Juried exhibition featuring graduate and undergraduate student work
The Kent State University School of Art will host the 2014 Student Annual art exhibition from March 6 through March 20, at the School of Art Gallery in the Art Building (400 Janik Dr.). The Student Annual is the only exhibition of the semester that comprises a juried sampling of both graduate and undergraduate student work. There will be an opening reception for the show on Thursday, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will boast live jazz accompaniment and double as an award ceremony, with over $1,500 in prizes distributed to the artists.
The juror for the 2014 Student Annual is Hilary Gent, who received her B.F.A. in painting from the School of Art. Currently, she is the director of the HEDGE Gallery, part of 78th St. Studios in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. Gent is quick to point out the overlap between her work in Cleveland and this juried show at her alma mater. “Much of the work I curate at the HEDGE Gallery is also by emerging student artists,” she says. “It will be refreshing to be immersed in the art school environment once again!”
Hilary Gent will determine the works to feature in the exhibition following the submission deadline, which is Monday, March 3. Awards in the graduate and undergraduate categories will be announced during the reception on Thursday.
Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-672-1369 (office).
A 2010 Virginia Commonwealth University MFA Craft (Fiber) alumna, Donnelly weaves by hand monumental-scale images of the human figure, inkblots, and manipulated forms she calls bodyblots. Donnelly’s laborious process involves dying her fibers and hand painting patterns and images on the warp (perpendicular threads) before weaving the cloth. Created through a complex yet highly spontaneous process of weaving, staining, unweaving, and reweaving, Donnelly’s figurative works explore cloth’s intimate and universal material relationship with the body. She employs cloth as a literal reference to the human figure, drawing on sensory memories and the intimate connections we all have to cloth in its many domestic forms. Donnelly’s mural sized weavings depict abstracted self-portraits, paradoxically presenting the figure on a medium traditionally used to conceal it.
Photography by David Hunter Hale and Shannon McGill