The Arts Commission Announces 2020 Exhibition and Programming as Part of Momentum Festival Virtual Content

Eye On Art  |  10/01/2020 4:00 pm

The Momentum Festival is pleased to announce the virtual “2020 Exhibition” highlighting the work of twelve Toledo and Toledo affiliated artists. Ranging from traditional practices to mixed media and installation, each artist showcases their material, technique, and conceptual expertise. The exhibition can be viewed online through October 23. An online artist talk is scheduled for Friday, October 16 at 7PM via Zoom. Interested attendees are asked to pre-register for this free discussion at this link

The selection panel includes: Lauren Applebaum, Ph.D. (Toledo, OH), Jova Lynne (Detroit, MI), and Alex Paik (Brooklyn, NY). Exhibiting artists include: Deb Davis, Brent Dedas, Lauren Eastman Fowler, Beth Genson, Lindsay Haynes, Natalie Lanese, Loraine Lynn, Tom Marino, Katrina Niswander, Deborah Orloff, Mike Osborne, & Tim Stover.

Deb A. Davis exhibits traditional and photographic-based artworks, both nationally and internationally. She worked in collaboration with Michael Petry on his work titled “Golden Rain.” Davis’ work titled “essence,” was incorporated into Petry’s “On the Edge,” installation at the Eigeroya Lighthouse in Egersundin, Norway. The work is in the collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA. Solo exhibitions have been mounted at various galleries and art centers across the U.S. including: Raw Space, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL; Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Toledo, OH; Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown, KY; and the Kettering Art Center, Kettering OH; Davis has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States, including: Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Washington.

Brent Dedas is an Associate Professor of Art at University of South Carolina. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree along with a Museum Studies Curatorial Certificate from the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, University of Cincinnati. His Bachelor of Fine Arts is from the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville. From 2007 – 2010 Dedas was a Full Time Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of Toledo. Brent continues his Honeybee Blueprint Project from Columbia, SC. Artwork from the Honeybee Blueprint Series continues to be shown nationally and internationally. Artwork from this series was included in the Art/NaturSci Pavilion: Equilibrium exhibition at the 2019 Venice Biennale within Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in partnership with the German-Italian Cultural Association (ACIT). In 2018 this series was exhibited at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin Germany.

Lauren Eastman Fowler was born in Ohio and raised throughout the Midwest. She earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University, her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has spent the last seventeen years teaching art and maintaining a full-time studio practice. Lauren currently lives and works in both Perrysburg, Ohio and Lake Forest, Illinois. Her work is found in many private collections and public spaces around the world and can be seen at the Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto, Echt Gallery in Chicago and the Toledo Museum of Art Collectors Corner.

Beth Genson is a landscape painter who lives in northwest Ohio, a constant source of inspiration for her work. Genson taught high school art several years and have taught at every level in both paid and volunteer capacities. In 2016, as she was exploring how to add texture to her traditional oil paintings with paint sticks, she discovered R&F Paints. The company, based in Kingston, New York also makes encaustic oil paints. After taking a 3-day encaustic course at their factory she has worked in encaustic and demonstrated the techniques at every opportunity. This fluid style of painting enables Genson to create beautiful effects for both sky and water. Encaustic has many applications, including collage, printmaking, and sculpture. In 2020, Genson was scheduled as the first artist-in-residence at Owens Center for Fine & Performing Arts with a solo exhibit of encaustic painting and a full schedule of classes.

Lindsay Haynes is a 22-year-old artist based in Toledo, Ohio. She will receive her Bachelor of Art in Visual Arts with a Minor in Art History from the University of Toledo in December 2020. Lindsay mainly works hands-on, creating large sculptural pieces using a variety of mixed media including pom-poms, tinsel, and polyurethane foam. Lindsay draws most of her inspiration from her childhood, and what it means to be a kid. She utilizes bright colors and interesting textures to create nostalgic feelings in her art. With her work, she hopes to inspire others to be curious, be messy, be playful, and above all…have fun.

Natalie Lanese works primarily in painting, installation, and collage. Lanese exhibits nationally and internationally. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Xavier University, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Ms. Lanese’s work is recognized for its punchy color palette and layered patterns. The Village Voice described her collages as “enigmatic narratives heightened by keen color clashes and jazzy textures” when covering her exhibition at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn in 2007. She works primarily in painting, installation, and collage. Ms. Lanese has exhibited her work at MOCA Tucson, the Akron Art Museum, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. She has installed permanent public artworks in San Diego, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Cleveland, OH. She is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and The Arts Commission’s Merit Award, and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, SIM (Reykjavik, Iceland), and Vermont Studio Center. She lives and works in Cleveland, OH.

Loraine Lynn is an artist based in Toledo, OH. She is interested in working with materials and methods that are fluid. She is currently focusing on textiles in the form of tufted work and is always trying to find the balance between conceptual projects and purely visual pursuits. She has earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Bowling Green State University in Glass, Sculpture, and Three-dimensional Studies. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally in countries such as South Korea, Ireland, and Italy. She has been a featured artist at the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion and has been awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Tom Marino has worked in clay for over thirty years with a focus on high-fired (Cone 10) porcelain vessel forms, which utilize glazes and colors he has developed. Tom’s background in chemistry and interest in science, contemporary art and personal studies all inform his ceramic aesthetic. He has extensively exhibited nationally and internationally including the Zanesville Prize in Contemporary Ceramics, SOFA Chicago, the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Guild “Best Of”, the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art, a solo exhibit at the Zanesville Museum of Art, and the 11th International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan, including a traveling exhibition. His ceramics have won numerous awards and are included in many private and public collections including the Canton Museum of Art, the Crocker Museum of Art, the American Museum of Ceramic Arts and the Zanesville Museum of Art.

Katrina Niswander is an internationally collected fine artist and interior designer with a passion for all things that “feel like home.” Working out of her home studio in Toledo Ohio she creates artwork inspired by her large found vintage photo collection. Her work explores the complexity of nostalgia, family dynamics, group rituals, and celebrates the small moments and shared experiences that make our lives special. At times, the work is more playful and at other times the work aims to inspire conversation around shared experiences and the ways humanity must continue to grow. She creates art that bridges the gap between past and present to inspire happiness and healing in our futures.

Deborah Orloff is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Toledo where she is also Head of Photography. Originally from New York City, Orloff received her MFA in Photography from Syracuse University. Her artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues including: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Toyohashi Museum of Art & History in Toyohashi, Japan; the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, England. A portfolio of photographs from her current series, Elusive Memory, was selected by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography for inclusion in their collection as part of the Midwest Photographers Project. Orloff has been the recipient of dozens of grants and awards, including corporate sponsorship by Hahnemühle Paper in Germany and the Ohio Arts Council’s 2019 Individual Excellence Award.

Mike Osborne aka AbstractOverSpray is a self-taught multi-disciplined artist born & raised in Toledo, Ohio.

Timothy Stover is a sculptor exploring the medium of glass. Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, he spent much of his younger years tinkering in his father’s woodshop. This exploration and art practice emboldened his creativity. In 2001, Stover pursued his love of art at the University of Toledo, graduating with a B.F.A. in Sculpture. While in his fourth-year local sculptor Jack Schmidt introduced Stover to glass. Pursuing a concentration in glass, he received an M.F.A. from Kent State University. While at Pilchuck Glass School, he was introduced to a method of laminating glass that changed the way he approached his art. The tedious and time-consuming process of gluing glass together, grinding, and polishing it into new shapes mixed well with the attention to detail inherent in his sculptural practices. He resides in Toledo, Ohio. There, helps run two sculpture studios while pursuing his art.

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