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ONU Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh Featured in Alumni Weekend Exhibit

Jaye BumbaughThe work of Jaye Bumbaugh (BSED ’59) will be on display Ohio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery of Art May 29–31. The exhibition honors Jaye and the class of ’59 as they celebrate their 50th class reunion. The show is free and open to the public from noon–6p.m.

A reception for Jaye and for the class of 1959 will be held from 5:15 until 6p.m. Friday, May 29 in the Elzay Gallery and lobby of the Wilson Art Center. Light refreshments will be served.

“I’ve always liked the challenge of working in a diversity of media, method, and scale,” expressed Jaye concerning his work. “I’ve always thought that there have been clear connections among even the most disparate of works. What has remained for me is the pleasure in the material qualities of paint, ink, wax, clay, linoleum, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, etc. I just want to make art. That is really all I have ever really wanted to do. I suppose critics and collectors want artists to be consistent. Realism and abstraction are interchangeable to me.”

Jaye continued, “Each time I create a piece of art I remember my childhood, my innocence, my source. Kurosawa said, ‘To create is to remember.’ Art has always reminded me of who I am when I make art. I’m not always sure if I’m trying to make sense. The whole idea of making art pushes me to some edge; sometimes I don’t know if I have enough answers to finish a piece. But then I think this is the ultimate challenge for the artist—the reward.”

Bumbaugh, a native of Lorain and now a resident of Lima, was a professor at Bluffton University for 37 years until 2004. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University.

While at Bluffon, Jaye was instrumental in bringing the art department curriculum into the contemporary world, introducing new courses in airbrush, paper-making, figure drawing with the life model, lithography, intaglio, silkscreen and relief printmaking, welding and casting metals in sculpture.

Jaye’s work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards. He currently is represented at the Marcia Evans Gallery in the Short North in Columbus, Ohio. In his work as an artist, Bumbaugh worked in many media including drawing in graphite, charcoal and pastel, painting in oils and watercolor, relief prints in linoleum, intaglio, silkscreen and lithography. In sculpture, he often has worked in ceramics and cast in bronze. More recently, he has worked with paper constructions in paper, foamboard, silkscreen and rag board.

For additional information at the exhibit, please contact the department of art & design or the alumni relations office.

image: Running Dog with Monkey; Firestorm; Monet

See photos from the reception. Also, read about Jaye featured in an ONU publication.