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Kent State University Undergraduate Students Exhibit Artwork in Downtown Akron

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

Eight undergraduates at the Kent State University School of Art currently have their work displayed at the historic Andrew Jackson House in Akron, Ohio, as part of the annual GAR Show.Kent State University student Joshua Bentley's artwork, using ink on poster board, will be exhibited along with the works of other students at the Andrew Jackson House in Akron, Ohio, as part of the annual GAR Show.

Sponsored by Akron’s GAR Foundation, the GAR Show accepts art submissions from juniors and seniors at the Kent State University and University of Akron art schools. This year’s accepted work will be shown in the GAR Foundation’s main offices in the Andrew Jackson House from Feb. 18 through Nov. 18. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Andrew Jackson House is located at 227 E. Mill St. in Akron.

The show’s curator is Kathryn Shinko, a Kent State M.F.A. student in textiles and graduate assistant to the gallery director. Shinko, who received her B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Akron, reviewed 224 artworks submitted by 53 students across the two universities. Of those, 23 works by 16 students will be featured in the GAR Show.

Each of those 16 students will receive a $100 stipend per selected piece. Additionally, students may choose to sell their work at the GAR Show free of GAR or curator commission fees. Every year, the GAR Foundation purchases one work chosen by its staff to house in its permanent collection; last year’s purchase prize winner was Stephanie Cole, then a senior at Kent State.

The Kent students appearing in the show are Joshua Bentley, Bridget Elchert, Abbey Kish, Matt Labyk, Erin Miller, Stephanie Mote, Samantha Newman and Allison Smith. The Akron students appearing in the show are Ryan Craycraft, Kristina Gauer, Fred Hirschman, Richard Peterson, Emily Poor, Lindsey Jo Bailey Scott, Stevie Tanner and Janet Vorraber.

For more information on the GAR Foundation, visit: http://www.garfoundation.org/.

Contact: Kathryn Shinko, kathrynshinko@gmail.com.

Photo Caption: Kent State University student Joshua Bentley's artwork, using ink on poster board, will be exhibited along with the works of other students at the Andrew Jackson House in Akron, Ohio, as part of the annual GAR Show.