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Alumni News: 2012–13

Ohio Northern alumna wins award in members’ only exhibit
May
—The Findlay Art League opened its 65th Annual Members’ Show on Friday, May 3 in conjunction with the Arts Partnership semi-annual 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 was ONU alumna Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96) for “Parker.” It also won an honorable mention award.

The judge for the show was Paul Brand, watercolor artist who has won numerous awards for his work in shows and exhibits throughout Ohio and the nation.  He currently teaches at the Toledo Museum of Art, Art Supply Depo, and the Toledo Artists’ Club. 

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. This coming fall, she plans to attend graduate school in drawing and painting.

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.

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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern Graduate Offers Graphic Design Scholarship
April—Michelle Sterling, president of Sign Pro Imaging Inc. in Lima, Ohio, has established the second 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. May 10.

The winner will be announced May 13. 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.

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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Alumni, Faculty and Students Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
ONU Alumni Win First & Second Awards; Student Wins Sculpture Award
April
—Ohio Northern University student Josephine Dunham (BFA ’13) and A&D Alumni Jaye Bumbaugh and Leslie Rohr Scherer were three of the award winners at this year’s Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima. Seven other students, faculty or alumni were also accepted to the 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, Charlotte Gordon, the curator at the Springfield Museum of Art, and Julie Byrne, a ceramic artist from Goveport, selected 52 pieces from 148 submitted works of art.

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

According to Gordon, “Though the decisions were ultimately difficult, getting the chance to see the breadth and depth of all of the work submitted is a special treat. Presently, there was so much top notch work produced in the visual arts in the State of Ohio, and this exhibition is proof of that.”

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

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the First Award for an ink and watercolor painting called, “14 Crows Watching the German Crow Air Force Flying by and Dogs with Crow Riders Running in Orange Field.” He also had an additional watercolor accepted into the exhibit. Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton school’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 Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96) won the Second Award for a pastel drawing called, “November.” She also had another pastel drawing accepted called, “Pastel.” 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.

• Josephine Dunham (BFA ’13), a senior studio arts/3D major from Lima, Ohio, won the Martha Farmer Sculpture Award for a piece called, “Aphrodite’s Ascension.” On campus, she is active in Kappa Pi art honorary and the Student Art League.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the exhibit; an acrylic on wood, a colored pencil drawing and a scratch board drawing. 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 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 Mayumi Kiefer (BFA ’12) from Troy, Ohio, had a ceramic piece accepted, called, “Solider II.” Mayumi currently works for the Troy City Schools in the ESL department, teaches dance at the Center Stage Dance Company, and is active in the community. She leads other artists in fighting hunger with the on-going Artists Against Hunger project and has been active in fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

• Alumna Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) had a watercolor accepted to the Salon Des Refusés. Laura is currently 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.

• Professor Luke Sheets (BFA ’95) had one ceramic piece accepted into the spring exhibit. He 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 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,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary.

• Professor Linda Lehman had two watercolor pieces accepted. Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern University where she also coordinates the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. Prof. Lehman 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 recently received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award from the Ohio Art Education Association. In addition, she was inducted into the OAEA Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the OAEA in the field of visual art education. She also has presented at regional and national conferences including the OAEA’s conference. Her recent session, entitled, “Connecting Visual Arts with the Disciplines,” described ONU’s Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program connecting the visual arts to other academic disciplines including biology and history.

• Matthew Madsen (BFA ’13) is a senior graphic design major from Coshocton, Ohio. His drawing, “Abe,” was accepted to this year’s exhibit. On campus, Matt is active in Kappa Pi, AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, and the men’s tennis team.

• Nicole Leirer (BFA ’13), a senior studio arts major from Toledo, Ohio, had two pieces accepted. “Alice Falling Down the Rabbit Hole” was an artist book/multimedia piece and “Salt Kiln” was a series of linoleum prints. On campus, she is involved in the dance department and Kappa Pi.

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 26–June 8. 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 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Jaye Bumbaugh’s painting “14 Crows Watching the German Crow Air Force Flying by and Dogs with Crow Riders Running in Orange Field” on the left and Josephine Dunham’s sculpture “Aphrodite’s Ascension

 

Ohio Northern graduate inspires her students to make the world better through art
By Art Hunter, Editor, The Clermont Sun
April
—Students in art teacher Meggie (Schmidt) Bierkan’s classes at Bethel-Tate High School have applied their talents to making the world a better place.

Bierkan (BFA/graphic design, ’09) and her students have partnered with the Regional Storm Water Collaborative on a project designed to increase the use of rain barrels by increasing their appeal. Students in Bierkan’s class started with plain, drab, and otherwise unappealing barrels. Applying their talents—and layers expertly applied paint, sand, and other materials—to the nearly four-foot tall containers, they have created beautiful—and functional—works of art.

“The theme is ‘Save it for a Rainy Day’ to encourage usage,” Bierkan said. “I believe this will cause more people to use them.”

The barrels will be on display at the Cincinnati Zoo until April, when they will be auctioned off at the zoo’s annual gala.

There are only five schools included in the partnership, and Bethel-Tate was selected on the strength of the proposal submitted by Bierkan.

The students chose to paint zoo-themed scenes on the barrels. Some of the barrels featured exotic landscapes, others features animals found at the zoo. Each of the eight barrels was painted by a small group of students.

One group’s painting featured a pair of giraffes.

“We all liked the giraffes, so we decided to paint the zoo’s new baby giraffe, Lulu,” senior Taylor Robinson said.

While the barrels are on display at the zoo, visitors with paid admission or their zoo membership can visit the Go Green Garden to place their vote on the best painted rain barrel. A “People’s Choice Award” will be given to the artist with the most votes.

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 Bethel-Tate High School located in Bethel, 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 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Ohio Northern graduate and Bethel-Tate high school art teacher, Meggie Bierken, picked up rain barrels for her students to paint. Her students turned eight barrels into works of art for the Cincinnati Zoo.

 

ONU Alumna To Present MFA Show
April—Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) 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 13–21. An Opening reception will be held Friday, April 12 at 7p.m.

Currently, Emily is a MFA candidate studying painting at Bowling Green State.

“I see beauty to be evidence of the eternal, and so to have an aesthetic experience, to encounter beauty, is to connect to life and experience briefly the divine,” explains Emily about her current body of work.

“I seek out beauty, collect and catalogue it with my camera and writings and paintings, to not only remind myself to stay open to life, but to help others be more open. Paint implies, through leaving traces of my hand, the dance and abstraction I move through as I attempt to capture that which is constantly changing. And the process of the camera-light entering a body, changing the interior, but that change only being revealed later… that is a perfect mirror for me when I am out, searching for beauty, stumbling upon it. I find it, it fills me, changes, opens, exposes, enlightens me, and it is only later, slowly over time that I am able to realize and see these changes.

“To paint the sky daily, to go out into the world with a camera and collect, requires a constant looking upward and outward. This work is a collection, the remnants and recordings of a performance: my daily performance of going out into the world with a camera collecting, and my daily performance of straining my head upwards. By forcing a structure upon myself that demands an attention to beauty, and which is reflected in the structure of the work, with frames and grids, I am forcing myself and my viewers into a space that is still, and thus open to the poetry that hides within myself and our daily lives. These photographs and skies are as much about connecting with the outside world as connecting with my interior. So while being evidence of the eternal, the work is also evidence of my own constant searching and constant dreaming.”

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.

Emily is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts. While a student at ONU, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient.

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 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Emily Jay.Our chimeras are most like us part 3. 2013. oil on board. 36

 

ONU Alumnus wins award in Findlay Art League’s juried show
January—The work of Ohio Northern University alumnus Harry Melroy recently won an award at the Findlay Art League’s Portrait Show.

Melroy (BA ’71) won second place for a drawing called, “Lunch at the Louvre.”

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.

The exhibit includes artists from northwest Ohio using any medium to produce a representation of a specific person. Fifty-three entries were submitted and are on display at the Art League gallery from Friday, Jan. 18 and through Saturday, Feb. 9.

Judging this show was ONU Prof. Judith Greavu, who started her teaching career at Findlay High School in 1963. She holds a B.S. in art education from Ball State Teacher’s College, and an M.F.A. in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught sculpture, drawing, figure drawing, painting, ceramics and art education at Ohio Northern University 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 continues to produce sculpture in her studio in Dola, Ohio.

Admission to the Portrait Show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11a.m.—6p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160

 

Ohio Northern alumna designs sights to American Stage’s A Doll’s House
December—When 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote A Doll’s House in 1879, conventions and corsets bound most women to hearth and home. Yet the Danish playwright busted through those stodgy rules with his strong female character, Nora Helmer. Shocking though the play was at its premiere, it is now considered a classic.

During the holiday season, the American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Florida presented the drama with an Ohio Northern connection. ONU graduate Jill Davis (BFA ’94) designed the stage set. The play opened Friday, Nov. 16 and ran through Dec. 23.

Jill said that the director wanted to maintain the integrity of Ibsen’s original intentions, setting the production in 19th century Denmark.

The drama begins on Christmas Eve and the days following, with the setting as the drawing room in the home of Nora and Torvald Helmer.

The play received great reviews, along with Jill’s work. Mark E. Leib of Creative Loafing in Tampa declared, “Top-notch also are Jill Davis’ beautiful living room set and Frank Chavez’s period costumes. Seth Gordon’s direction has the look and feel of the late 19th century…”

Jay Handelman of the Herald-Tribune, said, “The theater’s wide stage is beautifully designed and decorated by Jill Davis, with some nicely appointed furnishings that would suit a rising business, along with hints of the rest of the apartment building rising into the rafters.”

Jill is the resident scenic and lighting designer in the department of theater at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her Case appointment, she was the charge scenic artist at The Cleveland Play House, in charge of painting the scenery for over 100 productions. Jill has also been the resident scenic designer for the Case-Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program for the past seven years.

With over 12 years of experience in scenic design and scenic painting in professional theater, Jill has been the charge scenic artist for Playmakers Repertory Theater. She has also been charge scenic artist for The Chautauqua Theater Company, Baystreet Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, The Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT, Summer Repertory Theater in Santa Rosa, CA, and The Bigfork Summer Theater in Bigfork, MT.  She was the assistant scenic artist at The Alley Theater in Houston, TX, and also worked as a freelance scenic designer and scenic artist in Philadelphia, New York and Houston.

Jill received her MFA in scenic design from Temple University in 1999 and her BFA in fine arts from Ohio Northern University in 1994.  Jill also was the scenic artist for the many Ohio Northern theater productions including Godspell, Pippin, Valguse Poik, Diary of Anne Frank, Six Women with Brain Death, Oklahoma!, Forever Plaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Nunsense, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The King and I, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?,and Pump Boys and Dinettes.To see more of her work visit the website: jilldavisscenicdesign.com.

American Stage is Tampa Bay's best professional regional equity theatre. Founded in 1977, our mission is to create the most satisfying live theatre in the Tampa Bay area, accessible to all members of the community. The vision is to preserve the greatest human stories from our past, while creating the most defining stories and storytelling of our time. American Stage presents its Mainstage Series in the 182-seat Raymond James Theatre year round and the annual American Stage in the Park each Spring. The theatre’s other programming includes: “After Hours” Series, School Tour, and camps and classes 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 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ONU A&D alumni display work in Pittsburgh gallery
December
—This month, four Ohio Northern art & design graduates are exhibiting in a group show at the Mr. Roboto Project, an incredible art gallery and concert space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibition lasts from Dec. 7–30, 2012.

The group of alumni, known as the Cowboy House, includes Fred Frances (BFA/studio arts ’11), Jeff Gibbons (BFA/studio arts ’11), Matthew Glove (BFA/graphic design ’11), and Mike Madsen (BFA/graphic design ’11).

Cowboy House is a four-artist collective founded in rural Ohio. Their work runs the gamut of illustrative styles from photography, comics to painting and printmaking, and blends bold, striking designs with a strong focus on autobiographical detail. Their catalog marries crisp professionalism with a handcrafted, small-press ethos.

Fred Frances is a writer and artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work communicates a reassurance to the viewer, “You are not the only person who feels like you feel.”

Jeff Gibbons is an illustrator and comic artist from Toledo, Ohio. He examines personal shortcomings and various flaws through his bizarre and entertaining webcomic, “Pretty Jeff.” He currently works at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Matt Glove is a graphic designer and digital, 35 mm, and instant-film photographer. He is currently using photography to search for balance and understanding within his personal life while learning the subtle nuances of the medium. Matt works at Distinctive Displays in Brooklyn, New York.

Mike Madsen is a graphic artist and Ohio native currently living near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work often deals with themes of the absurd, surreal, and mythic, blurring the personal and universal.

The Mr. Roboto Project is a cooperatively-run show space, art gallery and zine library located in Pittsburgh. Their aim is to create a comfortable and open space for people to experience a true do-it-yourself community.

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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern graphic design alumnus creates a sense of pride for a university’s football program
November
—Many university football teams go through an assortment of changes over the years. New coaching and support staffs, incoming students and updated facilities show commitment to improving a program. But, perhaps one of the most visually noticeable changes could be a new look a facility receives.

This past summer, Ohio Northern graduate Matthew Glove completed work of a new locker room for the Bowling Green State University’s football program.

Several renovations and designs were completed prior to the season’s opening kickoff, showcasing BG’s commitment to their student-athletes and to the football program.

“I was in charge of designing both two-dimensional and three-dimensional displays for the locker room,” explained Matt. “I directly met with the athletic staff to create the brief. After other research, I proposed the design with new materials, wall graphics, updated lighting and an installation method.”

“The locker room renovation transformed the current space,” said David Meyer, BGSU assistant athletic communications director for football. “The space gives BGSU the best locker room in the MAC (Mid-American Conference)… We are very excited to have the renovations completed. These improvements continue to help us attract the best possible student athletes for our program.”

The redesigned space includes 112 wooden lockers for players, 15 coach lockers, custom-made floor designs, and a history timeline of BGSU football.

Matthew Glove graduated from Ohio Northern in 2011 with a BFA degree in graphic design. He also studied design at the London College of Communication/University of Arts with a focus in design for print. After graduation, Matt worked as a graphic designer for CGS Imaging, a large format printing company in Toledo. He currently works and lives in New York City.

While a student at ONU, Matt was involved with the AIGA|The Professional Practices for Design/ONU student group and served as its vice president and secretary. He also won awards in the student juried art exhibit and Polaris magazine, the art and literature journal at Ohio Northern.

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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern alumna selected for the 94th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art
November—Two works of Ohio Northern University A&D alumna, Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77), was recently selected for exhibit in the 94th annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, featured at the Toledo Museum of Art, February 1 through April 14, 2013.
The juried show, which offers an eclectic mix of works in a variety of media, is organized by the museum and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies with support from the Ohio Arts Council. Admission to both the exhibition and the museum is free.

One of the few regional exhibitions of its kind in the nation, the show is open to artists who live in Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties in Ohio, and Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan.

This year, over 750 works of art were submitted for consideration. From these, about 65 entries were accepted for inclusion.

Exhibition awards, including best of show and special prizes sponsored by the Toledo Federation of Art Societies, will be announced during opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. on Feb 1.  

“Part of our mission as a museum is to support the local arts community. The Toledo Area Artists Exhibition is a way we can help talented artists in our region gain wider exposure and help to launch at least one of them to a larger platform through a solo exhibition,” said Amy Gilman, associate director of the museum.

The exhibition was juried by Small Worlds artist, Joe Fig and TMA Mellon Fellow, Kate Nesin.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Joe Fig started out as a figurative painter. In 2000, as a way of examining the artistic process and "the myth of the sacred studio space," Fig began making painstaking miniature sculptures of the studios of artists both famous and up-and-coming. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design (New York); the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College; the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York); and the Fogg  Art Museum at Harvard University. Born in Seaford, Long Island, in 1968, Fig now lives and works outside Hartford, Connecticut.

Kate Nesin is a graduate of Harvard University and completed her postgraduate work at Princeton University. In 2011, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to the Toledo Museum of Art for a postdoctoral fellowship program that blends curatorial work with the interdisciplinary nature of museum operations. A specialist in contemporary art, Kate Nesin is TMA’s first Mellon fellow and comes to Toledo from New York City, after completing a yearlong Chester Dale Predoctoral Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art.

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 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 a watercolor accepted in the 92 Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibit. Last year, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

The Toledo Federation of Art Societies is a non-profit organization made-up of 21 art and cultural groups working together in and around the city of Toledo, Ohio. For over 90 years, TFAS has partnered with the Toledo Museum of Art to present the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition and has supported local artists through the purchase of artworks form these exhibitions. TFAS has established and maintains a permanent collection of regional artwork that is available as an educational resource through a partnership with the Toledo School for the Arts. Most recently, TFAS has established a tuition scholarship to provide an incentive for the most artistically gifted students to remain in the region.

The Toledo Museum of Art was founded in 1901 and has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection, its innovative and extensive education programs, and its architecturally significant campus. The Museum’s holdings has more than 30,000 works of art representing American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ONU Alumni win awards in Findlay Art League’s 2012 Juried Show
October—The work of two Ohio Northern University alumni won awards at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show.

Harry Melroy (BA ’71) won an award for merit for a stoneware piece called, “Long-haired /Ducks of Paris,” while Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) won a merit award for a watercolor called, “Off State Route 235.”

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, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

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.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Friday, Nov. 16. Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10a.m.–2p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Two A&D alumni study at SACI
October
—An understanding of a culture or region of the world other than one’s own is an important part of a professional and liberal arts education at Ohio Northern. It’s also a key to developing leaders in an increasingly interdependent global society. The study abroad program in the department of art & design is designed to provide a range of opportunities for qualified students to study in Europe or elsewhere.

The chance to study abroad offers students endless rewards, even into life beyond graduation. The art & design department encourages its students to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn. The department’s study abroad coordinator, Prof. Melissa Eddings says, “Art majors should consider studying abroad to broaden art and design experiences, gain greater global understanding, and develop independence and self discipline. Our studio arts program requires students to study abroad.”

“Study abroad just doesn’t have an impact, but can truly transform lives,” said Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design program. “Students learn about global engagement and cultural differences, and their place in the world. There is even evidence that studying abroad can help with a student’s career.”

This past summer, two recent graduates and three students studied at the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.
• Andrew Adams, BFA/graphic design ’12
• Katelyn Amendolara, BFA/art education ’11
• Kevin Drain, senior graphic design major
• Nicole Leirer, senior studio arts major
• Josie Dunham, senior studio arts major

Ohio Northern is dedicated to giving students the chance not only to deepen their knowledge in their chosen career field but also to broaden their worldview by adding a global perspective.

The department of art & design already has specific cooperative art exchange agreements with the University of the Arts London (Chelsea College of Art and Design) in England and the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The University also has agreements with the Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy and the Burren School of Art in Co. Clare, Ireland. Numerous other international opportunities are available to students at Ohio Northern including studying in Cuba, South America and Europe. ONU is a member of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) that provides many study abroad and internship opportunities.

SACI Studio Art Centers International is a U.S. non-profit 501 c (3) university program in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking fully accredited studio art, design, and liberal arts instruction. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following study programs: Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, Post-Baccalaureate Year Abroad and SACI's Two-Year MFA in Studio Art Degree.

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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Senior graphic design major Kevin Drain and ONU Alumna Katelyn Amendolara work during one of their classes at SACI.

 

Ohio Northern Alumna featured in “Bad Manners” exhibition
September
—Ohio Northern University graduate Marilyn Lysohir (B.A. ’72) was recently featured in an exhibition at Arizona State University’s art museum called, “Bad Manners and Selections from the ASU Art Museum Collection” July 14—Sept. 1, 2012.

The show featured selections from the museums permanent collection and introduced Marilyn’s ceramic installation, “Bad Manners.” The exhibit presented a behind-the-scenes look at how museum registrars accession an item, and what steps they have to take to bring it into the permanent collection.

Karen Enters, an ASU Art Museum intern,wrote of the museum’s recent acquisition:

Far from crass or revolting, as the name might imply, the installation is intricate, even delicate. The complexity of its construction is a thing of awe. At the very center of the gallery, so that everything, even the viewer, must revolve around them, sit four life-sized ceramic figures. Two men and two women are dining at an elegant table complete with tablecloth and decorative candelabrum. They lack heads but are pristinely dressed. The men wear slacks, ties and sports coats. The women are presented as elegant and proper in garments buttoning primly all the way up their necks and along their wrists.

The table itself is another wonder. Somehow not bowing under the weight, it is laden, if not overflowing, with a plethora of exquisite, glossy ceramic food. A whole roast chicken, a vibrant red berry tart, spaghetti and several elaborately decorated cakes stand out among a vast array of other dishes. Far from the sloppy connotations of “bad manners,” each individual piece is beautifully crafted. Beyond that the tender, painstaking care required to assemble such a detailed, complex installation is striking. “Bad Manners” seems like a misnomer.

However, up close and upon inspection, my first impression was proven very wrong as the distant appearance of elegance disintegrated. These aren’t mere headless figures. Looking under the table, the true extent of their inhumanity becomes apparent. The men seem ordinary, disguised by their slacks, but in the space between the women’s hemlines and fashionable pumps there is nothing but air. Then it dawns on you (or at least me): These aren’t figures at all; they are hollow, empty suits of clothing. A second inspection of the table reveals more incongruences disgusting in a scene so falsely elegant. A deviled egg sits atop an artfully decorated chocolate cake. There is a slice of pizza in the salad. Corn on the cob is haphazardly placed on a bowl of spaghetti and a hot dog lounges insultingly on the elaborate frosting of another cake. With each newly noticed unfortunate detail a nascent sense of dismay and revulsion grows. As much as you might want to look away, the conscientious care of each individual ceramic piece and the installation’s assembly draws you in. The work becomes both terrible and exquisite as you stare in fascinated horror.

Bad Manners stands, a glossy stark polemic against our increasing consumerist society. The four empty suits of clothing symbolize mindless consumption: the overloaded table critiques gluttony and excess. Through this work, Lysohir cleverly poses the fundamental question of what is really necessary in life. We undeniably look at excess with envy when we desire the glamorous lifestyles afforded to successful actors and musicians. The excess awarded with fame and fortune is alluring. How else can we explain the (unfortunate) enduring popularity and never-ending string of participants appearing on shows like the X-Factor and American Idol? Normally the best we muster is negligible guilt when we are reminded that we throw food away while people in other regions of the world live without even clean water. Bad Manners doesn’t provoke any guilt; it instills a sense of sheer repugnance at the excess it presents. It awakens a lingering sense of shame exacerbated by the initial pleasantness of the scene as we see ourselves seated around that table. The longer we look, the more hollow the suits of clothing become. They will never receive any satisfaction from the feast laid out in front of them, and no amount of food could ever fill their empty forms.

Bad Manners is a sobering experience, but it delivers its blow with an odd compassion. As much as it revolts, shocks and shames us as we recognize our own greed, these same feelings reaffirm our humanity. It is our very ability to realize and feel such dismay that defines us as more than just hollow suits of clothing. We don’t need to be empty.

Born in 1950 in Sharon, PA, Marilyn studied at Ohio Northern University (B.A. in 1972), at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and at Washington State University (M.F.A. 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.

Established in 1950, ASU Art Museum is recognized as one of the Southwest's most significant contemporary art institutions. In addition to serving students and scholars, ASU Art Museum is a cultural hub for the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Through several achievements, the museum also gained international attention. It represented the United States at the 1995 Venice Biennial with the exhibition Bill Viola: Buried Secrets; in 1998, it curated Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island; and in 2002, it opened the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. ASU Art Museum is located in Antoine Predock's architecturally celebrated structure, the Nelson Fine Arts Center and in the Ceramics Research Center, at Tempe Center.
As a university institution, ASU Art Museum has the freedom as well as a mandate to explore new directions and to seek out artists who are often under-recognized. The exhibitions examine art as a contemporary phenomenon that asks questions about our time. Each exhibition is designed to enlighten and challenge as well as to entertain.

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: Marilyn Lysohir’s “Bad Manners,” 1983, at the ASU Art Musuem

 

Alumna exhibits work at Tiffin Art Guild
August
—An exhibition of watercolor paintings by Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) opened Thursday, August 2, 2012 at the Tiffin Art Guild Art Gallery in Tiffin. The show was on display in the gallery until Wednesday August 29.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.
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.

The Tiffin Art Guild Gallery is located at 178 South Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883. Our club has over 130 members and was created to promote, teach, nurture and engage an artist environment regardless of age, skill or background. The Guild also offers a number of courses throughout the year.

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: Laura (right) explains the process of etching to Paula Crum at Tiffin Art Guild.

 

ONU studio arts alumna selected to exhibit work
July—At the request of the mayor of Troy, Ohio, Mike Beamish, Ohio Northern University graduate Mayumi Makino Kiefer(BFA ’12) displayed a number of her pieces at the Festival of Nations held on July 15 at the Hayner Cultural Center (301 West Main Street, in Troy) and on August 18 at the Troy Senior Citizen Center (134 N. Market Street Troy).

In 2011, Mayumi received best in show awards at Ohio Northern University’s juried art show (all genres), and received first and second places in ceramic arts division of the competition. This year, she was one of six finalists to receive the Excellence in Visual Arts Award (EVA) from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). She has been active in the local arts community and other non-profit activities including Artists Against Hunger and Relay for Life. She recently received two Letters of Commendation from the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives for her contributions and achievements.

This year’s Festival of Nations featured Japan as the country of focus, and the Troy Hayner Cultural Center hosted a dinner and cultural exhibitions. In addition to Mayumi’s exhibit, visitors enjoyed presentations on Japanese culture, Japanese drums, music, Japanese food and other cultural 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 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image:This hand carved ceramic tile is one piece in the collection entitled East/West. This section measures 15" x 19" and is fashioned after the Ukiyo-e painting styles originating in Japan. The entire East/West Installation was displayed at the 2012 Troy Festival of Nations.

 

Ohio Northern Alumnus Wins Award
June—Ohio Northern University graduate, Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd '59), recently won a first place award at an exhibit called Hand-Pulled: Ohio Printmakers that was mounted by ArtSpace/Lima.

Entries for the show were solicited from any Ohio artist working in traditional print-making media. The exhibit, which included 32 works by 18 printmakers, featured a wide variety of print media, including intaglio, wood, linoleum, and plastic reliefs, lithographs, silk-screen prints, collographs and monoprints.

Jurors for the Hand-Pulled: Ohio Printmakers were David Cayton, professor of art emeritus at Bowling Green State University, and Joseph D’Uva, assistant professor and printmaking area coordinator at Youngstown State University.

Bumbaugh, a native of Lorain and now a resident of Lima, was a professor at Bluffton University for 37 years until 2004. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University.

“For me the most exciting part of this show was the range of ideas explored,” stated Cayton, “and the passion behind the sharing of each artist’s imagery. Some shared their love and control of process, others developed a personal iconography with a juxtaposition of images and hidden meanings. The work is so compelling that it draws us in for deeper reflection and understanding.”

While at Bluffon, Jaye was instrumental in bringing the art department curriculum into the contemporary world, introducing new courses in airbrush, paper-making, figure drawing with the life model, lithography, intaglio, silkscreen and relief printmaking, welding and casting metals in sculpture.

Jaye’s work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards. He currently is represented at the Marcia Evans Gallery in the Short North in Columbus, Ohio. In his work as an artist, Bumbaugh worked in many media including drawing in graphite, charcoal and pastel, painting in oils and watercolor, relief prints in linoleum, intaglio, silkscreen and lithography. In sculpture, he often has worked in ceramics and cast in bronze. More recently, he has worked with paper constructions in paper, foamboard, silkscreen and rag board.

Hand-Pulled: Ohio Printmakers at ArtSpace/Lima was on view from June 16 through July 28. 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 supported by 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.

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

image: Crows Playing with Frogs, 2012, linocut, 36" x 72"

 

Alumnus featured in retrospective exhibit at the Mansfield Art Center
June
—Ohio Northern alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) is the featured artist now through July 29 at the Mansfield Art Center. Entitled “Been There, Done That,” the retrospective, which honors his career, opened with a June 24 reception. The show includes 140 paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Melroy’s paintings feature bizarre use of color yellow skies, red grass, purple trees, all seem to fit within his surreal universe. He has donated a large painting to be raffled at the end of the exhibition.

“An Evening with Harry Melroy” is to feature a conversation with the artist 6:30- 8:30 p.m. July 19. Reservations should be made by calling 419-756-1700.

The exhibition runs 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. The Art Center is at 700 Marion Ave., Mansfield, and admission is free.

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, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Mansfield Art Center is Central Ohio’s leading organization for the arts. The award winning building is located on eight and a half acres of wooded meadow.

Since 1945 The Mansfield Art Center has engaged the community with the aim of driving, and participating in, the improvement of community life. The Center’s exhibitions programming has evolved to address a broad range of contemporary social, political and cultural concerns, and has consistently provided a focus for educational and outreach programming. These exhibitions embrace historical and contemporary art, and present a diversity of artists and artistic practices.

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.

image: “The Gardener's Journal,” colored pencil, 44" x 66"

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