"The Exotic Birds," Toots Zynsky, American Dream Series, 1985 (photo provided)
“The Exotic Birds,” Toots Zynsky, American Dream Series, 1985 (photo provided)

Kennedy Museum Announces Spring ’15 Exhibits

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The Kennedy Museum of Art is premiering several new exhibits this spring with a culminating opening reception celebration scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m.

Many of the participating artists will be at the reception, including a live performance from Gregory Hatch. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the museum.

Featured through June 28, American Studio Art Glass: 1970–1990 presents a selection of influential contemporary glass artists who made sculptures outside of the factory setting.

These studio art glass movement artists were among the first to use molted glass in their private studios. In 1962 Harvey Littleton, known as the father of the studio glass movement, organized two workshops at Toledo Museum of Art and introduced a prototype studio furnace, which opened up new possibilities for artists using glass.

Drawn from the collections of Huntington Museum of Art and Kennedy Museum of Art, the exhibition includes works by artists Dale Chihuly, Michael Cohn, Michael Glancy, Howard Ben Tre, John Kuhn, Mary Shaffer, Robert Kehlmann, Stephen Dee Edwards, Marvin Lipofsky, Concentta Mason, Toots Zynsky, Don Shepherd, Henry Halem and Robert Willson.

Currently on display in the museum’s foyer through Feb. 15, Gregory Hatch’s Rainbow’s End: Quilting as You Go reflects Hatch’s relationship with his immediate family as a gay man. Using sewing as his artistic medium, Hatch explores his family lineage through his Midwestern identity.

Without Words: Bringing the Big Apple to Appalachia (on display through March 8) transcends cultural and geographical boundaries by unifying students of varying ages through the universal language of iconography. Elementary school students of Scribble Art Workshop in New York City collaborated with Ohio University art students to create a visual dialogue. Rather than becoming pen pals, this partnership paired students of a variety of ages as “paint pals” to cultivate creativity and communication.

Also on display through March 8, Prime Collective brings 17 works of art by 17 artists who combine traditional methods such as painting and drawing, as well as mixed and digital media. Influenced by individual cultures and upbringing, these works question identity, race, sexuality and authenticity.

Artists in the exhibition are Megan Beerse, Rachel Bender, Grace Brewer, John Brown VI, Isabel Castillo, Alayna Coverly, Clarissa Gucwa, Jolena Hansbarger, Hongmo
Liu Emily Mantell, Adam Mayhall, Johnna Miska, Ben Piper, Asher Pollock, Tiffany Roenigk, Becky Sirc and Samantha Slone

The Kennedy Museum of Art is located on the Ohio University campus in Athens. Gallery hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on University holidays. Admission is free and parking is free and metered.

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