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Ohio Northern Senior BA/BFA Candidates Exhibit Work in Elzay Gallery

senior BA/BFA exhibitIt’s spring at Ohio Northern University, a demanding time for many seniors on campus. For the art and design students, this is an intense but rewarding rite of passage that few undergraduates outside of art and design programs ever experience.

This May, seven bachelor of arts and fine arts candidates in studio arts, art education and advertising design have devoted a full year to producing a thematically focused body of work as part of the required senior capstone experience. “During the students’ senior year,” explains Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design, “they begin to transform their attitudes from one of an art or design student working on assigned projects to one of an artist or designer engaged in a life-long process of development and learning.”

“This experience serves as the crowning point of the students’ education,” describes Brit. “Students know how to build a body of work. They know how to think about its connection to the broader world. They know how to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses in an applied context.”

One aspect of the thesis experience is the capstone project. The capstone project is designed to encourage students to define the complex intersection between personal voice, conceptual understanding, the ability to conduct and use research, and to effectively use their liberal arts education in a process of creating a compelling, professional presentation.

“This part of the process is largely self-directed,” describes Brit. “The process presents to students an extraordinary opportunity to identify an area of interest, investigate it, and use art and design as the vehicle to present their findings.”

In addition to the thesis experience, students also design and install an exhibition of their work and give a presentation to the department faculty. “The gallery presentation is essentially the students’ portfolios,” said Brit. “The body of work must demonstrate what they students have learned and must go beyond classroom exercises and assignments to incorporate complex problems, ideas and solutions.”

The BA/BFA candidates featured in the exhibition are:
Lauren Bailey, Galena
Julie Brewer, Bradford
Emily Jay, Powell
Katrina MacNaughton, Delaware
Micaela Nauman, Fredericktown
Kelsey Schrock, Perrysburg
Joe Stevenson, Elida

The students’ portfolios will be on display during the opening reception of the Senior BA/BFA Exhibition, Saturday, May 8, 1–3p.m. in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The exhibition is on view through Friday, May 15.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery is free and open to the public, daily from noon–5p.m. For additional information about the University’s exhibition season, contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or

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: Senior BA/BFA exhibit on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art