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Ohio Northern Alumni Accepted to 3D Exhibit


FAL 3D awards presentationThe Findlay Art League has a long history of juried exhibitions. This year for the first time, the Findlay Art League organized an exclusive show of three-dimensional work. It was an opportunity for sculptors, ceramicists, weavers and other textile artists, jewelers, metal artists and many other artists whose work ranged from relief to three-dimensional form to feature their conceptual ideas.

Award winners were announced and honored during the exhibition’s opening reception held in January at the Findlay Art League Gallery. Two Ohio Northern art alumni garnered recognition.

Ed Corle (BA ’78) won second place for a ceramic piece called “Copper Jar.” Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1982 from Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen. He has participated in and been accepted to countless art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artists’ Exhibition. In addition, he participated in numerous art fairs and festivals and is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and the Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Harry Melroy (BA ’71) won honorable mention recognition for an entry called “The Dark Waves” made from stoneware. Harry earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. He teaches junior high school art at Mohawk Local School District in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at The University of Findlay and at Tiffin University. Harry’s work recently was exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art in the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa. He also has won numerous awards for his work.

The juror for this year’s show was Doyle Long, a professional studio production potter. He has worked with or under nationally and internationally known ceramicists and has had work featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine. He also was responsible for the design, production, marketing and strategic planning of dinnerware in Delaware and Forest, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in Alfred, New York in 1978, his Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from The University of Iowa in 1980.

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.

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 or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Ed Corle (left) presents at the Findlay Art League during the awards ceremony.