The Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery
The Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery is a major center for visual art in Lorain County, showcasing art exhibitions by local, regional, and national artists. We also host annual LCCC student shows, the Lorain County Regional Scholastic Art Show and community and educational arts exhibitions. Our goal is to present a variety of outstanding art exhibitions and serve our students, the college community, and the greater community as a living, learning classroom. We invite you to enjoy the exhibits and to visit us often! Please check this website often or contact the Stocker Arts Center for any added gallery special events.
The Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery is open during exhibitions Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 2:30pm. The gallery is also open for many Stocker Arts Center evening and weekend events. Arrangements can be made to visit the gallery other hours by calling the Stocker Arts Center's main office at (440) 366-4140.
All Exhibitions and Receptions are free and open to the public.
2013-2014 Art Gallery Exhibitions
Monday, November 4 – Friday, December 6, 2013
(and during selected Holiday events through December 22, 2013)
Radius: An Artist Sketchbook Project
Artists’ Reception – Friday, November 15 from 4:30 – 7:30pm
The sketchbook can be a repository for secretly drawn portraits, quick paintings, or notes illuminated by cartoons. It’s an illustrated journal or a place for working out creative problems. It can be a record of the keeper’s nearby worlds and deepest thoughts. Visitors will get a rare glimpse inside such worlds during this exhibit.
Radius: An Artist Sketchbook Project features the sketchbooks of a dozen Northeast Ohio artists, including Lorain native Bob Cutlip. A collection of small books by illustrator Ron Hill offer, by turns, quick portraits and caricatures, imagined creatures and ideas for his editorial cartoons. Designer Karen Blados chronicles domestic life in carefully designed pages that blend drawings and text. Painter George Kocar’s work includes sketches he makes with his iPad.
In the early 2000s, the digital revolution began to do for sketchbook keeping what it was doing for other pursuits: creating community. People who love to draw, or keep illuminated journals, are a minority of the population. Now, through the Internet, they began to find each other and grow something like a movement.
However, the allure of sketchbook practice is anything but a flash in the pan. For nearly as long as paper has existed, artists have kept books to carry with them so they can mark fleeting images, ideas and notes. Immediacy is often a hallmark of the sketchbook, though plenty of artists labor over elaborate paintings or collages – works that might otherwise be worthy of being framed and hung on a wall. Keepers of illustrated journals combine words and images to mark and remember the details of far-flung travel as well as people, objects and events within the much smaller radius of daily life.
The exhibit also includes LCCC art student sketches of campus settings, and sketchbooks created by first-year students at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Each of the CIA students’ sketchbooks is a response to the Sherman Alexie novel, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," which they were required to read over the summer. The CIA students' sketchbooks are traveling across northeast Ohio through May, 2014.
The purpose of the show is to highlight this special form of art that is both common yet rarely seen, according to Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery coordinator Joan Perch. Th exhibition was curated by Karen Sandstrom, an illustrator and writer who has kept sketchbooks for years.
Tuesday, January 14 – Sunday, February 16, 2014
2014 Lorain County Regional Scholastic Art Exhibit
Artists’ Reception – Sunday, January 26 from 1:00 – 3:00pm;
Awards Ceremony/Closing Reception – Sunday, February 16 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Friday, February 21 – Friday, March 28, 2014
Art in the Garden
Artists’ Reception – Friday, February 21 from 4:30 – 7:30pm
Friday, April 4 (opening at 4:30pm) to Friday, April 18, 2014
2014 LCCC Student Art Exhibit
Opening Reception – Friday, April 4 from 4:30 – 7:30pm
Friday, April 25 (opening at 4:30pm) to Saturday, May 10, 2014
2014 LCCC Portfolio Exhibit
Opening Reception – Friday, April 25 from 4:30 – 7:30pm
Sorry you missed these great exhibits:
Monday, August 26 – Friday, September 27, 2013
Old and New: Paper Painting Before Radiation - Leslie Miller
Artist’s Reception – Friday, August 30 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 4 – Monday, October 28, 2013
Sustainable Lorain County
Art Gallery Reception and Farmers Market - Wednesday, October 23 from 6 – 7:30pm
(before and in conjunction with the 7:30pm Susan Werner's "Hayseed" Project Concert)
- Open during exhibitions Monday-Friday, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, and for many of the Stocker Arts Center evening and weekend events.
- Exhibitions and receptions are FREE and open to the public.
- Arrangements can be made to visit the gallery other hours by calling the Stocker Administrative office at (440) 366-4140.