations including but not limited to the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Sandusky Cultural Center, the Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. He has worked with several hundred students in several venues over the past 15 years. In 2017, James opened his very own Foldspace Origami Studio in Oberlin, which doubles as an art studio and lesson space for students. He recently became Vice President of the online store, The Americas Origami Shop, which supplies books and paper to customers across North and South America.
Cynthia Penter is a media artist who teaches filmmaking, photography, and digital media at Hiram College. She received her BFA and MFA in Cinematography with a minor in Photography from Kent State University. She has taught at numerous institutions and colleges in Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University School of Communication, Cuyahoga Community College, Lake Erie College, the Cleveland School of the Arts, and various other programs of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, for the Pablove Shutterbugs Program for children living with cancer, and at Kent State University, where she ran the Film Program for 5.5 years following the retirement of her mentor, Richard Myers. She has practiced film and video production and photography for over 20 years, primarily producing event, wedding, and fine art photography and video.
Claudio Orso is a printmaker and ceramic sculptor from Turin, Italy, and he has been living in Ohio for sixteen years. He has exhibited across the US and in Europe, and was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 2004. Zygote Press has been his artistic home in Ohio, and he has worked there as contract printer and assistant with visiting artists from early on. Early participant to a state-sponsored Reggio Emilia pedagogy study group, he applied this approach to art teaching in a very wide range of audiences and academic levels, and maintains to date a strong commitment to art practice as a service for the community. Past experiences include ArtZreach, a project of art practice and education for teens at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home, and the Oberlin Big Parade, an all-town event in May featuring a procession of home-made floats and acts from community groups. Orso worked as on-site visiting artist with several organizations in Cleveland, and has been the first resident at the Morgan Conservatory and Art of Papermaking, where he is still a traveling instructor. In 2010 he was hired by Oberlin College as managing director for the Apollo Outreach Initiative, a project of media literacy and practice involving college students mentoring public school pupils in narrative and documentary productions. In the past years he has also designed and built both giant and small puppets for an opera staged by the Oberlin Conservatory orchestra. He is fluent in Spanish and French.
Angelica Pozo, a New York City native, born of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, has lived in Cleveland since 1984. She moved there from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from SUNY College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. As a full-time, self-employed artist, Angelica divides her time between her widely exhibited sculptural studio work, her major public art commissions, and artist residencies involving large ceramic tile/mosaic projects primarily in arts-in-education programs. 24 of these projects have been through the Ohio Arts Council, but she has done numerous residencies with other organizations, nationally, as well as internationally. She has been awarded an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship, as well as an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Individual Artist Fellowship
Meri Ruble has worked with Art House in multiple capacities and currently serves as a teaching artist. Until schools closed because of COVID-19, Meri was the art teacher at Luther Memorial School through an AH partnership. The community connection is what continues to draw Meri to this role and she enjoys working with learners of all ages. She views the new online and socially distanced teaching platforms as both a challenge and an opportunity to grow as an artist and educator. She has also been a museum educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa), casually for several years. Ms. Ruble has worked as an artist-in-residence with a variety of nonprofit organizations in partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan School District K-8 schools through Young Audiences (now Center for Arts Inspired Learning), International House of Blues Foundation, Kulture Kids, and Progressive Arts Alliance. She was previously the Program Coordinator with the International House of Blues Foundation (Cleveland, OH) and Outreach Coordinator for BSMA, with whom she also teaches currently. She holds a BA in Fine Arts, with a Studio Art concentration, from Kent State University. Ms. Ruble has served as a teaching artist with Art House since 2010. Her personal art practice examines the spatial relationships between nature and memory. She finds watercolor, printmaking, and the reimagining of found objects most compelling.
I am a multi-media artist and curator/publisher at www.highartfridays.com (HAF). I have been busy in the studio with several installation projects which include working in unsustainable material, plastics. For the past three years, HAF has focused on international artists who are transforming the environmental hazard into works of art, with the hope of bringing awareness to our society of the damages this medium causes.
Exploring social conditioning and how it defines our concepts of value, our sense of place, and how it shapes our individual development are the conceptual subjects that help define my work. I favor using natural and utilitarian castoffs, along with traditional material, to visually contrast the “prized” against the discarded. The material's "identity" is stripped, cut, or broken away then it’s woven, bound, or wedged together and its new "self" is formed. Creating bold sculptures and installations that adapt, acculturating new environments.
While attending the Cleveland Institute of Art I was the recipient of the William McVey Award for Excellence in Sculpture. Curated my first professional solo exhibition, Rising/Bound, at Groop Gallery and was one of two students selected to finish posthumously, the last sculpture of David E. Davis, the founder of the Sculpture Center. Today I am the artist, owner, and curator of my studio/gallery Studio 302 of the 78th Street Studios complex and I am a featured artist at Still- point gallery, represented by Kate and Geoff Baker. My work has been exhibited at the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, the Sculpture Center, Cleveland State University Gallery, Spaces, and the Maltz Museum, among others. In addition, I was awarded the 2020 Ohio Arts Council ADAP Grant and 2018 CAN Triennial Prize. My corporate commissions include an 18’ x 18’ site-specific installation on permanent exhibition at the new Hilton downtown, a site-specific installation at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and works at The Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
Jude Strandquist discovered his love for art when he was a young child growing up in Washington, DC. Art has taken him to many exciting places since then. Jude studied animation and illustration at universities in the UK and Norway and interned with the Academy Award nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon in Ireland. Jude is happy to be back home in the States again, sharing what he loves best.
Lisa is an artist and designer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated in 2017 from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in animation. During her undergraduate career, she developed a versatile skill set in the 3D animation pipeline, becoming proficient in modeling, texture mapping, rigging, and animation. She had the opportunity while in school to apply these skills to numerous internships, including a position with Universal Creative making 3D animatics for theme park design and with American Greetings developing 3D animated shorts. Additionally, she has created two short films: Wisteria, a collaborative film that premiered on a planetarium dome at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and High Hedges, her thesis film which was on exhibit at the Cleveland Institute of Art's 2017 Student Summer Show. Lisa currently works as a freelance designer and multimedia artist and continues to pursue character art on independent and collaborative projects.
Susie Underwood is a multimedia, installation and performance artist with 10 years of experience as an art museum educator and teaching artist. Her work is often participatory, allowing others in the community to engage creatively. For performances, she will concoct wacky characters, such as a game show host or lounge singer from outer space. Humor is key, and she loves to bring this into her workshops, to create a fun and playful atmosphere.
Guy-Vincent is an internationally exhibited and collected multidisciplinary artist who is always on the edge of experimental frontiers. His work manages to balance new explorations while retaining strong roots in the traditions of art and cultural histories. Most recently, he was awarded the Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Excellence Fellowship in 2017. Established mediums like painting, drawing, and photography mix with materials like steel, plastic, wood, and in recent years, explorations within the digital realm. Always fascinated with mark-making, the primal modes of expression going back over 40,000 years, Guy-Vincent is pioneering new texts and images of communication. Digital technologies have provided opportunities to develop a unique visual language that references and redefines cultural-linguistic traditions. These net-based projects are shared via social media platforms such as Twitter and often serve as a catalyst for new conceptual directions. His work has been exhibited, collected, and critically acclaimed in Italy, Germany, France, Croatia, Mexico, South America, and throughout the United States. Collections include; Museo Civico d'Arte Contemporanea (Spoleto, Italy) Eaton Corporation Headquarters (Cleveland, Ohio) Hotel Giardino (Pisa, Italy) Key Bank Headquarters (Cleveland, OH) SAP America - Philadelphia, PA.
Julia Van Wagenen is a freelance photographer and art educator from Cleveland. She attended Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, where she majored in Photojournalism. Julia teaches visual and media arts to people of all ages and backgrounds, from preschool-aged children to adults with developmental disabilities. Julia is most passionate about working with innercity youth on community-based projects. Last year, Julia worked with youth at Fairview Park in Ohio City to create a cyanotype mural which now beautifies Vine Court, an alley in Ohio City. In 2013 and 2014, Julia developed journalism projects to create a school newspaper at Lincoln West High School.
Gina Washington was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated with an MFA in Photography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Washington considers herself “a child of the Universe” and have traveled to many places collecting images and connecting artists. She has exhibited her work nationally and has won awards for portraiture as she creates art “by any means necessary”. As a master collaborator, she co-created an exhibition at the Ingenuity Fest Cleveland in 2010 that showcased poetry, storytelling, music and visual arts. As a teacher, she travels to many different spaces connecting children to a myriad of artists and mediums. Gina’s photography is currently on view at the Governor's residence and she has been commissioned by the Massillon Museum, along with nine other artists, to create a piece for their 2016 Readapt show. Her goal as an artist is to bring clarity and solutions to the chaos around us and to make art accessible to all people, especially the disenfranchised in this global community.
Eileen Whitacre currently lives and works in North Royalton, Ohio, where she owns and operates a small art restoration & design business named, The Painter’s Studio. Once, Eileen graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. degree, in Art Education (2002), and a B.A. in Fine Art- Painting (2003), she began an unconventional art career that would lead to many creative opportunities. One of those opportunities, was working as an assistant to the (future) director of Art House, Laila Voss: creator of avant-garde installations and curious happenings, of which Eileen adores. Though, Eileen’s self described “comfort zone” is, painting.
Color, shape, and 2D multi-layering of symbolic objects are foundational elements within Eileen’s artwork. She illustrates ironic stories within a painting, or a space. As an artist, “I can celebrate life’s oddest parts of nature, in space and time, that are seen as, ‘surreal’ in the natural world.” Usual subjects in her work are: hieroglyphs, fractals, micro vs. macro organisms and galaxies. Yet, Eileen admits, “I am at peace most when teaching art; guiding students to express themselves through the visual arts, establishing a students success gives me more than what painting can, purpose.”
My art is not only a way to record my insights into life, but also a means for me to observe other people’s perspectives about life. To explore one’s identity in one's specific living context, time and place lie at the core of my artistic practice. I like to combine different artistic methods, including site-specific, interactive performance, and time-based video installation to investigate one’s sense of existence. These methods are deeply related to the context of time, space, and place. Over the last few years, my work has been strongly focused on community-engagement to further look into the identity of a specific group of people. By actively engaging the viewers’ participation, I get to explore the status of their physical and mental existence.
Clay captured Mark Yasenchack’s imagination when he was 6 years old. Fascinated by the grey oil-based modelling clay that never dries out, he built buildings with miniature people, spaceships with miniature aliens, or sharks eating miniature scuba divers. Later, referring to the clear overlapping pages of an encyclopedia, he made cadavers complete with organs (floating them in a vinegar and baking soda froth). He is grateful for the influence of his Aunt Dee, a creative do-it-yourself teacher/artist, and grandfather Pete, a work-aholic who could do anything. Of course he rebelled against all of it, frustrated by Dee’s perfectionism and Pete who had little time for anything but work. But with the realization that the work he does differs very little from the work they did; crafting things for people and wanting the work to be excellent like Dee and finding the same peacefulness in working as Pete did, he now recognizes their creative energy in all he does. At Baldwin-Wallace College, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and started his career as a ceramic artist in his senior year, taking his first ceramics course with David Williamson. Focusing on glazed wheel-thrown shapes which gradually evolved into hand-built vessels with small details of glaze he started his pursuit of form and texture. Currently he is intrigued with new materials and subjects and seeks the challenge of mastering new materials and grappling with emotional content and prose in his collage and encaustics. The ability to overlap images, thereby linking them visually and relating their meanings is compelling. Working with words and text fragments from old books, he addresses some of the more personal themes and ideas he has had a need to express.
Owner of Prosperity Jewelry,, Cat Zurchin has been creating glazed ceramic and fired glass jewelry for department stores and specialty boutiques since 1989. Laura Bosse and Cat Zurchin founded their business on the simple premise that quality design and hand-made craftsmanship make good fashion sense. They began making jewelry together over 20 years ago. Today, Cat hosts classes at Art House specializing in glass jewelry and fused glass.