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Kent State School of Art Metalsmithing Showcase Examines “Digital Hand”

Posted Feb. 4, 2014

The School of Art Gallery at Kent State University will present “The Digital Hand,” an exhibit spotlighting the work of metalsmiths who incorporate digital technique in their design and production. Curated by Kathleen Browne, head of the jewelry/metals programs at the School of Art, the show will run from Feb. 11 to 28. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. in Kent.

There will be an opening reception for “The Digital Hand” on Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Additionally, visiting artist Melissa Cameron, whose works features in the exhibit, will give a tie-in lecture on Feb. 14 at noon in the adjacent auditorium (room 202). Both events, and the gallery itself, are free and open to the public.

“The exhibition is a survey of the work of 18 metalsmiths who have integrated digital technologies into their art practice,” says Browne. “These artists’ engagement in digital technologies covers a broad spectrum, from using computer programs solely as a design tool to fabricating works of art using laser cutting and 3D printing.”

The artists whose work appears in “The Digital Hand” are Pam Argentieri, Kristin Beeler, Allyson Bone, Doug Bucci, Melissa Cameron, David Choi, Joshua DeMonte, Arthur Hash, Matthew Hollern, Nicole Jacquard, Amy Klainer, Plural Studios (Courtney Starrett and Michael Gayk), Phil Renato, Rebecca Strzelec, Kim Tatalick, Jess Todd and Linda Threadgill.

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Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries, haturner@kent.edu, 330-672-1369 (office)