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Rob Vander Zee Shows Work at KSU School of Art Downtown Gallery

Posted Jan. 17, 2013

Kent State University School of Art Galleries will present a collection of work by Virginia-based artist Rob Vander Zee Thurs., Jan. 17 through Fri., Feb. 15 in the Downtown Gallery. The Downtown Gallery will hold an opening reception, free and open to the public, Thurs.,Jan. 17, 5 to 7 p.m.

The Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E.Main St. in downtown Kent, Ohio.  Free parking is available behind the Gallery. 

Vander Zee creates his images by layering oil glazes. The layers build depth and create a glow about the paintings, as light bounces off of the various levels. His work is inspired by the cultures and natural environments he has experienced through his travels: He cites Italy, the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian rainforests as sources for his recent series "Sacred Earth" and "Visions of Paradise."

Vander Zee has worked and shown his work internationally. His past exhibitions include contributions to Europe's Centennial Celebration of the Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania and a solo show at the Saginaw Museum of Art in Saginaw, Mich. He also lived in residence at the Casades Artes of the Itchimbia Cultural Institute of Ecuador and displayed his work at the national gallery. He was also involved in visiting artist programs in Signaghi, Republic of Georgia and Tallinn, Estonia. 

In 2005, Vander Zee opened the Vander Zee Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. The following year, he started the Vander Zee School of Painting, where he currently mentors a group of 40 painting students.

The Downtown Gallery's hours of operation are Wed. through Fri. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 330-676-1549 or visit

The Vander Zee Gallery is located on South Lee Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. For more information on Rob Vander Zee,visit


For more information contact:
Effie A. Tsengas,, 330-672-8398