Whiteside and Kaluszka are featured in the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, on display this month. The pair recently had their artwork introduced to Japanese ceramic artist Akiko Tanaka through professional connections. Impressed with the quality of their work, Tanaka invited them both to participate in the festival.
Whiteside earned his M.F.A. from Radford in 2011 and a B.A. from CNU in 2007. He is currently an adjunct instructor in the RU Department of Art. Whiteside sent a 90 x 50 inch ink drawing titled, "Darkness," for the exhibit.
"This is my first time exhibiting outside of the U.S., so it was very exciting to be invited, Whiteside said. "I almost didn't believe it was real until I confirmed the package had arrived in Japan. I am certainly honored to be included in such a select group of artists, and for the opportunity to help represent art from the United States."