Kent State Hotel to Host Gallery Night and Reception
By Marcus Donaldson and Victoria Manenti
The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center and the School of Art Galleries will host the first Gallery Night and Reception at the Kent State Hotel on Feb. 25 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition will feature Kent State faculty and local artists Lori Kella, Michael Loderstedt and Taryn M. McMahon. Guests will meet the artists, enjoy live music and view the art. Complimentary appetizers and drink specials, featuring Scenic Brewing Co., will be available.
Kella, a part-time assistant professor in the School of Art, has received three Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowships Awards, and recently received a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Kella’s recent work was exhibited at Gallery Drei in Dresden, Germany; the Print Center in Philadelphia; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Texas State University; and William Busta Gallery in Cleveland. The assistant professor’s one-person exhibition, “Lori Kella: Coordinates,” was featured as part of the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series at MOCA Cleveland, and Global Anxieties: Nine Perspectives on a Changing Planet at the College of Wooster Art Museum.
In addition to being a professor of art at the school, Loderstedt is an alumnus of the School of Art. After completing his BFA in printmaking at East Carolina University in 1981, Loderstedt received his MFA from Kent State in 1985. Loderstedt’s work incorporates photography, printmaking and artist books, and has been featured in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Akron Art Museum and the Kupferstich-Kabinett in Dresden, Germany. Loderstedt has completed international residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium, and the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden.
Loderstedt’s work has recently been shown in solo exhibitions at the Santa Reparata Gallery in Florence, the Kulturrathaus in Dresden, the Alte Feuerwache Galerie in Loschwitz and as part of Portrait 100 Project in Hellerau, Germany. Other recent exhibition venues have included The Print Center in Philadelphia and the International Print Center in New York and the City = Graphics exhibition at the Frank Taal Galerie in Rotterdam, Holland.
McMahon currently serves as an assistant professor in the School of Art, where she teaches printmaking and foundations classes. Among her many accomplishments, her work has been showcased in recent exhibitions, including The Print Center in Philadelphia. She has been recognized with several awards, such as the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship and fully funded residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, as well as Anchor Graphics in Chicago.
For more information about the event, contact Anderson Turner, director of galleries, at 330-672-1369.