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Downtown Gallery to Display "A Feminine Touch"

Posted Jun. 19, 2014

Work by Sarah Burris, one of four School of Art alumnae featured in Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery will present “A Feminine Touch,” featuring new work by four School of Art alumnae, from June 24 to July 26. The Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio, also will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. Both the gallery and the reception are free and open to the public.

According to curator and gallery coordinator Lesley Sickle, artists Sarah Burris, Mary Mazzer, Kortney Niewierski and Annie Stimson “explore themes of vulnerability and female identity, focusing on material choices to convey their message.” In her curator’s statement, Sickle describes the various conceptual and technical strategies of each artist:

“Sarah Burris explores the delicate balance between vulnerability and sexuality. Using soft sculptural costumes and performances, she plays with the notion of femininity and examines identity and intimacy.

“Mary Mazzer is interested in illustrating the tensions between feminine strength and fragility. She uses drawing, painting and wall assemblages to express how feminine identity adjusts itself within the contemporary arena of social networking.

“Kortney Niewierski creates objects reminiscent of anatomical forms from very tactile materials that intrigue the viewer’s curiosity. She uses soft fabrics, rubber inserts and drawings that provide a reference to childhood toys, while equally implying adult themes within her work.

“Annie Stimson examines patterning and repetition as well as ideas of change and transformation in her sculptural works. Using objects with an unusual purpose and contrasting tactile qualities, she often creates delicate and sensitive systems and networks.”

The Downtown Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Sickle at

Work by Sarah Burris, one of four School of Art alumnae featured in "A Feminine Touch"