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Alumni News 2013–14

Public Art Teaches: ONU art education alumnus creates ‘dream’ mural with students for local business
May
—Students in Chris Gaghan’s (BA/art education ’09) class know that murals, a form of public art, can enhance the environment. They also know that art can express civic values, transform a landscape, heighten awareness, or question assumptions.

And for his sixth grade students at Hicksville Elementary, a mural can also generate a collective expression of a community. This form of art, created in a public space, is something for everyone.

“The meanings and functions of murals vary widely, based on the societal and aesthetic values of the communities, businesses, and individuals that commission or create them,” said Chris.

He and his students started on “The Dream Pizza” project in December. “It started when I approached a local pizza restaurant, Red Angel Pizza, about joining the Hicksville Elementary Community Art Gallery,” explained Chris. “They were happy to participate in that initiative which I started last year. Every month, local businesses display our elementary student artwork. The Community Art Gallery has now grown to 10 local businesses displaying four students’ artworks every month for the local community to see and enjoy.

“While speaking with the manager about the Art Gallery opportunity, she also expressed interest in having a mural created by our local students. She said I could use a wall space, which at the time, only had a few random pictures and a coffee wallpaper border left behind from a previous business.”

The proposal seemed like a big challenge, but “I took a few pictures of the space and created a sketch of an idea so she could visually see my plan.” After working out the details, Chris thought the project could easily be created by his sixth grade students.

The final concept called for every sixth grader to create his/her own “dream pizza.” A dream pizza could be one with toppings “they normally eat with their families, or it could have toppings that may be a little outside of the box—or in the case, the pizza box,” described Chris.

Red Angel happily donated 100 nine-inch pizza boxes to the art program. Work began on the project in February. Each sixth grade class voted on their six favorite toppings. Then, those toppings were created out of paper clay and painted for realism. “Toppings ranged from pepperoni to bacon to Doritos to gummy worms,” said Chris. 

After painting the toppings, all 78 students cut-out from paper a nine-inch circular disc to act as their pizza. “They painted it to look like it was covered in the sauce of their choosing (marinara, PB&J, chocolate, and buffalo were among the favorites). Then, they created a crust out of the paper clay for the edges. Students chose their personal toppings to attach to their pizza to create their “Dream Pizza.”

When displayed together, the pizza mural would have a massive impact on the restaurant’s visitors and customers.

“The project had many delays due to the rough winter and snow days, but students were motivated to complete it by the deadline. In late March, all the completed artworks were attached to the inside of the donated boxes and later mounted in a tiled, mosaic fashion on the wall in Red Angel. Each pizza had the students’ name and their list of toppings and sauces they chose.”  

Along with the fun and creative process of creating pizzas, students also learned about the purpose of mural creation and the impact they can have on the viewers. “In my classroom, I want students to create and appreciate art.”

There were many learning objectives, including:
how art and design elements and principles were used in artworks to produce certain visual effects and create meaning,
• the use of observations, life experiences and imagination as sources for visual symbols, images, and creative expressions,
• the demonstration of technical skills and craftsmanship in the use of materials, tools, and technology to solve an artistic problem,

• how to experiment with a variety of techniques and working methods when creating an original work of art,
how to generate ideas and engage in thoughtful planning when solving a visual arts problem,
• how to
transform perceptions and processes into two and three dimensional artworks,
• how to explain what makes an object a work of art using a range of criteria,
• and how to assess personal progress to improve craftsmanship and refine and complete works of art.

“The process was documented in an article on the front page of the Hicksville Tribune,” mentioned Chris. “We had positive feedback from staff, families, and community members since the mural’s installation. The plan is to continue the project every school year with each new group of sixth graders and swap out the pizzas on display.”

Art has the ability to inspire others. It is the hope of Chris that “it will be a really intriguing installation for a local business and also will inspire people to visit Red Angel, visit Hicksville, and most importantly, visit our school to see all of the fantastic creativity from our students throughout the year.”

Chris originally grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, Ohio. After graduating from Ohio Northern in 2009 with a BA degree in art education, he worked as a 5th and 6th grade art teacher in the Nordonia Hills School District near the Cleveland/Akron area. In 2011, he moved to Northwest Ohio where he is now teaching full time.

The first Red Angel Pizza shop opened for business on July 4, 1974 in the small town of Payne, Ohio. The pizza and grinders became an instant hit and many more shops were created in surrounding areas. The store’s name came from the two original founders—Red and his partner Angel.

Hicksville Elementary School is located in Defiance County in Northwest Ohio in the village of Hicksville. It is a Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade school with nearly 600 students. In partnership with family and community, the school district provides a quality education to ensure each student learns to the best of his or her ability to become a productive member of society.

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

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

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Ohio Northern Art & Design graduate earns Small Business of the Year Award
May
—Michelle Sterling (BFA/graphic design ’96), owner and president of Sign Pro Imaging Inc. in Lima, Ohio, earned the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award. The 12th annual Awards Gala was held Wednesday, May 7 at the University of Northwestern Ohio’s Event Center.

When Michelle gave her thank-yous Wednesday, she hit on an important point: Small businesses support each other. “I really appreciate the business we get from all of you folks here,” Michelle said. “Thanks to all of you.”

Michelle 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 1,000 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.

The sign, design, printing and promotional product business employs five people. In 2011, Michelle moved to a new location on Brower Road and now owns the larger building, along with multiple rental spaces. The business has also expanded into promotional products and wedding invitations and products, and it will soon add a new wide-format printer.

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.

Michelle’s dedication to bringing the latest technology to the Lima area and 18 years of experience in every aspect of the sign business keeps Sign Pro moving forward in the industry.

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

 

 

Ohio Northern alumni accepted into juried exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
ONU Alumnus wins third award
April—Ohio Northern University Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the third award at this year’s ArtSpace/Lima 59th Annual Spring Show. Four other ONU alumni and students were accepted into this year’s juried exhibit.

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

The guest jurors, Dennis Wojtkievicz, professor of art at Bowling Green State University, and Carol Griffith, professor of fine art at Columbus College of Art & Design, selected 51 pieces from 31 artists for the show.

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

“My relationship with ArtSpace/Lima spans three decades, during which time I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the incredible evolution of this important cultural institution,” said Wojkievicz. “I would like to thank Bill Sullivan and the members of ArtSpace for giving me the opportunity to be one of the jurors for this year’s Spring Show. It has indeed been a pleasure playing this small role in ArtSpace’s continued history of serving the community. Working in concert with my colleague Carol Griffith, we were made to confront the difficult task of choosing a diverse yet representative exhibition highlighting the skill and dedication of the many talented artists from this region. I hope those who attend this exhibition find it to be compelling, in some cases challenging, but most of all memorable.”

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

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the Third Award for an ink and watercolor painting called, “20 Crows in a Nasturtium Patch with Frogs Watching the German Crow Air Force Fly over in 1918.” 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) had two works accepted into the exhibit. 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.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the show. 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 Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) had a watercolor accepted to this year’s show. Laura is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green and has been an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

• Emily Mueller (BFA ’14) is a senior studio arts major from Vermillion, Ohio. Her drawing, “A Portraiture of Luke,” was accepted to this year’s exhibit. On campus, Emily is active in Kappa Pi and women’s varsity tennis.

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 25–June 7. 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Ohio Northern alumnus wins awards at Findlay Art League’s annual photography show
April
—The works of Ohio Northern University Alumnus Ed Corle (BFA ’78) recently won two awards at the Findlay Art League’s 32nd Annual Photography Exhibit, which was on display from March 7–28, 2014. The show featured photographs by local and regional artists. A variety of photographic media was accepted to the juried exhibit, including black and white film, digital color and more.

The judge for the show was Spencer Cunningham, photography professor at Ohio Northern and at the University of Findlay. Spencer has also taught photography courses at the Toledo Museum of Art and at Owens Community College. He earned his BA degree in education from Bluffton University, an MA in photography from Ohio State University, and an MFA degree in photography and printmaking from Bowling Green State University.

Ed’s photograph, entitled “Dance,” won a Juror’s Award. He also won a Juror’s Award for Color for a photograph called, “Tracing II.”

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

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

The 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “Dance” by Ed Corle

 

 

Ohio Northern alumnus: “The ceramics tradition grounds me.”
By  Darlene Bowers

April—“It’s meditative,” says Andrew Steingass about working at the potter’s wheel. Andrew (Andy) recalls seeing other art students at Ada High with clay on their jeans and clothes.

“Why would they want that clay all over them?” was Andy’s thought back then. Andy did take art classes in high school, drawing and painting, but didn’t take ceramics class. It was during an art appreciation course at Ohio Northern University that Andy began to feel the pull of the wheel.

Bruce Chesser took Andy’s class for a demonstration of throwing clay at the wheel. Andy immediately thought, “That looks terribly fun!” Starting ONU as a computer science major, Andy changed direction to immerse himself in study toward a degree in fine arts which he achieved in 2009.

“I like the culture of ceramics” says Andy, “The tradition grounds me. Clay has a deep and long history to work from but also breadth in what the material can do. I can quickly make things that look like other media.”

An example of making things look like other media is carving a clay piece to look like a shell. Andy works in stoneware and also porcelain. Andy’s finishes are mostly wood-fired, and he uses glazes sparingly so the focus is on the piece and not specifically on the glaze.

Andy strives for balance; creating harmony with a complex form and simple finish or with a simple form and complex finish.  As Andy explains the importance of this concept, it is easy to see the extensive thought and development Andy gives his art.

“I have tomes,” Andy says of his drawings and sketches in which he strives to capture and record his thoughts and ideas. Andy has high praise for the art department at ONU. He praises their generosity and says they are very giving of their research and recipes and have served as vital resources for him.

Andy asserts that finding a benefactor in something you wish to pursue is the best avenue.  “It’s best when someone in it can share with you, and you can then learn what you want to do before fully immersing in it or sinking great amounts of money into it. Discover what it’s all about in a group environment with excellent resources. Familiarize yourself first; get grounded in the history and background of the art so you have a frame of reference,” recommends Andy.

“There are different expectations with art,” says Andy, “You may not have the same sort of context with ceramics that you have with music, for example. Possibly you weren’t given the knowledge or don’t have the background to be familiar with ceramics in the way you are with a favorite singer or composer or piece of music.”

Andy’s frame of reference comes partly from his admiration for working class potters such as Cary Hulin of Holmes Country Pottery. Bill Brouillard of the Cleveland Institute of Art also captures Andy’s interest in his freedom of multi-media.

“Not only will he create a table, but he will then create the pieces to put on that table,” explains Andy. Andy summarizes it as art “being of life, not just about life.” Andy’s vision for his own work is to balance traditional with new in functional pieces. Andy has plans to incorporate his printmaking skills to make the familiar or traditional British balance with new by the application of new designs.

“The greatest compliment for me is when someone takes one of my pieces and uses it. Using it to decorate or as an aesthetic piece is fine,” explains Andy, but he wants his pieces to be functional and to be used, “to be part of daily life.”

Andy is a lifelong Ada resident, having ventured elsewhere briefly. His studio, County Line Studio, is another of his works in development. Andy and a buddy built the studio from the ground up with barn timbers on site, again, focusing on traditional and new. “We finished in the fall and got the electric in,” he states and goes on to share his vision of a loft, multiple wheels, kilns, space for teaching and, ultimately, gallery space.

Andy and his wife of four years, Melissa, share a love of gardening. Other interests include music. Andy plays guitar and is into fitness and exercise. He enjoys camping and credits that spirit of adventure to his mom. Andy credits his maternal grandfather as well and recalls his weaving and loom skills. Artistry and tradition run deep. Remember that major change in college? Andy’s father made the same change at ONU many years earlier. 

Andy’s obsession with traditional and new is evident.

Andrew Steingass can be contacted at steingasspottery@gmail.com. Andy’s pottery is available at the Artists Boutique on Main in Ada, and a collection of teapots created by Andy will be on display at The Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney, Ohio, in April.

 

Promise, breaking and beauty exhibit Ohio Northern alumna’s recent photography work in Florence, Italy
April—Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) has exhibited her latest series of work at the Jules Maidoff Gallery in Florence, Italy. The work, Antoine: I Dream of All Things, explores the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It is a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart.  

Emily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane. The exhibit is on display April 11–15, 2014.

Currently, Emily is a teaching assistant at the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

See Emily’s entire series here: http://emily-jay.com/antoine/

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. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

The Maidoff Gallery provide professional, non-commercial exhibition spaces for the SACI Artists Council members, instructors, and students as well as other local, national, and internationally renowned artists. Contemporary art exhibitions of works in all media are featured. SACI aims to utilize its educational environment by supplementing the exhibitions with visiting artist presentations and artist lectures. The school’s goal is to act as a catalyst between the cross-cultural American university environment and the local Italian community by collaborating with other cultural institutions and participating in outside creative projects.

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

image: Goodnight, archival digital print, 7cm x 7cm, Versailles, France, 2014.

 

Ohio Northern graduate inspires students to collect water in style
By Lisa Knodel, Contributing Writer for the Dayton Daily News

April—Students in Meggie (Schmidt) Bierkan’s art classes are promoting water conservation and erosion and flooding prevention in style.

Meggie (BFA/graphic design, ’09) and her students at Lebanon Junior High School and were selected to paint seven rain barrels for the Regional Storm Water Collaborative’s Rain Barrel Art Project.

The second annual Rain Barrel Art Project is hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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

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

Meggie said the community-focused art project reinforces her classroom lessons.

“The rain barrel project is a community-based art project, allowing students to have an opportunity to get involved beyond the walls of the classroom,” she explained.

The completed barrels will be displayed at Cincinnati Zoo’s Go Green Garden throughout April.

“The zoo is thrilled to be hosting the rain barrel event once again. As the ‘Greenest Zoo in America,’ we are always looking for ways to inspire our community to take action that can impact the environment in positive ways,” said Sophia Cifuentes, Sustainability Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Lebanon students’ barrels feature a trip to the zoo, swimming fish, The Lorax, a small family of polar bears, planet earth, a rainy day in paradise and geometric raindrops.

The barrels will be auctioned April 24 to raise money for conservation education in the Ohio River Valley.

Nelson said the Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley area via an entertaining yet educational medium.

Amy Pond, Education and Marketing Specialist with the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, said the simple installation of rain barrels can have a huge impact.

“Here in Ohio we are water rich, so much so we tend to pipe it away from us as fast as we can. With the increase of the housing development, we have created so many new surfaces that can’t soak up water. This in return overloads our streams, creates erosion, flooding and pollution,” she explained

For more information, visit SaveLocalWaters.org.

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

Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is a competitive, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist church. ONU is one of the few private universities to offer a distinctive blend of nationally ranked liberal arts and professional programs in its five colleges.

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

image: Lebanon Junior High School art students painted a rain barrel for the Regional Storm Water Collaborative’s Rain Barrel Art Project, which educates people on environmental issues like storm water runoff, watersheds and water conservation.

 

Ohio Northern studio arts alumna exhibits series of work in Rhode Island
April
—Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) has exhibited her latest series of work at the GRIN Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. The work, Fragments, was selected for a group show called Swell: a flatfile and installation series. It featured 35 local and international artists. Over 300 curated artworks were on display from January 11—March 1, 2014.

Currently, Emily is a teaching assistant at the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

“My work explores the relationship between beauty and the limen,” explained Emily. “Using photography, I attempt to catalog remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane.” 

See Emily’s entire series here: http://emily-jay.com/#/fragments/

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. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

GRIN is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant in the historic Olneyville District in Providence, Rhode Island. Run by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, GRIN was founded in order to create a space for emerging artists to develop and exhibit their work. The gallery’s intent is to promote an intellectually demanding yet aesthetic environment focusing on the work of emerging artists across mediums.

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

image: Into Versailles Part 2, Fujifilm Instax color film, 4.6 x 6cm, 2013

 

 

Ohio Northern University alumna earns prestigious artist residency in France
March
—This summer, Mayumi Kiefer, BFA/studio arts ’12, will be participating in an incredible cultural and artistic exchange. Each year, the Vallauris Artist in Residency Program selects international artists to research and create new works in a unique setting.

Located in the heart of the old town Vallauris, the residency will take place from May 20—June 27, 2014. While there, Mayumi will work on two projects. One will refine her East/West 3D tile work she completed during her capstone experience at Ohio Northern. She will be delving deeper into the cultural flow of art between France and Japan during the late 19th century, and that effect on modern art worldwide. The other project will focus on her “Bell Jar,” “Urn (Big Cup)” and “Soldier” line to further explore her artistic concepts. At the conclusion of her residency, Mayumi will be exhibiting her works June 21–27 in Vallauris.

The town was the summer home of Picasso. Located at the foot of the Alps, Vallauris has been the center for ceramic arts in Europe for a number of years. The residency became active in October, 2001 and has the primary objectives of supporting contemporary creation, education in the field of ceramic arts, and the organization of cultural events.

The A.I.R. Vallauris accommodates several artists at a given time for a period of one to two months in its residence and studios. Artists work in a well equipped studio, live in individual furnished spaces, and are afforded access to a gallery where their works are displayed and celebrated at the end of their residency period. The quality of artistic creation is one of the major concerns addressed by the program. A selection committee evaluates applicants based on their artistic experience, merit and project proposal. Over approximately a ten-year period, over 150 gifted artists from 30 different nationalities have participated in the A.I.R. program.

While a student at Ohio Northern, Mayumi was a recipient of the 2012 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA). The award recognized outstanding students from art programs at independent colleges and universities in every region of Ohio. Along with her husband, Mayumi founded the Artists Against Hunger project. The main event raised awareness about hunger in the local community and provided money for the county’s Backpack Program. She also was inducted into Kappa Pi, the national art honorary, and graduated with honors.

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

image: Mayumi accepting the EVA award in 2012 from AICUO President, C. Todd Jones.

 

 

Art & Design’s Young Alumni Lecture Series engages students with professionals
March 2014—This year’s Young Alumni Lecture Series, sponsored by the department of art & design and the AIGA/ONU student chapter, will be held Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

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

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

Andrew Adams, AJ Jimenez and Vicky Moga will venture back to Ohio Northern to discuss their career paths, challenges, and secrets to success with current students. These lectures will allow current students to see how others have gone from student to professional and to connect with young alumni.

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

• Arnaldo (AJ) Jimenez (BFA/graphic design ’09) is a senior designer for Recess Creative in Cleveland, Ohio, where he and his firm recently won ADDY awards. AJ also is involved with the local AIGA professional chapter in Cleveland. Prior to Recess, AJ worked as a graphic designer for Insivia in Cleveland and as a free-lance designer. He also completed an internship at The Detroit Studio, also located in Cleveland. While on campus, AJ served as co-president of the AIGA/ONU student chapter and attended several national design conferences, including Gain in New York City. He also served as vice president of the Latino Student Union and was involved with Finding U @ ONU and Vision Builders. For several years he served as a peer assistant for the Arts & Science First Year Experience program. He had work accepted to a number of student juried exhibits, had work accepted to the AIGA Cleveland design competition in 2009, and was inducted to Kappa Pi national art honorary.

• Vicki Moga, BSBA/marketing and advertising design ’13, is a marketing manager for Agano Solutions in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, she was a marketing manager for Auditgraph, a technology company focused on delivering solutions to the life sciences industry. She also served as an account management intern for Engauge and as a free-lance designers for Agano, both located in Columbus. As a student at Ohio Northern, Vicki was involved with the AIGA/ONU student chapter and served as president, the American Marketing Association (AMA) student chapter and served as president, and participated on the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams. She also was inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha national marketing honorary, Kappa Pi national art honorary, and Beta Gamma Sigma national business honorary. During her senior year, she interned as a marketing and communications professional for SummaCare in Akron, Ohio.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Ohio Northern University graphic design alumnus wins regional ADDY award
February 2014
—Ohio Northern University graduate Arnaldo (AJ) Jimenez, BFA/graphic design ’09) and his colleagues from Recess Creative in Cleveland, Ohio, won a silver ADDY award and Best of Show at the American Advertising Federation/Cleveland ADDY Award Show held February 20.

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

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

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

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

The firm’s recent ADDY award recognized their work with Hello. (See the Website: www.hellocle.com.) It is an engagement agency located in Cleveland. Founded 10 years ago, Hello works to build two-way, mutually beneficial relationships between their clients and their consumers.

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

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

While on campus, AJ served as president of the AIGA (The Professional Association for Design)/ONU student chapter, attended several national design conferences including Gain in New York City. He also served as vice president of the Latino Student Union and was involved with Finding U @ ONU and Vision Builders. For several years he served as a peer assistant for the Arts & Science First Year Experience program. He had work accepted to a number of student juried exhibits, had work accepted to the AIGA Cleveland design competition in 2009, and was inducted to Kappa Pi national art honorary.

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

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

 

 

Ohio Northern University alumna designs theater set for Dobama in Cleveland Heights
January—This past fall, Ohio Northern University Alumna Jill Davis (BFA ’94) designed the set for the drama “Time Stands Still,” a play that was on stage at the Dobama Theater in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

The play, written by the Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, is set in Brooklyn and revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James who is swamped by guilt after leaving Sarah alone in Iraq. They receive a visit from their friend Richard, a photo editor, who introduces them to his new girlfriend Mandy, who is much younger than he. The play focuses on their relationships and Sarah and James’ prospects at a more conventional life.

The Dobama presentation of “Time Stands Still” received great reviews, including Jill’s work as scenic designer. “The production was sensitive and flawless,” wrote Bob Abelman of the News-Herald in Cleveland. “The designers facilitated this process by creating an inviting upscale apartment in the close quarters of the Dobama floor space. The staging immediately brings audience members into the characters’ world and holds them there.”

As a scenic designer, that is always a goal for Jill. “The majority of my scenic designs have been with smaller stages in Cleveland,” explained Jill. “But, to me, the theater space is only a small part of the design. Every design should be unique to the play and the point of view established by the director and the design team. Working closely with this team to create a cohesive production is the most rewarding part of the design process.”

Jill is currently an assistant professor and the resident scenic and lighting designer in the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her appointment, she has over 12 years of experience in scenic design and scenic painting in professional theater. 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 eight years.

Before moving to Cleveland, Jill was 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.

She 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.

Jill received her MFA in scenic design from Temple University in 1999 and her BFA in fine arts from Ohio Northern in 1994.

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

 

Ohio Northern University adjunct faculty member accepted into photography juried exhibit; Alumnus earns first place
January
—The work of ONU Alumnus Ed Corle (BFA ’78) was accepted into ArtSpace/Lima’s Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, which is on display from January 10 through February 15.  His photograph, entitled “Alger Stairs,” won first place in the architecture category.

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

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

Also accepted into the juried show was Spencer Cunningham for a photograph entitled, “Looking for Van Gogh,” a landscape. Spencer is an adjunct professor in photography at Ohio Northern’s Art & Design Department.

The exhibit featured a number of photographs from area photographers. Entry categories included: animals, architecture, black and white, landscape, plants, portraiture, special effects, still life, miscellaneous, and youth.

Judges for this year’s exhibit were Erin Pence and Steve Perry. Erin is a photojournalist and fine art photographer. She currently works for Wittenberg University as a photographer. Steve is an award winning landscape and wildlife photographer. His online gallery, Backcountrygallery.com, features his work.

“As judges, we had a very tough time turning some of the images away,” said Erin. “I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of styles submitted… everything from the very traditional to the abstract. Thank you so much for the opportunity to see the work of so many talented local artists.”

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and sell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. For further information about The ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call ArtSpace/Lima at 419-222-1721, or visit the ArtSpace/Lima website at http://www.artspacelima.com.

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

image: “Alger Stairs,” photograph by Ed Corle

 

Ohio Northern University Alumnus exhibits work at Mezzainine Gallery at St. Rita’s in Lima
January
—The work of Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) is featured in the St. Rita’s Mezzanine Gallery in Lima through March 2014.

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

While at Bluffton, Jaye was instrumental in bringing the art department curriculum into the contemporary world, introducing new courses in airbrush, paper-making, figure drawing, 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.

Admission to the Mezzanine Gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the new wing of St. Rita’s Medical Center. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and sell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. For further information about The ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call ArtSpace/Lima at 419-222-1721, or visit the ArtSpace/Lima website at http://www.artspacelima.com.

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

image: Bird 800

 

Ohio Northern University Alumna wins award at juried exhibition
November
—The work of Laura Barnhart Corle (BFA ’77) was accepted into this year’s juried show at The Findlay Art League, which was on display from November 1–23.  Her monoprint, entitled “Feathers,” won a merit award.

The show was opened to any artist in the northwest Ohio region. The show was judged by William and Melissa Mancuso, both professors of art at Ohio Northern University.

Gallery hours were Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

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

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

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

 

ONU art education graduate inspired by art and world travel
August
—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 Art & Design. It’s also a key to developing leaders in an increasingly interdependent global society.

Katelyn Amendolara, BFA/art education ’11 and a visual art teacher at Jackson-Milton high school, used her love of art and her inspirations from ONU to travel to Italy to take a series of courses and to explore the culture.

“This summer I was able to return to SACI (Studio Arts Center International) in Florence, Italy, and continue my studies in art and design,” said Katelyn. “Last summer, I studied batik and advanced drawing which were two incredible courses. Ever since then, I couldn’t wait to get back to SACI.”

While signing up for classes, Katelyn decided to challenge herself by taking two courses in which she had little experience in: traditional black and white film photography and jewelry design.

“These two courses were incredible. I couldn’t have received better instruction. The amount of work that was accomplished within the month was amazing! Throughout the year I am teaching, so getting away and refocusing my energy on my own body of work was much needed.”

The instructor for her photography class was an accomplished photographer throughout Italy and worked for Vogue and Elle Italia. “He (Romeo DiLoreto) offered so much advice on portfolio preparation and shared his life experiences working in the fashion photography industry,” explained Katelyn. “He encouraged the class to work with a variety of cameras and different types of film, not just 35 mm. The class allowed me to explore and to develop a strong conceptual piece of art.”

Equally engaging for Katelyn was the jewelry course. Prof. Naiomi Muirhead instructed the class on the basic techniques and skills of working with a variety of metals. “She also taught us advanced techniques. We worked from primitive techniques, like riveting metal together to bezel setting stones, to soldering sterling silver and stone inlay.”

While studying overseas during the summer, the days can by long. But, Katelyn did find time to travel as well. “I was very happy with the quality and the amount of work that I accomplished within the month. We worked in the studio from 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. However, I was able to travel and sightsee on the weekends. I went to Venice and visited the Peggy Guggenheim museum and parts of the biennale! I also made a trip to Rome, San Gimignano, and Sienna.

During the past few years, several A&D students have grabbed the opportunity to live and learn in a foreign country.

“Hopefully future ONU students or current undergrads will take advantage of their time spent at Ohio Northern and study abroad for a semester,” expressed Katelyn. “It will open new doors of creativity and will enable a refreshing perspective on how you view your world.

“There is no other school like SACI that provides you with a rich cultural experience abroad. Some of the art courses offered can’t be found in the U.S. So, I would highly recommend to attend SACI for a semester while in you’re an undergrad or to try a semester in the summer like I have done the past two years.”

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

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

images: Katelyn (BFA/art ed ’11) in Rome.
Photograph, “Sights and Sounds of Italia,” 2013. Relates sheets of music to photography, a continuation of an experience being viewed while playing sounds of Italy.

 

ONU graphic design alumna designs identity that does good best
August
—In the nonprofit world, the word ‘do-gooder’ is a loaded term. It can refer to someone with good intentions who wants to help the underserved. But it also carries a stigma—that of an outsider parachuting into an unfamiliar place, imposing solutions and then disappearing just as quickly as he or she arrived.

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.

This summer, an ONU graduate is doing good by working to help underserved children in India. Olivia Lindsey (BFA/graphic design ’13) traveled to Faridabad at the beginning of June to explore the cultural, social and local history of PrakashDeep, a non-profit school. She is serving as their new communications officer for three months.

As the communications officer, Olivia is managing all of the PrakashDeep visual communications and social media outlets, including the implementation of a new identity that she created. She also is helping to instruct the students in English, computer literacy and in self-defense.

After she researched the school, Olivia started brainstorming possible logos. Eventually, “I focused on the kids,” wrote Olivia. “While light is a central theme of PrakashDeep, the name already hits the nail on the head. A cookie cutter representation of education, like a book, would be boring and overdone. PrakashDeep is exciting and progressive.”

The logo features three of PrakashDeep’s students and embodies the light that education ignites within every child. “Their beautiful, shining faces are a true representation of what PrakashDeep provides for its children, and the bright blue and orange represent hope and happiness,” explained Olivia.

PrakashDeep was established in May 2003 in a public park with seven students. Since then, it has touched the lives of hundreds of children who belong to the nomadic population of daily wage earners in search of an occupation. Presently, there are nearly 370 children receiving a free education, a mid-day meal and basic medical care.

The company that brought Olivia to India is Pro4Sport Solutions. It is partnering with a non-profit organization called Gram Vikas to institute recreational sports in rural schools. The two organizations entitle this partnership “Khel Vikas,” which means “developing sport.”

This trip was made possible by the love and support of her family and friends and by the financial aid from the Robby Scholarship Fund at Ohio Northern. The scholarship fund, named for William Robinson, a 1961 graduate of ONU, has spent more than 50 years with the University.

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

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

 

ONU Grad debuts third volume of “Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities” graphic novel
July—Ohio Northern University graduate Kyle Hotz (BFA ’93), who has gained national notoriety as a graphic novel illustrator, along with co-creator Erik Powell, released the third volume of “Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities: The Orm of Lock Ness” from Dark Horse Comics.

The third volume was written by Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell, illustrated by Kyle, and the cover designed by Kyle and Dan Brown.

This new tale of adventure stars their gruff and salty western hero Billy the Kid who works as a hired gun to protect a traveling freak show. The motley band of “biological curiosities” sets off to Scotland to rescue their friend Callahan, the troupe’s famed Alligator Man, from a deranged kidnapper. On Callahan’s trail, they discover that they’re headed towards Loch Ness, and that it’s likely no coincidence.

The events that follow are a roller coaster ride of comedy and horror with Billy leading the cast of characters right into the realm of Count Dracula. The story takes a turn from mildly weird to full-on fever dream inside of Dracula’s castle as Billy and the freaks attempt to rescue Callahan.

“Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities: The Orm of Lock Ness” is currently available for purchase from Things From Another World.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

ArtSpace/Pops: A Fine Craft Invitational opens Saturday, August 2 at ArtSpace’s Ellen Nelson Gallery and runs through September 14. Artists on display work in ceramics, wood, metal, paper, fabric, and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 6:30–8:30p.m.

ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 21 area artists in this joint invitational. Several ONU alumni and faculty were accepted into the show:

• Prof. Luke Sheets (BFA ’95) 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Renowned ONU ceramic/sculpture graduate presents new work, Flower Girls
June
—As an artist and a businesswoman, Ohio Northern University graduate Marilyn Lysohir (B.A. ’72) draws from a deep well of ambitious creativity. Her ceramic installations, which are often astounding for their sheer size, evolve from very personal points of inspiration into pieces that are overwhelming not just physically, but also in their simplicity. Lysohir’s work tends toward a philosophy that’s a bare-faced and semi-literal representation of her life and her family and friends, shrugging off complications to rest on a more literal bedrock of interpretation.

Flower Girls, Lysohir’s latest work, reflects the artist’s habit of channeling her life into her art.

“Life has an unfailing ability to move us in directions that we would never venture or choose to experience. I see them as clues. These clues can give us joy or pain or a creative breakthrough,” explained Lysohir. “Sometimes we see them and react and sometimes they pass us by without notice. In any event they are treasures, because we learn, and often learn to survive something of importance.”

The concept for Flower Girls “came from a past experience that my husband and I had in India,” said Lysohir. “We were in a taxi and stopped at a light. Then all of a sudden from the right, a beautiful woman reached into the taxi trying to sell us freshly picked flowers. At the exact same moment, hands appeared in the left window—a leper begging for money.”

This ceramic installation “seems to me to relate to those clues of joy or pain or creativity and celebrate life.”

Flower Girls is now on exhibit at the Loft Gallery at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana from June 7–30, 2013.

Located in Red Lodge, Montana, the Center’s mission is to provide a place for professionally minded ceramic artists to create new work. The Center hosts visiting artist workshops, lectures, demonstrations, gallery exhibitions, and educational programming to share with our resident artists and the general public the importance of art in our everyday lives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern Art Education Alumna organizes
“I Matter” program for community
June
—Art can be a transformative experience and communicate important social issues in our communities. For Ohio Northern University graduate, Anne Rickard (BA ’82) not only teaches her students the elements and principles of art, but also the positive impact art can create.

Her students, along with other art students at Lake Placid Central School in New York, took their art and boxes of chalk to the Olympic Oval to rally community support for a drug and alcohol awareness program in June.

About 130 students from grades 6 through 12 participated in the temporary art project, drawing self-portraits and other drawings to raise awareness for an upcoming poster campaign of self portraits drawn by students titled “I Matter.”

The Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth & Communities Coalition developed the campaign to encourage communication between adults and students about destructive decisions.

“We wanted to mobilize the community to help prevent underage drinking,” said Anne. “Hopefully people can look at the environmental factors that influence these decisions.”

The Coalition is a non-profit organization formed to address teenage substance abuse in Essex County, New York. For the campaign, the coalition partnered with LPCS art teachers—Anne Rickard and Sandy Huber—and local artist Naj Wikoff to bring alcohol and drug abuse prevention to the community’s attention and to showcase the students’ talents.

Some students drew the Batman Symbol, graffiti style artwork, body outlines and their own version of a self-portrait on the cement, getting chalk-covered hands and knees.

Seventh-grade student Saylor Grady said her sidewalk self-portraits are a series of different characters she draws.

“They represent different parts of who I am,” Grady said, as she drew the final touches to the comic book characters from her own books.

“I Matter”
Three-hundred of the students’ posters have been made and were distributed throughout the Lake Placid area and in town centers in Wilmington and Keene.

The self-portraits theme “I Matter” and featured one of six tag lines: “Let’s Talk,” “Ask me what I am thinking,” “Let’s talk about alcohol,” “Kids want your time and attention,” and “Ask me about drugs, tobacco or alcohol.”

“All of the posters the students have made are unique,” said Anne. Some of them are abstract and psychological displays of who they are and others are more realistic. We want people to see these posters and encourage them to talk with their kids about drugs, alcohol and violence, not talk over them and say, ‘Don’t do this,’ ‘Don’t do that,’ but actually engage their kids because the kids want to talk about this.”

“Kids want to be heard, and they want to hear what their parents think about alcohol and other substances, and the choices they made, good and bad, growing up,” said Mary Dietrich, president of Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth & Communities Coalition.

Dietrich said the program is based on studies that have show a parent’s opinion really matter to their kids.

“The more quality time that parents spend with kids, the better their children will do in school and the more likely they will be to make good choices as they go through life,” Dietrich said.

By midday, the students had the white portion of the oval covered in multi-colored works of chalk art. Future plans include more art projects with the coalition including a mural to be put up in the Wilmington Tunnel with help from members of the Wilmington Youth Center.

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

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

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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern alumni win awards at Wassenberg Art Center’s annual juried exhibit
June
—The works of Ohio Northern University A&D alumni, Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) and Jack (Ed) Corle (BFA ’78), were recently selected for exhibit and earned awards at the 57th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center.

Laura had three watercolor pieces accepted and Ed had ceramic work accepted. Both won the Wassenberg Art Center Award.

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

The pieces on display represent a wide range of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture—by artists juried into the show. The exhibit is free and runs through June 28. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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

Laura 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 watercolor works accepted several Annual Toledo Area Artists exhibits. Last year, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

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.

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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “Spring Lilacs,” watercolor, Laura Barnhardt Corle

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