Big Art Day

Every spring semester, the Art Department invites alumni from Studio Art and Art History to share what they have accomplished and inspire current Kutztown students about the amazing opportunities that await them in the field of art.

Big Art Day 2021 Presenter Bios:

Simone Evans

Simone Evans (KU ’16) is a textile and fashion designer with primary practice in Shibori dyeing techniques, Silk Painting, Fabric Marbling, and Dyeing with natural plant materials. Using a number of methods, she pursues each practice for bold and beautiful prints onto fabric, later constructed into one-of-a-kind garments.

After studying Textiles at Kutztown University and achieving a BFA in Fine Arts,  her passion for textiles and applying color onto cloth led her to start a textile and fashion business in 2015. 

Simone also hosts workshops, covering many textile designing methods for children and adults, with much of her education being held at Textile Arts Center in NYC. Classes are now held virtually and with many art organizations in the US.

Christine Taylor

Christina Taylor is the Assistant Paper Conservator at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State where she earned her MA in Art Conservation in 2015. She has held positions in conservation departments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Kutztown University in 2011 and continues to teach printmaking workshops, including a lithography workshop geared towards conservators.

Josh Dannin

Josh Dannin is an artist and printmaker based in the White Mountains of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. He received a BFA in Studio Art from Kutztown University in 2011 with concentrations in Printmaking and Photography, and an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University in 2015. Primarily utilizing relief and risograph print processes, Dannin’s work explores the intersection of mass production, traditional craft, and modern technology.

Dannin runs Directangle Press, a letterpress and risograph studio and artist residency specializing in printing and publishing. Previously a regular contributor to Printeresting.org, he coedits Power Washer Zine, a semiannual publication about screenprinting. In addition to running workshops at Directangle Press, Dannin teaches printmaking at Dartmouth College and graphic design at Saint Anselm College.

Big Art Day 2020 Presenter Bios:

Liana Owad

Portrait of Liana Owad, Visiting Artist

Liana Owad is an artist working with traditional and contemporary mediums to create sculptures and works on paper. Her work explores the domestic space and addresses the ideas of comfort and confinement in the home. Owad received her MFA in 2014 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her BFA in 2010 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Owad is a strong advocate for the maker movement and has helped launch two maker spaces, Nebraska Innovation Studio, and the Chesapeake Arts Center MakerSpace. Currently, she is the sculpture studio technician at Maine College of Art. She has also been an instructor in sculpture, drawing, and on the proper tool and equipment use in higher education and non-profit art centers. 

Website: liana.owad.org

Instagram: @liana_owad

Tim Soter

Portrait of Tim Soter, Visiting Artist

Tim Soter was raised in a log cabin outside of Schnecksville, PA studying photography at KU before moving to Brooklyn.  Tim is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as an editorial, commercial and art photographer whose clients include Starbucks, Ford, RollingStone, EmblemHealth, and PrideLive among others. Additionally, he is an artbook publisher with his imprint The Ship Escaped.  He has created and published the photo-biographies “TIM! GO AWAY!” a book about photographer Duane Michals as well is an editorial, commercial and art photographer whose clients include Starbucks, Ford, EmblemHealth, Time Inc. among others. “ForTress” a book about his friendship with photographer Arthur Tress. His books are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, International Center of Photography, Tate Modern and others. Also his parents own some copies.

Website: http://www.theshipescaped.com/

Theo Uliano

Portrait of Theo Uliano, Visiting Artist

Philadelphia native Theo Uliano received his MFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, after earning his BFA in ceramics from Kutztown University. He was named as an Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly magazine in 2015 and has exhibited his ceramic work across the US and abroad. Former maintenance man, studio technician, and itinerant adjunct professor, Uliano currently teaches ceramics at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. while keeping his studio at home in suburban Philadelphia. He is an artist, teacher, and occasional ditch-digger.

 Website: www.theouliano.com