(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present Fabrications 1975-2015: Sharon Kesterson Bollen, a retrospective exhibition of selected fiber art in varied media by Professor Emerita Dr. Sharon Kesterson Bollen. The exhibition runs February 23 – March 22, 2015. The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with Dr. Bollen during the closing reception, which will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Dr. Sharon Kesterson Bollen is a professor Emerita of Art in the Department of Art, Fine Art, Art Education, and Art History, and a consultant for the Mount’s Art Education program. She began teaching art in 1968, and has been a Mount faculty member since 1977. She has had work in many juried exhibits: Evansville Regional Fine Crafts Biennial Competition 2010, 2006, 2004, 2002; International Fiber Focus Juried Exhibition (Wichita, KS) 2007, 2005, 2003. Dr. Bollen has received many awards, some of which are the Mount’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Alumni Faculty Appreciation Award, the Outstanding Ohio Art Educator, the NAEA’s Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator: Western Region, the 2004 and 2006 Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Ruhlin Memorial Award for Excellence in Fiber, and the 2005 Micah Fund Award, and the Purchase Prize by the Evansville Museum of Art in 2009. In 2012, Dr. Bollen received the OAEA Circa Award for 45 years of outstanding service and dedication to the field of art education in the state of Ohio.
Of the exhibition, Dr. Bollen states, “This 40-year retrospective represents my various excursions into the realm of fabric surface design—from traditional dip-dyed wax batik, through precisely-registered multi-plate screenprinting—and dye painting on silk, to deconstructed screenprinting, and transfer images within manipulated fabric assemblages. The surface treatments of textiles are expansive and innovative, indicators that fabric art is both idiosyncratic and infinitely adaptable. I have found it an exhilarating medium ever open to new possibilities and approaches. But I feel these works go beyond mere material – as with any art production, creativity, composition, thematic relevance, visual consonance and dissonance, and craftsmanship must also be considered in the ultimate result. I think it is this very dichotomy of freedom and discipline that has enticed me to work in fabric surface design time and again over the past four decades, to communicate my perspectives through fabric forms. I simply cannot resist the artistic opportunities!”
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati.
Gallery hoursare Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314.
Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.