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The Suburbanite
A look at the arts scene in Tuscarawas County, written by Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts Director and retired Dover City Schools art teacher Jeannine Kennedy.
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The arts have played a major role in Jeannine Kennedy’s life. Now executive director of the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts in New Philadelphia, from 1973 to 2003, she was a teacher and chairperson of the Arts Department for the Dover City ...
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The arts have played a major role in Jeannine Kennedy’s life. Now executive director of the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts in New Philadelphia, from 1973 to 2003, she was a teacher and chairperson of the Arts Department for the Dover City Schools. A resident of Dover, she is an adjunct Kent State University faculty members. She served as regional director of the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition from 1986 to 2004. Her professional affiliations include the Ohio Art Education Association, the Ohio and Tuscarawas County Retired Teachers associations and the Ohio School Board Association. She is a member and past president of the Dover Board of Education. Her involvement in the community also include the Dover Education Foundation, of which she is a trustee; College Club of Tuscarawas County; Rotary International, of which she is president elect; and a member of the steering committee of the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. She also is an active member of St. Joseph Church in Dover. Among the awards she has received are the Kent State Tuscarawas Distinguished Career Award 2005, the Kent State Tuscarawas Community Service Award 2010, the Community Arts Council’s “Friend of the Arts” Award 2010, and the Ohio Art Education Association Outstanding Art Educator Award, 1980. She also was a winner of the Ohio Governor's Award of Excellence in Teaching in 1979, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2003; and the Scholastic's National Award of Excellence in Teaching in 1979, 1996 and 2001. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and did post-baccalaureate work at Kent State University (including two semesters of study abroad), The University of Akron, Ashland University, University of Dayton, Savannah College of Art and Design and LaSalle University.
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la-et-cm-francis-bacon-triptych20131112-001That was the amount paid by a mysterious byer at Christies Auction House in New York last week for a triptych painted by Francis Bacon of his friend and rival painter Lucian Freud. The price easily eclipsed the $119,900,000.00 sale price of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” which was auctioned by Sotheby’s in May of 2012. The painting is a magnificent series done in ocher and cool grey tones and is titled “Three Views of Lucian Freud” (yes…Sigmund’s grandson) who is perched on a wooden chair. The 1969 composition incorporates both linear qualities as well as a feeling of volume in the figure.

Francis Bacon was born in 1909 in Dublin to English parents and moved to London in 1926. Even though Bacon had no formal art training, his angst ridden paintings of twisted and mutilated forms touched a nerve in those who viewed his compelling work and he became much sought after by collectors in the 1930’s. The artist died in Madrid of a heart attack in 1992. The Cleveland Museum of Art has an excellent portrait simply titled “Head” that was acquired in 1982 and is on display from time to time. www.clevelandart.org I happen to love Bacon’s work and if I were a curator at the Cleveland Museum I would make haste to show that piece!

The latest information about the buyer is that she is the sister of the Emir of Qatar and that she has lately been acquiring artworks at an accelerated pace. Speculation is that many of the works may be displayed in a national museum that is scheduled to open in Qatar in 2016.

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