About UsHistory and Mission
Cleveland Artists Foundation preserves, researches, collects, exhibits, documents and promotes the significant visual art and architecture of the Northeast Ohio region.
CAF was founded in 1984 by Cleveland-based artists, patrons, and collectors, and has become the premier center for the art of Northeast Ohio—owing both to its significant collecting initiative, and to its commitment to creative exhibition planning and educational outreach. Central to CAF’s commitment to embracing the range of artistic excellence in this region is its priority of conceiving stimulating exhibitions, educational programming, and scholarly publications.
Initially, CAF's mission focused primarily on a group of artists known as the "Cleveland School" who were active from 1900-1950. Over the past several years, CAF has broadened its historical scope to integrate the contributions of artists who were active before and since the "Cleveland School." In particular, CAF now devotes attention to the achievements of the most significant artists in Northeast Ohio whose period of productivity has encompassed all or part of the past 50 years. By broadening its earlier scope in this manner, CAF has created a forum that encourages a more comprehensive discussion of artistic traditions and innovations in Cleveland, both as they define the region and as they relate to current national and international artistic concerns.
The organization is supported through cash and in-kind contributions of many individuals, foundations, corporations, and through state funding, memberships, and fundraisers.
Board of Directors
James D. Gibans, President
Melanie J. Boyd
Mary Gund Farr
Cleveland Artists Foundation programming is made possible by memberships and support from: Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Ohio Arts Council, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The David & Inez Meyers Foundation, The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, and The Kulas Foundation.
Cleveland Artists Foundation 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107-3413 (216) 227-9507