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Kent State Art Student Shines at Philanthropic Organization's Art Showcase

Posted Mar. 8, 2012

Suspension, Best of Show 2012, GAR Foundation KSU and UofA Student Art Show, by N. Petrosky of Kent State.The GAR Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Kent State University and University of Akron Student Art Show on Thurs., March 1 at the newly renovated Andrew Jackson House. Kent State School of Art graduate student Tabitha Ott curated the art exhibition highlighting the talents of both universities, which will be on view through December 2012.

Natalie Petrosky, a Kent State art student, won "Best of Show 2012" with her piece, "Suspension." It is a wooden frame with blown glass pieces suspended by use of string wrapping and tying techniques. "I wanted to focus on how the string is the only thing holding it all together," said Petrosky. "It's a very free-flowing and airy composition with many subtleties."

This year's competition featured work by John R. Aylward, Stephanie Brewer, Crystal Cooper, Joshua Bentley, Adam Citak, Jamila Falah, Leah Gay, Chialla Geib, Vanessa Gilbert, Matt Kurtz, Nathan Mayfield, Emily Nicastro, Ciaran O'Keeffe, Emma Pavlik, Natalie Petrosky, Emily Poor, Sebastian Shepherd, Allison Smith, Kaleena Spackman, Ingrid Westberg and Ashley Williams.

"The work is diverse and represents several areas of study, such as textiles, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, glass, and collage," said Ott. "I am very happy to have had the opportunity to curate this how, work with GAR Foundation and interact with such talented art students."

The GAR Foundation is a private foundation established in 1967 by Galen Roush, co-founder of Roadway Express, and his wife Ruth. Since its inception, GAR has distributed more than $200 million to nonprofit organizations working within the Foundation's areas of interest. Funding priorities include education, health and social services, arts and arts education, civic enhancement and nonprofit enhancement, with a primary focus on organizations serving Summit County, Ohio.

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