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ImageOhio Northern Ceramic Professor to display work at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
May
—Ohio Northern University Art & Design Professor Luke Sheets has been accepted to display work in “Bluegrass Bourbon: By the Bottle/By the Ounce. The exhibition is on display from April 5–June 16 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

In celebration of Kentucky’s rich bourbon history, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Louisville Clay present an exhibition of ceramic bourbon bottles and shot glasses from artists around the country. With a nod to the vintage decanters of old, these hand-made vessels range from whimsical to modern in design. Only about 100 ceramic artists from around the nation are featured.

Originally, ceramic bourbon decanters were created in the 1950s to help drive sales and offer bourbon fans more eye-catching packaging suitable for gifting. These non-traditional bottles quickly became collectors’ items and were produced for 40 years until production ceased in the late 1990s.

This exhibition is curated by ceramist Matt Long who is an associate professor of art and the graduate coordinator for the Department of Art at The University of Mississippi. He earned his MFA from Ohio University, has been a potter for 29 years, and has had work in national juried and invitational shows throughout the United States.

Prof. Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. 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.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern design students organize Grafik Intervention in Ada Business District
May
—Everyone may not be aware of abandoned buildings, storefronts or other sites in urban areas, while others may see an eye sore. But, those involved in Grafik Intervention see opportunity.

The senior graphic design students in Prof. Brit Rowe’s Advanced Visual Communication Design course at Ohio Northern University will host a Grafik Intervention on May 10 from 9 to 10 p.m. in Ada, Ohio. The event will take place at the 1882 Young/Arbogast building (221 N. Main St.) and the 1927 Ada Armory (124 E. Buckeye Ave.), both located in the business district.

Through thorough research of each building’s history, interaction with the local community, and artistic minds, the students will bring awareness to what the building used to be. Students will be creating projections and involving the village with its future by providing viewers with questionnaires to spark feedback, dialogue and ideas.

“Creating a Grafik Intervention for Ada has been an interesting process for us as seniors at ONU,” said Oliva Lindsay, a senior graphic design major from Powell, Ohio. “The project connected us to the history of the village and allowed us to draw attention to its potential before we graduate.”

Grafik Intervention, originally conceived as an MFA graphic design thesis project at the Academy of Art University by William Culpepper, uses digital projections to engage the public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods.

The projections are designed to provide historical information in an urban context. The goal of the projections is to inspire community members to consider the potential of currently unused buildings in their community.

ImageThrough engagement and awareness, only positive results can occur when active community members take action and pride in their own neighborhood.

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

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

The event is free and open to the public.

To follow the project and to see the process behind the projections, visit www.facebook.com/GrafikInterventionAdaOhio

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageStudents, Faculty and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
ONU Alumni Win First & Second Awards; Student Wins Sculpture Award
April
—Ohio Northern University student Josephine Dunham (BFA ’13) and A&D Alumni Jaye Bumbaugh and Leslie Rohr Scherer were three of the award winners at this year’s Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima. Seven other students, faculty or alumni were also accepted to the juried exhibit.

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

The guest jurors, Charlotte Gordon, the curator at the Springfield Museum of Art, and Julie Byrne, a ceramic artist from Goveport, selected 52 pieces from 148 submitted works of art.

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

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

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

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the First Award for an ink and watercolor painting called, “14 Crows Watching the German Crow Air Force Flying by and Dogs with Crow Riders Running in Orange Field.” He also had an additional watercolor accepted into the exhibit. Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

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

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

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the exhibit; an acrylic on wood, a colored pencil drawing and a scratch board drawing. He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Alumna Mayumi Kiefer (BFA ’12) from Troy, Ohio, had a ceramic piece accepted, called, “Solider II.” Mayumi currently works for the Troy City Schools in the ESL department, teaches dance at the Center Stage Dance Company, and is active in the community. She leads other artists in fighting hunger with the on-going Artists Against Hunger project and has been active in fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

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

• Professor Luke Sheets (BFA ’95) had one ceramic piece accepted into the spring exhibit. He is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary.

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

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

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

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 26–June 8. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

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

ImageOhio Northern art student wins award
April
—The annual juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is an anticipated exhibit held each year. “The quality of the show is very high,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager for ArtSpace.

This year, Josephine M. Dunham, an Ohio Northern University studio arts major from Lima, won the Martha Farmer Sculpture Award at the ArtSpace/Lima’s annual juried Spring Show. Her sculpture, entitled “Aphrodite’s Ascension,” was recently completed before the submission deadline.

“I was encouraged by professor Luke Sheets to enter the show,” Josie said. “It was a great opportunity to be recognized by ArtSpace. It was also a great opportunity and I was very appreciative.”

Two other Ohio Northern students selected for the exhibit were Nicole E. Leirer, studio arts major from Toledo, and Matthew P. Madsen, graphic design major from Coshocton.

The guest jurors, Charlotte Gordon, the curator at the Springfield Museum of Art, and Julie Byrne, a ceramic artist from Goveport, selected 52 pieces from 148 submitted works of art. The entries were in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and mixed media.

“Josie’s work was all about the plasticity of clay,” said Byrne. “Its compressed cast of characters was just waiting to escape their bonds.”

ImageThe Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 26–June 8. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageArt & Design Students to present research
April
— On April 26, Ohio Northern University will hold its annual Student Research Colloquium. From 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., students from across ONU’s academic disciplines will be presenting poster and podium sessions on research they have conducted.

This year two art & design students were selected to present their research papers or posters at this annual event to be held in McIntosh Center.

Kaitlin Bondra (BFA/graphic design ’14), a junior from Mentor, Ohio, will present a paper on “The Legibility and Readability of Serif vs. Sans Serif Typefaces.”

Andrew Crozier (BFA/graphic design and history ’13), a senior from Ada, Ohio, will present a paper on “Alexandria: Establishment and Destruction of an Architectural Pearl” and a poster on “Downtown Columbus Streetscape.”

“All of the presenting students have worked hard on their poster and podium session materials,” said Mary Drzycimski-Finn, assistant to the dean for student success.

The ONU Student Research Colloquium is a conference-like setting for undergraduate students to present and discuss research with their peers and faculty. Students utilize the colloquium to receive critical feedback on their own research, educate themselves about unfamiliar fields, help classmates improve their work and develop new research ideas and methodological skills.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageA&D student named Weir Scholarship recipient
April
—An Art & Design student from Ohio Northern University, Lauren Hector, has been awarded the Ruth E. Weir Memorial Scholarship for Internships.

Thanks to the generosity of ONU benefactor Ruth E. Weir, the scholarship assists qualified Arts and Sciences College students in paying for expenses associated with summer internships.

Ruth, a 1936 graduate of Ada High School, was an active member of Phi Chi sorority (now Delta Zeta) while at Ohio Northern. In 2004, she was honored by Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 65 years of service. She retired from Marathon in 1983 and was a member of the Philanthropic Educations Organization Sisterhood, Chapter DN, and the First Presbyterian Church in Findlay, Ohio.

Lauren Hector, a sophomore graphic design major from Mount Cory, will be interning for the Bluffton News. Her responsibilities will be working on various activity magazines for children, including Fun for Kidz.

Hopscotchis an entertaining and educational magazine for elementary and middle school aged girls. Each issue includes award winning stories, arts and crafts, science and math, cooking, drawing lessons, poetry and more.

Boys’ Questis an adventure and educational magazine for boys six to 14 years of age. Filled with articles to enlighten and inspire, readers enjoy the investigative and exploratory activities. Librarians and teachers use Boys’ Questto help develop reading comprehension while science and math projects are fun and exciting. Also included in each issue are computer games to teach beginning programming, cartoons and puzzles to entertain and educate in a fun-filled fashion. Artists are encouraged with various drawing lessons.

Fun for Kidz,first published in 2002, is designed for both boys and girls and offers creative activities to building projects. Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts make use of the arts and crafts, cooking, and other projects, while librarians find many different articles and projects within the scope of a different theme with each issue.

Hopscotch for Girls, Boys’ Quest,and Fun for Kidzare prepared, printed, and mailed from Bluffton, Ohio by the Bluffton News Publishing and Printing Company, a small family owned business in northwest Ohio.

As a student, Lauren has been named to the Dean’s List and has been active in various activities including AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, Kappa Pi art honorary, Phi Eta Sigma honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta honorary, Leader’s Counsel and the ONU Women’s Club Volleyball.

“I am honored to receive the Weir Scholarship,” said Lauren. “Being awarded with this further inspires me to pursue a successful and beneficial design career.”

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern Art & Design Senior Candidates Exhibit Capstone Projects
April—It’s spring at Ohio Northern University, a demanding time for many seniors on campus. For the art and design students, this is an intense but rewarding rite of passage that few undergraduates outside of art and design programs ever experience.

This April, 11 bachelor of arts and fine arts candidates in graphic design, studio arts, art education and advertising design have devoted a full year to producing a thematically focused research project as part of the required senior capstone experience. “During the students’ senior year,” explains Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design, “they begin to transform their attitudes from one of an art or design student working on assigned projects to one of an artist or designer engaged in a life-long process of development and learning.”

“This experience serves as the crowning point of the students’ education,” describes Rowe. “Students know how to build a body of work. They know how to think about its connection to the broader world. They know how to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses in an applied context.”

One aspect of the capstone experience is the research project. The capstone project is designed to encourage students to define the complex intersection between personal voice, conceptual understanding, the ability to conduct and use research, and to effectively use their liberal arts education in a process of creating a compelling, professional presentation.

“This part of the process is largely self-directed,” describes Rowe. “The process presents to students an extraordinary opportunity to identify an area of interest, investigate it, and use art and design as the vehicle to present their findings.”

In addition to the thesis experience, students also design and install an exhibition of their work and give a presentation to the department faculty. “The gallery presentation is essentially the students’ portfolios,” says Rowe. “The body of work must demonstrate what the students have learned and must go beyond classroom exercises and assignments to incorporate complex problems, ideas and solutions.”

The BA/BFA candidates featured in the exhibition are:
Karl J. Beard, graphic design major from Cincinnati, Ohio
Kevin W. Drain, graphic design major from Urbana, Ohio
Josephine M. Dunham, studio arts major from Lima, Ohio
Kristen N. Ellis, graphic design major from Westerville, Ohio
Wesley J. Goldsmith, graphic design major from Kenton, Ohio
Kelsey Z. Kleine, studio arts major from Bowling Green, Ohio
Nicole E. Leirer, studio arts major from Toledo, Ohio
Olivia R. Lindsey, graphic design major from Powell, Ohio
Matthew P. Madsen, graphic design major from Coshocton, Ohio
Victoria L. Moga, advertising design major from Stow, Ohio
Kavan E. Reames, advertising design major from Zanesfield, Ohio

The students’ portfolios will be on display during the closing reception of the Senior BA/BFA Exhibition, Saturday, April 27, 1–3p.m. in the Elzay Gallery Lobby. The exhibition is on view Monday, April 22 through Sunday, May 5 in the Elzay Gallery of Art.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon–5p.m. For additional information, to schedule a tour or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design (419) 772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: East / West, detail of ceramic tile installation by Mayumi Kiefer, from the 2012 senior capstone exhibit

ImageRoll of the Dice: Graphic design class project presents the stark reality of global education.
March
—As complex and complicated as life is, in some ways, our lives come down to simple chance. This is especially true for many of the children on the planet when it comes to education. A new art exhibit at Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts marries elegant design with sobering statistics to convey the plight of millions who seek knowledge and far too seldom receive it.

What began as a class project for the students enrolled in DSGN 4201 Advanced Visual Communication Design is now a powerful interactive exhibit running through April 12 in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery. “The Right To Education” asks us to confront the impact that poverty has on education.

“There is a vicious circle where poverty causes a lack of education, but a lack of education also causes poverty. Some say it’s the other way around. But we started there and kept researching to see what the problems are with education around the world,” says Kavan Reames, a senior advertising design major from Zanesville, Ohio.

The group of seven students identified four nations with the greatest disparity of access to education — South Africa, India, Brazil and China — and used them to anchor a narrative about the probability of receiving an education that is used throughout the four stations of the exhibit. Each station includes a composite profile of a fictional child derived from statistics from each of the countries and a dice game that lets you try to navigate the child from early survival, to primary education, secondary education and, finally, higher education or a career.

“Once we realized the whole chance element to education, we started thinking about games or interactive elements for the project and came up with the dice game,” says Reames. “That ended up influencing the design of the exhibit.”

The influence is apparent, with the dot motif carried out throughout, providing visual continuity and defining the order in which one should experience the exhibit. However, the design sensibilities go far beyond dice.

“We wanted a color palette that reflected an educational sense, so we started with primary colors. We also wanted to bring in this sense of poverty and early survival, so we muted the primary colors to more earth tones,” says Kevin Drain, a senior graphic design major from Urbana, Ohio. “More than anything, we just wanted a consistent palette that would work together as a unit and signify the different stations you would move through.”

The group also had to make decisions on how to present the information at each station. In the end, they chose a graphical approach with strong, readable fonts and simple, clean lines that would make the overall exhibit easy to experience in around 15 minutes or so.

Doing an installation piece was new for the design students. For inspiration, they looked to IBM’s THINK exhibit in New York City and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

“I used ‘The Right to Education’ project to introduce a discipline of design called experience design,” said Prof. Brit Rowe, the instructor for the course. “Graphic design usually deals with the visual form of communication, covering form and content. But, experience design considers the form, content and the context of communication occurring over time. We normally associate experience design with branding because of the characteristics of the user’s experience or interaction with a brand. However, with this project, students had to understand and incorporate experience design theory into a exhibit that engaged users.”

Knowing what they should do and actually doing it proved more challenging than the students thought. Things that looked like they would work on paper didn’t work in the gallery because there weren’t sufficient mounting points to hang pieces from the ceiling or the airflow from the ventilation system interfered with the artwork. It was a valuable lesson to learn, and the students were able to adapt their exhibit to the space.

“This project was a really good experience, and I feel like we were privileged to get to do it. I don’t think a lot of undergraduates get to do an installation like this. A lot of time, you work on individual stuff or smaller advertising projects or whatnot. This was pretty cool,” says Reames.

It is impossible not to be impressed with the thoughtfulness of design and execution of “The Right To Education” exhibit. Just as it is impossible not to be humbled by the juxtaposition of its theme and the success of its student creators.

“The Right To Education” runs through April 12 in the Stambaugh Gallery in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. Admission to the Stambaugh Gallery is free and open to the public daily from noon to 5 p.m. The Stambaugh Gallery also is open prior to Freed Center events. The exhibit was created by Jerry Beard, Kevin Drain, Wesley Goldsmith, Olivia Linsey, Matthew Madsen, Victoria Moga and Kevan Reames.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Muted primary colors and dice motif bring together the disparate themes of survival, poverty, education and probability.

ImageOhio Northern art professor serves as State juror for Governor’s Show
March
—Ohio Northern University Associate Professor of Art Melissa Eddings was selected juror for the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibition opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol, in April, and closes on May 16.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of Ohio’s students. The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education.

The process for selecting artwork for the state exhibition began with 15 regional judgings.

Judges for the state level competition were chosen from all over the country. From the 12,000 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 were selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then selected 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Those chosen for exhibition at the state level were eligible for scholarships offered by more than 30 universities and colleges of art, including Ohio Northern University.

Prof. 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.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The 2013 state jurors; Prof. Eddings is fifth from the right.

ImageDepartment of Art & Design presents “Artists Against Hunger” check to Hardin County Backpack Program
March—The students and faculty of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern recently gathered together to celebrate its commitment to helping the local community at the Artists Against Hunger check presentation. 

The third annual Artists Against Hunger luncheon was held in November at the Wilson Art Center. Over $2,000 was raised from this year’s fund-raiser and from other events.

The Backpack Food Program seeks to eliminate hunger on weekends for students in school districts by providing the students with non-perishable foods in backpacks.

Backpacks are filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food for students who are at-risk for hunger when free or reduced-price school lunches are not available.

Accepting the donation was Ms. Brenda Jennings, a nurse for the Kenton school district and the director of the Backpack Program. Making the presentation was Josie Dunham, a studio arts student at Ohio Northern, who served as the student coordinator for the event. Also present were Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design department; Kevin Drain, a senior graphic design student; and Carmen Calo, a sophomore graphic design student.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageNew murals taking shape in Ada Public Library
by Reema Bazzy

The Ada Public Library is adding bright and colorful new murals to its kids reading area, all courtesy of two generous and talented Ohio Northern University art professors.

According to Amanda Bennett, Ada Public Library Director, when she approached Professor Melissa Mancuso about the possibility of having her and her students participate in designing and painting a mural for the library she originally wondered if it could be part of a senior year or capstone project.  With the short notice and scheduling, that wasn't possible.

Instead Professor Mancuso, along with her husband Bill Mancuso, also an ONU art professor, volunteered to design and paint the murals over the school's spring break.

The design came about around the idea of a 'Tree of Knowledge', says Ms. Bennett, adding that she wanted to celebrate the local natural and rural feeling of Ada.

The murals are ongoing and the photos attached to this post illustrate the story as it stands so far.  Stay tuned and the Ada Icon will continue to update it's viewers with the beautiful progress.

Prof. 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. Mancuso teaches art history and foundation courses at Ohio Northern. He has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFA in studio arts from SUNY-Brockport. He has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has served as a juror for various exhibits and competitions including this year’s Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Art Award competition. Prof. Mancuso recently received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board.

The mission of the Ada Library is to stimulate scholarship and advance knowledge by providing access to all varieties of materials; to work alongside our neighbors and within our greater community to support our mutual growth and prosperity.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern University to feature ‘Returning to the Light’ exhibit
February
—Ohio Northern University’s Department of Art and Design and the Cultural Affairs and Special Affairs committee presents “Returning to the Light,” a ceramic installation exhibit by Charlie Cummings, in the Elzay Gallery of Art from March 11 to April 12.

A reception with the artist will be held March 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., and a clay and transfer image workshop will be conducted from March 11-14.

Cummings is known for creating artwork that combines ceramics and printmaking. His sculptural artwork is unified by overlying ideas of nostalgia and absence. In “Returning to the Light,” the endangered springs of northern Florida serve as a metaphor for the fleetingness of experience in his current suite of full-color ceramic prints. These prints attempt to fix moments from visits to this surreal and sublime environment in clay and in time.

Cummings is a studio artist, teacher and director of the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Fla. He has curated more than 70 exhibitions and taught several workshops. His work is in many public and private collections, including that of the Crocker Museum and the Dalai Lama.

The Elzay and Stambaugh galleries are educational art galleries for the ONU community and for the northwest central Ohio region. The gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource, to host national and international touring exhibitions and programs, and to host original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public daily from noon to 5 p.m. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery also is open prior to Freed Center events.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageHigh School Summer Design Camp at Ohio Northern University: Your Path to Becoming a Graphic Designer
February
—Graphic design is the art of visualizing ideas. It is everywhere, touching everything we do, everything we see and everything we buy. For high school students wanting to know what goes on in design school, here is your opportunity to learn about the challenging field of graphic design.

Design: Think. Know. Do. is a one-week intensive design camp at Ohio Northern University. The camp is being offered through the Summer Honors Institute program for high school students who are entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years in the 2013–2014 academic year.

This year’s summer camp will investigate how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to the environment. Students will make powerful visual statements using the tree as a symbol and metaphor. Called the “Urban Forest,” students will use banners and other visual communication media to engage and educate the local community. The design camp also will inform students about careers in design and raise awareness of the impact of design through a series of weeklong projects. The assignments will challenge students to explore their creativity and critical-thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques. The exploration of the design process also will teach students to question, make choices, generate possible solutions, work collaboratively and, ultimately, broaden their understanding of the world around them.

The design camp also will inform students about careers in design and raise awareness of the impact of art and design through a series of week-long projects. The assignments will challenge students to explore their creativity and critical thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques. The exploration of the design process also will teach students to question, make choices, generate possible solutions, work collaboratively and ultimately broaden their understanding of the world around them.

Expressing the importance of the design process, Prof. Brit Rowe explained, “Morning sessions will be devoted to a series of short presentations and exercises intended to foster a sense of community and common purpose among students. And generally the afternoon sessions will be spent working in teams on the project that examines design and the value of design.”

In addition to graphic design, architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design will be addressed during morning sessions to introduce students to the education, career paths and professional practices of other major design fields. “Design Camp will inform students about college study in design and will raise awareness of the impact of art and design through a series of weeklong activities,” said Rowe.

During last year’s Design SHI Camp, Rowe taught an interdisciplinary design course that focused on how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to—and invoke a solution to—the problem of urban decay. “Every year we undertake a new challenge,” said Rowe. “So students can participate in multiple years.”

To be eligible to attend Ohio Northern University’s Summer Honors Institute and the Design Camp, a student must:

• Be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2013-2014 school year.

• Be identified as “gifted” by an Ohio or out of state school district. Or, receive a letter of recommendation from the high school counselor or be able to obtain a document stating that you meet Ohio gifted identification criteria as described in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15.

The Ohio Northern Summer Honors Institute is an academic summer program funded by the Jennings Foundation. Through the grant, Ohio Northern is able to offer many other camps, including the Design Camp.

The cost of ONU’s residential camp is about $430 per week. A few scholarships are available for financial assistance to cover the camp fee. Space in the Summer Honors Institute is limited. Registration deadline is May 1. To register and for other detailed information, visit the Ohio Northern’s Summer Academic and Honors Institute website.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImagePicture Perfect: An ONU class project captures love one frame at a time.
February
—At Ohio Northern University, we like to think that every class we offer will influence lives and maybe even change a few. But how many classes are truly unforgettable?

Newlyweds Jeremy, BSBA ’12, and Lauren (Lightcap) Smith, BSBA ’12, will never forget one particular photography class that ironically they weren’t even enrolled in. Last spring, the couple approached ONU staff photographer Ken Colwell for recommendations for a local photographer to take their engagement photos. Colwell, who was teaching DSGN 1101 Photography and Communication that semester, couldn’t suggest a single photographer.

But he could suggest 10.

“We didn't expect the pictures to be taken by students, but when we talked to Ken, he mentioned that it would be a great opportunity for his photography class,” says Lauren.

Colwell quickly turned the couple’s engagement photos into a class project that would offer his students an opportunity to advance quickly beyond the basics of photography. Working for a client is something that all professional photographers do, but something rarely experienced in an entry-level college course.

The first thing the class needed to do was learn about portrait photography techniques, which they did through a combination of formal instruction and by looking at examples online. They used the social media website Pinterest to share ideas and concepts with one another and with Jeremy and Lauren, who also shared photos they liked with the class.

The photo shoots were spread over two Saturdays and each student had 30 to 45 minutes with Jeremy and Lauren, and during that time they were able to take as many photos as they could anywhere on campus.

“We wanted to have our engagement pictures taken on campus since that's where we met,” says Jeremy.

The couple’s favorite photo was taken by Lauren Hector, a sophomore graphic design major from Mount Cory, Ohio, and has special meaning.

“Jeremy proposed to Lauren in front of Lima Complex so I wanted to take a picture there. I used pink sidewalk chalk to draw hearts and had Lauren pose like she was blowing a kiss to Jeremy,” says Hector.

The couple liked that photo so much that they had another one taken on their wedding day in the same pose. They also used engagement photos for various purposes leading up to their wedding. A photo depicting the wedding date made from Scrabble pieces was their save-the-date card. The pink hearts from Hector’s photo became wedding shower invitations. And the black and white photograph of Jeremy and Lauren sitting on a blanket in front of the pond was used for the wedding invitation.

“All of our family and friends loved the pictures,” says Jeremy. “They were very impressed when they learned that the pictures were taken by photography students.”

Jeremy and Lauren were married on Dec. 1, 2012, in Farmersville, Ohio. They live in Findlay, Ohio, and both work for Marathon Petroleum Corporation. They have many of the photos hanging in their apartment, and are reminded every morning of their unique class experience when they wake up to an enlarged print of Lauren’s ring with flowers that hangs in their bedroom.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern art & design professor has work accepted into state exhibition
January
—Ohio Northern University art & design professor Melissa Eddings has been accepted to include work in the Book + Art: The Reading Room sponsored by the Denison University Museum. The exhibition will be on display from February 8—May 11 in Granville, Ohio.

Book + Art: The Reading Room features books by Ohio artists and is the result of sabbatical research conducted by Denison’s University Archivist Heather Lyle.

Artists’ books communicate their messages through an imaginative combination of images, text, technique, and format. Some are unique objects, while others are created in a series or in editions. Many are deeply felt expressions of the artists, or may explore contemporary socio-political concerns. All artists’ books are conceptual but provide tactile, interactive experiences for those lucky enough to read and handle them.

The Ohio Northern studio arts program includes a series of book arts courses for A&D students and general education, all taught by Prof. Eddings. The curriculum consists of historical binding studies, letterpress and printing press workshops, along with studies in narrative structures.

Melissa Eddings is 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 holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been 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 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Melissa Eddings, Sacrosanct
A coptic bound book with wood covers, oil paint, jute, and beeswax.

Image“louder than silence” opens 2013 gallery season at Ohio Northern University
January
—Ohio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery of Art will showcase the work of artist Dawn Gattler during a special exhibit titled louder than silence. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 18 at 5p.m. in the gallery and the Wilson Art Center.

Dawn will be creating a site-specific installation for the Elzay Gallery. In essence, the installation will be created especially for the gallery space. The installation will provide viewers with the experience of being surrounded by the work.

Dawn Gettler’s installations are inevitably temporary and exist permanently through documentation. There is rhythm in the labor of making that is not often apparent in a completed work. According to Dawn, the action of making can manifest into many things; it can be ugly, painful, and unforgiving; and more often than not, it can be beautiful. In many ways she hopes to create a more romantic and desirable memory for herself.

Dawn Gettler received a BFA in printmaking from The University of Northern Iowa in 2003. She went on to get her MFA from Ohio University in 2006. Dawn has been an artist in residence at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Spiro Arts, ART342, The KHN Center for the Arts, andSpudnik Press in Chicago. In 2010, Dawn was the summer artist in residence at artspace in Raleigh, NC. In 2012, she was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a full fellowship residency at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. This past summer her work was included in an invitational exhibition, Beaten and Bound, at the Lubenzik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. Gettler had solo exhibitions this fall at Illinois Central College, Rx: a Pharmacy Gallery, in Springfield, IL, and Swim in Chicago, IL. Dawn has upcoming solo shows at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio and the Buckham Gallery in Michigan. Gettler currently lives and works in Chicago.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

The Elzay Gallery of Art and gallery lobby is located on Gilbert Street on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The gallery is connected to the Wilson Art Center, the classroom-studio building that houses the department of art and design.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160

ImageOhio Northern University’s Galleries present 2013 Spring Season
January
—Ohio Northern University announces the opening of its spring 2013 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. “Our gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource for the entire Ohio Northern community and surrounding region,” said gallery director and professor Melissa Eddings. The gallery program also hosts regional, national and international touring exhibitions, and original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Featured shows during this winter/spring season include:

louder than silence
site-specific installation by Dawn Gettler

Elzay Gallery of Art
January 18–February 22, 2013
Reception: Friday, January 18, 5–7p.m.
Dawn Gettler’s installations are inevitably temporary and exist permanently through documentation. There is rhythm in the labor of making that is not often apparent in a completed work. According to Gettler, the action of making can manifest into many things; it can be ugly, painful, and unforgiving; and more often than not, it can be beautiful. In many ways she hopes to create a more romantic and desirable memory for herself.

Selections from ONU’s Department of Art & Design Permanent Collection.
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
January 14—March 1
The department’s permanent collection is a diverse array of work from professional artists and designers who have participated in the department’s visiting artist/designer series as well as alumni.

Returning to the Light
ceramic installation by Charlie Cummings

Elzay Gallery of Art
March 11–April 12, 2013
Reception: Wednesday, March 13, 5–7p.m.
Clay and Transfer Image Workshop: March 11–14. Call the art & design office for more details, 419-772-2160.
Charlie Cummings is known for his artworks that combine ceramics and printmaking. His sculptural artwork is unified by overlying ideas of nostalgia and absence. In Returning to the Light, the endangered springs of Northern Florida serve as a metaphor for the fleetingness of experience in his current suite of full color ceramic prints. These prints attempt to fix moments from visits to this surreal and sublime environment in clay and in time.

Right to Education Exhibit (student exhibit)
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
March 11—April 12
Every child in the world is guaranteed a primary education under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This dramatic exhibition, created by senior design students, endeavors to open the doors to the living laboratory that is our planet.

BA/BFA Senior Capstone Exhibition
Elzay Gallery of Art & Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
April 22–May 5, 2013
Reception: Saturday, April 27, 1–3p.m.
BA / BFA student candidates from the art & design program display their capstone projects and portfolios. Defined as “the crowning point,” capstone projects provide an opportunity for students to integrate principles, theories and methods learned
in courses throughout their major in an applied context. Students also discuss
their projects during the annual brown bag lecture series held at the Wilson Art Center.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

The Elzay Gallery of Art and gallery lobby is located on Gilbert Street on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The gallery is connected to the Wilson Art Center, the classroom-studio building that houses the department of art and design.

The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is located on College Avenue on the campus of Ohio Northern University. It is connected to the Freed Center for the Performing Arts, home of the communication arts department. The gallery exhibits the work of artists of invited exhibitions throughout the year.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageONU Art & Design professors to serve as AICUO judges
December
—Ohio Northern University’s Art & Design Professors Luke Sheets and Melissa Eddings were recently selected to serve as first-round judges for this year’s Excellence in the Visual Arts award competition sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO).

Judges for the AICUO Art Award are handpicked in a rigorous selection process designed to create a diverse jury every year. The first round judges are faculty members from college art departments in every region of Ohio. These instructors are faculty members who are either recommended by their department chairs or who have been noticed for their outstanding work outside of school. The second round judges group consists of professionals who have received widespread and local recognition in the arts. They are accomplished art directors, curators, administrators, working artists, and organization leaders.

The AICUO EVA is six awards presented to senior art students who attend independent institutions in Ohio and have been nominated by department chairs or deans. The first round of judging consists of art department faculty from member institutions, while second round judges are community leaders from Ohio involved in the visual arts.

As the nation’s first intercollegiate online arts competition, the AICUO EVA recognizes outstanding students from the art programs at independent colleges and universities in every region of Ohio. Launched in 2008, the EVAs uses the Internet as a venue for the awards, providing each nominated student with a permanent online portfolio on the AICUO Award Web site, www.aicuoartaward.com.

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including 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. This past year, he also was invited to speak at the first international conference on research and trends in wood firing. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design.

Melissa Eddings is 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 holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been 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 travelled worldwide and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern University to present student art exhibition
November—The Ohio Northern University Department of Art and Design will hold its annual Student Juried Art and Design Exhibition in the Elzay Gallery of Art from Dec. 1-9. A public reception and awards presentation will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m.

For many years, a committee of sophomore art and design majors has been responsible for organizing and presenting the show, traditionally the most popular gallery event of the academic year. This year’s exhibition features original work in a variety of media, such as ceramics, oils and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media, and printmaking.

The exhibition is a competition open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Ohio Northern University. Any work completed for an art and design departmental course is eligible for consideration. Submissions fall into three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensionalONU Art & Design professors to serve as AICUO judges and graphic design.

Invited jurors review the submitted entries and make the final selections. This year, the external judges were Professors Bruce Chesser and Judith Greavu.

Prof. Chesser specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is professor emeritus 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. Greavu, associate professor emeritus, taught at Bluffton University and retired from Ohio Northern University where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and earned her masters’ degree from Bowling Green State University.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the Department of Art and Design at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: 2011 student juried exhibition

ImageONU Design professor selected to present at international art and humanities conference
November
—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design and chair of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, will present a case study session at the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. The conference will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 11–14 with more than 600 participants representing 30 countries.

Rowe’s session examines the issue of how ideas of sustainability can be applied to a community’s interactions, its economics and its physical environment by redesigning a recycling system for a campus community. Entitled “Think. Know. Do. Design for the Common Good,” it is a case study centered around visual advocacy. In essence, the paper addresses the importance of a social and an ethical approach to students’ design solutions. Another aspect focuses on students learning that they are citizens participating in a democratic society, and as such, they should be cognizant that their communication skills can be put to use as a powerful tool for social change for any number of issues.

The 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu, nicknamed “the gathering place.” The 2013 Hawaii International Conference will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields from all over the world.

The main goal of the 2013 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor and chair of the department of art & design, a top creative program in the United States (“Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers”). He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern Professor Emeritus wins best of show at Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Show
November
—Professor Emeritus Judith Greavu, associate professor of art from Ohio Northern University, has won the Juror’s Choice award (Best of Show) at this year’s Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Show.

The 7th annual juried exhibition features original works of art by Ohio artists. Work was selected through a blind jury process of distinguished art professionals. The artwork is currently on display at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in the Carnegie Gallery from November 10—December 29, 2012.

The Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry is a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Program and the Humanities, Fine Arts and Recreation Division of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The registry contains over 1,200 artists from Ohio and around the world, representing all kinds of work. In addition, nearly 8,000 images are contained in the database, including biographical information for each artist.

Greavu holds a B.S. degree in art education from Ball State University and an M.F.A. degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and recently retired from Ohio Northern University, where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees.

Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has presented from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including being selected for “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspirations,” an exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. She also was a winner of the 26th Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition in North Carolina, Locally, she constructed a fountain for the city of Bluffton, large sculpture commissions for Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens, and her Reef Installation was one of the works in the prestigious citywide Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize exhibition in 2010. In June 2011, ArtSpace/Lima celebrated her career during a retrospective exhibit held at the Ellen Nelson Gallery.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: En Garde!, bronze, 4’ x 3’ x 2’, 2010

ImageA&D students gain international education and study
November—Studying abroad is an incomparable experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live the life of another country, learn the customs of another culture and adapt to new surroundings. The success of a student’s experience depends to a large extent upon their own efforts to acclimate to living and studying in a foreign country.

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

This past fall semester, two A&D students studied in Europe.
• Katilin Bondra, a junior graphic design major from Mentor, studied at the Burren College of Art.
• Rebecca Krofcheck, a senior studio arts major from Westerville, studied at the Accademica Italiana.

The opportunity to studying abroad was an invaluable learning experience for Kaitlin.

“I learned how exciting it is to experience new places and new cultures. I also learned that learning outside the classroom is amazing. We were able to see things as we studied them. It really made everything come alive,” she says.

Kaitlin took a variety of design courses including branding design, package design and photography at the Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy. The school, considered one of the best fashion and design schools in Italy, was founded in 1984. It has campuses in Florence and in Rome, and cooperative programs with prestigious universities from all over the world. The Accademia Italiana offers bachelor’s programs and some masters programs in the fields of fashion and costume design, in interior and product design, graphic design, jewelry design, photography and new media. A department of Italian language and culture is also available.

“My classes were amazing. The professors were cool... In my coordinated image class, or the branding design class, we created a poster in a matter of days to get our brains moving and to discuss emotion. The professor wanted us to see the posters and to feel the message behind the design.”

Rebecca, just returning from Ireland, also encourages other students to study abroad. “I believe that every single person should study abroad. This experience benefited my life in numerous ways. There are hundreds of countries; so, pick the one that interests you and live there!” she said.

The Burren College of Art is an internationally recognized non-profit independent art college specializing in undergraduate and graduate fine art education. It is located in County Clare, Ireland with a philosophy of time, space and inspiration for artists in the unique Burren landscape. BCA has a maximum enrollment of 55 students at any one time and, because of its small scale, students quickly become acquainted with each other. Undergraduate and graduate students work together to program social events such as film screenings, daytrips or overnight trips to other parts of Ireland and Europe.

Art & design students at ONU have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in many countries throughout the world. The department of art & design already has a specific cooperative art exchange agreement with the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The University also has agreements with the Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy and the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. Numerous other international opportunities are available to students at Ohio Northern, including studying in Cuba, South America and Europe, because ONU is a member of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) that provides many study abroad and internship opportunities.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Senior graphic design major Kaitlin Bondra in front of the Roman Colosseum

ImageFirst year A&D students design advocacy handbills for national election
November
—In 2008, the voter registration rate at the time of the national election in the United States was about 88% of the voting eligible population. With this as a beginning, students in the art & design department at Ohio Northern University had the assignment to create handbills aimed at promoting participation in this year’s national election.

The AIGA|The Professional Association for Design is a nationwide association which works to “advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force” (AIGA.com). Get Out the Vote, a national AIGA Design for Democracy initiative since the 2000 election, enables designers to engage in the public arena by contributing to a coordinated voter mobilization campaign. The 2012 poster campaign builds on the efforts made in 2004 and 2008, when participants created more than 50,000 AIGA posters that were displayed in public places in communities across the nation and made available as online PDFs for anyone to download, print and post independently.

Students in an introductory visual communication class did their part with a chain of vivid and spirited handbills, each of which urged the ONU community to vote. The handbills, small printed advertisements distributed by hand, communicated the message to vote or to register to vote, and motivated citizens to turn out on election day.

The assignment fulfills an ongoing AIGA objective of demonstrating the value of design to the public, public officials and business by providing a clear call to action for an activity that is important to everyone. The project also addresses an important objective of the design program at Ohio Northern.

“One aspect of the assignment forced students to address formalistic visual qualities of typography and composition,” explained Prof. Melissa Eddings, the instructor for the course. “But, it also introduced students to visual advocacy.”

“Visual advocacy is being discussed more and more frequently within the graphic design profession,” said Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design program at ONU. “In essence, this project introduces the importance of a social and an ethical approach to students’ work. We want students to understand that they are citizens participating in a democratic society, and as such, they should be cognizant that their communication skills can be put to use as a powerful tool for social change for any number of issues.”

The introductory visual communication course is a freshman level design course that primarily serves as an introduction to the basic methods, processes, language, visual principles and underlying theory of working in two-dimensional communication design. The course aims to integrate visual communication theory while introducing professional practices in graphic design.

AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. For more information, visit www.aiga.org.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Image3rd Annual ‘Artists Against Hunger’ soup luncheon raises funds for local Back Pack Program
October—Across the country in our schools, teachers find that in some instances, Monday morning comes and they are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, the fuel that they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children when they go home over the weekend?

The Backpack Food Program seeks to eliminate hunger on weekends for students in school districts by providing the students with non-perishable foods in backpacks.

Backpacks are filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food for students who are at-risk for hunger when free or reduced-price school lunches are not available.

Backpacks are discreetly distributed to deserving students—in easily accessible and safe environments—on the last day prior to a weekend or holiday vacation.

Right here in Hardin County, the program aims to help the 15.8 percent of the population that lives below the poverty line. In Kenton City Schools alone, 51 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches. Currently, there are 130 students at Kenton who are recipients of the Backpack Program.

School nurse Brenda Jennings, who is in charge of Hardin County’s program, said that there are children in the program in grades preschool through 12th grade. The discreet program allows those students to take home a bag of food twice a month to help feed them over a weekend. Each bag costs $3.90 and includes two breakfast items, two lunch items, two dinner items, and two snacks. The bags are provided by the West Ohio Food Bank.

The Artists Against Hunger luncheonoffers the community an opportunity to give back in exchange for a delicious lunch and a handcrafted ceramic bowl made by students from Ohio Northern University and Hardin County schools. The bowls will be filled with soup chosen from a variety of kinds including: minestrone, chicken noodle, butternut squash, and chili.

The luncheon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Wilson Art Center on Ohio Northern University’s campus between 11a.m. and 2p.m.. Each bowl will be $10, and all proceeds will go to the Hardin County Backpack Program. In addition to lunch and the choice of a one-of-a-kind bowl, the community will be encouraged to participate in a weeklong food drive. The Non-perishable food items can be donated in various locations on ONU’s campus.

Mayumi Kiefer, studio arts student at Ohio Northern, founded the event two years ago in order to combine her two passions of helping others and creating art. Kiefer says she looked at all of the talent in the ONU Department of Art & Design and thought, “Why are we not using these things for a good cause?” As a result, Artists Against Hunger was born and raised approximately $1,100 in its debut. Last year, $2,000 was donated to the Backpack program. Kiefer, as well the rest of the ONU Department of Art & Design, are hopeful that this year’s event will be even more successful.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: This year’s poster and campaign is designed by students from the Professional Practices in Design course: Kevin Drain, Jerry Beard and Ranata Santiago.

ImageONU recognized as Private University of the Year by the Washington Center
Art & Design students benefit from experiential learning
October
—The Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Programs, an organization that provides college students with the opportunity to work and learn in the nation’s capital, has named Ohio Northern University as its Private University of the Year.

ONU was recognized on October 1 for its strong commitment to internships and academic programming offered through TWC. From publicizing the program, to advising students of opportunities and assisting students with the application process, Ohio Northern distinguished itself as a leader among private universities and their placement of students with high-profile internships.

Ohio Northern was recognized at the annual Academic Affairs Awards Luncheon, which was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of the month. Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, served as the master of ceremonies during the event. She kicked off the night with a celebration of TWC’s 50,000 alumni, both undergraduates and postgraduates, committed to TWC’s three pillars: civic engagement, leadership and professional achievement.

Also during the gala event, Michael B. Smith (BA ’86), TWC’s president, spoke about the transformational experience of a quality internship, where students “may enter as interns but emerge as alumni with broader perspectives, stronger skills and real world experiences. In these times, The Washington Center’s work is part of the solution and has never been more important.” He also spoke about the role of partners and sponsors who help make so much of what TWC does possible.

The most recent Art & Design student accepted to the program was Andrew Adams (BFA/graphic design ’12) during the summer 2011 term. He interned for Winking Fish, a design firm specializing in effective communication solutions, including print and digital media. They work with clients to develop visual identities from the ground up or help organizations re-brand to develop better images.

Andrew currently works full-time with Winking Fish, located in Arlington, Va.

Ohio Northern has a strong relationship with TWC and has partnered with the Center for nearly two decades. The University encourages and supports students who wish to engage in internship opportunities through TWC. Members of the ONU faculty have served on the National Liaison Advisory Board for a number of years and have served as faculty leaders in TWC programming.

In the department of art & design, internships are an integral part of the educational program. They give students the opportunity to affirm career goals and gain experience in a chosen field while making invaluable connections in the profession.

All art & design students in the BFA program are engaged in a substantive professional experience. For art education majors, 12 weeks of student teaching are required for licensure. But for studio arts, advertising design, and graphic design majors, an internship or study abroad experience is required for graduation. In special occasions, domestic study in an approved program also may fulfill this requirement.

Typical sites for students have included design firms such as Winking Fish, public relations firms, advertising firms, museums and arts organizations. Some internships are paid experiences that help offset expenses and college costs while other internships lead to freelance work or full-time employment.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has over 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Ohio Northern University’s president, Dr. Daniel DiBiasio (second from the left), accepts the award at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., during the awards gala on Oct. 1.

ImageOhio Northern design students attend conference highlighting design’s critical role in creating social value
October—Concluding National Design Week, several Ohio Northern University design students and faculty attended this year’s AIGA’s Gain Conferece, “Design for Social Value.” Students heard design, business and social innovation leaders from a variety of industries share their visionary approaches to creating social value. Presenters demonstrated the broadening role design plays in institutional strategy, leadership, process and service, product and message, and how the creative attributes of designers provide special advantages to tackling socially relevant projects and enhancing the human experience.

Designers, businesses, organizations and governments recognize the need to take a holistic, human-centered approach to working in the greater world and acknowledge that they must create social value in order to succeed.

Held October 9–10 in San Francisco, California, the conference was presented by AIGA, the national professional organization for design. AIGA’s 22,000-person membership comprises graphic designers, brand consultants, design firm principals, web designers and corporate in-house designers from across the United States.

Students and faculty who attended Gain this year were:
• Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design
• Nancy Burnett, associate director for design (Communications & Marketing)
• Kevin Drain, senior graphic design major
• Andrew Crozier, senior graphic design major
• Lauren Hector, sophomore graphic design major
• Mike Madsen, senior graphic design major
• Danielle Whisman, senior design minor
• Jerry Beard, senior graphic design major
• Abby Brown, sophomore graphic design major
• Brittany Lang, junior graphic design major
• Vicki Moga, senior advertising design major

“Gain” showed the students that what designers do on a daily basis—create, communicate, strategize, analyze, translate, collaborate—is what puts them in the perfect position to build social value for companies, clients and communities.

A few of the speakers included:

Debbie Aung Din, Proximity Designs
Debbie Aung Din is cofounder of Proximity Designs, a nonprofit social enterprise operating in Myanmar (Burma). Proximity Designs makes and sells products and services that provide a path out of poverty for rural families. Proximity operates a full-scale design lab staffed with professional product designers. Products are designed for extreme affordability and typically boost productivity and incomes by $200–$300 so families can afford basic necessities. Proximity delivers products to rural customers through a vast network of independent agro-dealer shops and village service providers. Since 2004, over 180,000 products and services have been purchased by rural households. Aung Din is a native of Myanmar and has lived and worked in Mississippi, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar. She has worked for a variety of organizations including nongovernmental agencies, local community groups, USAID, the United Nations and the World Bank. Aung Din holds a Masters degree from Harvard University where she studied public policy and development economics. 

David J. Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
David J. Erickson is director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and edits the Federal Reserve Journal Community Development Investment Review. His research areas in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. Erickson has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on economic history and public policy. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He has also been a leader in the collaboration between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on bringing health together with community development. To date, this collaboration has resulted in 10 conferences around the country and numerous publications, including a cluster of articles in Health Affairsin November, 2011. His book on the history of community development, The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods, was published in 2009 by the Urban Institute Press. His most recent book, an edited volume, is titled Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose.

Robert Fabricant, frog
Robert Fabricant is vice president of creative for frog in New York, where he leads multidisciplinary design teams for clients such as BBC, Comcast, GE, MTV, Nextel and Nissan. He has developed user experiences for numerous digital platforms, including handheld devices, in-car information systems, medical devices, retail environments, networked applications and desktop software. Fabricant is a leader of frog’s healthcare expert group, a cross-disciplinary global team that works collectively to share best practices and build frog’s healthcare capabilities. An expert in design for social innovation, Fabricant recently led Project Masiluleke, an initiative that harnesses the power of mobile technology to combat the world’s worst HIV and AIDS epidemic in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He leads frog’s Mobile Mandate, a collaborative platform leveraging frog’s expertise in mobile technologies to create social impact. Launching Mobile Mandate, frog had entered a strategic collaboration with UNICEF for Health programs focused on maternal/infant health and welfare. Fabricant is an adjunct professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches a foundation course in Interaction Design. In 2009, he joined the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York and is a faculty member of the Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellowship Program. A regular speaker at conferences and events, and is a frequent contributor to a wide variety of publications, including I.D. Magazine, The Wall Street Journaland Wired.  

Maria Giudice, HOT Studio
Innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur—Maria Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Under Giudice's leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, has grown from a two-person outfit into a full-service creative agency with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Along the way, Hot has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses every year since 2008, and in 2011 was inducted into the San Francisco Business Times’ Hall of Fame. Known for her candor and wit, Giudice has spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad, including TEDxPresidio, SXSW and AIGA’s Design Conference. She teaches regularly at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and in California College of the Arts’ DMBA and MFA programs. Giudice holds a BFA from Cooper Union and is co-author and designer of several award-winning books, including Elements of Web Designand Web Design Essentials. In 2012, she was named an AIGA Fellow.

Denise Korn, Youth Designand Korn Design
Denise Korn is the Principal of Korn Design, a nationally recognized brand strategy and design firm with offices in Boston and New York. Korn has worked with a wide range of clients delivering groundbreaking strategic work for top-of-class developers, entrepreneurs, chefs and institutional leaders, providing expert consultation on an equally wide range of assignments in the categories of leading hospitality, restaurants and luxury goods. In 2003, Korn founded Youth Design, a nonprofit organization one of the nation’s leading programs that focuses on addressing the critical socioeconomic needs of urban youth by teaching them highly marketable design skills, giving them access to committed professional mentors, and supporting them along the path toward higher education by introducing them to viable career opportunities in the design industry. Youth Design is helping to shape the next generation of diverse design professionals through its robust workforce development and educational initiatives set in the context of design and promoting diversity in the creative economy. Korn graduated from Cornell University where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in fine art and photography through the School of Architecture, Art and Planning. Korn served as co-president of the New England Creative Economy Initiative and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Boston chapter of AIGA Boston, and the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA).

Patrice Martin, IDEO.org
Patrice Martin is the co-lead and creative director of IDEO.org, the nonprofit organization started by IDEO to address poverty-related challenges through design and to encourage the use of human-centered innovation in the social sector. Martin's work at IDEO.org focuses on partnering with nonprofits, social enterprises and foundations to deliver innovative solutions to problems that affect low-income communities. She’s worked across a diverse set of challenges, including youth employment, early childhood learning, scalable solutions for water and sanitation, financial inclusion and more. She also created and stewarded HCD Connect, the online platform to build community amongst human-centered practitioners, a now vibrant website with 10,000 plus users. Before founding IDEO.org, Martin was a design director with IDEO and her work spanned large-scale social change in the private, public and social sectors, with clients including Nike, Mayo Clinic, The American Red Cross, Gates Foundation and Marriott International. 

Leslie Ziegler, Rock Health
Leslie Ziegler is the Chief Evangelist and part of the founding team at Rock Health, a San Francisco-based incubator for early stage digital health start ups. Rock Health brings together the brightest minds in technology, medicine, investment and corporate to find new ways to address issues in the health care system through technology. Prior to Rock Health, Leslie worked as one of the first employees at an early stage start up, and spent over eight years in advertising, at agencies including McCann Erickson and DDB, with clients ranging from (RED), Starbucks, Intel, Pepsi and Microsoft. Leslie is an avid photographer, reader, runner and traveler. 

AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. For more information, visit www.aiga.org.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

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

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

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

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

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

“I highly recommend studying abroad,” said Nicole. “It was an unbelievable experience. At first I was a little timid because I was gone for an entire month. But, once I was there, I absorbed as much as I could—the culture, the classes, the museums, the history. I’ll never forget it.”

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

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

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

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

ImageBeautiful Stories (Remix) opens at Ohio Northern’s Elzay Gallery of Art
September
—The Ohio Northern University gallery program continues its 2012–13 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay Gallery of Art with a show entitled “Beautiful Stores (Remix)” by artist Patricia Bellan-Gillen. The exhibit runs October 1 through November 9.

After years of studying cultural, dream, mythological and religious symbols, Bellan-Gillen found that the most interesting signs are the images that appear and keep pressing on one’s mind with no explanation. Honoring these puzzling visages, she maps the same direction begun in her paintings, prints and drawings. In very simple terms, she wants to make work that combines ideas and imagery generated through study and research with ideas and imagery that are felt, intuitive, and enigmatic.

Patricia’s current body of work continues to build on the use of imagery that suggests a narrative, remixes our stories and attempts to engage the viewer’s associative responses: imagery that is at once forgotten but familiar.  Her work also celebrates a return to drawing—the sheer love of the fundamental act of working with the most basic of materials.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session.

A public reception will be held Friday, Oct. 5 from 5–7p.m. at the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Wilson Art Center. As part of the University Homecoming activities, a public lecture will be held at 5:30p.m., Oct. 5. Both are free and open to the public.

Operated by the department of art & design, the University’s exhibition program serves as a vital means for engaging the Ohio Northern community and the Northwest Central Ohio region in the visual arts. The gallery season is designed to serve as an educational and cultural resource, to host national and international touring exhibitions, and to host original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Patricia Bellan-Gillen lives in rural Burgettstown, Pennsylvania adjacent to the West Virginia border.  She is the Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she teaches a variety of classes including Foundation Drawing, Concept Studio, Painting and MFA Seminar.

Bellan-Gillen’s paintings, prints and drawings have been the focus of over 35 solo exhibitions across the U. S., including venues in Washington DC, Chautauqua, NY, Las Cruces, NM, Albany, NY, Bloomington, IL and Portland, OR.   Her work has been included in numerous group shows in museums, commercial galleries, university galleries, and alternative spaces.  Venues have included: Hudson river Museum, Yonkers, NY, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY, Frans Masreel Centrum, Belgium, and the Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma, WA. 

“After years of studying cultural, dream, mythological and religious symbols,” said Bellan-Gillen, “I am beginning to believe that the most interesting signs are the images that appear and keep pressing on one’s mind with no explanation-unexpected images that flash across the brain when phrases like ‘war by proxy,’ ‘turn to salt’ or ‘separation of church and state’ are heard. Or the nascent compositions that appear while revisiting the ‘Spy vs. Spy’ pages of vintage Mad Magazine or hearing the familiar Da-Da-DaDa-DaDa theme song from the Rocky and Bullwinkel Show.   Honoring these puzzling visages maps the direction that I have begun to follow in my paintings, prints and drawings.  In very simple terms, I want to make work that combines ideas and imagery generated through study and research with ideas and imagery that are felt, intuitive and enigmatic.”

Bellan-Gillen continued, “This current body of work continues to build on the use of imagery that suggests a narrative, remixes our stories and attempts to engage the viewer's associative responses: imagery that is at once forgotten but familiar.  The work also celebrates a return to drawing-the sheer love of the fundamental act of working with the most basic of materials.

“I must add that I am an artist that finds absolute exhilaration in mark making, from the controlled and academic to the childlike and spontaneous. I often look to the work of outsider artists for inspiration and awe.  I want to achieve a weird elegance.  I welcome provocation and puzzles. I would like my drawings to confront the viewer simultaneously with beauty and awkwardness and to mediate grace with humor.  I place great trust in the viewer.”

The Elzay Gallery of Art is named for Colonel William O. Elzay. Colonel Elzay attended Ada High School and graduated from Ohio Northern in 1925 with a bachelor of arts. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1929. After a career in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, he enjoyed a successful career as a trust officer with Chase Manhattan Bank and as an independent financial advisor. In 1965, ONU awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration. He also served on the Board of Trustees from 1955 until 1985. Col. Elzay died May 26, 1995 at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Beautiful Stories/Rocky J. Squirrel as Ratatoosk,acrylic, oil, silverpoint ground, graphite on birch, 2010, 84" x 120"

ImageSaturday Morning art enrichment program links ONU to community
September
— In 2006, Ohio Northern University art education professor Linda Lehman founded the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program benefiting Ohio Northern students as well as local elementary students. The program was also designed to connect the University and the departments of art & design and education to the surrounding community.

Now, in its sixth year, the program continues to flourish. SMArts is an exciting enrichment program designed for students interested in the visual arts and creative experiences. The program offers student engagement in a variety of media and activities including sculpting, creating handmade paper, photography, drawing and painting. Art appreciation and art history experiences are made possible through the students’ access to the university’s art resources such as the outdoor bronze sculptures by the artists, Remington, Fraser and Russell.

This year the program, starting in October, will focus on the integration of science and art as children combine their creative and problem solving skills as both an artist and a scientist.

This program is sponsored in part by the Ada Kiwanis Club and supported by Ohio Northern University’s Center for Teacher Education. There will be no cost to participants.

The Art Enrichment Program is coordinated by Ohio Northern’s art education instructor, Linda Lehman and Dr. Debra Gallagher. Classes are taught by selected ONU teacher candidates. Sixteen teacher candidates under the supervision of Professor Lehman and Professor Gallagher are involved in teaching and assisting students.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern University Art & Design professor awarded endowed chair
September
—Ohio Northern University professor Brit Rowe has been named the Eleanor H. and Robert W. Biggs Endowed Chair in the Fine Arts for the 2012-13 academic year.

Rowe is associate professor and chair of the department of art & design, a top 200 creative program in the United States (“Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers”). He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions including the Ohio Governor’s Exhibition and Poster for Tomorrow, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising/graphic design educators. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

The Eleanor H. and Robert W. Biggs Endowed Chair in the Fine Arts was established in 1992 to recognize faculty’s outstanding contributions to the University. The chair recognizes faculty from the departments of art & design, communication and theatre arts, and music.

“The award is based on teaching, scholarship and service,” said Rowe. “The professors in the Fine Arts Division select and nominate a faculty member. Then the administration reviews the nomination to receive the recognition.”

Rowe teaches undergraduate level courses including visual communication design, typography, narrative structures, persuasive design, identity design, and design research. “This award will certainly help with new initiatives within the department,” said Rowe.

In 1994, University President Dr. DeBow Freed said, “Endowed chairs are a means of honoring deserving faculty for excellence in teaching and scholarship and distinguished service to the University. Those appointed admirably meet the criteria for selection and bring additional distinction to the chairs” (Alumni Magazine, Number 1, March 1994).

The theatre/concert hall of the Freed Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated in memory of the late Dr. Eleanor Biggs, a former university trustee. She was a warm, genuine person who took great interest in the arts at Ohio Northern. She encouraged strengthening and expanding the arts program.

Mrs. Biggs served on the development committee of the board of trustees and assisted in the fund drive for the performing arts center.

She was the widow of Dr. Robert W. Biggs, an ONU graduate and past chief executive officer of Brush-Wellman, Inc. of Cleveland. She received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was actively involved in the Cleveland area community and supported several colleges.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageONU Art & Design Professor has photograph accepted to publication
September
—In the 2012 edition of Denver’s Schmap Travel Guide, Ohio Northern University Professor Brit Rowe presents a perspective of the interior of the famous Denver Art Museum. This was the second time the photograph was accepted for publication.

The guide features a description of the museum’s collection along with the 2006 dedication of the contemporary wing of the building, designed by Daniel Libeskind. The design “recalls the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver” (Libeskind, 2006).

Schmap is a location technology service provider and local publisher, with cutting-edge expertise at the intersection of local, social, commercial and the real-time web. The company is best known for its real-time city guides and their popular Twitter service.

The first Schmap City Guides were released in March 2006. Initially revised twice a year, the guides are now updated real-time, with local buzz for restaurants and museums from Twitter users, reviews from local residents, local photos from contributing photographers, plus events, activities and local deals.

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor and chair of the department of art & design, a top 200 creative program in the United States (“Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers”). He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions including the Ohio Governor’s Exhibition and Poster for Tomorrow, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising/graphic design educators. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern Professor accepted to international wood fire exhibit
September
—Luke Sheets, assistant professor in art & design at Ohio Northern University, is one of 50 ceramists to be accepted in the Plinth Gallery and The Boulder Pottery Lab’s “Flashpoint: An International Wood Fire Exhibition,” a two-month juried show of wood-fired ceramics.

The juror for the exhibit is John Balistreri, a ceramic artist best known for his large scale sculptures. He is currently an associate professor of art and the head of the ceramic art program at Bowling Green State University.

Only 50 pieces out of 200 entries were selected for this exemplary collection. The works for the exhibit demonstrated a diversity of style by contemporary ceramic artists who continue to use this ancient tradition of firing with wood.

Flashpoint opens Friday, October 5 from 5–10 p.m. with an artist reception and awards ceremony. A special wood kiln demonstration, construction, and firing, is scheduled for November 2–3 at Plinth Gallery to coincide with Denver Arts Week. 

Plinth Gallery is an award-winning gallery venue for contemporary ceramic art, featuring monthly exhibitions of work by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The gallery is located in Denver’s River North Art District.

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including 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. This past year, he also was invited to speak at the first international conference on research and trends in wood firing. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Zihana Tome, wood fire ceramics, Prof. Luke Sheets

ImageOhio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery of Art opens season with international project
August
—The Ohio Northern University gallery program opens its 2012–13 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay Gallery of Art with an international traveling show entitled “Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project.” The exhibit runs August 27 through September 21.

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project is an exhibition that investigates the power of small-scale artists’ books. The books challenge readers with grand, powerful, urgent, and poignant content while the Project provides an intimate, economical, democratic and global exchange.

The Project was curated by Hui-Chu Ying, an associate professor of art at the Myers School of Art, The University of Akron. The original exhibition opened at the Southern Graphics Council 2009 Annual Conference called Global Implications at Columbia College in March.

“As soon as the Southern Graphics Council announced the conference in Chicago,” said Hui-Chu, “I created this exhibition proposal for the SGC artists: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books. I thought this could be the perfect project to suit the program at Columbia College and its Center for Book and Paper Arts.” Hui-Chu asked artists, primarily printmaking faculty, to create six or more editions of miniature books for the MIMB project.

Ohio Northern University Associate Professor Melissa Eddings has a book in the Project. She was one of 100 artists worldwide who was invited to MIMB.

The exhibit has been traveling to more than 35 locations throughout the United States and 16 international sites. Over 142 books were selected for the Project.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

A public reception will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 5–7p.m. at the Elzay Gallery of Art.

Operated by the department of art & design, the University’s exhibition program serves as a vital means for engaging the Ohio Northern community and the Northwest Central Ohio region in the visual arts. The gallery season is designed to serve as an educational and cultural resource, to host national and international touring exhibitions, and to host original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern University’s Stambaugh Gallery opens season with prints by Paul Jacoulet
August
—The Ohio Northern University gallery program opens its 2012–13 art exhibition and gallery season at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery with a show entitled “The Prints of Paul Jacoulet.” The exhibit runs September 3 through December 14.

The pieces on display during the exhibition are representative of a collection of Asian art given to Ohio Northern by Col. Elmer E. Welty, LLB ’27, Hon.D. ’82, and his wife, Lyla. The Welty Collection includes more than 500 pieces of carvings, porcelains, sculpture, furniture and prints. Representative items from the 19th century, Ch’ing Dynasty, Meji period, plus numerous Kutani and Imari China pieces make this an outstanding and diverse collection of academic and cultural use by Ohio Northern.

Col. Welty studied law at Ohio Northern from 1924–26 and then attended the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kan. He continued his education with special studies in Far Eastern affairs at Yale University. The Weltys lived in Asia for 30 years, and this print exhibit features acquisitions of Jacoulet’s work made during that period. Later, Col. Welty formed the firm of Welty, Shimeal and Tokotori, specializing in international law and patents. He was presented with an ONU Alumni Award in 1979 recognizing his career accomplishments and reflection on Ohio Northern. In 1982, Col Welty received an honorary doctor of laws from ONU. He donated his entire Asian collection in 1991 to Ohio Northern.

This exhibition features the work of the French artist Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960) who lived in Japan most of his life. During a span of 26 years, he produced 166 masterfully printed color woodcuts inspired by his travels to Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia and numerous islands of the South Pacific. His inventive compositions reveal a synthesis of traditional Japanese printing techniques with modern European aesthetics and are examples of superb craftsmanship. Each print involved as many as 300 pressings of handmade paper against as many as sixty carved cherry wood blocks.

As a young boy, Jacoulet moved to Tokyo where his father taught French at the School of Foreign Languages. Jacoulet’s formal education in Japan was supplemented by private instruction in languages, calligraphy, painting and music. Following an early career as an interpreter for the French embassy in Tokyo, he decided to devote himself exclusively to his art. During his extensive travels, he filled his sketchbooks with drawings and also painted hundreds of watercolors. In the execution of his prints, Jacoulet collaborated with master carvers and skillful young printers, personally supervising the pulling of each print. He often credited their significant role by stamping their names along the margins of his prints.

Jacoulet’s woodcuts evoke the themes and methods of the traditional Japanese woodblock print genre known as ukiyo-e. Dating back to the 17th century, ukiyo-e prints typically featured theater performers, beautiful courtesans, landscapes and scenes from history and everyday life. Jacoulet is often associated with the Shin Hanga ("New Prints") movement that sought to revitalize this tradition by introducing Western realism and new subject matter. Jacoulet further invigorated the ukiyo-e tradition through his experimentation with elaborate new techniques and innovative materials. For example, he used precious metals and natural pigments in devising new shadings as well as colored mica, powdered semi-precious stones and small embossing blocks for added texture.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Operated by the department of art & design, the University’s exhibition program serves as a vital means for engaging the Ohio Northern community and the Northwest Central Ohio region in the visual arts. The gallery season is designed to serve as an educational and cultural resource, to host national and international touring exhibitions, and to host original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “The Pearls. Manchuria,” woodblock, 44" x 66"

ImageOhio Northern’s Professor Emeritus selected to show work at “Collectively Independent Sculpture in the Gardens”
August—Judith Greavu, associate professor of art emeritus at Ohio Northern University, is one of four artists to have been selected to exhibit work at the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens’ Collectively Independent Sculpture in the Gardens.

The exhibition, located in Elmore, Ohio, is organized to both compliment the gardens and the art. In this 12th annual sculpture exhibit, artists from the Midwest region have been invited to participate. This year’s curator was Professor Shawn Morin from Bowling Green State University.

“The work in this exhibition represents all four of the primary methodologies related to the art and practice of sculpture,” explained Morin. “Addition, subtraction, manipulation and substitution are the very core from which all other sculptural works live and breath, and have their being.”

Greavu holds a B.S. degree in art education from Ball State University and an M.F.A. degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and recently retired from Ohio Northern University, where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs.

Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has presented from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including being selected for “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspirations,” an exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. Locally, she constructed a fountain for the city of Bluffton, large sculpture commissions for Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens, and her Reef Installation was one of the works in the prestigious citywide Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize exhibition in 2010. Last year, ArtSpace/Lima celebrated her career during a retrospective exhibit held at the Ellen Nelson Gallery.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is an oasis of rare beauty on 17 acres of land where nature, colorful gardens, and sculpture are united. The gardens were begun over seven decades ago by Joseph and Marie Schedel. What began as a labor of love eventually became a wonderful regional resource. Today, the public comes to Schedel Arboretum & Gardens to enjoy the exquisite landscape designs of the upland and lowland gardens. These landscape designs were first started by Joseph Schedel when he designed the Japanese garden in the 1950s.

The Schedel Arboretum and Gardens is an operation of the Joseph J. and Marie P. Schedel Foundation. The Arboretum and Gardens is dedicated to preserving and improving this legacy from Joseph and Marie Schedel. It is funded by income from the Schedel Foundation, memberships, donations, grants, and special fund-raising events.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic designand studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern Faculty and Alumni to exhibit work in Fine Craft Invitational
August
—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 Boston Pops, the Ravinia Festival, 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 4 at ArtSpace’s Ellen Nelson Gallery and runs through September 8. Artists on display work in wood, metal, clay, paper, fabric, and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals and beads.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 6:30–8:30p.m.

ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 20 area artists in this joint invitational. Accepted into the show are several Ohio Northern faculty and alumni including:

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

• 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.

• Ed Corle 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.

• Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including 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. This past year, he also was invited to speak at the first international conference on research and trends in wood firing. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design.

• 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.

Most of the craftspersons in the exhibit are from northwest central Ohio and several have been award-winners in earlier ArtSpace shows.

The exhibit is deliberately designed to “lower the temperature” of the Ellen Nelson Gallery, featuring more accessible works than are usually on display. Still, the emphasis for this exhibit is on the word “fine.”

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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic designand studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

ImageOhio Northern Professor Emeritus is finalist in national outdoor sculpture competition
June
—Professor Emeritus Judith Greavu, associate professor of art from Ohio Northern University, is a winner of the 26th Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition in Boone, North Carolina. She was one of ten finalists who were chosen from a total of 37 artists with a total of 58 separate entries.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University. Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, this national, juried competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture.

Each year, 10 sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are situated in outdoor, public settings across campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as that year’s Rosen Award winner. Since its establishment in 1987, The Rosen has become an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university’s annual multi-arts celebration.

“My sculptures develop from a form and gesture vocabulary that started to build when I moved to Florida as a 7-year-old child,” explained Greavu.  “The nature investigations have continued and currently focus on Ohio pond life, including microscopic forms, and tide pools of coastal Northern Ireland and Donegal, Ireland, as well as reinvestigated Florida forms.”

She said, “The sculptures often do not directly represent animals or plants but do catch the gesture and spirit of bio forms.”

“The complex lost wax bronze casting process becomes an important part of expression in the sculptures,” said Greavu of the undertaking. “Although I pour wax into traditionally pulled molds from full scale plaster sculpture models, I also like working the wax directly through flattening and folding as well as pinching and pushing. That manipulation can give a tactile jolt that is directly translated into the bronze that is poured into the refractory molds from which the wax has been melted.”

Greavu holds a B.S. degree in art education from Ball State University and an M.F.A. degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and recently retired from Ohio Northern University, where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs.

Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has presented from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including being selected for “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspirations,” an exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. Locally, she constructed a fountain for the city of Bluffton, large sculpture commissions for Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens, and her Reef Installation was one of the works in the prestigious citywide Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize exhibition in 2010. Last year, ArtSpace/Lima celebrated her career during a retrospective exhibit held at the Ellen Nelson Gallery.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Trojan Ocarina; silicon and bronze

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