A LOCALLY OWNED, INDEPENDENT, ARTIST-RUN SPACE
LOCATED IN KENT, OHIO @ 141 SOUTH WATER STREET
SAT & SUN 12-5
+ by appointment
Kelly Dietrick (artist/owner/operator)
Troppus Projects was founded on May 1st of 2017 by Kelly Dietrick. After a little over a month of independent renovations to the space, the first show was installed and the doors opened. Since then, Troppus has shown the work of over 100 artists and presented more than two dozen exhibitions. Supporting art and artists and a variety of creative projects is critical to the mission of the space, hence the name, SUPPORT backwards. Currently Troppus Projects is a one-person operation, which relies heavily on collaboration with artists and does not receive funding. If you are interested in supporting Troppus Projects and its mission, please consider visiting the space (virtually or safely in person), submitting to calls for art, and buying art.
Kelly Dietrick is the sole owner/operator of Troppus Projects and also an artist herself. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she earned her BFA in Fine Art at Kent State University with a minor in Philosophy. She helped launch the School of Art’s satellite gallery in downtown Kent as the student Gallery Assistant before heading off to graduate school at Savannah College of Art Design. She has been working actively as an artist devoted to a conceptual/nonobjective practice since completing her MFA and ultimately returned to Kent, Ohio where she currently resides. She taught in the School of Art at Kent State University in various capacities from 2005-2019 and launched Troppus Projects in 2017. She is on a mission to support art and artists and to make contemporary art a regular part of regular life in Kent, Ohio.