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Ohio Northern Opens Gallery Season

Sep 4, 2009
The 2009-10 gallery season at Ohio Northern University will open Sept. 8 with the works of abstract expressionist Tom Connelly.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Connelly has studied with prominent and influential educators such as printmaker Philip Mendlo, sculptor Eugene Geddings and noted abstract impressionist William J. Gravatt. These influences continue to be explored in Connelly's work as he examines the terrain of abstraction in his energetic paintings and drawings.

After receiving a Crescent Memorial Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Connelly traveled extensively to study the works and methods of the world's most important artists. He returned home to Pennsylvania to apprentice with William J. Gravatt, who also studied with renowned French cubist artists Fernand L├ęger and Jean Metzinger and French Dadaist and surrealist painter Fancis Picabia. The direction and impact of Connelly's experiences can be seen in his much more overtly abstract paintings with thick dabs of paint, drips and scratches, such as in the acrylic work "Fence (Quarry Series)."

Connelly has exhibited at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, the Eclectic Art Gallery, Rennick Gallery, Blue Sky Gallery and La Fond Gallery. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University and the Art Institute of New Kensington and has lectured regularly through a variety of organizations. His work is in numerous private, corporate and high-profile collections worldwide, including Carnegie Mellon University.

Connelly's exhibition will be featured in the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries from Sept. 8 through Oct. 2.

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 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 and design at 419-772-2160 or

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