I’m proud of my husband Andrew Reach who was awarded a grant from the Ohio Arts Council to produce artworks in a new medium as Andrew describes in the following, an excerpt from his grant application:
“With this grant, I will create 4 artworks, printed on rigid substrates as opposed to media of the traditional digital print (paper/canvas). Printing on rigid substrates opens up a new avenue of exploration in my work by allowing my geometric constructs to expand beyond the confines of square and rectangular formats with use of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Router that can cut the substrate panel to my specifications.”
I hope you enjoy this extraordinary experience of the art of Andrew Reach, who happens to be my husband for almost 39 years now. No matter how many times while editing it, I have watched his images, it continually takes me away from self into a world of color, shape and wonder.
For those of you who are just seeing the work of Andrew Reach for the first time, he was an architect and because of a rare debilitating spine disease, became disabled and reinvented himself as an artist. To see more of Andrew Reach’s art visit https://www.andrewreach.com
I’m honored that my husband Andrew Reach’s art is part of a wonderful art collection; Summa Health’s new Healing Arts Collection for the new Patient Tower at the Akron campus. Meg Harris Stanton, Summa Health Healing Arts Leadership Council, curated the collection. She selected “Ninety One Kites” where it has been placed on the fifth floor across from the nurses station. Christine Havice, Chair, Summa Health Healing Arts Leadership Council researched and wrote about each artwork with dedicated web page’s for each artist (see list below). Below is excerpt of what she wrote on Andrew’s page:
After viewing this print, you may also find his reflections helpful in negotiating the visual arts world of today, where both digital and the older “analogue” techniques co-exist and often, as here and in certain other works of art in the Summa Collection, interpenetrate in new and exciting ways.
Christine Havice – Chair, Summa Healing Arts Leadership Council
My Spouse, Andrew Reach, who lost his career as a successful architect due to becoming disabled from a spine disease, reinvented himself as a Fine Artist and has become nationally recognized for his work. We moved from Miami to Cleveland to be in the care of a specialist in his spine disease (Scheuermann’s disease). We have been living here for 8 years now. Over the years, Andrew has applied for and won grants from a program through the Ohio Arts Council, “Artists With Disabilities Access Program”. In Addition, Andrew’s work was included in a group exhibition, “Lets Get Digital”, at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus featuring digital artists in the state of Ohio.Andrew Reach with his artwork “Getting Up” at the Cleveland Clinic”
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Ohio Arts Council is exploring how accessible arts opportunities enrich the lives of Ohioans of all abilities. I’m honored that they have spotlighted Andrew in a series of interviews “Arts + Accessibility”.
left: Tom Huck, Art Curator UH Hospitals Art Collection, right; Andrew Reach Reach’s artwork pictured left to right: Pixel Bar 1 & Bits Glitch 1 on display at an exhibition of his work in the Humphrey Atrium Gallery
Andrew Reach Reach’s artwork on display at an exhibition of his work in the Humphrey Atrium Gallery at University Hospitals
Andrew Reach’s opening reception of his solo exhibition “Bits In Pieces” at Maria Neil Art Project in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts District. The gallery is owned by art patrons Adam Tully and John Farina. John Farina is executive director of ARTneo, which specializes in exhibits and scholarship on art by Northeast Ohio artists