Board members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) approved Individual Excellence Awards for state fiscal year 2019 during a public meeting on March 20.
Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community. These awards support artists’ growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond.
Exhibition in Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
December 12th 2018 – February 28th 2019
Throughout the month of October, the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery will feature Bulgarian visual artist Boryana Rusenova-Ina’s work.
She will speak during a reception at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.
Rusenova-Ina creates her paintings by first constructing a diorama of the scene she wishes to paint and then works off that model to create a scene both familiar and surreal. She frequently focuses on landscapes and urban scenes, aiming to ask her audiences questions about identity and home.
She is currently a lecturer in painting and drawing at Ohio State University. Her art has been displayed throughout the United States and Europe.
The event is made possible by Center Stage, a series of events, guest artists, lectures and performances in an effort to promote a better understanding of the fine arts and diverse cultural perspectives. It is made possible through Tennessee Tech’s general education fund.
The event is free and open to the public.
Marshall University’s Birke Art Gallery
Located in Smith Hall
August 20th – September 27th, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 27th 5-7 pm
The Birke Art Gallery is hosting a two-person exhibition that features works by Ohio artists Boryana Rusenova Ina and Whitney Lea Sage. Both artists’ work address personal and impersonal relationships to places. Sage creates works about her hometown of Detroit and Rusenova’s works use Western landscapes as surrogates for places she is more familiar with, like her birthplace of Bulgaria.
For more information: https://www.marshall.edu/art/birke-art-gallery/
The Ohio Annual exhibition celebrates the Zanesville Museum of Art’s commitment to discovering, encouraging, and recognizing Ohio’s finest artists and artisans. In its 73rd year, this competitive, juried exhibition welcomed submissions from all Ohio artists, in all stages of their careers. In 2017, over one hundred and eighty artists vied for the opportunity to exhibit their work at the museum and earn the title Best in Show.
Each year we look forward to presenting a stylistically and thematically diverse exhibition that captures the essence of Ohio’s vibrant visual arts scene. The people, places, and customs found in each unique region of the Buckeye State inspire its artists, and the ZMA is in the fortunate position of recognizing and fostering this creativity.
This year our guest juror was Erin Shapiro, Springfield Museum of Art Curator (Springfield, Ohio), who selected this year’s participants and award recipients.
Fascinated by the genre of Western landscape painting, Bulgarian-born artist Boryana Rusenova-Ina explores the way is it’s been used to frame our collective and personal relationship to place. Her own landscapes, painted from dioramas painstakingly constructed in her studio using found and personal images, evoke a range of response and emotion that often conflict. “Both coherent and disjointed; the parts belong together and yet imply multiple viewpoints and histories.”
Boryana earned MFA from The Ohio State University in 2016. She has an MA in Art, Design, and Architecture from the Glasgow School of Art, and a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design. She is currently on the faculty of both Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College.
Please Join Us For This Exhibit Of Works By Seven Artists In Celebration Of Hammond Harkins Galleries 20th Anniversary. Inspired By The Idea Of The “Soft Grid,” Curator Andrea Myers Selected Works That Combine Structures Of Analytical Systems With The Subtleties Of Subjective, Human Experience. The Centerpiece Of This Exhibit Will Be A Collaboration By Myers And Haase Of A Room-Size Installation Composed Of Industrial Shrink-Wrap And A Giant Metronome.
If You Are In Baltimore Between March 19th And April 17th Come See My New Show Placeholder At The Carver Gallery Inside This Incredible School For Visual And Performing Arts. I Got A Chance To Visit With The Students And Do An Artists Talk Thanks To Daria Souvorova And Her Hospitality!
An Introduction To Narrative Portraiture
By H. Michael Sanders
Pictures tell stories in a different manner than do words, but rich and textured stories nevertheless. The shopworn notion that a picture is worth a thousand words, widely attributed to Fredrick R. Barnard from an article published in the 1920s about advertising, underscores the traditional use of art in society prior to the modern era. In this regard, the history of art is primarily a survey of the use of imagery to convey allegory, history and theology to a population of largely illiterate viewers. Think stained-glass scenes in cathedral windows, religious paintings of scenes and stories from the Bible, the historical pageants documented by royalty and nobles in commissioned paintings of their exploits, and scenes found carved into walls, tombs, monuments and plaques throughout the ancient world.
The eerie quality of familiarity, amid the influx of disjointed and incongruent elements found in the work of Boryana Rusenova-Ina, functions like an echoing memory in our mind that we can’t quite tune-in clearly or fully recall. Teetering between portrait and landscape, her paintings imbue the inhabited environment with a distinct personality that simultaneously reflects our expectations and renders them strange and unfamiliar.
This Group Exhibition At Adams State University In Colorado Explored New Approaches To The Landscape Genre.
I am very proud to be part of this juried exhibition at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, FL. It is based on Thomas Lawson's essay on the status of painting written 35 years ago. Lawson's text put painters on the defense, holding each artist accountable for their choice of medium. It is as relevant today as when he first wrote it- Last Exit:Painting by Thomas Lawson
Urban Arts Space Presents The Work Of Graduating Ohio State University Department Of Art, Master Of Fine Arts Candidates. The Product Of Three Years Of Intensive Studio Work, Research, And Experimentation, This Exhibition Highlights The Accomplishments Of A Diverse Group Of Emerging Artists
Boryana Rusenova-Ina paints collages bound by light. Using images of both the Bulgarian landscape of her youth and of places she has never traveled, she constructs small dioramas in her studio out of postcards, snapshots, and other pictures she finds or makes. Lighting these like miniature stage sets to unite the disparate parts, she then paints what she sees: an image that is both constructed and organic, real and imagined.
Her paintings present as a unified landscape—comfortable and coherent—and yet they maintain the unsettling suggestion that they might, at any moment, rupture our expectations and fly apart. Delicately surreal, Rusenova-Ina’s work speaks to both how tenuous and how fundamental our relationship with place can be.
I spoke with Boryana Rusenova-Ina in the OSU Digital Union’s recording studio. We talked about being foreigners in America, buying into images of unfamiliar places, and her unlikely arrival as an artist.