The School of Art Gallery at Kent State University will present “Legacy and Prospect: Faculty Work in Context 1913-1963.” The show will run from Sept. 18 – Oct. 17 in the School of Art Gallery, which is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. in Kent.
Kent State’s School of Art has long been a leader in artistic research in Northeast Ohio. The only school in the region to offer an M.F.A. in studio art, and home to one of Ohio's largest art education programs, the School of Art has blazed a trail of support and guidance for the visual arts for nearly 100 years.
“As the school prepares to move to a new Center for the Visual Arts in 2016, we want to take a look back at some of our artists/faculty and the work they did during the first 50 plus years of the School of Art,” says Anderson Turner, director of galleries for the School of Art. “It’s an opportunity to pay homage to the important heritage and groundwork the school has created. We have also included in this exhibition several of the international artists that may have influenced our early faculty whose work we have in the School of Art collection.”
Artists featured in this exhibition are: Elmer Novotny, Robert Morrow, Harold Kitner, Robert Day, William Schock, Joe Wagner, Mary Ann Scherr, Hazel Janicki Schock, Barbara Morrow, Al Kieselbach, Miska Petersham, Ian Short, Marlene Mancini Frost, Robert Wick, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Toshiko Takaezu, Ben Shahn, Kathe Kollwitz, Ernst Kirchner, Max Beckmann, William Sommer, Henri Matisse, Marie Cassatt and Alberto Giacometti.
This exhibition was organized with the help of Professor Emeritus Richard Myers, who has spent several years compiling a history of the School of Art, and funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council.
Contact: Anderson Turner, email@example.com, 330-672-1369.
Organized by Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator
September 26, 2014 — January 18, 2015
Kirk Mangus (1952-2013) was an internationally recognized ceramicist, and a dedicated teacher and mentor for almost 30 years at Kent State University. His prolific output of ceramics and drawings drew on a multitude of influences, from comics to prehistoric animal figures, modernist abstraction, Japanese woodblock prints, and folk, Meso-American, and Asian and ceramic traditions. Kirk Mangus: Things Love is the artist’s first comprehensive museum survey. The exhibition explores the breadth of his practice, philosophy of making, and influence in the region and beyond. It includes a broad range of works, from smaller ceramics such as cups and mugs, to vases and vessels, and larger pots and sculptures. A selection of his drawings and sketchbooks are also included, showing his manner of processing the world as well as envisioning pieces in clay.
Mangus is known for his playful, gestural style, roughhewn forms, and experimental glazing. A graphic sensibility, heavily incised surfaces, as well as custom stamping and applied decoration, give the pieces a bustling physical presence, while signature motifs including animals, plants, and bodies, team with life. In his approach to craftsmanship, Mangus sought to re-negotiate concepts of beauty and mastery, proposing an unguarded, impassioned way of thinking, making, living, and loving.
Kirk Mangus (1952, Sharon, PA–2013, Kent, OH) received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Washington State University, Pullman. Mangus was the Head of Ceramics at Kent State University from 1985-2013, and also taught at Alfred University Summer School, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. He lectured widely in China, Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Finland, Lithuania, Canada, and throughout the United States. Mangus’s work is held in numerous collections, including at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Finnish Craft Museum, Helsinki; Inchon World Ceramics Center, Suwon, Korea; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea.
Featuring ceramic work fired in the wood kiln of artist Brinsley Tyrrell
The Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery is pleased to announce “Fired in Freedom,” a group show featuring ceramic work by John Klassen, Megan Tuttle and Brinsley Tyrrell, as well as: Kwame Awuku, Adam Klein, Kirk Mangus, John Miyazawa, Ryan Osborne, Dong Jun Shin, Andrew Simmons, Kabir Syed, Janet Varner and Zachary Wollert. “Fired in Freedom” will be shown at the Downtown Gallery (located at 141 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio) Sept. 30 – Nov. 1. A reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 2., 5 – 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.
All the artwork included in “Fired in Freedom” was fired in a wood kiln built by John Klassen, Megan Tuttle and Brinsley Tyrrell on Tyrrell’s farm in Freedom Township, Ohio. Tyrrell is an emeritus professor of the Kent State University School of Art. His farm has long been a place for regional, national and international artists to meet collaborate, says Anderson Turner, director of galleries. “In recent years artists from all over — and specifically from northeast Ohio — have enjoyed working and firing this wood kiln. The research and scholarship of this unique group of individuals will be on display in the exciting exhibition.”
Downtown Gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
Contact: Anderson Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-672-1369 (office).
Friday Lecture Series
Visiting artist Lydia McCarthy will give a lecture at noon on Friday, Oct. 3, in room 202 of the Art Building. For more information on her career and an extensive gallery of her work, visit http://www.lydiamccarthy.com/.
Part of the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series
John Raimondi will give a public talk at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the School of Art Gallery as part of the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series. Raimondi is a contemporary American sculptor of international distinction and has been called "arguably the most successful creator anywhere of public sculpture on a monumental scale."
Refreshments will be served in the lobby following the talk, which is free and open to the public. The School of Art Gallery is located at 400 Janik Drive in Kent, Ohio. Free parking will be available off Terrace Drive in the Business Administration lot.
Contact: Effie Tsengas, director of marketing and communications, email@example.com, 330-672-8398 (office)
Friday Lecture Series
Visiting artists Rita Geissler and Clemens Reinecke will give a lecture at noon on Friday, Oct. 10, in room 202 of the Art Building. The two artists — both of whom live and work in Dresden, Germany — will also have an exhibition at Zygote Press in Cleveland from Oct. 13 to 24, with an opening and artist talk on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday Lecture Series
Emeritus professor Henry Halem to give a lecture on Friday, October 17, at noon in room 202 of the Art Building to kick off homecoming weekend. Henry Halem is the founder of the glass program at the School of Art. For more information on his career, visit http://www.henryhalem.com/.