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Findlay Art League 2009 Juried Show Features ONU Alumni

Harry MelroyThe Findlay Art League 2009 Juried Show, held in conjunction with the Arts Partnership’s ArtWalk, opened to the public Friday, November 6. Two Ohio Northern University alumni garnered recognition during an awards ceremony held in the Findlay Art League gallery.

The show, opened to artists in the northwest Ohio area, was judged by Dominic Catalano, assistant professor of art education in the school of art at Bowling Green State University. He he works professionally as an illustrator of children’s books.

Harry Melroy, a 1971 graduate, earned an honorable mention award for “Three Hungry Dogs,” a graphite and white pencil on paper.

With BA degree in art from Ohio Northern University, Harry currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the Mansfield Art Center, Cleveland State University, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

Laura Barnhardt-Corle, a 1977 graduate of Ohio Northern, received honorable mention for “Done Lilies,” a watercolor on paper.

Laura is currently an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She earned her BFA degree in art from ONU, is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area, and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio.

Laura has exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Saturday, November 21, 2009. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11a.m.- 2p.m., Friday 5-8p.m., Saturday from 11a.m.-5p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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: Three Hungary Dogs, charcoal and white pencil, by Harry Melroy.