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Ohio Northern A&D Graduates Among the “Best of 2009”

Best of 2009Ohio Northern graduates Jaye Bumbaugh and Ed Corle have been selected for the Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 26th annual juried members’ competition, “The Best of 2009.” Opening May 3 and continuing through June 21 at the Ohio Craft Museum, the exhibition features approximately 100 works in glass, metal, fiber, clay, wood and multimedia by nearly 90 artists.

This year’s juror, Wendy H. Outland, an independent curator, arts consultant, and president of Who Knows Art in Asheville, North Carolina, chose the work from over 325 entries.

“The greatest pleasure I get as a juror is seeing work by new artists for the first time, and this jury session did not disappoint,” Wendy commented. “It is an intriguing body of work that left me wanting to see more from these talented artist.”

Award winners will be announced and honored during the exhibition’s opening reception to be held May 3 at the Ohio Craft Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited.

Jaye Bumbaugh (BSED ’59) currently is a retired art professor from Bluffton University and past chair of the school’s art department. He 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.

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. He 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.

Founded in 1963, the Ohio Designer Craftsmen is a not-for-profit organization with over 2,100 members of craft artists, educators, students, and others who appreciate fine craft. Its mission is to promote the fine crafts aesthetic by establishing a standard of excellence, encouraging creative growth, providing professional support to craft artists, and building public awareness, appreciation and collection of fine craft. In support of this mission, Ohio Designer Craftsmen offers a wide range of exhibitions, publications, programs and artist services.

The Ohio Craft Museum is a program of Ohio Designer Craftsmen which presents five major exhibitions each year, as well as focus exhibits and a rotating display of the permanent collection. In addition, the museum houses the Craft Research Library and stages educational workshops and events for all ages and levels of experience. The Ohio Craft Museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Parking and admission are free. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–4 p.m. Closed Saturday.

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

images: Elf Owl Sleeping in Strange Box by Jaye Bumbaugh; Ash Flow by Ed Corle.