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Artist in the Atrium

headshot of artist George Makary

Photo courtesy of George Makary

Visualizing Devotion

Artist: George Makary

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., and Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location:  ATRM Atrium
Ames Family Atrium

About The Event

Every third Saturday of each month, stop by the Ames Family Atrium between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to get a firsthand look at the art-making process. Each session provides the opportunity to engage and interact with a different Northeast Ohio maker during pop-up demonstrations and activities. See their work unfold and learn how artists create. Explore a related selection of authentic objects from the CMA’s education art collection in a pop-up Art Up Close session. See, think, and wonder. 

Join Canadian-Egyptian artist George Makary for a special rendition of Artist in the Atrium as he paints a life-size icon inspired by objects in Africa & Byzantium. Learn about contemporary icon painting during Makary’s live demonstration, ask him about his artistic process, or participate in your own art-making activity connected to Africa & Byzantium.

This live demonstration continues beyond the Artist in the Atrium event. Join us in the atrium at the following times to see Makary’s painting develop:

Sunday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Visit the Africa & Byzantium exhibition (April 14–July 21, 2024) to see how this work connects to painting traditions in Coptic art, including the CMA’s own sixth-century tapestry of the Virgin and Child.

This program is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University’s joint program in art history and museum studies.


All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, David and Robin Gunning, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Marta Jack and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.