This Is Home: Recent Paintings by Luanne Redeye

KENT, Ohio – The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University are pleased to announce a new exhibit “This Is Home: Recent Paintings by Luanne Redeye.” The exhibit will be on display March 15 through May 14, 2022 at the KSU Downtown Gallery, located at 141 East Main Street in Kent, Ohio. “This is Home” is a part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read events, organized in part by a partnership with the Massillon Museum

An artist's reception will take place on Friday, April 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the KSU Downtown Gallery. Redeye will also be giving an artist talk the same day at noon in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts on Kent campus, located at 325 Terrace Dr. Both events and the exhibition are free and open to the public. 

Painting by Luanne Redeye of a mother reading to her child.
Luanne Redeye
grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. It is from here where she draws inspiration incorporating community and family members into her paintings, which gives her works a strong personal and emotional component. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at the University of New Mexico receiving her MFA in 2011. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at SUNY Binghamton, NY.

“As a figurative artist my work is an intersection of autobiography and community. I depict my culture and the relationship between perception and experience through genre scenes and portraits of people from my home reservation in New York,” said Redeye in an artist statement. “The works are visual narratives of the people’s histories capturing what it means to be Indian today. I feel I am always searching to make my work more honest and heartfelt, something that I hope allows the viewer to really tune in to the intimacy, vibrancy, and resilience of the people.”

A full color catalog available for purchase, featuring an essay by Emmanuel Ortega the Marilynn Thoma Scholar in Art of the Spanish Americas, Assistant Professor, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago.

About NEA Big Read: NEA Big Read events are an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. For a complete list of Massillon Museum’s NEA Big Read programming visit MassillonMuseum.org/BigRead.
This exhibit is presented with support from the Ohio Arts Council.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Closed on Sundays.

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 studio art, which includes a comprehensive array of studio disciplines: ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling, painting, print media and photography, sculpture and expanded media, 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.

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Media Contact: Roza Maille, Marketing Associate, School of Art, rmaille1@kent.edu

Images: (top left) Luanne Redeye, "James and Steve," 2019, Oil on Canvas Stretched over Panel, 24” x 36”; (top right) Luanne Redeye, "Becky," 2018, Oil on Panel, 32” x 24”; (within text) Luanne Redeye, "Elli," 2017, Oil, Acrylic, and Photo Transfer on Panel, 40” x 30”

POSTED: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 9:21am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 4:49pm