During a weekend filled with activities designed to showcase their new home, ARTneo – the museum of Northeast Ohio art will welcome their members and the general public to celebrate the next phase of the museum’s history. ARTneo recently moved from their long time home at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood to the dynamic 78th Street Studios in the Gordon Square Arts District in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland. Receptions, tours, presentations, special activities and a keynote address will celebrate the move and highlight the mission and work of this 30-year-old institution.
The weekend will kick off with a special reception on Wednesday, May 13 for major donors to the Relocation Fund, organization sponsors and other major supporters. On Friday, May 15, at the popular THIRD FRIDAY art event, ARTneo will open their new facility to the public for the first time with an exhibition featuring the museum’s newest acquisitions from the last three years. Saturday, May 16 will feature a day of special members only activities including a presentation by the Intermuseum Conservation Association and behind the scenes tours of the work in the museum’s collection. Finally, on Sunday, May 17, ARTneo will host their Annual Meeting. The meeting, which is also open to the public, is an opportunity for the leadership of the organization to highlight their plans for the future of ARTneo. Grafton Nunes, the President and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art, will be the Keynote Speaker.
The new facility will more than triples the dedicated space for the collection and allows the organization to operate more efficiently in a space specifically designed for the museum’s activities. By joining the impressive roster of artist studios, galleries and other creative enterprises, ARTneo is able to significantly raise the visibility for their collection, exhibitions, programming and publications. The project was supported with major financial support from the Frohring Foundation, the Board of Directors and longtime supporters. In addition, major in kind support came from 78th Street Studios and Consolidated Solutions.
“This is, by far, the most significant moment in ARTneo’s history,” says recently appointed Executive Director John Farina. “We have worked hard to secure our future by relocating to a more visible place, adding new board leadership and staff, and managing our finances. We’re ready to move forward into a promising future for this important organization.”
More information about the weekend’s events can be found at the organization’s website http://www.artneo.org.