A LOCALLY OWNED, INDEPENDENT, ARTIST-RUN SPACE
LOCATED IN KENT, OHIO @ 141 SOUTH WATER STREET
+ by appointment
Kelly Dietrick (artist/owner/operator)
Kelly Dietrick holds a BFA in Art with a minor in Philosophy from Kent State University, an MFA in Studio Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Instructional Technology. She has been a faculty member at Kent State University in the School of Art since 2005, and is now joining their College of Architecture and Environmental Design faculty to teach Design Foundations Studio I (Fall 2022). In addition to teaching, Kelly is active as an artist both in her studio and in her community. She advocates for and has worked on several public art projects as both a facilitator and creator. Additionally, she independently owns and operates Troppus Projects, an art space in downtown Kent committed to making contemporary art a regular part of regular life. She happily lives and works in Kent, Ohio with her two teenagers, two dogs, a cat, and sometimes more.
Troppus Projects was founded on May 1st of 2017 by artist, Kelly Dietrick. After a little over a month of independent renovations to the space, the first show was installed and the doors opened on June 17. 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, submitting to calls, and buying art.