Feb. 2, 2017 — Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters has unveiled a new art installation at Cuyahoga Falls City Hall, entitled, “Home Is Where The Art Is.” With the help of Western Reserve Hospital, the artworks, created exclusively by city residents, are on display for free community viewing.
The current selection of images includes artwork that was produced between 1937 and 2008 by distinguished artists from the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. The artwork is currently hung in City Hall along the south hallway, near the Tax and Utility Billing Departments. Additional works are on display in the Mayor’s office and a frequently used conference room.
“It is an honor to be able to partner with Western Reserve Hospital and the local art community to bring these phenomenal pieces of art to City Hall that were made by our creative citizens,” said Mayor Walters. “We are proud to showcase our local talent while highlighting our commitment to supporting the arts in our city. The collection has breathed new life into our building, and I am grateful to the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center for loaning us the artwork from their permanent collection for display.”
“We’ve always been committed to the community we call home, and working together to display art in city hall is one of the many fruits of our close partnership with Mayor Walters and the City of Cuyahoga Falls,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “We have a similar display in the hospital for those who are undergoing chemotherapy, and the art has delighted our patients and guests. Now, we’re also able to share and celebrate our talented local artists with our neighbors and the community as a whole.”
Western Reserve Hospital works with Art Curator Jessica Lofthus to carefully select art pieces that create cohesive collections. Cuyahoga Valley Art Center has been procuring artworks from teachers, students and local community members since its inception in 1934. The works have been stored within a large steel vault in the basement of the art center’s facility, a lasting remnant of the former bank. Artwork will be periodically rotated out of City Hall and replaced with new works so that the community may continue to enjoy the free, ever-changing art display.