Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Chaotic Love”
-Paintings by Ingrid Westberg
-BFA Senior Exhibition

Saturday, May 4 Opening Reception 6-8 pm
-Exhibit runs through June 1st
- North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St. Kent, OH


Ingrid Westberg

Participated in juried Art Festivals resulting in Twenty eight awards including Best of Show in the last six years in Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Connecticut, New York and Ohio

First Place Alliance Art Fest 1992
Purchase Award Lexington Art League Lexington Kentucky 1992
Honorable Mention Fall Festival of the Arts 1992 Chagrin Falls Ohio
First Place Westerville Music and Arts Festival 1993
First Place Special Award of Merit 18th Annual Art and Craft Show Sharonville Kiwanis 1994
Best of show 32 annual Lima Campus of Ohio State University Art space September 25, 1994
First Place Certificate of Award Festival of the Arts Lexington, Kentucky 1995
First Place Lakewood shore Hospital Arts Festival Lakewood, Ohio 1995
First Place Montgomery Annual Art Exhibition Montgomery, Ohio 1996
First Place Montgomery Art Exhibition Montgomery, Ohio 1997
Purchase Award from the Hayloft Gallery Presented by the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce 1995
Second Place Fine Art in the Park Medina, Ohio 1996
Third Place Montgomery Kiwanis Annual Art Exhibition Montgomery, Ohio
Second Place Art Division of Niantic Art Show Niantic, Connecticut 1993
Second Place Zanes Square Arts Festival 1994
Second Place North Canton Arts and Craft Show 1994
Honorable Mention Hyde Park Art Show Hyde Park, Ohio 1994
Third Place Lakewood Hospital Arts Festival Lakewood, Ohio 1995
Selected For Judging Williamsburg, Virginia 1995
Award of Merit Fort Lauderdale Festival of the Arts 1995
Certificate of Award, Medina Art in the Park Medina, Ohio 1993
Third Place Roswell Arts Festival Roswell, Georgia
Third Place Westerville Arts Festival Westerville, Ohio
Honorable Mention Lexington Arts Festival, Lexington, Kentucky 1997
Third Place Once Upon A Sunday Artspace Lima, Ohio 1998
Second Place Hinkley Arts and Craft Festival 1992
Third Place Hardesty Park Art Fair Akron, Ohio 1993
First Place 2 Dimensional category Wildflower Festival of the Arts Atlanta, Georgia 1998

Academic Excellence Awards Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success University of Akron Effective November 30, 2010
Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society University of Akron Effective October 02, 2009

-Art Education
University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Bloomfield Art Association, Bloomfield, Michigan
Private Instruction
Privileges for copying the Masters at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Summit Art Space Altered Book Show 2011
Student Art League Exhibition Honors College University of Akron, 2010
Summit Art Space, Fresh Show Juried Exhibition 2010
BA Art Exhibition University of Akron 2008
Summit Art Space, University of Akron Juried Show 2008
Akron Museum of Art; Juried show, Scenes of the City, September thru November 2000
Governor’s Club, Palm Beach, Florida-Private Club, One Woman Show, March 2001
Woman’s City Club-One Woman Show, July 2001
Faculty Exhibition Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida,2003
South Palm Beach Art Exhibition by invitation, S.P.B. Town Hall Council Chambers, March and April 2002
Akron Jewish Community Center, Akron, Ohio 1991
Cleveland Magazine-Juried Exhibition University of Akron 1985

Standing Rock Cultural Arts in conjunction with The Wick Poetry Center
and Vandenboom Sculpture Studios presents:

“Trees and Me” Art Exhibition
-11th Annual Environmental Art Show In Conjunction with The 6th Annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival
-Featuring Work by Local Artists.
-Vince Packard (Paintings)
-Jim Vandenboom (Sculpture)
-Doc Green
-Daiv Whaley

-Poems written by Local Elementary School Children in collaboration with The Wick Poetry Program of Kent State University
-Sculpture by Jim Vandenboom
-A Reading of the Poems is scheduled for April 20th, 4pm in Downtown Kent during The “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival Block Party at The Hometown Bank Plaza

WHERE: Exhibition at North Water Street Gallery, 257 N Water St, Downtown Kent

WHEN: OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, April 13, 7:00-9:00pm
-SHOW RUNS THROUGH Saturday, April 27, 2013

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

Images from the Opening


Vince Packard is an artist and environmental activist who currently resides in Akron, Ohio. He has shown work regularly at The North Water Street Gallery.

Jim Vandenboom holds a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and a MFA in Sculpture from Kent State University. He created and sponsors the annual Project: From the Tree.


Daiv Whaley is a writer and visual artist residing in the NEO area. He works in several mediums including Polaroid photography, sound art, Eco-art, propaganda and video performance. He has produced several shows for galleries as a curator and also writes about Rock & Roll and popular culture. He likes nature, God, Sci-Fi, Rock music and language and usually incorporates one of these influences in his work. He attended KSU, where he studied Literature & Writing. He is at work on his first comic book this year.

Sound Chair (How Green was My Valley 2013) synopsis

I found a Sixties beauty-salon hair dryer discarded on the curb one day and decided it needed resurrected. Removing the heating element and fan, I installed a light and speaker system instead.
Playing-off the old brainwashing-machine motif in many sci-fi and secret agent movies of the Sixties, I thought a sound chair that induces the love of nature into listeners would be a good idea and kind of funny. Anyone who sits in the
chair and lowers the headpiece over their heads will be surrounded by the recorded song of birds - a beautiful reminder of the natural music happening around us all of the time. Tweet tweet tweet.


"From the Tree” was created to provide a venue and spotlight for the creative efforts of Kent elementary school students, local poets, and two outstanding organizations that are teaching our children the benefits of creative thinking, Standing Rock Cultural Arts and WICK Poetry Outreach Program at Kent State University: http://dept.kent.edu/wick.

The students at Walls and Holden Elementary Schools have been asked to investigate their human relationships and interdependence with trees physically, emotionally and metaphorically through displays of Sculpture and Poetry. Each featured student has a poem displayed on the wall at The North Water Street Gallery and receives a professionally mounted print of their poem in addition to a commemorative chapbook with all 20 selected poems.

There will be a Reading of the Featured Poems at The Hometown Bank Plaza on April 28th as part of The Main Street Block Party of The “Who’s Your Mama? Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Across Continents”
-Paintings, Fiber Art, Wood Sculpture and More!  By Kwame Awuku

Saturday, March 2nd, 7:30pm Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through March 30

The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St. Kent, OH

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.

Images from the Opening


Isaac Kwame Awuku


Art Statement

My studies began before I entered a formal classroom. In Ghana I grew up surrounded by art and artists. My interest in learning how to recreate the useful tools around me that signified simple beauty brought me to where I am now. My media moves from hard wood to recycled-cardboard, from acrylics to cornhusks. One day I am weaving baskets and floor mats, the next task may lead me to helping to compose a community mural. What keeps me interested is happening upon opportunities to share these skills with people. There is nothing more gratifying than being in that moment where someone realizes that with a little practice and discipline we can recreate the things that we find meaningful, useful and beautiful. That we all have an artist within us—if we allow it. It is in those moments that we build community through the arts. And we leave that place, as student and teacher more powerful and accomplished than we were when we entered.
 Born in Accra Ghana, West Africa, Kwame Awuku began studying traditional woodcarving techniques when he was just eleven years old. Growing up surrounded by artisans and musicians who practiced and contributed to a culture rich with a vibrant history of strength and spirituality, Awuku found himself bound for a life of creativity. While earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts at the Opportunity Industrialization Centre in Accra, Ghana, he focused on woodcarving and clay sculpturing. His sculptures capture the daily activities of West African ways of life. His paintings vibrant with color and texture come off the canvas and command an appreciation for the shape and style both unique to him and reflective of the love he has for his homeland.
Kwame’s work can be found in a myriad of public and private collections abroad and throughout the United States. He has established himself as a renowned artist and arts educator having developed arts programs for children and elders in Ghana, and lectured extensively in the States. As a new resident of Kent Ohio, he earned Best of Show at Kent’s 2012 Art in The Park. Under the moniker Afrika Origins, Kwame is currently working on designing series’ of one of a kind tee shirt and tapestries featuring textured patchworks and hand painted designs.
Acrylic painting
Leather work
Wood carving
Clay sculpturing
Ceramics, pottery, glaze composition
Lost wax techniques
Bead and Jewelry making, wire wrapping
Electric Kiln operation and maintenance, building firewood kiln
Basket weaving

Teaching Experience

Visiting Artist
Kent State University: Education, Health and Human Services  Kent, Ohio
April 2012
-worked with Early Childhood Education Students and Pre-school aged children

Visiting Artist
Kent State University: Center for Pan-African Culture  Kent, Ohio
February 2012
-Wood Carving Demonstration
-Lecture on traditional West African Wood Carving Practices
Art/Ceramics Instructor
Community Art Program: Center for Creative Studies
  Detroit, Michigan
September 2010 – January 2011
-participants of these classes included children K-12th grade as well as parents and interested community members

Ceramics Instructor
 Fleetwood-Jordain Center, Parks and Recreation  Evanston, Illinois
June 2007- August 2008
-worked with children ages 6 to 16 years

Art Instructor
 University Preparatory Academy  Detroit, Michigan
August 2005- June 2007
-worked with children ages k-5th grade

Arts Program Coordinator
 Catholic Services Summer Program  Detroit, Michigan
July 2006
-worked with at-risk youth ages 6-17

Visiting Artist
Detroit Institute of Arts  Detroit Michigan
April 2006
-Wood Carving Demonstration
-Lecture on preserving ancient techniques of sculpturing

Art Instructor
 Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham Art Center  Birmingham, Michigan
April 2005- June 2005
-African clay sculpturing


“Colorful Textures” solo exhibit
Kent State University, Umbaji Gallery
December 2011-February 2012

“One of a Kind” group show
4731 Gallery, Art in a Living Context
December 2006

“Look to Home” solo exhibit
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
October 2004-January 2005

“Emancipation Show” featured artist at group show
4731 Gallery, Art in a Living Context
February 2003

“In the Diaspora” small solo exhibit
Detroit Public Library
May 2001- July 2001


2012 Best of Show, Art in the Park, Kent, Ohio
2006 Best of Show, Ferndale Funky Art Fair
2002 Certificate of Recognition from City of Detroit for Mbad Mural

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Opportunity Industrialization Centre
Accra, Ghana

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

We Made It,,,Now What?" : Art + Survival in a Post-2012 World” Art Exhibition
-multi-media installation and visual art
-curated by Marcia Custer

Saturday, January 12, 8:00-11:00pm Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through February 23rd
-The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St. Kent, OH

Images from the Opening

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970

About the Exhibit:

"super storms. snooki. mitt romney. the mayan calendar. market collapse. gun control. the iphone 5. gangnam style. global warming. fiscal cliffs. instagram. impending apocalypse.

with both the real and imagined anxieties of 2012 behind us, artists take a look into the end + future of our world.

join us for

we made it... now what? : art + survival in a post-2012 world
multimedia, installation + visual art
on display jan 12- feb 23
257 n water st.

Artists to show work at different times throughout exhibit:

alyssa d'amico
lindsey james
nathaniel lee maloney
dan olsofka
vince packard
emma pavlik
erin pike
melissa schwachenwald
calvin waterman

styrofoam cans
ana lyn sigler
transforum theatre
gina butrico + chris vogliano
chris leppla + morgan mzik
bill sallak
great republic 1850