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The Art of Seeing: ONU Professor Exhibits Work

Startling in the GardenEvery morning before heading off to work, Professor Melissa Eddings glances outside her kitchen window and porch at the ever-changing landscape. Drawing in her sketchbooks, she documents a series of studies and notes about these influential revelations.

“Over time, I have come to recognize and admire the inherent design and visual language found in the everyday occurrences around me,” explains Melissa, “such as the silhouette of a group of birds against the snow or the pattern of shape and color as plants emerge from the ground. As insignificant as these things may appear, the challenge lies in representing them in ways that inspire, provoke and question.”

The latest, surprising investigations are now on exhibit in a group show June 6–July 5 at the Stonewall Gallery in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. Other artists involved in the show include Yoko Sekino-Bove (ceramics) of Philadelphia and Sean McConnor (painting) of Thiel College.

“The series on starlings is a good example of what I’m doing,” describes Melissa. “The works are loosely representative, they celebrate the characteristics and mannerisms of birds while examining them through line, shape, color, and proximity. One can appreciate this work on multiple levels.”

The exhibit, an attractive gallery space, is now open daily between 10a.m.–5p.m.

Melissa is an associate professor in art at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. She received her MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Ohio University in 1992. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002, and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Professional Evaluation and has served on the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that will travel worldwide in 2010.

image: Starling in the Garden, oil