The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and the Global Center for Health Innovation, managed by SMG, announced the development and opening of the Cleveland Convention Gallery, an exhibition space for local and regional artists located on the C2 Concourse in the Convention Center. The Cleveland Convention Gallery is located near meeting rooms 1 through 6, on the connector concourse overlooking Exhibit Halls A and B with a direct connection to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.
“As a Cuyahoga County-owned facility, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland belongs to the people and our mission in creating an art gallery is to honor the broad diversity, history, and significant momentum and growth in our community,” said Eileen Roth of Art Source, serving as the art consultant to the new Cleveland Convention Gallery.
The Cleveland Convention Gallery will open its first exhibition on Thursday, June 7, titled "A Conversation in Metal and Canvas" featuring the sculpture of David Deming and the paintings on canvas by Samuel Roth. The invitation-only event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. will also be open to media outlets and will include guided tours and short presentations by Mr. Deming and Mr. Roth. The Cleveland Convention Gallery will be free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., subject to the facility’s convention, trade show and meeting schedule. Check www.clevelandconventions.com for updated public viewing hours.
“The work exhibited was chosen in part for the symbolism of grit and elegance,” said Roth. “Mr. Deming’s work speaks to the strong energy of the sculpture composition and the basic material of metal tools and objects. Mr. Roth’s paintings speak to the simplicity and elegance of the color field. Viewed together we can make the connection of Cleveland's industrial beginnings and growth as a major cultural force.”
About the facility
The Huntington Convention Center and Global Center, managed by SMG, provides 225,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 32,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 35 meeting and breakout rooms, a robust technology package, an expansive truck loading dock, and a 12.5-acre green roof with spectacular views of Lake Erie. The attached 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel features a 32-story tower filled with guest rooms, meeting space, ballrooms, and multiple dining and entertainment options.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary and founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming; construction and design consulting; and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.