Attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, I was a recipient of the William McVey Award for Excellence in Sculpture, was one of two students selected to finish posthumously, the last sculpture of David E. Davis, the founder of the Sculpture Center. Curated my first professional solo exhibition, Rising/Bound, at the Groop Gallery, and my degree culminated with my BFA exhibition. Today I am a featured artist at Still- point gallery, represented by Kate and Geoff Baker.
As a Cleveland artist, I have participated in community and professional development programs through arts outreach projects. My artistic career has evolved balancing my aesthetic sensibilities with social, economic and environmental issues.
Exploring archetypes of contemporary culture’s social conditioning and how it shapes our concept of value is a consistent conceptual subject in my work. This theme favors natural salvage and utilitarian materials that combine traditional with contemporary making processes, to visually contrast, the prized against the common or discarded.
The work physically represents the struggles and growth as one reinvents self and place.
Often the materials identity is stripped, cut, or broken away then it’s woven, bound or wedged together and its new identity is formed. The accumulations of driftwood, wall lath, hair, conduit, paper pulp, grass and or dirt, create sculptures that are built to adapt shadows and light, or acculturate new environments.
Graduate, Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Certified Nursing Assistant, Gateway Educational Opportunities, Cleveland, OH
2007 – Present Artist and Studio Director, Cleveland, OH
I am Artist Fabricator, and Studio Director in Studio 302 at 78th Street Studios. I showcase large and small sculptures for public and privet exhibitions while providing contracted programs, workshops, events and commissioned art fabrications.
2017 – Present LEAP Job Coach, Cleveland, OH
Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) is an agent working through its comprehensive services, to assists people with disabilities in living independently in their own homes, participating in community life, and finding and maintaining employment. LEAP Job Coaches provide job coaching for new placements, assisting the employee in learning all aspects of their new position and how to complete a job to the employer's standard.
2018 – Present Art House, Inc., Teaching Artist Cleveland, OH
Art House is a non-profit arts center whose mission is to inspire exploration and expression through the visual arts. Contracted Teaching Artist provides a wide variety of artists specializing in varying media. All of the artists working with Art House have a high level of training and bring a wealth of teaching experience.
Contracted Arts Instructor, LEAP, Cleveland, OH
Project coordinator and arts instructor for an employment program, conscripting assistant fabricators in specialized studio workshops to emulate an on-the-job environment, developed to improve job skills and professional practices for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Contracted Arts Instructor, Famicos Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Co-coordinator for a environmental arts and urban market gardening program, and instructed classis in arts and market crafts, at The Green Scouts, Let it Bee Garden, Bluestone Circle LLC.
Contracted Teaching Artist; Building Bridges Murals, Cleveland, OH
Arts and Activism Instructor for the Tents of Hope International Collaborative teaching young adult students creative expression an activism in solidarity with the people of Darfur, Sudan.
Contracted Instructor, Euclid Adult Activity Center, Euclid, OH Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Provided ceramic instruction for clients enrolled in the Center’s Pottery Art Program; for 8 adult students with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
Arts Assistant, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Provided technical support during Sculpture Summer Camps, and Reinberger Galleries Educational Outreach Programs and gallery operations for students ages 8 to 18
Awards / Fellowships / Grants
2018 CAN Triennial Exhibition Prize, Collective Arts Network, Lakewood, OH
2016 The Ohio Arts Council ADAP Grant, Columbus, OH
2014 Annual Artist Tribute Award, Still Point Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2010 Ingenuity Project Grant, Ingenuity Inc. Cleveland, OH
2009 Creative Workforce Fellowship, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture,
2008 Window to Sculpture, Emerging Artist Exhibition Award, Sculpture Center,
2015 Group Exhibition, The Female Perspective, the Gallery at Lakeland, OH
2014 Solo Exhibition, The Paper Tree, Cleveland Public Theater, Cleveland, OH
2012 Group Exhibition, EARTH, Seeds of A New Age, Full Circle, Cleveland, OH
2010 Solo Exhibition Space, Journey, Ingenuity Festival of Arts and Technology,
Veterans Memorial Bridge, Cleveland, OH
2009 Solo Exhibition, Adrift, Cleveland Bioneers Conference, College of Urban
Affairs, Cleveland, OH
2008 Solo Exhibition, A Place To Dwell, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
2007 Group Exhibition, 48 Hours of Making Art, BK Smith Gallery, Painesville, OH
2006 Group Exhibition, AfroFuturism, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2005 Group Exhibition, Women, Community and Culture, Sandkofa, Cleveland, OH
2004 Solo Exhibition, Rising/Bound, Groop Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Corporate Commission, Harmonic, Site-pacific Installation Hilton downtown,
Private Commission, Dancer, Mrs. and Mr. Bennett, Cleveland, OH
Public Commission, Story’s Shade Tree, Carl and Louis Stokes Central Academy,
and The Sisters of Charity Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Public Commission, Gathering, Green City Blue Lake, The Cleveland Museum of
Natural History, Cleveland, OH
Private Collection, On The Verge, Mr. and Mrs. Strongosky, Cleveland, OH
Private Commission Mr. Bourgon donated to The Cleveland Clinic Stella Maris
Collection, Cleveland, OH
Private Commission Connection, Site-pacific Installation Mr. Bourgon, Telluride, CO
Presentations / Workshops
2012 Workshop, The Expressive Arts Project, West Side Catholic Center, Cleveland, OH
2011 Presentation, Next, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
2011 Presentation, Changing Tactics, PechaKucha Night Cleveland, The House of Blues,
2009 Workshop, Cleveland Bioneers Conference, College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland, OH
Dott von Schneider “Playing In The Mud, Charmaine Spencer on Overcoming
Artistic Obstacles and Channeling the Unconventional” Scene Vol. 48 Issue 46
May 17 – 23, 2017, p.30
Mark Horning “Best Up-And-Coming Visual Artists In Cleveland” cleveland.cbslocal.com April 14, 2014
Mark Keffer, “Charmaine Spencer” Around Kent, vol. 4, 2014, p. 34-45
Julie Washington, “Eclectic Perfection, Gray tones are neutral backdrop for eclectic artwork in Nancy and Dick Bennett's Cleveland Heights home” Cleveland Plain
Dealer, Sunday,April 27, 2014, p. C5
C.G. Baker, “Art through Dyslexia,” Still Point Gallery, November 2013,
Elizabeth Weinstein, “Sculpting Treasures,” Neighborhood Voice, April 2011, p. 12
Michael Gill “Arts News From Around the Block and In Your Neck of the Woods”
scene.com June 10, 2009
Zachary Lewis “Cleveland's Community Partnership for Arts and Culture grants
fellowships” Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 5, 2009
Marge Perko, “Worth the Weight,” Scene Magazine, April 30-May 6, 2008, p.18
Fran Henry “Raising Cleveland’s Hip Quotient” Cleveland Plain Dealer,Sunday
April 6, 2008, section E
Eleanor LeBeau, “David E. Davis’ Last Sculpture,” Northern Ohio Live, vol. 25,
September 2004, p. 14-16
Link “Students Bring David E. Davis Sculpture to Life” Vol.3 Issue 1 March 2004 cover p.
Debra Shepard, “You Had To Be There,” Angle Journal, vol. 1 no. 05, July 2003, p. 03
Bioneers / Green City Blue Lake, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Bioneers is a nonprofit organization that promotes practical and innovative solutions to environmental and social challenges.
Neighbor Up / Neighborhood Connections, unleashing the capacity for creative solutions to issues that plague our communities. Neighbor Up is civic engagement, working to improve the quality of life in our city and make change towards a more just, equitable and inclusive Greater Cleveland.
VISIT, Visionary Installers Sharing Inspired Thoughts, that create experiential exhibitions incorporating music, poetry and the visual arts for a full sensory engagement.