Cleveland Arts Prize to host tours of Summa Health, Ahuja Medical Canter collections

In its final two events of its arts collection tour series, Cleveland Arts Prize (CAP) will host a tour of Summa Health’s Healing Arts Collection in Akron on Tuesday, July 25, and at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

CAP is a program that celebrates and honors outstanding artistic achievement in the northeast Ohio region. Founded in 1960, it aims to promote and support the arts by identifying and honoring exceptional artists across various disciplines.

Recipients of the CAP are awarded $10,000 and receive public recognition through exhibitions, performances, or readings. The award is meant to highlight the region’s vibrant arts community and its role in enriching Cleveland’s cultural fabric.

The hour-long tours in the series feature CAP winners and will be led by each facility’s curator. The collections feature several Arts Prize winners, some of whom will speak about their works on the tours. All the artwork is original, and all the artists have an Ohio connection through birth, schooling, or living and working in the region.

Dale Chihuly, Ahuja Azure, Citron and Amber Persian Wall (detail)Dale Chihuly, Ahuja Azure, Citron and Amber Persian Wall (detail)On Tuesday, July 25, Summa’s Healing Arts Collection curator Meg Harris Stanton, will showcase the collections in in the Gary and Pamela Williams Tower, 141 N. Forge St., and the Juve Family Behavioral Health Pavilion, 454 Arch St.  

The event will highlight the work of 2018 CAP winner Darius Steward and will feature artists Michael Loderstedt and Taryn McMahon.

Stanton has been involved in the Northeast Ohio arts community for 35 years, serving as managing director of the Harris Standon galleries in Akron and Cleveland where she curated many personal and corporate collections around the U.S. She was named curator for Summa Health in 2018 and established the Healing Arts Collection, which was nominated for an Americans for the Arts award.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the tour in the new Joseph Varley Conference Center, 151 N, Forge St.

Then, on Aug. 29, University Hospitals curator Tom Huck will lead a tour of the Ahuja Medical Center, 3999 Richmond Road, Beachwood—showcasing a collection of works in multiple disciplines by regional, national, and international artists. Guests will get an in-depth look into the importance of Art in Healthcare and how the collection aligns with the UH Mission: To Heal, To Teach, To Discover.

The event will highlight 2013 CAP winner Doug Utter and Diane DeGrazia will represent 1975 CAP winner John Pearson.

2010 CAP winner Trudy Wiesenberger and Steven Wiesenberger are sponsoring the Ahuja event. In 1988 Trudy created the art collection at University Hospitals in Cleveland and served as founding curator until her retirement in 2011.

Tom Huck is the curator of the fine art collection at University Hospitals, Cleveland. With more than 35 years of combined experience in gallery operation, art consultation, and practicing in the curatorial field, he currently oversees a collection of more than 3,000 works of fine art.

After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Huck established a ceramic studio creating works that were exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and established Avante Gallery in Little Italy.

During his tenure at UH, Huck has expanded the collection and secured many important acquisitions with works from regional, national, and international artists.

Tickets are $125 per person for each tour, with $100 being tax deductible.