Call For Artists

December 1, 2016

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CLE’s Temporary Art Exhibition Program is a free initiative available to artists. The purpose of this program is to showcase the diversity of arts and culture of the Cleveland Plus Region. Individual artists, cultural institutions and arts organizations are afforded opportunities to exhibit their collections of original artwork and photography in the airport. Submissions are reviewed by an Artists Review Panel and each approved proposal is assigned an exhibit start date based on the exhibition calendar. The duration of exhibits is up to six months depending on the nature of the exhibit. Selected exhibitors will not be compensated; however, installation and curatorial support will be provided as needed. Artists will also be featured at the art site as well as on the airport’s website.

CALL FOR ART, ARTIFACTS, PHOTOGRAPHS & MEMORABILIA: Stokes: Reflecting on 50 Years, 1967-2017 –  Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future


EXHIBITION DATES: February 17 - July 31, 2017

For more than five decades Louis and Carl Stokes dominated every aspect of black political life in the city of Cleveland. Carl Stokes was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1962 and served three terms. He was the first African American member of the Democratic Party elected to the Ohio House. In 1965, Stokes again sought election as Cleveland’s mayor and lost. Two years later he ran again and defeated the grandson of former President William H. Taft, becoming the first African American to serve as a mayor of a major U.S. City. His brother, Louis also enjoyed a growing reputation as a prominent Cleveland attorney. Persuaded to run for office by Carl, Louis made his first run for elective office in 1968 to win the seat in the newly created congressional district that he served for 30 years. With the help of his brother Carl, Louis co-founded the Twenty-First Congressional District Caucus that would serve as his base throughout his long congressional career. 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes election as Mayor; and the groundbreaking role of his brother Louis Stokes, CLE is calling on individuals, artists, cultural organizations, schools and all those who preserve historical materials reflecting on the 50 years of political leadership of the Stokes brothers. Please go through your personal collection and files for any items such as scrap- books, newspaper articles, programs, political bills, signs, directories, certificates, letters, books, photographs, garments (i.e. judicial robes) artifacts, etc. to be considered for exhibition. Recent photographs of dedication sites named in the Stokes’ honor will also be considered. 

Display Sites

The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery is located on the Lower Terminal Level of the airport adjacent to the RTA transit. It features a display area of 88 running feet, encased in 1⁄4” tempered glass panels. The display area can accommodate two and three dimensional artwork. Selected two dimensional artwork can be a minimum size of 16”x 20” up to 28”x 28”. If on stretched canvas, artwork must be wired for hanging. 

Selected artwork and items must be exhibition quality. Items and artwork will be evaluated and considered for the exhibit. CLE will mat and frame all artwork in Nielson metal frames, if needed. If selected, items will be returned after the exhibition is un-installed. 

Click here to download the entry form and full guidelines.