Darius Steward Opens Solo Show ‘Pressure’ @MariaNeilArt Project


Fri 3/4 @ 5-10PM

Cleveland’s Darius Steward is just starting to catch the eye of Cleveland art lovers. He got his undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2008, then spent two years getting his MFA at the University of Delaware before coming back here. He’s shown his work in group shows at the old William Busta Gallery, Zygote Press and the Cleveland Clinic and was one of 40 artists in various disciplines to win a 2016 Creative Workforce grant.

Now he’ll be doing his first solo show since winning the grant at the Maria Neil Art Project on Waterloo Road. Titled Pressure, the show, which includes oil painting, drawings and watercolors, “addresses issues of placement, repression and resilience facing African-Americans in today’s society.”

“This build-up weighs heavily on the shoulders of blacks and how we deal with it is what this work embodies,” says Steward. “I want the pressure of that to resonate with my viewers but I also want the viewers to understand that we are starting to resist, react and respond to what’s taking place here in America.”

The show opens with a reception Fri 3/4 from 5-10om during the monthly Walk All Over Waterloo, and runs through Sun 4/17.



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