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School of Art Faculty and Alumni Featured in Full Fathom Five

Multiple School of Art faculty and alumni were invited to participate in the exhibition “Full Fathom Five” organized by the Progressive Art Collection.  “Full Fathom Five” is a peer-selected invitational exhibition of 30 artists working in Northeast Ohio whose artworks collectively demonstrate the depth of studio strategies at work in our coastal region.  Three School of Art alumni, including Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, David King and Eli Gfell, are featured as well as five faculty: Janice Lessman-Moss, Gianna Commito, Darice Polo, Isabel Farnsworth, and Brinsley Tyrrell (emeritus).  The exhibition is on view at the Progressive Corporation offices (Campus II) located at 300 North Commons Boulevard in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 6 from 6-9 p.m. and three open houses held on October 5, November 3 and December 5. All are invited to attend but for security purposes, visitors must RSVP 24 hours prior to their visit. Refer to the Full Fathom Five website for more information and registration links. 

The process and concept is described on the website:

Beginning with six artists in a group we named “Fathom One,” we asked each artist to nominate another artist working in our region whose work they admire, but whom they did not know well. This created a second group of six artists that we named “Fathom Two.” The nominating process continued until we reached five full fathoms totaling 30 artists. 

Selecting each artwork for this exhibition entailed the coming together of nominated artist, nominating artist, and curators from Progressive in 30 studio visits from February through July 2018. The exhibition is installed according to the selection sequence, grouping each artist together with the artist they selected, and illustrating the breadth of the relationships established during this process. These sequences are illustrated through the rows of the chart below. 

The democratic, artist-driven design of “Full Fathom Five” has generated an illuminating and remarkable mapping of art produced in our region. The full-scope process from seed idea discussion to exhibition realization has been for the staff of the Progressive Art Collection an extraordinary uplift and an unforgettable experience. 

Images (left to right):  David King, Mother's Milk, oil on canvas, 2016; Darice Polo, Open Letter to a Libelist, single channel video (still), 2018; Janice Lessman-Moss, #467, Red Night Sky, silk, linen, digital jacquard, hand woven TC2 loom, painted warp, shifted weft ikat, 2018.