Curated at CVA Gallery,
University of Toledo,
Center for Visual Arts
September 6 - October 30, 2016
Cudelice Brazelton, Clara DeGalan, Erin K. Drew, Nathaniel Foley, Dan Gunn, and TODT.The University of Toledo Department of Art is proud to present this group exhibition of artists working and living in Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago and Findlay, Ohio.
Midwest Mindset examines Contemporary Art practice in the once-thriving Heartland. The decline of the Midwest is evident in the crumbling remains of the Industrial Age. Once well-oiled and strong, these rusting factories stand as reminders of prosperity in America, of the hard work of generations past, and of opportunity for reinvention. In the 19th century, the Midwest was a land of opportunity. New factories fortified the region with jobs. Craftworkers and innovators pushed the Industrial Revolution forward, and the American Dream manufactured itself. Many of the factory jobs that created these cities have disappeared conglomerated, moved overseas. A sense of pride, hard work, and craftsmanship still pervades. People carry the Midwest Mindset. Artists in this exhibition share a nostalgia for craft, manufacturing, transportation, and an American dream that didn't necessarily work out.