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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

  • Address 1834 East 123rd St Cleveland, OH 44106
  • Phone (216) 721-9020
  • Hours Wednesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Website http://www.artistsarchives.org/

Founded in 1996 by notable Cleveland sculptor David E. Davis and eight other prominent Ohio artists, including Shirley Aley Campbell and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) emerged from a shared vision. Recognizing the risk of losing cultural heritage upon an artist's demise, the founders aimed to preserve Ohio's unique visual artistic legacy.

The AAWR, situated in University Circle, Cleveland's cultural hub, stands as a living embodiment of their commitment. The founders envisioned a "living archive" where archived artwork could be preserved, displayed, and studied by the public and scholars. This facility, completed in 1999 through the generous contribution of Bernice and David E. Davis, includes a spacious gallery, offices, and state-of-the-art storage for maintaining a representative body of artists' works and documenting their lives and careers. The AAWR actively records oral histories, catalogs exhibition materials, and collects related documents, solidifying its role as a guardian of Ohio's artistic heritage.

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve stands as a testament to the rich cultural tapestry that defines our neighborhood. Established with a commitment to preserving and celebrating the artistic heritage of the region, this institution has become a cherished hub for art enthusiasts, students, and curious minds alike. The Artists Archives boasts a compelling history rooted in the passion for artistic expression. Founded to ensure that the diverse and dynamic works of local artists are not only showcased but also safeguarded for generations to come, the archive has evolved into a vital resource for understanding the creative evolution of our community.

As you explore the archive, you'll delve into a treasure trove of visual narratives, each piece echoing the unique stories of our talented artists. From paintings that capture the spirit of the neighborhood to sculptures that embody the resilience of its people, the collection reflects the essence of the Western Reserve. AAWR provides crucial support to regional artists, offering exhibition opportunities and contributing to the flourishing arts community in our corner of the state.

Admission: Free

Parking: There is ample free parking and handicap accessibility to our galleries.


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