On the occasion of its 60th anniversary
The Cleveland Arts Prize, in partnership with
The Cleveland History Center, recognizes
sixty creative artists from Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
whose extraordinary contributions to the arts
in the years before the Arts Prize existed
enriched our community’s, and the nation’s, life.





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There were great writers, artists, composers, architects and designers, as well as memorable figures of stage and screen  doing remarkable things here well before there was a Cleveland Arts Prize. We have seized upon the occasion of CAP’s 60th anniversary to honor our past winners and shine a spotlight on these extraordinary individuals who contributed so notably to the region’s—and larger world’s—culture.



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December 4, 2021

Honoring Our Past Masters: The Golden Age of Cleveland Art, 1900–1945

An exhibition of long unseen masterworks by some of Cleveland’s most famous artists graciously lent by private collections opens at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society thanks to a partnership of CHS and Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Art History and Art, College of Arts and Sciences and curated by Case’s eminent art historian Henry Adams with assistance of eight graduate students earning academic credit. The artists represented include August Biehle, Margaret Bourke-White, Charles Burchfield, Clarence Carter, R. Guy Cowan, Clara Deike, Carl Gaertner, Raphael Gleitsmann, Joseph Jicha, Max Kalish, Henry Keller, Roy Lichtenstein, James Harley Minter, Elmer Ladislaw Novotny, Hugo Robus, Charles Salée, Don Schreckengost, Viktor Schreckengost, Hughie Lee Smith, William Sommer, Rolf Stoll, Paul Travis, Abel Warshawsky and Frank Wilcox. Attendees will also be able to explore the adjoining Hay-McKinney Mansion, one of the city’s legendary residences from that era, decked out for the holidays just as it was 100 years ago. . .

Saturday, December 4, 2021
Cleveland History Center
1 PM

November 21, 2021

The East Cleveland Postman Who Became a Celebrated Composer

After the New York Critics named CIM student Howard Swanson’s 1950 Symphony No. 2 the most interesting composition of the season, it had 30 performances across the U.S, by most of America’s major orchestras, including Cleveland’s. This work of “dignity and engaging thoughtfulness” by one of our most distinguished African American composers returns to Severance Hall as the Cleveland Orchestra’s associate conductor Vinay Parameswaran and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra begin their new season. A recording of the concert will be aired on WCLV FMN 104.9 on January 1st, 2022, and will remain a permanent part of the station’s music library.

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Mandel Hall at Severance
3 PM

October 25, 2021

Sci-Fi Writing Workshop

Ursuline College and Lake Erie College are co-sponsoring a virtual two-part science fiction writing workshop exploring the works of the late Cleveland writer Andre (nee Alice) Norton. The sessions take place on two consecutive Mondays, October 25 and November 1, both from 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. Attendance at both sessions is encouraged. The workshop is free and open to the public with registration required.

Monday, October 25, 2021
Ursuline College
7 PM – 9 PM

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