Joanne Arnett Receives Prestigious Award in Fiber Art

Joanne Arnett, assistant professor at the Kent State University Fashion School, received the Brandford/Elliot Award (B/EA) for Excellence in Fiber Art during the Textile Society of America (TSA) Biennial Symposium in Savannah, GA on Oct. 22, 2016.  This prestigious award is presented biennially at the Textile Society of American Symposium to an emerging artist on the strength of their work; nominated and selected by a board of professional artists in the field. In addition to her role as professor in fashion design, Arnett is also an alumna of the Kent State University School of Art, having earned her M.F.A. in Textiles in 2013.

“I was thrilled when I learned that one of our alumni from the M.F.A. Textile Art program in the School of Art was selected to receive the [B/EA]. It was a great coincidence that I had included the weavings of Joanne Arnett in a refereed exhibition that I had curated for presentation during the symposium – a double honor for her, and for Kent State,” said Janice Lessman-Moss, professor and head of Textiles at the School of Art.

Arnett combines the disciplines of photography and textiles in her series of hand-woven mugshot portraits, which were included in the exhibition Lessman-Moss curated, titled “Source & Sequence: Digital Weaving by Joanne Arnett, Janice Lessman-Moss & Bhakti Ziek.” The exhibition was on view during the TSA Symposium in October.  Her hand-woven portraits have also been featured in the Huffington Post, Trend Hunter and Juxtapoz.

About the School of Art:  The School of Art at Kent State University was established soon after the University was founded in 1910 and maintains a tradition of excellence in visual arts education, creation, scholarship, and leadership. Its undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual arts offer a range of directions and opportunities in the fields of arts education, art history, and a comprehensive array of studio disciplines including painting, drawing, print media & photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling, and textile arts. The School of Art Collection and Galleries consist of six exhibition spaces located on the Kent campus, downtown Kent and at the Blossom Music Center and a collection of over 4,000 artworks and objects. The School of Art is located at the Center of the Visual Arts at 325 Terrace Drive in Kent. The 27,900-square-foot facility — twice the length of a football field —had its grand opening in 2016 and houses all School of Art studios and classrooms under one roof.


Contact: Roza Maille, Marketing Assistant, School of Art -, (330)672-2260

Image: Joanne Arnett, Six Months Probation, hand woven with cotton/bamboo yarn and tinned copper wire, 45"x28"

POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 5:07pm
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