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Terra State announces guest artist for arts festival

Sayaka Ganz Sayaka Ganz

Preparations are well underway for Terra State Community College’s annual “Celebration of the Arts” Festival, April 5-14. 

Each spring the college celebrates the fine, digital, performance, and culinary and literary arts with exhibits, presentations, performances and activities. This year includes special features such as the unveiling of a new monumental sculpture in Building D, collaborations with the Northcoast Arts Alliance in presenting a new regional Arts Showcase and Symposium and the annual recital and art show with Fremont City School’s art and music educators.

This year’s featured artist is Sayaka Ganz, who was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. Currently she teaches design and drawing courses at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. 

Using reclaimed plastic household objects as her materials, Ganz’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. Her recent exhibitions include: “Objects and Spirits” – solo exhibition at the Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Huntington University, Huntington, Ind., and “Convergence” – solo exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW. 

Her sculpture, “Ambush,” has been installed permanently in the educational wing of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She recently completed a commission of a series of four marine life sculptures for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

Ganz’s work is collected and exhibited in London, Tokyo, Takaoka, Isle of Man, New York, San Francisco, Monterey, Toledo and Fort Wayne. Her work will be displayed in Terra State’s Art Gallery throughout the festival, along with artwork by Terra State’s art faculty Daniel Chudzinski and Emily Sullivan. Ganz will present a lecture on her artwork during the Arts Showcase and Symposium on April 13. 

In addition to the artwork of Ganz, art displays and exhibits will be showcased throughout the week in Buildings B and D. Student, faculty and staff artists from Terra State, the Port Clinton Artists Club, regional artists through the Northcoast Arts Alliance, and students from Fremont Ross, Clyde and St. Joseph Central Catholic high schools will exhibit in media including painting, drawing, photography, digital animation, sculpture and more. 

For more information about the festival or if you are an artist and would like to include your work in this year’s Celebration of the Arts Festival, call Lonnie Shuey at 419-559-2229. There is no entry fee to enter your artwork in this festival showcase and entries may be submitted through March 28.

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