Upcoming Exhibitions in the Gallery at Praxis Fiber Workshop
One Year, One Outfit | Group Exhibition
November 5 – December 31, 2021
Opening reception (TBD whether in-person, virtual, or both): November 5, 6-8PM EST.
The first-ever One Year, One Outfit cohort will exhibit their finished 3-piece outfits in this exciting group exhibition. All garments will have been made from materials grown in our fibershed, which is defined as the area spanning a 250-mile radius in every direction from Cleveland.
Abby Cipar | Solo Exhibition
February 4 – March 20, 2022
Opening reception: February 4, 6-8PM EST
Based in Akron, OH and maintaining a studio space at Summit Artspace, Cipar works in a variety of mediums, most recently moving into large-scale soft sculpture and textiles. They are a 2021 graduate of the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, receiving their BFA with a focus in painting and drawing. Most recently, they exhibited their work in a solo exhibition, QUEER IN NATURE, at Current gallery in Cleveland, OH. They also recently curated the group exhibition, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, at Summit Artspace in Akron, OH. Their work has been a part of the 85th Annual Juried Student Exhibition at Emily Davis Gallery (receiving third place), as well as the 2020 GAR Foundation Student Art Show at Andrew Jackson House. Notable awards include the 2019 President’s Holiday Art Award from The University of Akron and the prestigious 2019 Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale Travel Award from the Myers School of Art.
Techniques in Tapestry | Group Exhibition
April 4 – June 13, 2022
Opening reception: April 4, 6-8PM EST
This group exhibition will feature three artists from across the U.S., Bryana Bibbs, Sam Dienst, and Andrea Vail who use tapestry weaving in a variety of ways while drawing upon unique perspectives and inspirations for creating.
Bryana Bibbs (b. 1991) is a Chicago-based textile artist, painter, and art educator who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work comes from her struggles with depression, anxiety, relationships, self-validation, and how to deal with everyday occurrences. She is the founder of The We Were Never Alone Project – A Weaving Workshop for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence, a 2021 – 2022 Chicago Artist Coalition HATCH Residency Artist, and serves on the Surface Design Association’s Education Committee. Bryana’s work has been on view at The Evanston Art Center (Evanston, Illinois), ARC Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), The Bridgeport Art Center (Chicago, Illinois), The Wayback (Chicago, Illinois), Room482 (Brooklyn, New York), and Chicago Artist Coalition (Chicago, Illinois). https://www.bryanabibbs.com/
Sam Dienst is an artist and weaver currently living and working in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her BFA in Fiber in 2016 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She graduated in the spring of 2021 with an MFA from the Fiber program at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work is featured in the New American Painting MFA edition for January 2022. She has exhibited in numerous shows around the country. Sam’s recent work has centered around a form of self-portraiture using objects and items from her day to day life as jumping points for investigation. The final works are tapestry weavings whose abstractions and flattening further complicate and dissociate the viewers from the original sources, creating a metaphysical experience. https://www.samdienst.com/about
Andrea Vail investigates contemporary American society and its objects — specifically home goods deemed stylistically obsolete, or unattractive by the standards of 21st century mainstream culture. Hinged on textile traditions and techniques, her practice materializes as tapestry, woven sculpture, and collaborative exchange. Vail has received awards from Arts and Science Council; North Carolina Arts Council; HappeningsCLT Visual Artist Grant; CultureWORKS; and residencies with Goodyear Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Elsewhere Museum. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA) and UNC-Charlotte (BFA). Vail lives and works in Western North Carolina. https://www.andreavail.com/
July 9 – August 31, 2022
CAN Triennial 2022 is a regionally focused exhibit of contemporary art, concurrent with the second iteration of FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. The curated exhibit will take place in multiple partner venues with dedicated gallery space. The exhibit will also include commissioned, site-specific installations and public works. For more information visit cantriennial.org.
Ann Coddington | Solo Exhibition
September 3 – October 23, 2022
Opening reception: September 3, 6-8PM EST
Ann Coddington is a Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department.
Ann utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining, looping and netting in her sculptural forms. She has exhibited her work at many venues including currently: Roots, Reeds and Vines: the Art of Basketry, at the Moss Art Center at Virginia Tech. in Blacksburg, Virginia, Around the Block, Parkland Community College in Champaign, IL, and State of Health, a Fiber Arts Now show at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She has upcoming solo exhibitions scheduled for the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Governors State University in Illinois, the Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland, and the Sheldon Art Museum in St. Louis.
Over the past several years, Ann has taught workshops at the Northwest Basketry Guild, University of Northern Texas, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and at the San Diego and Los Angeles Basketry Guilds. Coddington serves as the co-chair of Exhibitions and member of the board for the National Basketry Organization. https://ux1.eiu.edu/~abcoddington/portfolio/