Taryn McMahon Receives New Faculty Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award

Kent State University has announced the recipients of the New Faculty Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award (New ORSA). Taryn McMahon, Associate Professor of Print Media and Photography, was one of the two faculty selected for this prestigious award. These awards recognize the hard work and dedication of faculty who have been at Kent State for 10 years or less and are sponsored by the University Research Council.

“This year’s New ORSA winners ideally represent the strength and breadth of research and scholarship at Kent State University,” said Paul DiCorleto, vice president for research at Kent State. “We are looking forward to the next great accomplishments of the awardees.”

This year’s New ORSA winners also included Sara Bayramzadeh, an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and the Elliot Professor in the Elliot Program for Master of Healthcare Design (MHCD). Both faculty members have contributed to the success and progression of the community and university through their countless hours of research and efforts in their fields of expertise.


Taryn McMahonTaryn McMahon is an associate professor and division coordinator in the School of Art. She focuses on print media, photography and studio art where she merges traditional printmaking with contemporary approaches to create visually complex landscapes through the use of human-made and naturally made resources.

McMahon’s recent project, “A Series of Entanglements,” is a collection of 20 large silkscreen prints that are highly layered and detailed to depict the current state of constant interaction between people and our environment. Further, the natural resources are locally sourced, coming from the shores of Lake Erie or the Cuyahoga River.

In her letter of nomination it was noted that McMahon’s focus on the human impact on ecologies and cultural preconceptions of nature dispenses with a romantic view of nature and grapples with global human impact. 

For more information about McMahon, visit www.tarynmcmahon.com/.

POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2021 01:23 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM