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Foundations Honors Exhibit To Display Year’s Best Work

Andrew AdamsThe Ohio Northern University department of art & design will host the annual Foundations Honors Exhibit on Friday, May 10 through Friday, Aug. 28 in the lobby of the Elzay Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is open to all ONU students enrolled in the foundations courses during the 2008-09 academic year. Work in any medium is accepted, including drawings, two-and three-dimensional work, color theory studies, photography, and ceramics. Faculty members of the foundations program assist students in making their initial selections for the show.

The Foundations Program is organized to challenge and educate first-year students toward the mastery of compositional, conceptual, technical, theoretical and practical aspects of art and design. The foundations courses lay down the groundwork upon which all the department’s specialized programs continue to build.

Art & design majors participating in this year’s exhibit include:
Andrew Adams, Hudson
Danielle Castelan, Republic
Andrew Crozier, Ada
Kayla Holdgreve, Lima
Rachel Pioch, Northwood
Carly Sacha, Cincinnati
Greg Stawicki, Wellington
Benjamin Stoll, Barberton
Leisel Stout, Hamilton
Roger Young, Waynesfield
Corey Zinser, Clermont

Exhibiting work is an integral component of a student’s experience in the department of art & design. For the students, the Foundations Honors Exhibition is intended to give them their first experience in a professional atmosphere and to showcase their works in a professional way.

Melissa Eddings, associate professor of art and coordinator of this year’s exhibition, says the exhibit reflects the accomplishments of first-year students. “The courses in the foundations program help bridge the gap between high school and college. Students develop a strong visual vocabulary and competent form-in-space depiction. From this strong beginning, students can begin to communicate the mind’s eye in a confident, believable way—and start to share their personal voice with the rest of the community.”

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information about the University’s gallery season, contact the department of art and design.

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

image: graphite drawing completed by Andrew Adams, freshman graphic design major; assignment completed in Professor Melissa Eddings’ course, Drawing/Illustration.