Anna Arnold of Cleveland, Ohio, earned a Masters in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University in 2010 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She was quickly recognized from the beginning of her career for vibrant expressive portraits influenced by the mix of identity and celebrity in popular American culture and was well-known in the Ohio art scene when her work was featured in an exhibit at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland in 1988.
Anna Arnold continues to be an active and prolific artist and art educator who has produced hundreds of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry for over 25 years and has exhibited in over 200 galleries, museums and venues across the United States.
2011 - “Looking Inward: An Invitational Exhibition”, The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, March 11 – April 16.
2010 - “Unfolding Identity”, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ceveland, Ohio, May 3 – August 6
2010 - “Anna Arnold . Martin Boyle: Learning, Creating and Teaching”, Master of Art Education Exhibition”, The Art Studio, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH., March 22 – April 16
2009 - “SmArt in the City: Freedom the Make it II”, The Art Studio, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland,
Anna taught painting and drawing with Martin Boyle to 5th, 6th and 7th grade Cleveland children in a summer art day camp program. Other instructors taught ceramics and West African drumming, dance, and music. Funded by Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Foundation and UBS Wealth Management. July-August
2009 - “Each in Their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1960 - 2005, Cleveland State University Gallery, Cleveland, OH., January 23 - March 7 (catalogue available)
2008 - “Women Watch/Student Watch”, Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH., March 14 - April 13
2008 - “Have We Forgotten…Still in Chains”, Cleveland State University Gallery, January 18 - February 9, group exhibition curated by Shari Cloud, director, Sankofa Fine Arts Plus
2007 - John Adams Black Heritage Alumni Silent Auction, Cleveland, OH., September 23, (sales of art and items provides scholarships for graduates of John Adams High School)
2006 - American Cancer Benefit and Live Auction, Cleveland OH., Sept. (Anna worked with child cancer patients to create a unique painting for the live auction)
2006 - DanceCleveland, commissioned portrait of Garth Fagan, choreographer of The Lion King, February
2006 - Cleveland Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, January
2005 - “Anna Arnold: The Queen of Color”, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Feb.- April
2004 - “Collector’s Choice”, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, OH., Feb/Mar
2004 - “Heroes and Heroines”, South Bend Regional Art Museum, South Bend, IN., Nov 03/Jan 04
2003 - “12TH Annual Women’s Invitational: Anna Arnold,” Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH., August thru Oct.
2003 - “Victory Over Violence” mural, (artist in residence with 5th graders), Huron Road Hospital, East Cleveland, spring (more)
2003 - “GuitarMania”, benefit sponsored by the United Way, 10 ft. fiberglass guitar permanently installed on the corner of E.9TH and Lakeside, Cleveland
2002 - “Coventry Peace Mural”, Coventry Elementary School, Cleveland Hts., OH
2002 - “The Darkest Sisters: Visions and Stories”, Mather Gallery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, January/March
2001 - “Children of the World Mural”, Fairwood Elementary School, Berea, OH., (All 400 students screated a small piece to embellish one of the 8 oversized cutouts representing children from 6 continents)
2001 - Juror, “Celebration of the Spirit: Outdoor Art at Lakeview Cemetary”, (with Brooke Barrie, director/curator of the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ.), Lakeview Cemetary, Cleveland, June
2000 - Toni Morrison Society’s 2ND Biannual Conference, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH., (Anna gave a one-woman exhibit of 90 works at Stocker Gallery)
2000 - Promega Corporation Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin
1999 - “Bold Strokes: Outsiders on the Inside”, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH.
1999 - “The Balancing Act: Teapots Redefined 2”, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA.
1999 - “Eye to I: Self-Portraits by Anna Arnold and Mark Howard”, Akron Art Museum, OH.
1998 - “GLOBE”, Historic Main Library, Cleveland, (Anna Arnold, George Bowes, Lyneise Williams and a team of artists created a gigantic stationary globe built from fiberglass and covered in stained glass mosaic and ceramic tiles made by 200 children working at 10 Cleveland branch libraries in 1996. The GLOBE is on the 4TH floor where the Children and Foreign Literature departments are located. The GLOBE was unveiled during the rededication of the Main Library on May 21, 1999. Funded by the Eaton Corporation)
1998 - “Innervisions: Individuality and Creativity Among Ohio Artists of African Descent”, National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH.
1997 - “Fifth Annual Women’s Invitational”, Florence O’Donnel Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio, Nov. 97-Jan. 98
Professional Art and Education Memberships
2010 - Ohio Art Education Association
2010 - National Art Education Association
2010 - National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC