Creative Arts of Women will fill up the Shot Tower Gallery at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center with the work of 50 of its member artists - some of whom are exhibiting multiple pieces - for an exhibition titled "Landmark."

Creative Arts of Women will fill up the Shot Tower Gallery at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center with the work of 50 of its member artists - some of whom are exhibiting multiple pieces - for an exhibition titled "Landmark."

"Go big or go home," co-curator Mollie Hannon joked.

The concept pays tribute to Fort Hayes' 33-year history of supporting local and national artists and organizations, including its now fifth hosting of CAW. The Shot Tower Gallery also serves as a teaching lab for current Fort Hayes students, offering both hands-on experience in a gallery setting and cooperative art-making experiences with exhibiting artists and art organizations.

The "Landmark" theme was not, however, intended to restrict work to representations of the site, Hannon said, adding that some works are literal interpretations. Others, she said, are "extremely personal."

"We left the theme purposefully open wide for artists," co-curator Catherine Bell Smith said. "Some specifically reference Fort Hayes and some focus on personal landmarks. It lends richness to the exhibition."

This is not a juried show, Hannon explained. The curating team met with all of the artists to discuss their work and the "Landmark" theme, to provide context to each piece before selections were made. Artists were also given the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Fort Hayes campus.

"Everybody brought their game," Hannon said. "We have such a variety of different artists, and each showed a keen understanding of the theme."

Hannon, Smith and third co-curator Stephanie Rond, herself a Fort Hayes graduate, installed the pieces with an eye toward creating a flow. Hannon said both concrete (color, texture, medium) and abstract (tone, concept) elements inform the pieces' relationship to each other in the space.

The exhibition includes works in painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, installation and performance.

"Landmark" continues through April 15 at the Shot Tower Gallery.