Steve Cup: Breaking Point

April 6, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Opening Reception:
Waterloo Arts Gallery
Friday, April 6, 2018
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

‘Breaking Point’, curated by John Farina and Adam Tully, marks the Maria Neil Art Project’s return to the art scene after closing their Waterloo gallery last year. This exhibition is one artists’ visual response to the first year of the Trump presidency. In this body of work Steve Cup explores what he – and perhaps others – see as a rapidly deteriorating sense of community as the country reaches all-time levels of divisiveness. Spanning personal works, private commissions and commercial work, each piece represents an immediate, often emotional reaction to the violently changing social tide in America including themes of gun violence, migration, racism and Trump himself.

Steve Cup is a prolific illustrator and printmaker with a focus on storytelling and journalism. Formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he now lives and works in New York City. He combines the tradition of woodcut printmaking with digital editing techniques to create stunning commercial and personal works. His illustrations have been published in The Progressive Magazine, Playboy, The Stranger, Time Out New York, and more. Additional work can be seen at

The exhibition is presented by Maria Neil Art Project and will be on view from April 6 through May 13 at Waterloo Arts at 15605 Waterloo Road in the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District in Cleveland. Gallery hours are Wednesdays from noon to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from noon until 4:00 pm, with other hours by appointment.

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