The City of Kettering and Rosewood Gallery are pleased to present solo exhibitions by artists Virginia Kistler and Kim Rae Taylor. The exhibitions will run from April 16 through May 18, 2018 with
an opening reception on Thursday, April 19 from 6-8pm. Both
the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public
Columbus-area artist Virginia Kistler
investigates the ubiquity of urban landscapes and their absence of biodiverse spaces as she seeks to understand the intersection of urban growth and the natural landscape. "I mine impressions that are unseen and ephemeral to create sculptural forms," Kistler says of this body of work. "Derived from urban spaces, flora, and fauna, I create dimensional compilations in an attempt to look at their relationships in a different context." Kistler's exhibition is titled Fungal Impressions.
Kistler was born in Newcomerstown, Ohio in 1976 and attended The Ohio State University and the Columbus College of Art and Design. She is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and photography while using a variety of media-laser cut rubber, CNC router-cut plastic, and 3D printed plastic. She has shown work nationally and internationally and has been commissioned by the Lincoln Motor Company, the Dayton Metro Library, and the cities of Columbus and Kettering to create permanent works of sculpture. Kistler lives and works in Gahanna, Ohio.
Kistler is also the creator of an upcoming addition to the City of Kettering CitySites Public Art Program. Kistler's artwork is the inaugural piece in the ArtLocal program, an initiative utilizing art and creative thinking in localized public spaces throughout the city of Kettering. The dedication will take place in June 2018, in Oak Park, Kettering.
Kim Rae Taylor
, who lives and works in Cincinnati,will exhibit a series of mixed media paintings in an exhibition titled Rendered Complete Equals. Of her work, Taylor says, "
Through mixed media painting and drawing, I experiment with the pictorial function of words by deconstructing textual elements alongside organic forms found in nature. The integration of collage media provides a way to establish a visual dialogue between both natural and manmade symbols. The resulting imagery is gradually developed through the layering of paint with a wide array of castoff bits gathered from unexpected sources.
Taylor has served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College since 2006; she is currently an Associate Professor of Art.
She received her MFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati and her BFA from The College of Fine Arts of the University of Texas at Austin. Additional studies include the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, and the Metáfora Center for Art Therapy Studies in Barcelona, Spain. She spent more than two decades working as a graphic artist, including work in cartoon animation and product design. She travels frequently for work and research, including artist residencies at Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, and the Cill Rialaig Project in County Kerry, Ireland.
In conjunction with her exhibition at Rosewood Gallery, Taylor will lead a master workshop on collage painting on Thursday, May 10 from 6-9pm. Workshop fees are $15 resident/$20 non-resident. Space is limited; call 937-296-0294 to register.