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ImageOhio Northern professor and alumni accepted
into juried exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
ONU alumna wins photography award
April
2015—Ohio Northern University alumna and professor Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) won the ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club Award while Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA/art ’96) won the Second Award at this year’s ArtSpace/Lima 60th Annual Spring Juried Show. Two other ONU alumni were accepted into this year’s juried exhibit.

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

The guest jurors, Janet Ballweg of Bowling Green State University and Luke Sheets of Ohio Northern University, selected 67 pieces from 39 artists for the show.

“The works submitted to this show came in a diverse array of media, sizes and styles,” wrote the jurors, “representing the work of seasoned professionals, students, as well as up-and-coming artists. Largely, the submissions utilized traditional media; somewhat surprisingly, very little work included digital means or extended outside a frame. We feel that the selected pieces are a good representation of the diversity of mediums, subject matter, and levels of artistic experience entered into the show.”

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

“Although each juror has his or her own biases, we worked together to arrive at a decision on each and every piece, with consideration of several factors,” stated the jurors. “First, we looked for a baseline of technical skill regardless of the medium or approach. That included an engagement with the materials, evidence that the artist possessed some control of the medium, and consideration of how the artist used it to advance their vision and create a sense of unity in the work.

“We also considered the presentation of the work as a whole, whether that’s taking into account the craftsmanship and construction of a three-dimensional form or the choice and quality of matting and framing in relation to the image... Finally, we looked for uniqueness in the approach to the design, subject matter, or format of the work. We looked for content that had something to convey to the viewer and went beyond just technical proficiency. The pieces that rose to the top dually engaged the jurors with visual and conceptual complexity.”

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

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) had three pieces accepted including “Frogs Performing for Crows” (linocut), “Blackbirds” (linocut) and “Crows Watching German Crow Reconnaissance Flying Over Field” (watercolor). Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

• Alumna Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) had two photography pieces and a drawing accepted to the show including “Spring, Slowly” (Polaroid), “Ada/Dreaming” (Polaroid), and “Out of the Kitchen Window” (graphite). Emily is currently teaching digital photography and visual literacy at ONU. She earned her BFA degree in 2010 at Ohio Northern and her MFA in painting from BGSU in 2013. She has exhibited her work worldwide including a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art, “I Dream of All Things.” It explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. This summer, she will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in Toffia, Italy.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the show: “Fast Forward Cabinet” (mixed media) and “The Right Nymph” (scratchboard). 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 Mansfield Art Museum, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris, and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

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

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 24–June 6, 2015. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “Spring, Slowly” (Polaroid) by Emily Jay

 

ImageOhio Northern A&D professor alumnus create mural that pays tribute to Franklinton’s history
April
2015—Last week, a 5,000 square foot mural was unveiled that depicted one of Columbus’ saddest moments in history—the flood of 1913.

Approximately 500 people died in the flood that occurred 102 years ago. But the mural wasn’t meant to depress, it was meant to illustrate how the citizens of that neighborhood rebuilt their community and overcame adversity, according to Andrew Adams (BFA/graphic design ’12), one of the designers behind its creation.

Andrew is a graphic designer for Orange Barrel Media, a Columbus-based urban advertising firm. The company is finishing construction on a new headquarters building in Franklinton, which the mural can be encountered on the south side of the building. Motorists can see the mural along Route 315 and Broad Street.

“The heroism evident in the image captures the sense of community that defines Franklinton, and we thought it a fitting tribute to the people of this great community,” explained Andrew.

Honoring its new home in Franklinton, the digital print is a copy of an oil painting by Ohio Northern adjunct professor Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) depicting two rescuers and three passengers in a canoe along Town Street.

Image“We were looking at the rich history of Franklinton,” said Andrew. “We kept coming back to these photos of the 1913 flood and how it really defined Franklinton’s resilience and the energy of this town.”

“Orange Barrel was very helpful with providing me source materials,” said Emily. “I did a lot of research on the flood and what it did to Franklinton. Basically, I spent a lot of time looking at old Columbus Dispatch photographs of the aftermath of the event, and reading personal accounts of what happened.”

When Emily was asked to get involved with the project, she was excited about doing a contemporary spin on historical painting. “All of my favorite painters were, essentially, romantic painters dealing with history (Turner, Delacroix, etc.), and I liked the idea of being able to do the same thing, but, in the situation, dealing with the history of my hometown of Columbus. I was also excited about the idea of working with an old photograph. The merging of photography, history, and painting is right in line with what I’m always exploring within my work.”

While working in a studio at ONU’s Wilson Art Center, Emily completed the painting in about a month. “We spent about a week talking about the concept and then deciding on what photograph we wanted the mural to be based from.”

The painting was completed in oils. “I am an oil painter,” explained Emily. “I love oil for so many reasons—the luminance, the color intensity, the feel of the paint, the whole experience of painting with it. I have been using oils for over ten years and it’s a medium that I enjoy and I know how to make it work for me.”

The initial reaction from people to the mural since its unveiling last Friday has been very positive. “Everyone who I have talked to was really happy, and I think the sheer size of the finished mural is really exciting,” said Emily.

“I feel privileged to have been a part of this project,” expressed Emily. “Culturally speaking, I think Columbus, and Franklinton specifically, has a lot to offer. We forget the rich history that is right under our noses, and I love that I had the opportunity to make work that helped to uncover this story.”

Concurring with Emily’s thoughts, Andrew said, “We [Orange Barrel] are proud to be a part of this beautiful community. We just didn’t want to build this building. We wanted to be a part of the community. So the backside of the building is an ode to the rich history of the community.

“The floods devastated Franklinton for many years… So the image of these boaters paddling to save the locals shows a real sense of community. As Franklinton continues to develop and moves forward so quickly, we also don’t want to loose site of the past.”

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

This past fall, she held a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art. I Dream of All Things explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It was a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart. This summer, she will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in Toffia, Italy.

Andrew, who graduated in 2012 from ONU, started to work as a graphic designer for Orange Barrel Media in January 2014. Previously, he was a designer for Winking Fish, an identity and branding firm located in Washington, D.C. As a student at ONU, Andrew was involved with the AIGA/ONU student chapter and served as president, Kappa Pi national art honorary, Phi Mu Alpha national music fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, jazz band, and rugby. He also was accepted to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and interned for Winking Fish.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The mural over Orange Barrel Media’s headquarters; Andrew interviewed by WSYX-ABC 6/Columbus

 

ImageCeramic professor at Ohio Northern University to present at national conference in Rhode Island
March
2015—Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, will be presenting a topical discussion session at this year’s “Lively Experiments,” the 2015 professional conference organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), March 25–28, 2015.

Prof. Sheets’ session, “Experiments in Low Temperature Wood-Firing,” addresses the merits and drawbacks of low temperature wood firing with others who fire wood kilns to earthenware temperatures and have a discussion of clays, slips, and glazes suited to this process.

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

NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premiere event for ceramic art, attracting thousands each year. Lively Experiments will join ceramic art’s historic engagement with empirical research and discovery to today’s evolving creative commons. Conference programming will investigate, celebrate and promote discourse in lively experimentation through aesthetics, history, criticism, pedagogy, professional practice, technology, and sustainability. Special strands dedicated to K-12 education and student-centered programming will also be incorporated along with opportunities to learn about ceramics study, residency opportunities, services and products.

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.

Prof. Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included 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 local and national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern adjunct professor/alumna accepted to artist residency in Italy
February 2015
—In Toffia, Italy, there is only a small supermarket, a pharmacy, two bars, a butcher, a post office, a hairdresser, and an edicola—a newsagent. It’s a small and quiet medieval hilltop village in the middle of the Sabina region. But, also nestled within this tiny village is a converted 13th century church housing an artist residency.

This coming June, Ohio Northern Adjunct Prof. Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in this remote town, about 37 miles northeast of Rome.

The residency was developed to become a space and community where international artists can share places, experiences, and sensibilities. The aim of the residency is to challenge perceptions about how art is made and integrated in everyday life by devising unconventional scenarios for introducing ideas into the public realm.

Conceived of as a regenerative intercultural meeting place, the residency program is aimed particularly at artists who are enthusiastic about working within the Toffia environment, and who are energetic about making connections in this context. The program offers artists the opportunity to confront new ideas or experiment with their work and the particular territory of Sabina region.

ImageEmily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane. She will use her time at the artist residency to explore and develop a body of work that encapsulates new ideas and the territory of the Sabina region. See more of Emily’s work here: http://emily-jay.com/antoine/

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

This past fall, she held a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art. I Dream of All Things explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It was a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart.  

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern graphic design professor presenting at international design principles and practices conference in Chicago
February 2015
—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected to present at the 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, March 12–14, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

The presentation titled, “Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts Through Graphic Design,” will describe how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to—and invoke a solution to—the problem of urban decay.

Prof. Rowe will examine a Grafik Intervention held in Ada, Ohio, that brought awareness to an underutilized building and that inspired the local community to consider the potential the building held. As an open source project, it was originally conceived as an MFA graphic design thesis project at the Academy of Art University by William Culpepper. The event in Ada used an exhibit and digital projections to engage the public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods with the goal to inspire community members to consider the potential of currently unused buildings in their community.

In January of this year, Prof. Rowe presented, “Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts Through Graphic Design” at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities held in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 500 participants representing 30 countries attended that conference.

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

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

The 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices will be held at the University Center Chicago. The conference addresses a range of critically important themes relating to design today. It is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.

Paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, and colloquia address design principles and practices through various themes including design education, design in society, design objects, design management and professional practice, design in society, visual design, and architectronic, spatial and environmental design. A special focus for this year’s conference concentrates on industrial–post-industrial–neo-industrial design, reflecting on the transformation of production.

Prof. Rowe is associate professor is graphic design at Ohio Northern and served as chair from 2002–2013. 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 exhibited regionally and has worked for a variety of clients. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. He recently curated Object and Graphic Design, an exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima that showcased the best graphic design from Northwest Ohio. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, received a teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board, and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern University ceramic professor accepted to invitational exhibit in Cleveland
February 2015
—The River Gallery near Cleveland, Ohio opened its 10th annual Ceramics Invitational Exhibition that featured 21 artists, including Prof. Luke Sheets, ceramics instructor at Ohio Northern University.

The exhibit opened on February 7 and runs through April. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11a.m.–6p.m., Saturday, 11a.m.–5p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information call 440-331-8406 or visit www.rivergalleryarts.com.

River Gallery, located at 19046 Old Detroit Road in Rocky River, Ohio, is dedicated to supporting the revival and continuance of Cleveland area arts. The gallery showcases everything from contemporary to traditional style paintings, works of metals, blown glass, ceramics, photography, and jewelry fabrications. Liz Maugans of the CAN journal writes, “Recently revitalized with a streetside make over by the city this is a charming, pedestrian and pet-friendly neighborhood of shops and galleries, with River Gallery and its neighbor Devout Home two of the longstanding local businesses on the block.”

ImageProf. 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. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included 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 local and national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

image: “36 Views,” wood fired stoneware, Luke Sheets

 

ImageONU Graphic Design professor selected to present
at international conference
December 2014
—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected to present at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 10–13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The presentation titled, “Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts Through Graphic Design,” will describe how can graphic designers use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to—and invoke a solution to—the problem of urban decay.

Prof. Rowe will examine a Grafik Intervention held in Ada, Ohio, that brought awareness to an underutilized building and that inspired the local community to consider the potential the building held. As an open source project, it was originally conceived as an MFA graphic design thesis project at the Academy of Art University by William Culpepper. The event in Ada used an exhibit and digital projections to engage the public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods with the goal to inspire community members to consider the potential of currently unused buildings in their community.

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

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

The 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Wikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 500 participants representing 30 countries will be expected to attend.

The main goal of the 2015 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

Prof. Rowe is associate professor is graphic design at Ohio Northern and served as chair from 2002–2013. 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 exhibited regionally and has worked for a variety of clients. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. He recently curated Object and Graphic Design, an exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima that showcased the best graphic design from Northwest Ohio. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, received a teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board, and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern University Art & Design professor awarded endowed chair
October 2014
—Ohio Northern University professor Melissa Eddings Mancuso has been named the Eleanor H. and Robert W. Biggs Endowed Chair in the Fine Arts for the 2014-15 academic year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageSculpture Work by Ohio Northern Emerita Professor on view in Toledo
September 2014
—Ohio Northern Professor Emerita Judith Greavu is showcasing her latest series of work “Landforms: sculptures inspired by geological forms and processes,” now on display at the University of Toledo’s Carlson Library.

These small sculptures, created from bonze, aluminum, wood, and stone, in the artist’s words “celebrates geological forces as well as human intervention with those forces.”  The materials that seem hard and unrelenting have been transformed into scenes that are soft, fluid, and ever changing.

It’s an extension of these “forces,” combined with ecologic concerns that inspired her creation, “Current Forces,” a large scale bronze and glass sculpture located on the south side of the Bowman-Oddy building on the UT campus. Installed in the fall of 2013, this sculpture was brought to the university with the help of the Ohio Arts Council, the UT Campus Beautification Committee, and representatives of the UT science faculty.

Prof. Greavu taught at Bluffton University and retired from Ohio Northern University where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees.

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. In 2011, she was honored with a retrospective exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Hills with Spring (Walnut and Bronze), 18″ length

 

ImageArea professors' works in exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
October—
Professoriate: The University Does Art, a group exhibit featuring recent work by university faculty in Northwest Ohio, will open at ArtSpace/Lima with a reception for the artists from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, November 7.

The exhibit will bring together works by 17 university faculty members in the departments of art at Bluffton University, University of Findlay, Ohio Northern University, The Ohio State University at Lima, and Bowling Green State University.

Participants in Professoriate have national and international reputations that extend well beyond the borders of Northwest Ohio. Many are familiar to patrons of ArtSpace/Lima, having shown and earned awards in previous ArtSpace shows.

Professoriate: The University Does Art will run in the Ellen Nelson Gallery through December 20, 2014.

Artist/faculty who will be participating in Professoriate from Ohio Northern include Melissa Eddings, William Mancuso, Luke Sheets, Brit Rowe, and Emily Jay.

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

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor is graphic design at Ohio Northern and served as chair from 2002–2013. 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 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. He recently curated Object and Graphic Design, an exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima that showcased the best graphic design from Northwest Ohio. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, received a teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board, and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

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

Prof. 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. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

Prof. Jay is currently an adjunct instructor in art at ONU. This semester she is teaching digital photography and visual literacy. While a student at Ohio Northern, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her BFA from Ohio Northern in 2010 and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013. Since graduation, Emily has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Jules Maidoff Gallery in Florence, Italy. An exhibit of her work is currently on display at the Elzay Gallery of Art on Ohio Northern’s campus. I Dream of All Things explores the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It is a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart. Emily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane.

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and to sell their work.   ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.  For further information on Professoriate: The University Does Art or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Bill Sullivan, Operations Manager, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageDedication ceremony scheduled for “Current Forces” sculpture at UT campus
September
—Ohio Northern Professor Emerita Judith Greavu completed last Fall an installation of a sculpture titled “Current Forces” at the University of Toledo. The installation, located on the south side of Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and Wolfe Hall, was funded by the Ohio Percent for Art Program.

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

Next week, UT’s Commission on the River will hold a week-long event called “Celebrate our River.” A dedication ceremony will be held in conjunction with the activities on Wed., September 17 at noon.

Learn more about the Commission on the River:
http://www.utoledo.edu/commissions/river/

Prof. Greavu taught at Bluffton University and retired from Ohio Northern University where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees.

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. In 2011, she was honored with a retrospective exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageArt & Design photograph selected as finalist in juried competition
September 2014
—A photograph by Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design was chosen as a finalist during the 2nd European Wood Fire Conference held at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, August 28–31, 2014.

The photography competition was organized by The Log Book, the international publication for wood-firers, and was open to all residents and participants of the conference. Prof. Luke Sheets, who submitted the photograph, attended and presented at this year’s conference. Prof. Brit Rowe took the photo in November 2010 during one of Prof. Sheets’ ceramic courses.

A panel of judges initially chose the top 10 images from each category: The View from the Kiln Shed, The Kiln, and Firing. The final images were printed and exhibited during the conference. Delegates then voted for their top choices.

The winning photographs will be published in a future issue of The Log Book.

 

ImageOhio Northern University design professor curates graphic design exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
September 2014—Design is all around us.

In fact, if there’s a human intervention in any communication—print, signage, digital—someone had a hand in designing the end product. In a very real way, graphic design is art in the service of visualizing ideas.

ArtSpace is thrilled to announce the opening of its Fall 2014 season with a special exhibit, Object and Graphic Design, a survey of graphic design in Northwest Ohio. Brit Rowe, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design and holder of the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts at Ohio Northern University, has curated the show. He invited some of the most prominent and productive graphic designers in the area to take part in what is a first of its kind for ArtSpace.

In his work with students, Rowe says, “I feel it’s important to strengthen the understanding of conceptual skills, writing, verbal expression, semantics, narrative structures, design history and an understanding of the social, cultural and functional possibilities of design. Together, we investigate design thinking. . .” It is those “social, cultural, and functional possibilities of design” which are highlighted in the exhibit.

Northwest Ohio graphic designers to be featured in the show include:

• Jennifer Bible, owner, JB Design Solutions in Lima, and winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Midwest Region of the Small Business Administration in 2003;

• Paul Osborne, owner, Paul Osborne Design in Alger;

• Nancy Burnett, previous owner of NAB Design in Lima, currently adjunct instructor in advertising design and associate art director for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ohio Northern University;

• Toma Williams, associate director of art and design for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ohio Northern University;

• Brittany Lang, senior marketing specialist at First Merchants Corporation/senior graphic design major at Ohio Northern University and winner of the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA);

• and Jennifer Stucker, assistant professor of graphic design, Bowling Green State University.

Object and Graphic Design opens with a reception for the artists, their friends and families, and supporters of ArtSpace on Friday, September 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. The show runs through Saturday, November 1, 2014.

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

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

Prof. Rowe 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, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern art professor featured in national painting exhibition
August 2014—
Red Chair, the work of Melissa Eddings Mancuso, professor of art and design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected for the National Small Painting Exhibition at the Witchita Center for the Arts.

The painting will be on exhibit August 22—October 12, 2014.

The show celebrates the trends and traditions of American small oil painting, featuring work no larger than 18 x 24 inches.

The exhibit’s juror was Anthony Benton Gude, grandson of American regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton.

Originally founded as the Wichita Art Association in 1920, The Wichita Center for the Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts organization. For more than 90 years, the Center has made art and art education available to the citizens of Wichita and the surrounding communities. The Center offers a 14,000 square foot gallery with annual exhibitions showcasing regional and national artists.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Red Chair, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, 2013

 

ImageOhio Northern faculty and alumnus selected for ArtSpace/Lima Pops/Fine Craft Exhibition
July 2014—Summertime is often a time to relax, enjoy picnics, backyard parties, and trips. One may also enjoy concerts on the lawn: the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Lima Symphony on July 4, and the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend. And now just in time for the end of the summer, ArtSpace/Lima opens an exhibit featuring the best fine craft artists in Ohio.

ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 23 area artists in this joint invitational. Accepted into the show are several Ohio Northern faculty and an alumnus, including:

• Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

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

• Prof. Judith Greavu, ONU associate professor emeritus of art, earned her B.S. degree in art from Ball State University and her M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and at Ohio Northern University where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees. Prof. Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has exhibited from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including being selected for “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspirations,” an exhibit in Maine that celebrated 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. In 2011, she was honored with a retrospective exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.

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

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

ArtSpace/Pops: A Fine Craft Invitational opens Sunday, August 3 at ArtSpace’s Ellen Nelson Gallery and runs through September 13. Artists on display work in ceramics, wood, metal, paper, fabric, and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals. The emphasis of the exhibit is on “fine” crafts: work that exhibits the same imaginative creativity, the same attention to detail and the same understanding of medium as any art must do.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Sunday, August 3, 2–4p.m.

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

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern University A&D Professor accepted to month-long artist residency and to lead session at international ceramic conference
July 2014—Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, has been awarded a month-long residency, and then will lead a topical discussion session at this year’s European Wood Fire Conference, at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. The conference will take place August 28–31, 2014.

Prof. Sheets will present a session called, “Slip Casting for a Wood-fired Aesthetic.” It focuses around his thought processes in regards to form and the technical challenges of developing casting bodies and slips that react and interact favorably with the wood kiln.

“Over the past several years I have grown more fascinated by and interested in the slip casting process,” said Prof. Sheets. “I have been teaching mold making and slip casting for about 6 years now. Over that time… I am starting to feel free with the process and can improvise to suit my aesthetic needs. I am interested in using molds and the slip casting process to create parts that then can be assembled into many and various forms that lend themselves to the wood kiln’s atmosphere for finishing.

“Slip casting and wood firing may seem antithetical but there are other artists working with these processes. Their work either utilizes slip-cast functional forms whose sheer numbers create building blocks for the artist to manipulate and arrange or incorporates the use and appropriation of commercial molds then assembled into a chimera of images and ideas.

“My own interest lies somewhere in between these two approaches. I begin with my own molds for various cup forms and use these as parts to form asymmetrical vases with hard edges to cut and catch the woodfire’s path. Recently, I have also started to make molds for various components that can be assembled and rearranged instead of casting multiples of the same form.”

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center was established in 1997 with the goal to offer an international artist-in-residence program. Guldagergaard, meaning Golden Acre farm, has several beautiful buildings dating from 1915. The estate was the private home of a tulip and fruit farmer until the 1990s.

ImageAs an artist-in-residence at Guldagergaard, Prof. Sheets will have his own studio area in the studio building with full access to all the facilities and equipment—gas kilns, electric kilns and wood fired kilns as well as glaze, plaster and mold making workshop, slip casting room, auditorium, library for research, photo equipment, 3D print workshop, silk screen print workshop, wood workshop as well as the gallery. There, Prof. Sheets will exhibit his work at the conclusion of the residency.

The artist-in-residence program combines an international atmosphere and wide professional dialogue within a concentrated work period, with the exchange of knowledge and research into materials, techniques and ideas.

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, and the First European Wood-Fire Conference in Germany. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

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

image: The Main House and Studio Building at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center

 

ImageOhio Northern ceramic faculty and alumnus contribute to Wood County Humane Society
July 2014—
The Manabigama Pottery Center in Bowling Green hosted a fundraiser that brought together many of Northwest Ohio’s finest ceramic artists under its roof for one night. The event, Potters for Pets, raised money for the Wood County Humane Society and Nature’s Nursery.

Prof. Luke Sheets (BFA ’95), assistant professor of art at ONU, along with Prof. Bruce Chesser, professor emeritus in art from Ohio Northern, and Prof. Ed Corle (BA ’78) were invited to participate in this first of its kind fundraiser, which took place in early April.

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, and the First European Wood-Fire Conference in Germany. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

 • Ed Corle (BA ’78): Ed had a recent ceramic piece accepted to this year’s show. He is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with 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.

ImageOver a dozen of the region’s most active and talented ceramic artists donated an original piece of his/her work for a silent auction, with 100% of the profits going to the two charities. In addition, each artist brought other works to sell, with 30% of those proceeds benefiting the animal welfare in Lucas and Wood counties.

The event raised $2,200 in just four hours.

“These artists have agreed to participate out of their love of animals,” explained Tiffany Hyland, a practicing veterinarian at Highpoint Animal Hospital in Maumee and the co-owner of Manabigama Pottery Center. “Together, they covered a very wide spectrum of creativity in the ceramic arts and it was great to see them in one place.”

Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education is a nonprofit organization located in Whitehouse, Ohio. It provides medical care to injured and orphaned wild animals, and conducts nature education programs for children and adults.

The Wood County Humane Society, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations.

Manabigama Pottery Center opened in January 2011 and is the home studio of ceramic artist John Thies and his partner, Tiffany Hyland. They produce a wide assortment of handmade, wood-fired, functional and decorative pottery. The studio and gallery are open to the public year round by appointment. In addition, they offer pottery classes and wood fire pottery workshops to area ceramic artists.

For additional information about this event, please feel free to contact the Manabigama Pottery Center at (419) 206-0320 or thyland66@gmail.com.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

ImageOhio Northern faculty and alumni accepted and win awards at watercolor juried exhibit
June 2014
—ArtSpace/Lima and The Lima Area Watercolor Society held their first-ever joint juried exhibit from June 14 through July 26. Accepted to the show were several works from Ohio Northern University’s art and design faculty and alumni.

Linda Lehman (adjunct instructor in art education): Prof. Lehman had three pieces accepted into the juried exhibit and won an honorable mention award for “Cusco, Corpus Christi.” Linda graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education. Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern where she also coordinated the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. She 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.

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

Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59): Jaye had one piece accepted, called “Wind.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’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.

William Kanzig (BFA ’92): Bill had two watercolor pieces accepted for exhibit. He recently retired from Ohio Northern after 20 years of dedicated service. He was manager of the machine shop for the College of Engineering and worked with faculty and students in all departments to purchase parts and materials for laboratories and projects. Additionally, he was the advisor for the SAE Baja group and a volunteered with the Ada-Liberty Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The exhibition was open to all artists working in water soluble media: watercolor, thinned acrylic, casein, gouache and egg tempera. Jurors for the exhibit were Yuki Hall and Christopher Leeper.

Hall, from Beavercreek, is an impressionist watercolorist, who has won many awards in, among others, the Western Ohio Watercolor Society juried competition, the Ohio Watercolor Society annual exhibition and Cincinnati Art Club ViewPoint national juried competition.

“It was my great honor to be invited to serve as a co-juror for the Lima Area Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition,” explained Hall. “The variety of subject matter was outstanding, and I was truly impressed by the talent exhibited by each artist in this group.”

Leeper is a full-time artist from Canfield. The author of Realism in Watermedia, North Light, his work has been featured in several books and publications, including The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist and Ohio Magazine. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University.

“I was impressed with the breadth of vision and skill shown,” said Leeper. “Picking the show and awards was not easy. There were many deserving paintings. We looked at each painting again and again and discussed merits and weaknesses. Eventually we reached a consensus.”

The Lima Area Watercolor Society was organized in 1986 by watercolor artist Annabelle Vandemark and four of her students. The society has been instrumental in elevating awareness about watercolor techniques and processes. The joint exhibit with ArtSpace was the first-ever collaboration between the two organizations for a juried exhibit.

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and to sell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

For further information on the Juried Watercolor Exhibit 2014 or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Bill Sullivan, operations manager, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Honorable mention winners Linda Lehman, Cusco, Corpus Christi (watercolor) and Laura Barnhardt Corle, Tom Becket's Red Coat (watercolor).

 

ImageOhio Northern faculty and alumni earn awards at Wassenberg’s juried show
June 2014
—The works of Ohio Northern University’s art and design faculty and alumni were recently selected for exhibit and earned awards at the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center located in Van Wert, Ohio.

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

The pieces on display represent a wide range of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture—by artists juried into the show. The exhibit is free and runs through July 6. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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

Representing Ohio Northern at this year’s show were:
Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59): Jaye won the Douglas Edward Koch Memorial Award for his watercolor and ink painting, “Crows Watching the German Crow Airforce.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’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.

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

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

Melissa Eddings Mancuso (associate professor of art): Prof. Eddings Mancuso won an honorable mention award. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been invited and accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

Ed Corle (BA ’78): Ed had a recent ceramic piece accepted to this year’s show. He is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with 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.

Linda Lehmann (adjunct instructor in art education): Prof. Lehmann had two pieces accepted into the exhibit. Linda graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education. Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern where she also coordinated the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. She 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.

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

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Work accepted into this year’s exhibit by Melissa Eddings Mancuso and Jaye Bumbaugh.

 

ImageOhio Northern University ceramic professor accepted to national juried show
April 2014—
Prof. Luke Sheets, assistant professor of art at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design, was recently accepted to exhibit in Mug Shots: The 6th annual juried cup show to be held at LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. The show runs from April 4 through May 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

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

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, and the First European Wood-Fire Conference in Germany. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern Art Professor to teach workshop at Findlay Art League
March 2014—Prof. Melissa Eddings-Mancuso, associate professor of art and design at Ohio Northern University, will present a Book Binding Class at the Findlay Art League on Saturday and Sunday, March 22–23 from 9 a.m.—4 p.m.

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

Prof. Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern University Professor Emerita installs sculpture on Toledo’s main campus
By Vicki L. Kroll
January 2014—Professor Emerita Judith Greavu, associate professor of art at Ohio Northern University, recently completed an installation for her sculpture titled “Current Forces” at the University of Toledo. It pays tribute to the Ottawa River.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof. Greavu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Ball State University and a Masters in Fine Arts degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and recently retired from Ohio Northern University. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern University A&D Professor accepted to lead session at national conference
November
2013—Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, recently was selected to lead a topical discussion session at this year’s National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

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

 

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

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

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

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

 

ImageONU Professor to teach course at Findlay Art League
November 2013
—Prof. Melissa Eddings-Mancuso, associate professor of art and design at Ohio Northern University, will present a Book Class at the Findlay Art League on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10 from 9 a.m.—4 p.m. Participants will make a coptic wood cover book.

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

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

Prof. Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

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

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

 

ImageTwo Ohio Northern Professors Emeriti to exhibit at American Gallery
October
2013—After retirement, professors usually have time to indulge in their work. In the case of two Ohio Northern University professors emeriti, life has never slowed down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern University ceramic professor accepted to national show
October
2013—Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, recently had work selected to “Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Wood-Fired Ceramics,” an exhibition of wood fired ceramics at the Baltimore Clayworks. The exhibit opened October 5 and closes on November 9.

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

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

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

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

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

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

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

 

ImageONU Design professor selected to present at international conference
September 2013—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected to present at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 10–13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

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

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

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

The main goal of the 2014 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor in the department of art & design, a top creative program in the United States (“Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers”). He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. From 2002–2013, Prof. Rowe served as chair of the art & design program at ONU. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Prof. Rowe has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as the United Way, Associated Charities, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center, and Ohio Northern. He has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago, and the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

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

 

ImageOhio Northern University Ceramic Professor Selected to “History in the Making” exhibit in New York
September 2013—Work by Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, has been selected for the eighth annual national juried exhibit of “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects” at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery located in Rochester, New York.

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

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

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

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

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

 

ImageOhio Northern Professor Emerita selected for sculpture initiative
September 2013—Professor Emerita Judith Greavu, associate professor of art at Ohio Northern University, has been selected for the 8th annual Midwest Sculpture Initiative in Toledo. “Engarde,” a 110-pound bronze casting, was installed in Ravin Plaza on the University of Toledo’s Centennial Mall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern ceramic professor selected to exhibit work at All-Ohio show
August 2013
—Ohio Northern University Art & Design faculty member, Luke Sheets, assistant professor of art and design, has been selected to an exhibition at the Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern Professor accepted to exhibit work
at national show in Chicago
August
2013—Ohio Northern University Art & Design faculty member, Luke Sheets, assistant professor of art and design, has been selected to exhibit his ceramic work at the Lillstreet Art Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibit “Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual,” celebrates the handcrafted mug.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern faculty selected for ArtSpace/Lima Pops/Fine Craft Exhibition
July 2013
—Summertime is often a time to relax, enjoy picnics, backyard parties, and trips. One may also enjoy concerts on the lawn: the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Lima Symphony on July 4, and the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend. And now just in time for the end of the summer, ArtSpace/Lima opens an exhibit featuring the best fine craft artists in Ohio and surrounding states.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern Professor Emeritus has work installed at Museum of Florida Art’s sculpture walk
July 2013
—The work of Judith Greavu, professor of art emeritus at Ohio Northern University, was recently selected to install “Arts Spirit” at The Deland Sculpture Walk at the Museum of Florida Art in Deland, Florida. The towering outdoor work evoked a dancing spectacle that suggested influences of Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageONU professor has work published in “500 Teapots”
June 2013
—The work of Luke Sheets, Ohio Northern University ceramic professor, was recently published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2) by Lark Books.

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

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

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

Prof. Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process.

ImageHis work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary.

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern A&D professors serve as jurors for regional show
June 2013
—Ohio Northern University Art & Design Professors Melissa Eddings and William Mancuso were selected as jurors for this year’s Wassenberg Art Center’s Annual Juried Exhibition. The 57th Art Exhibit opens June 8 with a free, public reception from 7–10 p.m. Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 S. Washington St. in the former Charles Wassenberg Home.

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

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

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

Prof. Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern Ceramic Professor to display work at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
May 2013
—Ohio Northern University Art & Design Professor Luke Sheets has been accepted to display work in “Bluegrass Bourbon: By the Bottle/By the Ounce. The exhibition is on display from April 5–June 16 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern art professor serves as State juror for Governor’s Show
March 2013
—Ohio Northern University Associate Professor of Art Melissa Eddings was selected juror for the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibition opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol, in April, and closes on May 16.

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

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

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

Prof. Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

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

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

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

 

ImageNew murals taking shape in Ada Public Library
by Reema Bazzy

April 2013—The Ada Public Library is adding bright and colorful new murals to its kids reading area, all courtesy of two generous and talented Ohio Northern University art professors.

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

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

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

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

Prof. Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

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

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

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

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

 

 

ImageOhio Northern art & design professor has work accepted into state exhibition
January 2013
—Ohio Northern University art & design professor Melissa Eddings has been accepted to include work in the Book + Art: The Reading Room sponsored by the Denison University Museum. The exhibition will be on display from February 8—May 11 in Granville, Ohio.

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

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

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

Melissa Eddings is associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Melissa Eddings is associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern Professor accepted to international wood fire exhibit
September 2012
—Luke Sheets, assistant professor in art & design at Ohio Northern University, is one of 50 ceramists to be accepted in the Plinth Gallery and The Boulder Pottery Lab’s “Flashpoint: An International Wood Fire Exhibition,” a two-month juried show of wood-fired ceramics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ImageOhio Northern Professor Emeritus is finalist in national outdoor sculpture competition
June 2012
—Professor Emeritus Judith Greavu, associate professor of art from Ohio Northern University, is a winner of the 26th Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition in Boone, North Carolina. She was one of ten finalists who were chosen from a total of 37 artists with a total of 58 separate entries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

image: Trojan Ocarina;silicon and bronze

 

ImageOhio Northern Art Education Professor Authors Article
May 2012
—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.

 

ImageRetrospective Celebrates the Work of Prof. James H. DeVore
May 2012—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 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.

 

 

ImageA&D Faculty Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
ONU Alumnus Wins Best of Show Award
April 2012
—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.”

Art & design faculty represented in this year’s show included:

• 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.

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.

 

ImageOhio Northern Faculty Exhibit Opens 2011-12 Gallery Season
August 2011
—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

 

ImageOhio Northern Art Professors and BFA Graduate Selected for the “Best in Fine Craft” Exhibit
August
2011—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 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.

 

ImageProfessor Emeritus Selected for OWS Traveling Exhibit
August 2011—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 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.

 

 

ImageONU’s Graphic Design Professor Selected To Jury “Right to Education” International Competition
July 2011—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 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

 

ImageOhio Northern's Retired Associate Professor of Art Judith Greavu Featured in Retrospective
by ArtSpace/Lima
June 2011
—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.

 

ImageArt & Design Faculty Retrospective Opens during Alumni Weekend
June 2011
—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.

 

Ohio Northern Art Faculty Included in “The Best in Local and Regional Art” Exhibition
May 2011
—Ohio Northern University alumni Ed Corle (BFA ’78) and Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) along with retired ONU art professors Bruce Chesser (ceramics) and Judith Greavu (sculpture) are included in a group exhibition at the American Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio.

“The Best in Local and Regional Art” is a unique two-month exhibit that presents the work of 38 northwest Ohio artists along with photographs of their studios. The show debuts on May 21 and closes on July 21.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday, May 21, 4-7p.m. Many of the artists will be in attendance to share their creative process.

During the two-month exhibit, many of the artists’ studios will be open to the public. Open hours, maps and directions to the studios will be available at the gallery. Bruce and Judy’s tour dates will be held at their studio located at 8586 St. Rt. 701, Dola, Ohio:
• June 18 and 19, 10a.m.–4p.m.
• June 25 and 26, 10a.m.–4p.m.

Professor 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.

Professor Judith Greavu, retired associate professor in art, received her BS in art education from Ball State University in 1963, and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 1967. She has traveled the world and has given workshops and lectures all over the United States. Her exhibition record includes numerous solo shows, group exhibitions, and juried shows.

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

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.

The American Gallery represents many local and regional artists from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Owned and operated by Toni Andrews, the American Gallery hosts special monthly exhibits by regional and national artists.

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.

 

 

“Influence and Divergence” Exhibit Continues “Latitude: A&D @ 50” Celebration
March 2011—
The Ohio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery of Art is proud to present the exhibition, “Influence and Divergence: The Work of Professor James DeVore and Laura Barnhardt Corle.” The exhibition showcases the work created by the artist-professor and his student-alumna, and examines the philosophical connections on technique, subject matter and content.

The exhibit of paintings by Prof. James H. DeVore, a retired art professor from Ohio Northern, and 1977 BFA graduate Laura Barnhardt Corle is on display Friday, March 18 through Sunday, April 17. An artist reception is planned for Sunday, March 20 starting at 2 p.m. in the Wilson Art Center on the campus of Ohio Northern. 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.

Gallery Director Melissa Eddings explained, “Exhibiting the instructor and student/alumna’s works together points out the teacher-student influences and relationships integral to our educational program and to the success of our alumni.”

The exhibition coincides with the department’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of the art major. 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.

“If I could pick one artist who influenced me the most,” explained Laura, “it would be Jim DeVore. There’s a handful whose influence allowed me to go into this chartered territory and to find my place as an artist.”

“[Ohio Northern art professors] Tom Gordon, John West, Bruce Chesser and Jim DeVore [were a] group of men who taught me more than they ever realized. But Jim DeVore was the one to whom I owe my interest in watercolors, right down to the choice of colors in my John Pike Palette.”

Laura expounded, “If I’m asked who I’d want to have my artwork exhibited with, I’d have to say my biggest thrill would be to have my art in an exhibit with Jim DeVore—especially the quiet way he sees and translates images onto 300 lb wt. d’Arches watercolor paper. He taught me to see a whole image in terms of Burnt Sienna mixed with Ultra Marine Blue—with maybe one other color. That to limit my palette broadened the depths of how people could see into my work and strengthened the connection from what I see through synapses then off my fingertips and to paper, then into a viewer’s eyes… and into their mind.”

Prof. James H. 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.

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.

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

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: Professor James DeVore standing next to his painting “The Farm” and to Laura’s recent work “E.”

 

Ohio Northern Professors Exhibit Recent Work at Defiance
January 2011
—The Defiance College Women’s Commission Gallery hosted an exhibit of works by William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings, both of whom are art professors at Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design. The exhibit ran through Feb. 11, with a closing reception scheduled for that afternoon.

Eddings’ images were drawn from the everyday life around her: swimmers in a pool, laundry on a line, birds in her backyard, which she explored in series of small paintings. Mancuso’s paintings and drawings explored the interconnectedness of humans and nature in bright watercolors and oils.

The Women’s Commission Gallery is located on the campus of Defiance College in Dana Hall. It is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays, or by appointment. Exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Jan Bechtel, Gallery Coordinator, at 419-783-2444, or jbechtel@defiance.edu.

Both Mancuso and Eddings have shown at ArtSpace/Lima, in particular in the joint Ohio Northern faculty exhibit in the Fall of 2006, “ONU: Then and Now” and a recent joint exhibit entitled “Any Day Now.” Although both have been active in showing their work, this is the second time together as co-exhibitors.

Melissa Eddings is associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that will travel worldwide in 2010-11 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima this past fall.

William Mancuso has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFA in studio arts from SUNY-Brockport. He states that “For me, being involved with the process of art is about seeing. Seeing the interconnectedness. Seeing the invisible behind the visible… I’m hoping that any day now, more and more people will recognize that we are not separate bags of skin, the myth of the ‘individual,’ but are totally interconnected and dependent, woven into the fabric of all that nature and the experience of life offer.”

Mancuso has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has served as a juror for various exhibits and competitions including this year’s Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Art Award competition.

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: Ohio Northern Professors William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings

 

Ohio Northern Retired Art Professor Installs Sculpture at Premiere ArtPrize
September 2010
— Artists from all over the world are descending on Grand Rapids, Michigan during the next two months. Galleries, museums, office lobbies, restaurants, courtyards, parks—just about any space can become an installation site to become an ArtPrize venue as artists complete for their chance to win nearly $500,000 in prizes.

This year, Ohio Northern University Retired Associate Professor of Art Judith Greavu has entered a sculpture “Reef Installation” in the “world’s largest art prize” that runs Sept. 22 through Oct. 10 in Michigan’s second largest city. ArtPrize is billed as a “radically open” contest in which the public, not a panel of art experts, votes on entries to share almost $500,000, with a top award of $250,000.

The public’s job of jurying is no easy task, with 192 indoor and outdoor sites hosting 1,713 entries by artists from 44 states and 21 nations. Beginning Sept. 22 registered ArtPrize voters may “cast their ballot” on each entry via text message, mobile browser, iPhone app, or online. Of the top 10 finalists announced on Sept. 30, the public may vote once for one entry. Prizes will be awarded on Oct. 7, and the art will be on view through Oct. 10.

Last year’s premiere ArtPrize attracted more than 200,000 visitors to Grand Rapids, 37,264 of whom voted. Voters register at seven exhibition centers throughout the area, including the Grand Rapids Public Museum where Greavu’s work will be displayed.

Completed in 2010 and measuring approximately 12 feet in diameter, the “Reef Installation” is created from recycled copper, recycled fused glass and transparent co-polyester Vivak sheets. The work has been installed in three Ohio venues as the installation is adaptable to about any space including indoor galleries, atriums or outdoor covered courtyards or walkways. So versatile that Reef could include seven to nine life-sized reef sea creatures (barracuda, rays, nurse shark, snorkeler) suspended in a circular formation. Made of light weight but sturdy copper strap and screen, each creature is about 25 lbs. or less. For indoor spaces, Reef would also include five to seven fused glass images of reef creatures in light box formats that are modeled on the viewing ports in some of the earliest marine zoos.

“This piece has been ‘in process’ for over 11 years,” described Greavu. “Reef elicits strong viewer involvement. In fact, some people have been known to ‘swim’ their way through the installation. It is hoped that, as people experience the Reef from different perspectives, they will see that forms that appear solid in some lighting appear transparent and fragile in other lighting.”

The creation process started when Greavu was a child in rural, coastal Florida. “I was surrounded by an amazing array of life forms and many of my understandings came through the discovery act of drawing,” explained Greavu.

“The process is more complex now and I hope Reef Installation embodies my view of the artist as a synthesizer,” said Greavu. “As it grows, the work combines aesthetic principles and media discoveries with insights from personal water adventures, investigations of current scientific discoveries and an awareness of broad social and environmental responsibilities.”

Whether the focus is on coral reef life, the Irish coastal tide pools, the Everglades ecological systems or the Ohio freshwater pond communities, the compelling information has to be observed, understood and digested. Greavu explained that “the copper, clay or glass must be shaped, the formal principles respected and the sculptures realized as an expression of that complex synthesizing process.”

Prof. Judith Greavu will offer a short presentation about her ArtPrize entry, followed by a question and answer session on Sat., Sept. 25.

Many other events are planned during ArtPrize including an art walk on Sept. 25, an education day on Sept. 27, and a speaker and a concert series. The winners of the ArtPrize competition will be announced on Oct. 7.

Designed as a different art competition, the main purpose of ArtPrize is for the general public and artists to collide, exchange ideas and come away changed. It’s part arts festival, platform for the creation and sharing of ideas, and part competition. But the main event is community. Artists take over the city of Grand Rapids, visitors explore the various site installations, and new ideas and relationships organically form.

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

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, Reef Installation

 

Ohio Northern A&D Professor Curates Show of Wood-Fired Ceramics
September 2010
— Ohio Northern University Professor of Art Luke Sheets has curated an exhibition of ceramic work that is on display at the ArtSpace/Lima Gallery in Lima, Ohio. “For the Fire: Makers of Wood-Fired Ceramics and Selections from Their Collections” features eight ceramicists: John Balistreri, Mark Goertzen, Cary Hulin, Eva Kwong, Dick Lehman, Kirk Mangus, Mark Nafziger and Luke Sheets. The show opens this Friday, September 17 and runs through October 30.

An opening reception is planned for September 17 starting at 6:30p.m. at ArtSpace.

While selecting and organizing the work for the exhibit, Prof. Sheets was convinced that making and collecting go hand-in-hand. “Artists need input to help stimulate their output,” said Sheets. “But, what is it about these pieces that inspire these wood-fire artists enough to bring this work into their homes to interact with on a daily basis?”

 “For the Fire” shows the work of several prominent ceramic artists along with a piece from each of their personal collections. All of the artists in the exhibition work with wood-fired kilns and live or work between I-80/90 and US Route 30.

In the west, Dick Lehman and Mark Goertzen operate the Lehman-Goertzen studio in Goshen, Indiana and fire in Mark’s kiln in Michigan. Mark Nafziger of Brush Creek Pottery is resident potter at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. John Balistreri is professor of art in ceramics and head of the 3D studios at Bowling Green State University. Cary Hulin runs the Holmes County Pottery in Big Prairie, Ohio, firing one of the largest wood-kilns in Ohio. And, finally, ending in the east, Kirk Mangus, professor of art, and Eva Kwong, adjunct faculty, are both internationally-renowned artists who teach at Kent State University.

“One of the goals of this exhibit,” explained Sheets, “was to showcase the tremendous variety within the wood-fire aesthetic as not all wood-fired pots are the same. In fact, though most fired ceramics today is fired with either gas or electric, the vast majority of historic ceramic work was fired with wood. Only after petroleum-based fuels and electric kilns became cheaply available did wood stop being the fuel of choice.”

Prof. Sheets further continued by saying, “Then, in the 1960s, Japanese potters began relearning the use of more primitive wood-fueled kilns to recapture the look of the older historic pottery they admired. These kilns did not protect the pieces from the flying ash given off by the burning wood, as the more modern designed wood-fueled kilns did, but allowed it to change the surface of the pieces. This interaction between ash and piece is the basis of the current “wood-fired” aesthetic and what distinguishes wood-fired work from work fired in kilns using other fuels. This exhibition helps to show the variety of surfaces and finishes possible in the various wood-fired kilns commonly used today.”

Beyond exhibiting the work of these artists, this exhibition also invites the audience into their homes, as it were, to experience a sampling of the art that inspires them and has contributed to the work they create. Whether it’s the first piece the artist collected or the work of a dear friend, these pieces all serve to inspire.

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

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

Prof. Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. Recently, he presented a paper entitled “Teaching the Fire: The Wood-Kiln in Ceramics Pedagogy” at the First European Wood-Fire Conference held in Bröllin, Germany. 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.

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 Ceramics Professor To Present at International Conference
August 2010
—Ohio Northern University ceramic professor Luke Sheets will be presenting at the First European Wood-Fire Conference to be held September 2–5 at Bröllin Castle in Bröllin, Germany. This international conference will aim at exploring current research and trends in wood firing, along with technical and aesthetical issues.

Prof. Sheets, addressing one of the conference themes of education, will talk about his recent research entitled, “Teaching the Fire: The Wood-kiln in Ceramics Pedagogy.”

The theme explores possible effects that can unfold as the result of a wood-fired kiln in an educational institution. “The firing of a wood-kiln is an excellent tool for teaching college students about the firing process and the nature of fired clay,” explains Sheets. “I involve my students in all aspects of the firing, from the initial stacking of the wood to the wadding of pieces, the sorting, organizing, and placing of the pieces, the actual firing, and the unloading and clean up of every firing.”

The direct experience with the process and ceramic technology gets students excited about ceramics. “This involvement provides the students a powerful insight into how much work is required in firing ceramic ware regardless as to the fuel that fires it.”

The conference, expected to attract around 200 delegates from Europe and around the world, will be held at the famed Bröllin Castle. Situated in northwest Germany, the castle, not fully restored, sits on a large country estate surrounded by acres of historic, beautiful land.

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

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: Prof. Luke Sheets and a ceramic student during a wood-kiln firing.

 

ONU Ceramic Professor Emeritus Accepted to Juried Show; Alumnus Wins Award
June 2010—The Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert, Ohio is known to hold one of northwest Ohio’s best juried art exhibits, with a reputation for high quality and variety of work. This year’s 54th Annual June Art Exhibit only included 50 different artists from around the region including two artists with Ohio Northern connections.

Ohio Northern University alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) and ONU retired ceramics professor Bruce Chesser both had work accepted into the annual juried exhibit.

Jaye also received the Charles F. Wassenberg Award for his ceramic and wood piece “Elf Owl Sleeping in Old Box.”

Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards. His work was featured last May in an exhibit during ONU’s Alumni Weekend in celebration of his class’ 50th reunion.

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.

The 54th Annual June Art Exhibit featured 102 pieces of work with only 24 artists receiving awards. The show ran through June 25.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio. The Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the Van Wert, Ohio area. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. For information on the art center’s activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837.

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.

images: Jaye Bumbaugh’s “Elf Owl Sleeping in Old Box” and the opening reception/award ceremony at the Wassenberg Art Center.

 

Prof. Judith Greavu Installs Work Funded by Canton Downtown Development Authority
June 2010—A road in the city of Canton, Michigan has earned a reputation for traffic jams, diverse restaurants and strip malls. Now, sculptures have been added to this area, the Ford Road Corridor.

Professor Judith Greavu, a retired sculpture professor from Ohio Northern University, has been selected to install a bronze sculpture, “Arts Spirit.” In total, eleven new sculptures were added to Canton’s bustling retail corridor, bringing temporary, outdoor public art near places such as cinemas, hotels, and retail stores.

The latest effort marks the fifth such exhibit in Canton’s ongoing series of temporary exhibitions. The city’s Downtown Development Authority provides funding from tax dollars generated in the Ford Road corridor and designated to promote the economic vitality of the special district.

“It looks wonderful,” said David Griffin, a managing partner for a local, family owned funeral home. “We’ve had just a marvelous response when people come into our funeral home.”

The sculptures highlight Ford Road. “I think it’s refreshing,” added Griffin. “It’s our main road, it’s traveled by most, and this gives it some class.”

The public sculptures come courtesy of the Canton Downtown Development Authority, which partners with the Canton Cultural Commission’s public art committee to add artistic flair to busy Ford Road.

“These temporary displays help strengthen the presence of the arts in our community,” DDA Coordinator Kathleen Salla said. “By enhancing these public spaces with dynamic pieces, we hope to illustrate that art is not limited to galleries and museums—and can add to an already vibrant district.”

The DDA commissioned the Midwest Sculpture Initiative to install the eclectic collection, comprised of sculptures available for purchase. Last spring, Judy’s “Arts Spirit” sculpture was on temporary loan to the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Owens Community College in Toledo.

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

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: Arts Spirit, bronze, 7'x3'x3'

 

Any Day Now: The Paintings and Drawings of William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings
June 2010—Since its beginnings, ArtSpace/Lima has promoted the work of local, northwest Ohio artists. In exhibits like the Photography and Spring juried shows, which draw from a 100-mile radius around Lima, and the Kewpee Show, which invites entries from an eleven-county area, ArtSpace is a venue for local art. It’s even in one of its mission statements: “to provide an exhibition space for the display and sale of local art work.”

That tradition continues in the first half of the summer of 2010, when ArtSpace/Lima will host “Any Day Now: The Paintings and Drawings of William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings.”

Any Day Now opens with a reception for the artists on Sunday, June 6, from 2–4 p.m. art the ArtSpace gallery. The exhibit runs through July 24.

Mancuso and Eddings are both professors in the Department of Art & Design at Ohio Northern University and both have shown at ArtSpace in the past—in particular in 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” at ArtSpace held this past October. Although both have been active in showing their work, this is the first time together as co-exhibitors at ArtSpace.

Melissa Eddings is associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The show’s title, says Eddings, refers in part to the expectant tenor that emerged in her most recent work, a sense of waiting which complements her main interest in “design and visual language. “As I slowed my pace throughout the days of a recent sabbatical,” explains Eddings, “I became acutely aware of how much of my time was spent waiting for something. Although the thrust of my painting and drawing lies in the attraction of inherent design and visual language, an expectant tenor emerged from these recent images. Any day now, I’ll understand the reasons behind these images.”

William Mancuso has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFS in studio art from SUNY-Brockport. He annotates his work as follows: “For me, being involved with the process of art is about seeing. Seeing the interconnectedness. Seeing the invisible behind the visible… I’m hoping that any day now, more and more people will recognize that we are not separate bags of skin, the myth of the ‘individual’, but are totally interconnected and dependent, woven into the fabric of all that nature and the experience of life offer.”

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 promoting the visual arts in the Northwest Ohio region. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

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: Fish in Stairwell (Mancuso) and Swim Lesson I (Eddings).

 

ONU Faculty Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
April 2010
—The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima has quite the pedigree: over 50 years of bringing the highest quality of artwork to Lima. And this year’s exhibit adds even more luster to its already shining reputation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Professor Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education at ONU, had two watercolor pieces accepted into the show. Prof. Lehman teaches art education as an instructor at Ohio Northern University. She also coordinates the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. Prof. Lehman is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima. She recently was inducted into the Ohio State University-Lima Advocates Hall of Fame, received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award from the Ohio Art Education Association, and was inducted into the OAEA Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the organization in the field of visual art education.

• Professor Luke Sheets, assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University, had two ceramic sculptures accepted into the Spring Juried Show. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. Prof. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

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

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

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

The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 16–May 29. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

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

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

image: Bruce Chesser, Bottle 1, ceramic.

 

Ohio Northern Art Education Professor Named to Hall of Fame
April 2010—With the $300 her family could afford for college, Linda Lehman started her education at The Ohio State University-Lima campus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof. Lehman now teaches art education as an instructor at Ohio Northern University, where she is a visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education. She also coordinates the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children.

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

She recently received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award and was inducted into the Ohio Art Education Association Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the OAEA in the field of visual art education.

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

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

 

Professor Has Work Accepted to National Juried Exhibition
March 2010—Ten years ago, a national ceramic show in Kent, Ohio was barely filling a small gallery. Now, the show evidently has grown in stature.

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

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

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

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

Professor Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national and regional competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show, the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition, and the Spring Juried Exhibition at ArtSpace/Lima. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

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

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

 

ONU Graphic Design Professor To Present at International Conference
February 2010—
The graphic design program at Ohio Northern University will be represented in the international design community this month. Professor Brit Rowe from the department of art & design will be presenting his paper “Think. Know. Do. Design for the Common Good: Visual Advocacy in a High School Design Camp” at the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ceramic Professor Accepted to “It’s Only Clay” National Show
November 2009—Ohio Northern University’s ceramic professor, Luke Sheets, was selected for the 7th annual “It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition” sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center and the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Department located in Minnesota.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A&D Professor Included in National Ceramic Exhibition
November 2009
—Last month, the national ceramics art world descended upon Carbondale, Colorado, a well-known thriving arts community. In conjunction with the local clay center, an exhibition featured some of the best current work from ceramicists in the country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. Prof. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

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

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

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

 

Retired Painting Professor Lends Presence in Exhibit
November 2009
—The work of Professor Emeritus James H. DeVore is featured in a group retrospective, “Fritz Hoffman and Friends” at the Mill Run Gallery of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. The exhibition honors the memory of Fritz Hoffman, a longtime friend and mentor to many artists in Central Ohio.

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

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

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

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

He has exhibited in various local, state, and national exhibitions, some of which include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Central and Western Ohio Watercolor Societies’ exhibits, the Ohio Watercolor Society, Adirondack National Exhibitions of America, Canton Art Institute, Toledo Museum of Art, Everhart Museum in Pennsylvania, Dayton Art Institute, Mansfield Art Center, All-Ohio Painting and Sculpture Biennial, Northwestern Ohio Artist exhibit in the governor’s mansion, Huntington Galleries in West Virginia, Precision Gallery, Online Computer Library Center, Combs Gallery and the Monypeny Gallery in Columbus, Zanesville Art Center, Cain Gallery in Chicago, and ADI Galleries in San Francisco and Tokyo.

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

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

image: Path to the River, watercolor, 2006

 

ONU Painting and Printmaking Professor Reveals Creative Process in Exhibit
November 2009
—For many artists, they are committed to a life process of creativity and how that is expressed and manifested in what they do.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Professional Evaluation and has served on the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that will travel worldwide in 2010 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima this past fall.

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

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

 

ONU Professor Included in ‘Those Who Teach Can Likewise Do’ Exhibit
November 2009
— Prof. Linda Lehman, who teaches art education at Ohio Northern University, has work accepted to a special curated exhibition at ArtSpace/Lima, “Those Who Teach Can Likewise Do.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last year during the Ohio Art Education Association Conference, she received a 20-year Circa Recognition award and was inducted into the OAEA Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the OAEA in the field of visual art education.

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

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

 

ONU Ceramic Professor Accepted into International Exhibit
October 2009
—Drinking vessels form a vital component of both the ceramic artist’s work and everyday life. These functional forms are the focus of a recent competition held at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

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

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

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

Only 45 artists were eventually juried into the show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

image: Lichen Stone, wood fired stoneware.

 

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

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

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

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

Professor Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national and regional competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show, the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition, and the Spring Juried Exhibition at ArtSpace/Lima. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

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

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

 

Ohio Northern A&D Professor Curates Show of Artist’s Books
September 2009
—Ohio Northern University Professor of Art Melissa Eddings-Mancuso has curated an exhibition of artists’ books that are on display at the ArtSpace/Lima Gallery in Lima, Ohio through October 31.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books is sponsored by The Book Club, Books in the Hood and The Argonne Literary Society and Adventure Club. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery at ArtSpace is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

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

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Professional Evaluation and has served on the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that will travel worldwide in 2010.

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

image: Meat Ball Math, Alice Austin

 

Ohio Northern Retired Sculpture Professor Selected for Darwin Exhibit in Maine
September 2009
There is grandeur in this view of life... that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Charles Darwin, from On the Origin of Species

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Professor Chesser specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a retired professor of art at Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years. He also served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also has conducted numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

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

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

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

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

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and to sell their work. Art/Space is supported in part by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council. For further information on the exhibit or for information regarding other ArtSpace programs, visit ArtSpace or call 419.222.1721.

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

image: Bottle, by Bruce Chesser

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luke Sheets earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. He has had work accepted into national competitions including the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. Prof. Sheets currently teaches ceramics at ONU and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

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

image: Hound of War by Prof. Luke Sheets

 

Prof. Judith Greavu Selected by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative To Install Two Bronze Sculptures this Spring
June 2009
—This past spring, it wasn’t just flowers blooming on two campuses in the Toledo area. Two new outdoor sculptures, created by retired Ohio Northern Professor Judith Greavu, have been installed for the Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Art of Seeing: ONU Professor Exhibits Work
June 2009
—Every morning before heading off to work, Professor Melissa Eddings glances outside her kitchen window and porch at the ever-changing landscape. Drawing in her sketchbooks, she documents a series of studies and notes about these influential revelations.

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

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

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

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

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002, and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Professional Evaluation and has served on the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that will travel worldwide in 2010.

image: Starling in the Garden, oil

 

ONU Professor Accepted into Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima
April
2009—The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima has quite the pedigree: 50 years of bringing the highest quality of artwork to Lima. And this year’s exhibit adds even more luster to its already shining reputation.

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

Out of the 47 artists represented in the juried show, four have ties to Ohio Northern: Professor Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education at ONU; Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh; Alumnus Ed Corle; and Alumnus Harry Melroy.

And every year, it seems that ONU faculty or alumni earn awards in the show for their exemplary work. This year, again, was no exception.

Ohio Northern graduate Harry Melroy won the Second Award for one his acrylic paintings. He also won an honorable mention for another painting.

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

Judging this year’s show were Judy Greavu and Bruce Chesser, both retired art professors at Ohio Northern University.

“This exhibit offers proof of a diverse visual art community within the 100 mile radius of Lima, Ohio,” explains Professors Greavu and Chesser. “Representational, abstract and non objective visual statements were included to adequately represent the range of work submitted. Formal control and compositional integrity needed to be demonstrated for work to be included in the exhibit. Works were then selected for unique viewpoints or extra intensity.”

Prof. Linda Lehman, a former public school classroom and art instructor, teaches art education at ONU. Two watercolor pieces by Linda were accepted into this year’s exhibit:
Burdens, watercolor
Sunlit, watercolor

While at Ohio Northern, Linda began an innovative Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program for ONU education students and children from surrounding school districts. This past October, Linda received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award by the Ohio Art Education Association and was inducted into the OAEA’s Circa Honor Society.

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

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 17–June 30. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

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

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

 

ONU Professor Has Work Accepted in International Project
March
2009—Ohio Northern art professor, Melissa M. Eddings-Mancuso, has recently been accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project (MIMB). She was one of 100 artists worldwide who was invited to MIMB, an exhibition that will travel to Spain, China, Argentina, Pakistan and Finland.

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

“I chose the words of Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa, 1863-1950),” explains Melissa, “a holy man of the Oglala Sioux Native Americans as the text and overall structure of the book. The pages, which are circles, are folded into fourths that form wedge shapes. These shapes provide the structure for the dome when the book is open. The dome provides a visual for Black Elks’ words:

Everything an Indian does
is in a circle,
and that is because the power of the world
always works in circles,
and everything tries to be round.
In the old days when we were a strong and happy people,
all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, ?
and so long as the hoop was unbroken
the people flourished. . . . ?
Everything the Power of the World does
is done in a circle. . . .
Even the seasons form a great circle
in their changing,
and always come back again
to where they were.
The life of a man is a circle ?
from childhood to childhood
and so it is in everything where power moves.
Our teepees were round like the nests of birds,
and these were always
set in a circle,
the nation’s hoop,
a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit
meant for us
to hatch our children.

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

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

Now the exhibit is traveling to more than 35 locations throughout the United States and to a few international sites. The Project is scheduled to exhibit at Ohio Northern’s Elzay Gallery of Art in 2010.

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002, and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and the adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Professional Evaluation and has served on the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University.

image: Circle, typewriter on handmade paper, photocopy, ribbon; 2.5" x 2.5" x 2"

 

ONU Professor Accepted into “Artist Who Teach” Exhibit
November 2008—Ohio Northern Professor Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education, has two paintings accepted for exhibit as part of the “Artists Who Teach” exhibit in the Graphic Arts Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit is now on display through Nov. 23 with a reception for the artists on Nov. 23 beginning at noon.

This exhibition features works from a variety of media, showcasing the creativity and dedication of art teachers in Ohio. Artists Who Teach is organized by the Ohio Art Education Association.

Prof. Lehman is a former public school classroom and art teacher. While at Ohio Northern, she began an innovative Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program for ONU education students and children from surrounding school districts. She teaches the art education courses in the department of art & design.

The Toledo Museum of Art is a privately endowed, nonprofit arts institution. Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10a.m. – 4p.m.; Friday, 10a.m. – 10p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m. – 6p.m.; Sunday, noon – 6p.m.; but closed Mondays and major holidays.

The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted. For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit www.toledomuseum.org.

ONU offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University's 2008-09 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419-772-2160.

 

Professor Emeritus in Group Show
November 2008
—The gentlemen have the floor (or, more accurately, the walls) at Artworks Around Town in Wheeling, W.V. for the month of November.

The Gallery Hop to be held in the historic Centre Market, 2200 Market St., from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, will introduce three well-known Ohio artists, including Prof. James DeVore, in the Studio Gallery space.

DeVore, now a resident of New Albany, Ohio, decided in the first grade that he might be an artist when his teacher praised his Thanksgiving pilgrim drawing. Through his school years, he had some private drawing instruction and worked and studied on his own. He copied from cartoon books. Recalling those early days, he said, “I thought that one day I might work for Walt Disney since I could render Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck very realistically.”

More serious studies were undertaken at Ohio University where he received Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees and then embarked upon a 37-year career in art education in the Ohio public school system, at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University and at Ohio Northern University where he retired in 1997 as professor of art emeritus.

Retirement has allowed DeVore to paint full-time using both watercolor and oil media. His most recent interest is in plein air (outdoor) painting which requires the artist to work in all kinds of weather conditions.

Speaking of his work, DeVore said, “I have a great feeling for nature and prefer landscape as a subject to painting figures or still life. I have always been attracted to atmosphere in landscape and especially to the lower key values in colors; old buildings, rain, reflections on wet pavements and winter scenes seem especially suited to the watercolor medium. I do not, however, feel confined to visual reality. I seem to have a romantic mind with the eye of a realist. This means that I will add or subtract details in a landscape for the sake of trying to evoke an emotion. I am very aware and affected by my environment and always have been. Most of my work is the result of influences upon my life from places I have lived and remembered.”

DeVore’s work has been exhibited on a regional, state and international level at the Canton Art Institute; Dayton Art Institute; Mansfield Art Center; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cain Gallery, Chicago, and the ADI Galleries of San Francisco and Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of several articles in national art publications and the subject of an article on his life and work in “Prize Winning Graphics.” He is a member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society and the Ohio Watercolor Society where he has served as recording secretary and as a member of the board of trustees.

image: Path to the River, watercolor, 2006, 11x15

 

Art Professor Emeritus Invited for Solo Exhibition
November 2008—ONU Professor Emeritus Bruce Chesser's recent work is on exhibit at Monroe County Community College through Nov. 17, 2008.

Bruce specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a former instructor at Ohio Northern University and served as chair of the department of art for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens.

He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Mr. Chesser also has conducted numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

The exhibition is part of the college's Visiting Artist Program and will be on display through Nov. 17 in the Campbell Learning Resources Center, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd.

The LRC hours are 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays.

 

ONU Professor Accepted into Competition
October 2008
—Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design faculty member, Luke Sheets, was recently accepted to the 6th annual “It’s Only Clay” National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center and the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Department.

This annual National juried ceramics competition and exhibition is a collaboration sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. IOC features a lecture and workshop on the campus of Bemidji State University by artist and potter Linda Christianson and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics by the Bemidji Community Art Center on exhibit in Nov. and Dec. 2008. Previous jurors include Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman and Bob and Cheryl Husby.

Linda Christianson, the juror for the competition, stated, “The pots we use in our home are like stage sets. At rest on a table, dish drainer, or in a cupboard, they are visually engaging. Through use they provide access to other activities : gathering food from the garden, cooking, conversation, dining, arrangement of flowers, sorting of papers. This daily relationship with the pots offers up both utility and continual visual inquiry. Like a stage set, the pot has an ability to disappear and then reappear.”

The BCAC’s exhibit, It’s Only Clay National Juried Competition and Exhibition, received over 160 images from 55 artists around the US. Only 45 artists were accepted.

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

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

 

Ohio Art Education Association Honors ONU Professor Linda Lehman
October 2008—Prof. Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center For Teacher Education, will be receiving a 20-year Circa Recognition Award and will be inducted into the Ohio Art Education Association Circa Honor Society.

The OAEA (Ohio Art Education Association) Circa Society awards honor educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the OAEA in the field of visual art education. Founded in 1954, OAEA promotes educational growth and leadership among its 2,000 members.

Prof. Lehman is a former public school classroom and art teacher. While at Ohio Northern, she began an innovative Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program for ONU education students and children from surrounding school districts. She teaches the art education courses in the department of art & design.

ONU offers degrees in art education, studio arts, graphic design and advertising design. The department also 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 of art & design is recognized in the second edition of "Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers" as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide.

 

ONU Art Professor Selected for Painting Invitational
September
2008—Ohio Northern Department of Art & Design Professor Melissa Eddings-Mancuso was chosen to participate in an alumni exhibition at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania held September 3–25.

The Bruce Gallery of Art kicked-off the academic year with the “Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Invitational MFA Alumni Painting Exhibition.” The exhibition was part of the Bruce Gallery Art Alumni Exhibition Series, which was in its fourth year.

The show was curated by Edinboro University professor Rachel Burke of the art department and the late Steve Emmet, who contacted the 10 artists involved in the show and invited them to participate. The exhibition was organized by John Bavaro, Director of the Bruce Gallery.

The paintings featured in the show were culled from three decades of artistic achievement. All paintings were created by alumni of Edinboro’s celebrated Master of Fine Arts program in painting. Each artist was a graduate of the Edinboro University MFA program between 1982 and 2006. Some of the selected artists were in the first classes to go through the MFA program, founded in the 1970s.

There were the traditional oil-on-canvases, including Melissa’s work selected for the show. Other choices included Nancy Werder’s work that used Popsicle sticks in all of her pieces “because they’re common. They’re a metaphor for the common people I use in my work,” she said.

All of the artists included in the show accomplished great things since their days at Edinboro University. Some of them have become practicing artists while others have gone on to teaching.

Edinboro’s art department enrolls 1,000 students and hires 45 full-time faculty members, and has long been recognized as the finest art institution among the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania higher educational system. The art department graduates have exhibited their works in major galleries across the nation.

Prof. Melissa Eddings-Mancuso is associate professor of art at Ohio Northern University. She teaches painting, drawing and printmaking courses in the department of art & design. She also is responsible for the two-dimensional program in the studio arts 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 in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department at 419-772-2160.

 

 

ONU Alumni and Faculty Earn Awards in Juried Show
May 2008
—The Wassenberg Art Center, in Van Wert, recently announced the award winners for the 52nd annual June Art Exhibit, which runs through June 20. Exhibit hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free.

Ohio Northern University alumnus, Ed Corle (BA ’78), of Findlay, Ohio won the David Humphreys Miller Award.

Judith Greavu, an associate professor of art at ONU, won the Art-to-Art Palette Journal Award and honorable mention.

Professor of Art Bruce Chesser also won honorable mention.

The Wassenberg Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the Van Wert, Ohio area. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. The director is also available as a speaker for groups or organizations at no charge. For information on Art Center activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837, e-mail wassenberg@embarqmail.com.

The Ohio Northern department of art offers two major degree programs in studio arts, advertising design and graphic design, and a K-12 licensure program in art education. The department also operates the university’s gallery season, which hosts exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. For additional information about Ohio Northern University’s art and design program, please contact the department of art at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

 

Ohio Northern faculty win awards at 2008 Spring Show at ArtSpace
April 2008—Overheard at the Friday, April 18, reception for the opening of Spring Show 2008: ‘Well, everybody wants to get into Spring Show.”

Well, many people, at least. Eighty-one artists submitted work for consideration. As it turned out, jurors Melissa Eddings-Mancuso of Ohio Northern University's department of art & design and Robert Lepo of LepoWorks, Inc., selected 56 pieces for the show, ranging from Tom Stewart’s Best of Show kinetic sculpture Wild Flowers to intimate oils and graphite drawings, jewelry, cut paper, woodcuts, watercolors, intaglio prints, photographs and ceramics.

Juror Robert Lepo remarked about the show: “The public will have an opportunity to view the talents of northwest Ohio’s most gifted artists where art is alive and well."

Greg Jones won the First Award for his oil portrait, Cooper.

The Second Award went to Prof. Ed Corle, an Ohio Northern University graduate, for his ceramic piece, Blue Ash Vase. The Third Award also went to a ceramic piece, Prof. Luke Sheets’ Kimchi for Charcoal. Prof. Sheets graduated from Ohio Northern and is currently the teaches ceramics at ONU's department of art & design.

In the media categories, Bill Millmine won the Martha Farmer Award for Sculpture, Gregg Luginbuhl won in Ceramics, and Ben Hartley in Oils. Emily Shaner was awarded the ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club Award.

Reported by a visitor during the run of the show: “It’s just such a beautifully hung show — there are just enough works to fill the gallery, but not so many that they compete for attention. It’s just about perfect.”

Spring Show 2008 was sponsored by Time Warner Cable and Re-Max Market Place Realty.

For images of all the prize-winning works, as well as a photo album and video clips of the opening night reception, please visit the ArtSpace/Lima website.

The Ohio Northern department of art offers two major degree programs in studio arts, advertising design and graphic design, and a K-12 licensure program in art education. The department also operates the university’s gallery season, which hosts exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. For additional information about Ohio Northern University’s art and design program, please contact the department of art at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

 

ONU Graphic Design Professor Included in “Creative for a Cause”
Februar 2008
—Ohio Northern University’s graphic design professor, W. Brit Rowe, has been selected for Creative for a Cause, a collaborative resource for design educators.

“Creative for a Cause: The Inclusion of Social Responsibility in the Visual Communications Curriculum” is a global resource for graphic design educators and for socially minded designers. It originally comprised of two dozen detailed case studies of how socially conscious design is being taught in schools across the United States. The resource also has comprehensive lists of publications, websites, sources of funding, schools, and “professional role models” all pertaining to working in the fields of marketing, advertising, and design from an ethical stand point.

“I wanted to contribute a case study about my own pedagogy,” says Rowe, “because I’m interested in teaching and adopting social and ethical approaches to our design curriculum. This project is fantastic because it should provide invaluable information to anyone interested in working or teaching differently.”

Founded at Syracuse University by Heidi Cies, Creative for a Cause aims to assist teaching social responsibility in design education.

“While social responsibility is being discussed more and more frequently within the visual communications industry and among educators today,” says Heidi, “no standards or guidelines currently exist to aid in the implementation of these concepts into the higher education curriculum. Where social responsibility is not already part of a visual communications program, and there is little or no administrative support for inclusion, it is left to individual instructors to decide how to best integrate this topic into their syllabi. This project is a collaborative resource for educators of visual communications who wish to instruct their students on the importance of adopting a social and ethical approach to their work.”

According to Brit, the ONU case study contains evidence of class assignments, curriculum goals as they pertain to social responsibility, and an interview. “For every course I teach,” says Rowe, “I include some aspect of social responsibility, or what I refer to as visual advocacy. Even at the foundation level, our students complete projects that emphasize the importance of design for doing something valuable for the community.”

“Last year we completed a project grounded in political activism,” explained Brit. “Our state governor wanted to do away with Choice Grants, a $900 stipend for students who attend college in Ohio. Our class discussed how designers could use their skills to create social and political change, and how they can contribute their time and talents to public service organizations to promote awareness for a cause. The students had to really think about the political process, how state budgets are created, and the role of the media in shaping values and public opinion.”

Brit generally receives good feedback from his students regarding these types of projects. “Students eventually admit that they really do begin to think about issues in different ways.” But in the end, it is his goal to get students thinking of themselves as citizens, and taking on values and responsibilities as citizens. “I want them to think about the choices they make, and how their work has an impact beyond visual communications. There are ethical issues and environmental issues to consider, and as designers they have the ability to educate their clients about these issues as well.

Brit Rowe is assistant professor and chair of the department of art & design. He joined the Ohio Northern faculty in 1999 after receiving his BFA degree from Ohio Northern and the MFA degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan.

He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and ONU.

Since 2006, he has presented at national design educators’ conferences, was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, served as an external program consultant and juried various regional competitions.

On campus, Brit serves on various college and university committees, teaches a high school design camp during the Summer Honors Institute, volunteers as an advisor for three student organizations, serves as the Regional Director for Theta Chi’s Great Lakes Region, and coordinates the design internship program in the department of art & design.

The Ohio Northern department of art offers two major degree programs in studio arts, advertising design and graphic design, and a K-12 licensure program in art education. The department also operates the university’s gallery season, which hosts exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. For additional information about Ohio Northern University’s art and design program, please contact the department of art at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

 

Ohio Northern Professor “Crafts Content” for Ceramic Symposium
January
2008—Professor Luke Sheets, an instructor in art in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, was recently accepted into the exhibition “Material Transcendence: Clay as Commentary” to be held during the Crafting Content: Ceramic Symposium, January 31–February 2, 2008 at the University of Arkansas.

The symposium investigates how artists who work primarily with clay, a material stigmatized by technique and process, go beyond this stereotype to express concepts. “Crafting Content: Ceramic Symposium 2008,” is the second symposium in a biennial series. The mission of these symposia is to create a forum for contemporary ceramicists to engage in a critical discourse concerning the culture of ceramics. As is standard practice in the art world at large, the artists and critics involved in this symposium address content as well as material. These artists constitute the vanguard of contemporary ceramics in their consideration of ceramic materials as fundamentally tied to concept. This new sense of the medium of ceramics has occurred in part, because of a paradigm shift, which requires that the conceptual understanding of material be considered in all processes of art making. The progressive scholars in ceramics do not wish to negate the traditions and history of the medium, but rather to enhance the relevance of the material beyond mere technique and process.

Stigmas and stereotypes can become catalysts, capable of empowering groups to reject common societal misperceptions, and in so doing, positively impact culture. Many artists have refuted allegations of craft’s insignificance to art, proudly elevating traditional craft materials and processes in their teaching and research. These ceramic artists are not isolated in clay studios, but rather take an interdisciplinary approach, working and thinking alongside painters, sculptors, engineers and scientists.

Symposium organizer Jeannie Hulen said, “What we need now is an assembly of diverse scholars and experts in ceramics who are actively facilitating conversations and publications that encompass a new critical discourse beyond the basic science of ceramics and its history. During the past 50 years, academia has become the primary setting in which to learn the craft of art. In a university setting, schools and departments of art are competing for funding with their colleagues in science, engineering, business, etcetera. This mandatory competition has fostered an atmosphere in which artists, whether functioning within academia or not, must rise to the challenge of validating and conceptually justifying their work.”

This in turn has seeped into classrooms, where students are required to explain the conceptual basis behind their production. Although funding is not the only reason for theoretical justification of artwork, monetary decisions are relevant, though never discussed in publications concerning contemporary art making. At the same time, ceramic programs have grown and maintained their place in the art curriculum, unlike many other craft media, which have waned into virtual extinction. This has placed ceramics in a position of power to affect pedagogy.

Professor Sheets acknowledges the influential position of ceramics and is committed to utilizing symposia as a means of advancing new directions in the field. Ceramics is an accessible medium to viewers and users outside of the arts. The material is affordable, functional, and, unlike most things in contemporary culture, is hand-made. According to Luke, “The symposium embraces the full potential of the ceramics medium and its pedagogy. The material is multifaceted and I want to be involved in shaping the future of ceramics and crafting content with visual and conceptual eloquence.”

Luke Sheets earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. He has had work accepted into national competitions including the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show. Prof. Sheets is currently teaches ceramics at ONU and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

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

 

ONU Retired Art Professor Featured in Exhibit
January 2008
—An exhibit of sculptures and paintings by Professor Judith Greavu will open in the Defiance College Women’s Commission Gallery Tuesday, January 16. An opening reception will be held that evening from 6:30 to 8p.m., which is free and open to the public.

Included in the exhibit are four new bronze sculptures that continue a series of works that reference marine flora, fauna and ecological relationships. Four older bronzes of polluted tidepools are also on display. An artist’s residency in the Florida Everglades in 2006, learning about spoiled habitats and endangered animals, let to further images, including a sculpture representing a 9.5 foot alligator and several paintings.


The exhibit also includes works, in a range of media, which explore departures from the marine imagery of the bronzes. Recent issues of social and political import have distracted the artist from her quiet concern for the health of the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes. The war in Iraq and the social crisis of conscience caused by Hurricane Katrina are explored in two small installations. Exploration of the issues has led to new media combinations such as cloth covered sand bags and translucent fused glass panels.


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


The exhibit runs through February 9. The Defiance College Women’s Commission Gallery is located in Dana Hall on East Sessions Street. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 8p.m., and other hours by appointment. For more information, contact the gallery at 419-783-2444.

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

image: detail of a sculpture on display in the Women’s Commission Gallery by Judith Greavu.

 

Ohio Northern University Faculty Accepted into Findlay Art League’s Juried Exhibit
June 2007—Eight Ohio Northern University alumni, faculty and students were among the artists accepted into the Findlay Art League’s Juried Exhibit, and four were selected as award winners from a field of over 100 entrants.

Harry Melroy, a 1971 graduate, was the second place winner for “The Garden Abduction,” an oil painting on canvas. Laura Barnhardt-Corle, a 1977 graduate and an ONU part-time instructor in art, was the third place winner for “Nessler’s Barn,” a watercolor on paper.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Rhonda Grubbs, a part-time instructor in art, for her work “Letting Go of Myself,” an acrylic and collage on paper and to Stephanie Rader, a junior art/studio arts/art education major from Mt. Cory, Ohio, for her work “To What You Give Your Heart,” a color reduction print on paper.

Other Ohio Northern alumni, faculty and students accepted into the exhibition included:
David Stoker, a senior chemistry/art minor from Cloverdale, Ohio.
Leslie Rohr Scherer, a 1997 graduate from Tiffin, Ohio.
Ed Corle, a 1978 graduate from Findlay, Ohio.
Luke Sheets, an instructor in art at Ohio Northern and a 1995 ONU graduate from Ada, Ohio.

David Cottrell, the curator for ArtSpace Lima, served as the judge for the show. He said, “The diversity and competence was extraordinary for a group of work this size. Subject matter to media, size to color, [the exhibit] provided this community with a great opportunity to see good work.”

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

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Sunday, November 25, 2007. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10a.m.- 2p.m., Fridays 10a.m.-2p.m. and 5-8p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11a.m.-5p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

The Ohio Northern department of art offers two major degree programs in studio arts, advertising design and graphic design, and a K-12 licensure program in art education. The department also operates the university’s gallery season, which hosts exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. For additional information about Ohio Northern University’s art and design program, please contact the department of art at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

 

ONU Ceramic Professor Accepted into National Show
June 2007
—Ohio Northern University art professor, Luke Sheets, has been accepted into The 15th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition. The national exhibit showcases every year the best in contemporary American functional ceramics. The national juried competition has been held annually since 1993 and is recognized as one of the top ceramic exhibitions in the country.

Only 105 ceramic works were accepted, which meant that, “I was able to select only one from every 10 entries,” stated Malcolm Davis, the juror for this year’s National.

When selecting the final pieces for the show, Davis mentioned, “I looked for strong forms, evidence of good craftsmanship and design. I considered issues of balance, scale and proportion. I gave considerable attention to technique, as well as thoughtful planning and execution. I put a lot of weight on imagination and the personal aesthetic. I also wanted to address the issue of surface: whether decoration, texture and firing complemented and completed the work or were irrelevant.

“For me personally, it was wonderful to see the variety, breadth and imagination that the ceramicists all brought to clay. It was thrilling and inspiring,” mentioned Davis.

The Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition will be held at the Market House Craft Center in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1946 as the Conestoga Valley Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen, the Center is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to encourage, educate and promote quality crafts and craftsmanship.

Luke Sheets earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. He has had work accepted into national competitions including the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show. Prof. Sheets is currently teaches ceramics at ONU and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

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

image: Double Gourd Jar, Professor Luke Sheets

Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

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