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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose opened at the Akron Art Museum on Feb. 11, 2017.  The exhibition features over fifty artists that have been featured in the popular contemporary art magazine.  A painting by one of the School of Art's alumni can be spotted in this traveling exhibition, alongside works by Kehinde Wiley, Mark Ryden, and Tara McPherson. Sam Gibbons, who studied Fine Art at Kent State University, had one of his paintings featured on the cover of Hi-Fructose Magazine, Vol. 9 and inside a current issue. ​ Sam Gibbons was born in Young...

Gallery view of artwork by Davin Ebanks in the Pittsburgh Glass Center

Davin Ebanks, assistant professor of glass and M.F.A. alumnus, has been selected for the group exhibition "Full Spectrum: Visionaries Elevating Art, Craft, and Design" on view at the Pittsburgh Glass Center through May 23, 2022. The exhibition, curated by Corey Pemberton, Nisha Blackwell and April Felipe, showcases visionary makers of color from around the country who are producing extraordinary craft objects, while illustrating the vast number of pathways to a successful and meaningful career. Artists included in the exhibition are Natalia Arbelaez, Ana Armengod, N.E. Brown, Eunsuh Choi, Tany...

Simon Tatum, M.F.A. '21, was honored at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s 28th annual National Arts and Culture Awards, which took place on Feb. 17, 2022. National Arts and Culture Awards are given to those who have made a significant contribution to arts and culture or achieved a high-quality body of creative work. Tatum received the Bronze Star for Creativity alongside 11 other awardees. The CNCF Star for Creativity in the Arts Medal is awarded for artistic endeavor, achievement and excellence in the arts. The award has three levels: GOLD for a lifetime of high quality engagemen...

Three paintings by Nick Lee

Recent B.F.A. alumnus Nick Lee, ‘21 has been selected for Summit Artspace’s inaugural funded solo exhibition for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. Lee’s exhibition, "When We Share Our Wounds," will be on view from April 8 – June 25 in Summit Artspace’s 3G Gallery. Lee’s work was selected by jurors J. Leigh Garcia and Dara Harper. The goal of this new project is to amplify the voices of northeast Ohio’s BIPOC artists. “Art is rich in color, culture, and expression. It makes sense for those creating the art to be represented as such, too!” noted juror Dara Harper.  As a Ja...

Artwork by Katie Burkett and Gabriel Poucher. A wooden rocking chair on the left with an enlarged strand of glass beads placed in a squiggle around it. A sculpture made of porcelain pieces in teal and yellow.

Davin Ebanks, professor and head of glass, and Peter Christian Johnson, professor and head of ceramics and interim director for the School of Art, curated a regional group exhibition called “Kindred Objects: Ceramics & Glass Art from the Western Reserve.” The exhibition features more than 20 established and emerging artists and is on view at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in Cleveland from Nov. 4 through Dec. 18, 2021. An opening reception will take place on Nov. 4 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. in person with masks required in the gallery.   For Ebanks and Johnson, the pairi...

Jennifer Ling Datchuk working in her garage ceramics studio in San Antonio. Photo by Clint Datchuk.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk, ’04 has been named Ceramics Artist of the Year, announced in the "Ceramic Arts 2022 Yearbook." Chosen by the editorial staff of "Ceramics Monthly" and "Pottery Making Illustrated," the Ceramic Artist of the Year receives a $1000 cash award and a $500 purchase award, and is chosen for creating innovative work and for setting an example for ceramic artists by embracing today’s trends; technology; and studio, marketing, and/or community-focused practices. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk's works often use a myriad of materials ranging from porcelain to fabric or embroid...

Davin Ebanks being presented the top award for the 2nd Cayman Biennial, His work of casted glass baskets are pictured on the left.

Davin Ebanks, M.F.A. '10 and assistant professor of glass at the School of Art, was awarded the top prize in the 2nd Cayman Islands Biennial. The biennial, “Reimagined Futures," featured contemporary Caymanian art that explored the collective future of the islands and its inhabitants. The exhibition was on view at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and other local venues from April 21 through Aug. 27, 2021 and was curated by Natalie Urquhart, Kerri-Anne Chisholm, Paige Jordison, William Helfrecht, and Maia Muttoo. Ebanks took top honors by winning the Ben...

Catherine Lentini, M.F.A. ’20 has curated an exhibition of paintings by Katie Butler, M.F.A. ‘21 for the 2021 SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City called HEARSAY:HERESY. The painting alumnae worked together to bring Butler’s “A Seat at the Table” solo exhibition to the space.  SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC, an internationally recognized exhibition platform, will return to 625 Madison Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets for the second time with the exhibitions on view from September 8-13, 2021. More than 100 curators are bringing exhibitions to the city using these underused, aty...

Corrie Slawson, M.F.A. ’06 has been awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize for Mid-Career Artist in Visual Arts for 2021. She will receive her award at the 61st annual awards event at the Cleveland Museum of Art on October 13, 2021.  Five monetary prizes of $10,000 each are awarded to artists for Emerging, Mid-Career and Lifetime Acheivement categories for exemplary work in arts disciplines that include Design, Literature, Theatre & Dance, Music, and Visual Arts. Mid-Career Artist is awarded to two artists who have resided in Northeast Ohio and whose work has received both regional acclaim...

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) logo and two images of artwork - a silver brooch with three male silhouettes by Andrew Kuebeck and a pink and purple flower sash on a model by Rachel Smith.

Andrew Kuebeck, assistant professor of jewelry/metals/enameling, and Rachel Smith, M.F.A. ’15 have been selected for the Society of North American Goldsmith’s (SNAG) exhibition “Goldsmith ’20.” The exhibition was curated by Stanley Lechtzin and features forty artists and SNAG members. The curator was inspired by SNAG’s first ever exhibition “Goldsmith ‘70” and noted that “… The young craftsman today is being exposed to tools and techniques which were not available to his predecessors. It is apparent that a tradition of excellence is developing.” The exhibition is on view from June 23 throug...