Rosewood Community Mural and Apprentice Program

Beginning this fall and through summer 2022, Rosewood Arts Center will host a community-created mural, the first in a new initiative to create public murals in partnership with the community in Kettering.  The mural will be designed through a partnership with the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (DPC), students in the Kettering City Schools, Kettering residents and mural painter Nick Scrimenti, a Fairmont High School alumnus. The DPC will facilitate printmaking workshops at Kettering Middle School, Fairmont High School, the Kettering Recreation Complex and Rosewood Arts Center during the fall of 2021. Utilizing the dialogues and artwork created through the workshops, Scrimenti will join the artists to create a site-specific, final artwork design, and will employ Kettering teenagers to assist in the mural painting in summer 2022.

The community can participate in free, in-person workshops on Saturday, November 13 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Rosewood Arts Center or Saturday, December from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Kettering Recreation Center. All ages are welcome.

This project is managed by Rosewood Arts Center and the CitySites Percent for Art Program, and supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council and the Montgomery County Arts and Culture District with Culture Works.

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About our partners

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Kim Vito, Trellis, Intaglio

The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (DPC) is a membership-based organization that provides specialized printmaking facilities to its members and educational opportunities to the public.  Kim Vito lives and works in Dayton, Ohio.  Vito received her MFA in printmaking from Florida State University and her BFA from Miami University.  She is currently a Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Wright State, where she has been teaching since 1992.  She previously taught at University of Central Florida and Indiana/Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Vito exhibits her work regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Barbara Weinert-McBee works primarily in print medium, producing images through woodcut, intaglio, mono-printing, and photo-polymer processes. She completed her BFA at Wright State University, where she also retired from a career as Associate Director for Graphic Arts Services for Printing Services. Weinert-McBee has participated in numerous local and regional exhibitions and has received numerous awards, including the Judge’s Merit Award at the 2021 B–W Greenway Landscape Exhibition. Jaclyn Stephens is a multi-disciplinary artist who has exhibited across the Dayton region. She has worked as an arts administrator and grant writer for non-profit organizations and is passionate about community resource sharing systems. As founder of Frida’s Forest, LLC. Stephens utilizes the tradition of farm to explore art and agriculture by raising a polyculture of conifers, alpacas, and creative inquiry. Micah Zavacky is an art teacher and horticulturalist at the Miami Valley School. He received his MFA from Illinois State University and BFA from Wright State University with a focus on painting, printmaking and drawing. He is a recent recipient of the Culture Works Artist Opportunity Grant, and has exhibited his work throughout the Dayton region.  In addition to his printmaking practice, Zavacky has extensive experience as a printing assistant for professional fine art print studios.

Mural painter Nick Scrimenti has over a decade of experience leading ambitious mural projects for both ArtWorks in Cincinnati and StreetSpark in Hamilton, Ohio.  As a project manager, he has led apprentices to create massive, high-profile and large budget murals.  Scrimenti is an alumnus of Kettering’s Fairmont High School, a key partner in the education and apprentice components of KAI.  His experience connecting to students and demonstrating success in a creative career field are critical to successfully establishing KAI’s apprentice program.

Kettering City Schools students are participating through special in-class workshops with Lindsay Gustafson’s Art Club at Kettering Middle School, and Meghan Dillon’s International Baccalaureate students at Fairmont High School.

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