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ONU Faculty, Students and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima

ChesserThe Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima has quite the pedigree: over 50 years of bringing the highest quality of artwork to Lima. And this year’s exhibit adds even more luster to its already shining reputation.

“This is all the best the region has to offer,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager at ArtSpace. “When I look at it, I am very pleased with the work.”

“These are superb, high-quality artists,” stated Sullivan. “And the work they’re displaying here is as good as we could ever want.”

And every year, it seems that ONU faculty, students or alumni earn awards in the show for their exemplary work. This year, again, was no exception.  Out of the 43 artists represented in the juried show, nine have ties to Ohio Northern.

• Professor Judith Greavu, retired associate professor in art, won the first place award for her bronze sculpture called “En Garde!” She received her BS in art education from Ball State University in 1963, and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 1967. She has traveled the world and has given workshops and lectures all over the United States. Her exhibition record includes numerous solo shows, group exhibitions, and juried shows.

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh won the third place award for a watercolor and ink called “Blackie the Crow Flying his Airplane over Helmeted Crows.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards. His work was featured last May in an exhibit during ONU’s Alumni Weekend in celebration of his class’ 50th reunion.

• Professor Bruce Chesser, professor emeritus in art, had two large ceramic vessels accepted into the show. Professor Chesser specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a retired professor of art at Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years. He also served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

• Professor Ed Corle also had two ceramic vessels accepted into the juried exhibition. 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 in 1978 and earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1982 from Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen. He has participated in 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.

• Alumna Laura Barnhardt-Corle had three watercolor pieces accepted into the show. She 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 in 1977, is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area, and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits 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.

• Professor Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education at ONU, had two watercolor pieces accepted into the show. Prof. Lehman teaches art education as an instructor at Ohio Northern University. She also coordinates the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. Prof. Lehman is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima. She recently was inducted into the Ohio State University-Lima Advocates Hall of Fame, received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award from the Ohio Art Education Association, and was inducted into the OAEA Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the organization in the field of visual art education.

• Professor Luke Sheets, assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University, had two ceramic sculptures accepted into the Spring Juried Show. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. Prof. At ONU, Sheets is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary and is responsible for the three-dimensional program in the department of art & design.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy had a painting and two sculptures accepted into the exhibit. He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art 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 University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Jeff Gibbons, a junior studio arts major from Toledo, Ohio, had two works accepted into the show—an oil painting called “Skeletons” and an artist’s book called “Thanatophobia.” Recently, Jeff won a scholarship to study at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He is interested in graphic novels, storytelling, writing, and design.

Judging this year’s show were Tamara Monk and Tom Hilty, both art professors at Bowling Green State University.

“This exhibit offers proof of a diverse visual art community within the 100 mile radius of Lima, Ohio,” explains Professors Monk and Hilty. “It shold be clear to the observer that no attempt was made to choose works of any single style. What the works chosen for this exhibition have in common is their high quality of creativity and effective utilization of materials. We were honored to jury this exhibition representing outstanding artists working and living in Ohio.”

“This is one of the oldest programs we put on here,” explains Sullivan. “This art show was started by the Lima Art Association at least 50 years ago, originally as a show in the autumn. Over the years, it gained momentum and got the reputation of being one of the strongest shows we do all year. It draws all the good people entering, in part because of its pedigree.”

The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 16–May 29. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

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: Bruce Chesser, Bottle 1, ceramic.