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Alumni News: 2014–15

Ohio Northern alumni earn awards at Wassenberg’s juried show
June
—The works of Ohio Northern University’s art and design alumni were recently selected for exhibit and earned awards at the 59th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center located in Van Wert, Ohio.

The exhibit originated with founding art club members and continues today, featuring about 80 pieces of original art by artists from the tri-state region. Today, the art center has grown to hold one of northwest Ohio’s best juried art exhibits, with a reputation for high quality of work.

The pieces on display represent a wide range of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture—by artists juried into the show. The exhibit is free and runs through July 5. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

The Wassenberg Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the northwest Ohio region. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. For information on the art center’s activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837.

Representing Ohio Northern at this year’s show were:
• Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77): Laura won the Douglas Edward Koch Memorial Award. She recently completed her graduate work at Bowling Green State University and has been an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she taught art appreciation since 2006. She is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted to countless juried exhibitions include the Toledo Area Artists’ Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

• Ed Corle (BFA ’78): Ed won the Vera Woodruff Wassenberg Award at this year’s show. After graduating from Ohio Northern, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University since 1986. He has been accepted in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artist Exhibition. In addition, he participates in regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival. He is a member of The Michigan Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and a trustee of the Findlay Art League.

• Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96): Leslie also won a Wassenberg Art Center Award. Leslie is an office manager at Michael G. Scherer in Tiffin, Ohio, and is an artist at Atelier Rohr. She has also worked as an art teacher at the Tiffin City Schools and at the Eastern Local School District. Since graduating from Ohio Northern, Leslie has won many awards for her work including at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show and the ArtSpace/Lima juried show.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2015–16 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Art Museum’s ‘Close In’ Series Features Work from Ohio Northern Art Graduate
May
—The Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University continues its summer “Close In” series featuring the work of artist Marilyn Lysohir (BA/art ’72), from Moscow, Idaho. The exhibition, “Close In: Marilyn Lysohir: Between Two Worlds,” opens May 30 and continues through Sept. 12, 2015.

Marilyn Lysohir is an accomplished sculptor known for her monumental ceramic work and installations, which evolve from very personal points of inspiration.

In 1998, Lysohir unveiled “The Dark Size of Dazzle,” a two-ton, 24-foot-long, 9-foot-high ceramic battleship at the Boise Art Museum. This entire installation will be on display in the Jundt Galleries, including a life-size “bathroom” tableau. Lysohir’s work appears often in books published about ceramics in the last 20 years and her pieces are in museum collections throughout the United States. Lysohir has been an artist in residence at Archie Bray, the Kansas City Art Institute, and has served as a visiting artist and Professor at New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, New York. She lectures and conducts workshops, and demonstrations throughout the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Fine Arts from Washington State University. Her work has been described as “overwhelming” not just physically but also in its simplicity.

An evening with the artist begins with a lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29 in the Jundt Auditorium, followed by public preview reception until 8 p.m.

The “Close In” series of exhibitions began in 2012 as a way to showcase the work of regional artists during the summer months and to attract summer visitors to the museum. The Jundt Galleries are open year-round and this series provides a venue for local artists who work in painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, and installations.

The museum’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays and University holidays. For more information, call the Jundt Art Museum at (509) 313-6843 or visit its website at www.gonzaga.edu/jundt. To schedule a docent-led tour, please call the curator of education at (509) 313-6613.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern alumni accepted into juried exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
ONU alumna wins photography award
April
—Ohio Northern University alumna and professor Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) won the ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club Award while Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA/art ’96) won the Second Award at this year’s ArtSpace/Lima 60th Annual Spring Juried Show. Two other ONU alumni were accepted into this year’s juried exhibit.

The call-for-entries was open to any artist living within 100 miles of Lima working within one or more of the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art, or mixed media.

The guest jurors, Janet Ballweg of Bowling Green State University and Luke Sheets of Ohio Northern University, selected 67 pieces from 39 artists for the show.

“The works submitted to this show came in a diverse array of media, sizes and styles, wrote the jurors, “representing the work of seasoned professionals, students, as well as up-and-coming artists. Largely, the submissions utilized traditional media; somewhat surprisingly, very little work included digital means or extended outside a frame. We feel that the selected pieces are a good representation of the diversity of mediums, subject matter, and levels of artistic experience entered into the show.”

Both jurors approached the evaluation process on the criteria of technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility.

“Although each juror has his or her own biases, we worked together to arrive at a decision on each and every piece, with consideration of several factors,” stated the jurors. “First, we looked for a baseline of technical skill regardless of the medium or approach. That included an engagement with the materials, evidence that the artist possessed some control of the medium, and consideration of how the artist used it to advance their vision and create a sense of unity in the work.

“We also considered the presentation of the work as a whole, whether that’s taking into account the craftsmanship and construction of a three-dimensional form or the choice and quality of matting and framing in relation to the image... Finally, we looked for uniqueness in the approach to the design, subject matter, or format of the work. We looked for content that had something to convey to the viewer and went beyond just technical proficiency. The pieces that rose to the top dually engaged the jurors with visual and conceptual complexity.”

Representing the A&D program from Ohio Northern in this year’s show were:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) had three pieces accepted including “Frogs Performing for Crows” (linocut), “Blackbirds” (linocut) and “Crows Watching German Crow Reconnaissance Flying Over Field” (watercolor). Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

• Alumna Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) had two photography pieces and a drawing accepted to the show including “Spring, Slowly” (Polaroid), “Ada/Dreaming” (Polaroid), and “Out of the Kitchen Window” (graphite). Emily is currently teaching digital photography and visual literacy at ONU. She earned her BFA degree in 2010 at Ohio Northern and her MFA in painting from BGSU in 2013. She has exhibited her work worldwide including a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art, “I Dream of All Things.” It explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. This summer, she will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in Toffia, Italy.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the show: “Fast Forward Cabinet” (mixed media) and “The Right Nymph” (scratchboard). He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Mansfield Art Museum, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris, and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Alumna Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA/art ’96) had three works accepted into the exhibit including “Siblings” (drypoint etching), “Otto” (etching), and “Hunting” (drypoint). Leslie is an office manager at Michael G. Scherer in Tiffin, Ohio, and is an artist at Atelier Rohr. She has also worked as an art teacher at the Tiffin City Schools and at the Eastern Local School District. Since graduating from Ohio Northern, Leslie has won many awards for her work including at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show and the ArtSpace/Lima juried show.

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 24–June 6, 2015. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “Spring, Slowly” (Polaroid) by Emily Jay

 

Graphic design alumna co-publishes book
on history of Milan
April
—Berlin Heights native and Ohio Northern University alumna Ashley Hale Moran (BFA/graphic design ’08) will publish a book called “Images of America: Milan” featuring the history of Milan, Ohio. The book will be avaiable on May 25 by Arcadia Press.

“Images of America: Milan” is authored by two staffers at The Milan Historical Museum: Ashley, who serves as the registrar, and executive director Ann Basilone-Jones. The sales of the book benefit the museum.

“Ann and I decided to contact Arcadia Publishing about the book on Milan because of the museum’s vast collection of photographs,” said Ashley. “Plus, there has not been a book on Milan since the 1970s.”

Visitors to the seven-building museum campus learn a history rich in progress and creativity. The important contributions made in Milan, milestones in invention, inventors, and transportation are displayed throughout the many historical buildings, artifacts, and exhibits. Visitors can even see the birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, and many other devices that make our lives fuller and simpler.

The new book has about 186 historic photos, including Edison and other residents, maps, and architecture, that trace the village’s history from its founding. “Most people have never seen many of the photos,” said Ashley. “We hope this book sparks renewed interest within the community to make a connection with Milan’s rich history.”

The entire project took about a year to complete. Ashley went through hundreds of museum photographs to make the selections for the book. All of the book’s photos came from the museum’s collection, except for two.

“Research was done using materials within the museum,” explained Ashley, “including books, historical documents, and previous research completed by past museum staff and historians. We also tried to connect many of the village’s past residents to people who live in the town today.

Milan is an old town. It was platted in 1816, and before that, it was the site of a Moravian Indian mission.

In its early days, Milan was an industrial powerhouse and a port city that connected Ohio to the rest of the world.

“They called it the Port of Milan,” said Ashley, who said a three-mile canal connected Milan to a navigable part of the Huron River. 

Schooners were built in Milan and towed down the canal to the river. 

Milan’s heyday as a shipbuilder center passed when railroads came to Ohio and ships in Lake Erie became too big for Milan to build.

“They couldn’t get them through the canal and to the river,” Ashley said.

The Milan Museum began in 1929 in the basement of the library but moved to its current location in 1955. It draws about 5,000 visitors a year.

The museum is still under its winter hours, 1-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, but in June through August will be open six days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

As a student, Ashley completed an internship at The Milan Historical Museum. “I felt that I was well prepared for that internship. I worked on many design projects and a few photographic tasks as well. I had to discuss my work with the director who had to present the final designs to the board members, printers, and trustees. It was an awesome experience… And now I work full-time as the museum’s registrar!”

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Orange Barrel Media, NiSource, and Bubbles Academy.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Ann Basilone-Jones and Ashley Moran

 

Ohio Northern A&D alumni create mural that pays tribute to Franklinton’s history
April
—Last week, a 5,000 square foot mural was unveiled that depicted one of Columbus’ saddest moments in history—the flood of 1913.

Approximately 500 people died in the flood that occurred 102 years ago. But the mural wasn’t meant to depress, it was meant to illustrate how the citizens of that neighborhood rebuilt their community and overcame adversity, according to Andrew Adams (BFA/graphic design ’12), one of the designers behind its creation.

Andrew is a graphic designer for Orange Barrel Media, a Columbus-based urban advertising firm. The company is finishing construction on a new headquarters building in Franklinton, which the mural can be encountered on the south side of the building. Motorists can see the mural along Route 315 and Broad Street.

“The heroism evident in the image captures the sense of community that defines Franklinton, and we thought it a fitting tribute to the people of this great community,” explained Andrew.

Honoring its new home in Franklinton, the digital print is a copy of an oil painting by Ohio Northern graduate Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) depicting two rescuers and three passengers in a canoe along Town Street.

“We were looking at the rich history of Franklinton,” said Andrew. “We kept coming back to these photos of the 1913 flood and how it really defined Franklinton’s resilience and the energy of this town.”

“Orange Barrel was very helpful with providing me source materials,” said Emily. “I did a lot of research on the flood and what it did to Franklinton. Basically, I spent a lot of time looking at old Columbus Dispatch photographs of the aftermath of the event, and reading personal accounts of what happened.”

When Emily was asked to get involved with the project, she was excited about doing a contemporary spin on historical painting. “All of my favorite painters were, essentially, romantic painters dealing with history (Turner, Delacroix, etc.), and I liked the idea of being able to do the same thing, but, in the situation, dealing with the history of my hometown of Columbus. I was also excited about the idea of working with an old photograph. The merging of photography, history, and painting is right in line with what I’m always exploring within my work.”

While working in a studio at ONU’s Wilson Art Center, Emily completed the painting in about a month. “We spent about a week talking about the concept and then deciding on what photograph we wanted the mural to be based from.”

The painting was completed in oils. “I am an oil painter,” explained Emily. “I love oil for so many reasons—the luminance, the color intensity, the feel of the paint, the whole experience of painting with it. I have been using oils for over ten years and it’s a medium that I enjoy and I know how to make it work for me.”

The initial reaction from people to the mural since its unveiling last Friday has been very positive. “Everyone who I have talked to was really happy, and I think the sheer size of the finished mural is really exciting,” said Emily.

“I feel privileged to have been a part of this project,” expressed Emily. “Culturally speaking, I think Columbus, and Franklinton specifically, has a lot to offer. We forget the rich history that is right under our noses, and I love that I had the opportunity to make work that helped to uncover this story.”

Concurring with Emily’s thoughts, Andrew said, “We [Orange Barrel] are proud to be a part of this beautiful community. We just didn’t want to build this building. We wanted to be a part of the community. So the backside of the building is an ode to the rich history of the community.

“The floods devastated Franklinton for many years… So the image of these boaters paddling to save the locals shows a real sense of community. As Franklinton continues to develop and moves forward so quickly, we also don’t want to loose site of the past.”

Emily is currently teaching digital photography and visual literacy at ONU. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts in 2010 at Ohio Northern. While a student, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

This past fall, she held a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art. I Dream of All Things explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It was a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart. This summer, she will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in Toffia, Italy.

Andrew, who graduated in 2012 from ONU, started to work as a graphic designer for Orange Barrel Media in January 2014. Previously, he was a designer for Winking Fish, an identity and branding firm located in Washington, D.C. As a student at ONU, Andrew was involved with the AIGA/ONU student chapter and served as president, Kappa Pi national art honorary, Phi Mu Alpha national music fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, jazz band, and rugby. He also was accepted to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and interned for Winking Fish.

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Milan Historical Museum, NiSource, and Bubbles Academy.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The mural over Orange Barrel Media’s headquarters; Andrew interviewed by WSYX-ABC 6/Columbus

 

App designed by Ohio Northern graphic design graduate named finalist in an international awards competition
March
—Bluetooth: What started as a way for wireless headsets to work with cellphones has evolved into the ubiquitous technology of our digital age, allowing all of our gadgets to talk to one another, share data, and stream audio.

But it’s not just speakers, headphones, and pedometers any more. Bluetooth-powered products now encompass sophisticated smart home, automotive, and medical devices, just to name a few. And it’s precisely those sort of leading-edge wireless gadgets and applications that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group sought to recognize with the 2015 Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards.

Amongst the four finalist in the application category was the Cub Cadet Cub Connect app, designed by Ohio Northern University graduate Arnaldo (AJ) Jimenez (BFA/graphic design ’09). His design work on the app was recognized as one of the best Bluetooth enabled products and applications on the market today.

Designed for use with the Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series of lawn tractors, the Cub Connect app alerts users about necessary maintenance, including oil changes, blade maintenance and air filter replacements. The app also tracks total running hours over the lifetime of the tractor and logs all maintenance tasks to keep machines running at peak performance.

The other apps that were recognized for excellence included the Oral-B electronic toothbrush and app (Procter & Gamble), the ReSound Smart hearing aid and app (GN ReSound), and the Riccardo in-store beacon system and retail app (AMP Media Group).

AJ is currently an art director at Recess Creative, a full service, digital advertising and integrated marketing agency. Founded in 2009, Recess Creative adheres to an unwavering goal of providing innovative solutions and unexpected results for their clients. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Recess Creative serves a roster of blue-chip companies nationwide in scope. Clients include KeyBank, MOVband, Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Gatorade, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other regional and national industry leaders. The firm also has been recognized as an industry leader in digital communication and has won numerous awards that include ADDYs, Webbys, Communicator Awards, IMAs, OMMAs, Hives, AIGA Awards, AdAge, IxDA and ECHO awards.

As a designer for Recess Creative, AJ provides art direction and design for all mediums, with a strong emphasis in interactive design. AJ has worked in a wide variety of industry segments from retail, non-profit and financial services and B2B. AJ most recently lead the design of a new mobile app for a BD pitch as well as designed for KeyBank and Cuyahoga Community College. He currently is involved with the local AIGA professional chapter in Cleveland.

Prior to Recess Creative, AJ worked as a graphic designer for Insivia in Cleveland and as a free-lance designer. He also completed an internship at The Detroit Studio, also located in Cleveland.

While on campus, AJ served as president of the AIGA (The Professional Association for Design)/ONU student chapter, attended several national design conferences including Gain in New York City. He also served as vice president of the Latino Student Union and was involved with Finding U @ ONU and Vision Builders. For several years he served as a peer assistant for the Arts & Science First Year Experience program. He had work accepted to a number of student juried exhibits, had work accepted to the AIGA Cleveland design competition, and was inducted to Kappa Pi national art honorary.

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Milan Historical Museum, NiSource, and Bubbles Academy.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern alumna serves as curator
of education and public engagement
for Detroit art center
March
—Ohio Northern’s art and design program has served as a foundation for hundreds of careers affiliated with the arts. With alumni all over the world, it’s no wonder that they bring leadership and foresight to their professions. For one alumna, ONU certainly was the right choice for her.

“The flexibility of the independent study program in art allowed me to explore a museum career as an intern,” says Amy Corle (BFA ’88). “When I graduated, the position directly lead to a job with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.”

After 25 years as serving as director of visitor services and manager of internal marketing for the Chicago museum, Amy has now taken the roll of curator of education and public engagement with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

As the director at MOCAD, she develops adventurous, multidisciplinary programming in which the museum and city of Detroit function as sites for investigation and experimentation.

“Along with the curators and invited guests, I work with international and local communities to produce events and projects that are fun, rigorous and innovative,” explained Amy. Her department aspires to support youth and adults in learning and growing as free thinkers, to be culturally inclusive, artistically forward-thinking, and intellectually ambitious.

Amy brings a wealth of experience to MOCAD. At her prior job at the MCA-Chicago, Amy created and managed a suite of 50 innovative artist-activated, audience-engaged public programs in partnership with outside organizations, community groups, and the curatorial, performance, education and marketing departments of the MCA. Programs incorporated music (Tuesdays on the Terrace, Face the Strange (where Kim Gordon played), Magical Musical Showcase), literature (Literary Gangs of Chicago), art-making activities (Doodleganza: The Drawing Extravaganza), games (Bingo Tango), talks (Cabinet of Curiosities, Internet Superheroes), and social mixers (First Fridays). Her well-known jazz series, Tuesdays of the Terrace, has been quoted by the Chicago Tribune as a must-see during summer months and is one of the largest and most respected jazz programs in the city of Chicago.

“It was indeed a privilege for me to work at MCA,” said Amy. “I am grateful to those involved in my education at Ohio Northern in making it possible for me to do an internship there.” Now she is again looking forward to an exciting experience at MOCAD.

“There was so much going on,” said Amy, “including the Ragnar Kjartansson show, who is known for his spectacular, music-filled performative live installations and video work. We also have DEPE Space occurring now which is our department’s residency program for creative and spirited individuals.”

The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement.

Located on Woodward and Garfield between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, the museum is an innovative addition to Detroit's vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. The 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, has been simply renovated to maintain its historic character. With its raw, flexible and cavernous spaces, the building is well suited to the exhibition of contemporary art. The ambitious series of public programs includes lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for children.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ONU graphic design graduate looks golden
at regional ADDY Awards
March
—The Fifth District of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Competition recently held its ADDY awards competition March 20–21. The district represents 10 professional advertising associations and 18 colleges throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Ohio Northern alumnus AJ Jimenez (BFA/graphic design ’09) won a Gold ADDY for his app design for Cub Cadet while working for Recess Creative in Cleveland. The recognition is the highest award presented by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the AAF.

This is an outstanding acknowledgment by their peers for what the AAF describes as “the highest level of creative excellence… judged to be superior to all other entries in the category.” Last month, the app design was submitted in the local market ADDY competition in Northeast Ohio. The design won a Silver ADDY. Now, all of the district winners will compete in the National ADDY competition this spring.

The award recognized the work for the Cub Cadet Cub Connect app. Designed for use with the Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series of lawn tractors, the app alerts users about necessary maintenance, including oil changes, blade maintenance and air filter replacements. The app also tracks total running hours over the lifetime of the tractor and logs all maintenance tasks to keep machines running at peak performance.

The AAF, the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, has 15 district operations in different regions of the nation. The American Advertising Awards, commonly known in the trade as “the ADDY awards,” is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local ad club competitions. The mission of this competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

AJ is currently an art director at Recess Creative, a full service, digital advertising and integrated marketing agency. Founded in 2009, Recess Creative adheres to an unwavering goal of providing innovative solutions and unexpected results for their clients. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Recess Creative serves a roster of blue-chip companies nationwide in scope. Clients include KeyBank, MOVband, Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Gatorade, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other regional and national industry leaders. The firm also has been recognized as an industry leader in digital communication and has won numerous awards that include ADDYs, Webbys, Communicator Awards, IMAs, OMMAs, Hives, AIGA Awards, AdAge, IxDA and ECHO awards.

As a designer for Recess Creative, AJ provides art direction and design for all mediums, with a strong emphasis in interactive design. AJ has worked in a wide variety of industry segments from retail, non-profit and financial services and B2B. AJ most recently lead the design of a new mobile app for a BD pitch as well as designed for KeyBank and Cuyahoga Community College. He currently is involved with the local AIGA professional chapter in Cleveland.

Prior to Recess Creative, AJ worked as a graphic designer for Insivia in Cleveland and as a free-lance designer. He also completed an internship at The Detroit Studio, also located in Cleveland.

While on campus, AJ served as president of the AIGA (The Professional Association for Design)/ONU student chapter, attended several national design conferences including Gain in New York City. He also served as vice president of the Latino Student Union and was involved with Finding U @ ONU and Vision Builders. For several years he served as a peer assistant for the Arts & Science First Year Experience program. He had work accepted to a number of student juried exhibits, had work accepted to the AIGA Cleveland design competition, and was inducted to Kappa Pi national art honorary.

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Milan Historical Museum, NiSource, and Bubbles Academy.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ONU Alumnus & ceramic professor to present at national conference in Rhode Island
March—
Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, will be presenting a topical discussion session at this year’s “Lively Experiments,” the 2015 professional conference organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), March 25–28, 2015.

Prof. Sheets’ session, “Experiments in Low Temperature Wood-Firing,” addresses the merits and drawbacks of low temperature wood firing with others who fire wood kilns to earthenware temperatures and have a discussion of clays, slips, and glazes suited to this process.

NCECA, a professional association for the ceramic arts, promotes and advances the field of ceramics through education, community building, research and creative inspiration. NCECA offers educational programs, exhibitions, events and publications to support its membership of artists, educators, students, individual and corporate patrons, gallery owners, museum curators and providers of ceramic arts.

NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premiere event for ceramic art, attracting thousands each year. Lively Experiments will join ceramic art’s historic engagement with empirical research and discovery to today’s evolving creative commons. Conference programming will investigate, celebrate and promote discourse in lively experimentation through aesthetics, history, criticism, pedagogy, professional practice, technology, and sustainability. Special strands dedicated to K-12 education and student-centered programming will also be incorporated along with opportunities to learn about ceramics study, residency opportunities, services and products.

This year, the conference is expected to draw a group of 5,000+ artists, educators, curators and collectors from across the United States and 50 countries.

Prof. Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many local and national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern art alumna to present MFA show
March
—Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA/art ’77) will be exhibiting her final thesis during her Master’s of Fine Arts exhibit at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery located at Bowling Green State University April 25–May3. An Opening reception will be held Friday, April 24 at 7p.m.

Laura is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green State University and an adjunct instructor of art at Ohio Northern University where she teaches art appreciation. She also is one of the first to graduate from ONU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialty in painting, specifically, watercolors. Laura is a freelance artist and teacher in the Findlay area, offering eight-week watercolor classes at her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows, and she has participated in many regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

In 2010, Laura was honored with three pieces accepted into the Community Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, a world class museum, for the Findlay Area Artist Exhibit, and was also honored by having watercolor works accepted several Annual Toledo Area Artists exhibits. A couple years ago, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

The Master of Fine Arts in art program at BGSU is designed to produce professionally competent artists who are aware of the great traditions in art and related cultural fields. The MFA program prepares students to become either professional artists or teachers of art after receiving the degree.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern art education graduate helps bring attention to kids as important part of a community’s life
March
—On a bright Sunday afternoon, about half a dozen kids gathered inside of the Whiteface Mountain lodge in Lake Placid, New York, to see their fish-shaped pieces of plywood come together to form a work of art. Eventually, the fish were assembled to create a new mural, displayed in the lower tunnel of the ski lodge.

Nearly a hundred brightly painted fish now adorn the walls of the tunnel that goes through the base lodge. Conceived by kids from the Wilmington Youth Center, some of the fish were painted by students of Anne Rickard (BA/art education ’82). The fish have been installed to create a colorful mural celebrating the West Branch of the Ausable River that flows past the ski center.

This is the second artistic collaboration between the Ski Center, Lake Placid/ Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition (CYC), and the youth of the region. The new mural is located across from Seasons, a mural of 80 tumbling leaves and snowflakes that celebrates the four seasons and reminds visitors that Whiteface is a four-season resort.

“Whiteface is a great mountain and community asset,” said Randy Preston, Wilmington Town Supervisor. “I love to ski there. It is located next to one of the best fishing rivers in the east. Indeed from opening day to the close of the fishing season many anglers use their parking lots as it provides easy access to this magnificent river. Our kids proposed highlighting that local asset. We thought it was a great idea and could not be more pleased with the results. Our local kids have a lot of talent. We are proud of the work they did and appreciate the ski center's support.”

“Our goal is to reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by youth,” said Anne, the art teacher at the Lake Placid Middle School. “We know the best way to do that is to create a positive and reaffirming environment for youth and as part of that, to strengthen their connection to the community. Literally thousands of people each year get to see just how talented our students are. The students who painted these fish, and those who painted the leaves in the other mural, are proud of what they accomplished as are their parents. It says to them, ‘You matter,’ and they do.”

The mural “Ausable” was developed under the auspices of Lake Placid-Wilmington CYC in partnership with the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, and the Town of Wilmington. Artist Naj Wikoff coordinated both projects cutting out leaf and fish designs supplied by the WYC kids, prepping the forms, and later installing the artistic output on the two walls. The Charles Wood Foundation provided funding towards the Ausable mural.

The Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities (CYC) Coalition is a youth development organization of local community leaders, youth, parents, and government and business partners who work together for the health and well-being of our youth.

Anne has taught art courses for the past 25 years in the Lake Placid school district. She teaches a variety of courses including drawing, painting, advanced placement art drawing, studio in art and eighth grade art. In 2008, she was honored by the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) as their Art Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Anne was honored as regional art teacher of the year and qualified for consideration as the year’s state teacher of the year honors. She also has displayed her work in regional and state exhibitions and has spoken at several events including the NYSATA annual conference.

Anne earned her bachelors degree from Ohio Northern University and then received her master’s degree from Plattsburgh State. Recently, she had an art educator’s fellowship with Maine College of Art in Portland to study drawing and painting. She’s also attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago and the Kansas City Art Institute.

The art education major at Ohio Northern is an intensive full-time teacher preparation program that enables students to earn a PreK-12 licensure as a teacher. ONU’s program is designed to prepare its candidates to be not only accomplished art educators, but also articulate advocates for the role of art in PreK-12 education. The curriculum involves partnerships with public schools and is designed so that students come to understand educational theory through personal experience in authentic teaching situations. For instance, students at Ohio Northern plan and teach a group of middle school students participating in the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program. Also, ONU teacher candidates complete 12 weeks of student teaching experiences in an elementary public school and in a secondary public school.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern graphic design graduate wins
an ADDY in awards competition
March
—Ohio Northern University graduate Arnaldo (AJ) Jimenez, BFA/graphic design ’09) and his colleagues from Recess Creative in Cleveland, Ohio, won a silver ADDY award at this year’s American Advertising Federation/Cleveland ADDY Award Show held February 27.

The award recognized the work for the Cub Cadet Cub Connect app. Designed for use with the Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series of lawn tractors, the app alerts users about necessary maintenance, including oil changes, blade maintenance and air filter replacements. The app also tracks total running hours over the lifetime of the tractor and logs all maintenance tasks to keep machines running at peak performance.

The design agency also took home several bronze ADDY awards, including several for their work with Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The event honored Northeast Ohio’s most creative marketing campaigns where a total of 462 entries were submitted this year. The work included advertising, website, video, publication designs and more. About 150 winners received a bronze, silver or gold ADDY voted by a panel of three judges that also work in the ad industry. The silver and gold winners move on to compete in the District ADDYs competition (Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia). 

The ADDYs, now the American Advertising Awards, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local Ad Club phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards—recognition as the very best in their markets. Entry in your local Ad Club competition is the first step toward winning a national ADDY.

Selection of the most creative entry in each category is affected by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the category. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a Silver ADDY. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.

AJ is currently an art director at Recess Creative, a full service, digital advertising and integrated marketing agency. Founded in 2009, Recess Creative adheres to an unwavering goal of providing innovative solutions and unexpected results for their clients. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Recess Creative serves a roster of blue-chip companies nationwide in scope. Clients include KeyBank, MOVband, Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Gatorade, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other regional and national industry leaders. The firm also has been recognized as an industry leader in digital communication and has won numerous awards that include ADDYs, Webbys, Communicator Awards, IMAs, OMMAs, Hives, AIGA Awards, AdAge, IxDA and ECHO awards.

As a designer for Recess Creative, AJ provides art direction and design for all mediums, with a strong emphasis in interactive design. AJ has worked in a wide variety of industry segments from retail, non-profit and financial services and B2B. AJ most recently lead the design of a new mobile app for a BD pitch as well as designed for KeyBank and Cuyahoga Community College. He currently is involved with the local AIGA professional chapter in Cleveland.

Prior to Recess Creative, AJ worked as a graphic designer for Insivia in Cleveland and as a free-lance designer. He also completed an internship at The Detroit Studio, also located in Cleveland.

While on campus, AJ served as president of the AIGA (The Professional Association for Design)/ONU student chapter, attended several national design conferences including Gain in New York City. He also served as vice president of the Latino Student Union and was involved with Finding U @ ONU and Vision Builders. For several years he served as a peer assistant for the Arts & Science First Year Experience program. He had work accepted to a number of student juried exhibits, had work accepted to the AIGA Cleveland design competition, and was inducted to Kappa Pi national art honorary.

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Milan Historical Museum, NiSource, and Bubbles Academy.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern graduate showcases ‘Flower Girls’ installation in Oregon
March
—The many facets of life were on display at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. The installation of pieces was created by Ohio Northern University alumna Marilyn Lysohir (BA/art ’72).

The exhibit by Marilyn, who lives in Moscow, Idaho, featured “The Flower Girls,” a collection of ceramic statues whose bodies are painted with colorful prints and covered in transparent dresses. Other figures were placed throughout the space, with clay figures of women sitting on top of cages, which hold various animals and figurines.

“You can see that she’s got all the different icons that represent what she was feeling at the time, which was joy and passion,” TVCC art instructor Robin Jackson said. “Then there’s also the pain side.”

Jackson said the idea for “The Flower Girls” came from a trip Lysohir took to India, where beautiful women were handing her flowers on one side of her taxi and on the other beggars were asking for sustenance.

“So when you look at her work, you’ll see that there’s Indian influences to it,” Jackson said. “She looks at her art as clues to life, basically.”

Lysohir’s husband, Ross Coates, is also a renowned artist. One of his mediums is tattoos.

“Tattoos are always going to end up somehow in [her work],” Jackson said. “‘The Flower Girls’ is an interplay of pattern design but also as body art. She actually would put a dress in, but it would be transparent.”

Originally, Jackson brought Lysohir to Treasure Valley Community College to teach a workshop in ceramics, but the two agreed that her exhibit should appear at the school as well. It was on display from December through February.

Jackson said he feels lucky to have the exhibit and believes learning how to understand art is an avenue to understanding life.

“It’s like either looking at someone just walking down the street or investigating them, developing a love affair with them, or whatever it may be, then you get the richness,” Jackson explained.

“We use this as our vehicle to say, this is how you should live life. Live it artfully. Investigate people. Understand them. Walk in their shoes.”

Born in Sharon, PA, Marilyn studied at Ohio Northern University, at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and at Washington State University (MFA in 1979). She has taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. In 2000, she was a visiting artist in residence at Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design.

During the 1980s, Marilyn earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost ceramics artists. Her career gained momentum with pieces like The Fourth Sister, which featured three different brides looking at three different wedding cakes, and The Alligator’s Wife, a ceramic version of herself lying atop a 15-foot ceramic alligator.

In 1984, she landed her first solo show in Los Angeles, featuring Bad Manners. After the piece sold, Marilyn was granted a second solo show for which she created The Dark Side of Dazzle, the battleship that she says commemorates her father’s time as a soldier in World War II.

Other works of note include The Last Immigrant completed in the late 1980s, The Tattooed Ladies and the Dinosaur in the early 1990s, Good Girls 1968 in 2003, and her most recent work, Flower Girls.

Marilyn also is an entrepreneur who turned what she loved into a livelihood—chocolate. She is the owner of Cowgirl Chocolates, a company that successfully sells chocolate infused with chili peppers.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide.

 

Ohio Northern professor serves as juror
March
—Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10), adjunct professor in art at Ohio Northern, served as the juror for the Photo 33 Show organized by the Findlay Art League.

The Findlay Art League’s photography show opened Friday, March 6 with an awards presentation. The juried show was an impressive exhibit of photographs by local and regional talent. Photographic media included everything from black & white film to digital color and beyond.

Emily is currently teaching digital photography and visual literacy at ONU. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts in 2010 at Ohio Northern. While a student, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

This past fall, she held a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art. I Dream of All Things explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It was a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart. This summer, she will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in Toffia, Italy.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: FAL president Bob Minto and ONU alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) during the reception.

 

Art Education graduate continues campaign effort to improve children’s lives
By Naj Wikoff, Lake Placid News
February
—Art can be a transformative experience and communicate important social issues in our communities. For Ohio Northern University graduate, Anne Rickard (BA ’82) not only teaches her students the elements and principles of art, but also the positive impact art can create.

Along Main Street in Lake Placid and Route 86 in Wilmington is a series of banners featuring self-portraits of children of these two communities. The banners exclaim, “Talk to Us,” a request for adults to engage in conversations with the children of our communities.

These banners are an extension of the CYC (Connecting Youth and Communities of Lake Placid and Wilmington) “I Matter” campaign, an ongoing effort to improve the lives of our children, to help reduce their use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, reduce violence and bullying, enhance youth’s self-esteem, create more opportunities for their civic engagement, and most especially strengthen the connections between young people and adults—youth and the community at large.

During the last 10 years, there has been a rich and delightful collaboration between CYC with Lake Placid Central and Northwood school art teachers, the directors of the Shipman and Wilmington Youth centers, the managers and marketing directors at Whiteface Ski Center, CYC staff, board and volunteers, and many others.

Outcomes have included other banners over Main Street, posters still found on many office walls and store windows, portraits of Olympians exhibited at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, murals at the Shipman and Wilmington Youth Centers, and Whiteface Ski Center with another in progress.

The banners now hanging along the streets feature our youths' messages about their priorities and lifestyles: “We want to do our best,” “We want to be heard,” “We want a healthy life,” “We want to be involved” and “We want to share our ideas.”

“This is an ongoing project that we have been doing with the school for the last five or six years,”  said Mary Dietrich, president of CYC. “We collaborate with the arts classes. Part of the curriculum is for the kids to draw self-images of themselves, images that represent who they are. Students do that, and CYC attaches a message and we turn them into posters and this year banners. We had them hanging in the school all last year, and people may have noticed that they are now hanging in the communities of Lake Placid and Wilmington.”

“The number one message is the most important influence in a child’s life are their parents, and so the message is to talk with the children,” said Dietrich. “See what they are feeling about the issues that they are facing. Our focus forever is to reduce underage drinking and drug abuse. We think the best way to combat that is to create a positive connection between the youth and the community, to help the school create a more positive school climate, and to deal with wellness issues, mental and physical.”

“I hope to achieve visibility with the banners,” said CYC director Tina Clark. “I hope to achieve recognition for students who put such hard work into it, and I hope to send a subtle message that the voices of youth should come across loud and clear in many different ways. The biggest reaction that I have had to these banners is the loss of them in the school. People are really missing them. They created a warm environment. They helped make the school an even more friendly and inviting place. They featured all these familiar and friendly faces, and without them being here it's a little different. People who are not connected with the school are curious about them as they catch your eye.”

“I’ve seen my banner," said Rachel, one of the students who created a self-portrait. “It’s hanging in Wilmington along towards Jay. As it is not in the center of town, I didn’t notice it at first. I actually saw a friend’s portrait first. I think the project is a nice way to get people involved. I think it surprised a few people to find them gone from the school and hanging along the streets. The school seems a bit empty without them. I think to banners bring our topics up. Our parents and other adults see it, they read it, and it gets you thinking sometimes.”

“It’s kind of cool having my portrait up,” said Emily. “My friends liked it. They thought it was pretty cool having it up in the school. Its purpose is to get awareness out there and to let kids know they can find outlets other than teachers and parents. I think it has helped stimulate conversations. Even some who read the messages jokingly still have them in the back of their head.”

“I saw my banner up on Main Street,” said Scott. “My friends seem to like it a lot. It was one of my better self-portraits. People were talking a lot about the banners when they were in the school. I heard people talking about the banners in Stewart’s. I think it is a good idea to get adults and kids talking. Some of my friends have ideas that I really liked but often go unnoticed.”

“The banner project is positive in any way you look at it,” said Lake Placid High School art teacher Anne Rickard. “It ties the community in with the arts that are happening in the school. I think it is something that makes the parents aware that they are a huge part of what happens to their child even in the teenage years and that they still have a way to guide their kids in ways that they may not realize. It’s also important because it let’s the kids know that the community cares about them.”

“I’d like to get involved in another project like this,’ said her student Gillian.

Anne has taught art courses for the past 24 years in the Lake Placid school district. She teaches drawing, painting, advanced placement art drawing, studio in art and eighth grade art. This past year, she was honored by the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) as their 2008 Art Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Anne was honored as regional art teacher of the year and qualified for consideration as this year’s state teacher of the year honors.

Anne earned her bachelors degree from Ohio Northern University and then received her master’s degree from Plattsburgh State. Recently, she had an art educator’s fellowship with Maine College of Art in Portland to study drawing and painting. She’s also attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago and the Kansas City Art Institute.

The art education major at ONU is an intensive full-time teacher preparation program that enables students to earn a PreK-12 licensure as a teacher. ONU’s program is designed to prepare its candidates to be not only accomplished art educators, but also articulate advocates for the role of art in PreK-12 education. The curriculum involves partnerships with public schools and is designed so that students come to understand educational theory through personal experience in authentic teaching situations. For instance, students at Ohio Northern plan and teach a group of middle school students participating in the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program. Also, ONU teacher candidates complete 12 weeks of student teaching experiences in an elementary public school and in a secondary public school.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern alumna/adjunct professor accepted to artist residency in Italy
February
—In Toffia, Italy, there is only a small supermarket, a pharmacy, two bars, a butcher, a post office, a hairdresser, and an edicola—a newsagent. It’s a small and quiet medieval hilltop village in the middle of the Sabina region. But, also nestled within this tiny village is a converted 13th century church housing an artist residency.

This coming June, Ohio Northern Adjunct Prof. Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in this remote town, about 37 miles northeast of Rome.

The residency was developed to become a space and community where international artists can share places, experiences, and sensibilities. The aim of the residency is to challenge perceptions about how art is made and integrated in everyday life by devising unconventional scenarios for introducing ideas into the public realm.

Conceived of as a regenerative intercultural meeting place, the residency program is aimed particularly at artists who are enthusiastic about working within the Toffia environment, and who are energetic about making connections in this context. The program offers artists the opportunity to confront new ideas or experiment with their work and the particular territory of Sabina region.

Emily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane. She will use her time at the artist residency to explore and develop a body of work that encapsulates new ideas and the territory of the Sabina region. See more of Emily’s work here: http://emily-jay.com/antoine/

Emily is currently teaching digital photography and visual literacy at ONU. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts in 2010 at Ohio Northern. While a student, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

This past fall, she held a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art. I Dream of All Things explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It was a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart.  

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern graphic design professor and alumnus presenting at international design principles and practices conference in Chicago
February
—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected to present at the 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, March 12–14, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

The presentation titled, “Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts Through Graphic Design,” will describe how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to—and invoke a solution to—the problem of urban decay.

Prof. Rowe will examine a Grafik Intervention held in Ada, Ohio, that brought awareness to an underutilized building and that inspired the local community to consider the potential the building held. As an open source project, it was originally conceived as an MFA graphic design thesis project at the Academy of Art University by William Culpepper. The event in Ada used an exhibit and digital projections to engage the public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods with the goal to inspire community members to consider the potential of currently unused buildings in their community.

In January of this year, Prof. Rowe presented, “Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts Through Graphic Design” at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities held in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 500 participants representing 30 countries attended that conference.

“Getting the students out of the studio and into the community engages these young designers in a thoughtful, community-based response to social engagement,” said Prof. Rowe. “We want our students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication.

“The project assignment should be seen as a way to emphasize the value of design by doing something valuable for the community and that should stimulate thought, dialog and action. Designers can also bring empathy and creativity to social challenges,” said Rowe. “The first helps to understand the human-centered solutions that can make a real difference in real people’s lives. Creativity can provide innovative solutions that have a measurable difference.”

The 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices will be held at the University Center Chicago. The conference addresses a range of critically important themes relating to design today. It is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.

Paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, and colloquia address design principles and practices through various themes including design education, design in society, design objects, design management and professional practice, design in society, visual design, and architectronic, spatial and environmental design. A special focus for this year’s conference concentrates on industrial–post-industrial–neo-industrial design, reflecting on the transformation of production.

Prof. Rowe is associate professor is graphic design at Ohio Northern and served as chair from 2002–2013. He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has exhibited regionally and has worked for a variety of clients. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. He recently curated Object and Graphic Design, an exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima that showcased the best graphic design from Northwest Ohio. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, received a teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board, and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern University alumnus and
ceramic professor accepted to invitational
exhibit in Cleveland
February
—The River Gallery near Cleveland, Ohio opened its 10th annual Ceramics Invitational Exhibition that featured 21 artists, including Prof. Luke Sheets, ceramics instructor at Ohio Northern University.

The exhibit opened on February 7 and runs through April. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11a.m.–6p.m., Saturday, 11a.m.–5p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information call 440-331-8406 or visit www.rivergalleryarts.com.

River Gallery, located at 19046 Old Detroit Road in Rocky River, Ohio, is dedicated to supporting the revival and continuance of Cleveland area arts. The gallery showcases everything from contemporary to traditional style paintings, works of metals, blown glass, ceramics, photography, and jewelry fabrications. Liz Maugans of the CAN journal writes, “Recently revitalized with a streetside make over by the city this is a charming, pedestrian and pet-friendly neighborhood of shops and galleries, with River Gallery and its neighbor Devout Home two of the longstanding local businesses on the block.”

Prof. Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many local and national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide.

image: “36 Views,” wood fired stoneware, Luke Sheets

 

Ohio Northern art alumna debuts film
January
Victor Babu, a new documentary produced by Ohio Northern Alumna Marilyn Lysohir (BA/art ’72), made its debut this past fall at the Kansas City Art Institute.

The film centers around Babu, who taught in the KCAI ceramics department from 1968 to 2001. He was an important figure in contemporary ceramics. Lysohir’s documentary offers a rare glimpse into the retired professor’s special world of art and philosophy. He was well known for his teaching and for his large, ornately decorated porcelain wares, which exhibited exquisite beauty and technical virtuosity. The film documents Babu working in his studio in 1993 and discussing his completed chargers on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in 2008.
 
The film was shot and produced by Lysohir. She is an artist who uses clay as her preferred medium. Her monumental sculptures and installations can be seen in major ceramic publications and collections.

Born in Sharon, PA, Marilyn studied at Ohio Northern University, at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and at Washington State University (MFA in 1979). She has taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. In 2000, she was a visiting artist in residence at Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design.

During the 1980s, Marilyn earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost ceramics artists. Her career gained momentum with pieces like The Fourth Sister, which featured three different brides looking at three different wedding cakes, and The Alligator’s Wife, a ceramic version of herself lying atop a 15-foot ceramic alligator.

In 1984, she landed her first solo show in Los Angeles, featuring Bad Manners. After the piece sold, Marilyn was granted a second solo show for which she created The Dark Side of Dazzle, the battleship that she says commemorates her father’s time as a soldier in World War II.

Other works of note include The Last Immigrant completed in the late 1980s, The Tattooed Ladies and the Dinosaur in the early 1990s, Good Girls 1968 in 2003, and her most recent work, Flower Girls.

Marilyn also is an entrepreneur who turned what she loved into a livelihood—chocolate. She is the owner of Cowgirl Chocolates, a company that successfully sells chocolate infused with chili peppers.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide.

image: Marilyn Lysohir (second from the right) with the audience after the debut of her film at the KCAI.

 

Ohio Northern University Alumnus featured in exhibition
January
—The work of Ed Corle (BFA ’78) is featured in an exhibition at the Hudson Gallery located in Toledo, Ohio.

The exhibit, “Group of Nine,” is an ongoing series of exhibits showcasing the work of nine local artists. The show runs from January 17 through February 14, 2015.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10a.m. to 6p.m. and Saturday, 10a.m. to 3p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main Street in Sylvania, relocated in 2006 to a restored building dating back to the mid 1800s. Located at street level in the historic downtown section of Sylvania, Ohio, the gallery is widely recognized as one of the regions premier venues for original art.

The gallery remains committed to its original philosophy of exhibiting the work of contemporary artists from this region next those with national appeal across many disciplines and media. Their goal is to bring gifted new talent into the spotlight as well as showcase those artists demonstrating a lifelong commitment to the art world.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 from Ohio Northern. He then attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University since 1986.

He has been accepted in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artist Exhibition. In addition, he participates in regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival. He is a member of The Michigan Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and a trustee of the Findlay Art League.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide.

image: Untitled, ceramic

 

River Remnants: The art work of Ohio Northern alumna
on exhibit in Colorado
December
—The Town of Windsor Museum at the Art & Heritage Center in Colorado will showcase the work of Toby Baker (BFA/studio arts ’06) in an upcoming exhibit. “River Remnants” will run from January 14 through March 27, 2015 with an opening reception on January 10.

Following the flood of 2013, Toby went searching through the myriad sticks and debris, which washed up along the shores of the Poudre River in Windsor, Colorado. In this mire, she discovered a simple and intricate beauty in the items that remained following such a destructive force of nature. Pairing aspen branches with fishing wire, willow twigs with lost sandals, and burlap wrapping with shaped sticks, Toby created timeless sculptures capturing natural beauty and an amazing history. Much like the artists who created a whole artistic genre in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Toby took what was a disaster and turned it into art.

For those who live near the river in Colorado, their relationship to the water has always been a rocky one. Life is only possible on the Colorado Plains by means of irrigation. In River Remnants, early developers harnessed the power of water to make the semi-arid climate into an agricultural success.

Colorado is known as the Mother of Rivers in the United States. The North and South Platte, the Arkansas, the Rio Grande and the Colorado all make their beginnings in that state. Naturally the rivers play a major role in the environment, economy and the lives of so many people.

Born in Wyoming in 1954, Toby has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in creative writing from the University of North Dakota and a B.F.A. in studio arts from Ohio Northern University. She has worked in public relations, journalism and broadcasting and for the last 20 years served two universities, the University of North Dakota and Ohio Northern University, as the spouse of the president. While at Ohio Northern, she was commissioned to create a number of site-specific sculptures for the campus including her 2009 “School of Fish” for the atrium of the new Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences.

After moving to Colorado in 2011, she now pursues art and writing with abandon. A recipient of several awards and distinctions, she has shown her work primarily in galleries and exhibits in Ohio and Colorado.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Tusami’s Wild Ride, w 47" x h 58" x d 12"

 

ONU Design professor selected to present
at international conference
December 2014
—Professor Brit Rowe (BFA/graphic design ’93), associate professor of art & design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected to present at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 10–13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The presentation titled, “Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts Through Graphic Design,” will describe how can graphic designers use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to—and invoke a solution to—the problem of urban decay.

Prof. Rowe will examine a Grafik Intervention held in Ada, Ohio, that brought awareness to an underutilized building and that inspired the local community to consider the potential the building held. As an open source project, it was originally conceived as an MFA graphic design thesis project at the Academy of Art University by William Culpepper. The event in Ada used an exhibit and digital projections to engage the public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods with the goal to inspire community members to consider the potential of currently unused buildings in their community.

“Getting the students out of the studio and into the community engages these young designers in a thoughtful, community-based response to social engagement,” said Prof. Rowe. “We want our students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication.

“The project assignment should be seen as a way to emphasize the value of design by doing something valuable for the community and that should stimulate thought, dialog and action. Designers can also bring empathy and creativity to social challenges,” said Rowe. “The first helps to understand the human-centered solutions that can make a real difference in real people’s lives. Creativity can provide innovative solutions that have a measurable difference.”

The 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Wikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 500 participants representing 30 countries will be expected to attend.

The main goal of the 2015 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

Prof. Rowe is associate professor is graphic design at Ohio Northern and served as chair from 2002–2013. He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has exhibited regionally and has worked for a variety of clients. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. He recently curated Object and Graphic Design, an exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima that showcased the best graphic design from Northwest Ohio. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, received a teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board, and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Work of Ohio Northern Alumna Toby Baker accepted to ‘Own an Original’ exhibit
December—
Toby Baker (BFA/studio arts ’06), who says her “current [artistic] exploration is with flood sticks, that wondrous well-worn, well-traveled wood flotsam that survived the fury of the 2013 flooding in Colorado, specifically the Cache La Poudre River,” has had one of her found wood sculptures accepted to a regional exhibit in Littleton, Colorado. The 2014 Own an Original exhibition opened at the Littleton Museum on Nov. 21 and runs through Jan. 11.

The show is organized annually by the city’s Fine Arts Committee, a volunteer group appointed by the city council to advise on art purchases, to stage exhibitions, and to offer art-related programming. In its 49th year, the show has become stronger in overall quality.

Born in Wyoming in 1954, Toby has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in creative writing from the University of North Dakota and a B.F.A. in studio arts from Ohio Northern University. She has worked in public relations, journalism and broadcasting and for the last 19 years served two universities, the University of North Dakota and Ohio Northern University, as the spouse of the president. While at Ohio Northern, she was commissioned to create a number of site-specific sculptures for the campus including her 2009 “School of Fish,” for the atrium of the new Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences.

After moving to Colorado in 2011, she now pursues art and writing with abandon. A recipient of several awards and distinctions, she has shown her work primarily in galleries and exhibits in Ohio and Colorado.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: River Dancer, found Poudre River flood sticks, w 12 1/2" x h 6" x d 22 1/2"

 

 

Ohio Northern studio arts alumna selected for exhibit
November
—Toby Baker, BFA/studio arts ’06, recently had a sculpture accepted to the 13th Annual Lone Tree Art Expo near Denver, Colorado. The exhibit was presented by the City of Lone Tree and the Lone Tree Arts Commission.

This juried exhibition runs from November 17, 2014—January 5, 2015 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, Colorado, 80124.

The Lone Tree Arts Center Gallery is open between 10a.m. and 4p.m., Monday—Friday, during box office hours, and two hours before performances.

The Lone Tree Arts Center is a professional, innovative and environmentally friendly LEED Certified venue. Owned and operated by the City of Lone Tree, LTAC has created a dynamic model for the performing arts by collaborating with premier Colorado performing arts companies to present their productions in Lone Tree while also presenting international and national touring artists. LTAC has quickly discovered its place as a new provider of arts education programs for children and seniors and is an important meeting and event rental site for corporate, civic, private, and community arts groups.

The juror for the exhibit was Candice Pulliam. She has 30 years of service experience in the art industry.   She is the president and principal consultant at the Art Services Company, which she started in 2001 to provide people with assistance in acquiring, placing, installing, and managing their art collections. She works with both commercial and residential clients. She also offers other services beyond the constitution of art, including consulting on the right framing, lighting issues, and even developing and maintaining art inventories. Some past positions include gallery director at Knox Galleries and Colorado Art Services, where she was the owner and manager, and the art co-coordinator for the “Memories in the Making.”

Born in Wyoming in 1954, Toby has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in creative writing from the University of North Dakota and a B.F.A. in studio arts from Ohio Northern University. She has worked in public relations, journalism and broadcasting and for the last 19 years served two universities, the University of North Dakota and Ohio Northern University, as the spouse of the president. While at Ohio Northern, she was commissioned to create a number of site-specific sculptures for the campus including her 2009 “School of Fish,” for the atrium of the new Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences.

After moving to Colorado in 2011, she now pursues art and writing with abandon. A recipient of several awards and distinctions, she has shown her work primarily in galleries and exhibits in Ohio and Colorado.

“The title of this sculpture is It takes a crooked stick to float a crooked mile,” said Toby. “My current exploration is with flood sticks, that wondrous well-worn, well-traveled wood flotsam that survived the fury of the 2013 flooding in Colorado. Specifically, I surveyed the Cache La Poudre River that begins in the Front Range in the northern part of the Rocky Mountain National Park and travels 126 miles, dropping over 6,000 feet through the mountains until it merges with the South Platte River not far from where I live.”

She began exploring the muddy riverbanks as the water receded and discovered intricate stick jams. So complex and beautiful, she marveled at how each stick fit so precisely into the whole pattern, an incredible puzzle with hues, shapes and textures.

This reflects her flood stick sculptures that were created with random sticks and found objects that she picked up along the banks of the Poudre River. “As with all my art, my intent is for each piece to draw you close so you can share in the mystery and magic as well.”

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: It takes a crooked stick to float a crooked mile, 42" x 50" x 12"

 

 

Ohio Northern art education alumna exhibits work in San Francisco’s famed Diego Rivera Gallery
November
—Katelyn Amendolara, BFA/art education/graphic design ’11 and a visual art teacher at Jackson-Milton high school, recently had work accepted to the San Francisco Art Institute’s Diego Rivera Gallery.

The group exhibit, called [BeLong], is an exploration into the possibility of belonging, a questioning of the frames that constitute us. The works demonstrate the instability and dynamism of this concept—challenging the different ways of belonging to a representational medium; questioning the construction of language and other modes of address; or simply recognizing the boundaries that establish existence.

Katelyn’s work, along with one of her students’ artistic series, specifically explores the interrelationship “about belonging in many aspects of my life as an American and [my student’s] life as a young girl from Thailand,” explains Katelyn. The exhibit opened November 18, 2014.

“The possibility of belonging, to be a part of something, is one of the most generative searches of our physical and metaphysical existence,” said Emily Shallman, public education coordinator for exhibitions and public programs at SFAI. “To occupy a determined time and space is promoted as the ultimate solidification of identity. Yet, with contemporary ties and the dialogical experience of being, dislocation often becomes the referent for our ideas and feelings of belonging (or the absence of belonging).

“The state of belonging, rather than a fixed and static concept, seems to be more accurately represented by a play with the word’s semantic structure: A constant state of longing, a search for place and space, a fluid movement of the body within the frames of possibilities offered by different structures; a state of belonging.”

Katelyn is currently an art teacher at the Jackson-Milton high school located in North Jackson, Ohio. She teaches 7 through 12 grades and organizes an adult art program throughout the year. Katelyn also organizes an after school art club for students interested in furthering their education.

Beyond Jackson-Milton, Katelyn is a freelance artist and serves as a volunteer teacher for the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. She also served as vice president of the Western Mahoning Kiwanis Club and organized a Blue Jay 5K race on behalf of Jackson-Milton Key Club.

As a student at Ohio Northern, Katelyn was a Fulbright Scholar in 2010, studying the emerging democracy in South Africa and evaluating the country’s educational system. She eventually designed a K-12 visual arts unit for the US Department of Education. She also was involved with AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, Kappa Pi art honorary, and studied at the Studio Art Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. In 2009, she presented a paper at Heidelberg College’s 16th annual Minds at Work Student Research Conference. She also won several student awards in the art & design department including the A&D Service Award, the Outstanding Art Education Senior Award and several juried art show awards.

The Diego Rivera Gallery is home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural. The gallery provides an opportunity for all academic programs to present their work or curate in an exhibit setting and to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

Artists submit applications for exhibitions in November and March annually, and a jury of SFA alumni selects the artists who will exhibit. About 40 shows per year are scheduled.

Ohio Northern’s art education major is an intensive full-time teacher preparation program that enables students to earn a PreK-12 licensure. The mission of the program is to prepare its candidates to be not only accomplished artists and art educators, but also articulate advocates for the role of art in PreK-12 education. The curriculum involves partnerships with public schools and is designed so that students come to understand educational theory through personal experience in authentic teaching situations.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute

 

 

Ohio Northern University Alumnus wins award at juried exhibition
November
—The work of Ed Corle (BFA ’78) was accepted into this year’s juried show at The Findlay Art League. His ceramic stoneware, “Jare #3, Space,” won a second place award in the 3D category.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 from Ohio Northern. He then attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University since 1986.

He has been accepted in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artist Exhibition. In addition, he participates in regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival. He is a member of The Michigan Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and a trustee of the Findlay Art League.

The juried show runs from Friday, Nov. 7 through Nov. 21. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.

The judge for this year’s competition was Becky Laabs from Bowling Green, Ohio. After a 35-year career in art education, Becky opened up her gallery and studio “art-a-site” in downtown Bowling Green. Becky has an undergraduate degree from BGSU and a graduate degree from the University of Toledo. She has served as adjunct professor of art at BGSU and University of Toledo and has earned many awards for her teaching over the years.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern University alumni and students accepted to regional photography exhibit
November
—Ohio Northern University students Rebecca Carman, Elizabeth Tremains, and Lauren Hector, all art & design majors, along with ONU alumnus Ed Corle, were accepted to this year’s annual photography exhibit at the Wassenburg Art Center in Van Wert, Ohio.

The 37th Annual Photography Exhibit opened on October 4 and ran through November 2. The jurors for the show were Duncan Snyder, head of the photography department at Columbus College of Art & Design, and Lynn Whitney, head of photography at Bowling Green State University.

The jurors stated, “It was a genuine pleasure to review the over 300 entries submitted this year for the 37th Annual Wassenburg Photography exhibition. We continue to see the impact photography has as a medium by the range of work submitted. The photograph’s ability to touch us in important ways is wonderful. Our edit reflects our shared beliefs: that pictures crafted with a keen eye for the power of light to shape content and form is transcendent. With the plethora of images available in our culture we find hope in a show such as this. We encourage all the photographers who participated in this exhibition to continue their own private investigations of their world. Furthermore we encourage them to continue to have the courage to show what matters.”

Ohio Northern alumnus Ed Corle (BFA ’78) won awards for three of his photographs. “Nancy” won a 2nd place in the portrait category and he won honorable mentions for “West Leipsic” and for “Alger Wall.”

Ed earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 from Ohio Northern. He then attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University since 1986. He has been accepted in many shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artist Exhibition. In addition, he participates in regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival. He is a member of The Michigan Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and a trustee of the Findlay Art League.

ONU student Rebecca Carman won the 1st Place John Flagg Caitlin Pence award for an untitled photograph and a 2nd Place John Flagg award for “Determination,” both in the youth category.

Rebecca (BFA/graphic design ’2017) is a sophomore graphic design major from Bellefontaine, Ohio. She is involved with AIGA|The Professional Association for Design and the indoor/outdoor track teams.

Elizabeth Tremains, BFA/graphic design ’17, had two photographs accepted to the show. She is involved with AIGA|The Professional Association for Design and is from Rushsylvania, Ohio.

Lauren Hector, BFA/graphic design ’15, had one photograph accepted to this year’s exhibit. She is a senior graphic design major from Mt. Cory, Ohio. She is involved with AIGA|The Professional Association for Design and Kappa Pi art honorary.

The Wassenberg Art Center endeavors to be a catalyst for creative expressions and the study of visual art and architecture. Through an open, diverse approach, their programs are offered as an outreach to inspire interaction in the arts for all area cultures and communities.

Gallery hours are Tuesday—Sunday, 1–5 p.m. The Center is located at 214 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Image: “Alger Wall” by Ed Corle

 

 

Ohio Northern University art education alumna to present at Ohio Art Education Association annual conference
October
—Ohio Northern University Alumna Julie Brewer (BFA/art education ’10) has been selected to present at the 2014 Ohio Art Education Association conference in Columbus, Ohio, this coming November.

Julie’s session focuses on engaging teachers on how to incorporate more art history and criticism into the curriculum while still engaging young students of all ages and abilities. Her session, “Tell Me About it,” also provides participants a hands-on experience while becoming familiar with the Feldman Method.

Beginning November 6, the conference engages attendees in main stage presentations and workshops. During the three-day event, speakers discuss the role of media in schools, the development of great lesson plans, and the topic of contemporary teaching practices and theories.

Throughout the weekend conference, participants also have other opportunities to attend a variety of lectures, such as the influence of art and design on businesses and the careers associated with the creative industries. Participants can also attend a session about creating and implementing a student-centered curriculum. Other sessions include curriculum structures, lesson plans, creative centers for learning, cultural development and much more.

Julie earned her BFA degree in art education from Ohio Northern in 2010. While a student at ONU, she was involved in many activities and organizations including the Kappa Pi art honorary. She is currently a middle school art educator at Greenville City School District.

“I am thrilled to be embarking on a new leg of my art education journey back to my hometown and alma matter, Greenville City Schools,” said Julie. “I look forward to sharing the wonders and joys of the world of art with approximately 400 5th and 6th graders in semester-long courses.”

Her prior experience has included serving the Marietta City School District as an elementary art teacher for two years, director of strategic planning for AmeriCorps VISTA for over two years in Ada, Ohio, and as a student teacher at the Ada Exempted Village School District.

The art education major at ONU is an intensive full-time teacher preparation program that enables students to earn a PreK-12 licensure as a teacher. ONU’s program is designed to prepare its candidates to be not only accomplished art educators, but also articulate advocates for the role of art in PreK-12 education. The curriculum involves partnerships with public schools and is designed so that students come to understand educational theory through personal experience in authentic teaching situations. For instance, students at Ohio Northern plan and teach a group of middle school students participating in the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program. Also, ONU teacher candidates complete 12 weeks of student teaching experiences in an elementary public school and in a secondary public school.

The Ohio Art Education Association is the professional organization of art educators in the State of Ohio. It represents art teachers at the levels of elementary, middle school, secondary, and higher education. The organization also represents art teachers at the student / pre-service level, museum educators, supervisors and art administrators, and retired art teachers.

The mission of the Ohio Art Education Association is to advance and support quality art education through professional development, leadership, service, advocacy, and education by uniting art educators in the promotion and understanding of the visual arts in a quality education; stimulating the professional growth of members; initiating art education service and advocacy programs; encouraging the involvement and commitment of members in all activities endorsed by the organization; informing members of current educational developments and areas of their potential involvement; and educating citizens.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern alumnus designs logo to encourage opportunity in Hardin County
Megan Watson, Ada Herald
October—President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, Jon Cross, welcomed a crowd of people to the unveiling of the new county logo on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Cross grew up in Hardin County and recently moved back with his wife and young son. As he talked about his commitment to the area he told the crowd how it made him feel every time he crossed the county line.

“After being gone 11 years, I still have the same feeling when I cross the county line. When I saw the sign for Hardin County, it just felt great. If you share that same feeling, you know that it is a feeling of community pride.”

Cross told the crowd that “our message is simple: We want people to build here…invest here…work here…live here…learn here and love it here, all things Hardin County.”

That’s why the new motto is “Hardin County: a Great Place to Live, Work and Prosper”. The new motto was incorporated into a new logo that was designed by Wesley Goldsmith, a local Hardin County resident and recent graduate of Ohio Northern University who majored in graphic design.

Cross shared his belief in the youth of the community and the importance of helping them find their place in Hardin County so they not only learn here but give back here as well.

“We are very excited about the opportunities for Hardin County and see many great things in the works that will help us become a model community in Northwest Ohio,” said Tim Street, Board Chairman of the Alliance. “As a community, we must think big, be bold and take calculated chances to accomplish great things for our community.”

Immediately following the brief press conference, guests attended an open house luncheon and toured the Alliance’s newly-remodeled front offices. State, county and local elected officials, including the Hardin County Commissioners, county-wide mayors and council members, Hardin County Ambassadors, as well as other Hardin County dignitaries, were in attendance.

 

 

Art & Design’s Young Alumni Lecture Series to engage students with professionals during Homecoming Weekend
September—This year’s Young Alumni Lecture Series, sponsored by the department of art & design and the AIGA/ONU student chapter, will be held Sunday, October 5 at noon on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

The lecture, presentation and portfolio review engages students with Ohio Northern art & design alumni. Based on recommendations from the faculty, the lecture series brings to campus two or three alumni each year to share personal career challenges and successes since graduation with current students.

For current students, knowing how to navigate the job market can be a little confusing and hugely daunting. Thankfully, various art & design program alumni have dedicated their time this fall to give students a little peace of mind by participating in the Young Alumni Lecture Series.

Andrew Adams, Emily Jay, and Rachel Pioch will venture back to Ohio Northern during Homecoming to discuss their career paths, challenges, and secrets to success with current students. These lectures will allow current students to see how others have gone from student to professional and to connect with young alumni.

• Andrew Adams, BFA/graphic design ’12, works as a graphic designer for Orange Barrel Media in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he was a designer for Winking Fish, an identity and branding firm located in Washington, D.C. As a student at ONU, Andrew was involved with the AIGA/ONU student chapter and served as president, Kappa Pi national art honorary, Phi Mu Alpha national music fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, jazz band, and rugby. He also was accepted to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and interned for Winking Fish.

• Emily Jay, BFA/studio arts ’10, is currently an adjunct instructor in art at ONU. This semester she is teaching digital photography and visual literacy. While a student at Ohio Northern, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013. Since graduation, Emily has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Jules Maidoff Gallery in Florence, Italy. An exhibit of her work is currently on display at the Elzay Gallery of Art on Ohio Northern’s campus. I Dream of All Things explores the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It is a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart. Emily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane.

• Rachel Pioch, BFA/graphic design ’12, is a packaging designer for American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio. As a student at Ohio Northern, Rachel was involved with the AIGA/ONU student chapter, Kappa Pi national art honorary, and served as a resident assistant. During her senior year, she interned as a graphic designer for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.

The Young Alumni Lecture Series will be held at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. The panel of alumni will discuss what it was like to work in a professional setting, send résumés and cover letters to employers or/and graduate schools, to have a portfolio reviewed in hopes of getting a job, and a personal perspective of the current job market.

Prof. Brit Rowe, associate professor in graphic design at Ohio Northern, acknowledged, “Students will be able to engage in an open dialogue with our alumni about the importance of specific classes, skills and how the students might best position themselves for employment or graduate school. This also will be a great opportunity for alumni to contribute to the educational process at Ohio Northern. We can’t thank them enough.”

The goal of the AIGA/ONU student chapter is to get students involved in the local design community, create a community of their own and help them build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world.

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Milan Historical Museum, NiSource, Bubbles Academy, and Recess Creative.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: poster by Nicole Bregar, senior graphic design major

 

 

Ohio Northern advertising design alumna wins design award
September
—Ohio Northern University alumna Micaela Nauman (BFA/advertising design ’10) won several 2014 American Graphic Design and Advertising awards, including the prestigious best of category award and two in the package design category.

Micaela, freelancing with Jenn David Design firm, earned the recognition for her work for the Pepper Creek Farms’ brand of sea salt and bean products.

Pepper Creek Farms is located in Lawton, Oklahoma. The company is a family-run business and offers over 200 products. All their items are prepared in small batches with locally grown ingredients, and with family recipes to savor the essence of the Southwest. 

This is the third year in a row, and the 10th American Graphic Design award overall, for the 2010 graduate. Last year, Micaela won awards in the packaging category for Pepper Creek Farms beans, hot sauce and sea salts. In 2012, she won four awards, again for Pepper Creek Farms packaging.

The American Graphic Design and Advertising Awards are open to everyone in the graphic design community. They honor outstanding new work in 23 categories from print and packaging to internet and interactive design.

Jenn David Design, located in San Diego, California, works with gourmet food and specialty brands to create powerful, distinct, cohesive design that makes an impact. With their complete package of services, clients get consistent branding and seamless communication across all platforms of media. Through their partnership, brands achieve a strong emotional connection to audiences and reinforce customer loyalty, thereby increasing sales and reaching goals.

Jenn David Design has worked with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Pier1 Imports, GAP and Mitsubishi Food Products, as well as many boutique and emerging brands.

Micaela is a freelance designer in the San Diego, California area. She currently works for a variety of design firms including Bex Brands, Parallax Branding and Interactive, Marketing Ninjas, and Hall & Lien Creative Agency.

She has also worked as a freelancer for Wencel Worldwide, Laura Coe Design Associates, Project X Media, Design Perspective Inc., Buchanan Design, McCulley Design Lab, and Chute Gerdeman.

As a student at Ohio Northern, Micaela was active in varsity volleyball, Kappa Pi, the Student Art League, Alpha Lambda Delta honorary, and AIGA|The Professional Association for Design. She gained experience designing several identities at ONU including the Mid America Print Council Juried Show and the Young Women’s Leadership Camp. She also attended several AIGA national design and design/business conferences. She won several student awards for her work including the People’s Choice Award, First Place in 2D, and the Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity. Upon graduation, she was recognized as an outstanding student with the Senior Department Honor in Advertising Design.

“Choosing to attend Ohio Northern has been one of the best decisions I have ever made,” said Micaela. “I was unsure of my abilities as both an artist and a designer because of my lack of experience in [high school]. But my interest in it led me to take a chance, and now… I’ve realized how truly passionate and driven I am about design. The entire department, especially the professors, made my experience very rewarding and helped mold me into the designer I am. The small community atmosphere and the friendship shared by the entire department kept me from the intimidation factor I would have encountered at a bigger, specialized art school, and I believe that has truly helped me to be successful.”

During her senior year, Micaela accepted an internship at Chute Gerdeman Retail in Columbus, Ohio. While there, “I worked with a senior designer to develop a complete identity for Mars,” she explained. “The project was for the Kroger stores. We researched, developed and designed their entire Halloween candy aisle concept. A lot of work went into it. And a few weeks later, we presented the concept to the client... It was an amazing experience.”

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Micaela (third from the left) and the designers of Jenn David Design were recently featured in the 28th edition of the American Graphic Design and Advertising awards book.

 

 

Ohio Northern graphic design graduate earns American Graphic Design Award
September
—Ohio Northern University graduate, Alex Cramer (BFA/graphic design ’07), has earned an American Graphic Design Award for his work at Evolution Creative Services in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The competition was open to everyone in the design community: advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporate, institutional and publishing inhouse departments, and more. It honored outstanding new work of all kinds: print, packaging, point-of-purchase, internet, interactive and motion graphics.

Evolution specializes in integrated marketing and branding. The firm has won several other awards for their work including Print Excellence Awards from the Printing Industries of Ohio/Northern Kentucky, Graphic Design USA Awards for Excellence in Graphic Design, and Print Excellence Awards from the Printing Industries of Ohio/Northern Kentucky.

While a student on campus, Alex was active in AIGA|The Professional Association for Design and Kappa Pi. He also had work accepted to the All-Ohio Art Exhibition held at the Pearl Conard Gallery of The Ohio State University/Mansfield.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern alumna shows work during special exhibit commemorating flood
SeptemberAn art gallery in Colorado is commemorating the one-year anniversary of the state’s September flood with a special exhibit by Ohio Northern University Alumna Toby Baker (BFA ’06).

Boardwalk Gallery is hosting the “Mastery in Nature” exhibit Sept. 12-13 in Windsor. The show highlights the beauty found within the forces of nature. Sculptures by Toby and Colorado artists Mark Hopkins are featured in the exhibit. Several of Toby’s pieces in the show incorporate sticks and objects found after the flood waters receded.

“These intricate stick jams created an incredible puzzle with hues, shapes and textures,” Toby explained.

Boardwalk Gallery is holding a reception to celebrate the exhibit Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As a girl growing up in the High Plains of Wyoming, Toby usually came home each evening with pockets filled with winsome stones and intriguing weathered sticks. Today, as an artist and writer, she is inspired by her environment and continually pursues what she considers the mystery and magic found in the everyday.

“This describes my current exploration with flood sticks, that wondrous well-worn, well-traveled wood flotsam that survived the fury of the 2013 flooding in Colorado,” said Toby, “specifically the Cache La Poudre River that begins in the Front Range in the northern part of the Rocky Mountain National Park and travels 126 miles, dropping over 6,000 feet through the mountains until it merges with the South Platte River not far from where I live.”

She began exploring the muddy riverbanks as the water receded and discovered intricate stick jams. So complex and beautiful, she marveled at how each stick fit so precisely into the whole pattern, an incredible puzzle with hues, shapes and textures.

This reflects her flood stick sculptures that were created with random sticks and found objects that she picked up along the banks of the Poudre River. “As with all my art, my intent is for each piece to draw you close so you can share in the mystery and magic as well.”

Born in Wyoming in 1954, Toby has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in creative writing from the University of North Dakota and a B.F.A. in studio arts from Ohio Northern University. She has worked in public relations, journalism and broadcasting and for the last 19 years served two universities, the University of North Dakota and Ohio Northern University, as the spouse of the president. While at Ohio Northern, she was commissioned to create a number of site-specific sculptures for the campus including her 2009 “School of Fish,” for the atrium of the new Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences.

After moving to Colorado in 2011, she now pursues art and writing with abandon. A recipient of several awards and distinctions, she has shown her work primarily in galleries and exhibits in Ohio and Colorado.

Boardwalk Gallery is located along the lakefront in the historic downtown district of Windsor, Colorado. The gallery is open by appointment and for special events. It is also home to Northern Colorado Writers, providing support, encouragement and success to writers of all levels and genres in Northern Colorado. 

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Image: River Dancer, found Poudre River flood sticks, 12 1/2"w x 6"h x 22 1/2"d

 

 

Art & Design photograph selected as finalist in juried competition
September
—A photograph by Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design was chosen as a finalist during the 2nd European Wood Fire Conference held at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, August 28–31, 2014.

The photography competition was organized by The Log Book, the international publication for wood-firers, and was open to all residents and participants of the conference. Prof. Luke Sheets (BFA/art ’95), who submitted the photograph, attended and presented at this year’s conference. Prof. Brit Rowe (BFA/graphic design ’93) took the photo in November 2010 during one of Prof. Sheets’ ceramic courses.

A panel of judges initially chose the top 10 images from each category: The View from the Kiln Shed, The Kiln, and Firing. The final images were printed and exhibited during the conference. Delegates then voted for their top choices.

The winning photographs will be published in a future issue of The Log Book.

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

Prof. Rowe joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa.

He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern alumna receives Educator of the Year award
September—Ohio Northern University Alumna Meggie (Schmidt) Bierkan (BFA/graphic design ’09) recently received the Educator of the Year award from the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The county Soil and Water Conservation District promotes the wise stewardship of natural resources through cooperative partnerships, educational programs and technical assistance in land and water management.

The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District works with several organizations, providing services such as education assistance, erosion and sediment control reviews, and more, including the Regional Storm Water Collaborative.

During the past two years, students in Meggie’s art classes at Lebanon Junior High School were selected to promote water conservation and erosion and flooding prevention by painting rain barrels for the Regional Storm Water Collaborative. The project was hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

“The Rain Barrel Art Project desires to educate people on environmental issues like storm water runoff, watersheds and water conservation,” said John Nelson, spokesman from the project. “Rain barrels collect rain water from your roof and temporarily store the water for use. Rainwater is ideal for watering your garden, lawn and trees. Rain barrels not only reduce storm water runoff but also save homeowners money on their bills.”

“I participate in the rain barrel project because I wanted to expand the awareness of water conservation to as many people as possible. One way I could increase exposure to the project was to share this experience with my students,” Meggie said.

Read more about her students’ work here: Ohio Northern graduate inspires students to collect water in style.

Meggie earned her BFA degree in graphic design from Ohio Northern in 2009. While a student at ONU, she earned a Petrillo award, was involved in Delta Zeta, the Arts & Sciences College Student Advisory Board, and served as co-president of the ONU student chapter of AIGA|The Professional Association for Design. In 2012 she completed a Master of Art in Visual Art Education from the University of Cincinnati. Meggie currently is an art teacher at Lebanon Junior High School located near Cincinnati, Ohio. She teaches a variety of courses including beginning art classes, mixed media, three-dimensional art, digital photography, painting and drawing. 

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern alumna has work invited to invitational show
September—The works of Ohio Northern University Alumna Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) is included in an invitational exhibit at the Schroeder Center for the Arts in Ottawa, Ohio. Laura’s work includes 10 paintings, etchings, and monoprints. The exhibit is on display through the month of September.

The Schroeder Center is located at 162 West Main Street in Ottawa, Ohio. Please call ahead for gallery hours: 419.523.5549. The exhibition is free and open to the public. 

The Schroeder Center for the Arts supports artists in Putnam County and surrounding areas. It features works in its beautiful gallery and hosts a variety of art classes taught by the best artists in the area.

Laura is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green State University and an adjunct instructor of art at Ohio Northern University where she teaches art appreciation. She also is one of the first to graduate from ONU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialty in painting, specifically, watercolors. Laura is a freelance artist and teacher in the Findlay area, offering eight-week watercolor classes at her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows, and she has participated in many regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

In 2010, Laura was honored with three pieces accepted into the Community Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, a world class museum, for the Findlay Area Artist Exhibit, and was also honored by having watercolor works accepted several Annual Toledo Area Artists exhibits. A couple years ago, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern alumnus is featured artist at Lea Gallery
September—The works of Ohio Northern University Alumnus Ed Corle (BFA ’78) opened the 2014–15 gallery season at the Lea Art Gallery at the University of Findlay. Entitled “Vessels,” his show included ceramics, photography and wood. The exhibit was on display August 13—September 12, 2014.

The Lea Gallery is located in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on the campus of The University of Findlay. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily during scheduled exhibitions. The exhibition is free and open to the public. 

Ed earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 from Ohio Northern. He then attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University since 1986.

He has been accepted in many shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artist Exhibition. In addition, he participates in regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival. He is a member of The Michigan Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and a trustee of the Findlay Art League.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern University alumnus and design professor curates graphic design exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
September—Design is all around us.

In fact, if there’s a human intervention in any communication—print, signage, digital—someone had a hand in designing the end product. In a very real way, graphic design is art in the service of visualizing ideas.

ArtSpace is thrilled to announce the opening of its Fall 2014 season with a special exhibit, Object and Graphic Design, a survey of graphic design in Northwest Ohio. Brit Rowe (BFA/graphic design ’93), associate professor in the Department of Art and Design and holder of the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts at Ohio Northern University, has curated the show. He invited some of the most prominent and productive graphic designers in the area to take part in what is a first of its kind for ArtSpace.

In his work with students, Rowe says, “I feel it’s important to strengthen the understanding of conceptual skills, writing, verbal expression, semantics, narrative structures, design history and an understanding of the social, cultural and functional possibilities of design. Together, we investigate design thinking. . .” It is those “social, cultural, and functional possibilities of design” which are highlighted in the exhibit.

Northwest Ohio graphic designers to be featured in the show include:

• Jennifer Bible, owner, JB Design Solutions in Lima, and winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Midwest Region of the Small Business Administration in 2003;

• Paul Osborne, owner, Paul Osborne Design in Alger;

• Nancy Burnett, previous owner of NAB Design in Lima, currently adjunct instructor in advertising design and associate art director for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ohio Northern University;

• Toma Williams, associate director of art and design for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ohio Northern University;

• Brittany Lang, senior marketing specialist at First Merchants Corporation/senior graphic design major at Ohio Northern University and winner of the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA);

• and Jennifer Stucker, assistant professor of graphic design, Bowling Green State University.

Object and Graphic Design opens with a reception for the artists, their friends and families, and supporters of ArtSpace on Friday, September 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. The show runs through Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region and is partially funded through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Prof. Rowe joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa.

He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

‘I Dream of All Things’ opens the 2014–15 gallery season at Ohio Northern University
August—The Ohio Northern University gallery program opens its 2014–15 art exhibition and gallery season with “I Dream of All Things,” photographs by Emily Jay, Sept. 2—Oct. 10 at the Elzay Gallery of Art.

Emily is an adjunct instructor in art at ONU. This semester she is teaching digital photography and visual literacy. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts in 2010 at Ohio Northern. While a student, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

Her exhibit, I Dream of All Things, explores the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It is a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart.  

Emily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane. The exhibit is on display Sept. 2—Oct. 10, 2014. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3 at 5:30p.m., Homecoming weekend.

See more of Emily’s work here.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: reaching,archival digital print, 2014
 

 

Ohio Northern Art & Design graduate debuts of “Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities” graphic novel
August—Ohio Northern University graduate Kyle Hotz (BFA/graphic design ’93), who has gained national notoriety as a graphic novel illustrator, along with co-creator Erik Powell, will release all three tales of their series “Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities” from Dark Horse Comics. The publication date is set for September 17.

The 320 page volume was written by Eric Powell, an award winning author in the horror, action/adventure genre. Kyle served as the artist and created the cover for this edition.

The Authentic Accounts of Billy the Kid begins with the world believing the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid was killed by Pat Garrett. But, in reality, Billy is very much alive. He is the hired gun of Fineas Sproule’s traveling spectacle of biological curiosities—or “freaks,” as Billy calls them. It’s a clever mashup of Wild West sensibilities with some of literatures most notable villains and monsters. Doctors Victor Frankenstein and Henry Jekyll as well as Count Dracula all figure into the stories collected here, while Billy’s unrefined personality clashes amusingly with pretty much everyone in Europe.  

While still in the final year of earning his fine arts degree at Ohio Northern, Kyle was already working full time as a comic book illustrator on the genre-stretching horror anthology ‘Slash’ where the first writer he ever worked with was Brian Azzarello, and also drew the vampire title ‘Cold Blooded.’ Immediately after finishing school, Kyle was asked to work on the character Nightman for Malibu comics. It was Kyle’s childhood love of superheroes that led him to pursue comics with dreams of drawing Batman or Superman or the X-men. Though Nightman was a costumed hero comic, Kyle’s quirky style, with deep shadows and exaggerated anatomies, helped it to stand out from the usual men in tights books. Soon Kyle was asked to draw Dr. Strange for Marvel Comics and then the futuristic Ghost Rider 2099 which highlighted Kyle’s love for bizarre costumes and dystopian settings.

As his reputation as a horror artist grew, Kyle illustrated various titles for most of the major comic publishers, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image and a host of independent press. Some of the characters Kyle has had a chance to put his stamp on include The Hulk, Venom, Spiderman, Green Goblin, the Punisher, Evil Ernie, Cal McDonald, Marvel’s Zombie, Wraith, and Captain America.

Monster Matinee, a collection of Kyle’s illustrations paying homage to classic monster movies of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s brought Kyle to the attention of the producers of Madison Scare Garden, a Halloween themed event held in the New York arena. Kyle provided key art and character designs for Madison Scare for many years. This led to similar opportunities designing creatures, environments and all manner of weirdness for theme parks at various venues the world over.

In 2009 Kyle created a multitude of key characters for a proposed installation at Tivoli Gardens in Denmark and an ‘Aliens versus Predator’ installation in Australia. Somewhere along the line, Kyle was noticed by tattoo flash distributors, Tattoo Johnny and asked to create original tattoo flash art.

In 2000, Kyle co-created the character ‘The Hood’, for Marvel comics, with Brian Vaughn, and illustrated the character’s first mini-series. The Hood was a sleeper hit and finally broke out in 2009, when the Hood became one of Marvel’s most popular villains and Kyle was asked to return to the character for a 5-issue story arc.

Kyle has also co-created and illustrated the graphic novel ‘Epilogue’ with author Steve Niles (with whom Kyle also got to draw a run on Nile’s great Criminal Macabre series), and co-created and illustrated ‘The Agency’ with Paul Jenkins. Along the way Kyle wrote and illustrated the creator owned graphic novel ‘Mosaic’ and wrote and illustrated ‘The Zombie’ for Marvel. Recently Kyle drew Ghostbusters Infestation for IDW, which made Kyle’s 8 year old son very happy.

The purest version of Kyle’s art was the series he co-created and draws with Eric Powell, ‘Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities.’ This oddball, pseudo-historical storyline has been a critical success (Entertainment Weekly gave it an ‘A’) and fan favorite. It was in this series of books that best showcases Kyle’s love for the endearing and cartoony aspects of his craft. In 2007 at DC Comics, his work for Billy the Kid won a Young Adult Library Services Association Award (Great Graphic Novels for Teens).

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The Authentic Accounts of Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities, Dark Horse publishing, Sept. 2014

 

 

Ohio Northern alumna featured in national portraiture exhibition
August—
The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana is featuring the work of Ohio Northern University alumna Marilyn Lysohir (BA/art ’72) in an exhibition celebrating extraordinary artistic accomplishment.

Her installation “Good Girls 1968” was completed in 2003 and is now on view from March 20 to August 24, 2014.

The work is the ultimate tribute to the end of childhood: carefully crafted sculptures of each of the 163 girls—now women—of Sharon High School’s class of 1968, all handmade by the former classmate. Marilyn debuted her installation in 2007 at the Washington State University Art Museum.

The exhibition at YAM, called “Face to Face, Wall to Wall,” integrates regional artists with the international art scene and reinforces the ways in which the local is found in the universal (as well as vice versa).

The extraordinary exhibition is part of the museum’s two-year-long exhibition series called “Mind, Memory, and Image,” which is coordinated by the Yellowstone Art Museum to celebrate and examine the life of the mind on the occasion of the YAM’s 50th anniversary.

Curated by the YAM’s Senior Curator Bob Durden, the show explored new approaches to portraiture, the epitome of personal, reflective art forms. The artists in “Face to Face” were selected based upon each artist’s ability to stretch the definition of portraiture as much as for their deft ability and varying approaches to the genre. The 30 artists were diverse and international in scope.

“During a time when the cultural arena is rife with anger and political uncertainty, the exhibition includes art works that represent the more positive aspects of human nature and co-existence,” Durden said.

The exhibition content reflects the changing face of the community and how social interaction affects people on a personal level. Meeting face to face provides a uniquely rewarding proposition that on occasion leads from an impasse, or an aura of antagonism, to mutual understanding.

The exhibition serves as an understated acknowledgement of others and their contributions, which have allowed the museum to flourish in the Billings community for 50 years.

As a featured artist from the exhibition, Marilyn gave a talk at the museum on August 14. Her presentation, Personal Reflections, addressed her work in ceramics.

Born in Sharon, PA, Marilyn studied at Ohio Northern University, at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and at Washington State University (MFA in 1979). She has taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. In 2000, she was a visiting artist in residence at Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design.

During the 1980s, Marilyn earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost ceramics artists. Her career gained momentum with pieces like The Fourth Sister, which featured three different brides looking at three different wedding cakes, and The Alligator’s Wife, a ceramic version of herself lying atop a 15-foot ceramic alligator.

In 1984, she landed her first solo show in Los Angeles, featuring Bad Manners. After the piece sold, Marilyn was granted a second solo show for which she created The Dark Side of Dazzle, the battleship that she says commemorates her father’s time as a soldier in World War II.

Other works of note include The Last Immigrant completed in the late 1980s, The Tattooed Ladies and the Dinosaur in the early 1990s, and a recent work of art, Flower Girls.

Marilyn also is an entrepreneur who turned what she loved into a livelihood—chocolate. She is the owner of Cowgirl Chocolates, a company that successfully sells chocolate infused with chili peppers.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Good Girls 1968, Marilyn Lysohir at the YAM.

 

 

Ohio Northern faculty and alumnus selected for ArtSpace/Lima Pops/Fine Craft Exhibition
July—Summertime is often a time to relax, enjoy picnics, backyard parties, and trips. One may also enjoy concerts on the lawn: the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Lima Symphony on July 4, and the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend. And now just in time for the end of the summer, ArtSpace/Lima opens an exhibit featuring the best fine craft artists in Ohio.

ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 23 area artists in this joint invitational. Accepted into the show are several Ohio Northern faculty and an alumnus, including:

• Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

• Prof. Melissa Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking. On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio. Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

• Prof. Bruce Chesser, ONU professor emeritus of art, specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a retired professor of art at Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years. He also served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

• Prof. Judith Greavu, ONU associate professor emeritus of art, earned her B.S. degree in art from Ball State University and her M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and at Ohio Northern University where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees. Prof. Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has exhibited from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including being selected for “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspirations,” an exhibit in Maine that celebrated the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. Locally, she constructed a fountain for the city of Bluffton, large sculpture commissions for Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens, and her Reef Installation was one of the works in the prestigious citywide Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize exhibition in 2010. In 2011, she was honored with a retrospective exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.

• Prof. Ed Corle (BFA ’78) is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University of Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

• Prof. Les Thede retired from teaching engineering at Ohio Northern University in 2004. He received both a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He joined ONU in 1984 and served as professor of electrical and computer engineering. He has held the Herbert F. Alter Chair of Engineering Science on five occasions. He has spoken at regional and national professional meetings and is a member of IEEE and ASEE. He currently owns EverLasting Furniture that was created to promote the design and construction of furniture that lasts generations.

ArtSpace/Pops: A Fine Craft Invitational opens Sunday, August 3 at ArtSpace’s Ellen Nelson Gallery and runs through September 13. Artists on display work in ceramics, wood, metal, paper, fabric, and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals. The emphasis of the exhibit is on “fine” crafts: work that exhibits the same imaginative creativity, the same attention to detail and the same understanding of medium as any art must do.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Sunday, August 3, 2–4p.m.

Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region and is partially funded through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern University alumnus and A&D Professor accepted to month-long artist residency and to lead session at international ceramic conference
July—Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets (BFA/art ’95), has been awarded a month-long residency, and then will lead a topical discussion session at this year’s European Wood Fire Conference, at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. The conference will take place August 28–31, 2014.

Prof. Sheets will present a session called, “Slip Casting for a Wood-fired Aesthetic.” It focuses around his thought processes in regards to form and the technical challenges of developing casting bodies and slips that react and interact favorably with the wood kiln.

“Over the past several years I have grown more fascinated by and interested in the slip casting process,” said Prof. Sheets. “I have been teaching mold making and slip casting for about 6 years now. Over that time… I am starting to feel free with the process and can improvise to suit my aesthetic needs. I am interested in using molds and the slip casting process to create parts that then can be assembled into many and various forms that lend themselves to the wood kiln’s atmosphere for finishing.

“Slip casting and wood firing may seem antithetical but there are other artists working with these processes. Their work either utilizes slip-cast functional forms whose sheer numbers create building blocks for the artist to manipulate and arrange or incorporates the use and appropriation of commercial molds then assembled into a chimera of images and ideas.

“My own interest lies somewhere in between these two approaches. I begin with my own molds for various cup forms and use these as parts to form asymmetrical vases with hard edges to cut and catch the woodfire’s path. Recently, I have also started to make molds for various components that can be assembled and rearranged instead of casting multiples of the same form.”

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center was established in 1997 with the goal to offer an international artist-in-residence program. Guldagergaard, meaning Golden Acre farm, has several beautiful buildings dating from 1915. The estate was the private home of a tulip and fruit farmer until the 1990s.

As an artist-in-residence at Guldagergaard, Prof. Sheets will have his own studio area in the studio building with full access to all the facilities and equipment—gas kilns, electric kilns and wood fired kilns as well as glaze, plaster and mold making workshop, slip casting room, auditorium, library for research, photo equipment, 3D print workshop, silk screen print workshop, wood workshop as well as the gallery. There, Prof. Sheets will exhibit his work at the conclusion of the residency.

The artist-in-residence program combines an international atmosphere and wide professional dialogue within a concentrated work period, with the exchange of knowledge and research into materials, techniques and ideas.

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, and the First European Wood-Fire Conference in Germany. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,600 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The Main House and Studio Building at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center

 

 

After a successful teaching career, Ohio Northern alumnus reflects on his environment through painting
July
—The beauty and power of landscapes have fascinated Richard Trick (BSEd ’64) since childhood. He is a trout fisherman and his paintings are reflective of the personal environment he has experienced during his over 60 years of exploring northern New York. Trick sees his work as process of continuing his own personal development.

“The best part of doing art is that it is a joyful experience, each unique in its own right and dependent on the time, place, and attitude of the artist,” expressed Trick.

Trick is a noted artist who has a natural sensitivity for painting local landscapes in watercolor. He recreates for future generations the craftsmanship and artistry that is part of our country’s memories and traditions. Born in Ogdensburg, NY, Richard graduated from Ohio Northern and completed graduate work at Syracuse University, SUNY at Cortland, Brockport, and Potsdam. Trick has also studied extensively with both Mario Cooper past president of the American Watercolor Society and his wife Dale Meyers.

“I like to think of my landscape as being frozen images in time,” said Trick. “A friend once told me that the native people saw themselves as caretakers of the land, not owning it, just caring for it. Maybe in some small way, my paintings take care of those special moments. My hope is that you share in these feelings.”

Trick has been honored with the Lima Art Association Award (1960-64), Student Exhibition Awards at Ohio Northern (1960-64), and has had work exhibited in the New York State Fair Show (1976). He was an award winner in the prestigious Adirondack Regional show in Old Forge (1989) and the Rome Art League Show (1990).

Mr. Trick has taught at all levels of art, from kindergarten to college. His experience in and out of the classroom brings a special power and intimacy to his work.

He is a gifted and entertaining speaker in the field of art education and he is sought after for his teaching and demonstration in the watercolor media.

In one year alone, Mr. Trick’s senior art students were awarded over $385,000 in art scholarships based on their high school portfolios. Mr. Trick was thus awarded the 1991 Art Educator Recognition Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of art education by Pratt Institute in New York City.

Retired now from a 40-year teaching career, Mr. Trick continues to paint the landscapes of Northern NY, and the wild Tug Hill region of Lewis and Jefferson counties.

 

 

Talk art to me—Ohio Northern graduate featured
in Idaho Triennial Exhibition

By Emily Vaartstra
July—Behind every photo, painting, sculpture or self-made video, there is a story to be told and one Ohio Northern University Art & Design graduate shared her stories with Idaho.

Marilyn Lysohir (BA/art ’72), along with three other artists, was honored for her exemplary artwork in the Boise Art Museum’s (BAM) 2013 Idaho Triennial Exhibition.

Catherine Rakow, a curatorial assistant at the BAM, said a guest juror from the Portland Art Museum chose 65 art pieces from 40 Idaho artists selected from the original 222 applicants to be featured in this prestigious Idaho exhibition.

“It’s a big deal for (these artists) to be shown in a credited museum,” Rakow said. “Everybody’s work is different and that’s one of the challenges of the Triennial, or any group show, is putting all these different mediums and different ideas together to where it becomes a cohesive exhibit.”

Though many Moscow, Idaho locals may recognize Marilyn as the mastermind behind Cowgirl Chocolates, they may not know Lysohir’s first passion was art.

For years, Marilyn has been creating elaborate sculptures out of clay and ceramics. Marilyn created the artistic series called “The Flower Girls.” The collection includes figurative pieces with flowers tattooed sculptures and a second set of pieces featuring metal hoop skirts containing objects to represent different things happening inside the hoops. Out of the 11 hoop figures she created, two were submitted and featured in the Triennial.

“One had a Budda’s head that I made out of clay and that was under the hoop dress,” Marilyn said. “Another one I did was an antique iron door stop that my grandmother had that was of a female figure. I had that one underneath (the hoop) with a little iron stand and then these very delicate ceramic flowers that were surrounding this figure.”

Marilyn said the idea for the hoops came from a friend of hers who collects early 20th century lamps — where the head of figure rests on the cloth-covered hoop of the lamp.

“The theme was flower girls and when I was really little my aunt said, ‘When I get married, you can be a flower girl,’ and I was so excited, but when she got married she picked (a different) niece,” she said. “So in a way, it was kind of 55 years later you do a body of work that balances out that disappointment. It was kind of a homage to that idea of the little flowers girls to the idea of feminine strength and beauty.”

Marilyn said most of her work is inspired by memories of growing up as a child.

“Life just takes you on an adventure,” she said. “Sometimes it’s a fun adventure, sometimes it isn’t. But you learn from everything thing that happens and sometimes the non-fun things are the most important things that you have to learn. Art is a gift and way of sharing (life) with people.”

Born in Sharon, PA, Marilyn studied at Ohio Northern University, at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and at Washington State University (MFA in 1979). She has taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. In 2000, she was a visiting artist in residence at Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design.

During the 1980s, Marilyn earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost ceramics artists. Her career gained momentum with pieces like The Fourth Sister, which featured three different brides looking at three different wedding cakes, and The Alligator’s Wife, a ceramic version of herself lying atop a 15-foot ceramic alligator.

In 1984, she landed her first solo show in Los Angeles, featuring Bad Manners. After the piece sold, Marilyn was granted a second solo show for which she created The Dark Side of Dazzle, the battleship that she says commemorates her father’s time as a soldier in World War II.

Other works of note include The Last Immigrant completed in the late 1980s, The Tattooed Ladies and the Dinosaur in the early 1990s, and a recent work of art, Good Girls 1968, an installation of 163 individually sculpted heads of the girls with whom Marilyn graduated from high school in 1968.

Marilyn also is an entrepreneur who turned what she loved into a livelihood—chocolate. She is the owner of Cowgirl Chocolates, a company that successfully sells chocolate infused with chili peppers.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Marilyn Lysohir, Flower Girls—Alligator, 2013
clay, metal, enamel, 24 x 20 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm)

 

 

Ohio Northern ceramic alumnus and faculty contribute to Wood County Humane Society
July—
The Manabigama Pottery Center in Bowling Green hosted a fundraiser that brought together many of Northwest Ohio’s finest ceramic artists under its roof for one night. The event, Potters for Pets, raised money for the Wood County Humane Society and Nature’s Nursery.

Prof. Luke Sheets (BFA ’95), assistant professor of art at ONU, along with Prof. Bruce Chesser, professor emeritus in art from Ohio Northern, and Prof. Ed Corle (BA ’78) were invited to participate in this first of its kind fundraiser, which took place in early April.

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, and the First European Wood-Fire Conference in Germany. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

Prof. Bruce Chesser specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He retired from Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years and served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

 • Ed Corle (BA ’78): Ed had a recent ceramic piece accepted to this year’s show. He is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Over a dozen of the region’s most active and talented ceramic artists donated an original piece of his/her work for a silent auction, with 100% of the profits going to the two charities. In addition, each artist brought other works to sell, with 30% of those proceeds benefiting the animal welfare in Lucas and Wood counties.

The event raised $2,200 in just four hours.

“These artists have agreed to participate out of their love of animals,” explained Tiffany Hyland, a practicing veterinarian at Highpoint Animal Hospital in Maumee and the co-owner of Manabigama Pottery Center. “Together, they covered a very wide spectrum of creativity in the ceramic arts and it was great to see them in one place.”

Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education is a nonprofit organization located in Whitehouse, Ohio. It provides medical care to injured and orphaned wild animals, and conducts nature education programs for children and adults.

The Wood County Humane Society, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations.

Manabigama Pottery Center opened in January 2011 and is the home studio of ceramic artist John Thies and his partner, Tiffany Hyland. They produce a wide assortment of handmade, wood-fired, functional and decorative pottery. The studio and gallery are open to the public year round by appointment. In addition, they offer pottery classes and wood fire pottery workshops to area ceramic artists.

For additional information about this event, please feel free to contact the Manabigama Pottery Center at (419) 206-0320 or thyland66@gmail.com.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern faculty and alumni accepted and win awards at watercolor juried exhibit
June
—ArtSpace/Lima and The Lima Area Watercolor Society held their first-ever joint juried exhibit from June 14 through July 26. Accepted to the show were several works from Ohio Northern University’s art and design faculty and alumni.

Linda Lehman (adjunct instructor in art education): Prof. Lehman had three pieces accepted into the juried exhibit and won an honorable mention award for “Cusco, Corpus Christi.” Linda graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education. Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern where she also coordinated the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. She is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of university committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77): Laura won an honorable mention award and had three pieces accepted to this year’s show. She is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green and has been an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59): Jaye had one piece accepted, called “Wind.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

William Kanzig (BFA ’92): Bill had two watercolor pieces accepted for exhibit. He recently retired from Ohio Northern after 20 years of dedicated service. He was manager of the machine shop for the College of Engineering and worked with faculty and students in all departments to purchase parts and materials for laboratories and projects. Additionally, he was the advisor for the SAE Baja group and a volunteered with the Ada-Liberty Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The exhibition was open to all artists working in water soluble media: watercolor, thinned acrylic, casein, gouache and egg tempera. Jurors for the exhibit were Yuki Hall and Christopher Leeper.

Hall, from Beavercreek, is an impressionist watercolorist, who has won many awards in, among others, the Western Ohio Watercolor Society juried competition, the Ohio Watercolor Society annual exhibition and Cincinnati Art Club ViewPoint national juried competition.

“It was my great honor to be invited to serve as a co-juror for the Lima Area Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition,” explained Hall. “The variety of subject matter was outstanding, and I was truly impressed by the talent exhibited by each artist in this group.”

Leeper is a full-time artist from Canfield. The author of Realism in Watermedia, North Light, his work has been featured in several books and publications, including The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist and Ohio Magazine. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University.

“I was impressed with the breadth of vision and skill shown,” said Leeper. “Picking the show and awards was not easy. There were many deserving paintings. We looked at each painting again and again and discussed merits and weaknesses. Eventually we reached a consensus.”

The Lima Area Watercolor Society was organized in 1986 by watercolor artist Annabelle Vandemark and four of her students. The society has been instrumental in elevating awareness about watercolor techniques and processes. The joint exhibit with ArtSpace was the first-ever collaboration between the two organizations for a juried exhibit.

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and to sell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

For further information on the Juried Watercolor Exhibit 2014 or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Bill Sullivan, operations manager, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Honorable mention winners Linda Lehman, Cusco, Corpus Christi (watercolor) and Laura Barnhardt Corle, Tom Becket's Red Coat (watercolor).

 

Ohio Northern faculty and alumni earn awards at Wassenberg’s juried show
June
—The works of Ohio Northern University’s art and design faculty and alumni were recently selected for exhibit and earned awards at the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center located in Van Wert, Ohio.

The exhibit originated with founding art club members and continues today, featuring about 80 pieces of original art by artists from the tri-state region. Today, the art center has grown to hold one of northwest Ohio’s best juried art exhibits, with a reputation for high quality of work.

The pieces on display represent a wide range of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture—by artists juried into the show. The exhibit is free and runs through July 6. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

The Wassenberg Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the northwest Ohio region. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. For information on the art center’s activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837.

Representing Ohio Northern at this year’s show were:
Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59): Jaye won the Douglas Edward Koch Memorial Award for his watercolor and ink painting, “Crows Watching the German Crow Airforce.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77): Laura won the Wassenberg Art Center Award. She is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green and has been an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96): Leslie also won a Wassenberg Art Center Award. Leslie is an office manager at Michael G. Scherer in Tiffin, Ohio, and is an artist at Atelier Rohr. She has also worked as an art teacher at the Tiffin City Schools and at the Eastern Local School District. Since graduating from Ohio Northern, Leslie has won many awards for her work including at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show and at the ArtSpace/Lima juried show.

Melissa Eddings Mancuso (associate professor of art): Prof. Eddings Mancuso won an honorable mention award. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been invited and accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

Ed Corle (BA ’78): Ed had a recent ceramic piece accepted to this year’s show. He is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Linda Lehmann (adjunct instructor in art education): Prof. Lehmann had two pieces accepted into the exhibit. Linda graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education. Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern where she also coordinated the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. She is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of university committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

419-772-2160
b-hood@onu.edu
Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed