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Ohio Northern Studio Arts Major Earns Scholarship

Fred FrancesMr. Fred Frances, a junior studio arts student at Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design, has received the Nell Meldahl Scholarship to attend the Paper & Book Intensive this summer.

Now celebrating its 75th year, Paper & Book Intensive is a working sabbatical for practitioners and motivated artists in the book arts, papermaking, and conservation. Daily class sessions are combined with lectures and discussions to promote unusual levels of exchange and inspiration. Paper & Book Intensive 2010 is an opportunity to visit the gorgeous Maine coast and meet a number of book artists working in this territory.

The program consists of two sessions. During the first four-day session, participants take two classes—one meeting in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The second session classes meet all day for four days, making a total of three classes for the event.

Paper & Book Intensive 2010 will be held at the University of Maine at Machias. The campus houses the book arts and papermaking facilities directed by Bernie Vinzani, and is near the studios of Gray Parrot, Katie MacGregor, Walter Tisdale and Nancy Leavitt.

Bernie Vinzani directs the Book Arts Studios at the University of Maine at Machias, which house letterpress and papermaking facilities, and the gallery for the book. He has an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana State University. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in such venues as The VI International Print Biennial, Cracow Poland; ARC Gallery, Chicago; Das Papier, Duren, Germany; Paperworks, Caracas, Venezuela; and the Maine Invitational, Portland, Maine. During the past twenty-five years, he has made paper professionally for book editions and artists at Vinzani Papermakers, his mill in Whititng, Maine.

Nell Meldahl was an inspiring Paper & Book Intensive instructor and conservator of Far-Eastern art who passed away far too early in her career. The award recipients were chosen based on financial need, merit and motivation. Consideration for the scholarship, candidates was evaluated based on application materials, résumé, short essay of intent, and a portfolio of current work.

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: Fred Frances presents at the ONU Student Juried Exhibit.