The Ohio Artist Registry (OAR) is an exciting opportunity for artists to share their work, connect with the creative community, and establish an online presence—all on a free, virtual platform! The OAR encourages artists working in all art forms, throughout Ohio and beyond,  to create a profile, which allows them to better promote themselves and their work. Being listed in the OAR provides artists with new opportunities to share their work with clients, galleries, patrons, and audiences. For more information, contact Kathy Signorino, artist programs director, at kathy.signorino@oac.ohio.gov or 614-728-6140.

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Photo of 2164969100 Larry Kasperek

Originally from a small town in Western New York, Larry lives in Bay Village, Ohio, his tenth state of residence. He photographs in a variety of styles, but his work now is primarily film-based and his images are straightforward, striving to tell a story in pictures.

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Matthew Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory

Matthew Kennedy’s music contains disarming simplicity, often seeking out dark places with an uninhibited wonder and spirit of exploration. His work has been performed on five continents and received critical acclaim including honors and commissions from ASCAP, BMI, Opera on Tap, Boston Musica Viva, Hartford Opera Theater, bassist Robert Black, Dynamic Music Festival at NYU, as well as residencies at Marble House Project (VT), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), Hambidge Center (GA), Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (MI), The Horned Dorset Artist Colony (NY), Soaring Gardens Artist’s Retreat (PA), and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities (CT).…

Photo of Nicole Kessel

Nicole Kessel is a garage potter and accomplished nature photographer working out of her home studio in Miamisburg, Ohio. Her work can be seen in many local shops and galleries throughout the Dayton area and she routinely attends a number of art festivals and special events in Ohio each year.

All of Nicole’s creative work is inspired by nature and reckless adventure.

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Cindy Kessler

President

Cindy and Bob Kessler have designed contemporary mosaics and stained glass windows since the late 1970s. Previous commissions include government buildings, medical facilities, libraries, athletic centers, hospitals, corporations, universities, places of worship, and private collections. They have been awarded highly competitive Percent For Art commissions, have received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the State of Ohio, and won numerous national design awards.

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Sandy Kessler Kaminski

Visual Artist

Sandy was born and raised in Columbus Ohio.  She is a graduate of Bishop Hartley High School and a Suma Cum Laude Graduate of

The Columbus College of Art and Design.

Photo of Mr. Thomas P Kildren

Thomas ‘Fletcher’ Kildren is a creative powerhouse from NYC, now living in the gritty Rust Belt.

Originally trained as an illustrator at Parsons School of Design , he made the jump to digital as a Photo Editor at the New York Post. He soon taught himself other disciplines such as 3D modeling & animation as well as SFX on film sets.

Photo of Alan Kinnard

I an a lifelong Ohioan who’s early work was created using the silkscreen process. Unfortunately, the inks and solvents I used made me very ill and I was forced to abandon my fine art work for a career as a graphic designer. During that time, desktop computers became available and my professional work utilized these new technologies. Upon retirement as a graphic designer, I resumed my art practice.

Photo of John Robert Kiser

Growing up in a small farm in western Ohio John was inspired by nature. From an early age he began to draw and paint as often as he could. After high school he joined the military and started a family but continued his artistic journey whenever time allowed. For a time, he painted pastel portraits for tourists while stationed in Norfolk Virginia began.…

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BARBARA BRYN KLARE

Artist and Independent Curator

Barbara Bryn Klare is an artist and curator based in San Francisco and SE Ohio. She received a BA in geology and studio art/art history from Oberlin College and an MA Fine Art Merit from University for the Creative Arts. Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally including Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Touchstone Gallery in DC, Die Kunstschaffenden in Linz, Austria and Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge UK.

Photo of @jenknox2 Jen Knox

Jen Knox

Writer, Writing Coach

An Ohio-born writer, Jen Knox earned her BA in English at Otterbein University and her MFA from Bennington College. Her short fiction can be found in THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS (edited by Amy Hempel), The Adirondack Review, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Quarterly Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Little Fictions, Literary Orphans, Lunch Ticket, Poor Claudia, Room Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. Jen’s collections include THE GLASS CITY (Prize Americana winner) and AFTER THE GAZEBO (Pen/Faulkner nominee).

Photo of Emily Kohser

Emily is a graduate of  Capital University and she works in medicine, so art is not her day job!  She is a self taught mixed media artist who is currently working mainly in sculpting insect-like figures, and branches with suspended organic forms in paperclay over full armature, and using handmade papers, gouache, watercolor, markers, and pastel to illuminate wings and bodies. …

Photo of Mona Kolesar

Exploring sculpture thru a wide variety of materials has been her main focus since coming to Cleveland for Graduate school. Combining such materials as metal, marble, slate, wood, (primarily cold bend wood), both for wall pieces and freestanding sculpture, has given her many opportunities to experiment and explore ideas.
In addition to making her own art, she started an art consulting firm in Cleveland: selecting, commissioning and installing art primarily in public spaces. Before art consulting, Mona was an art instructor in Germany, Chicago and Cleveland

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Dexter Komakaru

Professional Freelance Illustrator, Artist, and Multidisciplinary Visual Creator

Dexter Komakaru, known under his artist name DXTROSE, is a Freelance Illustrator and Artist working out of his home studio on ancestral and contemporary territory of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe and Cherokee peoples, known as CBUS, OH. As a 614 Native born-and-raised, he grew up in what’s known as the “bottoms” of the Hilltop Neighborhood near what is now known as the Franklinton Arts District. Viewing his story as his superpower, he uses the hardships he’s experienced as fuel for his creative fire. 

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Therese Kramer

Fine art and mosaic artist, owner

BIO
     Therese is a fine artist in Ohio who specializes in acrylic paintings and mosaic glass designs.  A large number of her paintings are of the Cleveland area and Ohio Islands.  Therese’s work has been exhibited in local Ohio venues and is featured on Fine Art America, and Society 6.  …

Photo of Kim Krause

Kim Krause is a Cincinnati native whose paintings have been included in over 150 exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including 15 solo exhibitions. He earned an MFA in Painting from Bard College, New York. He retired in 2018 as professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.
He is represented by Miller Gallery.

Photo of Lance Reed Kriesch

Lance graduated from Otterbein University in May 2020, majoring in photography. Through experiences while traveling, graduating during a pandemic, and role models he discovered amidst both, Lance has since chosen a rather fluid lifestyle. No matter where he is, he’s always trying to experience something new, take risks, and learn; about himself and the world around him. Journaling extensively throughout, he now focuses primarily on documenting such experiences and book-making.

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DJ Krimmer

Author & Artist

DJ has had a passion for story-telling since they were a child. Their days were filled with their nose being buried in notepads, writing any and every story that came into their head. 

They got their first taste of sending their written ideas out in the world as a preteen, writing fan fiction about their favorite television shows, especially anime, which lead them down the road of fan art. 

Photo of Kent Krugh

Kent Krugh is a fine art photographer living and working in Cincinnati. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions both national and international and in major festivals including FotoFest (Houston) and the Festival de la Luz (Buenos Aires). His work is held in various collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

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Oleg Kruglyakov

Balalaika Virtuoso

Oleg Kruglyakov was born in Omsk, Siberia, Russia. He began playing the balalaika at age 7 and was educated at the renowned Urals State Conservatory in Yekaterinburg. Oleg performed as balalaika soloist with many Russian folk dance troupes and musical ensembles, touring extensively throughout the Soviet Union and Europe. Since 2007, Oleg has been performing concerts and teaching workshops internationally with his colleague, pianist Terry Boyarsky, as “Russian Duo.”

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