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ONU Professor and Alumni Accepted into Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima

ArtSpace/LimaThe 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.

Jaye Bumbaugh (BSED ’59), a retired art professor from Bluffton University and past chair of the school’s art department, received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University 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 will be featured in May at an exhibit during ONU’s Alumni Weekend in celebration of his class’ 50th reunion.

Jaye had three pieces accepted into the show:
Catwalk, silkscreen, ragboard, foamboard
Picasso Looking at His (Girl Before a Mirror, 1032), watercolor and plastic tape
Blue Owl, ceramic

Ed Corle (BA ’78) is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. His work accepted into ArtSpace included:
Drip, ceramic
Moon, ceramic

Ed has been with UF since 1986. Ed graduated from Ohio Northern University and earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1982 from Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen. He has participated in countless art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artists’ Exhibition. In addition, he participated in numerous art fairs and festivals and is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and the Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

ImageHarry Melroy (BA ’71) earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Harry’s award-winning work at ArtSpace included:
A Closer Look, acrylic (Second Award)
Cut the Cake, acrylic (Honorable Mention)
Barrel Plug, charcoal and pastel

Harry teaches junior high school art at Mohawk Local School District in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at The University of Findlay and at Tiffin University. Harry’s work recently was exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art in the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa. He has won numerous awards for his work.

“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.”

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