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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Michael Loderstedt

Professor Emeritus, Kent State University School of ArtPrint Media & Photography
Home 312 Groveland Club Drive 11 County: Cuyahoga
Cleveland Ohio 44110 United States
Home Phone: 216 219-7568


Michael Loderstedt’s first book of poems Why We Fished, published by Redhawk Publications, is inspired in part by his upbringing on the barrier island of Bogue Banks, NC. Escaping a failed marriage, his mother moved the family to the island in 1965 to live with his grandparents who’d built a beach house in Emerald Isle. It was remote then, accessible only by car ferry, much of it covered in dense forest and sand roads. Many of these poems explore themes of island life–– resiliency, self-reliance born of isolation, & countless days spent fishing.

Loderstedt’s recent writings have been featured in Muleskinner Journal, the NC Literary Review, Bangalore Review, & Musepaper. He received a 2020 Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in Literature for his memoir manuscript The Yellowhammer’s Cross. His visual art can also be found in the public collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Summa Health Center, the Akron Art Museum and the Kupferstiche Kabinett in Dresden, Germany and others. He is a Professor Emeritus of Kent State University’s School of Art where he taught printmaking and photography. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio near the shore of Lake Erie with his wife Lori and son Ethan. You can follow his projects on Instagram @m_loderstedt.

Artist Statement

My visual work and writing are tied to a sense of place. Using photographic processes, embroidery and fabric collage, I created Garden Archive– a series of fabric pieces that investigates the biome of my yard to get a better understanding of who’s needs it serves. Is there food and habitat for animals? Or is it my aesthetic pleasure that is being addressed.

My writing in poetry and non-fiction investigate the economies, geographies, cultures and biomes of the often invisible or vanishing. They are responses to deeply formative spaces, experiences and cultures. The role they’ve had on my life, my sense of purpose. They are deeply personal journeys that reveal a trajectory toward art from an underclass perspective.