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VAC: Contemporary Debris

September 8, 2023 - October 17, 2023

Valley Art Center is thrilled to announce its upcoming exhibition, Contemporary Debris. This invitational group show will present a remarkable assortment of artwork created with recycled materials, co-curated by Valley Art Center Assistant Director & Gallery Manager Julie Polsinelli and The Gallery at Lakeland Community College Gallery Coordinator/Exhibition Curator/Installation Designer Mary Urbas. The exhibition will showcase the extraordinary talent of Northeast Ohio artists who embody the spirit of creativity, resourcefulness, and environmental consciousness.

From September 8 to October 18, visitors will be immersed in an assortment of artwork crafted exclusively from recycled materials, proving that beauty can be found in even the most unexpected places.
Artists from all corners of the creative world have embraced the challenge of transforming discarded objects into astonishing works of art. Marvel at sculptures meticulously fashioned from scrap metal, witness intricate collages brought to life from found objects, and explore the many possibilities of repurposed materials that push the boundaries of artistic expression.

As a part of Contemporary Debris, Valley Art Center’s façade will be adorned with a stunning recycled wall sculpture from Ron Shelton, which will have a second life following its creation in Riverside Park in April. Ron Shelton, a Cleveland-based artist known for his remarkable sculptures made from recycled materials, brings his talent and passion for environmental sustainability to this project. For the full list of artists and more information on this exhibition, please visit valleyartcenter.org.

As an additional highlight of the exhibition, an Art Talk and Reception titled “The Readymade in Modern and Contemporary Art” will be held on Friday, October 6 at 6pm in The Bowen Gallery at Valley Art Center. Speaker Sydney Slacas, J.D. M.A., will explore the fascinating concept of found and repurposed objects and their significance in modern and contemporary art, while surrounded by the art in the gallery space.


September 8, 2023
October 17, 2023
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Valley Art Center
(440) 247 - 7507
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Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 United States
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(440) 247 - 7507
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