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Previous Gallery & Exhibition Seasons at Ohio Northern

Exhibition Season | 2014–15

Funding for programs in the Elzay Gallery of Art is provided by the department of art & design. Support for programs in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is provided by the Cultural Affairs and Special Events Committee and the department of art & design.

ImageI Dream of All Things: Photographs by Emily Jay
Elzay Gallery of Art
Sept. 2—Oct. 10
Emily’s work explores the relationship between beauty and the limen. Her photographs attempt to catalog remnants of aesthetic experiences encountered in the mundane. Emily is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts. While at ONU, she 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.

Selections from ONU’s Welty Permanent Collection
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Sept. 2—Dec. 14
The pieces on display during the exhibition are representative of a collection of Asian prints given to Ohio Northern by Col. Elmer E. Welty, LLB ’27, Hon.D. ’82, and his wife, Lyla.

Fall Art & Design Student Comprehensive Exhibition
Elzay Gallery of Art
Oct. 27—Nov. 16
This exhibit showcases the diversity of the art & design department’s curriculum featuring the best student work of 2014 spring and fall courses. Examples include watercolor, book arts, ceramics, persuasive design, narrative design, advertising design, photography, and advanced coursework in all disciplines.

Art & Design Photography Exhibit
Elzay Gallery of Art
Dec. 1–14
An exhibit of final projects from the art & design department’s advanced digital photography course; instructor Emily Jay.

 

Exhibition Season | 2013–14

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

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

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

Organized and presented by a committee of sophomore art & design majors, the annual juried student show is traditionally the most popular gallery event of the academic year. This year’s exhibition features original work in a variety of media such as ceramics, acrylics and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media and print making.

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

ImageSelections from ONU’s Welty Permanent Collection
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
January 13—March 9
The pieces on display during the exhibition are representative of a collection of Asian prints given to Ohio Northern by Col. Elmer E. Welty, LLB ’27, Hon.D. ’82, and his wife, Lyla.

The Art of the Everyday: Chinese Folk Pottery
Elzay Gallery of Art
January 17–February 21
Reception: Friday, January 17, 5–7 p.m.
This exhibit features the works of Minyao contemporary Chinese folk pottery from the collection of Marie Woo and John and Susanne Stephenson.

Art & Design Student Comprehensive Exhibition
Elzay Gallery of Art
March 14–31
Reception: Monday, March 31, 5–7 p.m.
This exhibit highlights work from current ONU art & design students, including graphic design, advertising design, art education, and studio arts majors. Awards will be presented during the reception.

Ada Depot Historical Exhibit
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
April 11–May 2
This exhibition, created by advanced design students, brings to life the history of Ada’s historical depot. “Larger than most small-town stations, it features a second-story telegrapher’s office. For many years the station served as Ada‘s gateway to the outside world. One of few surviving 19th century Pennsylvania passenger stations in Ohio, the Ada depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places
in 1998” (Marker #16-33).

Art & Design Senior Capstone Exhibit
Elzay Gallery of Art
April 7–May 2
Reception: Saturday, April 26, 1–3 p.m.
BA / BFA student candidates from the art & design program display their capstone projects and portfolios. Defined as “the crowning point,” capstone projects provide an opportunity for students to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses throughout their major in an applied context. Students also discuss their projects during the annual brown bag lecture series held at the Wilson Art Center.

 

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Exhibition Season | 2012–13

ImageMonumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project
Curated by Hui-Chu Ying

Elzay Gallery of Art
August 27—September 21, 2012
Reception: Friday, August 31, 5-7pm

The MIMB project was created by Hui-Chu Ying, professor of art at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron. The project showcases the work of 140 artists. The range of ideas within these small books is incredible and the materials used to create them is vast. Many of the books use unconventional materials and innovative bookmaking techniques that include the best samples of contemporary print making ranging from the traditional to the latest digital printing processes. The books in this exhibit represent the work from artists in the USA, Korea, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, India, Pakistan, the UK, Canada, Mauritius, and Argentina.

The Prints of Paul Jacoulet
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
September 3—December 14

The French artist Paul Jacoulet (1896–1960) lived in Japan most of his life. During a span of 26 years, he produced 166 masterfully printed color woodcuts inspired by his travels to Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia and numerous islands of the South Pacific. His inventive compositions reveal a synthesis of traditional Japanese printing techniques with modern European aesthetics and are examples of superb craftsmanship.

Beautiful Stories (Remix)
New Work by Patricia Bellan-Gillen

October 1—November 9, 2012 Elzay Gallery
Elzay Gallery of Art
Reception for the artist: Friday, October 5, 5-7pm
Artist’s talk: Friday, October 5, 5:30pm in room 115, Wilson

After years of studying cultural, dream, mythological and religious symbols, Patricia Bellan-Gillen found that the most interesting signs are the images that appear and keep pressing on one’s mind with no explanation.

Honoring these puzzling visages maps the direction that she has begun to follow in her paintings, prints and drawings.  In very simple terms, she wants to make work that combines ideas and imagery generated through study and research with ideas and imagery that are felt, intuitive, and enigmatic.

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

Juried Student Show
December 1—9, 2012
Elzay Gallery of Art
Reception and awards presentation: Sunday, December 2, 2-4pm

Organized and presented by a committee of sophomore art & design majors, the annual juried student show is traditionally the most popular gallery event of the academic year. This year’s exhibition will feature original work in a variety of media such as ceramics, acrylics and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media and print making.

louder than silence
site-specific installation by Dawn Gettler

Elzay Gallery of Art
January 18–February 22, 2013
Reception: Friday, January 18, 5–7p.m.

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

Selections from ONU’s Department of Art & Design Permanent Collection
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
January 14—March 1

The department’s permanent collection is a diverse array of work from professional artists and designers who have participated in the department’s visiting artist/designer series as well as alumni.

Returning to the Light
ceramic installation by Charlie Cummings

Elzay Gallery of Art
March 11–April 12, 2013
Reception: Wednesday, March 13, 5–7p.m.
Clay and Transfer Image Workshop: March 11–14. Call the art & design office for more details, 419-772-2160.

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

Right to Education Exhibit (student exhibit)
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
March 11—April 12

Every child in the world is guaranteed a primary education under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This dramatic exhibition, created by senior design students, endeavors to open the doors to the living laboratory that is our planet.

BA/BFA Senior Capstone Exhibition
Elzay Gallery of Art & Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
April 22–May 5, 2013
Reception: Saturday, April 27, 1–3p.m.

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

 

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Exhibition Season | 2011–12

ImageAugust 26 — September 18
Ohio Northern Art & Design Faculty Exhibit

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

Opening Reception: Friday, August 26, 4-6p.m.
Associate Professor Melissa Eddings will present a public lecture on Friday, August 26, 5:15p.m.

September 30 — November 4
Homecoming and “Latitude” Exhibit: Marilyn Lysohir’s Good Girls 1968

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

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

Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 5:30-7:30p.m.
Marilyn will present a public lecture on Friday, September 30, 6:15p.m.

November 20 — December 10
ONU Juried Student Exhibition

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

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 20, 2-4p.m.

Read the juror's statement.

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

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

Posters for Tomorrow: The Right to Education
February 27–March 30
Organized by the 4Tomorrow Association in Paris, France, every year Poster for Tomorrow chooses a basic human right to capture international attention. One of only two venues in the United States, the exhibit’s theme is
based on the second Millennium Development Goal, a declaration adopted by all UN member states.

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

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

 

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Exhibition Season | 2010–11

First People, Last People
Paintings by Jason Godeke

September 3–26
Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Jason Godeke explores theatrical narratives in his paintings and drawings. His themes come from personal experience, myths and historical events. The challenge, for Jason, is to bring contemporary relevance to a timeworn mode of representation. His work begs the questions: To what extent is our reception of a painting emotional, and how much of it is intellectual? Can realism and symbolism comfortably coexist?

What Lies Ahead
Ohio Northern Alumni Exhibition

October 1-–11
Reception: Saturday, October 9, 11:15a.m.
Elzay Gallery of Art
Ohio Northern University alumni are invited back to campus for What Lies Ahead: An Alumni Exhibit. The exhibit will take place in conjunction with Homecoming 2010 and Latitude: Art & Design @ 50, the department’s 50th anniversary of the BA degree in art that includes a series of exhibitions, lectures and special events.

Then and Now
Drawings & Paintings by Gretchen Durst Jacobs

October 18–November 14
Reception and Talk: Friday, Oct. 22, 5p.m.
Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Gretchen Durst Jacobs primarily works en plein air, or out-of-doors, which deepens and expands her relationship with the landscape. The urgency inherent in each piece evokes a sense of yearning. The work serves as a reminder of our connection with nature by providing a metaphorical lifeline
to our aging planet.

Ohio Northern Juried Student Exhibition
December 7–17 (closed Dec. 18–Jan.2)
Reception: Tuesday, December 7, 5:30p.m.
Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Gallery
This adjudicated exhibition features the best original work completed by students in the department of art & design. Award categories include two-dimensional, three-dimensional, graphic design, the Baker Creativity Award, and best of show. The judge for this year's show was ONU alumna Laura Barnhardt Corle (read the juror's statement).

Rob Price
40+ A Retrospective of the Artist
“Latitude” Anniversary Exhibit

January 18—February 20
Artist Talk and Presentation: Thursday, January 19, 5p.m.
Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Prof. Rob Price, a retired faculty member from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, received his MFA degree in art education and art history at Ohio University. An Ada High School graduate, Rob briefly attended ONU in the early 1960s before receiving his bachelor’s degree at Miami University. He eventually taught painting, drawing and printmaking at UW-Stout during a 30-year career. In addition, he has taught for several years in England through the Fulbright Program. Influenced by abstract artists like Richard Diebenkorn and Francis Bacon, Rob uses the mix of figures and abstractions, as well as mixed media, in his work. (artist's statement)

 

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Exhibition Season | 2009–10

2009-10 Gallery Season

Deeper Than Dreams | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Paintings and Drawings by Tom Connelly
September 8–October 2, 2009
A recipient of the Crescent Memorial Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Connelly has studied extensively with the world’s most important artists. His abstractive observations of nature consistently resonate throughout his work.
Reception: Friday, September 11, 5–7p.m.

Pre-Visions | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Paintings by John R. Nativio
October 9–November 3, 2009
In his work, Nativio focuses most of his attention to our changing environment. “I find myself attempting to understand human existence with an increasingly manufactured landscape. Provocative glimpses over urban and rural settings leave capricious projections of what we have transformed, and how these transformations may change us...”
Reception: Friday, October 16, 5–7p.m.

In a Little While | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Paintings by Ivan J. Fortushniak
January 4– February 19, 2010
Fortushniak has shown his work in a variety of venues across the United States and has work included in several private collections throughout the Midwest. His work juxtaposes water towers, smokestacks, and Boeing aircraft with landscapes inspired by George Inness, Winslow Homer and Albert P. Ryder. Most recently, he has been investigating the psychological implications that pop and historical icons have played in his nurturing and understanding of life.
Reception: TBA

Mid-America Print Council Juried Show | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
March 8 –April 30, 2010
This juried print exhibition for MAPC members will be hosted by Ohio Northern University and coordinated by Melissa Eddings (and the ONU chapter of AIGA). The show will include prints, books, and folios in any printed media including digital. John Lysak, professor of art, printmaking area head and Egress Press founder and director at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, will adjudicate the exhibition.
Reception: Friday, March 19

Student Exhibitions 200910

Juried Student Exhibition | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
November 9–December 16, 2009 (closed November 21–29)
This adjudicated exhibition features the best original work completed by students in the department of art & design. Award categories include two-dimensional, three-dimensional, graphic design and best of show.
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, November 10, 5–7p.m.

Senior Thesis Exhibition | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
May 3–16, 2010
Closing the 2009–10 season, the seniors from the art & design program display their capstone projects and portfolios. Defined as “the crowning point,” capstone projects provide an opportunity for students to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses throughout the major in an applied context. Students also discuss their projects during the annual brown bag lecture series.
Reception: Saturday, May 8, 1–3p.m.

 

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Exhibition Season | 2008-09

 Objects to SubjecctTeapots: Object to Subject | Elzay Gallery of Art
September 9 – October 19, 2008
High Tea Reception: Friday, September 19, 5–7p.m.

The appeal of the teapot has many roots. This modest domestic object is so familiar, so comfortable, yet its rich history and misleadingly simple form make it an ideal object for artistic exploration. Today the teapot has one foot in the art world and the other in the kitchen. The contemporary American teapot has become one of the most significant objects of art pottery being produced and collected in this country. While some artists create teapots intended for use, others view the traditional teapot as a starting point for individual artistic expression. For both the creator and the collector, teapots that challenge the division between the worlds of art and everyday use are often the most exciting.

Graphic Design Internship Exhibit | Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
September 9 – October 10, 2008

In the department of art & design’s graphic design program, students gain real-world experience working at a design firm, advertising agency, or other related business in the industry for an entire term. This show features work completed by four students during the summer quarter: Margaret Schmidt (Wexner Center for the Arts), Steve Gill (Lima Memorial Hospital), Ashley Hale (Millan Historical Museum), and Arnaldo Jimenez (Detroit Studio).

Kyle Hotz, panel from The Creepy TreeCreepy Tree – A Graphic Novel | Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Kyle Hotz, graphic novel artist
October 17 – 31, 2008
Public Lecture: Friday, October 17 3p.m.

Graphic novel illustrator Kyle Hotz (BFA ’93) of Bellbrook, Ohio is this year’s department of art & design’s Homecoming Exhibit and Lecture Series featured artist. The show highlights a number of panels from his recent novel, The Creepy Tree, which includes original, preliminary sketches to completed color comprehensives.

Veiled Reality | Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
Linda Lee Nicholas
November 4 – December 17, 2008
Reception: Friday, November 7, 3–5p.m.

Ms. Nicholas is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her current work, ink on paper, speaks of a world that has been uncovered, layered, magnified or reinvented. Her painting language is inspired by her emotional relationship to our planet: regarding environmental, political and social issues that effect our bodies and our world.

Student Juried Show | Elzay Gallery of Art
November 4–December 17, 2008
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, November 4, 5–7p.m.

For many years, a committee of sophomore art majors have been an active sponsor and participant in the juried exhibition, which is traditionally the most popular gallery event of the academic year. This exhibition will feature original work in a variety of media such as ceramics, oils and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media and printmaking.

Environmental Visions | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
January 5–February 20, 2009
Reception Friday, January 9, 5-7p.m.
A select group of artists share their views about our environment and the challenges we face as stewards of our land, air and water. Featured artists included Kelly Adams, Bob Barancik, Koriel Jock, Lucia LaVilla-Havelin, Susan Strong Muir, Shelly Murney, Patricia Tinajero, and Jing Zhou.

Woody PirtleGraphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice & the Environment | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
March 16–April 30, 2009
AIGA sponsored reception Friday, April 24, 5–7p.m.
(note date change)
Public lecture by Elizabeth Resnick, curator, 5:30p.m.
The Graphic Imperative is a select retrospective of 40 years of international sociopolitical posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, collectively providing a window to an age of great change. Focusing on the issues of our turbulent times, these 121 posters endeavor to show the social, political and aesthetic concerns of many cultures in a single exhibition through delineating themes and contrasting political realities.

Senior Thesis Exhibition | Elzay Gallery of Art and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
May 9–22, 2009
Opening reception Saturday, May 9, 1–3p.m.

Closing the 2008–09 season, the capstone projects and portfolios from this year’s graduating art & design students will be displayed. Seniors work through the summer and the academic year before culminating their college education with a presentation of their works. Seniors discuss their works with an audience of faculty, community and peers during their brown bag lectures.

Other Exhibitions in 2008–09

Get Out the Vote Poster Exhibit
Elzay Gallery Lobby
Oct. 27–Nov. 14

Reduce|Reuse: An Exhibition of Desirable Things Made from Trash
Wilson Art Center
Nov. 11–Jan. 30

Holiday Greeting Card Exhibit
Elzay Gallery Lobby
Dec. 8–19

Senior Capstone Project Exhibit
Wilson Art Center
Feb. 20–Mar. 27

Junior BA/BFA Exhibit
Wilson Art Center
May 4–Aug. 28

Foundations Honors Exhibit
Elzay Gallery Lobby
May 8–Aug. 28

 

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Exhibition Season | 2007–08

Funding for programs in the Elzay Gallery of Art is provided by the department of art & design. Support for programs in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is provided by the Cultural Affairs and Special Events Committee and the department of art & design.

Steve Emmett: Recent Work
September 4–30, 2007
Professor Steve Emmett received his BFA and MFA degrees from Edinboro University, and, now teaches drawing, paintings, and foundations classes at Edinboro. Emmett works primarily with oil paints. He says, “I do not render my subjects as specific ‘portraits,’ but attempt to present the figure as a more inclusive vessel for expressive notions. I attempt to balance areas of accident and improvisation with passages that are more detailed and sharp. My process is usually one of painting over established elements, reintroducing them, adding, and subtracting.”

Sean McConnor
Portraits of 18th, 19th and 20th Century Guitar Players

October 5–28, 2007
Professor Sean McConnor teaches at Thiel College, and acts as gallery director, curator and department chair. He received his BFA from Kent State University in 1996 and his MFA from Edinboro University in 1998. McConnor has much experience with portraiture and landscape painting. Many of his portraits have a smudged, silhouette feel, as if the viewer were seeing the painting through a rain-stained window. McConnor’s knowledge of lights and darks helps translate his pieces.

Marita Gootee
Memories Adrift

November 2–16, 26–30, 2007
Photographer Marita Gootee received her MFA from Indiana State University in 1985. She is an instructor at Mississippi State University. Gootee draws her inspiration from her life and surroundings. She uses a variety of photography techniques to create a skewed reality. Various printing papers, colored pencils, and linseed oil help Gootee achieve a unique platform. Landscapes lurk with drawn-in monsters, fuzzy pinhole photos are spruced with color mimic memories, and digital work shows repetition of subjects in different perspectives. Gootee’s photos offer variety while maintaining a voice that is distinctly her own.

Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography
December 3–21, 2007
This show includes 60 illustrations of the alphabet and features typography created by 48 artists and designers from all over the world. The goal of the exhibit is to represent the letters we see every day as more than just communication symbols. Alphabet debuted in Baltimore and is now traveling the United States and abroad.

Make Art! An Interactive Exhibition
January 7–31, 2008
Artists Daniel Rozin of New York University, Barbara Furbush of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Amy Youngs of the Ohio State University, and Bonnie Mitchell and Elaine Lillious, both of Bowling Green State University, team to create this interactive exhibit, which offers viewers personalized experiences. The pieces displayed alter and react depending on the viewer’s unique vantage point, giving audience members an active encounter.

Betty LaDuke
Paintings, drawings and photographs

February 4–22, 2008
Betty LaDuke, an accomplished artist, author and teacher, as well as an avid traveler, will make an encore appearance this year. LaDuke’s work is heavily influenced by her travels. She shows a particular interest in African, Asian and Mexican cultures and places a special focus on third-world lifestyles. She received her MFA in printmaking from the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She has been honored with numerous artist residencies and also is the author of four books.

Kylie Heidenheimer
Bursts, Atmosphere and Stasis

March 10–20, 25–30, 2008
Living and working in New York City, Kylie Heidenheimer skillfully blends areas that are as evanescent as air with gutsy, tactile passages celebrating the materiality of paint itself. In them, washes of acrylic paint puddle and pool. Thick splashes and blobs might impose themselves, or break apart and scatter like clouds. Alert to the irony of her process, she questions, in pictorial terms, the kind of tranquility she struggles to achieve. This assiduously self-aware effort manifests in imagery that suggests urban decay, natural phenomena, cosmology, weather maps, calligraphy and the primordial. Throughout her investigation, the artist is guided by her fascination with the dual nature of the painted surface: repository of matter and metaphor for space.

Hui-Chu Ying
Recent Work

April 4–27, 2008
Printmaker Hui-Ching Ying is a professor at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron. Her works combine silkscreen, relief printmaking, etching and drawing. Among other things, Ying is inspired by universal life themes such as illness, death and healing. She also demonstrates an interest in various cultures, especially Spanish culture.

Senior BFA/BA Capstone Exhibit
May 2–16, 2008
Closing the 2007–08 season, the capstone projects and portfolios from this year’s graduating art and design students will be displayed. Seniors work through the summer and the academic year before culminating their college education with a presentation of their works. Seniors discuss their works with an audience of faculty, community and peers during their brown bag lectures.

 

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