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Lunch on Fridays: The Morgan Conservatory
Elaine Battles, Joey Behrens, Anna Tararova and Anna Wagner

March 24 2017

When 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, peter B. Lewis Theater

Lunch on Fridays: The Morgan Conservatory

(Top left) Anna Tararova, (top right) Joey Behrens, (lower left) Elaine Battles, (lower right) Anna Wagner

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Spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design during these Friday lectures. Each lecture features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Join us for this special LOF event where we welcome four artists from the Morgan Conservatory’s artist in residence program: Elaine Battles, Joey Behrens, Anna Tararova, and Anna Wagner. Each artist will speak about their work and practice, followed by a discussion with Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jacqueline Bon regarding exciting upcoming opportunities to get involved with the Morgan Conservatory.

The Morgan Conservatory is the largest arts center in the United States dedicated to every facet of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing and to cultivating the talents of established and emerging artists. An international destination that is free and open to the public, the Morgan Conservatory is a working studio, gallery, gathering place for the community, educational hub and purveyor of some of the finest handmade papers in the world.

Artist Bios:

Elaine Battles

Elaine Battles is a ceramicist, printmaker and papermaker living in Ohio. She will be experimenting with casting abaca pulp during her residency this March. Elaine is interested in comparing the fragility and transparency of the abaca fiber to porcelain. Elaine received a BFA in ceramics from the Cleveland Institute of Art and has completed artist residencies at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

Joey Behrens

While earning her graduate degree in Printmaking at Ohio University Joey began making her own paper, experimenting with various fibers, to create paper sculptures. She created work that relied heavily on the beauty, strength, and apparent vulnerability of handmade paper. She has worked with several different fibers and is particularly drawn to Flax. While in residence at the Morgan Conservatory Joey will continue with these experiments and is particularly interested in exploring how, due to its high rate of shrinkage, flax will influence – in actuality shape forms as it dries over them.

Anna Tararova

Anna Tararova was born in Russia and currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University. Anna is a printmaker, book artist, and papermaker. She completed artist residencies at Paper Circle, Women’s Studio Workshop, The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and The Morgan Conservatory, and exhibits her work internationally. Anna teaches papermaking, printmaking, and photography classes for children and adults. She is the gallery and artist opportunities coordinator at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation.

Anna Wagner

Anna Wagner is a visual artist who explores death through different mediums and materials. Having earned a B.A. in Art History from William & Mary and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Ohio University, Wagner's work is informed by a close study of history and craft. Wagner's employment history includes a period of teaching full-time as a Professor of Art & Art History at Arizona Western College, working as a fabricator of corporate artwork in Brooklyn for Novo Art, and living in a commune in central France. Information regarding her shows and gallery representation can be found on her website:

Lunch on Fridays is generously supported by CIA's Foundation and Liberal Arts departments.


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