An unexpected encounter

I recently attended the Chicago Art Expo 2013.  It had interesting moments.  I mostly walked around talking with a friend taking in visuals when they intrigued me enough to pause.  But I was stunned when I came a across the Carl Solway Gallery from Cincinnati, OH.

Cincinnati is where I am from originally.  It’s where I got my BFA in painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  I have been to the Solway gallery so many times. There are many great galleries in Cincinnati.  But have always been very grateful to the Carl Solway because it was/is Cincinnati’s ticket to seeing what was/is happening in the contemporary art world. It’s location was always really funny to me because it is in a part of town that is a little run down and dangerous. You would never know from the outside what wonder’s lay inside their building.

In particular I remember being really affected by the show “Walls, Floors, and Ceilings” which featered Ann Hamilton’s “Accountings – Soot Wall” and Sam Gilliam’s “Dance Me Dance You” works in 2009.  I think I went back to see this show more than once.


I had always wanted to meet the man himself (Carl Solway).  It was crazy that I didn’t get to meet him in Cincinnati, but in Chicago.  Super exciting for me none – the – less.

After the Expo, I decided to read a little about Carl Solway since it was the highlight of the show for me.  I learned he has been a gallerist for 51 years.  WOW.

Here is a blurb I found on :

Founded in 1962, Carl Solway Gallery currently celebrates its 50th year in operation. The gallery was elected to the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) in 1968 and more recently joined the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). Carl Solway Galley is the only member of the ADAA in the Tri-State region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The gallery occupies 12,500 square feet of space in an historic warehouse in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood. Michael Solway was named Director of Carl Solway Gallery in January 2011 when he returned to Cincinnati from Los Angeles after a decade of co-directing SolwayJones Gallery with Angela Jones. Carl Solway remains President and actively involved in all aspects of gallery operation.

Carl Solway Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary art including painting, sculpture, graphics and new media incorporating video and electronics. Gallery activities include fabrication of large scale sculpture; publication of print editions and multiples; organization and circulation of museum exhibitions worldwide; and corporate collections consultation and installation. Carl Solway Gallery has shown the work of more than 800 artists during its 50 year history. To celebrate this milestone, two major exhibitions were organized: John Cage:-) A Centennial Celebration(With Friends) and the current show, Thanks, featuring the work of 63 artists.

I also learned that he was friends with John Cage and got him to do his first visual art project in Cincinnati,  “Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel.”  Then I read Solway had dinner with Jasper Johns too.

Their website is very detailed and has images of their exhibitions from the last ten years if you want to learn more  OR Take a trip to Cincinnati, OH and see it for yourself.


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