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Nationally Recognized Craft Organization's "Best of 2011" Travels to Kent State

Posted Sep. 23, 2011

The Kent State University School of Art Gallery will be hosting Ohio Designer Craftsmen's "The Best of 2011" Oct. 11 through Nov. 11, 2011 with a 5 o'clock reception on Oct. 13. The exhibit features specialty work in ceramics, fiber, jewelry, wood, metal, glass and mixed media by artists across the nation. This year's juror is Paula Owen who is the president of the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas.

Apiculture, precious sterling"As juror for 'The Best of 2011,' presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, I was delighted to discover many works that exceeded my 'horizon of expectation,'" noted Owen. "In these selections, you will find many works that are visually compelling and some that also express complicated ideas, such as empathy for the human condition, the nature of authenticity, or our shared existential predicament. Each is equally valid, but the range of the artist's intentions is vast."

"The diverse mix of materials, methods, styles and points of view in this exhibition reminds us all of our own individuality and the artist's restless and eternal quest to express it," she concluded.

Ohio Designer Craftsmen (ODC) was founded in 1964 and aims to engage communities in high-quality exhibitions, education programs and the professional development of fine craft artists. ODC is a non-profit organization with a membership of approximately 2000. The organization produces four craft shows and eight exhibitions every year. The shows follow themes and feature craftworks by artists from all over the world. The exhibitions travel regionally, nationally and even internationally to promote the fine art crafts to the most diverse audience possible.

In 1993 the organization opened the Ohio Craft Museum that offers tours, partnership opportunities with local schools and workshops for community members to learn more about fine crafting.

For more information about Ohio Designer Craftsmen, visit, call 614-486-7119 for information regarding membership and craft fairs, or call 614-486-4402 for information regarding the Ohio Craft Museum and educational program. Please visit the School of Art Galleries website for more information about Kent State's School of Art Galleries. The School of Art Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Art Building and is open 11 a.m. - 5p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Kristi Kloss
Apiculture, Precious
Sterling, 18k gold, 14k gold, copper,
enamel, citrine, aluminum, brass


For more information, contact:

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