March, 2014

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Exhuming the Hidden Mother @cleprintroom

Diana Hlywiak - "Hidden Mother"

Diana Hlywiak – “Hidden Mother”

Hollie Gibbs reviews Hidden Mother: Reimagined at

Melancholy children stare uneasily out, their eyes void of passion, their faces bereft of emotion. Behind each, a faceless figure materializes, lurking, hidden but watching vigilantly. Occasionally a hand crops up, clutching the child, holding on for dear life.

“Hidden mother photography of the 19th century was born out of a sort of necessity. Portrait photography’s long exposure time required small children to sit unnaturally still for long periods, while often their mothers, covered in upholstery cloth or drapery, would hold them. Oval frames would then ‘crop’ the mother out, leaving only a ‘perfect’ child portrait…”

Read more here


Hidden Mother: Reimagined – Open through April 26

Our Creative Fusion Artist-in-Residence, Chin-pao Chen, took a few shots of our current exhibition – come see it for yourself, now through April 26!


Announcing the Cleveland Print Room Student Photography Club

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A 10-week photography program designed for students grades 6-12
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, April 1 through June 3

Learn basic B&W photography in our darkroom; display your photography in our gallery. Bring your own camera, or we will supply one for you to use.

This course is designed to give students a full understanding of traditional film-based photography. The program culminates in a gallery show at the Cleveland Print Room where students will be able to exhibit and sell their work.

Spring Session: April 1 through June 3
Photography Club Gallery Showing, June 6-14
Opening Reception, Friday, June 6, 5-9pm
Cost: $250.00
Call (216) 401-5981 today to register!

Cleveland Print Room presents Monk with a Camera at the Cleveland International Film Festival

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The Cleveland Print Room is proud to be a Community Partner for the film, “Monk with a Camera,” directed by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara, at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival.

Nicholas Vreeland is the grandson of Vogue legend Diana Vreeland. As a teenager he was a committed dandy and a working photographer, thanks to Grandmamma who hooked him up with Irving Penn. But Nicholas sought something in life beyond material satisfaction and, exchanging the silver spoon in his mouth for a begging bowl, he became a Buddhist monk. Now this MONK WITH A CAMERA is known as Abbot of Rato Dratsang, an important Tibetan Government monastery. We follow Geshe Nicky from India to The Tibet Center in New York and on to Europe, where he stages a photo exhibit to raise funds for his monastery. There are charming conversations with Nicky’s many friends and family, plus the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere. Whether he’s strategizing at a Long Beach hotel or perched on his abbot’s throne in India, the impermanence of life is never far from Nicky’s mind. A fascinating portrait of a man uniquely qualified to liaise between two worlds—or three. (In English and Tibetan with subtitles)

Monk with a Camera is showing at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM, and Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM.

Watch the trailer here.


Hidden Mother: Reimagined – opening Friday, March 14, 5-9pm

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The long exposure times of 19th Century portrait photography required some imaginative strategies by photographers and parents to coax young children into sitting still for the duration of the shot – thus the classic vintage Hidden Mother photograph was born. For this exhibition, a select group of Northeast Ohio artists was invited to bring the Hidden Mother idea into the 21st Century:

Laura Ruth Bidwell, Darrelle Anne Centuori, Jane Critchlow, Hadley K Conner, Joan Deveney, Helen Harry, Diana Hlywiak, Jocelynn Hunter, Honey Lazar, Liz Maugans, Heather Murray, Nancy McEntee, Barbara Merritt, Michelle Marie Murphy, Molly Pamela, Cynthia Penter, Deborah Pinter, Penny Rakoff, Toni Starinsky, and Shari Wilkins.

Join us for the opening reception, FREE and open to the public, on Friday, March 14from 5-9pm.

On Saturday, March 29, at 1:00pm, we will be featuring a Gallery Talk with Laura Larson, Associate Professor of Art at Ohio University.

Our Gallery hours are Tuesday, 12-6pm; Wednesday, 3-6pm; and Thursday through Saturday, 12-6pm.