First Annual Show for Akron Painting and Drawing League opens March 23 at Summit Artspace on Tusc

Milk and Honey by Monica Pirie

March 23 – April 21, 2018
Summit Artspace on Tusc
571 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton

Friday, March 23, 5-8 pm
Barberton Fourth Friday
Curated by Del Rey Loven, Professor of Art
Myers School of Art, The University of Akron 

March 23 – April 21, 2018
Fridays, 5-8 pm
Saturdays, noon-5 pm

Akron Painting and Drawing League serves students of the Myers School of Art by providing an active community of painters to support and inspire one another. Students from all majors are welcomed, and share in both academic and career-building activities, including workshops, exhibitions, guest speakers, field trips and social events.

Know from Adam by Megan Stobaugh

About the Curator:

DEL REY LOVEN has held the rank of tenured Professor of Art at The University of Akron since 2006.  His prior academic appointment was Chair of Art, Design and Architecture at Judson University in the Chicago area, where he led the development of degree programs in Architecture, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Interior Design, and taught all levels of painting and drawing.

Recent solo shows of Loven’s work were presented at Dacia Gallery (New York City, 2013), Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery (Cleveland, 2012 and 2017), and Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron (2008).  Loven’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous group shows including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Minnesota Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, Santa Monica Art Museum, and Louis Meisel Gallery, New York City.

Carder 2 by McKenna

Loven was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and grew up in Minneapolis where he was graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting and Drawing.  There he studied with international visiting artists, including Fred Thieler(Germany), Kenneth Dingwall (Scotland), Juhana Blomstedt (Finland/France) and Siah Armajani (Iran/USA). He earned the MFA degree in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting.  His MFA mentors were Grace Hartigan and (Monuments Man) Salvatore Scarpitta, joined by Alex Katz to form Loven’S MFA thesis committee.  In 1997 and 1998 Loven completed Professional Development coursework in design at Harvard University with Massimo VIignelli and others.

From 2010-2015, LOVEN served as an Art and Design curriculum consultant for NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) on university accreditation team visits across the nation.