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Exhibition Opportunities

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Student Annual Juried Exhibition

The annual exhibition of both graduate and undergraduate work is juried by guest curators representing visual arts professions throughout the region.  Work is reviewed “in the flesh” and rapidly mounted for exhibition; first- and second-place prizes as well as Best in Show award are made during the opening reception, which has increasingly become a party to look forward to!

You can plan to submit work in any medium in late February or early March by bringing it to the School Gallery, along with completed application form (dates and specific instructions will be posted on the website).  The exhibition typically runs for three weeks and the director of Galleries encourages students to price works and list them for sale to interested gallery attendees.

Contact Anderson Turner, haturner@kent.edu, Director of Galleries, for further information.

 

Foundations Exhibition

In the final week of the Fall and Spring semesters, every student in all sections of foundations classes (Drawing I, 2-Dimensional composition, 3-Dimensional composition, Digital Media) choose their strongest work to exhibit in the School  Gallery. This Foundations Exhibition celebrates the achievements, growth, and exploration that students attain in these intensive courses and serves to introduce their talents to the School of Art community. Participation in organizing, installing, labeling, and lighting the work becomes a laboratory for mounting a professional exhibition and moving creative output from the classroom to the wider public.

Each semester instructors award Outstanding Student Recognition at this exhibition to those students who have shown exceptional potential, achieved extraordinary growth, or demonstrated unwavering commitment to their discipline. In addition, faculty jurors select from submitted work to award the Tippens Scholarship, made possible by a generous donation by Jack and Dora Tippens.

Please, check with your instructors for further details or contact Professor Mark Schatz, mschatz@kent.edu, coordinator of the Foundations Program or Anderson Turner, haturner@kent.edu, Director of Galleries, for further information.

 

 

GAR Foundation Exhibition

Each year, beginning in 2011, the GAR Foundation  (http://www.garfdn.org/) has hired a graduate student in the School of Art at Kent State University to curate a long-term exhibition of undergraduate art work by students at the University of Akron Myers School of Art and the Kent State University School of Art.  Works selected, mostly but not exclusively wall pieces, are exhibited in the renovated Andrew Jackson House (http://www.garfdn.org/andrew-jackson-house) near downtown Akron, location of the corporate offices of the GAR Foundation.   Exhibitors receive a $100 honorarium for each work selected for exhibition, and each year the staff of the Foundation chooses a “Best in Show” that they then purchase for their permanent collection

Call for submissions usually comes late in the fall semester (by about mid-November), with a mid-January deadline for review.  This show is open to junior and senior undergraduates enrolled full-time or part-time in the School of Art at Kent State University or the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron. The curator works directly with both schools in collecting submissions.

When the call for entries is announced, keep your eyes peeled -- fliers are posted around the Art Building listing the deadlines and submission requirements. Students pick up an application form, load their images onto a CD, and turn in the completed form with CD to the designated drop-off point (usually a box in front of the Gallery bulletin board is labeled for dropping off entries). The curator typically selects about 20 works of art: ten  from Kent State University, and ten from the University of Akron.

The graduate curator then works with exhibitors to display works most effectively in the GAR offices, with a reception and celebration of the year’s artists in late February or early March.  Works remain on display, with a color handlist of all those exhibited including prices of those for sale, through November, when they are brought back to KSU for pickup by each artist.  

For further information, check Anderson Turner, haturner@kent.edu, Director of Galleries, for further information.

 

ASM International Exhibition

The international headquarters of the American Society of Materials (ASM) (http://www.asminternational.org/) is sited in an area of rolling hills in Geauga County: A modern building from the 1950’s rises underneath an openwork dome by R. Buckminster Fuller and commands peaceful views of the surrounding countryside (http://www.asminternational.org/about/materials-park).

The open vistas of the ASM building afford a perfect opportunity for display of works of contemporary art in a wide range of media (free-standing, wall work, and other forms), so from 2013 onward, the administration of the ASM has collaborated with the Kent State University School of Art to mount a long-term exhibit of works by our students and faculty.  A graduate student curator in the School of Art typically issues a call for submissions in the course of the spring semester; curating is done electronically, artists notified of acceptance in April, and the work is celebrated at a reception in May at the ASM headquarters. Works can be listed for sale and exhibitors receive an honorarium for the long-term loan.

The ASM Show is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time or part-time in the School of Art. When the call for entries is announced, keep your eyes peeled -- fliers are posted around the Art Building listing the deadlines and submission requirements. Students pick up an application form, load their images onto a CD, and turn in the completed form with CD to the designated drop-off point (usually a box in front of the Gallery bulletin board is labeled for dropping off entries). Usually, about 20 works of art are chosen to represent a range of media, materials, and student attainment.

The work is celebrated at a reception in May at the ASM International Headquarters. Works can be listed for sale and exhibitors receive a $100 honorarium for each work of art accepted for long-term loan.  In addition, staff at ASM chooses a “Best of Show” and purchases that piece, adding it to their growing permanent collection.

For further information, check Anderson Turner, haturner@kent.edu, Director of Galleries, for further information.

 

The Margaret Clark Morgan Exhibition

Executive offices of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation are located in an historic building at the crossroads of Routes 303 and 91 in Hudson, Ohio.  Recent renovations to an expansive lobby have included an intimate gallery space accommodating 2- and 3-dimensional work, in which space the foundation has invited School of Art graduate students to exhibit since 2011. 

A graduate student curator in the School of Art usually calls for submissions during the course of the summer and schedules studio visits with all interested graduate students.  Works accepted are exhibited for three or four months each fall in the gallery, with an opening reception where exhibitors are encouraged to give a brief introduction to their work and practice.  A handlist with color reproductions of exhibited works offers another opportunity for each exhibitor to write a brief statement introducing gallery-goers to important contemporary issues and conversations in the visual arts as well as to list works for sale.  Exhibiting artists receive an honorarium for each work selected for long-term exhibition.

For further information, check Anderson Turner, haturner@kent.edu, Director of Galleries, for further information.