Art & Design History
“Latitude:” 50 Years of Excellence
The department of art & design at Ohio Northern University celebrated its 50th anniversary of the art major in 2010–11 with “Latitude: Art & Design @ 50.” A&D honored the special year during a yearlong series of exhibitions, lectures and other events that recognized the work of its faculty members, the success of its graduates, and the tremendous growth in the program’s reputation in the art & design communities.
Brief History of the Department
The department’s roots stretch back to 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in drawing for education, engineering and architecture students. In the 1880s, Professor W.A. Smith taught sketching from nature, oil painting, and crayon painting, in addition to classes in mechanical engineering and architectural drawing.
Originally designated as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern, the department’s name was changed to the College of Fine Arts in 1903. In 1907 as the University’s curriculum and enrollment grew, the name was changed to the School of Fine Art. When the program merged with the College of Liberal Arts in 1929, the name was changed to the department of art. Under the leadership of John H. West in 1960, the Bachelor of Arts degree was first offered. And then in 2008, the name of the department was changed again to reflect expanding educational opportunities for students.
Today, the department of art & design offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and a pre-art therapy option. The department holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the third edition 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 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.
About the Visual Identity
The identity for “Latitude: Art & Design @ 50” captures the essence of the liberal arts and professional education offered at Ohio Northern University. The ONU curriculum provides breadth in the visual arts, supports a rigorous general education program, and develops students’ rational thought and intellectual capabilities.
More about the 50th anniversary celebration
Facebook photo gallery: 2010 Alumni/Homecoming Exhibit
Facebook photo gallery: 50th Anniversary Gala
Flickr photo sets
Send your historical artifacts
Alumni updates and stories
College of Arts & Sciences newsletter article
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