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‘Children of the World’ Exhibit on Display at ONU

Feb 11, 2008
The department of art at Ohio Northern University proudly presents "Children of the World," a multimedia exhibit by Betty LaDuke, which will be on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery from Feb. 4 to 22 in celebration of Black History Month.

"Children of the World" features 106 photographs of children from Asia, Latin America, and Africa taken over the last 40 years. Viewers have the unique opportunity to step inside LaDuke's creative process from three perspectives: the literal, camera-captured moment; the sketches made on location emphasizing select details of people and events; and the mystical, aesthetic journey that evolves later with paint and canvas in the artist's studio.

LaDuke is one of the most dynamic and relevant artists working in North America today. Her vision encompasses both traditional and ever-changing lifestyles in many non-western countries throughout the world. Inspired by 10 years of travel in Africa, an upbeat, contemporary view of African life emerges in LaDuke's paintings, drawings and etchings. Her experiences with village life, artist cooperatives and artists have inspired in her images a composite of myth, magic and reality.

Currently residing in Ashland, Ore., LaDuke teaches at Southern Oregon State College. In addition to her artwork, she also is the author of several books: "Africa Through the Eyes of Women Artists," "Women Artists: Multicultural Visions," "Africa: Women's Art, Women's Lives" and "Women Against Hunger: A Sketchbook Journey."

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