Dealer Tire CEO Scott Mueller donates outdoor sculpture to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Thursday, June 13, 2019

“Untitled (Black Diamond)” from city’s 2018 FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art honors nurses at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s hospitals

CLEVELAND -- Dealer Tire CEO and philanthropist Scott Mueller, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has purchased and donated the monumental outdoor sculpture by Virginia Overton named “Untitled (Black Diamond)” to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

The sculpture has been at UH Cleveland Medical Center’s front lawn entrance since 2018, when the art work was commissioned as part of the 2018 edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.   

“We are so thrilled, honored and appreciative to be the recipient of this very generous gift from Scott Mueller. The sculpture is gifted in honor of the nurses at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s hospitals. Scott’s gift of art will be enjoyed by countless patients, visitors, staff and the public for years to come,” said Thomas Huck, UH’s Art Collection Curator.
Huck called Overton’s sculpture “an extraordinary addition to the UH fine art collection.”

The black linear work comprised of intersecting wooden beams joined with heavy industrial steel brackets and anchor cables are assembled into an orderly large scale geometric diamond shape.

The FRONT International’s 2018 theme, An American City, inspired Overton to pay tribute to the rich industrial history of Cleveland.  The Brooklyn, NY artist has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally since 2005 including installations at MOMA, the Whitney Museum, Museum of Art and Design, and the High Line in New York City to name a few.

Mueller is a board member of FRONT International and UH was a lead sponsor of the exhibit.  The purchase price was not disclosed.

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