Over the past several years, Cain Park and The Feinberg Art Gallery have collaborated with the Cleveland Institute of Art to exhibit a show of student artists. This endeavor has resulted in many thought-provoking exhibits but also a learning opportunity for the students who participate. As this exhibit has evolved year after year, we have offered a student artist to participate as co-curator along with the Gallery Curator, Michelle Barnicky Stachnik. This position allows an artist to experience the creative and business end of designing a gallery exhibit from start to finish.
This year, The Feinberg Art Gallery had the honor of having Cass Penegor as its Student Curator. It is unfortunate the planned exhibit, Environment: An Artist’s Interpretation of What Surrounds Us, could not come to fruition due to Covid-19. In lieu of the exhibition, the Gallery would like to spotlight Cass Penegor, artist and activist. They just graduated from the CIA with a B.F.A in printmaking. Cass is a skilled draftsman and printmaker, exploring different methods and materials to create work that is pleasing to the eye and also draws you in with its depth and dimension. The linework that Cass creates is so detailed and intricate, it pushes them to move their work to the next level; pushing the lines and the negative space they create to become three dimensional. Each piece Cass creates is a culmination of ideas from previous work; the viewer is privileged to witness Cass’s growth as an artist with each new creation. Read their Artist Statement.
Cass will be attending Cranbrook Academy of Art in the fall to begin their graduate work. The Feinberg Art Gallery hopes to work with Cass in the future and are wishing them all the best.