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William Busta Gallery Features Work by Kent State Art Faculty, Alumni and Students

Posted Jan. 12, 2012

The William Busta Gallery, located at 2731 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH, has two exhibits that represent work by Kent State University students, faculty and alumni. Kent State Professor of Printmaking Michael Loderstedt has curated work by current and former printmaking students at Kent State and his solo exhibition, Menagerie, which was featured at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, is on view in the main gallery. Both exhibitions will remain open to the public through Feb. 4. Loderstedt will be in the gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 21. Spectators are welcome Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or call 216-298-9071 for an appointment.

Loderstedt's Menagerie is a collection of photos, flat and constructed screen prints, a sculptural installation of birds and ladders meant to represent struggling economic times and drape minimalist retellings of 20th-century German architecture through paper sculptures of houses and a German ship.

The Province of Excavation by Emmalyn RuckerDimensional: Printed Works from Current and Former Students at Kent State University also runs through Feb. 4 and was curated by Loderstedt.  The ten School of Art students and alumni  from the printmaking program include Brandy Corbett, Kelley Mills, Bridget O'Donnell, Nick Pfeil, Paul Rodgers, Emmalyn Rucker, Lesley Sickle, Nicole Schneider, Emily Sullivan and Pamela Testa were challenged to use print as a sculptural object instead of just a flat picture.

"Each of the ten artists represented here utilize some aspect of print's multiplicity, or paper's formability, to create a unique sculptural work," said Loderstedt.  "The communal nature of our printshop, faculty and students working in close proximity, has always been a lively 'marketplace' of ideas where we often learn new things together."

"Being included in a show at William Busta Gallery is quite an honor for a young artist," said Kent State student Emmalyn Rucker.  "I am sure this opportunity will help my growth and understanding of the art world."

The William Busta Gallery represents contemporary artists who live and work in northeast Ohio.  The gallery usually presents solo exhibitions.  First opening in January 1989, the gallery has presented 150 exhibitions at five locations in Cleveland (including Murray Hill Road, January 1989 to March 1998; Detroit Avenue, February 2001 to March 2002; Prospect Avenue, April 2007 to present).

Pictured: by Emmalyn Rucker
Title: The Province of Excavation
Date of completion: Dec. 2011
Media: Cut, Folded, and Glued Serigraphs
Size: Base 16"x16" - Excavator 22-1/2" in length, width varies
Retail Price: $250 

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For more information contact:
Effie A. Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398