manifest international drawing annual 2007 exhibition-in-print
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Ron Kroutel
Athens, OH


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My drawings connect me to the landscape around me here in Southeastern Ohio. The humidity and heat, the surrounding communities, are all embedded in my skin and in my psyche and are connected to me physically and emotionally. But these direct perceptions are darkened, distorted, and dislocated by the disturbing information about the world presented to me by the media , especially the 80 channels my Direct TV satellite brings into my home. I have come to see that this digitalized global world subconsciously affects my choice of subject matter and my formal decisions. The conjunction of these optical and abstract perceptions is the point at which my images originate. In this way my paintings gather the flux of changing landscape elements into a still image, one that I can contemplate slowly, meditate on.

These 21'x58" erasure drawings were done in the back of my Ford Econoline van. I drive around until I see a subject that I have learned through experience has the potential to express my darkening sense of our times.


born: 1935, Chicago, IL


University of Michigan, MFA, 1963
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BAE, 1958

selected awards/honors

Jurors' First Prize, Ohio Online Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 2007
First Prize, Gold Medal Award, Ohio Watercolor Society, traveling exhibition through Ohio, 1999
Ohio Arts Council Felowships 1996-7 and 1981-2
Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, 1992

selected publications

Catalogue, Coming of Age, Riffe Center Gallery, Columbus, OH 2001
Review, Dialogue, January, 2000
New American Painting, 1997
The Philosophy of Art, Gene Blocker, 1979

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH, 2003
Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling, WV, 1995
University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI, 1984
Josef Gallery, Narratives, New York, City, 1982

selected group shows

Celebration of Creativity: The Ohio Arts Council 1980-2005, Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2007
Watermedia 2003, American Watermedia Society, Houston, TX, 2003
Industrial Power and Beauty, Hammond art Center, Hammond, IN, 2002
SUPS Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 1996

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