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Ohio Northern Art Education Professor Authors Article
May—Prof. Linda Lehman, visiting instructor in art education at Ohio Northern University, has authored an article which was selected for publication.

The article, “Lesson of the Heart: An Extra-Credit Assignment” addressed teacher dispositions for the Phi Delta Kappa’s national journal, Kappan. It is a monthly publication of PDK International, the professional association in education. The article was published in the May 2012 edition.

In the article, Prof. Lehman argued that teacher candidates need to have a passion for teaching and a drive to do whatever is necessary even when it is uncomfortable, uncommon, or hard.

“Such efforts should not be considered extra, but essential,” states Prof. Lehman. “A purposeful, focused enthusiasm for one’s students, a belief in their potential, along with heartfelt compassion and the perseverance to work until students succeed are not “extras” that make a good teacher great. They are the essential qualities necessary for students to thrive and teachers to survive in challenging, high-need districts. We cannot expect the ordinary to do the extraordinary.”

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

Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern University where she also coordinates the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children.

Prof. Lehman is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of university committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

She recently received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award from the Ohio Art Education Association. In addition, she was inducted into the OAEA Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the OAEA in the field of visual art education. She also has presented at regional and national conferences including the OAEA’s conference. Her recent session, entitled, “Connecting Visual Arts with the Disciplines,” described ONU’s Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program connecting the visual arts to other academic disciplines including biology and history.

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

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 2011-12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Retrospective Celebrates the Work of Prof. James H. DeVore
May—A memorial exhibition at the Elzay Gallery of Art is honoring one of Ohio Northern University’s most admired professors, James H. DeVore, who died last February.

The retrospective show features at least 30 of his pieces, according to Prof. Emeritus Bruce Chesser, the curator who worked on the show.

The exhibition will be on display at the Elzay Gallery of Art in Ada, Ohio from June 1–3 and periodically throughout the summer. A public reception will be held from 5–6:15p.m., Friday, June 1.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public. 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 419-772-2496 or art@onu.edu.

Prof. DeVore received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Ohio University and taught for 37 years in the Ohio public school system, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and at Ohio Northern University before retiring in 1997. While at ONU, he served on a number of university and college committees, participated in numerous workshops and conferences, and served as chair of the department of art & design.

Prof. DeVore was 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 designand studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & designor the University’s 2011-12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the departmentat 419.772.2160.

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

On April 28, ONU’s Honors Day recognized outstanding students in high-level of scholarship, service and accomplishment to the University community. A highlight of the art & design program included the Kappa Pi art honorary’s induction ceremony, the department awards presentation and a picnic with family and friends.

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

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.”

The following A&D students earned scholarships and other recognition and awards during Honors Day:
• Mayumi Kiefer, senior studio arts/3D major, won the Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Danielle Castelan, senior studio arts/2D major, accepted to the Spring Juried Show at ArtSpace/Lima.

Art & Design Department Service Awards
• Andrew Adams, senior graphic design major, AIGA/ONU president
• Rachel Pioch, senior graphic design major, Kappa Pi president
• Danielle Castelan, senior studio arts/2D major, gallery/special projects assistant
• Mayumi Kiefer, senior studio arts/3D major, Artists Against Hunger

Senior Department Honors
• Advertising Design: Vicki Moga
• Graphic Design: Rachel Pioch
• Studio Arts: Mayumi Kiefer

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
• Abigail Brown, freshman graphic design major
• Jordan Kimes, freshman graphic design major

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Rebecca Krofcheck, studio arts major
• Senior: Kevin Drain, graphic design major

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.

Student, Faculty and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
ONU Alumnus Wins Best of Show Award
April—Ohio Northern University student Danielle Castelan (BFA ’12) two ONU faculty and three alumni were recently selected for the Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima in Ohio.

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

The jurors for this year’s exhibit were Lowell Tolstedt, professor of art emeritus at Columbus College of Art & Design, and Jack Earl, a famous ceramic artist from Lakeview, Ohio.

According to Tolstedt, “As jurors, I believe that we chose works that show sincerity, vision and technical accomplishment. It was freeing to include artists without trying to fit them into a coherent exhibit, but to simply show the best of what had been submitted.”

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

“We have been taught from our youth that art has great value. All have some skills, perspectives, insights, and appreciation,” stated Earl. “There is in our area a healthy interest in art and there are many making quality work. It is good that such work is recognized.”

Represented in this year’s show included:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the best of show award for an ink and watercolor painting called “22 Crows Watching the German Crow Air Force Flying Over in 1918.” He also had two additional linocuts accepted into the exhibit. Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

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

• Emily Jay (BFA ’10) had two oil paintings accepted into the show. She is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green State University. While at ONU, Emily was involved in the Student Art League and Kappa Pi art honorary. She was also nominated for the Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Professor Melissa Eddings had a mixed media book accepted into this year’s show. She is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has shown at ArtSpace in the past—in particular the joint Ohio Northern faculty exhibit in the Fall of 2006, “ONU: Then and Now.” As recently as 2009, Melissa Eddings was curator for “Under Cover: 6 Artists, 24 Books” also held at ArtSpace. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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

• Danielle Castelan (BFA ’12), a senior studio arts/2D major from Republic, Ohio, had two works accepted into the show. On campus, she is active in Kappa Pi art honorary and serves as the assistant to the gallery director.

The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 27–June 2. 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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

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

This April, eight bachelor of arts and fine arts candidates in graphic design, studio arts, art education and advertising design have devoted a full year to producing a thematically focused 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 Rowe. “Students know how to build a body of work. They know how to think about its connection to the broader world. They know how to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses in an applied context.”

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

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

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

The BA/BFA candidates featured in the exhibition are:
Andrew Adams, senior graphic design major from Hudson, Ohio
Danielle Castelan, senior studio arts/2D major from Republic, Ohio
Andrew Crozier, senior graphic design major from Ada, Ohio
Mayumi Kiefer, senior studio arts/3D major from Troy, Ohio
Rachel Pioch, senior graphic design major from Toledo, Ohio
Tim Polack, senior advertising design major from Medina, Ohio
Greg Stawicki, senior graphic design major from Wellington, Ohio
Roger Young, senior graphic design major from Waynesfield, Ohio

The students’ portfolios will be on display during the closing reception of the Senior BA/BFA Exhibition, Saturday, April 28, 1–3p.m. in the Elzay Gallery Lobby. The exhibition is on view Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, May 6.

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

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

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Ohio Northern Faculty and Students To Attend National Ceramic Conference in Seattle
March—Ohio Northern University’s ceramic faculty and students will join other teachers, professors, artists, professionals and other students March 28–31 in Seattle, Washington for “On the Edge,” the 2012 professional conference organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

The NCECA 2012 conference investigates the broad perspective on objects, places and issues. The theme thrives on the intersection of old and new worlds with respect to distant and historic cultures: Asian, Pacific, Native American, and other North American cultures with an appreciation on how these cultures have influenced the contemporary ceramic practices.

Through creative stretching, the conference program also connects the edge of ceramic artists’ imagination and the appreciation of the artistic use of clay in dynamic new ways.

The 46th annual conference takes places at the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. In addition to the conference program, over 80 galleries, alternative spaces, and museums throughout the city 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.

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. Attending the conference from Ohio Northern are:
• Prof. Luke Sheets, assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program,
• senior studio arts major Mayumi Kiefer from Troy,
• senior studio arts major Danielle Castelan from Republic,
• junior studio arts major Josie Dunham from Lima,
• and sophomore studio arts major Rebecca Krofcheck from Westerville.

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

A&D’s Young Alumni Lecture Series Engages Students with ONU Professionals
March—This year’s Young Alumni Lecture Series sponsored by the department of art & design will be held on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

Organized by the ONU student chapter of AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, the lecture and portfolio review engages students with Ohio Northern design alumni. Based on recommendations from the faculty, the lecture series brings to campus two alumni to share personal career challenges and successes since graduation with current students.

• Bethany Schreck, BFA ’11, currently is a communications manager for Bubbles Academy in Chicago. Their mission is to create an urban space where parents and children are free to learn and play. Designed to bring the outdoors in, Bubbles Academy is an open space that allows creativity to flow and develop.

• Kent Oliver, BFA ’89, previous owner of OC Communications in Columbus, is now the development director for The Entrepreneurship Institute. Founded in 1976, TEI’s primary mission is to provide unlimited opportunities for business owners to acquire knowledge, experience and resources needed to grow their firms and create new jobs in their communities.

The Young Alumni Lecture Series is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 3p.m. at the McIntosh Center Faculty Lounge. The panel of alumni discussed what it was like to work in a professional setting, 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, acknowledged, “Students were able to engage in an open dialogue with the speakers about the importance of specific classes, skills and how the students might best position themselves for employment or graduate school. This also was a great opportunity for alumni to contribute to the educational process at Ohio Northern. We can’t thank them enough.”

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

International Poster Exhibit “The Right To Education” Opens at Ohio Northern
February—Nelson Mandela once said that, “Education is the most powerful weapons which you can use to change the world.”

The Right To Education: A Selection of Posters from the Poster for Tomorrow organization is on view at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery from February 27—March 30, 2012 at Ohio Northern University. The exhibit showcases about 100 posters, representing several countries.

Every year, Poster for Tomorrow chooses a basic human right to draw attention to. Then, they invite the global design community to make posters on the theme that are exhibited around the world on International Human Rights Day, December 10th.

Ohio Northern is only one of two sites in the United States to host this international poster exhibit.

The competition was judged in two phases by a preselection committee and an international jury. During the first jury session, ONU graphic design professor Brit Rowe was selected to take part in the jurying process. “We short-listed the 3,000 entries to about 100,” said Rowe.

Poster for Tomorrow chose to fight for the right to education for all as they believe that education gives people across the whole world the chance to break the cycle of poverty; to live in a more equal world, without discrimination, where everybody has the same chance to learn the same skills and enjoy the same success. And that makes it the perfect subject for the design community to address.

Incredibly 121 million children worldwide are not in primary school, despite universal primary education being a right guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and being Goal 2 of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Illiteracy rates are staggeringly high even in countries where a child’s right to education is guaranteed.

According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adult Americans can’t read (and current estimates have the number of functionally illiterate adults in the United States increasing by approximately 2,500,000 persons each year). In France illiteracy has become a “cause nationale” with 3.1 million people unable to read, write or count. The rate of illiteracy in the United Kingdom is unacceptably high according to Parliament.

In addition to the poster competition, this year, for the first time, Poster for Tomorrow organized a series of workshops across Africa to give young African designers the chance to work with some of the leading designers in the world. Poster for Tomorrow hosted workshops in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Poster for Tomorrow, in association with 4Tomorrow Association, is an independent, international, non-profit organization whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design profession, to create posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect the global community.

For the last two years, Poster for Tomorrow has focused on a competition that has addressed the right to freedom of expression and fought for the universal abolition of the death penalty.

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

The GENUS Series to open at the Elzay Gallery
February—Could art be the missing link? Oxford, Ohio, native John Bavaro would probably say yes. His current exhibition in the Elzay Gallery of Art at Ohio Northern University uses both traditional and digital painting to examine the similarities between humans and non-human primates.

“The GENUS Series: Human and Non-Human Primate Portraits Genus” is on view from February 27 through March 30, 2012. The exhibit is “an emerging series of primate portraits, both human and non/human, painted from observations and photographs I’ve taken at various zoos or from posing models,” said Bavaro.

It’s often said that apes or monkeys look “so human,” and when one sees a mother orangutan, protecting and coddling her clinging newborn, or a father gorilla gently roughhousing with an adolescent son, it’s hard not to apply anthropomorphisms to the situation. “Those perceptions come from our own human frame of reference,” explained Bavaor, “but it’s obvious that the animals are exhibiting behaviors that are very close to what we exhibit, or having “feelings” that are seemingly similar to ours.”

This exhibition is a large panel installation consisting of 100 oil paintings of human and ape portraits. The portraits depict friends, relatives, apes and monkeys placed together on the same wall.

Prof. Bavaro is an associate professor of art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he teaches painting, drawing, design and is the gallery director of the Bruce Gallery of Art. He received his BA in literature from Miami University and his  MFA (painting) from the University of Cincinnati.

Inspired by both science and technology, Bavaro sets out to chronicle the natural world using both human and animal subjects. His GENUS series draws upon classical references such as Velazquez, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Rubens and Caravaggio to bring the ape-nature out of the humans and the human nature out of the apes.

Most recently, Bavaro has taken to  “fingerpainting” on the Apple iPhone and iPad by painting in a variety of art apps on the small screen and then outputting the pieces to his printer. His work has appeared in New American Paintings, Dialogue-Voicing the Arts, The Artist’s Magazine, Time Out (Dubai) and two recent national iPhone art catalogues. He is one of the founding members of iAMDA (The International Association of Mobile Digital Artists) and is currently writing a book about iPhone and iPad art for Quintet Publications of the U.K.

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

Ohio Northern Senior Honored with Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts
February—Ohio Northern University student Mayumi Kiefer, a senior studio arts major from Troy, Ohio, is a recipient of the 2012 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA). She also is a finalist for the Grand Award, which includes a cash prize of $2,500.

The AICUO awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, April 4 at Otterbein University in the Arts and Communications Building. A student awards reception begins at 6p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 7p.m.

At the April 4 event, the AICUO judging panel will award a grand prize winner from one of the six finalists and a People’s Choice Award will also be distributed based on the most popular votes taken from an online public voting event.

“I was so incredibly excited and honored to be selected as a finalist for the AICUO Visual Art Award,” said Mayumi, who has a concentration in ceramics. “I feel more pressure to produce an excellent capstone project and push my work even further. I am greatly appreciative that the faculty saw something worthy in my work to represent Ohio Northern.”

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

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

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

From Trash to Beauty: Exhibit reveals first-year students’ projects
February—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.

This year, students were able to create fun, attractive and useful objects such as a clock inspired by famed designer George Nelson, picture frames, and clothing. “I never thought about my work in this way,” said Andrew Ascheman, a freshman art education major from Lima, “until we were challenged with this project. I think we were all excited to see what each other created. People designed some clever objects.”

The exhibit, called Reuse/Reduce, is on display in the Wilson Art Center through the month of February 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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

All That Jazz exhibit opens at Ohio Northern University’s Stambaugh Gallery
January—Posters make ideas visual for all kinds of causes including social change, struggles for peace, and icon political campaigns. These visual messages can also document time and place and define a culture.

All That Jazz: A selection of Jazz Posters from the Collection of Howard Courtney is on view at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery from January 17–February 17, 2012 at Ohio Northern University. The exhibit showcases about 50 works out of over 1,200 posters, representing several countries and the Chicago jazz scene.

The collector Howard Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, an M.A. in Arabic, a graduate certificate in Middle Eastern Studies and additional graduate work in Mesopotamian Archaeology and Persian Literature. He taught at several junior colleges in the United States and at the Birzeit University in Jordan, where he lived in the Middle East for several years. Courtney eventually worked as a parole agent, supervising mental patients and sex offenders when they were released from the penitentiary. Due to the dangerous job, Courtney retired 20 years ago.

“I often joke that I was a born collector and started collecting when I was a child,” stated Courtney as he described his poster collection. “Over the years my interests have included specialized stamp collections, stained glass windows, Persian carpets, World War I posters, art, ancient Middle Eastern pottery, antiques, art pottery, autographs and Jazz posters.”

Courtney has been a jazz fan since my early teen-years, “due to my parents’ interest in such,” he explained. “But also having lived in small towns, or out-of-the-way places, there was not much of an opportunity to see the major participants in person. Consequently, I had to live my jazz fantasies through recordings and reading about the musicians.”

While attending junior college in his hometown of Port Huron, Michigan, “I met a handful of others whom were also interested in jazz. We formed a jazz club and would travel the 60 miles to Detroit to attend concerts. Over the years, I bought many recordings of the musicians I liked and currently have over 4,000 jazz CDs, 300 classical and 100 opera CDs. Although I played the saxophone in the high school band and took piano lessons, I realized I had absolutely no talent. So, I gave it up after graduation. But, after college, I sang in the chorus of Opera Illinois for 11 years.”

Throughout Courtney’s lifetime, he had the opportunity to maintain his interests in jazz and to see many performers live in concert. Reviewing his collection, he explained, “With the rich history of Chicago jazz and the opportunity to attend a performance almost daily, I began to ask for posters once a performance was over. Soon I knew which stores, hallways and bulletin boards would have them. Seven years later, I had over 1,300 different posters from 1927 to the current week. Now, I am well known to Chicago jazz musicians fans as “The Poster Man.”

Courtney’s criteria for collecting a poster comprised of the genuine advertisements created at the time for an actual event. “I do not knowingly collect later printings or posters that only have a jazz theme. Without me asking, numerous well-known musicians from all over the world have given me posters of their performances once we have met and they see how serious I am about them. Most musicians never see the posters they are listed on as they fly to a performance. Often they are astounded when I appear and ask them to autograph a 30-year old poster they were listed on as they often didn’t know existed.”

Courtney’s jazz poster collection is currently archived at the University of Chicago Library that holds accumulations of autographs, photographs, programs, flyers, tickets, business cards, etc. “They have approached me several times about donating my poster collection, but that is a decision I will make in the future. Since I have no musical talent, my philosophy is that my contribution to jazz history is preserving the posters and other memorabilia.”

Admission to the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery isfree and open to the public daily from 8a.m. to 5p.m. The Stambaugh Gallery is also open prior to Freed Center events. 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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image:The Duke Ellington Orchestra in Frankfort, Germany on October 30, 1973. Size: 23 x 33

Observed reality painting exhibit opens 2012 gallery season at Ohio Northern University
January—The Elzay Gallery of Art at Ohio Northern University will host The Space Between, an exhibit of paintings by Lenore D. Thomas, on display January 17–February 17, 2012.

Professor Thomas is an artist who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her artwork has been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Estonia, China, Argentina, and Malaysia.

Prof. Thomas received her MFA in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in religious studies and a BA in fine arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is co-director of Red Rocket Gallery, a virtual gallery space focused on showing the work of emerging artists.

Her newest endeavor, Satan’s Camaro, is a collaborative project with artist Justin Strom. She is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an assistant professor in the department of studio arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

“My current work is a melding of observed reality with the imaginary,” described Thomas. “In a desire to escape the truth of the everyday world, I create fantastical, abstract environments via the realm of video games, pop culture, television, and contemporary design. By reworking found imagery into a language of mark making, color, and design while allowing the process of chance to alter the art, I compose a personal language that is rooted in a vocabulary of geometry and space. I am in essence allowing viewers a moment to forget about their reality and enter a landscape that transcends their own.”
With printmaking, she can interchange and combine information in a variety of ways to create and identify new patterns and images. “Through painting, drawing, layers of wax, traditional and digital prints,” explained Thomas, “I begin to obscure, alter, and sometimes delete information. Through the process of artificial selection I choose colors and create compositions. Those elements that are selected continue on through an attraction that I have to them. This attraction may be one associated with beauty, ugliness, or nostalgia. In part these landscapes are a formal examination of color and design that are created through the principles of artificial selection, chance, and observation.”

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.

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

image:This Sunrise Is Like Being in Love (#4), screenprint, intaglio, 2011

University Galleries at Ohio Northern University present 2012 winter/spring season
January—Ohio Northern University announces the opening of its 2012 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Galleries. “Our gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource for the entire Ohio Northern community and surrounding region,” said gallery director and professor Melissa Eddings. The gallery program also hosts regional, national and international touring exhibitions, and original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Featured shows during this winter/spring season include:

The Space Between by Lenore D. Thomas
January 17–February 17
Lenore Thomas is an artist who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her artwork has been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Estonia, China, Argentina, and Malaysia. Thomas received her MFA in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in religious studies and a BA in fine arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is co-director of Red Rocket Gallery, a virtual gallery space focused on showing the work of emerging artists. Her newest endeavor, Satan’s Camaro, is a collaborative project with artist Justin Strom. She is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an assistant professor in the department of studio arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

All That Jazz: A selection of jazz posters from the collection of Howard Courtney
January 17–February 17
All the illustrations are part of Courtney’s collection, which currently includes over 1,200 different posters. Many establishments sell “commemorative” posters that often have the musician's portrait, or an album cover illustrated on it. These were printed in the thousands and were sold all over the world.

Posters for Tomorrow: The Right to Education
February 27–March 30
Organized by the 4Tomorrow Association in Paris, France, every year Poster for Tomorrow chooses a basic human right to capture international attention.

The GENUS Series: Human and Non-Human Primate Portraitsby John Bavaro
February 27–March 30
John Bavaro is an associate professor of art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he teaches painting, drawing, design and is the gallery director of the Bruce Gallery of Art. He received his BA in literature from Miami University and his  MFA (painting) from the University of Cincinnati. Inspired by both science and technology, Bavaro sets out to chronicle the natural world using both human and animal subjects. His GENUS series draws upon classical references such as Velazquez, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Rubens and Caravaggio to bring the ape-nature out of the humans and the human nature out of the apes. Most recently, Bavaro has taken to  “fingerpainting” on the Apple iPhone and iPad by painting in a variety of art apps on the small screen and then outputting the pieces to his printer. His work has appeared in New American Paintings, Dialogue-Voicing the Arts, The Artist’s Magazine, Time Out (Dubai) and two recent national iPhone art catalogues. He is one of the founding members of iAMDA (The International Association of Mobile Digital Artists) and is currently writing a book about iPhone and iPad art for Quintet Publications of the U.K.

A&D Senior Capstone Exhibit
April 16–May 5
BA / BFA student candidates from the art & design program display their capstone projects and portfolios. Defined as “the crowning point,” capstone projects provide an opportunity for students to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses throughout their major in an applied context. Students also discuss their projects during the annual brown bag lecture series held at the Wilson Art Center.

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

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

Artists Against Hunger presents check to Backpack Program
The holiday season is a time to give thanks for what we have, and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Each year at Ohio Northern University, opportunities exist to do just that.

On November 19, the department of art & design hosted its second annual Artists Against Hunger luncheon in the Wilson Art Center. Over $2,000 was raised from this year’s fund-raiser.

The luncheon benefited the Hardin County Backpack Program, which provides elementary school students with backpacks filled with healthy foods over the weekend. The program aims to help the 15.8 percent of Hardin County’s population that lives below the poverty line. In Kenton City Schools alone, 51 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches.

Accepting the donation was Brenda Jennings, a nurse for the Kenton school district and the director of the Backpack Program. Making the presentation was Mayumi Kiefer (left), a studio arts student at Ohio Northern, who also founded the event last year in order to combine her two passions of helping others and creating art. Also present were Joseph Sasak, a public relations student; Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design department; Rachel Pioch, a graphic design student; and Prof. Luke Sheets, assistant professor in art & design.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Ohio Northern Design Students Present Solutions for Recycling System on Campus
December—Six Ohio Northern University undergraduate design students unveiled their solutions to a research problem posed by instructor Melissa Eddings in her foundation design course: Why does or why doesn’t the Ohio Northern community recycle?

The two teams of students presented their research findings and proposed plans in December 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 Brittany Lang, a sophomore graphic design major from Newark, Ohio.

Students observed that bin placement was inconsistent or missing, 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 Brittany. In many residence halls and academic areas, recycling bins didn’t even exist.

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 Kaitlin Bondra, a sophomore graphic design major from Mentor, Ohio. “There are a few organizations on campus that try to run the program,” said Kaitlin. “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,” Kaitlin pointed out, “revealed that only 12% 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. Eddings, “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. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design department. “This final team project in the design 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 for recyclable material and promotional, educational materials with culturally recognizable figures and themes.

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

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Ohio Northern design students Brittany Lang, Kaitlin Bondra and Olivia Lindsey

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

Design: Think. Know. Do. is a one-week intensive design camp at Ohio Northern University. The camp is being offered through the Summer Honors Institute program for high school students who are entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years in the 2012–2013 academic year.

Design Camp will embark on an exciting journey to explore the fundamentals of visual communication. This year’s summer camp will investigate how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to—and invoke a solution to—the problem of urban decay. Working on the final project called the “Grafik Intervention,” students will use digital projections to engage the local public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods. The projections will be designed to provide historical information in an urban context on buildings after dark. Through the use of projected visuals and real-time discussions, printed questionnaires will be used to elicit information from the general public as they walk, ride or drive by the case study building(s).

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

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

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

During last year’s Design SHI Camp, Rowe taught an interdisciplinary design course which focused on the design of a sustainability program for a local community. “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. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=89237&id=83665787936

“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 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2012-2013 school year.

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

The cost of ONU’s residential camp is about $350 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 11. To register and for other detailed information regarding Ohio Northern’s Summer Honors Institute, visit the institute’s Web site.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

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 20 through December 16 in Ada, Ohio. A public reception and awards presentation will be held from 2–4p.m., Sunday, November 11.

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 features original work in a variety of media such as ceramics, oils and watercolors, photographs, advertising and 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 design.

Invited jurors review the submitted entries and make the final selections. This year, ONU alumna Laurie Godfrey (BFA ’05) will jury the work into the exhibition.

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 came full circle as Laurie returned to ONU in 2009 as an adjunct instructor, 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.

“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.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

2nd Annual ‘Artists Against Hunger’ soup luncheon and food drive raises funds for local non-profit
November—The holiday season is a time to give thanks for what we have, and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Each year at Ohio Northern University, opportunities exist to do just that.

On Saturday November 19, people from the local community will have a chance to be a part of a worldwide program to combat hunger by attending an empty soup bowl luncheon. Called “Artists Against Hunger,” the event will be held from 11a.m. until 2p.m. at the Wilson Art Center located on the campus of Ohio Northern.

New to this year’s event will be the addition of a food drive. To kick-off the Artists Against Hunger event, the university community will be invited to donate non-perishable food to the Back Pack Program throughout the month of November. Barrels will be located in the Wilson Art Center, the Elzay Gallery lobby, McIntosh Center lobby, and Lehr Memorial lobby.

Empty bowls fund-raisers are held all over the United States and the world to raise money and awareness to help fight hunger and food insecurity. The first program began with the vision of a high school teacher who wanted to support a local food drive. In 1990, the Michigan teacher came up with the idea of an “empty bowl” luncheon of soup, bread and water as a reminder of hunger in the world. It has now become a grassroots movement throughout the world.

ONU’s Artists Against Hunger is a fund-raiser organized by the department of art & design and the ceramics program with proceeds benefiting the Hardin County Back Pack Program. It provides elementary students a back-pack of nutritious food to take home every week. The students are on free or reduced meal programs. Without the Back Pack Program, most of these children may not eat until they arrive at school.

People attending the luncheon will pick out a handmade ceramic bowl, which then will be filled with soup, and served with a beverage and other lunch items donated by area merchants.

“Our luncheon will be a little different from the original empty bowl concept,” said Mayumi Kiefer, coordinator for the event and a senior art/studio arts student.

“But it will be a way that we can help combat hunger here at home.”

“And, what is really unique about our event,” added Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern, “is that participants will take their bowls home as reminders that there are children and families right here in our county who know what real hunger is like.”

All the bowls are handmade. About 100 of them are made by students and teachers in the Ada Exempted Village Schools and Kenton City Schools. An additional 300 bowls are made by local artists, professors and students from Ohio Northern University.

“The bowls are works of art and something that anyone would be proud to own,” Rowe said.

The bowls will be washed and ready for filling when the participants arrive. The ceramic artworks also are food, microwave and dishwasher-safe—and are great gifts to start the holiday shopping season.

“We want to thank the students, the local businesses, Ohio Northern and the department of art & design for their support,” Kiefer said. “We greatly appreciate all of their time in making the luncheon and the food drive a success. And a big thank you, too, to our participating merchants and to all of those who made the bowls. Hopefully, all the bowls will be filled on Saturday.”

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks Visit Ohio Northern
October—“The global population of Tibetan monks is not very large, so we were privileged to have six of them visiting Ada simultaneously,” said Suzanne Morrison, associate professor of religion. “The monks shared their culture with the campus community and with people from the surrounding area through both formal programs and informal, face-to-face interactions.”

The goals of this tour were to spread peace, harmony, compassion and tolerance through cultural exchange, interfaith dialog and Buddhist teachings. During their stay at Ohio Northern, the monks shared many traditions with the community, such as sacred ritual dances, music and chanting, and teachings.

ONU’s campus also experienced the sacred art of sand “mandala,” which literally means “that which extracts the essence.” Tibetan Buddhists use many different types of sand mandalas, cosmic diagrams that represent the dwelling place or celestial mansion of a deity. There are multi-layered symbolic images throughout the “palace,” where iconography, placement and color all have significance. To the learned Tibetan Buddhist monk, the mandala represents his vision of the entire universe.

While at the Elzay Gallery of Art, the monks created a two-dimensional sand mandala, the most creative and labor-intensive. Requiring incredible amounts of concentration, this mandala was completed in five days. Once finished, the mandala was blessed and then ritually dissolved. The rest of the sand was poured into Hog Creek near Ada to bless and purify the surrounding environment and all sentient beings living there.

Also while on campus, the Tibetan monks visited classrooms and lectured on these topics: The Four Noble Truths, Karma, The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising, and Death, Bardo and Rebirth.

“The programs we selected were both educational and entertaining, and watching Tibetan monks dance or hearing them chant in person was far more worthwhile than seeing them in a movie,” Morrison said. “The sand mandala was so beautiful that it had to be seen up close to be believed.”

The monks’ visit to Ohio Northern was sponsored by ONU’s Cultural and Special Events Committee (CASE), the English Chapel, Freed Center for the Performing Arts, and the departments of philosophy and religion, music, and art and design.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Art Education Program (SMArts) Links ONU Students to Community
October—In 2006, Ohio Northern University art education professor Linda Lehman founded the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program benefiting Ohio Northern students as well as local elementary students. The program was also designed to connect the University and the departments of art & design and education to the surrounding community.

Now, in its fifth year, the program continues to flourish. Beginning this Saturday, about 16 teacher candidates from Ohio Northern will implement lesson plans they have created.

A record number 80 children from Ada, Bath, Bluffton, Hardin Northern and Perry schools will participate in the weekend program. They also 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.

This year Project SMArts offers a variety of media and activities including sculpture, creating handmade paper, photography, drawing and painting. Art appreciation and art history experiences are made possible through the students’ access to the university’s art collection. The outdoor bronze sculptures by the artists Remington, Fraser and Russell are used to inspire student work centering on the themes of balance and movement.

A senior education major explains that, "This 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, and 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.”

Assignments for this year’s SMArts correlate with other school subjects like science, history, and math, showing how art can be integrated into most every classroom. “By their very nature, art and design disciplines are excellent educational tools to teach creative thinking,” says Prof. Linda Lehman. “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 several years, “we received a great deal of positive feedback with many parents asking us to repeat the program.”

The art enrichment program is coordinated by Ohio Northern’s art education instructor Linda Lehman and Dr. Debra Gallagher, who also will be involved in teaching and assisting the students. The program is sponsored in part by the Ada Kiwanis Club and supported by Ohio Northern and the departments of education and art and design.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Ohio Northern Students “Pivot” at National Design Conference
October—Design is at a critical inflection point as a practice, thought process and force for change.

At “Pivot,” this year’s AIGA Design Conference, eight design students joined Prof. Brit Rowe and over 1,500 professional designers in Phoenix to explore the shifts prompting this change—and how individual designers can prepare for the complexities of the future.

Held in Phoenix, the conference examined the power of design, how to exceed clients’ expectations, and how to be more effective than ever as society, the economy and the context for design change.

After three intensive days of inspiring speakers, practical workshops and in-depth discussions, ONU students walked away with a new perspective on the changing design industry and actionable insights on how to increase value to clients and improve practice long term.

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 exposure to the design world, but this conference truly is the best hands-on educational experience our students can receive.”

Students from Ohio Northern’s Art & Design department who attended this year’s conference included:
• Andrew Adams
• Kevin Drain
• Jerry Beard
• Matt Madsen
• Danielle Whisman
• Vicki Moga
• Roger Young
• Rachel Pioch

From branding and culture to data visualization and sustainable design, the curators gathered the best from all professions for provocative discussions. Whether an experienced or emerging designer, this intensive conference helped to prepare for complexities of the future.

On the main stage, participants experienced in a diverse array of inspiring speakers and enjoyed the wit and wisdom of moderator Kurt Andersen, author, design critic and host of Studio 360;
Attendees chose from a wide range of breakout sessions on topics ranging from sustainability, branding, and in-house to globalization and interaction design;
The audience cheered on the next generation of designers in Command X: Season 3, the ultimate live reality show to find America’s next top designer;
Participants also had an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing at hands-on creative workshops led by artists and designers from around the country;
Student portfolios were reviewed by some of the top designers in the country;
Attendees also gained tactical strategies that could be taken back to business through practice management workshops;
A few ONU students got up-close and personal with their design heroes at daily designer roundtables;
Participants explored examples of the best design through exhibitions and local studio tours;
Attendees also made important connections to enhance their business at the Design Fair.
And everyone continued the discussions beyond the stage with networking receptions, evening events and more.
For a complete list of speakers, visit the Pivot website: designconference2011.aiga.org
AIGA’s executive director, Ric Grefe, said that, “Change is everywhere, everyday. It can seem relentless and unexpected, even daunting in anticipation. But it can also be exhilarating. We are surrounded by ‘new.’ New economy. New channels. New communities. New civic perspective. New social contract. New opportunities for innovation. New expectations of designers. New designers. New markets. New acceptance of both new and old attributes for design: strategic, problem-solving, cross-disciplinary, sustainable, authentic, simple, multicultural, empathetic, human-centered, global, socially responsible, open source.

“Designers must take advantage of this momentum,” continued Grefe. “Why? Because demonstrating relevance and leadership during this time of change will create opportunities to add value to business and society, which in turn will strengthen the design profession.”

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.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The ONU delegation at Pivot: Prof. Brit Rowe, Matt Madsen, Rachel Pioch, Jerry Beard, Andrew Adams, Kevin Drain, Roger Young, Vicki Moga, and Daniele Whisman.

Ohio Northern’s Elzay Gallery Presents a Yearbook that Has Come to Life by Famed ONU Alumna
by Avani Nadkarni, Sequim Gazette Staff writer
September—Ohio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery of Art is proud to present the installation of “Good Girls 1968” by ONU graduate Marilyn Lysohir, Sept, 30—Nov. 4. A public lecture is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, 6:15p.m. in the Wilson Art Center along with an opening reception for the artist from 5:30—7:30p.m. in the Elzay Gallery Lobby.

It’s the ultimate tribute to the end of childhood: carefully crafted sculptures of each of the 163 girls—now women—of Sharon High School’s class of 1968, all handmade by a former classmate.

Moscow, Idaho, artist and a 1972 graduate of Ohio Northern University, Marilyn Lysohir came up with the time-consuming idea after running into an old Sharon High School classmate at a gas station on a trip to her hometown.

After returning to her Idaho home, where she has been living with her husband, former Washington State University art professor Ross Coates, Lysohir dug out her senior year yearbook, The Mirror, and put a familiar face to the near-stranger she’d run into.

Four years after first coming up with the idea, Lysohir finished the 13 dozen faces. She used a prototype clay mold for each head, carved their individual features and finished by carving each name into the figure.

“She said the noses were a little tricky for her because it’s hard to see the pictures,” Seniuk said of the black-and-white, often-blurry yearbook-style photos that Lysohir used.

Lysohir debuted her installation, named “Good Girls,” [in 2007] at the Washington State University Art Museum, and, according to Port Angeles Fine Arts Center director Jake Seniuk, it was around that time that she began to have a burning curiosity about what the women she had so carefully sculpted were now.

One by one, Seniuk said, Lysohir, who now owns the Moscow candy shop Cow Girl Chocolates, began tracking down and contacting her old classmates. Many had stayed in Sharon and others had moved to other parts of the country. One, Linda Di Fiore, was a successful opera singer and a professor of music at the University of North Texas. Another had been an editor at Time Life. Four of the classmates flew to Pullman to be present at the exhibit’s opening. Seven of the women, Lysohir learned, had passed away, and she honors them by placing roses behind their sculptures…

“It reminds me of the Vietnam (Veteran’s Memorial) Wall,” Seniuk said. “The scale and the big vastness.”

Seniuk, who also graduated in 1968, said part of the importance to him is the fact that it was a big year historically.

“1968 was an explosive year, it was a pivotal year in U.S. history,” Seniuk said. “These women probably ended up being the girlfriends, the wives and sisters of young men who did go (to the Vietnam War). The exhibit sort of represents the end of childhood. I don’t know if Marilyn intended that or not.”

Multimedia group Buffalo Girls Productions is making a DVD, “Good Girl,” on Lysohir’s journey of making the sculptures.

“When I look at (“Good Girls”) I realize that it’s the first time that I really documented people so that they exist in real time,” Lysohir said on the video. “That, to me, was important to do.”

Born in 1950 in Sharon, PA, Marilyn studied at Ohio Northern University (B.A. in 1972), at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and at Washington State University (M.F.A. in 1979). She has taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. In 2000, she was a visiting artist in residence at Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: detail,  “Good Girls 1968” by Marilyn Lysohir (B.A. 1972), plaster base, clay.

Ohio Northern design students spend summer participating in internships
September—For their summer vacations, Ohio Northern University design students fanned-out across the region doing everything from graphic design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland to design in Washington, D.C. They’re participating in summer internships, those valuable résumé builders that signify practical experience.

The importance of internships is multifaceted, said Nancy Sheely, one of the directors of career services at Ohio Northern.

“Of primary importance is the opportunity for the student to apply what has been learned in the classroom in a workplace setting. This can confirm the career choice or allow for a change in direction,” Sheely explained. “Conversely, the employer has the opportunity to ‘test drive’ the candidate for future opportunities.”

And, Sheely emphasized, data indicate that students who intern get better jobs, quicker and at higher salaries.

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 2011 summer term, four design students completed competitive internships and gained the opportunity for professional career experience.

Rachel Pioch, a senior graphic design major from Toledo, interned as a designer in Cleveland for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Working within the External Affairs Department, worked on a wide-range of communication projects including the design of invitations, signage, fliers, and postcards that communicated the MOCA brand. “I also had the opportunity to conceptually development a few design projects,” said Rachel.

Most intern positions require students to be excellent communicators with strong organizational, visual and verbal skills.  “Our design program emphasizes a strong foundation of design thinking and a liberal studies component,” explained Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design. “We want students to craft strong, impactful communications by being creative problem solvers. “

Senior graphic design major Andrew Adams, from Hudson, completed his internship with Winking Fish, a firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in communicating through print and digital design solutions.

“I was able to develop and work on a variety of projects, including a visual identities,” said Andrew. “I even pitched the idea of a re-brand for Winking Fish. I thought a better image suited the firm better in the current communications climate.”

Andrew also was accepted to the Washington Center for Internships and Seminars. The center is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. Andrew is the second design student from Ohio Northern to have been selected for the program.

Greg Stawicki, a senior graphic design major from Wellington, completed a design internship with Red Red Design, a graphic designstudio focusing on design, production, and development of print collateral, websites, and interactive media.

“My job was to assist the creative director with various projects,” described Greg. “I designed some of their catalogs and other marketing materials, created a number of concept mock-ups, and learned a little bit about their business.”

Junior graphic design major Kevin Drain interned at Wilt Public Relations in Springfield. From Urbana, Kevin enjoyed the opportunity to work with public relation practitioners and a designer.

“I worked closely with the public relations coordinator and director in publicizing various businesses, events and many other things,” recounted Kevin. “Every day was something different. I helped create information for websites, wrote copy, designed e-marketing campaigns and produced so many other communications material.”

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.

Other recent A&D student internships have included an advertising internship at Walgreens in Chicago, design direction internship at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., retail design internship at Chute-Gerdeman Retail Design and Branding in Columbus, graphic design internship at The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, design internship at The Detroit Studio in Cleveland and The Milan Historical Museum, and an exhibit design internship at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI).

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Senior Andrew Adams with other intern students in Washington, D.C.

Ohio Northern Faculty Exhibit Opens 2011-12 Gallery Season
August—The Art & Design Department’s celebration of “Latitude: A&D at 50” continues this year with an exhibition of work by the Ohio Northern University faculty at the Elzay Gallery of Art from August 26–September 18, 2011. The show provides the university community an opportunity to experience a diverse and creative range of artistic explorations and research undertaken by the department professors.

The exhibit showcases the professional works of eight members of the faculty: Melissa Eddings, William Mancuso, Brit Rowe, Luke Sheets, Rhonda Grubbs, Nancy Burnett, Ken Colwell, and Linda Lehmann. The potent exhibit shows the breadth and depth of the faculty talent who work in media ranging from painting and photography, to graphic design and ceramics.

Associate Professor of Art & Design Melissa Eddings will speak about her work during a public lecture on Friday, August 26 at 5:15 p.m. Open opening reception for the faculty also will be held from 4–6 p.m. on Friday.

The Elzay Gallery of Art 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 gallery 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.

Please note that the galleries are closed Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day recess.

According to Melissa Eddings, director of the University galleries, this exhibit shows, in a tangible way, the extensive knowledge and technical skill these instructors bring to their work and to their students. And, most importantly, this exhibit illustrates the essential point that mastery of technical skills, coupled with individual creative imagination and scholarship, are the essential ingredients for turning craft into art.

“This exhibit provides an opportunity to view the professional works of the Art and Design faculty, a varied and talented group of instructors. It’s especially important for students to have the opportunity to view the works of their professors and see the ideas behind much of the art criticism that comes their way,” said Melissa.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: artist book cover for Rooster, by Melissa Eddings

University Galleries at Ohio Northern University present 2011–12 season
September—Ohio Northern University announces the opening of its 2011-12 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. “Our gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource for the entire Ohio Northern community and surrounding region,” said gallery director and professor Melissa Eddings. The gallery program also hosts regional, national and international touring exhibitions, and original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Featured shows during this fall/winter season include:

Ohio Northern Art & Design Faculty Exhibit
The celebration of “Latitude: A&D at 50” continues this year with an exhibition
of work by the Ohio Northern University Art & Design faculty. The show provides the university community an opportunity to experience a diverse and creative range of artistic explorations and research undertaken by the department faculty members. All media are represented, as are a variety of styles and techniques. Featured in the exhibit are recent works from Melissa Eddings, William Mancuso, Brit Rowe, Luke Sheets, Rhonda Grubbs, Nancy Burnett, Ken Colwell, and Linda Lehmann.

Associate Professor Melissa Eddings will present a public lecture on Friday, August 26, 5:15p.m.

Homecoming and “Latitude” Exhibit: Marilyn Lysohir’s Good Girls 1968
Marilyn Lysohir, a nationally known large-scale ceramic installation artist, honors the girls she graduated with from high school in Sharon, Pa., resulting in an installation called the Good Girls 1968. The exhibit comprises foot-tall ceramic portraits of each of the 163 girls growing up in the ’50s and ’60s. Her concept also reflects her interests over the years relating to working class backgrounds, and particularly, the female aspects of that life.

Born in 1950 in Sharon, Pa., Marilyn studied at Ohio Northern University (B.A. in 1972),
at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and at Washington State University (M.F.A. in 1979). She has taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. In 2000, she was a visiting artist in residence at Ohio Northern University.

Marilyn will present a public lecture on Friday, September 30, 6:15p.m.

ONU Juried Student Exhibition
A truly student effort, the annual juried exhibition showcases the best work by undergraduate students in Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. Many pieces are for sale and span various media such as drawing and illustration, ceramics, painting, sculpture, graphic design, photography, multimedia, small metals and printmaking. Award categories include two-dimensional, three-dimensional, graphic design and
best of 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.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Ohio Northern Art Professors and BFA Graduate Selected for the “Best in Fine Craft” Exhibit
August—Summertime is often a time to relax, enjoy picnics, backyard parties, and trips. One may also enjoy concerts on the lawn: the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Boston Pops, the Ravinia Festival, and the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend. And now just in time for the end of the summer, ArtSpace/Lima opens an exhibit featuring the best fine craft artists in Ohio and surrounding states.

ArtSpace/Pops: A Fine Craft Invitational opens Sunday, August 7 at ArtSpace’s Ellen Nelson Gallery and runs through September 10.

An opening reception will be held Sunday, August 7 at 2p.m.

Jurors for ArtSpace/Pops were Gregg Luginbuhl, past president of Ohio Designer Craftsman, and Mike Kozumplik, a jeweler from Sherwood, Ohio. Both have been frequent exhibitors at ArtSpace.

This unique exhibit showcases the finest fine craftsmen and craftswomen working in a variety of media including jewelry, woodworking, metalwork, origami, ceramics, and fabric. Three of the 17 artists have ties to Ohio Northern.

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. This past year, he also was invited to speak at the first international conference on research and trends in wood firing. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design.

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

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

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.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Professor Emeritus Selected for OWS Traveling Exhibit
August—Ohio Northern Professor Emeritus James DeVore has been selected for the Ohio Watercolor Society traveling exhibit for 2011.

The show has traveled throughout Ohio including Van Wert, Lebanon and Columbus.

The Zanesville Museum of Art will be the next venue to host the exhibit September 17–November 23 with a reception scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 1–4p.m.

As an artistic medium, watercolor is much-loved, both by museum visitors and by practicing artists. In Ohio, there are many very talented and skillful watercolor practitioners. This exhibition presents 65 paintings chosen from 236 entries from members of the Ohio Watercolor Society. The juror was Mel Stabin from New Jersey. The awards juror was Frank Webb of Pittsburgh.

Located in a newly expanded building on a wooded site in north Zanesville, the museum boasts a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historic fine and decorative arts. The permanent collection includes extensive holdings in European and American paintings and graphic arts and the largest public collection of Ohio art pottery and of glass produced in the Zanesville area.

The museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10a.m.–5p.m. and Thursday 10a.m.–7:30p.m. ZMA is closed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays.

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.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Ohio Northern BFA Graduate Featured at Chicago Comic Con ’11
July—Ohio Northern University graduate Kyle Hotz (BFA ’93), who has gained national notoriety as a graphic novel illustrator, will be a featured comic artists at this year’s Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14. Hotz will join other distinguished artists and celebrities such as Patrick Stewart, Anthony Michael Hall, and James Marsters at the event, which will bring together thousands of fans and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, video gaming, television, sci-fi, original art, and more.

Chicago Comic Con is the seventh stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour. Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kyle is currently working on Heroes for Hire for Marvel with inker Bob Almond, and the third Billy the Kid mini series with Eric Powell. Kyle lives and works in Ohio with his family and still wants to draw Batman.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

images: Chicago Comic Con 2011 logo and Kyle Hotz with his cover art for Bill the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities.
Compliments of Chicago Comic Con

ONU’s Graphic Design Professor Selected To Jury “Right to Education” International Competition
July—Organized by the 4Tomorrow Association in Paris, France, every year Poster for Tomorrow chooses a basic human right to draw international attention. The global design community is then invited to create posters on this theme that are exhibited around the world on International Human Rights Day, December 10th.

The competition will be judged in two phases by a pre-selection committee and an international jury. This summer, Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, will serve on the international pre-selection committee.

Rowe will take part in the first jury session. Posters will be reviewed online by a panel of 100 members of the design, media and advertising industries as well as educational professionals. They will shortlist about a thousand posters to 300-400 designs that will go forward to the second phase of judging.

This year, Poster for Tomorrow has chosen to fight for the right to education for all, believing that education gives people across the world the chance to break the cycle of poverty, to live in a more equal world, without discrimination, where everybody has the same chance to learn the same skills, enjoy the same success, and to enjoy a better tomorrow.

“And that makes it the perfect subject for Poster for Tomorrow to address,” said Rowe.

Incredibly 121 million children worldwide are not in primary school, despite universal primary education being a right guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and being Goal 2 of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Illiteracy rates are staggeringly high even in countries where a child’s right to education is guaranteed.

According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adult Americans can’t read (and current estimates have the number of functionally illiterate adults in the United States increasing by approximately 2,500,000 persons each year). In France illiteracy has become a “cause nationale” with 3.1 million people unable to read, write or count. The rate of illiteracy in the United Kingdom is unacceptably high according to Parliament.

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

Poster for Tomorrow, in association with 4Tomorrow Association, is an independent, international, non-profit organization whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design profession, to create posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect the global community.

For the last two years, Poster for Tomorrow has focused on a competition that has addressed the right to freedom of expression and fought for the universal abolition of the death penalty.

In addition to the poster competition, this year, for the first time, Poster for Tomorrow organized a series of workshops across Africa to give young African designers the chance to work with some of the leading designers in the world. Poster for Tomorrow hosted workshops in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Jacob Lawrence, Panel 58 of the Migration Series.
Courtesy of Poster for Tomorrow

Ohio Northern's Retired Associate Professor of Art Judith Greavu Featured in Retrospective
by ArtSpace/Lima
June—Prof. Judith Greavu has a long history with ArtSpace/Lima. She has been juried into almost all ArtSpace Spring Shows since 1964. She has also curated exhibits for the gallery. She served on the ArtSpace Board of Trustees and on the Exhibit Committee. And she also has taught and lectured for the non-profit organization. But when Judith Greavu: A Retrospective opens on June 12, it will be the first time ArtSpace has mounted a comprehensive showing of her work.

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

Greavu’s work is unique and instantly recognizable: with its roots in the visual fluidities and intuitive symbolism of the natural world, it presents us with shapes, forms, animals and creatures, who, if they do not exist, might even now be evolving. She works in all media, but it is her bronze sculptures which signify her most passionate response to the watery world she perceives. These, like Guardian Egg or En Garde! which won the First Award in Spring Show 2010, are often large, highly tactile, even (it is an illusion, but one which Greavu cultivates) mobile beings, among us but obviously not of us.

All of the pieces in the exhibit, Greavu writes, “are based on drawing investigations of personally and directly experienced natural objects, events or phenomena.” She adds that, however surreal they may appear, “I have been assured by a water biologist friend that he has seen many of my fanciful forms under his microscope.”

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

A major catalogue, created by Mary Ann Sullivan, accompanies the exhibit. It includes a large number of color and black and white plates, a full list of works exhibited, Greavu’s résumé, her artist’s statement, and an analytic/appreciative essay by Jeanette Wenig Drake, assistant professor of communication, University of Findlay. The catalogue was generously underwritten by Ohio Northern University.

Judith Greavu: A Retrospective will run from June 12 through July 23. An opening reception for the artist will be held at ArtSpace on Sunday, June 12, from 2 to 4p.m.

For more information on the Judith Greavu exhibit, please see the ArtSpace website.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Art & Design Faculty Retrospective Opens during Alumni Weekend
June—The contributions and work of the art & design faculty at Ohio Northern University will open Friday, June 3 at the Elzay Gallery of Art during ONU’s Alumni Weekend. The exhibit, “Contribution: A&D Faculty Retrospective,” will be on display June 3–17, 2011.

The exhibition coincides with the department’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of the BA degree in art. This special, yearlong series of exhibitions, lectures and special events recognizes the work of its faculty members, the success of its graduates, and the tremendous growth in the program’s reputation in the art & design communities.

The exhibit features one or two works by some of the ONU faculty members who are current or former full-time faculty associated with the university at some time since 1960, when the first bachelor’s of arts degree program was introduced.

Current and former faculty members featured in the exhibit are:
• Bruce Chesser, ceramics; 1971–2003
• James DeVore, painting; 1968–1998
• Melissa Eddings-Mancuso, book arts, painting; 1998–present
• Tom Gordon, painting; 1967–1986
• Judith Greavu, sculpture; 1986–2006
• Bruce Grimes, ceramics; 1964–1971
• Linda Lehmann, painting; 2005–present
• William J. Mancuso, drawing; 1998–present
• Brit Rowe, graphic design; 1999–present
• Luke Sheets, ceramics; 2005–present
• and John West, drawing; 1960–1998.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public. For additional information, to schedule a tour or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design (419) 772-2496 or art@onu.edu.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

419-772-2160
b-hood@onu.edu
Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
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