Two Alumnae Awarded Akron Soul Train Fellowships

Two MFA Painting alumnae from the School of Art at Kent State University have been awarded fellowships from the Akron Soul Train. Jenniffer Omaitz and Michelle Droll are both resident artists for a new project based in Akron, Ohio.  Akron Soul Train is an artist residency, connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines.  Soon the residents will be working out of a village created from shipping containers, railroad cars and tiny houses located in Akron, which is scheduled to be built next year.  Lectures and workshops are scheduled for each artist during their residency month. Photographer Stephen Tomasko was also selected as a fellow for this year in addition to three part-time fellows including performance artist Danny Volk, installation artist Eva Kwong, and writer Gabe Gott. More info at

Jennifer Omaitz, Indelable

About the artists:

Jenniffer Omaitz holds an MFA in painting from Kent State University and a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland; Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver; and Kent State University, Hinterland, Denver, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Her work was also featured at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas in Denver. Omaitz currently teaches part time at the University of Akron, Myers School of Art and Kent State University’s School of Art.

Michelle Droll moved to Akron from upstate New York in 1995 with her husband as newlyweds. After working as an architect for some years, she decided to go to art school to help fulfill her more creative side. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA and Kent State University with an MFA, she was employed by Dominion Energy in 2006, where she is currently a Senior Business Analyst. Her work has been exhibited throughout Northeast Ohio, including at SPACES Gallery, MOCA Cleveland, and in 2011-12, a solo show at the Akron Art Museum.

Images: Michelle Droll, Forest Carnival (top), Jenniffer Omaitz, Indelable (center)

POSTED: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:28am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:31am