Best Art Exhibits Coming To Cleveland In 2016

April 11, 2016 8:00 AM

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While Cleveland is well-known for their botanical garden, the Cavaliers, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, America’s Comeback City also has a first rate fine arts scene. In addition to being home to Playhouse Square Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, the city also features two excellent museums and several top flight galleries. Just as in previous years, these locations will be showcasing a number of exciting and interesting exhibits in 2016. Here are the five best art exhibits coming to Cleveland in 2016.
The Flowering Of The Botanical Print 
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350

Date of exhibit: March 26 to July 3

In celebration of the twin centennials of the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Museum will be featuring a new exhibit called The Flowering of the Botanical Print starting on March 26. This wide-ranging exhibit will feature more than 70 flower and fruit prints, drawings, woodcuts and books from as far back as the 15th century. This exhibit should be of interest to Clevelanders for both aesthetic and historical reasons. Many of the works in this exhibit are taken from the museum’s Donald Gray Memorial Collection, which was established by the Print Club of Cleveland in 1939. This unique glimpse into the city’s history will be on display until July 2016.

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia 
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
11400 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-8671

Date of exhibit: May 27 to August 28

In addition to founding the influential new age band Devo and becoming a respected film composer, Akron-born musician Mark Mothersbaugh is also an accomplished visual artist. Starting in May 27, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland will be showcasing an exhibition of his work over the last 40 years. Mothersbaugh’s art is as varied as is intriguing; the exhibit will feature his drawings, short films and his strange and captivating musical sculptures. Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia will run through Aug. 28.

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American Real
Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7000

Date of Exhibit: April 1 to May 8

For the last 134 years, The Cleveland Institute of Art has served the community as an independent art and design college. The CIA is also home to the Reinberger Gallery, which has featured the work of up-and-coming artists who work in a variety of disciplines. Starting on Apr. 1, the gallery will feature an exhibit called American Real, which will showcase new work from new media boundary pusher Ryan Ripps, social realist photographer Chris Verene and mixed-media artist Monica Cook. The exhibit will run through May 8.

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Gary Bukovnik Exhibit
The Bonfoey Gallery
1710 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 621-0178

Date of Exhibit: May 20 to June 18

Established in 1893, the Bonfoey Gallery is one of Cleveland’s oldest and most respected art galleries in Northeast Ohio. In additional to regularly showcasing fantastic pieces from artists both from the region and across the country, the Bonfoey also has an inventory of over 2,000 different artworks from 100 artists. On May 20, the gallery will begin exhibiting works from internationally renowned and Cleveland-born painter and sculptor Gary Bukovnik. Bukovnik’s resplendent and evocative work will be on display until June 18.

78th Street Studios
1300 W. 78th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(330) 819-7280

Lastly, 78th Street Studios is a must visit for any Northeast Ohio art aficionados. The massive 170,000 square foot art and design complex that is home to 18 different art galleries and 18 different artist’s studios. Some of the complex’s 2016 highlights include new work from captivating graphic artist Derek Hess and the latest pop surrealist work from Leslie Edward Humez at Gallery Plus. Regardless of personal taste, 78th Street Studios truly has something for everyone.

Mario McKellop is a freelance writer who has covered the pop culture beat since 2010.