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News | 2009-10 Academic Year

AIGA national design conference

Ohio Northern’s advertising design program graduates its first class
May—Commencement marks a milestone for the department of art & design: the department will graduate its first class of art/advertising design students.

The two women will leave Ohio Northern equipped with an extremely marketable degree. By all expectations, employment projections will jump 13% by 2018.

As alumni, the two graduates will be prepared to lead and coordinate a company’s market research, advertising strategy, and branding to develop advertising that acts as a catalyst in the world of mass communication.

“When I found out that Ohio Northern was launching an advertising design program,” said Lauren Bailey, “I knew it would be the perfect program for me. I loved that I was able to incorporate everything that I enjoyed,” explained the senior from Galena.

As a graduate this Sunday, Lauren is interested in working for a marketing or advertising agency that puts together advertising campaigns for clients. “I am excited to be the one who will design the packaging for the new box of cereal, the one who will create a new promotional campaign for a department store, or the one who will design a billboard for the upcoming box office hit. I loved that there was a program available that allowed me to have so many options!”

Shaping the major
That created a unique opportunity for the first advertising design majors, according to Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design. “The curriculum requires knowledge in art, design and business,” said Rowe. “The program was developed to respond to a more strategic and demanding field of design, usually associated with business. The program taught our students to create solutions that acts as a catalyst in the world of mass communication.”

Interest in the major has increased annually since its inception in fall 2008 as the University received national recognition for its quality education. The business college was named one of the top undergraduate business programs (BusinessWeek) in the United States and the department of art & design was the only small program in the Midwest to be included in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top creative programs in the country.

The advertising design major takes advantage of these resources as it integrates marketing, technology, writing and psychology with the traditional art and design disciplines. The advanced classes enable students to work with complex advertising projects with multiple elements and critical analysis. At this level, classes are structured to integrate theories, strategies and concepts learned from previous courses into an advanced, professional setting.

Like other advertising design programs across the United States, it attracts extremely well-qualified students. Currently, about 30 talented high school seniors apply for 10 spots in Ohio Northern’s design program, which is purposely limited in size. With faculty from design and business, the student-teacher ratio offers a level of learning opportunity not found at most undergraduate design programs.

Big benefits in a small program
“Being part of a small, new program gave us lots of interaction with the professors,” said Micaela Nauman, a graduating senior from Fredericktown. “Choosing to attend Ohio Northern has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The entire department, especially the professors, has made my experience very rewarding and has truly helped mold me into the designer I am. The small community atmosphere and the friendship the entire department shares kept me from the intimidation factor I would have encountered at a bigger, specialized art school, and I believe that has truly helped me to be successful.”

“We are continuing to develop new teaching methods that take advantage of our program’s small size,” Rowe said. For example, advertising design students enjoy integrated lecture-and-lab sessions that provide immediate, hands-on reinforcement of theories and concepts presented in classroom instruction.

Ohio Northern’s intimate advertising design program has other benefits, too, he said. “Because design is so broad, our primary mission is to provide a distinctive undergraduate educational opportunity for our students. We concentrate on providing a strong fundamental advertising design education that prepares students for a wide range of future opportunities. It is driven by what we believe is best for our students.”

Diverse career options
For their year-long capstone projects, the seniors individually worked with local restaurant owners at 3 Brothers Pizza and Viva Maria’s to address real-world problems. The primary educational goal of the projects was to provide the students with a challenging, open-ended, design relevant opportunity similar to what they might experience in their careers. Their prototyped solutions may well lead to implementation, which reinforces the quality of the Ohio Northern experience, the hard work of the students, and the potential for student success in the future.

The seniors shared their advertising design proposals at the department of art & design’s Senior Lecture Series and at the BA/BFA Senior Show on exhibit through the month of May in the Elzay Gallery of Art.

Prepared for challenges
Both said that Ohio Northern’s advertising design program, with its emphasis on problem-solving, group projects, and critical thinking, has prepared them well for the challenges ahead.

Micaela agreed. “The variety of classes offered through the advertising design program has given me a well-rounded appreciation of all the facets of art and design. The projects were demanding. To truly create the best work, I spent many hours completing projects. I don’t think our department would have it any other way. I know that will benefit me throughout my career.”

image: Advertising design major Lauren Bailey and Micaela Nauman with Michael Bierut, a famous designer from Pentagram (NY), at the AIGA National Design Conference in Memphis.

 

Learn To Read

Turning Scholarship into Service: Design Students Create Advocacy Posters for Local Public Library
May—A graphic design course at the Wilson Art Center may seem an unlikely place for students to learn about advocacy and community outreach. But, that’s where a number of Ohio Northern University’s graphic design students learned to integrate community service with an academic subject.

Students in the narrative design course, offered through the department of art & design, studied the subject of adult illiteracy and developed a poster campaign for the local public library.

“We found that very few adults in the United States are truly illiterate,” explained Rachel Pioch, a sophomore graphic design major from Northwood, Ohio. “But, there are too many adults with low literacy skills who lack the foundation they need to find and keep decent jobs, support their children’s education and participate actively in civic life.”

Through the project, the students partnered with the library to design a message that was intended for the Ada community. Students researched, discussed, brainstormed and proposed ideas before, during and after the project. The students’ solutions, that addressed a pertinent social issue, raised a general awareness about the importance of literacy and required them to reflect on core values and ethical responsibility as a graphic designer.

“The Literacy Volunteers of America provided a lot of information about adult illiteracy in the United States,” described Andrew Adams, a sophomore graphic design major from Hudson, Ohio. “We were presented with an opportunity have an experience with a project similar to that of the professional world. The skills we learned were really practical.”

The Literacy Volunteers of America defined adult literacy as “as the ability to read, write and speak English proficiently, to compute and solve problems, and to use technology in order to become a lifelong learner and to be effective in the family, in the workplace and in the community.” But, according to the instructor, Associate Professor Brit Rowe, it was much more important for the students to learn about the design process, not just definitions and adult literacy initiatives in this country.

“Students needed to understand what programs were available and what strategies they offered,” said Rowe. “Eventually, students learned the power that media can play to encourage people to seek help and thereby improve the quality of lives.”

Translating what students learn in the classroom to real world design solutions has been a key success to the graphic design program at Ohio Northern. “It was important to provide students with the opportunity to work with real clients,” said Rowe.

“The assignment gave the students a chance to collaborate with local community leaders and professionals. And because of these experiences, students have developed relevant workplace skills. It was exciting to watch the students begin from ground zero, present their final solutions and grow as designers.”

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Learn To Read poster designed by Andrew Adams, sophomore graphic design major from Hudson, Ohio.

 

Kappa Pi 2010

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

On May 8, Honors Day recognizes outstanding students in high-level of scholarship, service and accomplishment to the University community. A highlight of the art & design program includes the Kappa Pi induction ceremony, awards presentation and a picnic with family and friends.

This year, nine freshmen art & design majors will be 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.

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 nine A&D students will receive 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 Brit Rowe, 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.”

Significant faculty achievements in the department of art & design included:
Melissa Eddings, associate professor in art & design
• curated the exhibit “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” at ArtSpace/Lima
• work chosen for a group exhibit “In the Beginning: The Creative Process Revealed” at Bluffton University

Luke Sheets, assistant professor in art & design
• work accepted to the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition
• work accepted to “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international exhibit
• work accepted to “Carbondale Clay National V,” a nationally juried exhibit
• work accepted to the 7th annual “It’s Only Clay National Juried Competition and Exhibition” in Minnesota.

Brit Rowe, associate professor in art & design
• accepted and spoke at the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices” held in Chicago
• Design Advocacy and “Design: Think. Know. Do.” summer honors camp

Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education
• work accepted to “Those Who Teach Can Likewise Do” regional exhibit
• work accepted to the Spring Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.

The following A&D students earned scholarships and other recognition on Honors Day:

Student Scholarship Recognition
Fred Frances, junior art/studio arts major, Neil Meldahl Work Study Scholarship, Paper & Book Intensive 2010, University of Maine-Machias.
Jeff Gibbons, junior art/studio arts major, accepted to the Spring Juried Show at ArtSpace/Lima.
Tori Brake, junior art/graphic design major, accepted to and studied at the University of the Arts London.
Tiffany Seillier, junior art/graphic design major, accepted to and studied at the University of the Arts London.
Micaela Nauman, senior art/advertising design major, accepted as an intern at Chute Gerdeman retail design firm.
Katelyn Amedolara, junior art/studio arts/art education major, accepted to South Africa: Perspectives on Democracy

Art & Design Department Service Awards
Fred Frances, junior art/studio arts major
Matt Glove, junior art/graphic design major
Julie Brewer, senior art/studio arts/art education major

Kappa Pi Service Award
Catherine Merchak, junior art/graphic design major

AIGA Leadership Award
Micaela Nauman, senior art/advertising design major

Senior Department Honors
• Art Education: Julie Brewer
• Studio Arts: Emily Jay and Katrina MacNaughton
• Advertising Design: Micaela Nauman

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
Bethany Schreck, junior class

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Rachel Pioch
• Senior: Fred Frances and Bethany Schreck

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Initiates and current members of Kappa Pi, the art honorary.

 

senior BA/BFA exhibit

Ohio Northern Senior BA/BFA Candidates Exhibit Work in Elzay Gallery
May
—It’s spring at Ohio Northern University, a demanding time for many seniors on campus. For the art and design students, this is an intense but rewarding rite of passage that few undergraduates outside of art and design programs ever experience.

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

“This experience serves as the crowning point of the students’ education,” describes Brit. “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 thesis experience is the capstone 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 Brit. “The process presents to students an extraordinary opportunity to identify an area of interest, investigate it, and use art and design as the vehicle to present their findings.”

In addition to the thesis experience, students also design and install an exhibition of their work and give a presentation to the department faculty. “The gallery presentation is essentially the students’ portfolios,” said Brit. “The body of work must demonstrate what they 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:
Lauren Bailey, Galena
Julie Brewer, Bradford
Emily Jay, Powell
Katrina MacNaughton, Delaware
Micaela Nauman, Fredericktown
Kelsey Schrock, Perrysburg
Joe Stevenson, Elida

The students’ portfolios will be on display during the opening reception of the Senior BA/BFA Exhibition, Saturday, May 8, 1–3p.m. in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The exhibition is on view through Friday, May 15.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery is free and open to the public, daily from noon–5p.m. For additional information about the University’s exhibition season, contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Senior BA/BFA exhibit on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art

 

Josh Painter

Foundations Honors Exhibit To Display First-Year Students’ Best Work
May
—The Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design will host the annual Foundations Honors Exhibit on Friday, May 7 through Friday, Aug. 27 in the lobby of the Elzay Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is open to all ONU students enrolled in the foundations courses during the 2009-10 academic year. Work in any medium is accepted, including drawings, two- and three-dimensional work, color theory studies, photography, and ceramics. Faculty members of the foundations program assist students in selecting and presenting their work for the show.

The Foundations Program in the department is organized to challenge and educate first-year students toward the mastery of compositional, conceptual, technical, theoretical and practical aspects of art and design. The foundations courses lay down the groundwork upon which all the department’s specialized programs continue to build.

Art & design students participating in this year’s exhibit include:
Karl Jerome Beard, Cincinnati
Kevin William Drain, Urbana
Matthew Garringer, Jamestown
Kelsey Zoe Kleine, Bowling Green
Madsen, Matthew Peter, Coshocton
Joshua David Painter, Lima
Amie Villiger, Georgetown, IN
Sarah Voll, Ada
Danielle Nichole Whisman, Bellefontaine
Jessica Whitley, Dublin

Exhibiting work is an integral component of a student’s experience in the department of art & design. For the students, the Foundations Honors Exhibition is intended to give them their first experience in a professional atmosphere and to showcase their works in a professional way.

Laurie Godfrey, a visiting adjunct instructor of art and coordinator for this year’s exhibition, says the exhibit reflects the accomplishments of first-year students. “The courses in the foundations program help bridge the gap between high school and college. Students develop a strong visual vocabulary and competent form-in-space depiction. From this strong beginning, students can begin to communicate the mind’s eye in a confident, believable way—and start to share their personal voice with the rest of the community.”

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information about the University’s gallery season, contact the department of art and design.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: illustration completed by Josh Painter, freshman studio arts major; assignment completed in Adjunct Instructor Laurie Godfrey’s course, Drawing/Illustration.

 

Fred FrancesOhio Northern Studio Arts Major Earns Scholarship
April—Mr. Fred Frances, a junior studio arts student at Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design, has received the Nell Meldahl Scholarship to attend the Paper & Book Intensive this summer.

Now celebrating its 75th year, Paper & Book Intensive is a working sabbatical for practitioners and motivated artists in the book arts, papermaking, and conservation. Daily class sessions are combined with lectures and discussions to promote unusual levels of exchange and inspiration. Paper & Book Intensive 2010 is an opportunity to visit the gorgeous Maine coast and meet a number of book artists working in this territory.

The program consists of two sessions. During the first four-day session, participants take two classes—one meeting in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The second session classes meet all day for four days, making a total of three classes for the event.

Paper & Book Intensive 2010 will be held at the University of Maine at Machias. The campus houses the book arts and papermaking facilities directed by Bernie Vinzani, and is near the studios of Gray Parrot, Katie MacGregor, Walter Tisdale and Nancy Leavitt.

Bernie Vinzani directs the Book Arts Studios at the University of Maine at Machias, which house letterpress and papermaking facilities, and the gallery for the book. He has an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana State University. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in such venues as The VI International Print Biennial, Cracow Poland; ARC Gallery, Chicago; Das Papier, Duren, Germany; Paperworks, Caracas, Venezuela; and the Maine Invitational, Portland, Maine. During the past twenty-five years, he has made paper professionally for book editions and artists at Vinzani Papermakers, his mill in Whititng, Maine.

Nell Meldahl was an inspiring Paper & Book Intensive instructor and conservator of Far-Eastern art who passed away far too early in her career. The award recipients were chosen based on financial need, merit and motivation. Consideration for the scholarship, candidates was evaluated based on application materials, résumé, short essay of intent, and a portfolio of current work.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Fred Frances presents at the ONU Student Juried Exhibit.

 

Laurie Godfrey.Beyond the Bubble Poster

ONU Design Graduate To Present Lecture “Beyond the Bubble”
April—The Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design is proud to announce an interactive lecture “Beyond the Bubble” by 2005 graduate Laurie Godfrey (BFA, art/graphic design). The talk is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at 1p.m. in the Wilson Art Center. The talk focuses on her experiences navigating through the options and challenges of life beyond an undergraduate degree in art and design.

This student-directed discussion uncovers aspects of the “student process” and professional development as it relates to internships, graduate school, exhibition and job opportunities in the face of reality within this contemporary market. For students interested in graduate school, Laurie’s talk also addresses life as an MFA student and the process of creating and presenting a cohesive body of work.

As a printmaker, photographer and digital media artist from Columbus, Ohio, Laurie's outlook is continually evolving as the nature of print is challenged and redefined by technology. Current junior and senior art students are invited and encouraged to partake in an open dialogue session with Laurie following this presentation.

Laurie earned her Bachelor’s degree in art/graphic design with minors in museum studies and web/multimedia development. She recently earned her MFA degree in printmaking in 2009 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania located near Erie, PA. Life has come full circle, as Laurie has returned as a current Adjunct Instructor in Art at Ohio Northern, teaching illustration and digital photography.

While in graduate school, Laurie worked as Assistant Director for the Egress Press and Research (EPR), a fine art publishing and research component of the Printmaking Area of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's Art Department. While there, she editioned prints for visiting artists including Tom Huck, Patricia Villalobos Echeverria, Jay Ryan, Diana Sudyka, and Mike Budai. In the fall of 2008, Laurie was invited to present her work and demonstrate the process of photolithography in Costa Rica at the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica and Escuela Casa del Artista.

To learn more about Laurie Godfrey's artistic process and the conceptual nature of her work, please visit www.lauriegodfrey.com.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Poster, Beyond the Bubble, image by Laurie Godfrey

 

SPACE Poster

A&D Students Exhibit at S.P.A.C.E.
April—The work of Ohio Northern University art & design students Jeff Gibbons, Fred Frances and Mike Madsen will be on display this weekend in Columbus during the Small Press & Alternative Comics Exposition (S.P.A.C.E.).

“It’s a great show,” said Fred. “We’ll be setting-up and selling our work as well as promoting our comics. It’s a great place to see some very cool art!”

S.P.A.C.E. will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Ramada Plaza & Conference Center. Other exhibitors include Guy Davis, Paul Hornschemeier, Lora Innes, Sean McKeever, William Messner-Loebs, Dara Naraghi, Nate Powell, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Carol Tyler and Tom Williams.

Mike (BFA, art/graphic design ’11) is from Coshocton, Ohio. On campus, Mike is involved with AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, Kappa Pi art honorary and the men’s swimming team. While at S.P.A.C.E., Mike will exhibit and sell his recent comic book edition of “Heinrich and Orwell.”

Fred Frances (BFA art/studio arts ’11) is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fred is involved with Kappa Pi art honorary, Polaris arts magazine and the Student Art League. He will exhibit a few comic books including a Web comic.

Jeff (BFA, art/studio arts ’11) is from Toledo, Ohio. He is involved in the Student Art Leauge, Kappa Pi art honorary and Polaris arts magazine. Jeff will exhibit three comic magazines at S.P.A.C.E.

Hundreds of people will visit the expo this weekend. Part of the fun of S.P.A.C.E. is seeing exhibitors’ work blossom over the years. Some continue with illustration. Some move on to gallery work, while others work for media and other fields.

Sponsored by Back Porch Comics and now in its 11th year, the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) is the largest mid-western expo of art comics, minis, small press, self-produced and published comics. The event is organized by Bob Corby of Back Porch Comics with an all volunteer staff. Similar to other genre expositions, this show is a great place to discover new and upcoming talent in the art comic scene.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: S.P.A.C.E. 2010 poster

 

BolinaOhio Northern To Celebrate the Arts
April—The Committee of Arts and Special Events is presenting a Spring Celebration of the Arts on Monday, April 26 at the Wishing Well from 7 - 9 p.m.

The event will feature an exhibit by ONU art students and readings by students from the English department. The guest poet will be Jaswinder Bolina who will read some of his work.

Jaswinder Bolina is author of “Carrier Wave”, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His more recent work has appeared in “American Poetry Review”, “Black Warrior Review”, “Ploughshares”, and other journals.

This year’s event is organized by the department of English.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Professor Jaswinder Bolina

 

Chesser

ONU Faculty, Students and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
April
—The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima has quite the pedigree: over 50 years of bringing the highest quality of artwork to Lima. And this year’s exhibit adds even more luster to its already shining reputation.

“This is all the best the region has to offer,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager at ArtSpace. “When I look at it, I am very pleased with the work.”

“These are superb, high-quality artists,” stated Sullivan. “And the work they’re displaying here is as good as we could ever want.”

And every year, it seems that ONU faculty, students or alumni earn awards in the show for their exemplary work. This year, again, was no exception.  Out of the 43 artists represented in the juried show, nine have ties to Ohio Northern.

• Professor Judith Greavu, retired associate professor in art, won the first place award for her bronze sculpture called “En Garde!” She received her BS in art education from Ball State University in 1963, and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 1967. She has traveled the world and has given workshops and lectures all over the United States. Her exhibition record includes numerous solo shows, group exhibitions, and juried shows.

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh won the third place award for a watercolor and ink called “Blackie the Crow Flying his Airplane over Helmeted Crows.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the 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. His work was featured last May in an exhibit during ONU’s Alumni Weekend in celebration of his class’ 50th reunion.

• Professor Bruce Chesser, professor emeritus in art, had two large ceramic vessels accepted into the show. Professor Chesser 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.

• Professor Ed Corle also had two ceramic vessels accepted into the juried exhibition. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1978 and earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1982 from Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen. He has participated in countless art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artists’ Exhibition. In addition, he participated in numerous art fairs and festivals and is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and the Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

• Alumna Laura Barnhardt-Corle had three watercolor pieces accepted into the show. She is currently an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She earned her BFA degree in art from ONU in 1977, is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area, and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

• Professor Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education at ONU, had two watercolor pieces accepted into the show. Prof. Lehman teaches art education as an instructor at Ohio Northern University. 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 committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima. She recently was inducted into the Ohio State University-Lima Advocates Hall of Fame, received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award from the Ohio Art Education Association, and was inducted into the OAEA Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the organization in the field of visual art education.

• Professor Luke Sheets, assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University, had two ceramic sculptures accepted into the Spring Juried Show. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. 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. Prof. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy had a painting and two sculptures accepted into the exhibit. 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.

• Jeff Gibbons, a junior studio arts major from Toledo, Ohio, had two works accepted into the show—an oil painting called “Skeletons” and an artist’s book called “Thanatophobia.” Recently, Jeff won a scholarship to study at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He is interested in graphic novels, storytelling, writing, and design.

Judging this year’s show were Tamara Monk and Tom Hilty, both art professors at Bowling Green State University.

“This exhibit offers proof of a diverse visual art community within the 100 mile radius of Lima, Ohio,” explains Professors Monk and Hilty. “It shold be clear to the observer that no attempt was made to choose works of any single style. What the works chosen for this exhibition have in common is their high quality of creativity and effective utilization of materials. We were honored to jury this exhibition representing outstanding artists working and living in Ohio.”

“This is one of the oldest programs we put on here,” explains Sullivan. “This art show was started by the Lima Art Association at least 50 years ago, originally as a show in the autumn. Over the years, it gained momentum and got the reputation of being one of the strongest shows we do all year. It draws all the good people entering, in part because of its pedigree.”

The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 16–May 29. 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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Bruce Chesser, Bottle 1, ceramic.

 

Linda  Lehman

Ohio Northern Art Education Professor Named to Hall of Fame
April—With the $300 her family could afford for college, Linda Lehman started her education at The Ohio State University-Lima campus.

In 1968, it was only enough for one quarter, but it was a start. Loans and multiple jobs got Prof. Lehman through four years on the Lima campus.

“If it had not been in my hometown, I think a college education would have been out of reach for me,” she said. “Because it was here and it was available, I was able to take advantage of that opportunity, and that is something I have always been very grateful for.”

Prof. Lehman went onto an awarding teaching career that earned her an induction into the OSU-Lima Hall of Fame at Friday’s OSU-Lima Advocates meeting.

Inductees must be on the Lima campus for at least one quarter and obtain an OSU degree. They are selected for exhibiting leadership in their professions and community. Prof. Lehman wasn’t expecting the recognition, and credits those she worked along side for the past 36 years.

“When I think about all the excellent teachers I have learned from, I have learned a lot,” she said. “I give credit to the professionals I worked with as much as to myself.”

The Ohio State-Lima Advocates group was formed by the Board of Trustees to engage past members and gain their insights and perspective on how Ohio State-Lima can better serve its students and community. Members can also be past members of the Citizens’ Advisory Council that preceded the Board of Trustees and selected community leaders.

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.

Not only did Prof. Lehman teach art, but she also became an advocate for the arts. While teaching art at Bath Elementary, she wrote many grants in support of the Bath Art program and the Artists in Residence program. She also started a volunteer program in support of arts in the classroom. During this same time, Prof. Lehman taught an art education methods course at OSU-Lima.

Prof. Lehman now teaches art education as an instructor at Ohio Northern University, where she is a visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education. 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 committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

She recently received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award and was inducted into the Ohio Art Education Association 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.

The art education major 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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

NCECA  2010 Conference

Ohio Northern Faculty and Students Attend National Ceramic Conference
April—Ohio Northern University’s ceramic faculty and students joined teachers, professors, alumni, artists, professionals and other students March 31–April 3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for “Independence,” the 2010 professional conference organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

NCECA 2010: Independence, celebrates the individual and the choices he/she makes. The conference explores a variety of independent spirits of traditionalists and groundbreakers. Theme sessions investigate the necessity to tear down existing walls, to explore new ideas and to create work that pushes conventional understanding of one medium. Other themes examine the necessity to maintain tradition, to be bound loosely by historical precedent and function.

The 44th annual conference is hosted and co-produced by The Clay Studio, Philadelphia’s premier ceramics organization. In addition to The Clay Studio, over 80 galleries, alternative spaces, and museums throughout Philadelphia and the nearby suburbs mount refined and meaningful ceramic art exhibitions to coincide with the conference. Participants have the opportunity to attend live demonstrations, international, graduate student and K-12 image forums, and video screening projects related to the ceramic arts. The ceramic exhibitions celebrate the incredible diversity of the material, focusing on functional objects and tableware, sculpture, installation and performance.

Most of the main staged lectures and other events are presented at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year, the conference is expected to draw a group of 5,000 + artists, educators, curators and collectors from across the United States and 50 countries. Sessions this year focus in six tracks dealing with the concept of independence:

• aesthetics and critical theory: concepts of beauty and value, art attitudes, theory, content, goals and standards.

• art history: traditional and non-traditional artists and movements, styles, and surveys of regional, national and international art in clay.

• education: traditional and non-traditional curricula, goals, standards, methods and ideologies.

• professionalism: working standards, goals, methods and attitudes, and/or the professional working relationships of guilds, co-ops and other ceramic centers.

• technology: traditional and non-traditional materials, processes, kilns, equipment, innovations and theory.

• new work: artist 30 years and older who have been working professionally for at least five years since completing their training present 15-minute visual lectures about their body of work from the last three years.

Also this year, ceramic professor Luke Sheets was selected to take part in “The Student Critique Room.” This event gives collegiate students an opportunity to discuss images of their work one on one with professional artists from around the country. It is also a great opportunity for students to network and gain a new perspective on their work.

Prof. Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. 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. Prof. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

NCECA, a professional association for the ceramic arts, promotes and advances the field 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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

SGC logoOhio Northern Visiting Adjunct Instructor Attends National Printmaking Conference
March—The department of art & design at Ohio Northern University has a long tradition of bringing to campus visiting artists and designers to teach courses in the department. This year, ONU alumna Laurie Godfrey (BFA ’05) will spend spring quarter as a visiting adjunct instructor as Associate Professor Melissa Eddings is on sabbatical.

While at Ohio Northern, Laurie will be teaching an illustration class and a digital photograph course.

Just recently, Laurie also returned from the Southern Graphics Council National Conference held in Philadelphia, an experience she will never soon forget.

Held March 24–27, Mark/Remarque,  the theme for this year’s printmaking conference, focused on the paradigmatic process of art making with the potential of recording all stages of the creative endeavor. For artists, printmaking exists as a living media not as an obsolete manufacturing process. Mark/Remarque examined traditional and digital print processes (marks), critical discourse important to the field (remarks), and considered the concepts associated with the historical print term remarque: rarity, testing, concept amplification, and boundary extension.

The conference was timed to coincide with Philagrafika 2010, an international festival of contemporary art focusing on artistic practices that engage the visual, intellectual, and creative frontiers in printmaking. Galleries and museums throughout Philadelphia hosted print exhibitions and lectures. The centerpiece of Philagrafika’s exhibition was “The Graphic Unconscious” which presented the pervasive role of the print in contemporary artistic production.

Laurie is a 2005 graduate of Ohio Northern. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art/graphic design and minors in museum studies and web development. She also earned an MFA degree in printmaking in 2009 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In the Fall of 2008, she was invited to present in Costa Rica at the National University, the University of Costa Rica, and the National Printmaking Workshop.

While in graduate school, Laurie worked for the Egress Press and Research (EPR), a fine art publishing and research component of the Printmaking Area of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s Art Department. Over the past five years, EPR has become an entity working to foster an environment of artistic/scholarly inquiry, through faculty and student direct interaction with artists involved in creative projects and art production. EPR promotes this artistic activity/inquiry through fine art printing and publication efforts and through our development of an ongoing series of visiting artist lectures, workshops, critiques and discussions on issues relevant to contemporary art and printmaking.

The SGC International is an educational non-profit organization committed to informing our membership about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and hand-made paper.

SGCI is the largest print organization in North America. Its annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking. Artists from all 50 states attend the conference. Regular international attendees come from Canada, South and Central America, and Europe. While organizing a conference is a lot of work, there are significant professional benefits to the host institution, its faculty and students.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

design camp

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

Design: Think. Know. Do. is a one-week intensive design camp at Ohio Northern University. The camp is being offered through the Summer Honors Institute program for gifted high school students who are entering their sophomore, junior or senior years in the 2010–2011 academic year.

Design Camp will embark on an exciting journey to explore the fundamentals of visual communication. Working in teams, students will investigate how ideas of sustainability can be applied to a community’s interactions, its economics and its physical environment. Student teams will use a variety of design methodologies and skills to find answers to how design can improve the experience of a recycling plan on campus..

“We will be analyzing our client’s needs, conducting research, developing strategies, and planning, designing, and creating visual messages,” said Professor Brit Rowe, the instructor for the camp. “Through our research, students will determine the appropriate messages and the types of media for communicating those messages. Students will also learn how a variety of visual elements and methods convey an identity, such as color, typeface, illustration and photography.”

Students will extend beyond discipline-specific boundaries to engage in a holistic design process that will broaden their perspective. Students will work together to understand why does or why doesn’t the community recycle, to implement a design process, to develop design critieria based on that research, to develop alternative versions of a new solution, to refine one version as the final design solution, and to present a formal presentation..

Expressing the importance of process, Prof. 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 which focused on the design of a corporate identity program for a local non-profit art gallery.. “Every year we undertake a new challenge,” said Rowe. “So students can participate in multiple years.”

To see students from last year’s camp, visit the 2009 photo album.

“Every year our camp participants say that one of the best aspects of Design Camp is our wonderful and energetic staff,” continued Rowe. “Our camp counselors are all undergraduate students at the Department of Art & Design. They are the best possible ambassadors for their design discipline and are eager to share their knowledge about design with camp participants.”

To be eligible to attend Ohio Northern University’s Summer Honors Institute and the Design Camp, a student must:
• Reside in Ohio;
• Be entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2010-2011 school year;
• Be identified as gifted by an Ohio school district or be able to document that he or she meets Ohio gifted identification criteria described in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15.

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

The cost of ONU’s residential camp is $390 per week. A few scholarships are available for financial assistance to cover the camp fee. Space in the Summer Honors Institute is limited. Registration deadline is May 10. To register and for other detailed information regarding Ohio Northern’s Summer Honors Institute, visit the institute’s Web site.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Luke Sheets

Professor Has Work Accepted to National Juried Exhibition
March—Ten years ago, a national ceramic show in Kent, Ohio was barely filling a small gallery. Now, the show evidently has grown in stature.

This year, the 10th Annual National Juried Cup Show drew over 300 entries from 120 artists. Of that, Ohio Northern University’s ceramic professor Luke Sheets was accepted to this prestigious show.

The national juried cup exhibit will be on display March 5–27 at the Downtown Gallery in Kent, Ohio, located at 141 East Main Street, Kent, Ohio. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday noon–5p.m. and Saturday 10a.m.–4p.m.

Only 71 artists were accepted from among hundreds of pieces, many noted for a fluidic characteristic. Anderson Turner, director of galleries, said, “We’ve received submissions from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. It really was amazing!”

The juror, Dean Adams, is currently an adjunct professor in ceramics/foundations at Montana State University. Mr. Adams exhibits nationally and internationally and has participated in many artists’ residencies, including the Archie Bray Foundation, The Banff Center and the Watershed Center for Ceramics. He is also a founding board member for the LH Project on Oregon.

Professor Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national and regional 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, the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition, and the Spring Juried Exhibition at ArtSpace/Lima. 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 is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The National Juried Cup Show, located at the Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio.

 

MAPC Poster

The Mid-America Print Council Juried Show “COMMUNinkATE” Opens March 8 at Ohio Northern University
March
—The Mid-America Print Council juried show, featuring prints, books, and folios in any printed media including digital, opens Monday, March 8 in the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery at Ohio Northern University.

The juried print exhibition runs until Friday, April 30, 2010. A reception for the artists is planned for Friday, March 19, from 5–7p.m. in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The gallery is located on Gilbert Street and is connected to the Wilson Art Center, the classroom-studio building that houses the department of art & design.

The juried exhibition, which only showcases MAPC members, is coordinated by Prof. Melissa Eddings, associate professor of art & design and gallery director at Ohio Northern.

“This show is hosted by a different institution each year to assist MAPC with their mission to promote awareness of the variety and complexity of the printmaking process,” explained Melissa.

“After the initial call for entries, the work started to roll in,” said Melissa in describing the submission process. “We received entries from across the United States. I was encouraged by the large number of exceptional entries, not only for the high level of technical and artistic skills, but also because of the depth of creativity and insight the artists provided. I think this reflects the strength of both printmaking in our area and for the MAPC.”

The work in the show explores a variety of ideas and themes. The exhibit provides an opportunity to see an extraordinary range of contemporary art created by professional artists working in a variety of print media.

The graphic identity for this year’s exhibit was developed by a group of design students from the AIGA/ONU student chapter. Led by Micaela Nauman (senior from Fredericktown, Ohio) and Bethany Schreck (junior from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania), the theme “COMMUNinkATE” demonstrates the artistry of printmaking from the Midwest Region of the United States and “reveals the inner depth of the artists’ work through many aptitudes,” explained Bethany.

Exhibit coordinator Prof. Melissa Eddings received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. 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. This 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 will travel worldwide in 2010 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima this past fall.

Adjudicator for this member show was John Lysak, professor of art, printmaking area head, and Egress Press founder and director at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Lysak graduated from the Evergreen State College where he spent much of his time in the printmaking studios. Evergreen is an alternative liberal arts college with an excellent reputation. John taught printmaking briefly at Evergreen before pursuing and earning his MFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988. He then moved back to the Northwest where he formed his artistic style and career. He has spent much of his time in various teaching positions, and as a master printer at Stone Press Editions in Seattle Washington. As a master printmaker, John collaborated with a number of well-known artists to help them produce limited edition fine art prints. Since 1995, John has been an Associate Professor of printmaking at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

John is also the Art Department Graduate Program Head. John and his colleague Franz Spohn formed Egress Press and Research in 1998. He is currently the director of Egress Press and Research. At Egress Press, John has continued to work with artist to make prints for a variety of purposes and causes. Egress Press and Research is a fine art publishing and research component of the printmaking studio at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The Mid America Print Council is an educational organization whose goal it is to promote awareness and appreciation of the art of making original prints, books, hand-made paper and drawings. MAPC is a resource to educational and non-profit organizations, universities and the public at large, providing for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. These goals are furthered through conferences and workshops; through the organization, display and circulation of exhibitions of original work; through communications and journals; through awards presented to those deserving outstanding recognition for lifetime contributions to printmaking; and through research, study and general enjoyment of the arts.

Admission to both 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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Young Alumni Lecture Series 2009Rapport: The Young Alumni Lecture Series Emerges Students’ Professional Relationship
February
—“Rapport” is the theme of this year’s Young Alumni Lecture Series sponsored by the department of art & design and organized by the student chapter of AIGA|The Professional Association for Design at Ohio Northern University. Based on recommendations from the faculty, the lecture series brings to campus three or four young alumni to share personal career challenges and successes since graduation with current students.

The Young Alumni Lecture Series is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 3p.m. at the Affinity Commons Building. The alumni lectures are free and open to the public. Campus parking is limited. Guests are encouraged to park in the University’s McIntosh Center/Visitors lot via College Avenue. For additional information, please contact the department of art & design at (419) 772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

The panel of ONU design alumni will discuss what it was like to send résumés and cover letters to employers 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, department chair and associate professor in design, acknowledges, “Students will be able to engage in an open dialogue with the speakers about the importance of specific classes and how the students might best position themselves for employment or graduate school. This is also a great opportunity for alumni to give back to the education process at Ohio Northern.”

The goal of the AIGA/ONU student chapter is to get the 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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: ONU design students thank the 2009 Young Alumni Lecture presenters Heather Ann Gaghan (BFA ’05) and Toma Grothous Williams (BFA ’96).

 

 Think. Know. Do.

ONU Design Professor To Present at International Conference
February—
The graphic design program at Ohio Northern University will be represented in the international design community this month. Professor Brit Rowe from the department of art & design will be presenting his paper “Think. Know. Do. Design for the Common Good: Visual Advocacy in a High School Design Camp” at the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices.

To be held February 13 –15 at University of Illinois-Chicago, the conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to design today. Conversations and dialogues will explore the meaning and purpose of ‘design’, as well as speak in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes.

The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.

In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a trans-disciplinary dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of anthropology, architecture, art, artificial intelligence, business, cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, education, e-learning, engineering, ergonomics, fashion, graphic design, history, information systems, industrial design, industrial engineering, instructional design, interior design, interaction design, interface design, journalism, landscape architecture, law, linguistics and semiotics, management, media and entertainment, psychology, sociology, software engineering, technical communication, telecommunications, urban planning and visual design.

“Design: Think. Know. Do.,” part of the University’s Summer Honors Institute Program at Ohio Northern University, facilitates the introduction of basic methods, processes, language and underlying theory of design. The course also provides general information about the purpose, practice and educational requirements for many major design fields including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, industrial design and visual communication design.

The main goal of the week-long course is to nurture the ability of high school students in gifted and talented programs from Ohio. Students are encouraged to think about subjects in more abstract and complex ways. In the design course, an interdisciplinary design assignment demonstrates that design belongs not only in the art studio, but in and among all disciplines. Students are encouraged to think about professional experience, local engagement in a small community, social responsibility and community awareness through design practice.

Prof. Rowe is associate professor and chair of the department of art & design. He joined the Ohio Northern University faculty in 1999 after receiving his BFA degree from Ohio Northern and the MFA degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others.

He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and ONU. Since 2006, he has presented at national design educators’ conferences, was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for graphic design educators. Also during that time, he served as an external program consultant and a juror for various regional competitions.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Prof. Rowe with students conducting research during last year’s design camp.

 

SMArts Program

Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) Program Provides Outreach for Art Education Students at Ohio Northern
January
—In a 2006 study by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, art education helped children become better students in other areas including critical thinking and literacy skills.

And many other researchers have found that the study of the visual arts can improve students’ performance. At Ohio Northern University, the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) Program was founded based on similar connections.

Ohio Northern’s art education professor Linda Lehman founded the SMArts program three years ago to benefit Ohio Northern students as well as local elementary students. The program was also designed to connect the University and the departments of art & design and education to the surrounding community.

“There is a strong need in our community to offer art education classes,” explains Lehman. “With tight budgets, many public schools cut art programs.”

Now, in its fourth year, the SMArts program continues to flourish. Beginning the fourth Saturday in January, 15 teacher candidates from Ohio Northern will implement lesson plans they have created. The 64 participating children will receive an opportunity to learn about art, an often neglected subject in today’s classrooms, while the college students will receive hands-on teaching experience.

To senior art education major Julie Brewer from Bradford, Ohio the advantages of this program are evident. “I think that SMArts is a great program both for local elementary school students who enjoy art and want to get more experience outside the regular school week, as well as for students majoring in education.”

Senior art education major Kelsey Schrock from Perrysburg, Ohio echoes Julie’s sentiments. “It is an amazing opportunity for elementary and university students. They’re learning about art, which really boils down to critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. We’re learning the same things, but in the context of preparing lessons, like a teacher would.”

“It’s practical experience for us,” explains Julie. “It’s especially nice to be working with your peers while you learn. I’m acquiring many new strategies for room management, lesson planning and all sorts of things just by watching how they and I handle different situations.”

The future teachers receiving practice are of various experience levels. Julie, for example, has a long list of teaching history, while Kelsey has had much less. She says, “I don’t really know what to expect. However, I think I’ll be really impressed with the students’ participation and their understanding of different subjects we’ll talk about.”

Projects on this year’s SMArts syllabus correlate with other school subjects like science, history, and math, showing how art can be integrated into most any issue. “By their very nature, art and design disciplines are excellent educational tools to teach creative thinking,” says Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design department at Ohio Northern. “Students have to search for the right answers through hands-on assignments, not just text books. We have to encourage students to see the interconnections between subjects.”

There is no doubt that SMArts is a worthwhile endeavor. Linda says that after the past three years’ program, “we received a great deal of positive feedback with many parents asking us to repeat the program.” Response was so tremendous that 120 students applied for the 62 slots offered by SMArts.

Participating in the program for another year, Kelsey emphasizes the value of the program, saying, “What I enjoy most is being there with the kids. It’s so neat to be able to ask them questions to find out what they know, then to provide them with a bridge of new information that they can understand and apply. When it just clicks with them, and they understand, it’s gratifying.”

The art education major 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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

See other photos from last year’s sessions.
image: An ONU teacher candidate works with a local art teacher and a student on a project.

 

Fortushniak

“In a Little While” Opens Ohio Northern University’s 2010 Gallery Season
January
—Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?

These questions are examined in an upcoming exhibition titled “In a Little While” at the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery at Ohio Northern University.

Landscapes, juxtaposed with pop and industrial images against pastoral settings, are re-contextualized into a vivid statement of a personal quest to reveal a truthful perspective on contemporary American culture. The exhibit, by Prof. Ivan J. Fortushniak, runs from Monday, January 4 through Friday, February 19.

Fortushniak is an assistant professor of painting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts in painting from the University of Cincinnati. He has served as an assistant professor of painting at the University of Kansas and his work was featured in “Paintings and Drawings” at the Lawrence Art Center, in Lawrence, Kan., in 2005. Recent exhibitions also include Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, the Overbrook Gallery in Muskegon, KQ Fine Art Gallery in Minneapolis and the Heritage Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa.

Fortushniak has shown his work in a variety of venues across the United States and has work included in several private collections throughout the Midwest. His work juxtaposes water towers, smokestacks, and Boeing aircraft with landscapes inspired by George Inness, Winslow Homer and Albert P. Ryder. Most recently, he has been investigating the psychological implications that pop and historical icons have played in his nurturing and understanding of life.

“My work investigates the corrosion of historical landscape paintings and our manipulation of the environment through traditional and contemporary painting,” Fortushniak said. He often juxtaposes nature with the progression of mankind, noting that “every painting provides an opportunity to create a unique impression of our environment while informing the viewer about a turbulent past.”

Of course, the images he places within these settings play a vital role. Set against the injured representation of a natural setting, these man-made elements create a further sense of discord, interrupting the landscape by imposing foreign elements into our ordinary concepts of a bucolic setting.

Similar to the ways in which Fortushniak’s paintings combine traditional and experimental methods of painting, his intellectual approach to art also engages the dichotomies of contemporary society—pop culture vs. history; evolution vs. creationism—while at the same time examining the impact of modern industrial progress on the natural environment. In the process, he has also developed a faith-filled sense of meaning and purpose through an investigation into the psychological implications of pop and historical icons on his own understanding of life.

Seeing himself now as unhindered by the confusion of pluralistic ideas about the world, Fortushniak does not struggle for subject material, but rather for new and effective ways in which to communicate what he believes to be Truth.

“The realization of what truth, meaning and purpose are,” explained Fortushniak, “has liberated me from the burden of attempting to find it within myself or in the countless ideas of our culture. My struggles are no longer based on what I’m going to communicate and paint but rather how I’m going to communicate what has been revealed to me as Truth.”

Admission to both 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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Ivan Fortushniak; Lone Ranger is a Dead Ranger; 2008. Oil and collage.

 

Tori and Tiffanie

Ohio Northern Graphic Design Students To Study in London
December
—The department of art & design at Ohio Northern University has long been dedicated to giving students the chance to deepen their knowledge in their chosen career field and to broaden their worldview by adding a global perspective.

In fact, studies have shown that students who study abroad during their collegiate years are much more likely to become globally engaged citizens afterwards.

“Studying abroad is the first time that many students see how people in other parts of the world live, and they take those lessons back home with them,” said Brit Rowe, associate professor in graphic design and chair of the department of art & design. “It can have a significant impact on how they live the rest of their lives.”

But, that’s not the only reason why a pair of Ohio Northern design students will be studying next term at the University of the Arts London.

“I know this experience will have a great impact on my work as a designer,” said Tori Brake, a junior graphic design major. “I have the knowledge and background through studying graphic design at Ohio Northern, but learning from the UK design world will expand my horizons socially, academically, and creatively.”

Tiffanie Seillier, the other junior graphic design major to study in London, agreed. “This experience will teach me how to take a different look at graphic design, be more competitive and be more independent.”

The opportunity for these ONU students to study in London occurred last year when a strategic affiliation agreement between Ohio Northern and the University of the Arts London was established.

“Our department faculty laid the ground work,” said Prof. Rowe. Associate Professor of Art Melissa Eddings serves as the study abroad coordinator for the department of art & design.

“The University of the Arts London is one of the world’s most respected art and design schools,” said Rowe. “But, just like any other art and design school, students still are required to submit an application and transcripts. Our students needed to show a portfolio of work and submit faculty recommendations. Admission isn’t automatic. It is an extensive application process.”

After learning of their acceptance to the design program in London, both students expect to learn far more than just design.

Accounting for her studies, Tori said, “I wanted to apply to the University of the Arts program simply because of its great reputation and location. The program is very intense and the change of pace will be both challenging and refreshing. It also is located in the center of the city and is surrounded by the very essence that is the London art scene.”

Classes for Tori and Tiffanie begin on Monday, January 11 with the term ending the week of March 19, 2010.

Even though a wide variety of design courses are available to international students in London, students will schedule courses when they arrive for orientation.

“I am actually not certain which classes I will be taking right now. They will basically hand us our schedules when get there,” said Tori.

“We just know that we’ll be studying alongside the second year design students at Chelsea,” continued Tiffanie. Usually a design communication course is required.

Regardless of the course loads, both students are looking forward to the journey to London and expect to have a life changing experience.

“My entire stay in London will be a total learning experience,” said Tori. “I will be taking some intense design courses and will be fully immersed in the UK culture. That will be a whole other experience in, and, of itself!”

London is a vibrant and exciting city and is home to many world-class museums. There are over 300 to choose from, ranging from the traditional to the hi-tech.

When planning her time in London, Tori stated, “Aside from my studies, I plan to do a lot of traveling within the city of London and a few museum visits are on the top of my list. If we have a free weekend, I may buy a cheap plane ticket to Ireland. And, after the semester is over, I plan to visit friends and family in France and Germany for a few weeks before I come home.”

“I also want to travel around Europe and meet lots of people from different cultures,” explained Tiffanie. “It’s something we usually don’t get to do in Ada, Ohio!

Prof. Rowe believes that the students will find the London design program intense. “The quality of the program is very good. I think the students will emerge as more globally engaged citizens.”

“We do require our studio arts majors to study aboard,” explained Prof. Rowe. “But, design students are offered the same opportunities. Study abroad has become more integral to our students’ educational experience.”

“More and more students want to study abroad and want to become more globally engaged citizens,” said Prof. Rowe. “Our students are longing to have these experiences.”

University of the Arts London is a diverse and creative community of 24,000 full and part-time students from over 100 countries. The consortium agreement provides a unique opportunity for visual arts and design students to study in one of the world’s most important cities for graphic design. While living and studying in London, Europe’s hub for museums, design research and technology, design students can enroll in courses such as visual thinking, typography, information design, narrative structures and graphic and spatial design.

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

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Tori Brake and Tiffanie Seillier

 

Kathy Kosins

Jazz in the Abstract: Visiting Artist Talks about her Career
December
—Can you hear color? Can you see music? For critically and nationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins, it comes naturally. “I paint the sounds that I hear,” says Kosins.

On Tuesday, December 15 in the Wilson Fine Arts Center, Kosins presented a lecture about “Life in the Arts.”

“I teach a course about how to make a living in the arts,” said Kosins. “Content comes from my own experience as a vocal artist—and now as a visual artists.”

Kosins’ visit to Ohio Northern was organized by Dr. David Kosmyna, an assistant professor of music. Kosins conducted master classes for music students and she was the featured vocalist during the ONU jazz band concert held in Presser Hall.

Kosins’ paintings are held in private collections throughout the United States.

“Strains from Miles Davis’ trumpet, Charlie Parkers’ saxophone and Bud Powells’ piano translate into color and texture,” explains Kosins, who is also a composer. “For me, painting is simply an extension of the music I love to listen to and perform.”

Likewise, Kosins’ songs are imbued with the hues she envisions. “When I perform, if I blow a scat solo or improvise on a melody, I ‘see’ grades of color in those notes, and that informs the texture of my phrasing.”

Kosins has been singing and writing for more than 30 years. She has been painting in the abstract since the late 1980s, around the time she began composing what would become her first CD release, “All in a Dream’s Work,” a tribute to Miles Davis’ 1950s and early 1960s productions.

“While listening to Davis or other period bop artists, one can see whatever their imagination will let them. I happen to see their notes as color, form and texture.”

Similar to jazz musicians playing solos, “I use as much depth and layering as possible. It’s about nuances and dynamics.”

Kosins says that she has taken many painting classes, but also says her painting is total improvisation.

“I never have an idea or color scheme in mind when I pick up a brush. I paint strictly from my intuition,” she says, adding that the hardest part is acknowledging when a piece is done. “It was no different with the old jazz masters. They could play endless solos all night, using the same form.”

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Kathy Kosins describes her latest art work during a lecture in the department of art & design.

 

 

 

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Ohio Northern University’s Student Art League Announces Film Series
December
—The Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design and the Student Art League announces its Winter quarter film series. Films are shown on Thursdays at 6p.m. in room 115 of the Wilson Art Center located on Gilbert Street. Visitor parking is available at the McIntosh Center parking lot. Admission is free.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
December 17
Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa.

The Terror of Tiny Town
January 14

An evil gun-slinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue.

Robot Monster
January 28

Ro-Man, an alien that looks remarkably like a gorilla in a diving helmet, has destroyed all but six people on the planet Earth. He spends the entire film trying to finish off these survivors, but complications arise when he falls for the young woman in the group.

Ed Wood Double Feature
February 11

We proudly present two films by the worst director of all time – Glen or Glenda, a cross-dresser’s plea for tolerance, and Plan 9 from Outer Space, a sci-fi feature in which aliens resurrect Earth’s dead as zombies in order to prevent the construction of a massive bomb.

 

 

graphic design research

Ohio Northern Design Students Present Ideas for Recycling on Campus
December
—About 15 Ohio Northern University undergraduate design students unveiled their solutions to a research problem posed by instructor Brit Rowe in his foundation design course: Why does or why doesn’t the Ohio Northern community recycle?

The teams of students presented their research findings and proposed plans in November to an audience of design students and faculty.

The students, a group of mostly sophomore design majors mixed with other communications and business disciplines, spent seven weeks researching, analyzing and developing solutions. The common conclusion was that while there are several stations of recycling bins around campus, the program needs a clearer and more consistent implementation across campus.

“In some cases, people need a more compelling reminder to recycle,” said Rachel Pioch, a sophomore graphic design major from Northwood, Ohio.

Students observed that bin placement was inconsistent, leaving users to wander around looking for an appropriate bin. “From building to building, department to department, the bins didn’t match, were poorly labeled and functioned poorly,” described Rachel.

Interviewees pointed out that bin slots were often the wrong size or shape, that bins were sometimes overflowing, and there was general distrust that bin content truly gets recycled.

“Our research uncovered that there isn’t support from a central office for the recycling program,” said Andrew Adams, a sophomore graphic design major from Hudson, Ohio. “There are a few organizations on campus that try to run the program,” said Andrew. “But, there is no cooperation between the groups. Even the residence life staff did away with recycling because of poor student participation.”

“Our student survey,” Rachel pointed out, “revealed that only 9% of Ohio Northern students always recycle.”

To remedy this problem, students investigated how ideas of sustainability can be applied to the university community’s interactions, its economics and its physical environment.

“The student teams were challenged with overall project goals,” explained Prof. Rowe, “such as to increase recycling participation by students and staff, heighten awareness of the university’s recycling program, expand economic opportunities while addressing environmental issues in a positive way, and lower waste generated on-campus by reducing, reusing and recycling.”

“In all of our design courses, design thinking is a fundamental philosophy,” stated Prof. Rowe. “This final team project in the foundations course engaged students in a thoughtful, community-based response to sustainability and community. Graphic design can be a powerful means of communicating civic messages and stimulating thinking about the issues that define our world.”

Students undertook research as introduced in the course and the applied their findings in a creative way to improve the ONU community.

“Solutions to design problems may seem obvious,” explained Prof. Rowe, “but good work begins with thoughtful research. That enables designers to create stronger and more innovative work that delivers true value to the client and audiences.”

Soon after the research and analysis phase, the students brainstormed with a variety of ideas to further propel the recycling program at Ohio Northern. Such solutions promoted the value of recycling on campus through visual and practical means. Most plans consisted of implementing visibly functional, attractive bins with less ambiguous markers of paper, bottles and cardboard, and promotional posters with culturally recognizable figures and themes.

“I think our solutions could be effective on this campus,” stated Rachel. “We addressed raising general awareness of recycling, but the professor also got us to think about values and ethical responsibilities as designers.”

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

It's Only ClayCeramic Professor Accepted to “It’s Only Clay” National Show
November—Ohio Northern University’s ceramic professor, Luke Sheets, was selected for the 7th annual “It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition” sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center and the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Department located in Minnesota.

The juror for this year’s exhibit was Richard Bresnahan, an artist-in-residence at St. John’s University in Minnesota. Bresnahan operates the largest wood fired ceramics kiln in North America. He combines his expertise in Japanese ceramics with his interest in the use of local materials and natural resources to create stunning ceramics and a program that attracts international attention. Gerry Williams, Editor of Studio Potter, calls Bresnahan “one of the preeminent potters in contemporary American ceramics.”

The “Its Only Clay” 2009 exhibit was a juried competition focusing on, and dedicated to, functional clay vessels. Selected works were on exhibit from November 6 to December 19 at the Bemidji Community Art Center.

The exhibit featured 40 works from ceramicists from around the country.

“It is a great privilege to be exhibiting my work in It’s Only Clay,” said Prof. Luke Sheets. “Some of our country’s best functional ceramicists are included in this show.”

Luke is an assistant professor in art & design at Ohio Northern. He earned his BFA degree from ONU and the MFA degree in ceramics from Bowling Green State University. He also had work accepted into other national competitions including the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show. In 2005, he had work published in 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace, a book printed by Lark Books. Currently, Sheets teaches ceramics at ONU and is responsible for the three-dimensional studio arts program in the department of art & design.

Established in 1982, the Bemidji Community Art Center is located in the Carnegie Library in downtown Bemidji on the shores of Lake Bemidji. The Center is a non-profit member-supported organization dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of art in its community. The BCAC provides gallery space for exhibitions, music, poetry readings and social events for many organizations. It displays national, regional and local artists in group exhibits, solo shows and installations featuring a new exhibit each month from February through December.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Begin Your Journey Here!

Begin Your Journey Here! The Art & Design Portfolio Scholarship Day To Be Held Feb. 13
November
—High school students interested in attending Ohio Northern University’s art & design program are invited to join us for our annual Portfolio Scholarship Day on Saturday, February 13, 2010. This is an exciting opportunity to compete for a Talent Award based solely on a submitted portfolio.

Beginning at 9a.m. at the Wilson Art Center, the day includes portfolio critique sessions, drawing sessions and lunch on campus. Once students and families make their reservations, a complete itinerary will be emailed with specific times for scheduled activities.

Register today!
To reserve a place for the 2010 portfolio review, please contact the department of art & design at 419.772.2160 or by email at art@onu.edu.

Not able to attend?
If students are not able to attend the Portfolio Scholarship Day, but would like their work included in the evaluation process for admission and for a Talent Award, applicants may submit portfolios three ways.

On campus: Students can schedule appointments by contacting the department of A&D (art@onu.edu or 419.772.2160). The portfolio review committee can meet with students to evaluate portfolios Monday through Friday, 8a.m.–4p.m.

By mail: Students can submit work in digital or slide format. Students should include an inventory sheet with their files/slides noting the size, medium or media, and completion date of each piece of work. Work in a digital format must not require installation of software on a department computer. Portfolios should be sent to the Department of Art & Design, Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main Street, Ada, Ohio 45810.

By web site: Another option allows students to submit portfolios by emailing the url for their Web site to art@onu.edu.

Begin [your] journey to True North here!
We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to complete your admission application, earn a Talent Award scholarship, and begin [your] journey to True North. Directions to campus may be found here on Ohio Northern’s Web page. For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the department of art & design (art@onu.edu, 419.772.2160).

About Talent Awards
To qualify for a Talent Award, students must have already applied and have been accepted to Ohio Northern University as an art or design major. Talent awards are coordinated with other University grants and scholarships. Students may contact the admissions office for an application (1.888.408.4ONU).

Our Evidence of Excellence
The Ohio Northern community is committed to the pursuit of excellence and welcomes applicants who have the same high standards and ambitions. Our department maintains a selective admission policy, accounting for a student body that is enthusiastic about our programs of study.
• The department of art & design is named as one of the top programs in the nation for creative students in Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers (2nd edition).
• The university is ranked No. 2 among baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges in America and included in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category (2010).
• ONU is one of the Best 371 Colleges, Princeton Review (2010).
• Ohio Northern is among the top 100 private four-year colleges and small universities in Peterson’s Competitive College Guide (2009).
• Ohio Northern is named in Colleges of Distinction (2009); a guide profiling America’s most distinguished teaching-centered colleges and universities.

About the department of art & design
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, art therapy, art education and countless other fields.

The department holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second 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, a film series and summer European trips.

We encourage potential students, as well as art teachers, guidance counselors and parents to visit our beautiful campus. Student-led tours and individual appointments with admissions counselors, financial aid counselors and faculty are available by appointment. Please contact the admissions office or the department of art & design for further information and for Portfolio Scholarship Day reservations (art@onu.edu, 419.772.2160).

 

SheetsA&D Professor Included in National Ceramic Exhibition
November
—Last month, the national ceramics art world descended upon Carbondale, Colorado, a well-known thriving arts community. In conjunction with the local clay center, an exhibition featured some of the best current work from ceramicists in the country.

And Ohio Northern University’s ceramic professor Luke Sheets was included.

The nationally juried exhibition, Carbondale Clay National V, was on display through Oct. 29 at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St.

Twenty-four ceramicists from across the nation displayed functional work, including plates, jars, bowls and teapots in the show titled “Function With Flair.” More than 30 pieces were on display in the varied exhibition that was juried by Doug Casebeer, the artistic director of ceramics and sculpture at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

“This show simply brought the national clay scene to the Carbondale Valley,” said Casebeer, who regularly juries national exhibitions and has judged the Clay Center’s Clay National two times.

For this year’s Clay National, he reviewed at least 200 images and applications and narrowed the field down to the 31 pieces that color the pedestals and walls at the Clay Center. A range of work, from earthenware and terra cotta to stoneware and porcelain was in the show.

“Function With Flair” displayed eccentric, curious work but kept it “accessible,” according to Clay Center board member K Rhynus Cesark. Referring to the prospectus inviting artists to apply, Cesark explained, “Really great pots have three hurdles to overcome: get the viewer to look; get the viewer to touch; and get the viewer to engage daily.

“It’s a beautiful show. Everyone that’s come in here has loved it,” Cesark said. “It’s very accessible because they are common objects but done in very uncommon ways. It’s a new way for people to see utilitarian objects.”

Cesark chose Sheets’ work because, “I thought that particular object had great dimensions and proportions. It was personal and the glaze and firing were great. It was one of those pieces where everything came together for the artist.”

Every clay artist strives for that perfect piece, Casebeer said, “when your hands and your ideas melt together to make successful work.”

Cesark said the center was lucky to have Casebeer, a nationally renowned artist and teacher, jury the show. Often, the juror drives the number of applicants, she explained, which was why so many outstanding artists submitted for the show.

This juried exhibition also caught the allure of ONU’s ceramic professor Luke Sheets. “The show highlighted the eccentric and curious ritual of useful pottery,” explained Sheets. “In this exhibition, accessibility and engagement were primary objectives and focused on pottery shapes, from cups to bowls, vases to jars—issues I have been very much interested in addressing in my work.”

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. 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. Prof. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Carbondale Clay Center offers many programs including classes, workshops, community outreach programs and artist residencies. The Center explores the passion of life through ceramic arts and believes clay is the universal language that connects people, cultures and world history.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Work from “Function With Flair” international exhibition.

 

 

Path to the River

Retired Painting Professor Lends Presence in Exhibit
November
—The work of Professor Emeritus James H. DeVore is featured in a group retrospective, “Fritz Hoffman and Friends” at the Mill Run Gallery of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. The exhibition honors the memory of Fritz Hoffman, a longtime friend and mentor to many artists in Central Ohio.

The show runs through January 5. Gallery hours are Sunday–Thursday, 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

A reception for the artists will be held Sunday, November 29, 2–4p.m. at the gallery. For additional information, contact the UALC at 614-451-3736.

James H. DeVore received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Ohio University and taught for thirty-seven years in the Ohio public school system, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and at Ohio Northern University before retiring in 1997.

He is currently a member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society and the Ohio Watercolor Society, where he served as recording secretary and on the Board of Trustees.

He has 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 has 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 Ohio Northern University Press, and an article entitled “A Brief History of Watercolor Painting” in Polaris. There is an article on his life and work in Allied Publications Prize-Winning Graphics.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Path to the River, watercolor, 2006

 

Ohio  Art Education Association Conference

Art Education Students Attend “Northcoast Hues”
November
—Ohio Northern University’s art education majors joined art teachers, professors, alumni and other students this past weekend in Cleveland for “Northcoast Hues,” the 2009 professional conference organized by the Ohio Art Education Association.

Beginning November 12, 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. Students even had an opportunity to tour the creative division of American Greetings.

Art Education Professor Linda Lehman, a visiting assistant to the director of the Center For Teacher Education, said she and the other students were excited about this year’s conference.

“The students from the art & design department were thrilled to attend the annual conference for Ohio art educators,” 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.”

Students from the art education program who attended this year’s conference included:
• Katelyn Amendolara
• Julie Brewer
• Janelle Cain
• Kelsey Schrock
• Sarah Voll

Throughout the weekend conference, students also had other opportunities to attend a variety of lectures, such as how writing narratives in response to works of art could be a catalyst for a major lesson plan. Students then attended a session about how to incorporate sketchbooks into a self-motivated learning tool for the classroom.

“It’s important that our teacher candidates experience a professional conference such as this,” said Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design. “This was a great chance for our students to network with a community of statewide educators and to develop, promote and support art education as a core curriculum in our schools.”

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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Julie Brewer, Prof. Lehman, Sarah Voll, Kelsey Schrock, Katelyn Amendolara and Janelle Cain at the closing banquet in Cleveland.

 

Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity

Students Honored During the Annual Juried Show Awards Reception
November
—The Elzay Gallery of Art and the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s juried student art exhibition. This show features the best of the best from the visual art and design department.

The awards reception and presentation was held Nov. 17 at the Elzay Gallery. The show runs through Dec. 18 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are noon-5p.m. daily while school is in session.

More than 50 student artists and designers submitted over 120 entries to the juror, Professor Rob Price from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He was raised in Ada, Ohio and attended ONU briefly in the early 1960s. He received his MFA degree from Ohio University and currently is a retired professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he still teaches foundation courses. In addition, he has taught for several years in England through the Fulbright Program.

A wide range of medium, style and subject matter is represented in this year’s exhibition. The competition was very competitive, says Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director Melissa Eddings. She also served as the advisor to the student group charged to organize this year’s exhibition. “Student shows are always insightful to both the contemporary art scene and the pulse of the school’s art community,” said Eddings.

Awards were presented during the opening awards reception honoring both the artists, designers, and the juror on Nov. 10. Awards were presented to the students in the following categories:

Best of Show
Baroque Cake by Kelsey Schrock, art education

Best of Show
66 by Fred Frances, studio arts

The Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity
Is Your Child Under the Influence? by Micaela Nauman, advertising design

Two-Dimensions
First Place, Jumping in Leaves, Victoria Brake, graphic design
Second Place, Correspondence of W. Connor..., Matt Glove, graphic design
Third Place, Farewell Florence, Emily Jay, studio arts
Honorable Mention, Jonah and His Pet Pirana, Julie Brewer, art education

Three-Dimensions
First Place, Zak, Molly Thibaut, art minor
Second Place, Lizard, Sarah Voll, art education
Third Place, Two Rings to Rule the World, Mike Madsen, graphic design
Honorable Mention, Descending Pyramid, Kevin Drain, graphic design

Graphic Design
First Place, Literacy Campaign Poster, Victoria Brake, graphic design
Second Place, Punk Rock Movement in Europe in the 1960s and '70s, Tiffanie Seillier, graphic design
Third Place, Romanticism, Matt Glove, graphic design
Honorable Mention, Swiss International, Mike Madsen, graphic design

The Annual Juried Student Exhibit is held to recognize the best in studio art and graphic design produced within the department of art & design throughout one academic year. The competition is designed where respected and qualified outside jurors are invited to evaluate the work for originality, creativity, and technical execution.

Juror Rob Price briefly discussed his selections in a statement read during the awards presentations. “I felt somewhat like a ‘Ruthless People’ character after initially weeding out what I judged to be non-qualifying pieces,” said Price. “Two things guided those decisions: Either I felt no ‘gut’ interest in the work’s impact, or I noticed a glaring lack of craft or skills in the artist’s or designer’s execution.”

“I think a fine show can be presented with the works I chose,” confessed Price. “I was impressed with what I saw being produced at Ohio Northern. Congratulations to all who entered and were selected, particularly to those distinguished with awards.”

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

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season,, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Mrs. Toby Baker (right, BFA ’06) with Micaela Nauman (right), a senior advertising design major. Micaela won the first ever Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity.

See photos from the awards reception: ONU Art & Design on Flickr

 

Reduce/Reuse Poster

From Trash to Beauty: Exhibit reveals first-year students’ projects
November
—As part of a first-year seminar course in the department of art & design, students at Ohio Northern University were charged to invent a creative way to reuse something or invent a device or object that used waste in a meaningful way.

“Our students were engaged in a thoughtful, community-based response to sustainability and community,” said Professor Brit Rowe who taught the course. “We believe it is important to instill environmental thinking into the art and design process early on, making it an automatic consideration in the students’ career.”

Students were encouraged to investigate what local businesses throw away, what their neighbors throw away and what they throw away. The answers to these questions became the material for the students’ projects .

“Students were really encouraged to think about the entire process of creating,” said Rowe. The students’ projects were evaluated using specific criteria, such as: Is this artifact useful? How might this encourage people to use waste, to reduce waste and/or to consume less? How might the object stimulate thought, dialog and action? “We wanted students to realize that their work can be seen as a way to emphasize the value of art and design by doing something valuable for/to the community,” said Rowe.

Students were able to create fun, attractive and useful objects such as a clock, desk organizers and journals.

Student reactions were very positive. “I never thought about these issues until I started on this project,” said Josh Painter from Lima, Ohio. “Since I commute from home, I decided to investigate the things [our family] throws away. Both my parents keep a lot of scraps, so they told me I could use anything in the garage.”

Josh created a trash can for a high-end bathroom. “I think people looking at this trash can will be amazed. It doesn’t look like that I started with meaningless scraps!”

The exhibit, called Reuse/Reduce, is on display in the Wilson Art Center through December 18, 2009 and is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 8a.m.–5p.m. and Sundays 1–5p.m. The Wilson Art Center is located on Gilbert Street on the Ohio Northern University campus.

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

 

ONU art education students “perform” at Freed Center for Turtle Day
By Angela Polachek, Ada Herald Correspondent
November
—It may have been a sunny November day, but Saturday, area children were transported to sunny beaches when they put their imaginations in the skillful hands of the Freed Center.

The Freed Center hosted “Turtle Day”, the brainchild of Catriona Macphie Hynds and her legion of volunteers. Hynds is the managing director, development officer and arts education officer for the Freed Center.

The day was designed to educate children ages 3 to 16 on the plight of the sea turtle, by using crafts, movement and theatre work. The day was divided into segments for each age group: Turtle Tots, ages 3-6, Sea Turtles, ages 6-teens, and Turtle Teens rounded out the day.

The Turtle Tots started the day with an hour of crafting, reading, acting, and movement play. The turnout for the group was so large it had to be split in half in order to accommodate everyone. The children made their own sea turtles, and watched a play about Tortuga, which is Spanish for “turtle”.

Hynds gives credit to students in the theater program and the art & design department at Ohio Northern for their creative talents.

The students led the children through a mini Spanish lesson, actively teaching the children Spanish words for “turtle”, “friend”, “basket”, and other words as they related to the play.

Led by a team of art education students from the department of art & design, the Sea Turtles also had the chance to add creativity to the day. They made paint and wax seascapes with their turtles. They also experienced the play, and watched a video about a man who has devoted his life to helping the endangered sea turtles.

The Turtle Teens had the rest of the day to learn about the theater, sea turtles, and prepare for their own production. In the evening, over 45 people returned to watch the production.

“They researched and performed the play from scratch,” Hynds said proudly.

While all the children had the chance to be creative, they also learned about environmental issues and the plight of the endangered sea turtles.

“We want to raise environmental issues with the children too. The older groups come up with astounding solutions!” Hynds said.

Hynds said over 90 children attended the event, and some families spent the day at the Freed Center.

“One family had all six of their children in various groups throughout the day.” Hynds said.

Children came from all over the area, as well as farther distances. According to Hynds, some in attendance were from Dayton.

Last year’s chosen animal was the Polar Bear, in keeping with the year-long Polar Bear Nation celebration. Hynds said they wanted to stick with an endangered species, and had student input on the selection.

“We had over 30 Delta Zeta sisters volunteer for various parts of the project, including painting sets and preparing for the day. And their mascot is the turtle!” Hynds laughed.

Hynds also has strong words for all of her volunteers.

“Without their commitment, we could not have done it,” Hynds raved. Among her volunteers were the Freed Center staff, art students, and Art Education Professor Linda Lehman.

“They have tremendous stamina!” Hynds exclaimed.

 

Melissa Eddings

ONU Painting and Printmaking Professor Reveals Creative Process in Exhibit
November
—For many artists, they are committed to a life process of creativity and how that is expressed and manifested in what they do.

For one of Ohio Northern University’s art professors, Melissa Eddings is also passionate about the creative process, both in her teaching and in her work. During the next two months, the documentation of her commitment to a process of creativity is revealed.

Professor Eddings is included in an exhibit at Bluffton University called “In the Beginning: The Creative Process Revealed.” The show runs from Monday, November 9, through Friday, December 18 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Sauder Visual Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 1p.m. to 5p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

“In the Beginning: The Creative Process Revealed” is an exhibit of preliminary works by a very diverse group of artists in a variety of mediums. The works in the exhibit reveal the intuitive creative process on its course to a formal, finished piece of art.

Working on a piece from the beginning gives an artist a chance to rethink their creative process and reformat their style. “Many artists consider the preliminary work they do as the most important part of the creative process because it is the first stage of conceptual exploration,” explains Phil Sugden, professor and exhibit curator at Bluffton. “In some cases, it involves creating or revising the artist’s visual language.”

Also featured in the exhibit is ONU alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71).

“I’m certain there is a reason for all the subject selection,” said Harry. “No artist, in any medium, works in a totally random fashion or simply pulls things out of nowhere. Nothing comes from a vacuum, imagined or otherwise.”

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. 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.

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 Professional Evaluation and has served on 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 will travel worldwide in 2010 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima this past fall.

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

image: preliminary drawings, sketchbooks, and oil painting, “Starlings in My Garden” by Melissa Eddings

 

Those Who Teach Exhibit

ONU Professor Included in ‘Those Who Teach Can Likewise Do’ Exhibit
November
— Prof. Linda Lehman, who teaches art education at Ohio Northern University, has work accepted to a special curated exhibition at ArtSpace/Lima, “Those Who Teach Can Likewise Do.”

Opening today in the Ellen Nelson Gallery of ArtSpace, the exhibit features the works of those mentoring the best young area artists in the local area.

“Every year, ArtSpace hosts the Kewpee High School Invitational, showing off some of the best works from high school students. These works in the current exhibit are from the people who mentor, guide and teach those kids,” explained Bill Sullivan, operations manager for ArtSpace.

“It’s a good idea to see the work of those who produce works for that invitational,” he added.

Prof. Lehman is one of 12 educators behind the 45 works in the show. Sullivan was exhilarated by the talent.

“This show should go gangbusters. I know the works of these people, and they are all great. Everything I know about them is wonderful,” Sullivan said.

This multi-media show features metal work, sculpture, watercolor, paper and photography.

“All of these works are by really super people who straddle two worlds — they’re artists, and they’re educators,” Sullivan said. “And this month, they’re putting it out there for all the world to see.”

Prof. Lehman is a visiting assistant to the director of the Center For Teacher Education and is responsible for the art education methods.

Last year during the Ohio Art Education Association Conference, she received a 20-year Circa Recognition award and 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.

Prof. Lehman also is a former public school classroom and art teacher. While at Ohio Northern, she began an innovative Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program for ONU education students and children from surrounding school districts.

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

 

Art & Design Department Hosts Guest Speaker
November—The Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design proudly welcomes Professor Rob Price from the University of Wisconsin-Stout as a visiting guest lecturer. He will present a slide lecture of his work, both past and present, on Friday, November 6 at 5p.m. in the Wilson Art Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Prof. Price was raised in Ada, Ohio and attended ONU briefly in the early 1960s. He received his MFA degree from Ohio University and currently is a retired professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he still teaches foundation courses. In addition, he has taught for several years in England through the Fulbright Program.

This past July, Prof. Price generously donated a painting, which was exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art as part of a juried exhibition, to Ohio Northern’s art & design department’s permanent collection. Prof. Price will also serve as this year’s judge for the ONU juried student art show which opens Tuesday, November 10.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Campus parking is limited. Guests are encouraged to park in the University’s McIntosh Center/Visitors’ lot via College Avenue. For additional information, please contact the department of art & design at (419) 772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

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

 

Juried Art Exhibition

The Annual Student Juried Art and Design Exhibition To Open at Ohio Northern
November—The department of art & design proudly announces the annual Student Juried Art and Design Exhibition which will be on display at the Elzay Gallery of Art from November 9–December 18 in Ada, Ohio. A public reception and awards presentation will be held from 6–8p.m., Tuesday, November 10.

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

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

An invited juror reviews the submitted entries and makes the final selections. This year, an external judge, Professor Rob Price, will jury the work into the exhibition. Prof. Price is a 1962 graduate of Ada High School and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

He received his MFA degree from Ohio University and has also taught art courses for several years abroad in England through the Fulbright Program.

In July of 2009, Rob generously donated a painting, which was exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art as part of a juried exhibition, to ONU’s art & design department’s permanent collection.

“The exhibition provides students with the valuable experience of showing their work within a professional setting,” said Melissa Eddings, Ohio Northern’s gallery director and professor who curates the Elzay and Stambaugh Galleries. “At the same time, it provides the Ohio Northern and Ada communities an opportunity to view works by talented young artists and designers.”

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.

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

image: an advertising graphic designed by sophomore Andrew Adams, a sophomore graphic design major from Hudson, Ohio.

 

John Nativio

“Pre-Visions:” Paintings by John R. Nativio on Display at Ohio Northern
October
—John R. Nativio owns a private construction company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Hired by high-end clients, Nativio Construction has a growing reputation from around the world. Their expertise features luxury, single-family house construction.

With such a busy work and travel schedule, Nativio routinely wakes-up at 5a.m. to engage with his other avocation—his love of painting.

Nativio’s exhibition, “Pre-Visions,” currently is on-view at Ohio Northern University from October 9 through November 3 in the Elzay and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. A reception for the artist was scheduled for Friday, October 16, which allowed students and visitors to interact with the artists.

“I always enjoy meeting and talking with young artists,” said Nativio. “When I was a student, I had a totally different perception of the art world. Later in my career I learned how to work and live as an artist.”

Nativio graduated from the Cooper School of Art. He has earned many awards for his work, including a second place prize by the Butler Institute of American Art’s 68th National Midyear Show and an award from the Toledo Museum of Art.

“My work focuses on an interpretation of our changing environment,” said Nativio. “I find myself attempting to understand human existence with an increasingly manufactured landscape.”

Provocative glimpses “over urban and rural settings leave capricious projections of what we have transformed, and how these transformations may change us,” continued Nativio. “As these images expanded an interpolation between them exists; invention and the need to progress, whether well intended or not, will forced the environment on a new path, leaving in its wake new discoveries of shape, form, etc. Visions of nature slowly become consumed by the modern world and what appears to be departing reconstructs a new.”

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.

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

image: "Transmutation VII," oil, by John Nativio

 

Luke Sheets

ONU Ceramic Professor Accepted into International Exhibit
October
—Drinking vessels form a vital component of both the ceramic artist’s work and everyday life. These functional forms are the focus of a recent competition held at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

“Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” was the theme for this year’s 2nd Lillstreet International exhibition. This annual competition addressed contemporary issues in ceramic arts and was designed to challenge the ever changing scope of the discipline.

Juried by Beth Lo, a professor of art at the University of Montana, the exhibition showcased tea bowls, flasks, mugs and many other functional pieces. “Part of the works’ concept had to focus on functional forms related to drinking,” stated Lo.

Out of 150 entries submitted from around the world, Ohio Northern University’s ceramic professor Luke Sheets was accepted into this prestigious show.

Only 45 artists were eventually juried into the show.

“For me, it’s the thrill of exploration with the clay, surfaces, and firings that keep the next pieces coming,” explains Sheets. “Experimenting with different forms and styles and drawing on historical inspiration as well as ideas from other media allow me to create an evolving series of pieces.”

Sheets earned his BFA degree from Ohio Northern and the MFA in ceramics from Bowling Green State University. He also had work accepted into other national competitions including the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show. In 2005, he had work published in 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace, a book printed by Lark Books. Currently, Sheets teaches ceramics at ONU and is responsible for the three-dimensional studio arts program in the department of art & design.

After exhibiting at Lillstreet, he will be part of the Carbondale Clay National in their “Function with Flair” show.

“Ultimately, I am interested in making a good object—one that grabs the viewers’ attention from across the room, draws them in, and compels them to handle the object,” Sheets describes. “It’s this touch, this interaction of hands, pots and lips, this use, that truly finishes and brings a functional piece of pottery to life. I attempt to make pieces of quiet beauty and utility. Then, users can develop a fondness for the piece once they notice the nuances with each re-visitation.”

The Lillstreet International’s “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” exhibition ran Monday, September 14 through Sunday, October 11, 2009.

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. Lillstreet Art Center supports the arts through an artist residency program, gallery, studio space, education, and an outreach program.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Lichen Stone, wood fired stoneware.

 

AIGA national design conferenceOhio Northern Students Explore Connections Between “Make|Think”
Octobe
r—“Make/Think,” the 2009 AIGA Design Conference, explored the dual roles of designers as makers of beautiful things and strategic problem solvers. This year, 10 design students from Ohio Northern University joined Professor Brit Rowe, graduate Arnaldo Jimenez (BFA/graphic design ’08) and over 1,300 professional designers in Memphis to celebrate design excellence and stimulate thinking about the critical issues that surround design practice.

Held October 8–10, the AIGA Design Conference gathered the brightest minds to examine the role of design. “The conference explored the ways that designers focus both on making meaningful experiences and thinking about problems strategically,” said Prof. Rowe, who serves as the AIGA/ONU student chapter advisor. “Many sessions focused on the unique and powerful combination of both roles.”

Students from Ohio Northern’s art & design department who attended this year’s conference included:
• Victoria Brake, Forest, Ohio
• Katelyn Amendolara, Canfield, Ohio
• Bethany Schreck, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
• Tiffany Seiller, Paris, France
• Lauren Bailey, Galena, Ohio
• Mike Madsen, Coshocton, Ohio
• Andrew Adams, Hudson, Ohio
• Micaela Nauman, Fredericktown, Ohio
• Katie Merchak, Loveland, Ohio
• Matt Glove, Canfield, Ohio

Yet even within specialties such as interaction design or motion design, the arc of a designer’s career or even the trajectory of a particular client relationship may transition from a maker of artifacts into a role focused on integrative design thinking.

“The greatest value a designer can contribute to a client is in the process of thinking through solutions,” AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefe explained at the conference.

“This strategic perspective is often more valuable to the client and is also less likely to be treated as a commodity, which is always a threat to the role of designer as the maker of things.”

Design students found “their mojo” in Memphis with a stellar group of main stage speakers, dozens of specialized affinity sessions, roundtables with design luminaries, the excitement of “Command X: Season 2,” hands-on activities, workshops, studio tours, portfolio reviews, fabulous parties and plenty of networking.

“We had a fabulous time,” said Bethany Schreck, a sophomore graphic design and professional communications major. “It was amazing to meet Michael Bierut, Stefan Butler, Chip Kidd, Debbie Millman, Stefan Sagmeister and so many other designers.”

A philosophy of the ONU design program is to be active in the design community. “It’s very important that our students are active in AIGA,” said Rowe. “Our AIGA student chapter provides a little exposure to the design world, but this conference truly is the best hands-on educational experience our students can receive.”

“We challenged everyone’s perception of their own roles as designers at ‘Make/Think,’ said Grefe. “Whether you believe you are a strategist who can visualize the difficult with impact, relevance and beauty or a crafts person with strategic vision or someone else entirely, we provoked you and others to think about your profession in a new light. That’s precisely what makes AIGA such a rich experience.”

AIGA, the professional association for design, is the premier place for design. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. AIGA stimulates thinking about design through journals, conferences, competitions and exhibitions; demonstrates the value of design to business, the public and government officials; and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers by providing invaluable educational and social resources.

Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. AIGA now represents more than 22,000 design professionals, educators and students through national activities and local programs developed by 64 chapters and 240 student groups. AIGA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution.

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

 

Micaela

Internships Provide Design Students with Valuable Experience
October—Through the internship program in the department of art & design, students are able to complete internships which help them develop the necessary skills and professional relationships, giving them the edge in an increasingly competitive job market. In any situation, A&D students provide much needed assistance and gain valuable experience in these difficult economic times.

The department of art & design partners with design firms, companies and organizations from government, health care, technology, arts and culture, religious, and many other sectors in order to provide opportunities to A&D students.

During the 2009 summer term, two design students earned competitive internships and gained the opportunity for professional experience. Senior advertising design major Micaela Nauman interned at Chute Gerdeman Retail located in Columbus, Ohio and senior advertising design major Lauren Bailey interned at the national office of Campus Crusade for Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ever since having an interest in design and retail, senior advertising design major Micaela Nauman wanted to work for a firm which specializes in interior and graphic design. Interning at Chute Gerdeman brought her one step closer to her dream job.

“During my first week, they treated me like a full-time employee,” said Micaela. “I underwent training for the company and a lot of professional development sessions with the design team.”

Micaela knew she landed the perfect summer internship when she began work on her first major assignment. “I first worked with a senior designer at the firm to develop a complete identity for Mars. The project was for the Kroger stores. We researched, developed and designed their entire Halloween candy aisle concept. A lot of work went into it.”

“A few weeks later, we presented the concept to the client,” Micaela explained. “The designers complimented me on how well I assisted them and on the great ideas that I developed. It was an amazing experience.”

As the Kroger stores begin their transformation in October, Micaela will watch in anticipation. “Every piece of graphic material as well as full-size mock-ups were approved by the client,” Micaela described. “When we started on the final art work, we had no down time. But, when the project was completed, we were relieved. I can’t wait to see it in the stores.”

When Lauren Bailey accepted an internship with the Campus Crusade’s national office, she knew her job would test her mettle as a designer. “I hit the ground running during my first week in the office,” Lauren said. “I worked with a team to create an integrated marketing campaign for Indy Winter Conference. We focused on the creative process along with an identity for the conference.”

By mid-summer, Lauren worked over-time and started designing an identity for Ohio Crusade, a ministry that involved many different college campuses throughout the state. “After our initial research and brainstorming,” Lauren explained, “I first worked on sketches then moved to computer roughs. We had a lot of work to do before our presentation to the client.”

In addition to her duties with Campus Crusade and Winter Conference, Lauren also partnered with many other organizations including a community center to publicize a steel drum band concert. “I designed a small identity program for them,” recounted Lauren. “I had to work quickly. For me, it was neat for me to see what it was like to do design in a workplace versus a classroom setting.”

From an undergraduate standpoint, the design management skills she learned enhanced her leadership roles. “My internship was great preparation because it made me confident in my design abilities and confirmed my professional aspirations after graduation,” Lauren explained. “I dealt with a handful of different clients. I noticed how I had to present things in a way that made the best option seem the most attractive and strategic.”

“It’s also been nice to collaborate with a team, which we don’t get much in a classroom,” added Lauren. “I was very fortunate to have worked with a group of people who worked well together and held their own weight. I enjoyed working with writers who made things much easier, web designers who knew coding much better than I did, and others who simply saw how everything intertwined together in video.”

Recognizing that students learn best when they are truly engaged in hands-on educational experiences, the department of art & design requires internships to complement the classroom education. Each A&D major includes some kind of internship experience, allowing students to select opportunities that best suit their curriculum and career goals. Recent A&D student internships have included a design internship at Walgreens in Chicago, a design exhibit internship in Washington, D.C., a design and marketing internship at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, and a design internship at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.

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

 

History in the MakingONU Ceramic Professor Selected to “History in the Making”
September—Work by Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, has been selected for the fourth annual national juried exhibit of “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Pots” at the Fire House Gallery at Genesee Pottery located in Rochester, New York. The exhibition opened Sept. 18 and closes Oct. 24, 2009.

Only 42 artists’ works were selected from over 100 entries. History in the Making tied traditional and contemporary ceramic work to past trends and styles to historically-based design elements, themes, materials or applications. All accepted entrants also submitted a small image of their historical reference and a brief statement describing the connection.

Genesee Pottery is the largest ceramics studio with the most comprehensive programs and facilities in the Rochester area. Offering classes, visiting artist workshops, studio rental space, artist residencies, gallery exhibitions, and community outreach programs, Genesee Pottery is part of Genesee Center for Arts & Education, a not-for-profit arts facility.

The juror for the show was Ron Meyers, who received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.F.A. from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in ceramics. Ron also has been artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, Western Carolina University, and at Penland. He has had numerous one-man shows and group exhibitions, and has held lectures and workshops all over the country.

Professor Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national and regional 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, the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition, and the Spring Juried Exhibition at ArtSpace/Lima. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: History in the Making exhibit held in New York.

 

Alice  Austin

Ohio Northern A&D Professor Curates Show of Artist’s Books
September
—Ohio Northern University Professor of Art Melissa Eddings-Mancuso has curated an exhibition of artists’ books that are on display at the ArtSpace/Lima Gallery in Lima, Ohio through October 31.

An opening reception is planned for Friday, September 18 starting at 6:30p.m. at ArtSpace.

Artists’ books have a relatively short history compared to the history of fine arts. “Not until the mid-1960s and through the 1970s did the collaborative tradition of making books expand to define books by artists as unique works of art,” explained Eddings. “Today, colleges, universities and art schools offer an array of book-arts programs. The artist’s book has continued to gain prominence in the fine art world largely due to its ability to encompass virtually any other art form, providing the opportunity to create added meaning in an intimate structure.”

Creating an artist’s book can prove to challenge audiences to explore innovative ways of seeing, learning and understanding. “Most books, in the traditional sense, have an illustrator, art director, writer, editor, typographer, printer and binder involved in their production,” said Eddings. “With an artist’s book, the artist often fills each of those roles. Today, the artist has many more technological elements at his or her disposal, allowing them to be more experimental in their choices of structure and medium.”

Over the course of a year, Prof. Eddings researched and selected the artists and their work for the installation. The ArtSpace exhibit includes four books by six artists: Alice Austin, Alisa Golden, Bea Nettles, Marian Runk, Karen Hanmer and Pati Scobey.

“On first glance, each of the artists participating in ArtSpace’s exhibit, Undercover, faithfully adheres to maintaining the anatomy of a book: text block, binding, and cover are clearly evident,” described Eddings. “What makes a book more than merely a collection of words and images is the relationship between form and content. What entices and engages is the way structure and text combine to create an experience that becomes greater than the individual parts.”

According to Eddings, this exhibit at ArtSpace is a diverse sampling. “The six participating artists are an extremely versatile, dedicated and talented group who continually push themselves and their craft to new levels.”

“Yes, a book can be an object that sits on a shelf. It can also embody what this exhibition highlights—in the hand of an artist, a book is an intimate vehicle for expression through words, text, time, space, sound, past, present and future.”

Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books is sponsored by The Book Club, Books in the Hood and The Argonne Literary Society and Adventure Club. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery at ArtSpace 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.

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. 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.

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 Professional Evaluation and has served on 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 will travel worldwide in 2010.

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

image: Meat Ball Math, Alice Austin

 

Jeff at the SPEStudents Attend Small Press Expo
September
—The 15th annual Small Press Exposition was held the weekend of September 26–27, 2009 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD, just one mile outside of the nation’s capital. The Expo brought together over 400 artists and publishers—including three Ohio Northern University students—to meet their readers, booksellers, distributors, and each other.

“I had an awesome experience,” said Jeff Gibbons, a junior studio arts major from Toledo. “It was great to have met all of these artists. I thought I would flip-out, but I kept my cool. I talked to a lot of people!”

The Small Press Expo was opened to the public late Saturday morning and ran through Sunday evening. All weekend long, the students expected to attend great programming.

“Everybody should go to this conference,” explained Fred Frances, a studio arts major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was an incredibly nourishing day. It was like a gallery with hundreds and hundreds of artist. I want to come back next year.”

The Small Press Expo now serves as the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comic books and the discovery of new creative talent.

According to Mike Madsen, a junior graphic design major from Cochocton, Ohio, “The SPX isn’t what you’d expect when you think comic book convention. The subject matter of the books range from historical, horror to literary and comedy.”

During the Small Press Expo, there were several panels about the politics, economics, and the art of comics. Most of these sessions were arranged and frequently moderated by writers, artists, teachers, and comic-book scholars.

“I had a good time,” said Jeff. “I got a lot of things that will be great for my book class. There were so many different styles and artists; I was overwhelmed.”

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

 

film  series

Film Series Announced | Fall Quarter 2009
Documentary films for a small planet.

The Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design announces its Fall quarter film series. The film series was created to showcase the achievements of the film industry and to promote critical thinking and self-analysis. All members of the university community are invited to attend film showings.

Films are shown on Tuesdays at 6p.m. in room 115 of the Wilson Art Center located on Gilbert Street. Visitor parking is available at the McIntosh Center parking lot. Admission is free.

Coffee and Cigarettes
September 15

A comic series of short vignettes that build on one another to create a cumulative effect as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the ’20, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide, all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life can be. (2005)

Broken Flowers
September 29

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is completed to reflect on this past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may know be looking for his father. (2005)

Mystery Train
October 13

A Japanese couple obsessed with 1950s America goes to Memphis because the male half of the couple emulates Carol Perkins. Chance encounters link three different stories in the city, with the common thread being the seedy hotel where they are all staying. (1989)

Down By Law
October 27

DJ Zack and pimp Jack end up in prison for being too laidback to avoid being framed for crimes they didn’t commit. They end up sharing a cell with eccentric Italian optimist Roberto, whose limited command of the English Language is both entertaining and infuriating—but rather more useful to them is the fact that Roberto knows an escape route. (1986)

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

 

Judith GreavuOhio Northern Retired Sculpture Professor Selected for Darwin Exhibit in Maine
September
There is grandeur in this view of life... that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Charles Darwin, from On the Origin of Species

Professor Judith Geavu, a retired sculpture professor from Ohio Northern University, has been selected for the exhibit “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspiration”, on view at the Atrium Art Gallery September 8 - December 18 on the campus of the University of Souther Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of species for the 2009 bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species.

Paintings, prints, sculpture, poetry, video, sound, and work in clay, metal, fiber, glass, wood, and stone by 56 artists from around the country are all be part of the multi-dimensional exhibition. A poetry chapbook accompanies the exhibit, featuring poets who express a passion and curiosity about the invertebrate world.

Invertebrates make up a vast group of species that includes worms, insects and their larva, spiders, jellyfish, shellfish such as crabs and shrimp, squid, and more—97% of all animal species are invertebrates.

In his lifetime, Darwin was as well known for his authoritative studies of barnacles and earthworms as he was for his theory of evolution.

Prof. Greavu works in a range of media, including bronze. In this exhibit, her interests explore issues of concern for the health of the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes. An artist’s residency in the Florida Everglades in 2006, learning about spoiled habitats and endangered animals, let to further images, including a sculpture representing a 9.5 foot alligator and several paintings.

Greavu currently lives and works rural Dola, Ohio, near Ohio Northern University’s campus. Retired from Ohio Northern as an associate professor of art, she received her BS in art education from Ball State University in 1963, and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 1967. She has traveled the world and has given workshops and lectures all over the United States. Her exhibition record includes solo shows, group exhibitions, and juried shows.

Other artists in the exhibit include Joseph Scheer, aka “Mothman,” internationally recognized for his awe-inspiring large format photographs of moths; entomologist Steven R. Kutcher (supervisor for the movie Arachnophobia, and consultant for Jurassic Park and Spiderman) who works with insects to create paintings by insects; and world-renowned origami master Robert Lang who specializes in arthropods. The exhibition will also feature Catherine Chalmers’s Safari, a 7-minute visually stunning video following a cockroach’s view of jungle life.

From softball sized dust mites and a “skeleton”of a praying mantis to giant bronze flatworms and fashionable handbags with squids, Spineless Wonders is an awe-inspiring view of how artists see and interpret the invertebrate world.

School and group tours are available free of charge. For Spineless Wonders, the gallery is partnering with Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, a local 357 acre wildlife preserve (with an interest in invertebrate ecology as part of their focus on habitat), the Auburn Public Library, and the Lewiston Public Library to promote the exhibit and help with related programming.

The Atrium Art Gallery, located in the expansive center of University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions highlighting Maine artists with solo and group exhibitions of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and contemporary crafts.

The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Thursday from 8a.m.–8p.m., Friday from 8a.m.–4:30p.m., Saturday from 9a.m.–3p.m. and closed on Sunday. Gallery talks for groups are available. USM LAC is located at 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. For more information, contact the gallery at 753-6554.

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

image: A bronze sculpture by Judith Greavu on display in Spineless Wonders.

 

Tom Connelly

Abstract Expressionist Artist Opens Ohio Northern’s Gallery Season
September
—Artist Tom Connelly can spend six months to a year on one of his paintings, with the work changing drastically over that time. His work responds to emotional experiences and emphasizes creative spontaneity. His drawings are surprisingly simplistic in their composition, yet have tremendous impulses toward abstract expressionism.

Tom Connelly’s exhibition opens the 2009–10 gallery season at Ohio Northern University from September 8 through October 2 in the Elzay and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, beginning at 5p.m. in the lobby of the Elzay Gallery of Art.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Tom has studied with prominent and influential educators such as printmaker Philip Mendlo, sculptor Eugene Geddings and noted abstract impressionist William J. Gravatt. These influences continue to be explored in Tom’s work as he examines the terrain of abstraction in his energetic paintings and drawings.

After receiving a Crescent Memorial Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tom traveled extensively to study the works and methods of the world’s most important artists. He returned home to Pennsylvania to apprentice with William J. Gravatt who also studied with renowned French cubist artists Fernand Léger and Jean Metzinger, and French Dadaist and Surrealist painter Fancis Picabia. The direction and impact of Tom’s experiences can be seen in his much more overtly abstract paintings with thick dabs of paint, drips and scratches, such as in the acrylic work Fence (Quarry Series).

Tom has exhibited at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, the Eclectic Art Gallery, Rennick Gallery, Blue Sky Gallery and La Fond Gallery. He has taught at the Pennsylvania State University, the Art Institute of New Kensington and has lectured regularly through a variety of organizations. His work is in numerous private, corporate and high-profile collections worldwide, including Carnegie Mellon University.

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.

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

 

gallery season poster

University Galleries at Ohio Northern University presents 2009–10 season
August
—Ohio Northern University announces the opening of its 2009-10 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.

This exhibition season showcases invited shows and artists who encourage dialogue about the visual arts such as studio processes, history, criticism, curation, and cultural contexts. “The most interesting aspect of this year’s exhibition season is the sheer diversity of work,” said Prof. Eddings.

Featured shows during this year’s season include:
Deeper Than Dreams, a painting and drawing exhibit by Tom Connelly, Sept. 8–Oct. 2.
A recipient of the Crescent Memorial Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Connelly has studied extensively with the world’s most important artists. His abstractive observations of nature consistently resonate throughout his work.

Pre-Visions, a painting exhibition by John R. Nativio, Oct. 9–Nov. 3. In his work, Nativio focuses most of his attention to our changing environment. “I find myself attempting to understand human existence with an increasingly manufactured landscape. Provocative glimpses over urban and rural settings leave capricious projections of what we have transformed, and how these transformations may change us...”

In a Little While, a painting show by Ivan J. Fortushniak, Jan. 4– Feb. 19. Fortushniak has shown his work in a variety of venues across the United States and has work included in several private collections throughout the Midwest. His work juxtaposes water towers, smokestacks, and Boeing aircraft with landscapes inspired by George Inness, Winslow Homer and Albert P. Ryder. Most recently, he has been investigating the psychological implications that pop and historical icons have played in his nurturing and understanding of life.

And a highlight of this year’s season, the Mid-America Print Council Juried Show, Mar. 8 –Apr. 30. This print exhibition, hosted by the University of Southern Indiana and coordinated by Joseph D’Uva, is now on national tour. Work in the show includes prints, books, folios in any printed media including digital. Janet Ballweg, professor of art and printmaking area head at Bowling Green State University, adjudicated this year’s show.

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.

ONU offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Bruce  Chesser

“Two Dimensions” Exhibit Features ONU Retired Ceramic Professor
July
—Ceramics by Bruce Chesser (and photographs by Phill Hugo) are on display at the Mezzanine Gallery of ArtSpace/Lima at St. Rita’s Memorial. The exhibit opened July 1 and closes September 30, 2009. A reception was held Wednesday, July 15.

Professor Chesser 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 degree 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 has conducted numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

In a statement about his current direction, Chesser said, “The forms I make are my contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. Ceramic works that I have long admired have come from man’s cultures and time periods, the Japanese Momoyama period, Korean ceramics of the Koryo Period, early American salt glaze pottery, and many others.”

“It is not my intention to copy these forms,” explained Chesser, “but to capture the spirit of them. I want my pots to show skill and a sureness of touch, yet, have a casual feel and a spontaneous and lively presence.”

The process of firing ceramics can be a difficult process because artists do not have total control. According to Chesser, “The surface is produced by applying slips and glazes to areas of the unfired pieces and then firing them in a salt glaze kiln. A salt glaze is developed by throwing salt (NaCl) into a hot kiln. The salt vaporizes and combines with silica in the clay to form sodium silicate, a hard glaze.”

“My intent is to be a partner with the firing to produce a surface with a variety of color and texture. I prepare the surface of the clay with care and then let the intense heat of the fire and path of the salt vapors complete the pieces. Many times, the firing is a more than willing partner and produces effects that surprise and delight.”

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 to sell their work. Art/Space is supported in part by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council. For further information on the exhibit or for information regarding other ArtSpace programs, visit ArtSpace or call 419.222.1721.

ONU offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Bottle, by Bruce Chesser

 

 

Design CampNew Summer Exhibit at ONU Features the Work of Design Camp Students
July—Graphic design as a visual language plays an important role for many organizations and people as a universal method of communication and understanding. This past summer, high school students from the academic camp “Design: Think. Know. Do.” at Ohio Northern learned first hand how important design is in our culture.

Taught by University art & design professor Brit Rowe, “Design: Think. Know. Do.” was a camp included in the ONU Summer Honors Institute program. During the course of six days, a group of 9th and 10th grade students embarked on a process oriented design problem of defining, researching, conceptualizing and implementing a corporate identity plan for the University gallery and exhibition program at ONU.

The multidiscipline design project promoted creative solutions to a real-life problem. “Our aim was to provide the students with an opportunity to have a direct influence on the visual and physical presence of the galleries on campus,” said Rowe. Students extended beyond discipline-specific boundaries to engage in a holistic design process that drew on students’ experiences and broadened their perspectives.

According to Veronica Napoles, owner and chief graphic designer at Communications Planning, a firm specializing in corporate identity design, “Today, designers who are most advanced in their attitudes toward problem solving realize the necessity for an integration of many disciplines in the design process. These capabilities must relate to communications, as well as to aesthetics, and must include behavioral psychology and marketing, as well as the graphic arts.”

An exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art at ONU featured the students’ investigation into these areas in relation to their project. “Our students worked with a client,” said Rowe. “I wanted students to experience how designers use professional design research and development techniques to create a well-planned corporate identity.”

Students in the “Design: Think. Know. Do.” course also learned about other major design fields. As part of the camp, Rowe said, “Presentations on architecture, environmental and landscape architecture, interior design, industrial design as well as graphic design were created to introduce students to the education, career paths and professional practices of the major design fields.”

In 2008, students participating in the design camp worked on a capstone project to recreate the visual and physical presence of a section of the local village through the initiation of a strategy for urban renewal. Students investigated main street commercial architecture as a reflection of community character and identity, historical and cultural trends, commercial enterprise, marketing and graphic design. The summer course allowed the students one hour of college credit.

For the fifth consecutive year, Ohio Northern University hosted the Summer Honors Institute for gifted high school students. A number of different courses designed to provide in-depth study of challenging topics were offered over a two-week period in July on the Ada campus.

ONU offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Students presenting at this year’s summer camp

 

Luke Sheets

Ohio Northern Ceramic Professor Accepted into National Juried Competition
June
—H. Luke Sheets, an assistant professor in art at Ohio Northern University, was accepted into the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009.

The competition, in its fourth year at the Majestic Galleries, is located in Nelsonville, Ohio. The juried show is open to all artists working in the United States or Canada.

The show opens Friday, June 26 with a reception and awards presentation from 6–10p.m. The show closes on Sunday, July 26. Gallery hours are Fridays through Sundays, 1-6p.m.

The Majestic Galleries features a community cooperative gallery supporting excellence in the arts through the display of innovative contemporary work. This exhibition specifically highlights all media and processes such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, textiles, new media, electronic and interactive, installation, and video.

This year’s juror was Catherine Evans, chief curator of the Columbus Museum of Art. She also serves as the museum’s photography curator. “This is a great show,” states Evans. “The gallery is so very appreciative of the many talented artists who have joined our efforts to spread excellent visuality in the form of art throughout the nation.”

In 2004, Evans oversaw the second largest acquisition in the Museum’s history, that of the Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970. She also spearheaded the successful acquisition of the Photo League collection, which increased the Museum’s photography holdings by 40 percent. She has authored, directed and curated numerous major international exhibitions. Prior to the Columbus Museum of Art, Evans worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and before that, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in New York and Montreal, Canada. She received her degree from Williams College in Art History and German Literature.

Explaining the work selected for the show, Evans explained, “This all media show is quite interesting. You see the variety that is possible when the show is open to several mediums, from sculptures of stone and bronze to richly painted oils as well as several multimedia works.”

Luke Sheets earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. He has had work accepted into national competitions including 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. Prof. Sheets currently teaches ceramics at ONU and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department at 419-772-2160.

image: Hound of War by Prof. Luke Sheets

 

Judith Greavu

Prof. Judith Greavu Selected by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative To Install Two Bronze Sculptures this Spring
June
—This past spring, it wasn’t just flowers blooming on two campuses in the Toledo area. Two new outdoor sculptures, created by retired Ohio Northern Professor Judith Greavu, have been installed for the Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

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.

On the first exhibition site, the University of Toledo, Prof. Greavu was selected for the 4th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Judy’s “Bird of Paradise” (bronze, 13'6 x 3'3), is located outside Rocket Hall. According to Judy, this sculpture is an organic form that emphasizes energy and power.

To have been accepted, Judy first submitted her entry to the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Then, the entry was presented to the UT Campus Beatification Committee, which chose the pieces that would be featured on the campus.

All artists received a stipend for their sculptures, which will remain in their current locations for the next year. This exhibit was funded by the UT Campus Beautification Committee.

Dr. Steven LeBlanc, associate dean in the College of Engineering and chair of the Campus Beautification Committee, said, “Anonymous donors have provided funds for us to purchase several of the sculptures so that they can stay at UT.”

Another of Professor Greavu’s sculptures was selected for the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, but this time at Owens Community College.

The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Owens in Toledo had such a positive response that Owens decided to hold the entire show over for another year. The work will remain on campus through May 2010.

Judy’s sculpture, “Arts Spirit” (bronze, 7'x3'x3'), is located near the campus gallery, north of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

All the sculptures, including Judy’s two outdoor sculptures, are on loan by the artists. After the exhibition season is over, the sculptures can be purchased to remain on site or be relocated.

Prof. Judith Greavu received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and taught at Ohio Northern University from 1985-2005. She is a professional artist who has been making bronze sculptures since 1963. Having recently retired from ONU’s department of art & design, Judy spent April of 2006 in an artist’s residency in the Florida Everglades. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, including The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio and completed large sculpture commissions at the University of Florida, Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens in Westerville, Ohio. She has received numerous honors for her work throughout the state of Ohio and the country.

images: “Arts Spirit” (bronze, 7'x3'x3') and “Bird of Paradise” (bronze, 13'6x3'3)

 

Startling in the Garden

The Art of Seeing: ONU Professor Exhibits Work
June
—Every morning before heading off to work, Professor Melissa Eddings glances outside her kitchen window and porch at the ever-changing landscape. Drawing in her sketchbooks, she documents a series of studies and notes about these influential revelations.

“Over time, I have come to recognize and admire the inherent design and visual language found in the everyday occurrences around me,” explains Melissa, “such as the silhouette of a group of birds against the snow or the pattern of shape and color as plants emerge from the ground. As insignificant as these things may appear, the challenge lies in representing them in ways that inspire, provoke and question.”

The latest, surprising investigations are now on exhibit in a group show June 6–July 5 at the Stonewall Gallery in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. Other artists involved in the show include Yoko Sekino-Bove (ceramics) of Philadelphia and Sean McConnor (painting) of Thiel College.

“The series on starlings is a good example of what I’m doing,” describes Melissa. “The works are loosely representative, they celebrate the characteristics and mannerisms of birds while examining them through line, shape, color, and proximity. One can appreciate this work on multiple levels.”

The exhibit, an attractive gallery space, is now open daily between 10a.m.–5p.m.

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. 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.

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 Professional Evaluation and has served on 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 will travel worldwide in 2010.

image: Starling in the Garden, oil

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