Guest artist on tap for arts festival

FREMONT – Each spring, Terra State Community College celebrates the fine, digital, performance, and culinary and literary arts with exhibits, presentations, performances and activities. The 2013 Celebration of the Arts festival is slated for April 5-14.

This year includes special features such as the unveiling of a monumental sculpture in Building D, collaborations with the Northcoast Arts Alliance in presenting a new regional Arts Showcase and Symposium, the annual recital and art show with Fremont City School’s art and music educators and more.

This year’s featured artist is Sayaka Ganz, who was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up living in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. 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,” a solo exhibition at the Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Huntington University, Huntington, Ind., and “Convergence,” a 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 will present a lecture on her artwork during the Arts Showcase and Symposium 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.

Artists who would like to include their work may call Lonnie Shuey at (419) 559-2229. There is no entry fee, and entries may be submitted through Thursday.