Robert Cleveland was an advertising photographer from 1975 to 2008, workng primarily in the automotive industry
serving a national and international client base. He studied
the biological and environmental sciences at Alma College,
graduated from Washtenaw Community College in Visual
Arts and graduated in Applied and Fine Art Photography from Dertroit's celebrated College for Creative Studies.
Recently he completed photography for the just published book, "Bay View, An American Idea" by Mary Jane Doerr.
And he can also be heard on a recent (summer of 2012) podcast on Interlochen Public Radio discussing the Bay View Project.
ARTIST STATEMENT - The Great Lakes Series
Photographically, Cleveland's eye captures the natural
environment revealing images that are both timely and timeless. They are representative of our Great Lakes
landscape and have expanded to include the macro botanical worlds of our southwestern deserts, Hawaii, West Africa, Italy and Japan.
His photography speaks to fresh perspectives and uncovers complex beauty and metaphoric imagery. "My imagery is intended to elevate the viewer to new destinations that embrace awareness, harmony, enlightenment and more. These destinations touch the
pulse of the spirit and nourish the quiet current of the soul."
U of M Health System's Taubman Gallery 2013
Interlochen Public Radio-Brad's Shoebox Gallery 2012
The Petoskey District Library 2012
Tucson Botanical Gardens 2011
Paint Creek Center for the Arts 2011
The U of M Health System's Galleries 2011
The Detroit Historical Museum
College for Creative Studies 2010
The Japan America Society 2011
The Palette Bistro 2011
Gallery On Main at Bay Harbor 2008-2011
Michigan Public Radio Picture Project
His photography is included in several private, corporate
and museum collections.
TRA Art Group at the Michigan Design Center, Troy, MI
"Bay View, An American Idea" by Mary Jane Doerr