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Ohio Northern Ceramic Professor Accepted into National Juried Competition

Luke SheetsH. Luke Sheets, an assistant professor in art at Ohio Northern University, was accepted into the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009.

The competition, in its fourth year at the Majestic Galleries, is located in Nelsonville, Ohio. The juried show is open to all artists working in the United States and Canada.

The show opens Friday, June 26 with a reception and awards presentation from 6–10p.m. The show closes on Sunday, July 26. Gallery hours are Fridays through Sundays, 1-6p.m.

The Majestic Galleries features a community cooperative gallery supporting excellence in the arts through the display of innovative contemporary work. This exhibition specifically highlights all media and processes such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, textiles, new media, electronic and interactive, installation, and video.

This year’s juror was Catherine Evans, chief curator of the Columbus Museum of Art. She also serves as the museum’s photography curator. “This is a great show,” states Evans. “The gallery is so very appreciative of the many talented artists who have joined our efforts to spread excellent visuality in the form of art throughout the nation.”

In 2004, Evans oversaw the second largest acquisition in the Museum’s history, that of the Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970. She also spearheaded the successful acquisition of the Photo League collection, which increased the Museum’s photography holdings by 40 percent. She has authored, directed and curated numerous major international exhibitions. Prior to the Columbus Museum of Art, Evans worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and before that, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in New York and Montreal, Canada. She received her degree from Williams College in Art History and German Literature.

Explaining the work selected for the show, Evans explained, “This all media show is quite interesting. You see the variety that is possible when the show is open to several mediums, from sculptures of stone and bronze to richly painted oils as well as several multimedia works.”

Luke Sheets earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. He has had work accepted into national competitions including the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. Prof. Sheets currently teaches ceramics at ONU and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & 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, contact the department at 419-772-2160.

image: Hound of War by Prof. Luke Sheets