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The Mid-America Print Council Juried Show “COMMUNinkATE” Opens March 8 at Ohio Northern University

MAPC PosterThe Mid-America Print Council juried show, featuring prints, books, and folios in any printed media including digital, opens Monday, March 8 in the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery at Ohio Northern University.

The juried print exhibition runs until Friday, April 30, 2010. A reception for the artists is planned for Friday, March 19, from 5–7p.m. in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The gallery is located on Gilbert Street and is connected to the Wilson Art Center, the classroom-studio building that houses the department of art & design.

The juried exhibition, which only showcases MAPC members, is coordinated by Prof. Melissa Eddings, associate professor of art & design and gallery director at Ohio Northern.

“This show is hosted by a different institution each year to assist MAPC with their mission to promote awareness of the variety and complexity of the printmaking process,” explained Melissa.

“After the initial call for entries, the work started to roll in,” said Melissa in describing the submission process. “We received entries from across the United States. I was encouraged by the large number of exceptional entries, not only for the high level of technical and artistic skills, but also because of the depth of creativity and insight the artists provided. I think this reflects the strength of both printmaking in our area and for the MAPC.”

The work in the show explores a variety of ideas and themes. The exhibit provides an opportunity to see an extraordinary range of contemporary art created by professional artists working in a variety of print media.

The graphic identity for this year’s exhibit was developed by a group of design students from the AIGA/ONU student chapter. Led by Micaela Nauman (senior from Fredericktown, Ohio) and Bethany Schreck (junior from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania), the theme “COMMUNinkATE” demonstrates the artistry of printmaking from the Midwest Region of the United States and “reveals the inner depth of the artists’ work through many aptitudes,” explained Bethany.

Exhibit coordinator Prof. Melissa Eddings 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. This spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

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 Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, 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.

Adjudicator for this member show was John Lysak, professor of art, printmaking area head, and Egress Press founder and director at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Lysak graduated from the Evergreen State College where he spent much of his time in the printmaking studios. Evergreen is an alternative liberal arts college with an excellent reputation. John taught printmaking briefly at Evergreen before pursuing and earning his MFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988. He then moved back to the Northwest where he formed his artistic style and career. He has spent much of his time in various teaching positions, and as a master printer at Stone Press Editions in Seattle Washington. As a master printmaker, John collaborated with a number of well-known artists to help them produce limited edition fine art prints. Since 1995, John has been an Associate Professor of printmaking at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

John is also the Art Department Graduate Program Head. John and his colleague Franz Spohn formed Egress Press and Research in 1998. He is currently the director of Egress Press and Research. At Egress Press, John has continued to work with artist to make prints for a variety of purposes and causes. Egress Press and Research is a fine art publishing and research component of the printmaking studio at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The Mid America Print Council is an educational organization whose goal it is to promote awareness and appreciation of the art of making original prints, books, hand-made paper and drawings. MAPC is a resource to educational and non-profit organizations, universities and the public at large, providing for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. These goals are furthered through conferences and workshops; through the organization, display and circulation of exhibitions of original work; through communications and journals; through awards presented to those deserving outstanding recognition for lifetime contributions to printmaking; and through research, study and general enjoyment of the arts.

Admission to both 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.

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.