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Foundations Honors Exhibit To Display First-Year Students’ Best Work

Josh PainterThe Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design will host the annual Foundations Honors Exhibit on Friday, May 7 through Friday, Aug. 27 in the lobby of the Elzay Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is open to all ONU students enrolled in the foundations courses during the 2009-10 academic year. Work in any medium is accepted, including drawings, two- and three-dimensional work, color theory studies, photography, and ceramics. Faculty members of the foundations program assist students in selecting and presenting their work for the show.

The Foundations Program in the department is organized to challenge and educate first-year students toward the mastery of compositional, conceptual, technical, theoretical and practical aspects of art and design. The foundations courses lay down the groundwork upon which all the department’s specialized programs continue to build.

Art & design students participating in this year’s exhibit include:
Karl Jerome Beard, Cincinnati
Kevin William Drain, Urbana
Matthew Garringer, Jamestown
Kelsey Zoe Kleine, Bowling Green
Madsen, Matthew Peter, Coshocton
Joshua David Painter, Lima
Amie Villiger, Georgetown, IN
Sarah Voll, Ada
Danielle Nichole Whisman, Bellefontaine
Jessica Whitley, Dublin

Exhibiting work is an integral component of a student’s experience in the department of art & design. For the students, the Foundations Honors Exhibition is intended to give them their first experience in a professional atmosphere and to showcase their works in a professional way.

Laurie Godfrey, a visiting adjunct instructor of art and coordinator for this year’s exhibition, says the exhibit reflects the accomplishments of first-year students. “The courses in the foundations program help bridge the gap between high school and college. Students develop a strong visual vocabulary and competent form-in-space depiction. From this strong beginning, students can begin to communicate the mind’s eye in a confident, believable way—and start to share their personal voice with the rest of the community.”

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information about the University’s gallery season, contact the department of art and design.

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: illustration completed by Josh Painter, freshman studio arts major; assignment completed in Adjunct Instructor Laurie Godfrey’s course, Drawing/Illustration.