The four finalists in the competition to design the new building for Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design will present their concepts at 7 p.m. today in the University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, 650 Hilltop Drive, Kent.
The new architecture building, estimated to cost $40 million, is part of the university’s “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future” initiative, which involves new buildings and facility upgrades.
Currently, the architecture program is in three buildings. The new building will be located between Lincoln Street and Haymaker Parkway, on the pedestrian walkway through campus that is being extended into downtown Kent.
The four finalists are:
• Bialosky + Partners Architects, with offices in New York and Cleveland, in association with Architecture Research Office of New York.
• Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. of Cleveland in association with Weiss/Manfredi of New York.
• The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, in association with the Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle.
• Westlake Reed Leskosky, with offices in Cleveland and four other cities.
The winner is expected to be announced in February.
The free event in the University Auditorium also will be streamed online from 7 to 9 p.m. at https://ksutube.kent.edu/watchlive.php?playthis=5049.
For information about Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, go to http://www.kent.edu/caed. For information about Foundations of Excellence and the design competition, go to http://www.kent.edu/foundations.
‘Room with a View’
An exhibit by local artists Elinore Korow, Dave Benn and Mary Neubert, featuring 30 works on canvas in oils and acrylics, is on view in the eighth floor conference room of the Ohio Building in downtown Akron.
County Executive Russ Pry turned the room into an art gallery, where shows will be seen January through April. “Room with a View” first opened to exhibits in January 2003, and more than 100 Northeast Ohio artists have participated.
To be considered for future exhibits, call 330-643-2565 or go to http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1337643806&ref=ts .
New interactive gallery
On Monday the Cleveland Museum of Art opens Gallery One, a facility that blends art, technology and interpretation for visitors to explore the museum’s collections. This new space features the largest multi-touch screen in the United States, which displays images of more than 3,500 objects from the permanent collection on a 40-foot Collection Wall.
Visitors will find a variety of hands-on and technology-based activities. Artists on view include Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Viktor Schreckengost, Giovanni Panini and Chuck Close. Games encourage visitors to match their faces to works of art or strike poses of sculptures. Touchscreen interactives and the new ArtLens iPad app show how works were made, where they came from and why they were produced.
Visitors can scan objects in Gallery One and in the galleries to access multimedia content, including audio tour segments, videos and additional contextual information. Curated tours and other features can also be found on the app.
The museum is at 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. Call 216-421-7350 or see www.clevelandart.org.
Book Club — The Akron Art Museum’s book club meets at 6 p.m. in the museum’s lobby, 1 S. High St. Today’s selection is Some of My Lives, a scrapbook memoir from the life of Rosamond Bernier, an art lecturer and journalist. Free, registration required. 330-376-9186 ext. 221 or email eWard@AkronArtMuseum.org.
Opening — A free reception for KSU | MFA 2013 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kent State University School of Art Gallery. Curated by Brenton Pahl, Kathryn Shinko and Anderson Turner, it features the work of 31 students in the MFA program. On view through Feb. 15. 330-672-7853.
Reception — A 6:30 to 8 p.m. opening reception for Posing Beauty at the College of Wooster Art Museum, 1220 Beall Ave., Wooster, will include a 7 p.m. gallery talk by student exhibition researchers. Other events with this show include: Jan. 23, 7 to 8 p.m., Faculty/Student Roundtable presented by Charles Peterson (Africana Studies), Leslie Wingard (English), Christa Craven (Anthropology), and senior Isabelle Briggs; Feb. 6, noon to 1 p.m., Gallery Walk led by Kitty McManus Zurko, director of the museum, along with student exhibition researchers; Feb. 11, 7 to 8 p.m., Curator Talk with exhibition curator Deborah Willis in Room 223 of Ebert Art Center; Feb. 28, 7 to 8 p.m., Music in the Galleries, featuring d.scott+string quartet. A student-generated digital project, Students Speak to Beauty, will play on screens across campus during February. http://wooster.edu/offices/cdge.
Reception — Opening reception for New Works: Barbara Gillette, James Rehmus and Bonnie Gordon is being held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Harris Stanton Gallery, 2301 W. Market St., Akron. On view through Feb. 16. 330-867-7600 or email info@HarrisStantonGallery.com.
Opening — Free opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. for abstract painters and artists Michael Gable and Natalie Petrosky at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. 330-376-8480 or http://akronareaarts.org.
Reception — Twenty-one local artists are participating in the Storytellers: The Wayne County Group Effort (W.A.G.E.) Annual Show at Wayne Center for the Arts, 237 S. Walnut St., Wooster, through Feb. 22. Works include glass, clay, watercolors, oils, metal, and fibers. 330-264-2787 ext. 206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Installation — Corin Hewitt’s exhibition The Hedge opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA), 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, continuing his series of performance-based installations. The Toby Devan Lewis Gallery will be made into a combined studio, theatrical stage and exhibition space through April 14. 216-421-8671 or http:// www.MOCAcleveland.org.
Opening — A 5:30 to 8 p.m. opening reception will be held for Justin Farris Braun: The Swelling Horizon at the Sculpture Center, 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland. On view through Feb. 23. 216-229-6527 or http://www.sculpturecenter.org/
Instructor Showcase — Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St., Peninsula, exhibits the work of its instructors and their students through Feb. 23.
Art Talk — Photographer Pieter Hugo gives a 2 to 3 p.m. talk at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. Limited simulcast tickets are also available. Hugo’s most recent book, Permanent Error, was shot in Ghana at an enormous dump for obsolete technology. 216-421-7350.
Quilt Show — The Butler of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, opens Beyond Comfort, an exhibit of art quilts, running through March 10. Includes 30 quilts by 26 artists with themes ranging from political protest, domestic violence, and religious persecution, to the environmental disasters and modern warfare. 330-743-1107, ext. 123, or email email@example.com.
Photojournalist Talk — The Butler Institute of American Art presents a free talk by photojournalist John Wendle at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Beecher Center Auditorium. Wendle is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. http:// butlerart.com, 330-743-1107, ext. 123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Talk — Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, [cq] gives a free 2 p.m. talk on William H. Johnson: Primitiveness, Modernism & African American Culture in the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. Reservations recommended: 216-421-7350.
Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or email@example.com.