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University Galleries at Ohio Northern University presents 2009–10 season

gallery season posterOhio Northern University announces the opening of its 2009-10 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. “Our gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource for the entire Ohio Northern community and surrounding region,” said gallery director and professor Melissa Eddings. The gallery program also hosts regional, national and international touring exhibitions, and original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

This exhibition season showcases invited shows and artists who encourage dialogue about the visual arts such as studio processes, history, criticism, curation, and cultural contexts. “The most interesting aspect of this year’s exhibition season is the sheer diversity of work,” said Prof. Eddings.

Featured shows during this year’s season include:
Deeper Than Dreams, a painting and drawing exhibit by Tom Connelly, Sept. 8–Oct. 2. A recipient of the Crescent Memorial Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Connelly has studied extensively with the world’s most important artists. His abstractive observations of nature consistently resonate throughout his work.

Pre-Visions, a painting exhibition by John R. Nativio, Oct. 9–Nov. 3. In his work, Nativio focuses most of his attention to our changing environment. “I find myself attempting to understand human existence with an increasingly manufactured landscape. Provocative glimpses over urban and rural settings leave capricious projections of what we have transformed, and how these transformations may change us...”

In a Little While, a painting show by Ivan J. Fortushniak, Jan. 4– Feb. 19. Fortushniak has shown his work in a variety of venues across the United States and has work included in several private collections throughout the Midwest. His work juxtaposes water towers, smokestacks, and Boeing aircraft with landscapes inspired by George Inness, Winslow Homer and Albert P. Ryder. Most recently, he has been investigating the psychological implications that pop and historical icons have played in his nurturing and understanding of life.

And a highlight of this year’s season, the Mid-America Print Council Juried Show, Mar. 8 –Apr. 30. This juried print exhibition for MAPC members will be hosted by Ohio Northern University and coordinated by Melissa Eddings (and the ONU chapter of AIGA). The show will include prints, books, and folios in any printed media including digital. John Lysak, professor of art, printmaking area head and Egress Press founder and director at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, will adjudicate the exhibition.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or Visit for the latest information about times, locations, and additions to the schedule.

ONU 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.