KSU Spring semester art series opens

By: Dotty Lane Published:

The Kent State University School of Art Gallery recently opened its spring semester series of exhibitions with Material in the Service of Form, an exhibition of glass sculptural pieces featuring the works of 12 glass artists from Ohio, Michigan and New York.

The exhibition, curated by assistant professor Sean Mercer of the Glass Studio, reflects the growing interest found in major universities and the art community in general regarding glass works of art.

Mercer has put together this exhibition to showcase the sculptural uses of glass and the use of mixed media to educate the university community and the public about the range and diversity of contemporary glass art.

He has selected nationally and internationally recognized artists as well as some emerging talent in the field, who employ uses of glass from traditional blowing and casting techniques to unorthodox treatments of the medium in the pursuit of sculptural form.

Artists included in the exhibition are Herb Babcock, William Carlson, Jose Chardiet, Dan Clayman, Keith Clayton, Susan Edgerly, Henry Halem, Karen LaMonte, Jay Musler, Clifford Rainey, Michael Schneiner and Jack Schmidt.

Chardiet, 83, and Clayton, 93, are KSU graduates. Halem is a KSU emeritus professor.

The exhibition will continue until Feb. 21. The School of Art Gallery is located on the Kent campus in the art building. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the gallery at (330) 672-7853.

Material in the Service of Form, an exhibition of glass sculptural pieces recently opened at the Kent State University School of Art Gallery. Discussing the works are, from left, Fred Smith, gallery director; Liam Grice, graduate assistant of sculpture; and Rebecca Osburn, graduate assistant of art history. The exhibition will continue through Feb. 21. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (330) 672-7853.

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