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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-728-6140.
Katie Mongoven (Chinese-American, b. 1995) is a fiber artist based in Cleveland, OH. Born in Shanggao, China during the One Child Policy, Mongoven grew up in Washington, DC and received her BFA from the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design in 2017. Mongoven has exhibited nationally for her innovative fiber pieces including University Hospitals, Cleveland; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA), Lubbock, TX; Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY; and ARC Gallery, Chicago. She has received grants from SPACES (2020), Red Bull Arts (2020), and the University of Michigan (2017 and 2018) and awards including the Praxis Fiber Arts Award (2020) and Second Best in Show at LHUCA (2019). Mongoven has attended residencies at California Institute of the Arts (2017), University of Michigan’s (2018), and Vermont Studio Center (2018).
Over 25 years ago military supplies depot workers found me in rural China and I was given the name Qiū lián, which in English translates as ‘Autumn Lotus’. Though no one addresses me by this name and hasn’t addressed me by this name for 25 years, the name always floats in my mind. ‘Autumn Lotus’ carries weight, as a lotus can be a symbol of perseverance, strength, and life. A single lotus seed can lie dormant in the depths of a muddy riverbed for hundreds, even thousands of years, and one day germinate and grow. What seeds lie within me and are pushing to the surface?
My embroideries are stitched portraits, stories stabbed into cloth, offering memories and reflections. Inspired by relationships and mundane and dramatic moments in my life, I recreate these raw and personal moments that touch upon a myriad of emotions in the semi-abstract form.