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Jenny Fine Lecture

Friday Lecture Series

September 12, 2014
Art Building, room 202

Visiting artist Jenny Fine will give a lecture at noon on Friday, Sept. 12, in room 202 of the Art Building. Fine's installation "Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind" is on view through Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland.

"Engaging a cross-disciplinary practice, incorporating both contemporary and historical photographic processes, moving image, installation, performance and storytelling, I create images and environments inspired by my rural southern landscape and my family’s stories," writes Fine on her website. Originally from Enterprise, Ala., she received her B.F.A. from the University of Alabama and her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University. You can learn more about her work and career at

Carol Hummel Lecture "Art: The Universal Language"

September 5, 2014
Art Building, Room 202, noon

KSU alumna Carol Hummel is an Ohio-based visual artist best known for large-scale site-specific projects.  She generates intense communal experiences by creating installations that involve entire communities in the creative process, thus breaking through societal barriers of age, sex, ethnicity and economic status.

She believes art has the potential to transcend cultural boundaries and to act as a neutral, all-encompassing mediator between cultures, traditions and beliefs and a vehicle for celebrating diversity and encouraging harmony.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Kent State University.

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Sundaes on Friday

Ice cream mixer for College of the Arts students

August 29, 2014
Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre, Roe Green Center, Center for the Performing Arts

Join Dean Crawford and the College of the Arts advisors for the Sundaes on Friday Student Mixer, held on Friday, August 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre (black box) in the Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to all students majoring in art, music, theatre, dance or fashion. Grab a free ice cream sundae, hang out with fellow College of the Arts students and the dean, and enjoy a live performance by Flash in the Pan, Kent State's steel drum band!

School of Art Student Picnic and Orientation

August 28, 2014
Art Building Lobby and adjoining outdoor spaces

Come join us for food, fun, and information concerning the 2014-15 calendar year, the progress on the new Center for the Visual Arts, and special events coming this year. In the School of Art lobby, lecture hall 202, and adjoining outdoor spaces, 4:30-6:00.


Made Here: Enamels from the School of Art Collection

August 19 - September 19, 2014
Downtown Gallery

Selections from the School of Art metals and enamels collection. For hours and directions see the School of Art Downtown Gallery page:

Gardens and Landscapes

Alumna's pastoral paintings come to Blossom Music Center

Jance Lentz

July 3 - 27, 2014
Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center

The work of Ohio-based painter Jance Lentz will be featured in the solo exhibition “Jance Lentz: Gardens and Landscapes” at the Eells Gallery on the grounds of Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The Eells Gallery is operated by Kent State University School of Art Galleries and is open during every Cleveland Orchestra concert at Blossom, from two hours prior to the performance through intermission. “Gardens and Landscapes” will run from July 3 to 27.

Jance Lentz, who currently resides in Kent, is known for her vivid, impressionistic renderings of outdoor scenes. Ben Bassham, emeritus professor of art history at Kent State, has praised Lentz’s paintings for their “basis in strong drawing.”

“Like the American Impressionists of a hundred years ago, Lentz never abandons the integrity of her subject in favor of superficial dazzle,” said Bassham.

Lentz believes the pastoral subjects that dominate her work serve as an antidote to the disconnection of urbanized living.

“Images of gardens in particular connect us to those who came before — those who have nurtured the landscape, built beauty and created places of retreat,” she said.

Lentz received her B.F.A. and M.A. from Kent State University in 1973 and 1982, respectively.

Blossom Music Festival, the summer season of the Cleveland Orchestra, extends from July 3 to August 31. For more information and ticketing, visit

For additional information on the Eells Gallery and other School of Art Galleries exhibitions, visit

More information on Jance Lentz and images of her work may be found at

A Feminine Touch

Featuring work by four School of Art alumnae

Sarah Burris, Mary Mazzer, Kortney Niewierski and Annie Stimson

June 24 - July 26, 2014
Downtown Gallery

Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery will present “A Feminine Touch,” featuring new work by four School of Art alumnae, from June 24 to July 26. The Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio, will also host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. Both the gallery and the reception are free and open to the public.

According to curator and gallery coordinator Lesley Sickle, artists Sarah Burris, Mary Mazzer, Kortney Niewierski and Annie Stimson “explore themes of vulnerability and female identity, focusing on material choices to convey their message.” In her curator’s statement, Sickle describes the various conceptual and technical strategies of each artist:

“Sarah Burris explores the delicate balance between vulnerability and sexuality. Using soft sculptural costumes and performances, she plays with the notion of femininity and examines identity and intimacy.

“Mary Mazzer is interested in illustrating the tensions between feminine strength and fragility. She uses drawing, painting and wall assemblages to express how feminine identity adjusts itself within the contemporary arena of social networking.

“Kortney Niewierski creates objects reminiscent of anatomical forms from very tactile materials that intrigue the viewer’s curiosity. She uses soft fabrics, rubber inserts and drawings that provide a reference to childhood toys, while equally implying adult themes within her work.

“Annie Stimson examines patterning and repetition as well as ideas of change and transformation in her sculptural works. Using objects with an unusual purpose and contrasting tactile qualities, she often creates delicate and sensitive systems and networks.”

The Downtown Gallery is open Monday through 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.

David Alban, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

David Alban

June 23, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

David Alban’s exhibitions and residencies have taken him from the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, N.Y., to the National Museum in Wrocław, Poland. His work part of the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, among others.

Matthew Courtney, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

Matthew Courtney

June 23, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

Matthew N. Courtney is an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Drexel University in Philadelphia. Courtney has also received an Ohio Arts Council fellowship and a Hunt Art Futures Program teaching fellowship, administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Melissa Brown, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

Melissa Brown

June 11, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Melissa Brown currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the United States and reviewed in numerous publications, including Art in America, Artforum, the Village Voice and the New York Times.

Randy Bolton, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

Randy Bolton

June 5, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

Since 2002, Randy Bolton has served as head of the print media department and artist in residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Prior to that, he was a professor of art and printmaking area coordinator at the University of Delaware. His prints appear in the collections of Detroit Institute of Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Bolton is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

Alex Olson, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

Alex Olson

May 28, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

A resident of Los Angeles, Alex Olson has work in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Her paintings have appeared in solo and group exhibitions from coast to coast and in the United Kingdom. Olson has an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.A. from Harvard University.

John Monti, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

John Monti

May 27, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

John Monti lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he is professor of fine arts and sculpture coordinator at the Pratt Institute. His work is included in major private and public collections, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Museum and the Wakita Museum of Art in Japan. Monti is also a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient.

Hilary Harnischfeger, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

Hilary Harnischfleger

May 23, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

Hilary Harnischfeger’s work has appeared in innumerable solo and group exhibitions, including at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, MOCA Cleveland and Grimm Fine Art in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Born in Melbourne, Australia, and raised in Houston, she currently divides her time between Granville, Ohio, and Brooklyn, N.Y.

Tommy White, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

Tommy White

May 22, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM
Tommy White is a New York-based artist whose work has been show extensively in the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Howard Foundation fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg fellowship. He received his B.F.A. from the Hartford Art School and an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art.

Jeff Ballard, Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series

May 21, 2014
Art Building Room 202, 6 PM

Jeff Ballard is based in Eugene, Ore., where he is active at the local hot glass studios as well as out of his home studio. He has taught at the University of Oregon Craft Center in Eugene and the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash. He has also lectured and exhibited internationally, and in 2012 received a prestigious U.S. Arts Envoy grant to teach glassblowing to underprivileged youth in Berlin, Germany.

ASM Show

School of Art students exhibit work at ASM International headquarters

May 14, 2014
ASM International headquarters in Geauga County

Seventeen graduate and undergraduate students from the Kent State University School of Art will have their work displayed at ASM International’s architecturally stunning headquarters in Geauga County. The show will run May 14, 2014, to January 20, 2015, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 14.

This is the second year that ASM International (formerly the American Society for Metals) has partnered with the School of Art to display student artwork at the organization’s headquarters, a breathtaking modernist structure highlighted by a large geodesic dome. ASM International headquarters are located at 9639 Kinsman Rd., Materials Park, Ohio.

The show’s curator is Kathryn Shinko, a Kent State M.F.A. student in textiles and graduate assistant to the gallery director. According to Shinko, many of the selected works suggest a technical or spiritual kinship with ASM International, a society for materials science and metal engineering.

“The pieces in this year’s show explore materiality and showcase the variety of work being made by School of Art students,” says Shinko. “Innovative techniques and new technologies, such as 3D-printing and laser-cutting, are being used to make work that is visually stunning and conceptually intriguing.”

The 20 works in this year’s show include ceramic art, paintings, prints, wire sculpture, wood sculpture, dyed textiles, weavings and hand-made netting. During the opening reception on May 14, the featured artists will be awarded $100 honorariums for each accepted artwork.

The ASM Show features work by the following graduate and undergraduate students:

Graduate Students:
Miwa Neishi, “Bubbles” and “Cosmos”
Mike Nold, “Highlight”
Ryan Osborne, “Torso”
Michael Sanata, “Ebb & Flow”
Rachel Smith, “90% Guarantee” and “Nature and Nurture”
Trey Snowdon, “Walker”
Jess Todd, “Geodesic”
Zachary Wollert, “Salt-Fired Vase with Lid”

Undergraduate Students:
Jacob Coleman, “Rhino” and “The Island”
Kevin Daigle, “Specula”
Hunter Elliott, “Lace”
Trey Gehring, “Don't Be Cruel”
Lindsey James, “Pitcher Plants”
Tyler Joy, “Test Run 2”
Erin Miller, “Color Study on Silk”
Stephanie Mote, “Reticulate”
Jasmine Sampson, “Cocoon”

Rose Bouthillier Lecture

April 25, 2014
Art Building, 202, 12 PM

Rose Bouthillier is currently Associate Curator and Publications Manager at MOCA Cleveland. Her projects at the Museum include Simon Evans: Only Words Eaten by Experience (2013), Dark Stars (2013), and Realization is Better than Anticipation (2013). Previous projects in Canada include Sublimation (Oakville Galleries, 2011); Josh Thorpe: The House(Campbell House Museum, Toronto, 2011), and To Be Real (Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2011). Bouthillier holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in Toronto, a Diploma in Art History from the University of British Columbia, and a BFA in photography from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver. Her writing on art has been published in frieze, C Magazine, esse arts + opinions, and Art Criticism and Other Short Stories.

Stratosphere Opening Reception

April 24, 2014
Downtown Gallery, 5-7

Visting Scholar Dr. Scott Sherer

April 23, 2014
Art Building, 202, 5 PM

Scott Sherer 

School of Art Scholarship Awards Ceremony

April 18, 2014
Art Building, 202, 5 PM

Plan to attend next Friday's School of Art Awards ceremony to learn who has won, show our appreciation to our supportive friends, family, donors, teachers and Scholarship Committee,  and celebrate your achievements!

Marie Gasper-Hulvat lecture

April 18, 2014
Art Building, 202, 12 PM

School of Art Lecture Series

Marie Gasper-Hulvat presents:

'What a Boom, what a Blast': Kasimir Malevich's Graphic War Propaganda

Art Building, 202, 12 PM

Foundation Program Student Show

April 17, 2014
School of Art Galley, 3-5 PM

Foundation Program Student Show 2014 Reception

Thursday April 17th, 3-5 PM

School of Art Gallery

Award Presentation at 4 PM


Stratosphere Juried Art Show

April 14 - May 10, 2014
Downtown Gallery

The College of the Arts, in conjunction with the School of Art, has launched a new, annual juried art competition, called Stratosphere. The competition, which was open to Kent State University undergraduate students of all majors, allowed applicants to submit up to three works in any two- or three-dimensional medium. The theme for this year’s submissions is “Art and the Body.” The Stratosphere finalists’ works will be on display from April 14 - May 10 in the Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio.

Visitors to Stratosphere on Saturday, April 19, will be able to vote for their favorite piece. The piece with the most votes will receive a special “people’s choice” award, which carries a $500 prize. That award — along with awards for “best in show” ($1,000), second place ($500) and third place ($250) — will be announced and presented at a special reception on Thursday, April 24, from 5 - 7 p.m. (Voting for the “people’s choice” award will also be open during the first hour of the reception, prior to the award announcement.) Both the gallery and the reception are free and open to the public.

“We are extremely pleased with the positive response from the undergraduate student body,” said John R. Crawford, College of the Arts dean. “The nearly 130 submissions were received from students in a variety of majors, including chemistry, business, education, dance, art, visual and communication design, and psychology.”

This year’s Stratosphere juror is Dr. Scott Sherer, associate professor of art history and gallery director at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sherer received a B.A. in architecture from Yale University, an M.A. in art history from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in comparative studies in discourse and society from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Sherer teaches a range of courses and seminars in modern and contemporary art, and organizes exhibits and programs featuring regional, national and international artists. His research furthers philosophical and artistic traditions that examine the inherent conceptual distance between lived sensory experience and artistic representations.

Sherer was responsible for selecting Stratosphere’s 25 finalists and top three award-winners. He will be on hand at the Downtown Gallery to present awards during the April 24 reception.

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.

Keith Beasley Lecture

April 7, 2014
Art Building, 306, 2:00 PM

Gianna Commito Artist Talk

April 5, 2014
Beachland Ballroom Tavern | 15711 Waterloo Road, 2 PM

Saturday, April 5 | 2 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom Tavern | 15711 Waterloo Rd.

Michael Loderstedt, Clevisland

April 5, 2014
William Busta Gallery, 2-4 PM

Michael Loderstedt
March 7 to April 19, 2014
Michael will be in the gallery
this Saturday April 5, from 2-4.
William Busta Gallery
2731 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland Ohio 44115

Keith Lemley Lecture

April 4, 2014
Art Building, 202, 12:00 PM

Keith Lemley

My work is about seeing the unseen – the invisible presence which exists in our minds and surrounds all objects, experiences, and memories.  Working in my studio in rural Appalachia, I have developed a keen interest in being part of and observing natural systems, time and the process of life and death, and an aesthetic sensibility synthesizing the organic and the machine.


I focus on the quiescent potential of materials and environments to be more and different than how they are currently perceived and understood; fulfilling an innate desire to explore, discover, share, and think.  Drawing attention to physiological systems of vision, thought, and memory, I am interested in making conspicuous our abbreviated and abstracted understanding of reality, time, and identity.  Initially capturing attention through formal means, the content of my work then enters the cognitive as one actively relates this experience with those already held in the mind as memory. At this juncture of feeling and thought meaning is produced. By delaying this process through reorganizing the fabric of the everyday into the unusual, a heightened sense of the present is felt. Ultimately, one walks away more self aware and delighted in everyday visual ephemera and the experience of being a living breathing being.

School of Art, MFA Show Reception

April 3, 2014
School of Art Gallery, 5-7

Eva Kwong, Bioforms + Microcosms

March 28, 2014
Harris Stanton Gallery, 5:30- 8:00

 Bioforms + Microcosms (March 28 – April 25, 2014) is an exhibition of three-dimensional works inspired by the systems and processes of the biological and natural worlds, and the relationships between art and science. Eva Kwong explores how our human bodies function under the skin, referencing fertility and mortality. Kate Budd works with archetypal forms, creating hybrids that take emotional cues from the human body and possess the singularity of fruit, shells and roots. Both Donna Webb and Beth Lindenberger are interested in the relationships between the very small and the very large. Although the sculptures they make are human sized, made to fit in the hand, they refer to solar systems and microscopic plant and animal structures.

Harris Stanton Gallery

2301 West Market Street

Akron, Ohio 44313


Lori Kella Lecture on her work, Artificial Worlds

March 24, 2014
The Shaker Historical Society, 3-5 PM
The Shaker Historical Society 
16740 South Park Boulevard 
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Jounha Jung & Rachel Suzanne Smith, Candidacy Exhibition

March 20, 2014
School of Art Sculpture Gallery, 5-8 PM

Rachel Suzanne Smith, Cultivate

Younha Jung, Duality

Little Boxes, Jessica Todd, MFA Thesis Exhibition

March 20, 2014
School of Art, Painting Gallery, 5-8 PM

Gianna Commito, Exhibition opening

March 20, 2014
Native Cleveland Annex | 15813 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110

 March 20, 7–9 p.m.
Native Cleveland Annex | 15813 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110

In a small gallery on Waterloo Road, Commito + Harnischfeger will feature work by two acclaimed Ohio-based artists. Vibrantly colored stripes and geometric forms lend an architectural feel to Gianna Commito's modestly-sized paintings, while Hilary Harnischfeger's sculptures are more organic in nature. Upon close inspection, the work of both artists slips in and out of these categories, intersecting at a point that deeply explores the materials, structures, landscape, and environment that surrounds each artist.

The exhibition will be open March 21–April 5 | Thursdays–Saturdays, 1–6 p.m.

Curated by Heather Cook.

School of Art Scholarship Deadline

March 17, 2014

Last day to submit applications for School of Art Scholarships.

Details here

Bad Language, Kathryn Shinko, MFA Candidacy Show

March 14, 2014
School of Art, Painting Gallery, 5-7 PM

14th Annual National Juried Cup Show Opening


March 13, 2014
Downtown Gallery
The Kent State University School of Art presents the 14th Annual National Juried Cup Show, on display from March 13 to April 5 at the School of Art’s Downtown Gallery (141 E. Main St. in Kent). This year’s juror is Jake Allee, assistant professor of art at Colorado Mesa University, who has selected 40 cups from over 24 states.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and the reception are free and open to the public.

The internationally recognized ceramics program at the Kent State University School of Art was one of the original sponsors for the National Juried Cup Show. The ceramics program continues to play an integral role in organizing the cup show and maintaining its integrity. The 2014 juror, Jake Allee, has donated several cups that will be sold to support the Kirk S. Mangus Graduate Student Fellowship in Ceramics, a scholarship fund created in memory of Prof. Kirk Mangus. Kirk Mangus oversaw the ceramics program at Kent State until his death in late 2013.

This 14th Annual National Juried Cup Show is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

For more information, contact Anderson Turner, director of galleries, at 330-672-1369 or

Downtown Gallery hours:
Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Luke Sheets Lecture

March 12, 2014
Ceramics Lab, 11:00

Veronica Ceci MFA Thesis Exhibition

March 11, 2014
School fo Art Sculpture Gallery, 6-8 PM

Andrea Donnelly

March 7, 2014
Art Building Room 202, noon

A 2010 Virginia Commonwealth University MFA Craft (Fiber) alumna, Donnelly weaves by hand monumental-scale images of the human figure, inkblots, and manipulated forms she calls bodyblots. Donnelly’s laborious process involves dying her fibers and hand painting patterns and images on the warp (perpendicular threads) before weaving the cloth. Created through a complex yet highly spontaneous process of weaving, staining, unweaving, and reweaving, Donnelly’s figurative works explore cloth’s intimate and universal material relationship with the body. She employs cloth as a literal reference to the human figure, drawing on sensory memories and the intimate connections we all have to cloth in its many domestic forms. Donnelly’s mural sized weavings depict abstracted self-portraits, paradoxically presenting the figure on a medium traditionally used to conceal it.

Information from:

Photography by David Hunter Hale and Shannon McGill

2014 Student Annual

Juried exhibition featuring graduate and undergraduate student work

March 6 - 19, 2014
School of Art Gallery

The Kent State University School of Art will host the 2014 Student Annual art exhibition from March 6 through March 20, at the School of Art Gallery in the Art Building (400 Janik Dr.). The Student Annual is the only exhibition of the semester that comprises a juried sampling of both graduate and undergraduate student work. There will be an opening reception for the show on Thursday, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will boast live jazz accompaniment and double as an award ceremony, with over $1,500 in prizes distributed to the artists.

The juror for the 2014 Student Annual is Hilary Gent, who received her B.F.A. in painting from the School of Art. Currently, she is the director of the HEDGE Gallery, part of 78th St. Studios in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. Gent is quick to point out the overlap between her work in Cleveland and this juried show at her alma mater. “Much of the work I curate at the HEDGE Gallery is also by emerging student artists,” she says. “It will be refreshing to be immersed in the art school environment once again!”

Hilary Gent will determine the works to feature in the exhibition following the submission deadline, which is Monday, March 3. Awards in the graduate and undergraduate categories will be announced during the reception on Thursday.

Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries,, 330-672-1369 (office).

Textiles Studio Open House

February 28, 2014
Textiles Studio, 2nd Floor Terrace Hall

Open House, Friday February 28th, 12-2.

Hephaestos Challenged: 7 Women Sculptors

Isabel Farnsworth

February 27, 2014
The Galleries at CSU

Opening Reception Thursday, January 16th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Artist Talk 6:30 pm

Isabel Farnsworth:

My artistic process is one of gathering, sorting, and assimilating my experience of the world. In sculptural form, I re-shape and articulate distillations of my subjective experiences. I use imagery, color and tactile materials as an entry point. The pieces emerge from the act of making, responding, contemplation and play.

Whereas much of my work has used the figure or ‘the body’ as a starting point, this new installation embraces landscape and memory. Out of various materials such as re-purposed wood, found paper, recycled monoprints and dyed tubing, I construct hills, water, flowers and a forest. The inspiration for the piece began with a writing class, “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.” The act of writing and reading aloud to a group was very meaningful and enlightening. What emerged again and again, through the journey of remembering and writing, was a strong connection to the landscapes of my childhood.

For more information on Hephaestos Challenged: 7 Women Sculptors, see:

The Galleries at CSU

John L. Moore Lecture

February 25, 2014
Art Building, 202, 5 PM

John Moore has been making paintings and prints as well as working as a curator in Ohio and New York, as well as in other venues. On Tuesday, he will talk about his work and his career as a maker and advocate in New York City.

Jane Farver Lecture

February 24, 2014
Art Building, 202, 5 PM

Jane Farver is an independent curator and museum professional who will speak on her career. She will be of particular interest to students traveling to NY on this semester's travel-study course in light of her experience as one of six guest curators for the Whitney BIennial in 2000.

Rendered: Portraits and Processes

Brian Babb

February 22, 2014
Downtown Gallery

The work of Akron-based artist Brian Babb will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery beginning in January.
Babb’s show, dubbed “Rendered: Portraits and Processes,” will run from Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Saturday, Feb. 22. The gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, will also host an opening reception for “Rendered” on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.

Melissa Cameron, Visiting Artist Lecture

February 14, 2014
Art Building Room 202

Friday February 14th, 12 noon in Room 202, Art Building.

Melissa Cameron is an Australian-born artist jeweller who lives and works in Seattle, Washington in the USA. She holds a Masters of Fine Art in jewellery and metalsmithing from Monash University and Bachelor of Art with honors in interior architecture from Curtin University. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the Cheongju City Collection (South Korea), the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia) as well as the Arts Centre Melbourne (Australia), and her pieces have featured in the publications Jewel Book, Art Jewellery Today 3 and Lark Books’ 500 Silver Jewelry Designs.

Paul O'Keeffe, a distant silence

February 14, 2014
William Busta Gallery


Paul O'Keeffe a distant silence

Opening Reception: February 14th, 5-9 PM

2731 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

February 14- March 22nd, 2014

The artist will also be in the Gallery on March 1 from 2-4 PM.


Nakedness and Art in the Renaissance

A Lecture by

Dr Gustav Medicus

February 12, 2014
University Library, 4th Floor, 1:20 PM

Explore, Learn, Share ,and Celebrate World Cultures

More information at:




The Digital Hand

February 11 - 28, 2014
School of Art Gallery

Kent State School of Art Metalsmithing Showcase Examines “Digital Hand”
KENT, Ohio – The School of Art Gallery at Kent State University will present “The Digital Hand,” an exhibit spotlighting the work of metalsmiths who incorporate digital technique in their design and production. Curated by Kathleen Browne, head of the jewelry/metals programs at the School of Art, the show will run from Feb. 11 to 28. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. in Kent.
There will be an opening reception for “The Digital Hand” on Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Additionally, visiting artist Melissa Cameron, whose works features in the exhibit, will give a tie-in lecture on Feb. 14 at noon in the adjacent auditorium (room 202). Both events, and the gallery itself, are free and open to the public.
“The exhibition is a survey of the work of 18 metalsmiths who have integrated digital technologies into their art practice,” says Browne. “These artists’ engagement in digital technologies covers a broad spectrum, from using computer programs solely as a design tool to fabricating works of art using laser cutting and 3D printing.”
The artists whose work appears in “The Digital Hand” are Pam Argentieri, Kristin Beeler, Allyson Bone, Doug Bucci, Melissa Cameron, David Choi, Joshua DeMonte, Arthur Hash, Matthew Hollern, Nicole Jacquard, Amy Klainer, Plural Studios (Courtney Starrett and Michael Gayk), Phil Renato, Rebecca Strzelec, Kim Tatalick, Jess Todd and Linda Threadgill.
Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries,, 330-672-1369 (office)

Biennial Faculty Show

January 31, 2014
School of Art Gallery

1/14/2014 Through 01/31/2014. Reception 1/16/2014, 5-7 PM.

Rendered: Portraits and Processes

Brian Babb

January 23, 2014
Downtown Gallery

The work of Akron-based artist Brian Babb will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery beginning in January.
Babb’s show, dubbed “Rendered: Portraits and Processes,” will run from Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Saturday, Feb. 22. The gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, will also host an opening reception for “Rendered” on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.

Biennial Faculty Show Gallery Talk

Chuck Basham and Isabel Farnsworth

January 17, 2014
School of Art Gallery

School of Art Gallery, 12 noon to 1:00 PM

Biennial Faculty Show Reception

January 16, 2014
School of Art Gallery, 5-7

Foundations Faculty Show

Julie Friedman, Charles Basham, Kortney Niewierski, Jennifer maitz-Collier, Sarah Jane, Kelly Kietrick, Emily Sullivan, Don King, Taryn McMahon, Mark Schatz

December 4, 2013 - January 10, 2014
The Downtown Gallery
Reception: December 5, 2013 from 5-7PM

Pageant of Pulchritude

BFA Painting Exhibition

Abby Boliantz

December 4 - 6, 2013
Sculpture Gallery, Room 112 ART
Closing Reception Friday Dec. 6, from 5-8PM

Holiday Sale


November 30 - December 1, 2013
The Downtown Gallery
Saturday Nov. 30th, 10AM - 4PM Sunday Dec. 1st, 12PM - 5PM

Abstract Painting in Northeast Ohio

Gianna Commito, Mark Keffer, Steve McCallum, Erik Neff, Dana Oldfather, Scott Olson, Lorri Ott, John Pearson

October 22 - November 16, 2013
School of Art Downtown Gallery
Reception: Oct 24, 2013, 5-7PM

Structure and Distruption

MFA Thesis Show

Melissa English Campbell

October 16 - 19, 2013
School of Art Downtown Gallery
Reception: October 17, 5-7PM

Works on paper & in clay

Eva Kwong & Kirk Mangus

October 11 - 27, 2013
Drury Gallery, Marlboro College
Artist Talk Monday October 14, 4PM
Drury Gallery, Sunday-Friday, 1-5pm
Marlboro College
2582 South Rd, Marlboro, VT 05344

First Friday Artist Lecture

Printmaking & Pattern

Taryn McMahon

October 4, 2013
Noon, Room 202 Art Building

Downtown Gallery presents:
Doug Unger, Charles Basham, and Ben Bassham: Recent Landscapes
On view 09/04/2013 - 10/05/2013
Opening reception Thursday, 5 September, 5-7p.

The School of Art Gallery presents:
Room of Relief
An installation designed by three master printmakers —
Curlee Raven Holton, Veronica Ceci & Francine K. Affourtit
09/03/2013 - 10/11/2013
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, October 10, 5-7 PM