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“Don’t Mention It” opens at the Downtown Gallery in Kent (06/05/2009)

The Downtown Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition “Don't Mention It” featuring artwork by Dana Depew, Liz Maugans and Joel Ross.

The exhibition runs from June 10 to 27, 2009, with a reception on June 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be a Blossom Art - Painting, visiting artist lecture by Steve de Benedetto on June 11 at 6 p.m. in Room 202 of the Art Building. Please join us for both events!

About the artists

Joel Ross

Joel Ross is an artist living in rural east central Illinois. He is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago.

Joel is currently working on a series of sculptures that take the form of roadside signage. These objects are made and then sited at locations ranging from single-lane gravel farm roads to major highways. Most of these installations are not formally authorized, so the work's engagement with its initial audience, travelers on the road, is often rather brief. A series of photographs of these installations and the related works on paper become a record of these events as well as the primary point of engagement with their second audience, the art-going public. Monique Meloche Gallery will present the first solo show of this new work in May 2009.

Joel received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1992 and his B.F.A. from Tufts University in 1990. He received a discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1984. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1966. He is currently an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and lives in a farmhouse with his wife and two daughters.

Liz Maugans

Liz Maugans is one of Zygote Press' cofounders and has been the managing director since 1995. She is a native of Lakewood, Ohio, and received her B.F.A. from Kent State University.  She received her M.F.A. in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.  She teaches drawing and printmaking at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Lorain County Community College.  She has taught at several of the local universities including Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College (Metro). She has exhibited her work nationally and is in several collections including B.F. Goodrich Collection, The Print Club of Albany and The Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. She received an Individual Artist Grant (Excellence Award) in 2000 from the Ohio Arts Council and several other project grants (Artist in Communities Grant, Project Grant - Reverend Albert Wagner portfolio) from the Ohio Arts Council and The Cleveland Collective. She has curated several shows at Heights Arts, Cleveland Artist Foundation (Print Biennials), Cuyahoga Community College and Zygote Press. She is married to John Bando and has three children.

Dana Depew

Visiting Dana Depew’s labyrinthine basement-studio is a lot like wandering through an old thrift store. Hundreds of paintings, sculptures and found objects are piled high everywhere you look. Some are finished. Others stand like bits of memorabilia in a museum with no discernable theme.

One of nine children who grew up on a farm in Medina, Ohio, Depew isn't exactly a pack rat. His mother was an antiques dealer and left her vast collection to him. He's been tinkering with it ever since.

But even before that, Depew was the kind of artist who was inspired by objects of all kinds, and accordingly, he made work in a wide range of styles. Though he studied sculpture at Kent State University, he often makes paintings.

The Kent State University School of Art Downtown Gallery is located at 141 East Main in downtown Kent. For additional information regarding the Downtown Gallery or scheduled exhibitions, please visit the School of Art’s Web site at, or contact the Downtown Gallery at 330-676-1549.

Media Contact: Anderson Turner, 330-672-1369,


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