August 21 - October 9, 2020

A Public Trust

Elizabeth Emery (Cleveland, OH), Angela Davis Fegan (Chicago, IL), Leila Khoury (Cleveland, OH), Ephraim Nehemiah (Cleveland, OH), Jordan Wong (Cleveland, OH)

Part of Group Exhibition

A Public Trust
A Public Trust
A Public Trust
A Public Trust


Since 2016, and even prior, Americans have expressed decreasing levels of trust in government, institutions, and of each other. The erosion of public trust is impacting information sharing, public processes and, by extension, all aspects of daily life. Making matters worse, the piecemeal responses to our current pandemic and economic crisis have left many in this country feeling simply exhausted. A Public Trust is SPACES response to this climate of seemingly unshakable non-confidence, curated by Megan Young with staff.

Five commissioned artists share their conceptions of public trust and methods for building trust. They unveil early stage models that evolve throughout the exhibition, influenced in part by a series of public exchanges. SPACES invites our community of artists, activists, educators, organizers and officials to join this ongoing conversation and renew our investment in cultural pluralism.


Big Voice, 2020
Mixed media installation and online archive
Online project page

V Series, 2020
Mixed media on canvas

Cleveland Community Archives, 2020
Mixed media installation and online archive
Online project page

The Samaritan’s Burden, 2020
Mixed media sculpture, participatory invitation

Super Mega Wonders 1999, 2020
Print works and project maquette

More details about the artists' projects is available in the gallery guide, below.

Listening Sessions:

SEPT 18, 6-7:30PM | METHODS TBD a collaboration with Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery, and Meghana Karnik, Guest Curator (FREE! Online)

SEPT 25, 7PM | Pride in the CLE in collaboration with the LBGT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and Denise Astorino, Community Engagement Coordinator (FREE! Online)

SEPT 26, 3-5PM | Downtown "Field Trip" with resources developed by The Monument Lab and SPACES staff (FREE! In Person & Online)

SEPT 29, 7:30 - 9PM | Presidential Debate Watch Party (FREE! Online)

OCT | Without Instructions in collaboration with the LBGT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and program participants (FREE! In Person & Online)

About the Artists

Elizabeth Emery

Elizabeth Emery (1964/03/16) is a multidisciplinary artist working in various mediums and across genres. Her sculptures and paintings reference movement, gravity, and the experience of the body. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries, from Cleveland to Alaska. Her work has been supported by the Ohio Arts Council,... go to artist page

Angela Davis Fegan

Angela Davis Fegan is a native of Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Chicago’s famed Whitney Young High School, she received her BFA in Fine Arts from New York’s Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Angela has mounted shows... go to artist page

Leila Khoury

Leila Khoury (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. Khoury received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her Master of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Khoury’s work has been featured in solo... go to artist page

Ephraim Nehemiah

Ephraim Nehemiah is a published writer, educator and nationally touring poet who uses call and response, compelling narratives and cultural expression rooted in Black performance art to create a transformative experience. The work explores adds to dialogue around navigating trauma, social injustice, and finding joy within the struggle. Ephraim is... go to artist page

Jordan Wong

Jordan is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist working under the name WONGFACE. He is originally from Pittsburgh and studied at California University of Pennsylvania, receiving a dual degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. Since moving to Cleveland in 2015, he has started his own business, shown artwork throughout the... go to artist page

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