Exhibits at Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center Showcase Work by Alumnae and Current Students
Kent State University’s School of Art Collection and Galleries and the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center will present “Your Place or Mine,” a new collaborative work by Emily Sullivan Smith and Lesley Sickle, as well as a separate exhibit featuring works by Kent State textile arts students. The exhibits will run from Oct. 27, 2016, through Jan. 7, 2017.
The opening reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5-8 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists, mingle with friends and enjoy the art. Complimentary appetizers and happy hour drink pricing will be provided. Both the exhibits and the reception are free and open to the public.
The gallery is located in the NINETEEN10 Restaurant and Lounge, adjacent to the lobby of the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.
“Your Place or Mine” features work by two former Kent State University students. Sullivan Smith is a Kent State alumna with a Master of Fine Arts degree. She is currently an assistant professor of foundations and the foundations coordinator at the University of Dayton. Her current work centers around a dialogue of concerns about the human propensity toward personalizing the world around them and thereby gaining status.
Sickle is a Kent State alumna with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Her current work explores layering, abstraction and color. She uses drawings of shadows from her surroundings to create small, intimate compositions that are then cut, bent and folded to create a new set of shadows. Sickle’s work has been exhibited at the International Print Center in New York City, the Prince Street Gallery in New York City and a number of times at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio.
Textile art at Kent State has a long history of engagement in artistic research, which is highlighted by the many successes of current students and alumnae. The program has recently relocated to the new Center for the Visual Arts on the Kent Campus.
This exhibition was funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council.