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Alumni News 2011-12

ImageThree Ohio Northern Alumni win awards at annual member show
May
—The Findlay Art League opened its 64th Annual May Show on Friday, May 4 in conjunction with the Arts Partnership ArtWalk. More than 100 works in various media include painting, photography, ceramics, graphics, and metalwork were submitted to this year’s member only juried exhibit.

Selected for this annual show were three Ohio Northern University alumni who all won awards.

Harry Melroy (BA ’71) won a second place award for “Wood War,” a graphite drawing.

With an undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern, Harry 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 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.

Honorable mention awards went to Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96) for a pastel drawing called, “October,” and Ed Corle (BFA ’78), for “Jar Wave Drop,” a stoneware ceramic.

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.

Ed 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.

Co-chairpersons for the May Show were Connie Weasel and Teresa Lambert. The judge for the show was Sara Schleicher, coordinator of fine arts admissions and promotions at Bowling Green State University.

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.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Friday, June 1. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10a.m.–2p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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. 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern Graduate Starts Graphic Design Scholarship
April
—Michelle Sterling, president of Sign Pro Imaging Inc. in Lima, Ohio, has established the first annual Sign Pro Scholarship for Design. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior wanting to pursue a degree in graphic design.

The scholarship application is available online at SignProImaging.com. Each senior must design their high school graduation announcement and submit it with the application. Academic achievement, volunteer/work experience, community involvement and leadership, along with design ability, will be considered in awarding the scholarship. The application deadline is 5p.m. April 30.

The winner will be announced May 7. The winner will also receive up to 100 graduation announcements printed for free. Applications and designs may be emailed to sales@signpro-lima.com or mailed to 404 Brower Road, Lima, Ohio 45801.

Michelle Sterling is the owner and president of Sign Pro Imaging, Inc. She helped open Sign Pro in 1996 upon graduating from Ohio Northern University. Her degrees in graphic design and business marketing proved beneficial when she purchased the business in 1999. In 2004 she led Sign Pro through a major expansion, including adding 1000 sq ft to their shop, several wide format printers, a hot laminator, a design room with 3 new design stations along with many other updates. Her dedication to bringing the latest technology to the Lima area and 12 years of experience in every aspect of the sign business keeps Sign Pro moving forward in the industry.

Sign Pro Imaging is the Lima-area leader in transforming concepts into reality. The creative staff works with clients to select the most appropriate materials to best serve communication needs. The state of the art digital printing technology allows the company to print to any surface, from simple papers and vinyl to high-end fabrics and wall coverings.

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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageAlumni Win Awards at Annual 3D Exhibit Competition
January
—The work of two Ohio Northern University alumni won awards during the Findlay Art League’s 2012 3D Exhibit juried show.

Harry Melroy (BA ’71) won the first place award for a piece called, “The Time of His Life,” an oil enamel on mixed media. Melroy also won the third place award for “Esmeralda’s Sweet Ride,” an oil enamel on wood.

With an undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University, Harry 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 Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Mansfield Art Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

Winning an award of honorable mention was Ed Corle (BFA ’78) for a ceramic piece called “Brown Wave.”

Ed 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.

The judge for the show was Doyle Long who has enjoyed being a professional studio production potter most of his adult life. He was responsible for the design, production, marketing and strategic planning of dinnerware in Delaware, Ohio, and Forest, Ohio. His education in ceramics reads like a Who’s Whoof major universities offering degrees in ceramics. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, in 1978. From there he attended The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980. He has worked with or under nationally and internationally known potters during his formative years and remains in touch with many of them. Doyle has had his studio and work featured in Ceramics Monthlymagazine.

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.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Friday, Feb. 10. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10a.m.–2p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern Art Education Graduate Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award
January
—Dr. Karen Danielson, now an assistant professor of visual arts at Community College of Denver (CCD), has been awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Indiana University School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Karen earned her PhD from Indiana University School of Education in 2010.

Danielson’s dissertation, “Artful Inquiry: An Historical Investigation of the Arts Influence in Empirical Research,” examines the academic integrity of art in empirical research.

A faculty member at CCD since 2010, Danielson started as adjunct faculty and was then hired in fall 2011 to a one-year, full-time position to teach art history. Danielson earned her MA from University of Denver and her BFA degree in studio arts/art education from Ohio Northern University in 1999.

Danielson also taught for seven years at Indiana University while attaining her PhD.

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.

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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Karen Danielson

 

ImageONU graduate to exhibit in “Women in Water”
January
—The watercolor art of four female artists from Findlay will be displayed in “Women in Water,” an exhibition opening Monday, Jan. 9, in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Continuing through Jan. 28, the exhibit is free and open to the public. A public reception for the artists is scheduled from 1–3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The featured professional artists are Janealla Smalley, traditional watercolor; Ruth Balcomb, ink pourings and watercolor; Marla Brumbaugh, experimental and collage; and Laura Barnhardt-Corle (BFA ’77), photo-realist watercolor. Their paintings also span a variety of subjects, from landscape and portrait to the abstract.

Laura Barnhardt Corle is currently an adjunct instructor of art at Ohio Northern University where she teaches art appreciation. She also is one of the first to graduate 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 when three pieces were 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 a watercolor accepted in the 92 Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibit. Last year, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

ImageEd Corle exhibit features wheel-thrown stoneware pieces
November
—An exhibit of new ceramic works by Ohio Northern alumnus Ed Corle is on display in Mercyhurst College’s Cummings Gallery through Jan. 1, 2012.

The exhibit, titled “Recent Work,” features 47 of Corle’s most recent wheel-thrown stoneware pieces, including large globe forms, bowls, pitchers, platters and jars. The pieces represent the best of more than 10 experimental firings.

The large swelling pots are part of a series that began when Corle was attending graduate school at Rochester Institute of Technology in the early 1980s. The work is decorated with slip and a number of glazes applied, including copper red, tenmoku, ash and other copper glazes.

Corle earned a BFA from Ohio Northern University in 1978 and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He teaches ceramics, design, sculpture and drawing at the University of Findlay. He has shown his ceramic works in one-person and group gallery exhibitions throughout Ohio, as well as in art fairs and festivals like the Ann Arbor Summer Art Festival.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9. Call 824-2092 for more information. (Hours may be limited during the college’s holiday break periods.)

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern Graduate Appointed as Executive Director of The Dayton Art Institute
October
—An Ohio Northern University graduate has been chosen to lead the Dayton Art Institute as executive director on Oct. 1, 2012.

Michael R. Roediger will assume the leadership of the museum and will become part of the first team of managers in the history of the institution.

He was born and raised in the Miami Valley, attended school there, raised his families too, but now finds himself at the helm of one of our most beloved and prized possessions in the area.

Prior to that, Michael was a 13-year veteran of Victoria Theatre Association, where he most recently served as vice president of development.

“I am eager to welcome new opportunities to introduce the wonders of the DAI to many more people,” says Roediger.

“We have a gem in our community that needs to be dusted off and made more relevant for today’s community,” he said of the historic museum. “There’s an opportunity for people to rediscover the DAI as a gathering place. We want people to come there who have never experienced it.”

Michael earned his a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 from Ohio Northern University.

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.

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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageONU Grad Featured at Chicago Comic Con ’11
July
—Ohio Northern University graduate Kyle Hotz (BFA ’93), who has gained national notoriety as a graphic novel illustrator, will be a featured comic artists at this year’s Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14. Hotz will join other distinguished artists and celebrities such as Patrick Stewart, Anthony Michael Hall, and James Marsters at the event, which will bring together thousands of fans and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, video gaming, television, sci-fi, original art, and more.

Chicago Comic Con is the seventh stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour. Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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.

ImageIn 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).

Kyle is currently working on Heroes for Hire for Marvel with inker Bob Almond, and the third Billy the Kid mini series with Eric Powell. Kyle lives and works in Ohio with his family and still wants to draw Batman.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

images: Chicago Comic Con 2011 logo and Kyle Hotz with his cover art for Bill the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities.
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Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

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