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Kent State Fashion School Director and Professor Win Artist of the Year

Posted Dec. 8, 2010

The Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising announces that School Director J.R. Campbell and Associate Professor of Fashion Design Vincent Quevedo were collaboratively awarded the “International Artist of the Year” award at the 2010 Fashion Art Biennale in Seoul, South Korea, for their piece “DMZ,” which stands for demilitarized zone.

Photo of DMZ piece by Campbell and QuevedoThe winning piece is made up of two knit dresses on dress forms connected by a large section of fabric printed with optical illusion imagery. The middle section has vents and tubes sewn into it, incorporating photos taken from a military submarine's control panel.

“The piece is meant to invoke a somewhat voyeuristic response to investigating the tubes, which mimics the Western hemisphere's cultural response to the DMZ between North and South Korea,” Campbell said.

Campbell and Quevedo collaboratively conceived of, designed and created the piece, down to the fabric. Campbell graphically designed the cotton jersey knit fabric and digitally printed it in the school's TechStyleLAB.

Campbell attended the Biennale as one of only four American speakers at the week-long event. The event drew 104 artists from 17 nations and included a symposium of various speakers, performances and the main exhibition on the theme of Fashion Art - War/Peace, which was in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

The event was held during the G-20 Summit that took place in Seoul last month. The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was established in 1999 to bring together representatives from important industrialized and developing economies to discuss issues key to the global economy. Attendees of the summit visited the event and enjoyed the art and performances.

One very positive outcome of Campbell and Quevedo's participation was an invitation extended to the university’s fashion school by the Chinese government to send 10 Kent State fashion design students to show their work during China's Fashion Week in March 2011 in Beijing. The chosen students will enjoy an all-expense paid trip and the opportunity to feature their designs before an international audience. Students will be chosen during a competitive process by Campbell and the faculty of Kent State’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

The School of Fashion School and Merchandising at Kent State is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and is also recognized as one of the top fashion schools in the United States. The school provides a comprehensive American university experience, a forward-looking and rigorous curriculum in fashion, an aggressive approach to the use of digital technologies, and access to a broad range of international and study away experiences. For more information on the Fashion School and the TechStyleLAB, please visit

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Photo Caption:
J.R. Campbell, director of Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, and Vince Quevedo, associate professor of Fashion Design, were collaboratively awarded the “International Artist of the Year” award at the 2010 Fashion Art Biennale in Seoul, South Korea, for their piece “DMZ,” pictured here.

Media Contacts:
Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8298
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595