Fifth Annual Kent State National Ceramics Invitational Opens at the KSU Downtown Gallery

Ceramics artwork by April Felipe
KENT, Ohio
– The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University presents the fifth annual Kent State National Ceramics Invitational “Cutting The Line: Drawing on Ceramics” from August 26 through October 23, 2021 at the KSU Downtown Gallery.  The exhibition was curated by School of Art ceramics professor Michelle Summers and includes artists Molly Ann Bishop, Eun-Ha Paek, Joe Kraft, April Felipe and Rick Nickel. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 27 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. A full-color brochure will be available.

“Cutting the Line: Drawing on Ceramics” explores the unique material qualities of ceramics as a surface for drawing. The exhibition includes selections of both 2-D drawings and 3-D ceramic works by five artists to show how each artist’s hand and approach to making and drawing is influenced by the physical qualities of paper and clay. 

As a malleable material, clay can be gouged, inscribed, and painted to create imagery, and these techniques alter the surface texture and emphasize the drawn line. Drawings can become dimensional when on clay, giving viewers the opportunity to touch and trace their lines. While the artists in this show each approach drawing in clay differently, their imagery tends towards humor, kindness, play, and cuteness. Themes that are a much-needed antidote during these times of global unrest and uncertainty.

Ceramics artwork by Rick Nickel

The KSU Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio. Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Learn more about the artists on their websites: Molly Ann Bishop, Eun-Ha Paek, Joe Kraft, April Felipe and Rick Nickel.

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About the School of Art:  The School of Art at Kent State University was established in 1941 and maintains a tradition of excellence in visual arts education, creation, scholarship and leadership. Its undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual arts offer a range of directions and opportunities in the fields of art education, art history, and a comprehensive array of studio disciplines including painting, drawing, print media & photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling, and textiles. The School of Art Collection and Galleries consist of six exhibition spaces located on the Kent campus and downtown Kent and a collection of over 4,000 artworks and objects. The School of Art is located at the Center of the Visual Arts at 325 Terrace Dr. in Kent. The 27,900-square-foot facility — twice the length of a football field —had its grand opening in 2016 and houses all School of Art studios and classrooms under one roof.


Media contact: Roza Maille, Marketing Associate, School of Art -, 330-672-2260

Images: (top, left to right) Joe Kraft, Eun-Ha Paek, Molly Ann Bishop; (within text, top) April Felipe, (bottom) Rick Nickel. 

POSTED: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4:41pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 2:53pm