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School of Art Gallery Presents the First BFA Gala

Posted Apr. 4, 2012

The Kent State University School of Art Gallery will host the BFA Gala, the very first collection of works by Kent State Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates, April 17-27. The two-week exhibition will feature half of the students' work one week and the other half during the following week. Two receptions are scheduled, one for each set of students, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and Friday, April 27.

Rabbit Test, 2011 Copper, nu-gold, fine silver, vitreous enamel, 3The exhibition will include all types of works including but not limited to mixed media, printmaking, painting, sculpture, glass, jewelry, metalwork and textiles.

Six students will be featured the week of April 17 with a reception April 20. On exhibit will be works by students Christine Carpal, Cameron Lyden, Stephanie Cole, Stephanie Tucker, Jennifer Tyler and Rachel Stadtler.

The second group of students will be featured the week of April 23 with a reception April 27 and includes the work of Paul Rogers, Ashley Williams, Natalie Petrosky, Barbara Watson and Alexandra Carlson.

The students have been asked to provide artist statements describing their work. Many students express that they create an artwork to tell a story or assign deeper meaning.

"The characters I create on paper in ink are meant to represent the human psyche," said BFA candidate Ashley Williams in her artist statement describing her drawing. "I place them in unreal environments to give them a life or a reality in which feelings can be portrayed."

"As a maker, conceptually I find myself influenced by the idea of fables," said BFA candidate Cameron Lyden in his artist statement describing his artwork. "By utilizing jewelry and metalworking techniques, I fabricate ornate wearable objects, tools, and armor that seem plausible yet impractical."

Pictured: "Rabbit Test" by Stephanie Cole (Jewelry/Metals/Enamel), 2011 Copper, nu-gold, fine silver, vitreous enamel, 3"x2"x1".

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Anderson Turner, Director of Galleries,, 330-672-1369 or visit