The Link Art Gallery

The Link Art Gallery at Kent State University at Trumbull exhibits emerging and established regional and national artists.

A wide variety of exhibitions are staged throughout the year. The Gallery is open Monday thru Thursday, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

For information on exhibiting, or on the current exhibitions, contact Phillip Buntin, assistant professor of art, at pbuntin@kent.edu.

Christopher Ryan

October 27-November 20

For nearly a decade, Ryan's primary body of artwork has addressed the convergence of the material culture of the past and the residue of contemporary society. Referencing the narrative designs of ancient and medieval mosaic and inlaid stone floors from Italy, his paintings have juxtaposed this imagery with objects and debris from contemporary life in order to establish new relationships. The “dialogue” created between contrasting elements (old and new, public and private, sacred and profane, etc.), suggests enigmatic events transpired or allegories that address themes that are both autobiographical and universal. In his work, the floor plane itself has served as a metaphor for the surroundings that we navigate daily, but often treat with ambivalence, disregard, or disrespect. A sort of “low-impact visual archaeology,” consisting of observing, sketching, making rubbings, and photographic documentation has been his process of gathering on-site source material for his work.

Learn more about Ryan and his work.

Sarah Kabot

March 30-April 30

Artist statement: Making, for me, is an act of unraveling, of revealing structure at a precise level. The installations take visual cues and materials from a location to create a secondary experience of that location. Wall drawings analyze and amplify specific aspects of a chosen space, using the tools of repetition and subtlety to create tension between site and intervention. Repetition, inherent to the process, optically enhances and torques perception. And subtlety encourages the viewer to be attentive to the nuances of the transformation.

The work proposes an alteration in comprehension, encouraging the viewer to question his or her own perceptions. The meaning, significance, and even location of objects are not fixed. Potentially, everything could be different.

Learn more about Sarah Kabot and her work.