Kent State College of the Arts Announces 2016 Stratosphere Finalists
The finalists of the 2016 Stratosphere Juried Art Competition will have their work on display April 20-30 at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., with competition winners announced at 6 p.m. Both the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.
Juror Alenka Banco, director of the Cleveland Arts Prize, selected 25 finalists from a pool of more than 200 individual entries. Sponsored by the Kent State College of the Arts, the competition was open to all full-time undergraduates attending the Kent campus, regardless of major.
Visitors to the exhibition on April 20 (noon - 7 p.m.) and 21 (noon - 6 p.m.) will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork in the People’s Choice Award category, which carries a $500 prize. That award, along with Best in Show ($1,000), First Runner-Up ($500) and Second Runner-Up ($250) will be presented during the April 21 reception.
The Downtown Gallery is open Monday - Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon - 5 p.m.
This year’s Stratosphere finalists are:
|Yasmin Ali||Fashion Design|
|Emily Blystone||Interior Design|
|Logan Drake Bruni||Fashion Design|
|Justin Buescher||Fine Arts|
|Valerie Buynak||Fine Arts|
|Biqin Chen||Fashion Merchandising|
|Olivia Eitzman||Anthropology; Fine Arts|
|Rachel Fortenbaugh||Fine Arts|
|Shelby Gill||Engineering Technology|
|Kathleen Huber||Fashion Design|
|Paige Joy||Public Relations|
|Abbey Kish||Art Education; Fine Arts|
|Katie Metcalf||Fine Arts|
|Kathleen Morris||Visual Communication Design|
|Monica Ramser||Art Education|
|Abigail E. Schnure||Crafts|
|Ashley Spangler||Fine Arts|
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