Canton, OH. August 20, 2015. The Malone Art Gallery (MAG) will feature Fiber Arts of Ohio from August 31 – October 8 in the gallery located on the upper level of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The Malone Arts Gallery is free and open to the public throughout regular business hours.
This exhibit will highlight alumni of Malone’s acclaimed fiber arts program, as well as the following Ohio fiber artists:
Clare Murray Adams has been involved in art production since 1980 and a professor at Malone University for 20 years. She has a BFA in fibers from Kent State University and an MFA from Vermont College in sculpture. While fibers and surface design were her early media of choice, she now includes collage, found object construction, and encaustic paint among the techniques she employs in her own art practice. She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally with awards and honors in many venues. During the past seven years she has had eight solo exhibits and a two-person exhibit in 2006 at the Canton Museum of Art with her husband, John. Her work continues to develop and grow conceptually and sculpturally, often still referencing fabric in some way. As a recently retired art professor, Murray Adams teaches encaustic and collage workshops in a variety of venues throughout the North East as well as in her home studio.
Michele Waalkes is an artist, freelance curator, and teaching artist living in Canton, OH. She received a B.A. in Art from Malone University. Her photography-based work, often transferred onto metal, fabric, wood, and canvas, has been exhibited in solo, group, and juried shows in Ohio as well as other venues across the country, and also in Italy. Waalkes has also been involved in the design and creation of several community public artwork projects. In addition, Waalkes has curated numerous exhibits in local galleries and businesses, as well as an international exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. She works regularly in local schools as a teaching artist, using art to teach academic subjects to preschool, elementary and middle school students. Waalkes also serves as an adjunct instructor at Malone University.
Born in Bangor, Maine, Priscilla Roggenkamp has lived in Maine, Ohio, Virginia and Arkansas. She has resided in Alliance, Ohio since 1990, teaching and making art. She studied art at Kent State University (M.F.A.), University of Arkansas (M.Ed.) and Heidelberg College (B.A.). Working primarily in drawing and painting, she began creating three-dimensional work in the mid 1990’s. In 2003, she and Keith McMahon began sharing studio space, leading them to create collaborative sculptures in Akko, Israel 2005, Riverton, WY 2006, and Galion Community Hospital with Ken Arthur and Keith McMahon 2009. Her recent sabbatical exhibition, “The Threads That Bind,” was a group exhibition Priscilla curated and created work for. Priscilla has taught at The College of Wooster, Mount Union College, Canton Country Day School, Blue Ridge Community College, James Madison University and the University of Arkansas. She is currently teaching at Ashland University. She has conducted workshops in Florida, Ohio and Maine and has co-authored several publications related to art and interdisciplinary curriculum.
Ever since earning her B.A. in Fine Art, with an emphasis in painting and fibers, from Malone University in 2009, artist Libby Bracy Doss has been an active member of the Stark County arts community, including as artistic director at First Row Centre for the Arts; as director of the Ananda Center for the Arts; and through multiple volunteer roles with the Massillon Museum of Art and History, the Canton Museum of Art, and the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild.
Located on 96 rolling acres in Canton, Ohio, Malone University is comprised of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Malone is a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, offering 41 majors, 42 minors, and 11 graduate programs. Nationally, Malone University is ranked in the top four percent of colleges and universities in career outcomes, top 10 (#9) best online financial aid packages, and top 50 (#30) most affordable Christian colleges as well as top 100 (#80) in the Best Online Christian Graduate Schools Guide. Regionally, U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2015 ranks Malone University among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest in the category Regional Universities, and to its list of best online bachelor’s programs. Statewide, Malone appears on the list of colleges offering the best lifetime return on investment in Ohio. Malone University has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as a military-friendly school by Victory Media, and as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.