Six Kent State Faculty Receive Ohio Arts Council Awards

KENT, Ohio – The School of Art at Kent State University is proud to announce that six faculty members have been awarded Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards for 2017.  The winners include: Peter Christian Johnson (Ceramics), Gianna Commito (Painting), Janice Lessman-Moss (Textiles), Lori Kella (Photography), Andrea Myers (Sculpture, Stark Campus) and Paul O'Keeffe (Sculpture, Professor Emeritus). Each received an award of $5,000.  The Individual Excellence Award was given to a total of 77 artists throughout the state of Ohio this year.

“Kent State University couldn’t be more proud of its amazing faculty. The School of Art is home to incredible art historians, art educators and studio artists and having six of our studio art faculty receive such a prestigious award solidifies our standing as one of the most comprehensive art schools in the state,” said Michael Loderstedt, Interim Director for the School of Art.

According to the Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community. During this funding cycle, applications in crafts, design arts and illustration, interdisciplinary and performance art, media arts, photography, two-dimensional visual arts, and three-dimensional visual arts were accepted. Seventy-three (73) - $5,000 and four (4) - $2,500 collaborative Individual Excellence Awards were approved totaling $375,000.

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 Dr. 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



POSTED: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 4:13pm
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