Del Rey Loven

Del Rey Loven

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Painting
Phone: 330-972-7456


LOVEN was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and grew up in Minneapolis where he graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting and Drawing.  It was there that LOVEN came under the international influences of visiting teacher/artists Fred THIELER (Germany), Kenneth DINGWALL (Scotland), Juhana BLOMSTEDT (Finland/France) and Siah ARMAJANI (Iran/USA). He earned the MFA degree in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting.  His MFA mentors were Grace HARTIGAN and (Monuments Man) Salvatore SCARPITTA, joined by Alex KATZ to form LOVEN'S MFA thesis committee.  In 1997 and 1998 Loven completed Professional Development coursework in design language and theory at Harvard University with Massimo VIGNELLI and others.

LOVEN's paintings have been exhibited in numerous group shows including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Minnesota Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, Santa Monica Art Museum, Cornell Art Museum, and Louis Meisel Gallery, New York City.

Solo shows of LOVEN's work include Dacia Gallery (New York City 2013), Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery (Cleveland 2012), Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron (2008).  A solo show of new work is scheduled to open in 2017 at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery.

DEL REY LOVEN has held the rank of tenured Professor of Art at The University of Akron since 2006.  His prior academic appointment was Chair of Art, Design and Architecture at Judson University in the Chicago area, where he led the development of degree programs in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Architecture and taught all levels of painting and drawing.

In 2009 NASAD the National Association of Schools of Art and Design recruited LOVEN for ongoing service as an art and design consultant on university accreditation team visits.