Welcome to NOIS

NOIS President James Mravec has an Important Announcement

James has been offered a full-time teaching position at The Savannah College of Art & Design. He sent out an email to the group. In it, he said:

“I will be moving to Georgia by the end of August. This has been an ongoing search and it happened very quickly over the last couple of weeks.

“I will be stepping down from the president of NOIS position by September 1, 2018. It has been an honor to serve as president. I will keep in touch with the group and will continue to be a member from afar.

“Because of this big move, NOIS is now in need of someone to volunteer to be president for the remainder of the year. If you are interested in getting more involved with the group, please contact me at,  james@mravec.com. I can answer any questions you might have about being involved as the president of NOIS and pass on your information to the board members.

“Thank you for all your support over the past year.

“James Mravec”

We all wish James the best of luck, success, and happiness in his new venture. We will miss you James!

Now who will step up?



NOIS Shows: Do You Have Your Artwork Ready?

Updated information for both shows is as follows:

Annual NOIS Show

Updated 8-15-18

This year’s theme is Simple Pleasures. Members are invited to create up to 4 new and original pieces of art, illustrating the theme “Simple Pleasures” in any way they like. Art can be thoughtful, whimsical, comical, bold, shy, beautiful (of course!), etc. There are countless ways to express what one feels are “simple pleasures”.

The Fine Print…Please Read!

Only new work created for this show will be judged for prizes. (More information coming soon regarding sales and pricing.)”

The annual NOIS show, Simple Pleasures, will open August 25th at Negative Space Gallery Annex at E. 32nd and Superior.

Negative Space Gallery
3820 Superior Avenue
Cleveland OH 44114

Deliver work to the gallery August 22nd and 23rd from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you have problems with the times please email George Kocar at
georgekocar@gmail.com or call 440-723-1195.

Please check back here, as more information may become available.


Best of NOIS

Best of NOIS opens Friday September 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Art Gallery in Willoughby.

The Art Gallery
38721 Mentor Avenue
Willoughby OH 44094

Deliver work to the gallery August 30th, 31st, and September 1st, 2nd, and 4th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Work should be FOR SALE.

If you still have work from last years show, you should change it out with a different piece.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email George Kocar at georgekocar@gmail.com or call 440-723-1195.

Please check back here, as more information may become available.




NOIS began over 20 years ago as an informal gathering of Cleveland area illustrators who saw the need to communicate with one another regarding the rapidly changing field of illustration. With an equal interest in artistic excellence and smart business practices, the group began inviting various local artists to speak on a variety of topics.

NOIS meetings occur approximately once a month. In general, speaker meetings are open to the public and are FREE. Other meetings are members-only events, and include informal gatherings at local restaurants, museums and members’ homes and studios. Attendees are encouraged to bring recent artwork for informal critiques.