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Kent Blossom Art 2014

All visiting artist lectures begin at 6 p.m. and are held in room 202 of the Art Building (400 Janik Dr., Kent, Ohio).



Visiting Artist: Tommy White (Painting)

Lecture: Thursday, May 22

On Campus Dates: May 22 - May 25

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.



Visiting Artist: Alex Olson (Painting)

Lecture: Wednesday, May 28

On Campus Dates: May 27 - May 30

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.



Visiting Artist: John Monti (Sculpture)

Lecture: Tuesday, May 27

On Campus Dates: May 26 - May 29

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.



Visiting Artist: Hilary Harnischfeger (Sculpture)

Lecture: Friday, May 23

On Campus Dates: May 22 - May 25

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.



Visiting Artist: Jeff Ballard (Glass)

Lecture: Wednesday, May 21

On Campus Dates: May 19 - June 1

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.


Visiting Artist: Randy Bolton (Printmaking)

Lecture: Thursday, June 5

On Campus Dates: June 4 - June 6

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.



Visiting Artist: Melissa Brown (Printmaking)

Lecture: Wednesday, June 11

On Campus Dates: June 10 - June 12

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.


Visiting Artist: David Alban (Ceramics)

Lecture: Monday, June 23

On Campus Dates: June 22 - June 29

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.



Visiting Artist: Matthew Courtney (Ceramics)

Lecture: Monday, June 23

On Campus Dates: June 22 - June 29

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.