Duck Tape Rover is Ready to Roll

 

Space Rover

“Space Rover”, requested by Duck Tape Company for the Duck Tape Festival 2014. Completed May 15, 2014. On display in Cleveland, OH June 13-15, 2014.

After three weeks of nonstop work, the Duck Tape sculptures are ready to be shown in Cleveland, OH, next weekend!  Above, you’ll see the space rover in its final form.  What a relief it was to finish this work, especially after the deadline was literally cut in half!  We are lucky enough to have completed all twelve of the works on time and efficiently, along with safely loaded onto the truck to be taken to Cleveland.

If by chance you’re in the area or near Cleveland, OH during June 13-15, please stop by and see our hard work on display for the festival.  There will be a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, and the event is certainly kid friendly.  Thank you to those who are continue to follow my artistic endeavors and for your support!

 

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Artistic Endeavors: April-September 2014

 

This post is a list of the various places I’ll be showing/making work during the months of April-September.   If any of you who follow are in the area, please try to stop by and support the other emerging artists with whom I’ll be showing!

First on the list (and current project): DAAPWorks 2014

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DAAPWorks Logo, 2014.

It’s absolutely amazing to me that my time in DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning) at the University of Cincinnati is almost finished!  The exhibition, DAAPWorks 2014, is a culmination of all the hard work that the graduating seniors from all departments have been working on over the last year.  There will be models and other work from Design, Architecture, and Planning, and two galleries showing the senior thesis works from Fine Art, along with the CAC showing the work of the Graduate Fine Art students.  The opening of DAAPWorks 2014 is April 22nd, from 5-9PM.  Please stop by if you’re in the Cincinnati/Tri-State area!

Second (A project I’m also working on): Duct Tape Festival 2014

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Work by Joe Girandola, Professor at DAAP, 2013.

The Duct Tape Festival is new to the area of Avon, Ohio, but has surely made a name for itself in the area.  This festival that is held during Father’s Day Weekend is a celebration of the tape that can do it all!  People from all over come to celebrate this product, participate in the free activities, dress in Duck Tape outfits, and best of all, to see our larger than life sculptures.  For 2014, the theme is “Out of This World”.  The sculpture students in DAAP who are in the Duct Tape Class have presented ideas to the Duct Tape Company, which are being approved and funded to be shown in the upcoming festival.  I am creating a Space Rover, with the help of my partner (Mary Baxter).  If you’re looking for fun Father’s Day (June) plans, come to Avon, OH for our “Out of This World” art!

Third on my list: Penland School of Crafts

51HTGPD2M4L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_I’m so happy to announce that during the weeks of July 5th-19th, I’ll be a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts for the Screen printing on Fabrics class.  For those who are unfamiliar, Penland is a school dedicated to the arts and crafts skills that is located in North Carolina.  It has been running for around 75 years, and is about an hour Northeast of Asheville.  I’m very much looking forward to working with the Studio Coordinator and the students in the class to perfect our screen printing skills and create some lovely works of art.

Fourth (last but not least): Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Fiber Program

P1060274In my last post, I mentioned my acceptance to Cranbrook.  In this post, I’m thrilled to announce I’ve accepted the offer and will be moving to Michigan to attend their Fiber Program and earn my Master’s Degree.  The transition is very exciting; but I’m a little nervous for the move.  I intend to create as much new work as possible during my two years at Cranbrook, and continue to show my work as often as possible.  I’m excited about the potential following my work will gain upon moving to the Detroit area, which would add to my growing following in the Cincinnati/Tri-State area.

The opportunities I’ll be able to experience over the next few months (and in one case, 2 years) are better than anything I could have ever imagined for myself.  Hard work and an optimistic outlook can take you anywhere, and I’m surely happy as to where it’s taken me and my work.

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