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ONU Painting and Printmaking Professor Reveals Creative Process in Exhibit

Melissa EddingsFor many artists, they are committed to a life process of creativity and how that is expressed and manifested in what they do.

For one of Ohio Northern University’s art professors, Melissa Eddings is also passionate about the creative process, both in her teaching and in her work.

Melissa EddingsFor many artists, they are committed to a life process of creativity and how that is expressed and manifested in what they do.

For one of Ohio Northern University’s art professors, Melissa Eddings is also passionate about the creative process, both in her teaching and in her work. During the next two months, the documentation of her commitment to a process of creativity is revealed.

Professor Eddings is included in an exhibit at Bluffton University called “In the Beginning: The Creative Process Revealed.” The show runs from Monday, November 9, through Friday, December 18 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Sauder Visual Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 1p.m. to 5p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

“In the Beginning: The Creative Process Revealed” is an exhibit of preliminary works by a very diverse group of artists in a variety of mediums. The works in the exhibit reveal the intuitive creative process on its course to a formal, finished piece of art.

Working on a piece from the beginning gives an artist a chance to rethink their creative process and reformat their style. “Many artists consider the preliminary work they do as the most important part of the creative process because it is the first stage of conceptual exploration,” explains Phil Sugden, professor and exhibit curator at Bluffton. “In some cases, it involves creating or revising the artist’s visual language.”

Also featured in the exhibit is ONU alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71).

“I’m certain there is a reason for all the subject selection,” said Harry. “No artist, in any medium, works in a totally random fashion or simply pulls things out of nowhere. Nothing comes from a vacuum, imagined or otherwise.”

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 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima this past fall.

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 best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: preliminary drawings, sketchbooks, and oil painting, “Starlings in My Garden” by Melissa Eddings