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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• and how to assess personal progress to improve craftsmanship and refine and complete works of art.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michelle helped open Sign Pro in 1996 upon graduating from Ohio Northern University. Her degrees in graphic design and business marketing proved beneficial when she purchased the business in 1999. In 2004 she led Sign Pro through a major expansion, including adding 1,000 sq. ft. to their shop, several wide format printers, a hot laminator, a design room with 3 new design stations along with many other updates.

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

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

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

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

 

A&D Celebrates Scholarship and Achievement of Students and Faculty
April
—Throughout its history, Ohio Northern University has fostered a tradition of involving undergraduate students in scholarship, research and projects. Students from the department of art & design have presented their work from classes, independent studies and research projects in local, state and national venues.

On April 26, ONU’s Honors Day recognized outstanding students in high-level of scholarship, service and accomplishment to the University community. A highlight of the art & design program included the Kappa Pi art honorary’s induction ceremony, the department awards presentation and a picnic with family and friends.

This year, five art & design students were inducted into Kappa Pi. To be eligible, candidates must maintain a high level of scholarship, meet the organization’s academic standards, and be involved in various extracurricular activities including those in the department of art & design.

Those students inducted were:
• Caitlyn E. Busch, advertising design major
• Carmen R. Cano, advertising design major
• Andrew A. Chemski, design minor
• Emily A. Kleine, advertising design major
• Hannah S. Moloney, graphic design major

Kappa Pi, founded in 1911 at the University of Kentucky, is an international art honorary. Over 170 chapters have been installed in the United States and abroad. Its main purpose is to form bodies of students who will uphold the highest ideals of a liberal education; to raise the standards of productive artistic work among students; to furnish the highest reward for conscientious effort in furthering the best interest of art in the broadest sense of the term.

About 13 A&D students received awards for overall academic achievement or outstanding performance within their major and academic work. Two of the awards are established by or in memory of an ONU student, Shelley Petrillo.

“It is important that we come together during this annual University tradition to celebrate student achievement,” said William Mancuso, department of art & design chair. “It’s a time to celebrate faculty and students’ achievements and for the department to thank our student leaders. It also provides our students a moment to consider not just what they have achieved but what they want to become.”

The following A&D students earned scholarships and other recognition awards during Honors Day:
• Brittany Lang, senior graphic design major, won an Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Rebecca Krofcheck, senior studio arts/3D major, was nominated from ONU for an Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Brittany Lang was the recipient of the Twice Ten Art Club Award.

• Emily Mueller, senior studio arts/2D major, was accepted to the Spring Juried Show at ArtSpace/Lima.

• Hannah Rodenhausen, senior art education major, Kelsey MacDonald, senior art education major, Rebecca Krofcheck, senior studio arts major, all had work accepted to the Findlay Art League juried show.

• Lauren Hector, a junior graphic design major, won the Weir Scholarship for Internships.

Art & Design Department Service Awards
• Lauren Hector, senior graphic design major, AIGA/ONU president
• Abigail Brown, junior advertising design major, Kappa Pi president
• Caitlyn Busch, sophomore advertising design major, gallery/special projects assistant
• Carmen Cano, junior advertising design major, Artists Against Hunger

Senior Department Honors
• Art Education: Hannah Rodenhausen
• Graphic Design: Kaitlin Bondra
• Studio Arts: Emily Mueller

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
• Lauren Rose, freshman studio arts major
• Rebecca Carmen, freshman graphic design major
• Aya Hashiguchi, sophomore art education major

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Caitlyn Busch, advertising design major
• Senior: Lauren Hector, graphic design major

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the Third Award for an ink and watercolor painting called, “20 Crows in a Nasturtium Patch with Frogs Watching the German Crow Air Force Fly over in 1918.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

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

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

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

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

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 25–June 7. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

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

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

 

Ohio Northern design students to organize Grafik Intervention in Ada Business District
April—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 upper-level graphic design students in Prof. Brit Rowe’s Advanced Visual Communication Design course at Ohio Northern University will host a Grafik Intervention on May 9 from 9 to 10 p.m. in Ada, Ohio. The event will take place at the historic Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, located in the business district.

In addition, an exhibit will highlight the history and significance of the depot beginning at 8 p.m. Parking will be limited to the east end of the depot’s parking lot.

Through thorough research of the 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 residence 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 students at ONU,” said Kaitlin Bondra, a senior graphic design major from Mentor, 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: Sparking Urban Revitalization Through Graphic Design was originally conceived as an MFA graphic design thesis project at the Academy of Art University by William Culpepper. The event 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. Through 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/2014GrafikInterventionAdaOhio

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

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

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

 

The April display at Heterick Memorial Library features work from the A&D book arts course
April—
This month, the Heterick Memorial Library at Ohio Northern University displayed several beautiful handmade books created in an extradisciplinary course offered by the department of art & design.

Taught by Prof. Melissa Eddings, the Archaeology of the Book course began with a brief survey of book history and how it evolved over time to the structure we are familiar with today. “Students were asked to think about what makes a book a book?,” explained Prof. Eddings. “What is the function of a book? Does the structure/binding define the book or vice versa?

“Students then made their own paper which they folded into signatures for their text block. The historic model we focused on was a 14th century gothic-style Medieval book. After the paper was made, they began work on the wood (oak) covers. Sewing holes were drilled and the boards were shaped in the same manner as gothic-style Medieval books were shaped: rounded edges along the head, tail, and spine, and chamfered toward the fore edge of the book. Students then had the option of painting and distressing their covers to artificially “age” the books. Several layers of milk paint were applied and then burnished with steel wool. Once the desired effects were achieved, the covers were coated with wax (shoe polish) and buffed.”

The sewing was a Coptic variation which involved attaching the boards to the text block as the spine is sewn. “A link chain stitch was used which created a beautiful braided chain across the spine,” said Prof. Eddings. “Historically, the spine would have been covered with leather, hiding the intricate sewing. The spine was left exposed to showcase the sewing pattern.

“Once both covers were attached, the end bands were sewn. End bands were found at the head and tail of the spine of books. Many contemporary hardcover books have end bands, but these are applied as decoration and don’t act as a structural component the way hand sewn end bands did centuries earlier.”

The books and the materials used to make them are on display in the Heterick Library on the first floor through April 24, 2014. In addition, library books related to book art and bookbinding are also on display next to the exhibit and are available for checkout.

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

 

High School Summer Design Camp offered at Ohio Northern University: Your Path to Becoming a Graphic Designer
April—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 Academic Institute program for high school students who are entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years in the 2014–2015 academic year.

This year’s summer camp will take place Sunday, June 15—Friday, June 20. All academic programming will take place at the Wilson Art Center.

The camp will embark on an exciting journey to explore the fundamentals of visual communication. Working in teams, students will redesign a nonprofit visual identity, including the logo, through a combination of research activities. Students will learn how a variety of visual elements and methods convey an identity, such as color, typeface, illustration and photography. Students also will work together to understand the organization’s market, gather research on the identity, develop design criteria based on that research, develop alternative versions of a new identity, refine one version as the final design solution, and present a formal presentation of their design solution.

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 2014-2015 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 Academic 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 $460 per week. A few scholarships are available for financial assistance to cover the camp fee. Space in the Summer Honors Academic Institute is limited. Registration deadline is May 6. To register and for other detailed information, visit the Ohio Northern’s Summer Academic and Honors Institute website: http://www.onu.edu/academics/summer_academic_and_honors_institute

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

image: Students present their final design campaign and project in the Elzay Gallery last year.

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

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

image: “Dance” by Ed Corle

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andy’s obsession with traditional and new is evident.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Emily is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts. While a student at ONU, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit SaveLocalWaters.org.

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

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

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

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

 

A&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 is participating in an internship this summer in Columbus at a design firm. “Professionally, I want to secure a job that allows me to make a difference in the community,” explains Lauren. “The idea of ‘Design for Good’ is a very popular movement happening in our generation right now. It is the practice of creating design that ignites a change in the world for the better. As a graphic design student, this is something I want to do. I want to be able to use my creative abilities to help others... An internship can give me the skill set needed for future job opportunities.”

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. Last summer, Lauren earned the Weir scholarship to assist her complete an internship for the Bluffton News. Her responsibilities included working on various activity magazines for children, including Fun for Kidz.

“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.”

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

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

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

 

Ohio 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 students in the art and design department, the presentation of capstone projects is an intense but rewarding rite of passage that few undergraduates outside of art and design programs ever experience.

This April, six 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, associate professor 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 Prof. 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 Prof. 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 capstone 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’ portfolio,” says Prof. 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:
Kaitlin Bondra, graphic design major from Mentor, Ohio
Brittany Lang, graphic design major from Newark, Ohio
Rebecca Krofcheck, studio arts/3D major from Westerville, Ohio
Emily Mueller, studio arts/2D major from Vermillion, Ohio
Jennifer Jervis, art education major from Bellefontaine, Ohio
Kelsey MacDonald, art education major from Ada, Ohio

The students’ portfolios will be on display during the closing reception of the Senior BA/BFA Exhibition, Saturday, April 26, 1–3p.m. in the Elzay Gallery Lobby. The exhibition is on view Monday, April 7 through Sunday, May 4 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

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

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

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

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

Emily is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts. While a student at ONU, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern advertising students, faculty attend marketing seminar
April
—Two Ohio Northern University advertising design students and faculty will be attending this year’s “Zingerman’s Marketing Secrets” seminar to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Juniors Carmen Cano (Haskins) and Abigail Brown (Cincinnati) will represent the art & design department at the annual event from April 7–8. Accompanied by Prof. Melissa Eddings, they will take part in a variety of sessions designed to enhance their professional skills including leadership, branding, advertising and networking.

Zingerman’s was founded in March 1982 by Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw as a small corner delicatessen in Ann Arbor. Today, they are a community of eight unique businesses, with almost 600 employees and over 45 million dollars in annual revenue. Still in Ann Arbor, the company plans to grow to include 12–18 businesses, all in the Ann Arbor area.

During its 30+ years in business, Zingerman’s has been recognized nationally, not just for our exceptional products and customer service, but also for their unique business model. Inc. Magazine called them the “Coolest Small Company in America,” and they have been featured in the Harvard Business Review and on MSNBC for their business practices. In his book, Small Giants, Bo Burlingham cited Zingerman’s as a model for organizations that define success more creatively than just “getting as big as we can as fast as we can.” And Saveur magazine lauded Zingerman’s for its impeccable customer service.

With the founding of ZingTrain in 1994, Zingerman’s began to formally share their approach to business through 2-day seminars, 4-hour workshops and also books and training DVDs. The ZingTrain team now works out of a custom-designed training facility on the south side of Ann Arbor, near Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Creamery and Coffee Company and across town from Zingerman’s Deli.

The tools, techniques and methodologies taught at ZingTrain have been tested and honed by implementation and constant improvement at each and every one of the eight Zingerman’s businesses. Our clients tell us that while many things make the ZingTrain experience special, one of the most important is the fact that they learn about systems in our classroom and then see those very tools in action when they visit our businesses.

This year’s ZingTrain seminar focuses on Zingerman’s branding secrets. “We believe that all a powerful marketing strategy takes is knowing who you are, what you’re selling and how you want to sell it,” explains Maggie Bayless, one of the managing partners for ZingTrain. “We don’t think it takes a lot of money. And if you’re willing to invest in the right systems, we don’t even think it has to take a lot of time. We believe all those things because they’ve worked for us for 30 years.”

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern University ceramic professor accepted to national juried show
April—
Prof. Luke Sheets, assistant professor of art at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design, was recently accepted to exhibit in Mug Shots: The 6th annual juried cup show to be held at LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. The show runs from April 4 through May 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mug Shots: The 6th annual juried cup show features the selections of juror Ted Adler, associate professor of art and area head of ceramics media at Wichita State University. Featured extensively in national and international shows, Adler is known for his contributions to conferences, workshops and print media as well as his residency with the Archie Bray Foundation, the international center for ceramic arts in Helena, Montana. He has also apprenticed with internationally respected artist Toshiko Takaezu.

LUX Center for the Arts is a non-profit art center that offers experiences to suit a wide range of interests and tastes.  We teach art classes for youth and adults in pottery, printmaking, painting, jewelry, glass, and fibers. Classes are held at the art center  or can be taken off-site with the Art Van de LUX program. Exhibitions in two galleries and a gift gallery represent the highest caliber art work of local, regional, and national artists.

Prof. 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 “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” 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,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, and the First European Wood-Fire Conference in Germany. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

image: “Czech Glass,” flashing slip, anagama fired stoneware, 4.5" x 4.5" x 4"

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern University to present student art and design exhibition
March—The Ohio Northern University Department of Art and Design will hold its Student Comprehensive Art and Design Exhibition in the Elzay Gallery of Art from March 17–31. A public reception and awards presentation will be held Monday, March 31 at 5p.m.

The exhibition features work created over the past six months by undergraduate students at all levels, most of whom are focusing on a degree in the visual arts and others majoring in a range of other disciplines who are exploring the arts through a minor. The art & design faculty selected this year’s work from a variety of courses including foundations drawing, 3D design, graphic and advertising design, painting, and ceramics.

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 & Design at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

The department of A&D offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in studio arts, graphic design, advertising design, and art education. ONU students can pursue many careers such as graphic design, corporate identity, advertising, wayfinding design, publication design, illustration, web design, exhibit design and curating, arts management, art therapy, art education and countless other fields.

The department and faculty hold 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 forth edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top creative programs in the country.

The department is housed in the Wilson Art Center, a state-of-the art facility with up-to-date studios, classrooms, and computer lab. The Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery feature an ambitious exhibit season and visiting artist program. Each year students gain practical experiences through internships, exhibitions, student teaching, study abroad, workshops, conferences and practicums that provide hands-on learning. The department also offers students engagement in a number of student organizations, including pre-professional groups, domestic study opportunities, and summer European trips.

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.
 

Ohio Northern Art Professor to teach workshop at Findlay Art League
March—Prof. Melissa Eddings-Mancuso, associate professor of art and design at Ohio Northern University, will present a Book Binding Class at the Findlay Art League on Saturday and Sunday, March 22–23 from 9 a.m.—4 p.m.

Participants will need to bring two sheets of decorative paper for the book covers: one sheet of a patterned paper, and one sheet of a solid color that compliments the pattern. Scrapbooking type papers will work as long as it is text weight, not card stock weight. Additional supplies include a bone folder, white glue (PVA glue), a ruler, a pencil, an X-acto or other type of cutting tools. To register, contact Janealla Killebrew at the FAL, drawntou@aol.com or (419) 306-5720.

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.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Advertising Design Students at Ohio Northern University create national campaign to unplug
February
—Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook or Instagram? Is your computer always on?

Students in an advertising design course at Ohio Northern University tackled these questions and more to learn about advocacy and community. Through the assignment, the students partnered with Reboot to design a campaign for the National Day of Unplugging. The students’ solutions, that addressed a pertinent social issue, raised general awareness about the importance of a better quality of life and required them to reflect on core values and ethical responsibility as a designer.

National Day of Unplugging is a 24-hour period, running from sunset to sunset, held March 7–8. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, “an adaptation of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones,” (Reboot).

The students’ series of ads communicated and asserted their client’s viewpoint—to take a digital detox to improve productivity at work, restore the ability to focus and strengthen the connections with people. Integrating visual advocacy with an academic subject was an ideal methodology for students to develop such a campaign.

According to Reboot, “We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of ‘silence’ that our earphones create.

“If you recognize that in yourself—or your friends, families or colleagues—join us for the National Day of Unplugging, sign the Unplug pledge and start living a different life. Connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.”

The project was created by members of the Reboot network. Founded in 2002, Reboot engages and inspires young cultural creatives, innovators and thought-leaders who, through their candid and introspective conversations and creativity, generate projects that impact the world. Reboot is responsible for producing some of the most influential and innovative Jewish books, films, music, web sites and large-scale public events of the past five years.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio Northern graphic design student honored as finalist for Excellence in the Visual Arts Award

February—Ohio Northern University student Brittany Lang, a senior graphic design major from Newark, Ohio, has been selected for the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA). She also is a finalist for the Grand Award, which includes a cash prize of $2,500.

The AICUO awards ceremony takes place on April 8 at Ohio Dominican University near Columbus. A student panel of finalists beings at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and then the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

“When I received the phone call from Todd Jones, the president of the AICUO, congratulating me on my finalist placement, I was shocked,” said Brittany. “It was a humbling honor to represent the A&D Department and Ohio Northern.”

“I am the only graphic design major that made it to this round,” explained Brittany. “I feel that I am representing all the graphic design students and I know the next stage of judging is a challenge. I am excited to see what happens at the ceremony.”

During the past few years, Brittany has worked or interned as a graphic designer for American Winds Flight Academy in Akron, American Trim in Lima, Battelle in Columbus, and American Electric Power in Columbus. On campus, she has been treasurer of the ONU chapter of AIGA | The Professional Association in Design and treasurer of ONU’s chapter of Kappa Pi, the art honorary. She has been involved in the Lion’s Club, ONU Recycles, and ran on the cross country and track teams.

Also nominated from Ohio Northern was Rebecca Krofcheck, a senior studio arts/3D major from Westerville, Ohio.

At the awards ceremony, the AICUO judging panel will award a grand prize winner from one of the six finalists and a People’s Choice Award will also be distributed based on the most popular votes taken from an online public voting event.

Their work can be viewed at www.aicuoartaward.com. To vote, click on the “People’s Choice” link at the top of the page, then click on one of the submissions and click “vote.” 

The AICUO EVA is six awards presented to senior art students who attend one of the 49 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.

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

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

 

Visiting artist to present at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design
February
—The Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design presents a visiting artist lecture by Franklin Einspruch on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wilson Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.

He will give a presentation about his work, take questions, and be available to discuss students’ work and portfolios.

Einspruch has a creative practice that spans traditional and digital media, images and words, and various recombinations thereof: paintings, drawings, watercolors, essays, comics, programming, and Web art.

Einspruch earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Miami. His senior year at RISD took place at the school's European Honors Program in Rome and the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. Since then, his work has appeared in fifteen solo exhibitions and over two dozen group shows, and Martin Z. Margulies, the Florida Department of State, and many other collections in the US and abroad have acquired it. He has received several notable grants, and completed artist residencies at the Aegean Center and Stock 20 in Taichung, Taiwan. Scott White Contemporary Art and G2 Gallery represent his fine art.

Einspruch is a member of AICA USA and has authored over a hundred published essays and art reviews, which have appeared in Art in America, the New Criterion, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, and elsewhere. He has been exploring Web-based arts publishing since 2000, and produced one of the longest-running blogs about visual art, Artblog.net, which began in 2003. He edits the online archive of the writings of Walter Darby Bannard. Top Shelf 2.0 and three issues of Inbound, the anthology of the Boston Comics Roundtable, have featured his comics work, which has garnered favorable reviews from Fleen and Comixtalk.

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

 

Award-Winning Design Documentary If You Build It Comes to Ohio Northern University
February
—The Department of Art & Design at Ohio Northern University is sponsoring a screening of the documentary film If You Build It at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 in the Wilson Art Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

“There’s something cool about solving problems, especially those really tricky, complex ones,” stated Patrick Creadon, the director of the film. “If you meet someone who’s truly great at problem solving, you find they have a tendency to inspire those around them. They’re smart, often funny, and almost always strong, confident, wonderfully infectious individuals. They’re the kinds of people who would make great teachers.”

If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they engage high school students in a year-long course in design-and-build construction that they hope will transform both the community and the students’ lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting an uncooperative school board, Pilloton and Miller struggle to maintain hope for their vision of a new kind of classroom in which students develop new skills and knowledge—and their own lives. The story exemplifies the power of hands-on education, the raw brilliance of youth, and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community.

“Bertie County, NC is 2,600 miles from our home in California, and yet this always felt like a very personal story for my wife and me,” explained Creadon. “Our three kids go to public schools in Los Angeles, so we understand the challenges and the potential that public education has to offer. We felt from the beginning that Emily and Matt and their students would make for an interesting story. What we didn’t realize was that it would become such a universal story, resonating with parents, students, and educators far outside Bertie County limits. Imagine a world with better, more creative problem solvers. That’s what Studio H is about, that’s what If You Build It is really about and that’s why we are so thrilled to share it with others.”

Studio H is a public high school “design/build” curriculum that sparks community development through real-world, built projects. Originally launched in rural Bertie County, NC, Studio H is now based at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA.

By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and industry-relevant construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.

Over the course of one semester, students earn high school credit and have the opportunity to design, prototype, and build a full-scale community project. Studio H graduates have designed and built chicken coops for families in need, and a 2,000-square-foot farmers market pavilion.

Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller are the founder/executive director and project manager, respectively, of Project H Design.

Pilloton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Product Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute, published a book called Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, appeared on the Colbert Report to talk about humanitarian design, and lectures worldwide, including presentations at the TED Global conference and others.

Miller holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has designed and built houses and schools in Detroit and Uganda, and has taught architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design; University of California, Berkeley; and more.

Patrick Creadon (director) was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Master’s Degree in Cinematography from the American Film Institute in 1996.

Creadon began his career as a cameraman at PBS, shooting and producing cinéma vérité-style stories for the critically acclaimed series “The ’90s.” His feature-length directorial debut Wordplay was a breakout hit at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. After an intense bidding war, the film was sold to IFC Films and The Weinstein Company. Wordplay went on to become one of the top 25 highest grossing documentaries of all time.

His follow-up film I.O.U.S.A., a non-partisan examination of America's national debt, premiered at Sundance in 2008 and was shortlisted for Best Documentary for the Academy Awards. Critic Roger Ebert named I.O.U.S.A. one of the top five documentaries of the year.

If You Build It is Creadon’s third feature-length documentary and is a recipient of grants from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Creadon has served on several film festival juries, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Ashland Film Festival, and the Cinema Eye Awards. In 2011, he made his television directing debut on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

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

 

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

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

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

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

Jill is currently an assistant professor and the resident scenic and lighting designer in the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her appointment, she has over 12 years of experience in scenic design and scenic painting in professional theater. She was the Charge Scenic Artist at The Cleveland Play House, in charge of painting the scenery for over 100 productions. Jill has also been the resident scenic designer for the Case-Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program for the past eight years.

Before moving to Cleveland, Jill was the Charge Scenic Artist for Playmakers Repertory Theater. She has also been Charge Scenic Artist for The Chautauqua Theater Company, Baystreet Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, The Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT, Summer Repertory Theater in Santa Rosa, CA, and The Bigfork Summer Theater in Bigfork, MT. She was the Assistant Scenic Artist at The Alley Theater in Houston, TX, and also worked as a freelance scenic designer and scenic artist in Philadelphia, New York and Houston.

She also was the scenic artist for the many Ohio Northern theater productions including Godspell, Pippin, Valguse Poik, Diary of Anne Frank, Six Women with Brain Death, Oklahoma!, Forever Plaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Nunsense, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The King and I, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Pump Boys and Dinettes.

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

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

 

Ohio Northern University Professor Emerita installs sculpture on Toledo’s main campus
By Vicki L. Kroll
January—Professor Emerita Judith Greavu, associate professor of art at Ohio Northern University, recently completed an installation for her sculpture titled “Current Forces” at the University of Toledo. It pays tribute to the Ottawa River.

The work consists of three cast bronze sections mounted on six brass tubes; it weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is 15 feet long, 5 feet wide and 10 feet tall.

It recently was installed on the south side of Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and Wolfe Hall. Funding for “Current Forces” came from the Ohio Percent for Art Program related to the renovation of the buildings.

“The piece evokes the course of the Ottawa River as it flows through two counties and shows the shape and form and depth of the river,” said Dr. Steven LeBlanc, executive associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the College of Engineering, who is chair of the Campus Environs and Beautification Committee. “The piece complements the educational and research interests of several of the academic departments that occupy the Bowman-Oddy complex.”

Greavu said, “The surface of the water gives only hints of the life forms that inhabit a stream. The large lower surfaces of the ‘water’—the cast bronze sections—in the sculpture allow for imagery and textural development that show some of those life forms.”

Indeed, close inspection of the dry verdigris patina discovers a turtle, deer and raccoon tracks, mussels and fish.

And five fused glass circles feature fish and crayfish in the artwork. When the sun strikes these spots, it’s reminiscent of light on the river.

“The glass medium enhances the watery expression of the sculpture,” Greavu said.

The river image also could be seen as a visual metaphor for the diverse and dynamic science disciplines housed in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and Wolfe Hall.

“I hope viewers see beyond the ‘story’ of the river and the life forms and the symbolism to recognize the purely formal visual forces of the piece,” Greavu said.

She was selected from approximately 20 artists from across Ohio who submitted proposals, according to LeBlanc. The artist is known for her work that is fluid and symbolic of nature. Greavu was an associate professor of art at Ohio Northern University from 1985 until her retirement in 2005.

Prof. Greavu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Ball State University and a Masters in Fine Arts degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and recently retired from Ohio Northern University. 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern University adjunct faculty member accepted into photography juried exhibit; Alumnus earns first place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

image: “Alger Stairs,” photograph by Ed Corle

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

image: Bird 800

 

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

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

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

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern University’s Gallery Program continues to exhibit Welty Asian art collection
January—The gallery program at Ohio Northern University continues to display new selections of prints from the University’s Welty Permanent Collection. The work is on exhibit from January 13 through March 9 at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery.

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.

Admission to the Stambaugh gallery 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

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.

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

 

Ohio Northern University Advertising Design Major accepted to speak at international scholarly conference
January
—Carmen Cano, an advertising design major at Ohio Northern University, used what she studied in the classroom to present at an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, influence, and artistry of the Beatles.

Organized by Penn State University, It Was 50 Years Ago Today!: An International Beatles Celebration will be held at Penn State’s Altoona College on February 6–9, 2014, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. In addition to panels and presentations, the conference will include film screenings, musical performances, art and photography exhibits, and keynote addresses by leading Beatles critics and musicologists. The conference will conclude with a commemorative screening of The Ed Sullivan Show as it was originally broadcast on February 9, 1964.

“I found out about this conference when I was working at the ONU radio station,” explained Carmen. “I needed a story to talk about on the radio and I found something about a Beatles conference. After I read it on the air, I looked into the conference at Penn State. They were looking for artwork and papers to be submitted. So, I sent an e-mail inquiring about it, along with information about a project I did in a class. Then a few weeks later, they said they would include me.”

Carmen’s presentation, entitled A Day in the Life: A Beatles Graphic Itinerary, shares information about her research and project from a graphic design course at Ohio Northern. In the course, called narrative structures and taught by Prof. Brit Rowe, the students studied visual communication as a storytelling and framing activity in design.

The project centered around a graphic itinerary and supporting information for a travel program through Europe to significant sites based on a major time period. Carmen was studying ways in which a complex range of information can be unified through a narrative structure that was memorable, meaningful and coherent.

“I chose the subject of the Beatles’ major performances in Europe before they arrived in the United States,” explained Carmen. “I grew up with their music. But, it wasn’t until I was older that I truly appreciated the Beatles. I took that love of their music and learned about what their lives were like.

“In a way, that helped shape my life. The Beatles not only inspired me musically and artistically, but were able to somewhat lead me into the world of service. They were well-known for certain humanitarianism. But, it was after I had learned that a number of musicians had covered John Lennon’s songs, like Instant Karma: Amnesty for Darfur, to help those in need, I had learned about the conflict in Darfur. I was driven to help people. It helped me choose organizations in college that did the same, like Artists Against Hunger.”

Carmen is a junior advertising design major, with a minor in exercise physiology, from Haskins, Ohio. On campus, she is the student coordinator for Artists Against Hunger, president of the Fencing Club, an attendant for the Elzay Gallery of Art, and a DJ for WONB, the ONU radio station. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Northern Chimes, Marching and Pep Bands, and the Softball Club.

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

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

 

Chinese Folk Pottery exhibit opens at Ohio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery
January
—The exhibit, “The Art of the Everyday: Chinese Folk Pottery,” will open with a public reception on Friday, Jan. 17, from 5–7 p.m. at the Elzay Gallery of Art at Ohio Northern University. The exhibition features various examples of Chinese minyao, or people’s pottery, from the collection of Marie Woo and John and Susanne Stephenson.

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. Visit www.onu.edu/a+s/art for the latest information about times, locations and additions to the schedule.

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

 

The Department of Art & Design presents “Artists Against Hunger” check to the Hardin County Backpack Program
December—The holiday season is a time to give thanks for what we have, and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Each year at Ohio Northern University, opportunities exist to do just that.

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 fourth annual Artists Against Hunger luncheon was held in November at the Wilson Art Center. Over $3,100 was raised from this year’s fund-raiser.

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 from Ohio Northern was Melissa Eddings, professor of art; Carmen Cano, a junior graphic design student; William Mancuso, professor of art; Brittany Lang, a senior graphic design student; Luke Sheets, a professor in art; and Brit Rowe, professor in graphic 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern University art education professor and alumna present at Ohio Art Education Association annual conference
November
—Professor Linda Lehman, Ohio Northern University Visiting Instructor in Education, and ONU Alumna Meggie Bierkan (BFA/graphic design ’09) were both selected to present at the 2013 Ohio Art Education Association conference in Toledo, Ohio, in November.

Professor Lehman presented a session on engaging young students of all ages and abilities in experiences viewing and discussing art. Her session, “High Success Lessons for Special Needs Students,” also focused on lesson plans that addressed standards while offering students success creating art.

Mrs. Beirkan co-presented a session called “Saving Rain for Sunny Days: Rain Barrel Art.” Her topic centered around a community project she and her students completed this past year for the Regional Storm Water Collaborative and sponsored by the Cincinnati Zoo.

In addition, two Ohio Northern art education majors joined art teachers, professors, alumni and other students from around the state in Toledo for “Reflecting the Standards,” the theme for this year’s professional conference organized by the OAEA.
Hannah Rodenhausen, senior art education major from Marysville, Ohio.
Jennifer Jervis, senior art education major from Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Beginning November 14, the conference engaged attendees in main stage presentations and workshops. During the three-day event, ONU students heard speakers discuss the role of media in schools, the development of great lesson plans, and the topic of contemporary teaching practices and theories.

“The students from the art & design department were thrilled to attend the annual conference for Ohio art educators,” Prof. Lehman said. “It was a great chance for the students to network and meet art teachers from across the state to discuss, share and learn information on new art techniques, art media and art education philosophy that can be utilized in the classroom.”

Throughout the weekend conference, students also had other opportunities to attend a variety of lectures, such as the influence of art and design on businesses and the careers associated with the creative industries. Students then attended a session about creating and implementing a student-centered curriculum. Other sessions included curriculum structures, lesson plans, creative centers for learning, cultural development and much more.

Mrs. Bierkan earned her BFA degree in graphic design from Ohio Northern in 2009. While a student at ONU, she earned a Petrillo award, was involved in Delta Zeta, the Arts & Sciences College Student Advisory Board, and was included into Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Kappa Pi honoraries. She served as co-president of the ONU student chapter of AIGA|The Professional Association for Design. In 2012 she completed a Master of Art in Visual Art Education from the University of Cincinnati. Meggie currently is an art teacher at Bethel-Tate High School located in Bethel, Ohio. She teaches a variety of courses including beginning art classes, mixed media, three-dimensional art, digital photography, painting and drawing. Recently, she and her students partnered with the Regional Storm Water Collaborative and the Cincinnati Zoo on a project designed to increase the use of rain barrels by transforming them into works of art.

Prof. Lehman graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education.

Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern 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 also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

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.

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

The Ohio Art Education Association is the professional organization of art educators in the State of Ohio. It represents art teachers at the levels of elementary, middle school, secondary, and higher education. The organization also represents art teachers at the student / pre-service level, museum educators, supervisors and art administrators, and retired art teachers.

The mission of the Ohio Art Education Association is to advance and support quality art education through professional development, leadership, service, advocacy, and education by uniting art educators in the promotion and understanding of the visual arts in a quality education; stimulating the professional growth of members; initiating art education service and advocacy programs; encouraging the involvement and commitment of members in all activities endorsed by the organization; informing members of current educational developments and areas of their potential involvement; and educating citizens.

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

image: A workshop attendee completes a prototype during Meggie Bierkan’s presentation at the OAEA conference. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Bierkan.

 

Ohio Northern University A&D Professor accepted to lead session at national conference
November
Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, recently was selected to lead a topical discussion session at this year’s National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference.

NCECA, a professional association for the ceramic arts, promotes and advances the field of ceramics through education, community building, research and creative inspiration. NCECA offers educational programs, exhibitions, events and publications to support its membership of artists, educators, students, individual and corporate patrons, gallery owners, museum curators and providers of ceramic arts.

NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee will be held March 19–22 at the Wisconsin Center. The conference will be dedicated to the investigation of the complex ways that materials acquire meaning through the things that are made and those that surround us in our daily lives. Exhibitions and programs will expand on traditional definitions of fine and decorative arts, craft and design in the context of the 21st century.

“There is a wealth of ceramic materials available to the American ceramicist,” explains Prof. Sheets. “Large distributers like Resco in the east, Lincoln and Imco in the west, and Christy and Plainsman in between, make it possible for potters to tailor their clay body to whatever type of work they are doing. But this also tends to lead to a uniformity in the clays that ceramic artists use. Using local materials is an excellent way to help your work stand out not just from the mass-produced object but also the mass-produced clay bodies. Local materials help to address the issues of time, place, and culture by giving the finished object a story, a narrative history.”

Prof. Sheet’s session, The Ceramic Locavore, addresses his process for procuring clays, his development of working clay bodies and glazes, and his experiences working with local raw materials.

“Living and working in Ohio, with its wealth of clay, has caused me to ponder several interesting questions,” Prof. Sheets describes. “How can I use what is under my feet without the labor of digging it out myself? Are there other sources of clay I can use in my work? Goldart is mined and processed in southern Ohio and can be found in the vast majority of suppliers across the United States; does this still count as a ‘local’ material?

“I have found several local sources of clay for myself in northwest Ohio that allow me to utilize clays local to my area that are less available to the ceramic community as a whole. [During my session,] I plan to discuss my process for procuring the clays, which is embarrassingly easy, my development of working clay bodies at a variety of temperatures, glazes, and the benefits and drawbacks I have experienced working with local raw materials.”

NCECA’s conference theme is material world, which has the ability to cause an interruption in our presumed understanding of something, as it is literally impossible to ignore. The weight of a cup, the thin layers of glaze on a surface and the weight of sculpture all mediate a relationship between the object and viewer.  While ceramic artists make things, things have the ability to make us as well, influencing our understanding of place, time and culture.

Thematically, Material World will explore the moment when an object stands out against the backdrop of the world in which it exists and is able to be seen and understood in surprising and new ways.

Prof. 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 “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” 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,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

 

The James H. DeVore exhibition to help fund scholarship for A&D students
November
— In his book Watercolors, Ohio Northern University Professor of Art James H. DeVore stated that he found watercolor to be the best medium to record his ideas and that his philosophy of art was relatively simple. “I paint what visually attracts me and elicits an emotional response in me. Such subjects as atmosphere in landscapes, textures, and shapes of old buildings, the aftermath of rain with its puddles and reflections on wet pavement, and the ice and snow of winter seem to suit both me and the watercolor medium.”

As a testament to his life and work, the Elzay Gallery of Art at Ohio Northern will host an exhibition, “Benefit Sale: Featuring the Paintings of James H. DeVore,” highlighting the artistic career of James DeVore, December 6–20. The proceeds from the sale of works in the exhibition will benefit the James H. DeVore Painting Award at Ohio Northern, where DeVore was a professor of art.

A semi-formal reception will be held on Friday, December 6 from 5–7p.m. at the Elzay Gallery located on Gilbert Street in Ada.

This exhibition is a great opportunity for the university community to purchase DeVore’s work during a major exhibition. The selected works, 40 watercolor and oil paintings, have been released by the DeVore Estate to allow the Department of Art & Design to use them for the student scholarship. For further information regarding the sale, feel free to contact Melissa Eddings-Mancuso by email at m-eddings@onu.edu or by phone at (419) 772-2160.

Born on October 22, 1936, to Harry and Margaret DeVore of Cambridge, Ohio, Prof. DeVore passed away on February 18, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Mary, a son, a brother, a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. Prof. DeVore taught for over 30 years at Ohio Northern University before retiring in 1997. While at ONU, he served on a number of university and college committees, participated in numerous workshops and conferences, organized and served as chair of the department of art & design.

But the impact he left on his former students and colleagues is evident at this exhibition.

“When I paint in watercolor,” said Marianne Galyk (BFA ’79), “I still hear little things he said echoing in my brain, especially about color. I still paint on d'Arches watercolor paper because that is what he recommended. He may have been quiet and soft-spoken, but his voice and knowledge had a strong influence on many of us.”

John Plymak (BFA ’90), expressed similar reflections. “Every time I do a watercolor today, I remember some hint, insight, or thought [DeVore] had about this particular medium, from the best color choices to paper to different techniques. Sometimes things he said made no sense at the time, but, 23 years later, it all makes perfect sense… Jim was a great teacher because he combined emotion and insight with technical excellence.”

“Sometimes, if we are so fortunate, a person enters into our life and unknowingly leaves an indelible mark upon us that forever alters our outlook on something, and unintentionally reshapes and enhances our self-perception,” explained Karen (Sargent) Henry (BFA ’79), who recently retired from Hallmark as an illustrator. “Prof. DeVore was one of those people.

“When still living in Ohio, I would occasionally drive up to Michigan to visit my folks. Every once in a while I’d make a pit stop off I-75 to spend a little time at Ohio Northern. On one such trip, I had the opportunity to chat with Prof. DeVore about painting. He spoke of how he found that color continued to challenge him as a painter. I thought, how could such an accomplished and celebrated artist still have questions or doubts about his talent?

“I carried with me this impression of him and our conversation throughout my years as an illustrator because that discussion with Prof. DeVore spoke of the importance for one to always push and continue to grow as an artist. What then felt like a casual exchange of thoughts on something Mr. DeVore perceived as a pesky impediment to an artist proved to be the enduring influence of a great instructor. That conversation between he and I continues to serve me well all of these years later.”

Prof. DeVore was a member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society and the Ohio Watercolor Society, where he served as recording secretary and elected to the Board of Trustees. He exhibited in various local, state, and national exhibitions, some of which include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Central and Western Ohio Watercolor Societies’ exhibits, the Ohio Watercolor Society, Adirondack National Exhibitions of America, Canton Art Institute, Toledo Museum of Art, Everhart Museum in Pennsylvania, Dayton Art Institute, Mansfield Art Center, All-Ohio Painting and Sculpture Biennial, Northwestern Ohio Artist exhibit in the Governor’s Mansion, Huntington Galleries in West Virginia, Precision Gallery, Online Computer Library Center, Combs Gallery and the Monypeny Gallery in Columbus, Zanesville Art Center, Cain Gallery in Chicago, and ADI Galleries in San Francisco and Tokyo.

He published several articles in national art publications, including an article entitled “Painting Atmospheric Effects in Watercolor” in American Artist magazine, “Yankee Realism” in Gallery, a book entitled Watercolor Paintings published by the Ohio Northern University Press, and an article entitled “A Brief History of Watercolor Painting” in Polaris. An article on his life and work appeared in Allied Publications Prize-Winning Graphics.

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. Visit www.onu.edu/a+s/art for the latest information about times, locations and additions to the schedule.

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

 

SMArts Combines Art and Academics
November—Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) helps Northern early and middle education majors make a direct connection with local elementary students.

On selected Saturdays throughout the fall, early and middle childhood teacher candidates provide classes for community students. The program has involved kindergarten through eighth grade students from the area schools of Ada, Bath, Bluffton and Perry. Held on the ONU campus in the Wilson Art Center, activities focus on art history, aesthetics, art production, art criticism, and connecting the arts to other disciplines.

This year, the students studied two Spanish architects, Antonio Gaudi and Santiago Calatrava. Students then created their own “dwellings” using styrofoam and manipulated forms from oaktag. They decorated it with mosaics and found objects. They also looked at Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life and its mosaic-like characteristics and created a small tree sculpture to add to the base of the dwellings.

The program was created by professor Linda Lehman who teaches art education. Teacher candidates prepare lessons that not only teach the processes of creating and critiquing art but also how art reflects the culture and social context it is created in. Students engage in activities where they learn how art connects to the disciplines of math, science, social studies and to the language arts. They also explore aesthetic questions regarding the value of art and why some art pieces are regarded more highly than others. Teacher candidates engage in critical thinking to develop activities that challenge their young students to think creatively and apply higher level thinking skills. Lehman also points out that, “Our economy is constantly changing, and we need to be able to put learners into that economy, who can analyze information that hasn’t even been created yet. Art helps children develop the creative problem solving skills that employers will be looking for.”

An early childhood education major Kelli Powell, who participated in SMArts as a teacher candidate, commented, “The first time I heard about the SMArts program, I was really excited. I thought it was a great opportunity to implement what we were learning within our art class while also practicing being in front of students. The more experience we have with instructing students, the better teachers we become. I hope to someday be able to use some of the media we explored during SMArts in my own classroom.”

But SMArts is not just about clinical experience for teacher candidates. SMArts also acts as a good way to expose public school students to media that they normally do not have a chance to experience. School budgets typically do not allow for photography, paper pulp painting and pulp casting. “Since we are dealing with smaller student numbers and additional teaching staff, SMArts can offer these enrichment opportunities to the local students,” Lehman noted. The program builds on the art experiences the students have had in their local schools and is a valuable part of the their education.  Powell affirmed, “Art is an essential part of any curriculum. It encourages student creativity, problem solving, and self-discovery. It also provides a means of communication for students who may struggle with putting their thoughts into words. SMArts allowed the students to thrive because it gave them time. They had plenty of time to experiment and produce beautiful, unique works of art. Our students also learned social skills such as acceptance and tolerance. They learned that it is all right for someone to feel differently about a work of art or to create their piece of art differently.”

Parents show overwhelming support for the SMArts program through positive comments and survey results. Each year the Education Department receives inquiries as to when the program will be offered and if it can be expanded.

This first program was funded in 2006 by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. It has been continued each year since organized by the ONU Education Department.

Prof. Lehman graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education.

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 also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

She recently received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award from the Ohio Art Education Association. In addition, she recently published an article, “Lesson of the Heart: An Extra-Credit Assignment” that addressed teacher dispositions for the Phi Delta Kappa’s national journal, Kappan. 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.

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

 

Ohio Northern University ceramic professor accepted to “interpreted object” exhibit
November—Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, recently had work selected to “The Cup: An Interpreted Object,” an exhibition at The Local Gallery in Goshen, Indiana. The exhibit opened November 1 and closes on December 2, 2013.

The concept for “The Cup” exhibition included several themes and ideas such as denying the functionality of a cup, representing the cup as a sculpture, or interpreting the cup as pure function.

The juror for the exhibit was Dick Lehman, a renowned potter best known for his utilitarian ware. He also delved extensively into the possibilities of the cup as a vessel for conveying messages, as well as beverages.

Prof. 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 “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” 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,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

 

ONU Professor to teach course at Findlay Art League
November
—Prof. Melissa Eddings-Mancuso, associate professor of art and design at Ohio Northern University, will present a Book Class at the Findlay Art League on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10 from 9 a.m.—4 p.m. Participants will make a coptic wood cover book.

Day one of the workshop includes preparation of the text block for sewing, and painting, distressing, and decorating the covers. Day two involves attaching the covers to the text block, sewing the text block, and sewing the end bands. Covers are pre-drilled for sewing, and the paper cut to size for the signatures.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost of the workshop is $70 which includes all supplies. To register, contact Janealla Killebrew at the FAL, drawntou@aol.com or (419) 306-5720.

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.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

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

 

VOTE: First year A&D students design advocacy handbills for election day
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 November 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 this November with a chain of vivid and spirited typographic 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 fulfilled 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 was important to everyone. The project also addressed 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. Brit Rowe, 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, associate professor of design. “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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

images:  Vote by Kacey Kauffman; Stand To Vote by Rebecca Carman

 

4th Annual ‘Artists Against Hunger’ soup luncheon raises funds for local Backpack 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 in the U.S. 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, 55 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches. Currently, there are more than 140 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 luncheon offers the Hardin County community an opportunity to support the Backpack program in exchange for a delicious lunch and a handcrafted ceramic bowl made by students from Ohio Northern University and area high schools. The bowls are 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. 16 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 three 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, $2,200 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio 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 Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference, the bi-annual conference presented by AIGA, the professional association for design.

Some of the brightest designers and social innovation leaders from across the country talked about their visionary approaches to design and design thinking.

This year’s conference, “Head, Heart, Hand,” celebrated the best in design and explored three core elements of modern design practice:
• Head: Design thinking or strategy
• Heart: Design for social impact
• Hand: Design as craft

Held on Oct. 10-12, 2013, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 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, corporate in-house designers, professors and students from across the United States.

Students and faculty who attended “Head, Heart, Hand” this year were:
• Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design
Lauren Hector, junior graphic design major
Abby Brown, junior advertising design major
Brittany Lang, junior graphic design major
Nicole Bregar, junior graphic design major
Kaitlin Bondra, senior graphic design major.

Also attending as alumni were Andrew Adams (BFA ’13) and Lauren (Bailey) Honaker (BFA ’10). Andrew currently works for Winking Fish, a design firm located in Washington, D.C., and Lauren works for Goodwill Industries located in Indianapolis, IN.

A few of the mainstage speakers during the conference included:
Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Art Center
George Lois, art director, designer, and author
Danny Yount, Danny Yount Design
Leyla Acaroglu, Eco Innovators
J. J. Sedelmaier, J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc.
Nicole Lazzaro, XEODesign
Steve Duenes and Matthew Ericson, The New York Times
Jennifer Kinon and Bobby Martin, OCD | The Original Champions of Design
Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook, Inc.

Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Co.

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.

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

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

 

Two Ohio Northern Professors Emeriti to exhibit at American Gallery
October
—After retirement, professors usually have time to indulge in their work. In the case of two Ohio Northern University professors emeriti, life has never slowed down.

Profs. Bruce Chesser and Judith Greavu recently have been selected for an exhibition at the American Gallery located in Sylvania, Ohio. The show, “School’s Out,” features work from nine retired art teaches and professors from around the region. The exhibit opened Oct. 19 and continues through Nov. 19. Gallery hours are Monday and Saturday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–6p.m. and closed Sunday. Admission is free.

The American Gallery represents many local and regional artists from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Owned and operated by Toni Andrews, the gallery hosts special monthly exhibits by regional and national artists. The American Gallery also owns a small collection of work that includes paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, fibers and a large offering of studio glass from the area. Many pieces in the collection, and in the exhibit, are for sale.

Prof. Chesser specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He retired from Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years and 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 holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Ball State University and a Masters in Fine Arts 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.

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

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

 

Ohio Northern University ceramic professor accepted to national show
October
—Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, recently had work selected to “Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Wood-Fired Ceramics,” an exhibition of wood fired ceramics at the Baltimore Clayworks. The exhibit opened October 5 and closes on November 9.

About 92 wood firing artists and over 130 wood fired vessels and ceramic works were accepted to this year’s show. The exhibit showcases a range of wood-fired surfaces and the expansive growth of the wood-fired process.

The juror for the exhibit was Jack Troy. A potter, teacher, and writer from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, he taught at Juniata College, received the 2012 NCECA (National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts) Excellence in Teaching Award, and has taught more than 220 workshops around the world. He has worked at the Institute of Ceramic Studies, Jingdezhen, China and was an invited artist at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. Troy has exhibited widely and has published a number of articles and books on ceramics.

“It wasn’t so long ago that the term wood-fired ceramics conjured up some fairly predictable images of pots and sculpture,” said Troy. “But in the past half decade, the aesthetic spectrum of this genre has expanded as the second generation of practitioners builds experimental kilns, investigates various woods, clays, firing protocols, and personal visions. While many of us get better at what we already know to do, younger wood firers are working out moves of their own, sometimes in midair after bouncing off traditional diving boards. This exhibition showcases the persistent exploration of forms and surfaces as wood-firing continues to attract a widening clan of participants and connoisseurs.”

Founded by nine artists in 1980, Clayworks is a mid-sized cultural 501(c)3 non-profit, attentive to its neighborhood, possessing a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists’ support, and community involvement. The mission of Baltimore Clayworks is to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts.

In the past 30 years, Clayworks has grown to involve 13 resident and 30 member artists, 26 trustees, 15 full-time, part-time, and contractual staff along with more than 25 teachers, 20 interns and work-study students, dozens of volunteers and, hundreds of donors, all of whom make Clayworks a unique, vibrant and community-centered institution. Its exhibitions showcase the best of international, national and local ceramic artists working in ceramic sculpture, pottery, tile, installation and conceptual ceramics. The educational programs, which began with 40 dedicated individuals, teach the discipline of ceramics to more than 1200 students, and through its nationally acclaimed satellite programs, reach 500 children and senior adults in Baltimore’s most challenged neighborhoods.

Prof. 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 “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” 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,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

image: Brown Is Beautiful, 9" x 8 " x 8", wood-fired stoneware

 

ONU Design professor selected to present at international conference
September—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected to present at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 10–13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The presentation titled, “Visual Advocacy: Developing Sustainability Practices in Our Culture and Environment,” will describe how graphic design can play a larger context in a liberal arts and professional education. Prof. Rowe will examine the challenges facing persuasive design communicators who must use a variety of strategies to inform and persuade audiences in the marketing of ideas. The presentation will showcase a student assignment that addressed persuasive strategies and techniques, ethical issues and the role of media in shaping contemporary values.

“Our graphic design curriculum at Ohio Northern guides students through sequential instruction,” explained Prof. Rowe. “The intermediate courses focus on conceptual development, design thinking, systematic design and narratives, while the advanced classes enable students to work with complex design problems. We prepare our students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication.

“This case study raised general awareness and required students to reflect on their core values and ethical responsibility as a potential designer,” said Prof. Rowe. “As student designers, this assignment became a means of making them aware of their choices and their works’ impact beyond art and design. The project showed them that they can make a difference as aware, thinking designers, and can contribute to their local community.”

The 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held at the Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort and the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 600 participants representing 30 countries will be expected to attend.

The main goal of the 2014 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 in 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. From 2002–2013, Prof. Rowe served as chair of the art & design program at ONU. 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, Associated Charities, 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. He has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago, and the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. 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 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern University Ceramic Professor Selected to “History in the Making” exhibit in New York
September—Work by Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, has been selected for the eighth annual national juried exhibit of “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects” at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery located in Rochester, New York.

The exhibition opens this Friday, Sept. 13 and closes Nov. 3, 2013.

The History in the Making exhibit showcases ceramic work from promising artists to veteran traditionalists, all seeking a connection between historic and contemporary themes, materials, or applications in the creation of the work.

The show was juried by Jane Shellenbarger from the School of American Craft. She was a CORE student at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina from 1987-1989. Jane received her B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Following graduate school, she worked as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT 1996-97. She established her studio pottery, Mill Station Pottery, in rural Hale, Michigan in 1997. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in the School for American Crafts. She has taught at Northern Michigan University, Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Northern Iowa, Penland School of Crafts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Genesee Pottery was founded in 1972 and is located in the historic firehouse in Rochester, New York. Genesee Pottery is one of Rochester’s premier community based ceramics facilities. It is a 4,000 square foot ceramics studio offering classes, visiting artist workshops, 24-hour access, studio rental space, artist residencies, gallery exhibits, and community outreach programs. Genesee Pottery is part of Genesee Center for the Arts and Education, a not-for-profit arts facility. The Firehouse Gallery shows contemporary ceramic work by regional, national, and international ceramic artists.

Prof. 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,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

 

Ohio Northern Professor Emerita selected for sculpture initiative
September—Professor Emerita Judith Greavu, associate professor of art at Ohio Northern University, has been selected for the 8th annual Midwest Sculpture Initiative in Toledo. “Engarde,” a 110-pound bronze casting, was installed in Ravin Plaza on the University of Toledo’s Centennial Mall.

Numerous entries were submitted for consideration to the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. The UT Campus Beautification Committee reviewed the submissions and selected the works that were installed.

“This is the seventh consecutive year that the Campus Beautification Committee has sponsored the sculpture exhibition,” said Dr. Steven LeBlanc, executive associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Engineering and chair of the Campus Beautification Committee. “Nearly 70 pieces have rotated through the campus display over the years. Twelve of the pieces that were brought to campus as part of the rotating exhibit have ended up as part of our permanent artwork collection, either through purchase by campus benefactors, colleges or departments.

“We are very proud of the history of this exhibition and are pleased to focus our efforts on the continuing beautification of the UT campuses for the benefit of students, staff, faculty and prospective students alike.”

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI), founded in 2004 by artist Ken Thompson, was formed to provide innovative exhibitions that feature outdoor sculpture. MSI’s mission was to provide outdoor sculpture exhibitions throughout the Midwest, promote cooperation among art and civic organizations, advance the role that the visual arts play in the quality of life and increase economic development.

Greavu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Ball State University and a Masters in Fine Arts 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.

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern University’s Department of Art & Design featured in “Creative Colleges”
September—
Ohio Northern University’s Department of Art & Design received its third national recognition by Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers, a publication that selects the top schools in the nation for its creative programs for students.

The visual arts discipline at Ohio Northern, along with a listing of general facts about ONU, is included in the chapter on “Colleges for Artists–Midwest.” Ohio Northern is the only small, private, comprehensive university included in the Midwest. The citation includes information about scholarships, degrees and student activities. The chapter also notes Dan Overly and Marilyn Lysohir ’72 among prominent alumni. Overly was a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in Mississippi and served as executive director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Lysohir has been a ceramic/sculpture artist for many years and has been internationally recognized for her work in numerous publications and exhibits.

“This is a great honor for Ohio Northern and the art & design department, since the Midwest is home to so many fine academic art and design programs,” said William Mancuso, chair and assistant professor in art & design. “It is a testament to the high quality students and graduates of Ohio Northern and to the committed, talented faculty that we have in place.”

The department of A&D offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with four major programs of study including advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. ONU students can pursue many careers such as graphic design, corporate identity, advertising, wayfinding design, publication design, illustration, web design, exhibit design and curating, art therapy, art education and countless other fields.

The department is housed in the Wilson Art Center, a state-of-the art facility with up-to-date studios, classrooms, and computer lab. The Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery feature an ambitious exhibit season and visiting artist program. Each year students gain practical experiences through internships, exhibitions, student teaching, study abroad, workshops, conferences and practicums that provide hands-on learning.

The department also offers students engagement in a number of student organizations, including pre-professional groups, domestic study opportunities, a film series and summer European trips.

Students excel in the visual arts at Ohio Northern and travel internationally to pursue their passions. During the past few years, a number of graphic design students studied design and typography at the University of the Arts London and at Accademia Italiana while another group of studio arts and art education students studied visual arts at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and the Studio Arts Center International in Italy. A senior art education major was accepted to a Fulbright-Hays program called “South Africa: Perspectives on Democracy” to participate and study the educational system and democracy in Lephisi Village of South Africa. Other design students have earned competitive internship opportunities including one at Mullen Advertising, a top 25 advertising firm in the United States. Students in art & design also won awards for their work including the Excellence in Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

The Creative Colleges guide is aimed at college-bound students and gives them the information and resources to choose the best programs in music, theatre, art and creative writing. Written by Elaina Loveland, Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers (fourth edition) is aimed at college-bound creative students, giving them the information and resources necessary for picking the right programs. This step-by-step guide to getting into college includes helpful tips about auditions, admission essays, artistic résumés and portfolios, the SAT and ACT, and financial aid. Students can see real-life profiles of students in each discipline and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Loveland is the former editor of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Journal of College Admission. She also is the author of Creative Careers: Paths for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.

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

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

 

Ohio Northern ceramic professor selected to exhibit work at All-Ohio show
August
—Ohio Northern University Art & Design faculty member, Luke Sheets, assistant professor of art and design, has been selected to an exhibition at the Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.

The exhibit, “All-Ohio Ceramic Invitational,” is a landmark exhibition by Tom Huck, curator of University Hospital’s art collection. The invitational showcases ceramic works from artists throughout the state that explore the diversity of clay.

Prof. 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,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

“Artists have been invited whose works exhibit contrasts in scale, clay bodies, firing ranges, glazing techniques, and execution,” explained Huck. “The show features sculptural works, vessel inspired pieces, and functional works.”

This exhibit highlights some of Ohio’s talented ceramists and also provides a perspective on ceramic art and its place in today’s contemporary art market.

An opening reception for the artists is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6.

Heights Arts is a nonprofit community arts organization in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Founded in 2000, Heights Arts cultivates a strong, diverse, and collaborative arts community by inspiring people of all ages to engage in the arts; supporting the arts through education; providing exhibition and performance opportunities; and fostering public appreciation for 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern Professor accepted
to exhibit work at national show
in Chicago
August
—Ohio Northern University Art & Design faculty member, Luke Sheets, assistant professor of art and design, has been selected to exhibit his ceramic work at the Lillstreet Art Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibit “Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual,” celebrates the handcrafted mug.

So when the center, filled with ceramic mugs, set out to choose a theme for its sixth annual juried ceramics exhibition, coffee seemed like a natural fit. “We’re all pretty big coffee drinkers,” says Sarah West Ervin, Lillstreet’s director of marketing and communications, noting that the center’s offices, too, are well-stocked with handmade drink ware.

Lillstreet Gallery partnered with Intelligentsia Coffee to present “Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual.” The show was juried by Mark Lyman, Executive Director of SOFA, the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, and by Joseph Pintz, ceramic artist and professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Works are judged based on craftsmanship, aesthetic, and innovation in form and function.

The collection of selected works emphasizes the ceremony of slowly sipping on a finely crafted beverage. To many, mornings are about more than just the act of drinking coffee, it’s about the art of drinking coffee. Intelligentsia prides its product on being cultivated not by traditional harvesters, but by artisans, and the quality of a well-constructed roast deserves a vessel hand-shaped with the same unspoken ingredients that turn coffee from drinkable to exceptional: the intangibles of time, love, knowledge, and dedication.

While tea ceremony is an art both ancient and well-defined, coffee ceremony continues to redefine itself, thanks to an industry of dedicated professionals and an ever-evolving brewing science. Today the industry is thronged with sleek, handcrafted brewing apparati, and roasters are more dedicated than ever to isolating the unique experience of each batch. If this trend marches on—led by high-quality, small-batch roasters and DIY coffee fanatics—it’s no stretch to expect an upsurge in homespun mug ware as well.

“Ceramics and coffee kind of go hand in hand,” says Lillstreet Gallery director Jess Mott Wickstrom. “People go to Crate & Barrel to get their dishware and shop all around for table settings, but for some reason a handmade mug seems to be a very personal thing.” The exhibit, which runs from August 23 to September 29, features ceramic coffee vessels from 28 artists in 17 states, including cream and sugar sets, pour-overs, carafes, and coffee sets with mugs and a tray, with a central theme connecting handcrafted objects to handcrafted beans.

Wickstrom says that when Lillstreet decided to partner with Chicago-based craft roaster Intelligentsia Coffee, the exhibition became more about the entire coffee experience. “There’s this incredible process with clay, and any one step can derail the whole thing,” she says. “With Intelligentsia, that’s how they approach coffee as well: from seed to cup.” Intelligentsia, known for being hands-on at the source, works alongside growers to ensure quality harvests and sends coffee buyers to origin countries year-round.

Whether or not the exhibit harkens to a new trend in DIY coffee vessels, to Wickstrom the union of coffee and sculpture art makes sense. “It’s so interesting that coffee has this trajectory and has traveled all this way, and the mug has its own trajectory through the artist. That they come together in the final moment of enjoying coffee is kind of a poetic thing.”

Founded in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. It supports the arts through an artist residency program, gallery, studio space, education, and an outreach program.

Prof. 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,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

image: Luke Sheets, “One Figure, Two” and detail.

 

MIMB II: International traveling exhibition of object-books opens the 2013–14 gallery season at Ohio Northern University
August—The Ohio Northern University gallery program opens its 2013–14 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay Gallery of Art with an international traveling show entitled, “Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project II.” Over 100 unique and subtly created object books are featured in the second version of MIMB. The exhibit runs September 3 through October 25.

This exhibition is coordinated by Hui-Chu Ying, professor of art at Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, and its main exhibition space, the Emily Davis Gallery.

Diversity is what this exhibition is all about. Materials ranged from handmade and rice paper, plastic to tea bags, wood blocks, and mailing envelops, and the techniques from letterpress, silkscreen, digital prints to collage, die-cut, and painting. The artists also represent seven different countries and cultures: United States, Canada, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and Spain.

“I think the miniature book idea is really a great artform to serve as the basis for this economical traveling exhibition. Any artist can take on the challenge of scaling down thoughts, text, images, and materials to create a readable, workable small scale artist book that is a pleasure to handle, to read and to exhibit,” comments Hui-Chu Ying, associate professor of printmaking at Myers School of Art, who came up with the idea of this traveling exhibition two years ago when she created the first version of MIMB.

Cristina Rom, Library Director from Cleveland Institute of Art and one of MIMB II jurors, expresses that “the artists’ books genre started as an American and Western European art movement but is now international in scope, as artists from around the world are engaging with the book” and its multiple possibilities for artists and readers.

MIMB II has arranged three North American circuits and one international route, with the purpose of promoting the work of local artists to a wide range of audiences, venues, and cultures. New York, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, among others states, hosted this exhibition, starting simultaneously in July 2011 at Emily Davis Gallery, OH and Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. The international route began at the National Taiwan University of Art, followed by the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II is a collaborative and educational project that is possible thanks to the contributions of committed artists and the support of important institutions in the U.S. and internationally.

About the coordinators: Hui-Chu Ying and the Emily Davis Gallery
Hui-Chu Ying, associate professor, Myers School of Art, The University of Akron. She holds a MFA and MA from West Texas A&M State University. She also got a BA from San Jose State University, CA and a BS from Shih Chien College in Taiwan. Hui-Chu Ying’s work is a reflection of her concern with humanity’s suffering resulting from wars, disasters, disease and loss. She exploits all the possibilities of various media by combining painting, drawing, etching, screen-printing and collage, as well as others, in her work. She creates large-scale installations using drawings and prints on paper producing a space for meditation or communication.

The nationally known Emily Davis Gallery has a long history of presenting engaging exhibitions of emerging and established contemporary artists. It is the main visual, fine arts exhibition space of The University of Akron. The gallery is located in the center of Folk Hall which houses the Myers School of Art. The gallery is equipped to the level of museum quality lighting, HVAC, and security systems. Comprised of two, separate exhibition levels, the Emily Davis Gallery programs about 12 exhibitions every year. The exhibitions are curated by the director of the galleries, a faculty exhibitions committee, guest curators, and usually includes one all-faculty and one juried student exhibition per year.

For more information regarding artists and traveling calendar, please contact:
Hui-Chu Ying, ying@uakron.edu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mimborg/

Participating Artists
May Hariri Aboutaam
Fernanda Alvarez
Fawn Atencio
Bethania Barbosa
Makiko Berry
Cathie Bleck
Jesse Alan Brown
Heather Bryant
Addeane S. Caelleigh
Breanna Charles
Crystal Chen
Debbie Christensen
Susie Cobbledick
Neverne Covington
Jen Crann
Isabel Cuadrado
Tessa Dallarosa
Maritza Davila
Jesus De la Rosa
Margaret Denk-Leigh
Stefanie Dykes
Leslie Edwards Humez
Juan Eizaguirre Diez
Stacy Elko
Jody Ferenczy
Sandra Fernandez
Sandra C. Fernandez
Dora Ferrero-Melgar
Ramon Freire Santa Cruz
Julie Friedman
Betsey Garand
Leah Gay
Chialla Geib
Marcie Gill-Kinast
Alicia Giuliani
Jonathon Goebel
Carlos G. Gomez
Teresa Gomez-Martorell
Mathew Grady
Natalie Grieshammer
Nicole Hand
Terea Harrison
Jesus Herrero Jimenez
Rachael Hetzel
Morgan Hiscocks
Robert Howsare
Rabeya Jalil
David B. Johnson
Sarojini Jha Johnson
Sue Johnson
Darlene Kalynka
Jill Kambs
Ina Kaur
Margaret Yuko Kimura
Landa King
Eva Kwong
Daniel Lubniewski
Ashton Ludden
Ling Luo
Kirk Mangus
Emily Martin
Rachel Mauser
Daniel Maw
Joshua McGarvey
Clay McGlamory
S.V. Medaris
Sara Marie Miller
Carol Lynn Mitchell
Ricardo Mojardin
Cara Mullinary
Sandra Murchison
Megan Myers
Stephen Nolan
Rachel Nore
Gisela Oberbeck
Erich Paproth
Wendy Partridge
Robert Patierno
Adam Payne
Alicia Pelaez
Juan Carlos Ramos
Antonio Carvajal
Stefanie Ramsey
Troy Richards
Tara Sabharwal
Rodolfo Salgado Jr.
Kavita Shah
rachel shelton
Kathryn Shinko
Kevin Shook
Vishwa Shroff
Katsushi Goto
Shawn Kathleen Simmons
Jillian Sokso
Andrew Somoskey
Mark Soppeland
Jeff “JD” Dumire
Penny Rakoff
Kevin Steele
Catherine M. Stewart
Denise E. Stewart
Cassondra Stukofski
Peter Thomas
Donna Thomas
Jeannette Thompson
Joseph Tilstra
William Tourtillotte
Donna Webb
Carly Whiteleather
Melanie Yazzie
Frank Yunker
Ulrich Zwick

Curator Statement
The main mission of MIMB is to encourage artists to create their own books to share with everyone. The exhibition is open to all artists who want to bring their monumental ideas and put them in miniature books… Many books have surprising and interest content confirming the old adage that one ought “not to judge a book by its cover.” A few books exude a beautiful sensibility throughout their pages. Some carry strong messages conveying issues dear to the artists. There are so many extraordinary ideas to be found in this collection. The varieties of materials the artists used are incredible. Few books are made from recycled materials and some in which the artists have reinvented their old works. What a perfect time to create artwork that is eco-friendly.
    Hui-Chu Ying, Professor of Art
    Myers School of Art, The University of Akron

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. 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. 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.

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

 

The Art of Play: ONU Senior brightens up the Child Development Center at ONU with new mural
August—
For young children in school, recess is the time to take a break from the rigors of learning and just have fun with friends. But does that mean that there is no place for learning on the playground? The Ohio Northern University Child Development Center certainly doesn’t think so, and more to the point, they actually commissioned a mural for their playground to reinforce educational concepts to children while they play.


An artist-signed masterpiece.

“We believe that a child’s environment can also act as a teacher,” says June Zimmerman, director of the Child Development Center. “The mural is an interactive tool that we can use when we play games outside that address math, science, literacy and social studies objectives at the preschool level.”

The idea for a mural came from a desire to improve the center both aesthetically and functionally. Zimmerman wanted to “spruce up” the CDC and raise the profile of the facility in the community, and Dr. Sandy Calvert, director of ONU’s Center of Teacher Education, was looking for on-campus opportunities to engage education majors with high-impact, experiential learning.

“They were looking for an early education major with an interest in art,” says Emily Kennedy, a senior from Columbus, Ohio. “I am always doodling in class and going above and beyond in the art parts of projects, so I guess they saw that in me and recommended me to paint the mural.”

Kennedy had never painted a mural before. In fact, she had never painted anything other than paint-by-numbers. But when presented with the opportunity she didn’t hesitate, developing a plan for what she wanted to do right away.

“I knew I wanted to paint a happy picture filled with energy and life and early childhood education themes of shapes, numbers and primary colors. I wanted the mural to convey learning,” she says.

Kennedy began by making various sketches for Zimmerman to consider. Once the design was chosen, they determined a suitable color scheme, and Kennedy began painting in the late spring of last year. The mural became a family affair for the Kennedys as Emily’s mother, father, grandparents and boyfriend all lent a hand.

The mural is actually just one of the major changes to the Child Development Center this summer. The other is its recent Three-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Bureau of Child Care and Development, the state agency responsible for licensing and promoting high standards among Ohio’s early care and education programs.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for early care and education programs. Participating programs can earn a one-, two- or three-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks. Projects like the playground mural are examples of how the center is constantly striving to improve its services to parents in need of childcare at the University and in the Ada community.

“We are working to build relationships across the campus communities because of the many possibilities and resources that are available that can enhance our preschool program,” says Zimmerman. “Working with Emily was one of what will hopefully be many opportunities to enhance our preschool environment, and we hope that she enjoyed the experience as much as we did!”

Kennedy will be the first to tell you that she did. In fact, painting the mural has encouraged her to set a new goal for herself — to one day write and illustrate a children’s book. And while that may be a few years away, one thing is certain to occur as soon as next fall when she begins her career as an elementary school teacher.

“I think it’s safe to say that I am going to have a very artistic classroom.”

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

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

 

ONU’s Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery to exhibit Welty Asian art collection
August
—The delicate and antique block prints of Japan may seem out of sync with the soybean fields of northwest Ohio. Yet visitors to Ohio Northern University can find a breathtaking array of Asian printmaking.

Part of the overall collection, which was donated to Ohio Northern by a law school alumnus, opens the 2013–14 art exhibition and gallery season at the Stambaugh Studio gallery. The show, entitled “Japanese Woodcuts from the Welt Collection,” runs September 3 through December 15.

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.

Admission to the Stambaugh gallery 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.

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.

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

image: Prof. of Art Emeritus Judith Greavu in 2005 talking about the Welty Collection at Ohio Northern.

 

Ohio Northern University’s Galleries present 2013–14 season
August—Ohio Northern University announces the opening of its 2013–14 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 Fall season include:

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II: National and International Traveling Exhibition of Object-Books
curated by Hui-Chu Ying

Elzay Gallery of Art
September 3—October 25
Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II features 106 unique and subtly created object-books in materials, from handmade paper to plastic, tea bags to mailing envelopes. The techniques include letterpress, silkscreen, digital prints, collage, die-cut, and painting. The artists included in this exhibition represent seven different countries and cultures: United States, Canada, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and Spain. Ohio Northern University is the last stop of the MIMB II North American tour.

Juried Student Exhibition
Elzay Gallery of Art
November 3–22
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Sunday, November 3, 1p.m.

Organized and presented by a committee of sophomore art & design majors, the annual juried student show is 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, acrylics and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media and print making.

Benefit Sale: Featuring the paintings of James DeVore
Elzay Gallery of Art
December 6–20
Reception:
Friday, December 6, 5–7p.m.
The estate of Prof. James DeVore has donated over 40 paintings, each available for purchase. The proceeds of this show will establish the James DeVore Painting Award to be granted during the Juried Student Exhibition for a painting of exceptional quality by a studio art, graphic design, advertising design, or art education major.

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

 

ONU art education graduate inspired by art and world travel
August
—An understanding of a culture or region of the world other than one’s own is an important part of a professional and liberal arts education at Ohio Northern Art & Design. It’s also a key to developing leaders in an increasingly interdependent global society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

An understanding of a culture or region of the world other than one’s own is an important part of a professional and liberal arts education at Ohio Northern. It’s also a key to developing leaders in an increasingly interdependent global society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 21 area artists in this joint invitational. Accepted into the show are several Ohio Northern faculty including:

• Prof. 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. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern Professor Emeritus has work installed at Museum of Florida Art’s sculpture walk
July
—The work of Judith Greavu, professor of art emeritus at Ohio Northern University, was recently selected to install “Arts Spirit” at The Deland Sculpture Walk at the Museum of Florida Art in Deland, Florida. The towering outdoor work evoked a dancing spectacle that suggested influences of Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois.

The piece, over seven feet tall, was cast in bronze in 1989 and installed this past May in Florida.

An official opening event will be held in October at the Museum’s sculpture walk.

The DeLand Sculpture Walk is a collaborative effort with The City of DeLand and the Museum of Florida Art offering established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their sculptures throughout the heart of beautiful downtown DeLand, Florida. The artwork changes biennially, revealing a variety of artistic styles through the use of concrete, aluminum, stainless steel, PVC, bronze, copper and other materials.

When visiting the sculptures, smart phones can be used to scan the QR codes or by dialing (386)626-2179 for an audio presentation.

The Museum of Florida Art is an interactive non-profit community visual arts museum dedicated to the collecting, preservation, study, display and educational use of the fine arts. In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum is host to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year.

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 Polk Museum Outdoor Sculpture Competition, The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the Everglades National Park, and the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. She was 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “Arts Spirit” (bronze, 7'x3'x3')

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ONU professor has work published in “500 Teapots”
June
—The work of Luke Sheets, Ohio Northern University ceramic professor, was recently published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2) by Lark Books.

His work was titled “Amber Harlequin,” a salt-fired stoneware ceramic piece.

“500 Teapots” documents the continued vitality of the ceramic form and of a group of top international artists. The book features teapots that inspire ceramicists, collectors, crafters and enthusiasts.

The book launched a bestselling series—and it remains hugely popular. This edition spotlights a range of teapots from classically beautiful to wonderfully witty to wildly imaginative and ultramodern.

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.

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

image: Amber Harlequin, salt-fired stoneware; “500 Teapots” book cover

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

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

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

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

 

Ohio Northern A&D professors serve as jurors for regional show
June
—Ohio Northern University Art & Design Professors Melissa Eddings and William Mancuso were selected as jurors for this year’s Wassenberg Art Center’s Annual Juried Exhibition. The 57th Art Exhibit opens June 8 with a free, public reception from 7–10 p.m. Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 S. Washington St. in the former Charles Wassenberg Home.

The exhibit originated with founding art club members and continues today, with nearly 100 pieces of original art by professional and amateur artists from the tri-state region, the Toledo area and as far away as Colorado.

Awards totaling almost $2,000 will be presented at the opening reception at 8 p.m.

The exhibit is free and runs through June 28. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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

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.

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