A Public Trust

Curation for SPACES

Americans have expressed decreasing levels of trust in government, institutions, and of each other since 2016, and even prior. 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. Artists respond to the climate of seemingly unshakable non-confidence.

Commissioned artists: Elizabeth Emery (Cleveland, OH), Angela Davis Fegan (Chicago, IL), Leila Khoury (Cleveland, OH), Ephraim Nehemiah (Cleveland, OH), and Jordan Wong (Cleveland, OH) share their conceptions of public trust and methods for building community. They unveil early stage models that evolve throughout the exhibition, influenced in part by a series of public exchange.

Commissioned artist works are featured above; imagery developed through related engagements with public partners are featured below.

IMAGE CREDITS /

  • ABOVE: A Public Trust, installation views (2021), photos by Rustin McCann
  • BELOW: A Public Trust, creative engagement series (2021), images courtesy of SPACES