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Senior Art Students to Exhibit Portfolios

May 2, 2008
Ohio Northern University art students will exhibit their portfolios in the Elzay Gallery of Art beginning Saturday, May 3, with a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The works will be on display until Friday, May 16.

The display is the culmination of a year of work for six senior bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of fine arts (BFA) candidates. As part of the required senior capstone experience, the candidates produced a thematically focused body of work. Students honed and refined their ideas, submitted their work to faculty and peers for critique, and polished their portfolios in preparation for the final display.

The BA and BFA candidates featured in the exhibition are Cassie Jirous, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Sarah Herman, from Crestline, Ohio; Tomi Allen, from Marion, Ohio; Kerry McFarland, from Atwater, Ohio; Ashley Hale, from Berlin Heights, Ohio; and David Stoker, from Cloverdale, Ohio.

Brit Rowe, assistant professor and chair of the department of art and design, calls the experience "the crowning point of the students' education." The cumulative project helps students grow as artists, pushing them to strive for sophisticated levels of meaning, expression and formal presentation.

"These students know how to build a body of work," says Rowe. "They know how to think about its connection to the broader world by integrating principles, theories and methods learned in courses in an applied context."

Above all, students explore and develop themes, perhaps expanding upon a long-time interest or a concept that integrates art and design with other academic pursuits. "It's an ideal liberal-arts experience," says Rowe.

The reception is free and open to the public.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public daily from noon to 5 p.m. For additional information about the University's exhibition season, contact the department of art and design at (419) 772-2160 or