Corrie Slawson: A desert of magnificence... (a glittering waste of laborious idleness.)
September 26, 2015 - November 20, 2015

Artist Biography
Corrie Slawson
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Born June 30, 1975, Cleveland, OH



MFA Major Painting/Minor Printmaking, Kent State University, Kent, OH 2006
BFA Major Painting/Minor Printmaking, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY 1997



Solo and Two-Person:

2015   Gaps, Voids & Borders (some imagined, all arbitrary), Soltesz Fine Art, Portland, OR

           A desert of magnificence... (a glittering waste of laborious idleness), SHAHEEN, Cleveland, OH

           Take I-80W until the light changes, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

2013   Making Money the Harder Way, (with Elizabeth Emery), The Sculpture Center, Cleveland

2010   Work Party 118, SPACES, Cleveland, OH 
2008   Pulled Passed, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH with Emily Blaser 
2006   Portfolio, Volume 3, Issue 25 Angle: A Journal of Arts & Culture, Cleveland, OH 

2005   Processed Meaning, Kent State University School of Art 



2016  Curator's Choice, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH

          Works on Paper, Long Beach Island Foundation, LBI, NJ

          Premio Marchianni, Fondazione Estetica & Progresso, Sardinia, Italy

2015  The People's Revisionist Natural History Museum, SPACES, Cleveland, OH

          Revision Gobal Review Bejing-Tijuana, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Baja, CA, Mexico

2014  95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH 

          Behind the Platen, La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA & Univ. of Akron, Akron, OH 
          U R B A N S C A P E FROM A BIZARRE PRESENT, TJ in China Project Space, Tijuana, Baja, CA, Mexico

          In Print, Cleveland Clinic Glickman Tower, Cleveland, OH (April-July)
          Vacancy, No Vacancy (curated by Lisa Kurzner & Jon Seydl), Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, OH 

2013  Ctrl+Alt+Del (curated by Indra Lacis), Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH 

          Parsons Alumni Exhibition, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY 

          Curb Appeal, Rooms to Let Temporary Art Space, Columbus, OH 

          Extreme Nature, Tri-C West Gallery, Parma, OH 

2012  Paperworks (curated by Andrea Joki), Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, OH 

          Time and Place, Urban Art Space at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 

          Foreign Affairs, Galerie Standenhaus, Dresden, Germany 
          Arts QuArter, curated by Barbara Tannenbaum, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH 

          72nd Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL 

          8501 to 11400 (curated by Megan Lykins Reich), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland, OH

2011  Colorado, Galerie Module Drei, Dresden, Germany

          3 Artists, one exquiste wall, Zygote Press

         Moving On (curated by Prof. Martin Ball), KSU Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH

2010  Be A Nomad, Cleveland Public Art & Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH 

          4 Ohio Print Shops, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH 

2009  Works In Progress, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH 

          William Busta Presents: Zygote Press Year 12, The Beck Center, Lakewood, OH 

2007  Nancie Mattice Emerging Artist Award Exhibition, Dangenart Gallery, Nashville TN 

2006  Street Repairs (curated by Don Harvey), SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH 




Nesnadny and Schwartz Visiting Critic Program (studio visit with Andria Hickey), MOCACleveland (July 2014)

3rd Place, Vacancy, No Vacancy (curated by Lisa Kurzner & Jon Seydl), Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, OH (April 2014)

TJINCHINA Project Space, Tijuana, Mexico (March 2014)
The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY (2012-14)
Quarter Art Editions, SPACES, Cleveland, OH (2013)
Individual Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council (2D Visual Arts, 2011)
Residency Fellowship, Grafikwerkstatt, Dresden, Germany (Sep-Oct 2011) 


Columbus Metropolitan Library, Driving Park Branch, Columbus, OH (2016)

Warehouse Distict Anthology Historical Markers (8 total), LAND Studio & Cleveland’s Warehouse District (2013-14)



Ohio Arts Council

Zygote Press Archives

The Cleveland Clinic

Progressive Insurance

Metro Health Systems of Cleveland

University Hospitals of Cleveland

The Westin Hotel, Cleveland



Johnson, Pat, LBIF: "Works on Paper" National Competition, The Sandpaper, Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Norton-Westbrook, Halona, "Slawson at Shaheen, Before and After,", June 29, 2016

Meis, Morgan, "28 Days in Cleveland," Art Hopper, July 2015.

Holslin, Jill, "Aesthetic Dislocations: TJ in China Project Space remakes Tijuana's Image," Art at the Edges, May 2014

Utter, Douglas Max, "Before MOCA Cleveland's move, last exhibit looks ahead and back," The Plain Dealer, February 2012.

Utter, Douglas Max, "The Tying of Plot 118; SpaceLab takes a walk on the east side," Cleveland Scene, February 2010



Visiting Artist, Kent Blossom, Kent State University School of Art, Kent, OH (June 2016)

Panelist, Printshop As Watering Hole, College Arts Association, New York, NY (Feb. 2015)
They Came. They Saw. They Printed!, Zygote Press Archive Exhibition, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

(Feb 6-April 2, 2015) / Current Zygote Press Grants Director & Archivist
Adjunct Faculty, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Printmaking & Painting Departments (2013-present) Grants Director & Archivist, Zygote Press, Inc., Cleveland, OH (2011-present)

Exhibition Development Specialist, The International SPY Museum, Washington DC (2001-2002) & The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood, OH (2004-2008) 



Press Releases
Corrie Slawson: A Desert of Magnificence



A desert of magnificence... (a glittering waste of laborious idleness.)

September 26 – November 20, 2015

SHAHEEN is delighted to open its Fall season with “A desert of magnificence,” an exhibition of new and ambitiously scaled works on paper by Cleveland-based artist Corrie Slawson. The exhibition will be Slawson’s first at SHAHEEN. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, September 26th from 6:30-8:30pm. The exhibition will continue thru November 20th.

The title for Slawson’s exhibition at SHAHEEN is taken from a quote by the 19th century art critic William Hazlitt who, in the course of critiquing England’s famed Baroque-era palace, Fonthill Abbey, proclaimed that it was “a desert of magnificence, a glittering waste of laborious idleness.” In addition to providing the title for the exhibition, Hazlitt’s quote also offers a thematic primer for the artist’s work. Slawson’s complex and layered compositions and the imagery that populates them derive from her everyday commuter travels through Cleveland’s urban and suburban landscape, which are largely dictated and conditioned by her various roles as a worker with a day job, mother who shuttles her son from place to place, and full-time artist. Much like Hazlitt’s assessment of Fonthill Abbey, the Cleveland that emerges from the photographs that Slawson habitually snaps throughout her daily journeys is often one of vacancy and decay.... buildings, neighborhoods and vistas once vibrant during the city’s gilded age of unchecked wealth and growth that have long since plummeted into a state of disrepair due to suburban migration and dwindling urban population.

Realized through her deft and versatile utilization of a broad range of materials and technical processes, including printmaking, drawing, painting, spray-painting, and application of metal leaf, Slawson’s photo-based images and the complexly layered compositions into which she incorporates them constitute a fantastical re-imagining of Cleveland’s once-vibrant urban expanses. Alternately dense and sparse, the macro and microscopic city landscapes that emerge both in and as her work are characterized by innovative revisions to traditional printmaking processes, intricate hand rendering, brilliant shots of spray paint, and Byzantine passages of gold leaf; at once solemn and optimistic, Slawson’s work reflects on space, remnants of the built form and the intention of the present condition. In addition to her continued visual inquiry into Cleveland’s landscape, Slawson’s exhibition will include works that mirror her movement through new spaces. Through opening up alternative visions of and paying homage to other underdog places that she has visited recently, such as Tijuana and Dresden, the artist sharpens her ability to articulate and re-imagine Cleveland’s timeline and her own daily surroundings.

Corrie Slawson's work has appeared in numerous solo and group gallery and museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including The Sculpture Center, SPACES and Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH, as well as Centro Cultural Tijuana (Tijuana, BC, Mexico), Toledo Art Museum (Toledo, OH), and Galerie Standenhaus (Dresden, Germany). The artist's works reside in the collections of The Cleveland Clinic, The Westin Hotel, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio Arts Council and Zygote Press. Slawson lives and works in Cleveland Heights, OH and received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and MFA from Kent State University. 


Corrie Slawson
The old flower shop is now a hospital parking lot; they're calling those new condos "Upper Chester", 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, spray paint and pencil on paper
41 x 60 inches

Corrie Slawson
Musicians' Towers is home to over 1100 residents; we pass it on our walks, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
52 x 85 inches

Corrie Slawson
It radiated from the Shop n Save at Euclid and Noble...they heard it all the way on Pluto, 2015
Screen print, acrylic, spray paint, silver leaf and pencil on paper
48 x 70 inches

Corrie Slawson
The Hollenden Hotel, caged for demolition. The rest of the city can topple in its wake..., 2015
Screenprint, pencil, spray paint, silver leaf, Sumi ink & pencil on paper
31 x 50 inches

Corrie Slawson
Fences keep the Border safe; Kiddie Park barricades keep the kids safe..., 2015
Screen print, acrylic, spray paint, silver leaf/flashing tape, pencil on laser cut paper
32 x 44 inches

Corrie Slawson
Doan brook slowly got buried over 200 years but it pops out here and there..., 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
47 x 90 inches

Corrie Slawson
Back and forth to Collinwood from the Heights (the minaret is made from waterproof fabric.), 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
47 x 91 inches

Corrie Slawson
"#1" across from the new "Upper Chester" condos, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, spray paint and pencil on paper
41 x 60 inches

Corrie Slawson
Phosphorus "runoff" and favorable Lake conditions produce a bloom..., 2015
Screen print, acrylic, spray paint, silver leaf and pencil on paper
42 x 57 inches

Corrie Slawson
Village Market, West, from Memphis Kiddie Park across town back East to Parking, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, spray paint and pencil on paper
41 x 60 inches