Six Faculty, Four Alumni Receive Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards

Andrea Myers, Tidal - a multi-colored fabric collage
Ten Kent State University School of Art faculty and alumni have been awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards for 2021. Full-time faculty members Peter Christian Johnson, Taryn McMahon, Andrea Myers, and Shawn Powell were selected for the award. Four School of Art alumni including Tom Bartel (B.F.A. ‘93), Sarah McMahon (M.F.A. ‘18), Marc Ross (M.F.A.’80), and Priscilla Roggenkamp (M.F.A. ‘99) were also included on the list, as well as part-time faculty in Foundations, Sharon Koelblinger and Professor Emeritus Paul O’Keeffe. This award includes a monetary prize of $4000 for each individual artist or is split between collaborators.

According to the Ohio Arts Council website, the Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of the artists for the outstanding work that exemplifies their specific discipline and advances the larger artistic community. These awards help to support the artists’ growth and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond. 

Seventy-five artists in total received an Individual Excellence Award. Applications are peer reviewed and selected based on the exceptional merit of the artist’s body of work. The Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award gives artists the resources to explore their art forms, develop skills, and advance their careers. 

Images: (top, left to right) Painting on paper by Shawn Powell; Peter Christian Johnson, "Untitled," porcelain and poplar, 2020; "Vision" print by Taryn McMahon; (image within text) "Tidal" fabric sculpture by Andrea Myers.

POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2021 - 9:43am
UPDATED: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 4:05pm