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Perhaps that’s why his paintings, dominated by the human shape, pop so strongly despite a purposeful lack of definition. They have the immediacy of a news bulletin, leaving interpretation up to the viewer.
— Carlo Wolff, Canvas Magazine
 
 

Past Exhibitions

BAYarts Juried Show, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, April 2018

Don't Be Still, HEDGE Gallery, Cleveland, OH, April 2018

DRAWN TOGETHER- Emotional Intelligence and the Vernacular of the Heart, HEIGHTSARTS, Cleveland Heights, OH, March 2018

FRESH Juried Show,  Summit Art Space, Akron, OH, March 2018

Darkness Visible II, Pennington Art Services, Columbus, OH, October 2017

26th Bowery Gallery National Competition, The Bowery Gallery, New York, NY, August 2017

ARTmeow :The Cool Cats of Cleveland, ARTneo, Cleveland, OH, June 2017

The Peer Show, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH, June 2017

Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson, The Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH, May 2017

Cleveland Creates, ARTneo, Cleveland, OH, March 2017

PRESENCE AND PROJECTION, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, January 2017

Eighth Annual Figurative Drawing Competition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, PA, October 2016

22nd Annual People’s Art Show, The Galleries at Cleveland State, Cleveland, OH, October 2016

DOF2, FORUM ARTspace, Cleveland, OH, September 2016

BAYarts 10: 10 Artists, 10 Years, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, July 2016

Face Value, HEDGE Gallery, Cleveland, OH, July 2016

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, Cox Fine Arts Center, July 2016

80th Midyear Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, June 2016

Fundamental Gestures: Figures From Life, ARTneo, Cleveland, OH, April 2016 

From the Ground Up: Surface and Dimension, Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH, April 2016

JUNTOS, Beth K Stocker Gallery, Lorain, OH, December 2015

Inaugural Juried Show, The Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH, November 2015

The Return of KOCARLSON, The Art Gallery, Willoughby, OH, October 2015

The Drawing Show: From Doodles to Digital, Florence O’Donnell Wassmer Gallery, Pepper Pike, OH, September 2015

HEDGE REPRESENTS, HEDGE Gallery, Cleveland, OH, October 2015

Destruction of Form; Photography and the Aftermath, The Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH, August 2015

BAZAARBEQUE Vol. 6 at, FORUM artspace, Cleveland, OH, July 2015

[RE]define 3rd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition of Works, Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH, April 2015

6th Annual May Show, Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition, Kirtland, OH, May 2015

FRESH 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Summit Art Space, Akron, OH, May 2015

It Figures: John W. Carlson and Joe Ayala, August 2014HEDGE Gallery, Cleveland, OH, August 2014

ART CARES AUCTION and BENEFIT: ARTCARES 14, Cleveland, OH, April 2014

ARTCRAFT STUDIO SHOW! Annual Holiday Open House & Sale, ARTCRAFT Building, Cleveland, OH, December 2013

TALL WALLS – Uncensored: CWAL (Cleveland West Art League), Loren Naji Studio Gallery, Cleveland, OH, August 2013

TAG Annual Juried Show, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH, August 2013

Solo Show: John W. Carlson, Rotten Meat Gallery, Cleveland, OH, October 2013

Out of the Box – Group Show, Doubting Thomas, Cleveland, OH, October 2013

CAN Journal Benefit and Auction, Convivium, Cleveland, OH, June 2013

Negative Space – THE ART OF JOHN W. CARLSON, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, June 2013

May Show – Lakeland Community College Annual Juried Exhibition, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH, May 2013

Sketch Book Show, Forum Art Space, Cleveland, OH, April 2013

Exposed: John W. Carlson, Ron Johnston and Kirsten Tradowsky, Loren Naji Studio Gallery, Cleveland, OH, December 2012

Zygote Press – Holiday Off-the-Wall Sale, Cleveland, OH, December 2012

TALL WALLS – Uncensored: CWAL (Cleveland West Art League), Loren Naji Studio Gallery, Cleveland, OH, August 2012

PRIMAL – John W. Carlson, Doug Utter, Dana Depew, Matt Dibble, Ron Johnston, Loren Naji, Judith Brandon, Tim Herron, Randall Tiedman, Jim Morana, Melinda Placko and others, Loren Naji Studio Gallery, Cleveland, OH, July 2012

CONTRAST – Figurative Works by John W. Carlson and George Kocar: Multiple works by contemporary art of John W. Carlson and George Kocar, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH, April 2012

ART CARES AUCTION and BENEFIT: ARTCARES 12, MOCA, Cleveland, OH, April 2012

FACULTY SHOW – “Water”, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, March 2012

App to the Future: SPACES Annual Benefit and Auction, SPACES, Cleveland, OH, November 2010

Annual Juried Show, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, June 2010
Second Place Award – “The Jacket”

ART CARES AUCTION and BENEFIT: 10, Cleveland, OH, April 2010

Tremont West Fundraiser, Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland, OH, April 2010

TAG Annual Juried Show, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH, August 2009

SPACES Member Show, SPACES, Cleveland, OH, March 2009

50 Dolla Holla – Group Show, The Pop Shop Gallery, Lakewood, OH, January 2009

ANNUAL JURIED SHOW, VALLEY ARTS CENTER, Chagrin Falls, OH, October 2008 – January 2009

JOHN W. CARLSON Fine Art 2000 – 2009, Case Western University Mandel School of Applied Sciences (MSASS) Gallery, Cleveland, OH, October 2008 – January 2009

KOCARLSON – The art of John W. Carlson and George F. Kocar, The Art Gallery, Willoughby, OH, September 2008

OUTSIDE THE LINES – GROUP SHOW, The Pop Shop Gallery, Lakewood, OH, August 2008

TAG Annual Juried Show, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH, August 2008
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD – “Rain 2” Charcoal, Ink and Gesso on paper.
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD – “Vortex” Oil on canvas.

STARRY NIGHT, Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood OH, July 2008

DANCERS BY JOHN W. CARLSON, The Art Gallery, Willoughby, OH, July 2008

ANNUAL JURIED SHOW, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, June 2008

50/50: John W. Carlson and David Baldanza, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, June 2008

LIFE AS WE SEE IT – GROUP SHOW, Heeschen Gallery, Meadville, PA, May 2008

LAKEWOOD ARTWALK – Group Show, The Pop Shop Gallery, Lakewood, OH, May 2008

VALLEY ARTS CENTER – ANNUAL JURIED SHOW, Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH, October 2007

INCURSIONS and IMMUNITIES Interpret at will… the works of John W. Carlson and David Baldanza, True Art Gallery, Collinwood, OH, September 2007

TAG Annual Juried Show (50th Anniversary), Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH, August 2007
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD – “The Struggle” 36×40 Oil on Canvas.

ANNUAL JURIED SHOW, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, June 2007

SHADOW and SUBSTANCE: Recent works by John W. Carlson, Chicago Matrix Gallery, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, May 2007

A PAINTER and A POTTER – The art of John W. Carlson and Moira Beale, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, April 2007

FEATURED ARTIST SHOW, Pentagon Gallery, Cleveland Heights, OH, September 2006

PAINTINGS by John W. Carlson, Local Girl Gallery, Lakewood, OH, August 2006

DRAWINGS by John W. Carlson, Ashtabula Art Center, Ashtabula, OH, August 2006

ANNUAL JURIED SHOW, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH, June 2006 

HOLIDAY GROUP SHOW, Pentagon Gallery, Cleveland Heights, OH, November 2006

INTO THE LIGHT – Recent Acquisitions Showcase, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, April 2006

Select Drawings by John W. Carlson, The Art Gallery, Willoughby, OH, September 2005-2007

Drawings By John W. Carlson, Harbor Perk, Ashtabula, OH, May 2004