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Queer Pulseā€¦Ripple Effect on display in the Gallery at Lakeland

Posted: August 11, 2022

The Gallery at Lakeland opened “Queer Pulse… Ripple Effect,” Sunday, July 24, 2022. The show runs through Sept. 9, in the gallery located on the first floor of the D-Building on Lakeland Community College’s campus, at 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, Ohio, 44094. All shows are free and open to the public.

“Queer Pulse…Ripple Effect” is the third LGBTQ+ exhibition curated by guest curator Kelly Pontoni in less than a year. In 2021, Pontoni was head curator of CONVERGE, a citywide show held in five venues, highlighting approximately 80 of Cleveland’s queer artists.

“The Gallery at Lakeland was unable to participate in the CONVERGE exhibition due to scheduling conflicts,” said gallery coordinator Mary Urbas. “I was pleased when Kelly Pontoni accepted my invitation to be a guest curator.”

“Queer Pulse…Ripple Effect” will feature 20 artists, including:

  • Karen D. Beckwith she/her
  • Melissa Bloom she/her
  • Sam Butler they/them
  • Arykah Carter she/her
  • Ray Caspio he/they
  • Joe Dill he/him
  • Gene Epstein
  • Nancy Halbrooks she/her
  • Michael W. High he/him
  • Lillith Horschke they/them
  • Mark Howard he/him
  • Jackson Kennedy they/them
  • Josie (Ben) Krampitz they/he/she
  • Max Markwald he/him
  • Randy Maxin he/him
  • Jessica Pinsky she/her
  • Dan Rothenfeld he/him
  • John Saile he/him
  • Mark Yasenchack they/them
  • Jan Zorman she/her

“With only 20 artists and the spacious gallery at Lakeland Community College, the focus was on a small collection of work from each artist, a variety or series,” noted Pontoni in the curator statement. “Some of the work I had seen while curating CONVERGE and knew that the size or quantity would not work at that time. ‘Queer Pulse’ has allowed me to revisit some of those works.”

About the Gallery at Lakeland

The Gallery at Lakeland presents several art exhibitions each year. Highlights include the annual “from Woman…” exhibition, which is the largest exhibition of women artists in the region; the May Show Juried Art Exhibition; and the crowd pleasing, pop culture related exhibition, The Skull and Skeleton in Art. These exhibitions support and advance recognition of Lakeland’s fine arts academic programs; diversity efforts at the college; community arts groups; and local, regional and national artists.

Children 14 years of age and younger should be under adult supervision.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, closed | Closed, Sept. 5.

For more information contactMary Urbas, gallery coordinator at or call 440.525.7029.

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