The Modern Table exhibition at the Riffe Gallery

The Modern Table: Ohio Furniture Designers exhibition opened on November 7, 2013 at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH. Cleveland-area artists/designers are well represented and I’m happy to be included in this group. Tim Friar curated a strong and diverse group of pieces for the exhibition and Mary Gray—along with her installation team at the Riffe Gallery—made it all look fantastic.

Here are two links to follow if you’d like to know more about the exhibition or see more of the included work.

The Modern Table: Ohio Furniture Designers

November 7, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Curated by Tim Friar, director of business development at Design Central and owner of Grid Furnishings, The Modern Table: Ohio Furniture Designers showcases the works of 26 artists, including industrial designers, fine artists, furniture makers, engineers, an architect and others. The artists in the exhibition demonstrate how the process of modern furniture design surpasses a functional purpose and results in the construction of art pieces.

“Designers, in whatever time they live, design for their view of function and aesthetic appeal as they see it at that time. Modern furniture, however, has been viewed by many in retrospect as not only highly functional but as art,” said Curator Friar. “The common theme in this exhibit is a passion for modern furniture design.”

Artists in the show include: Alex Aeschbury, Cincinnati; Jeffrey Alexander, Worthington; John Arthur, Cleveland; Albert Barkman, Millersburg; Virginia Birchfield, Mount Vernon; Wendy Birchfield, Cleveland; Sam Cahill, Cleveland; Chris Comella, Cleveland; Zach Darmanian-Harris, Cincinnati; Jacob Dehus, Worthington; John Dixon, Cincinnati; Jack Garriott, Columbus; Freddy Hill, Lakewood; Michel Ina, Lyndhurst; Tim Karoleff, Cincinnati; Mark Moskovitz, Cleveland Heights; Brad Musuraca, Cincinnati; Mike Nauman, Cincinnati; Jason Radcliffe, Rocky River; Joseph Ribic, Willoughby; Kevin Shahan, Kent; Hayes Shanesy, Cincinnati; Shawn Sowers, Perrysburg; John Strauss, Canton; Tarik Yousef, Raymond; and Stephen Yusko, Lakewood.

Ohio Arts Council Grant

Stephen Yusko was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2013.

The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio’s cultural heritage. The Arts Council does that two ways:

  •  Through OAC funding programs that provide support to artists and make arts activities available to a broad range of Ohioans.
  •  By providing services that help enhance the growth of the arts.

The Ohio Arts Council operates 25 grant programs and five service programs. The Arts Council builds the state economically, educationally and culturally to preserve the past, enhance the present and enrich the future for all Ohioans. The Arts Council believes the people of Ohio should share the arts. The arts arise from public, individual and organizational efforts. The OAC supports and encourages those efforts.

What an incredible honor to have been chosen for this award. My deep appreciation goes out to the Ohio Arts Council for their recognition of my work.

CAN Journal article

I’m pleased to be part of a feature article, entitled ‘Made of Cleveland’ in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of the CAN Journal. Here is a link to the complete article:

And here is a bit of information about the CAN Journal…one of the top publications in the city of Cleveland:

The Collective Arts Network was founded in 2011 by Zygote Press with support from the Ohio Arts Council and in cooperation with 27 other visual art organizations around Cuyahoga County.

Those pioneering organizations decided that by working together, they could create something new–something to fill a void in the Cleveland landscape–a reliable, print and online publication that gives voice to the multitude of art organizations that liven our neighborhoods and edify our lives.

They each agreed to contribute both effort and money to make that happen. The result was CAN Journal, which debuted in print in January, 2012.

Follow-up conversation with galleries and individual artists led to where we are today–a quarterly magazine that combines member organizations’ content with the reporting and commentary of independent writers on the arts in Northeast Ohio. Each issue offers organizations’ own in-depth previews of what’s coming in their venues, as well as reported news and opinion.


click on the cover to go to the online article.
                     click on the article to read a PDF copy.

Yusko at William Busta Gallery

Stephen Yusko





Opening Reception

Friday November 18
from 5-9.


The Exhibition is through December 31 2011.


William Busta Gallery
2731 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland Ohio 44115




Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Saturday

11:00 – 5:30




YuskoNine Square Oil Can 2010

Forged and fabricated steel

8″ x 5 ½” x 2 5/8″





Creative Workforce Fellowship

Stephen Yusko received a one-year, $20,000 fellowship for outstanding work as an artist in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Out of 310 applicants in craft, design, media and visual artists, Yusko was announced on as one of 20 artists to receive a Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), the organization that operates the program, convened a panel of seven experts from around the country to judge the applications. After six weeks of studying the entire applicant pool at home, followed by a four-day public adjudication session they unanimously approved the 20 finalists.  Applications were anonymous to the panel, and were judged based on artistic merit and a written statement about how the artists would use the Fellowship.

“This Fellowship is a tribute to the benefits artists bring to Cuyahoga County,” said Tim Mueller, chair of CPAC’s Board of Trustees, “and our community’s investment in these artists shows our commitment to a strong and vibrant economic future.”

In addition to the financial award, Fellows receive a one-year membership to the COSE Arts Network, and a tuition waiver to CPAC’s Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute  Fellows are also featured in a professionally-designed catalogue at the conclusion of the Fellowship year.

CPAC launched the Creative Workforce Fellowship program with a grant it received from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), a special unit of government established to receive and distribute local tobacco excise tax revenue dedicated to arts and culture support.

CPAC, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving greater Cleveland by ensuring the artistic and economic success of its arts and culture community.