Douglas Max Utter talks to Fred Bidwell about the Transformer Station

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Plugged In

By Douglas Max Utter

“Nobody’s ever—kind of—done this before…” Fred Bidwell glances distractedly through his office windows. Outside, the  square brick façade of the Bidwell Foundation’s new
Transformer Station renovation and expansion can be seen directly  across West 29th Street – the “this” that he’s talking about. Read More...

Danielle Meeker named Gallery Manager

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Please welcome Danielle Meeker to the Transformer Station. As Gallery Manager, Danielle will be responsible for coordinating many of the activities of the gallery including scheduling volunteers, managing communications and planning exhibitions and programming. Danielle is coming from a position as Curatorial Assistant at the Akron Art Museum where she curated two shows, New Artifacts: Works by Brent Key Young and Sungsoo Kim (now on view) and Ray Turner: Population (Spring 2012). An Honors graduate of the College of William and Mary, Danielle received a BA in Art History. She lives in Tremont. Danielle will start full time on January 7, just in time for the final preparations for the Transformer Station opening on February 1. Danielle can be reached at Danielle.Meeker@TransformerStation.org

Gallery attendants needed

Call for Volunteers
Looking for a cool place to hang out and experience art with others?  Consider becoming a volunteer gallery attendant at the Transformer Station.  Enjoy flexible hours, free wifi, coffee, tea and soft drinks and insider insight into the art on view. If you love art and people, this is a great place to spend some time while supporting the cause of culture in our community. Interested? Send an email to info@transformerstation.org with your name and phone number. Volunteers will be contacted in January to set up convenient schedules.

Construction Update: Big white walls

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Opening Exhibition Schedule Announcement

Inaugural exhibition line-up for west side space includes contemporary shows mounted by Bidwell Projects and the Cleveland Museum of Art
 
CLEVELAND (November 27, 2012) – Transformer Station, the private art venue owned and operated by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation on Cleveland’s west side creates a new space for arts and culture in Northeast Ohio. A recently renovated transit substation of the now defunct Cleveland Railway Company, Transformer Station is an 8,000 square foot museum in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood and provides an opportunity for additional exposure for contemporary art to Northeast Ohio. Bidwell Projects collection, which focuses on contemporary photography and photo-based art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art will share the space and the calendar of events and exhibitions on an annual basis for six months each. Both Bidwell Projects and the Cleveland Museum of Art will feature internationally recognized contemporary artists in Transformer Station programming.

 “Laura and I are very excited about our opening year line-up of shows which reflect the ambition of this project to share world-class artists and ideas and to inspire creativity and innovation,” said Fred Bidwell, co-founder and director of the Bidwell Foundation. “We have really enjoyed becoming part of the Ohio City community and now we are pleased to welcome everyone to see this new space and explore the neighborhood as we have.”

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Revival: New momentum in the contemporary arts scene is helping to revitalize region

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NATALIE R. SCHRIMPF | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012

Thanks in no small part to progressive-minded industrialists of the last century, Cleveland boasts a rich arts history that includes iconic cultural institutions such as the world-class Cleveland Orchestra, internationally-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art and noteworthy PlayhouseSquare.
 
Today, a sort of arts renaissance is taking place, especially within the contemporary art community.
 
The region’s contemporary art scene has been re-energized in large measure by recent developments at both the
Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland. Read More...

Employment Opportunity: Gallery Manager

The Transformer Station is looking for a full-time Gallery Manager to start in January of 2013.  Qualified candidates will have a BA in Art History and an ability to manage a wide variety of duties including reception, visitor relations and education, coordination and management of volunteers, registrar and art preparator duties and artist and gallery relations.  Interested candidates should send resumes to info@transformerstation.org.

Meet the neighbors: Rising Star Coffee Roasters

Just across the street form the Transformer Station is one of the best cups of coffee between New York and Seattle.  Rising Star Coffee Roasters supplies restaurants and institutions with its direct trade coffees and, earlier this year, opened it's shop in the Ohio City Firehouse as a unique cafe.  
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The experience here is more like being in a wine bar than a coffee shop because the offerings change often in order to provide the best, freshest coffees.  These single-origin specialty roasts are exactingly prepared in a variety of exotic ways by their very friendly and knowledgable staff.  Don't wait for the Transformer Station to open to visit Rising Star, but come back often to our corner to get some visual and caffeinated stimulation.

Transformer Station acquires additional green space

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The Transformer Station is adding to its footprint in Ohio City by acquiring the lot south of the original building. This additional space will be landscaped and kept green in order to enhance the neighborhood and add flexibility for future projects such as outdoor art installations and events.

Construction Update: Stairs, and soon, an elevator

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Thinking about our first show...

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Black top! A new space for parking in Cleveland.

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WKSU: New Art Museum on Cleveland's west side

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The Transformer Station to electrify the neighborhood
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Construction Update: Floor poured and major interior work begins

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The concrete floors have been poured on all three levels of the building, the roof installation is complete. HVAC units have been dropped on the roof and duct work is being installed throughout the building for the museum-grade temperature and humidity controlled system. For more photos, click here. Read More...

Construction Update: Roof Installed

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Construction Update: Steel

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Construction Update: The southside revealed

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Although the Transformer Station’s next door neighbor experienced a fire that required the house to be demolished, we are happy to know that there are plans to rebuild.

Construction Update: Walls up and scaffolding down

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Construction Update: Big walls to fill

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Construction Update: Rocking the Block

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From: Design/Culture/Cleveland

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Transformer Station: A Collaborative Effort

Every once in a while, a project comes along that captures one’s imagination.
In this case, it involves twins. Read More...

Break on through

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…to the other side. Cutting the opening to the new wing. Read More...

Construction update 7/3/2012

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Steel

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First floor steel being installed. More photos after the break... Read More...

Opening Soon

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Completing the footprint of the new wing

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Footer for the new wing

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Transformer Signs

A little premature, but the Transformer Station has signs!
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This one is at the corner of Franklin and West 29th. Thanks Ohio City, Inc.
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New steel

New steel support in place and block for basement being laid.
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New basement and elevator pit

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Temporary shoring

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Breaking up old foundation

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Pouring concrete

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Ready for footers

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Connecting Utilities

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Anchor Building is history

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Soon to be removed to make way for the Transformer Station parking and landscape.
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Transformer Station Construction: Day 1

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