New and Now: BGSU grad part of Ohio’s Emerging Artists 2023


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Recent Bowling Green State University graduate Audrey Aronson combines thinly networked glass and spalted wood to create work that “examines the idea of being self-protective to one’s own detriment.

“My work shows the dualities of protection and restraint and how these things relate to a desire to shed restrictions,” she said.

Aronson’s vessels will be featured in the Ohio Craft Museum’s exhibition, New and Now: Ohio’s Emerging Artists 2023, which showcases exemplary forms in clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood and mixed media by 26 artists with ties to Ohio and who have been working in their field for less than ten years. Artists were nominated by university professors and instructors.

Rachel Smith, a Cleveland metals artist and prototyping manager at Case Western Reserve University, curated the exhibition.

“The show is full of work driven by each artist’s individual style and concept,” she said. “These ideas are strengthened through each artist’s skill, craftsmanship and thoughtful use of materials. Some works examine identity, personal narratives and memory; others are highly detailed in form and function.”

Along with Aronson, other artists to present their work include Ohio University graduate Holly Barrett, who creates highly illustrated ceramic vessels and architectural installations, and Baylee Schmitt, who received her MFA from Miami University and now designs intricate crochet wall hangings.

A special evening reception will be held Aug. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Curator and artist talks will begin at 6:30 pm.

The Ohio Craft Museum receives ongoing funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. The museum is located at 1665 W. Fifth Ave. For more information, visit www.ohiocraft

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