School of Art Gallery to Display Ted Vogel's Allegorical Sculptures

The sculptures of Oregon-based artist Ted Vogel are rooted in tangible material objects (such as tattered suitcases and dictionaries), and yet exude a haunted energy suggestive of memory and the subconscious.

“Object Lessons: The Sculpture of Ted Vogel” will appear at the Kent State University School of Art Gallery Oct. 8 - Nov. 20, with an opening reception Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery will also host an artist discussion Oct. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. The exhibit, reception and artist discussion are all free and open to the public.

Ted Vogel is an associate professor of art at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he has taught ceramics since 1994. He has also led workshops across the country, including at the Penland School for Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, and Mendocino Art Center.

“Reflecting the traditions of ceramic and glass figurines and the kitsch ceramic of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, my work explores ideas of storytelling and allegory,” says Vogel. “These stories are derived from sources of mythology, our vast history and family tales that are passed down from generation to generation, and from the so-called ‘true stories’ of our time, often created by ironic public myth.” For more information on the artist, visit

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building (400 Janik Drive, Kent, Ohio).

Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries,, 330-672-1369

(Image: "Campfire Stories," 2015 (installation); earthenware, porcelain, cast resin, paint, branches and silver leaf; dimensions variable)

POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:26pm
Alex Parrott