“Cheap Thrills” Opens at the Kent State Downtown Gallery
The School of Art Collection and Galleries and the School of Art at Kent State University present Cheap Thrills at the Downtown Gallery, featuring recent sculpture by part-time faculty members Kortney Niewierski and Shannon Hines. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the Downtown Gallery in Kent. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 2.
Ms. Hines earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Kent State’s School of Art. She has shown in both juried and collaborative exhibitions in the Ohio area, including a two-person exhibition with Kent State sculpture Professor Isabel Farnsworth at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2017. Ms. Hines’s work is minimal in form and materials, working with primarily fabric, light, color and texture. She symbolically explores childhood memories and notions of comfort. She is an assistant professor at Kent State’s School of Art.
Ms. Niewierski received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of Kent State with a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture. Ms. Niewierski makes three-dimensional objects that explore the push and pull of intrigue and peculiarity through the use of bodily imagery, toy-like forms and tactile fabrics. Each organic form supports a not-quite-this, not-quite-that theme that is intended to cause a moment of introspection within the viewer. Ms. Niewierski currently teaches drawing and foundations as an adjunct professor at Kent State, and drawing and 3-D design at the University of Akron.
The Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.