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A&D Students Exhibit at S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE PosterThe work of Ohio Northern University art & design students Jeff Gibbons, Fred Frances and Mike Madsen will be on display this weekend in Columbus during the Small Press & Alternative Comics Exposition (S.P.A.C.E.).

“It’s a great show,” said Fred. “We’ll be setting-up and selling our work as well as promoting our comics. It’s a great place to see some very cool art!”

S.P.A.C.E. will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Ramada Plaza & Conference Center. Other exhibitors include Guy Davis, Paul Hornschemeier, Lora Innes, Sean McKeever, William Messner-Loebs, Dara Naraghi, Nate Powell, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Carol Tyler and Tom Williams.

Mike (BFA, art/graphic design ’11) is from Coshocton, Ohio. On campus, Mike is involved with AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, Kappa Pi art honorary and the men’s swimming team. While at S.P.A.C.E., Mike will exhibit and sell his recent comic book edition of “Heinrich and Orwell.”

Fred Frances (BFA art/studio arts ’11) is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fred is involved with Kappa Pi art honorary, Polaris arts magazine and the Student Art League. He will exhibit a few comic books including a Web comic.

Jeff (BFA, art/studio arts ’11) is from Toledo, Ohio. He is involved in the Student Art Leauge, Kappa Pi art honorary and Polaris arts magazine. Jeff will exhibit three comic magazines at S.P.A.C.E.

Hundreds of people will visit the expo this weekend. Part of the fun of S.P.A.C.E. is seeing exhibitors’ work blossom over the years. Some continue with illustration. Some move on to gallery work, while others work for media and other fields.

Sponsored by Back Porch Comics and now in its 11th year, the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) is the largest mid-western expo of art comics, minis, small press, self-produced and published comics. The event is organized by Bob Corby of Back Porch Comics with an all volunteer staff. Similar to other genre expositions, this show is a great place to discover new and upcoming talent in the art comic scene.

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: S.P.A.C.E. 2010 poster