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Professor Has Work Accepted to National Juried Exhibition

Luke SheetsTen years ago, a national ceramic show in Kent, Ohio was barely filling a small gallery. Now, the show evidently has grown in stature.

This year, the 10th Annual National Juried Cup Show drew over 300 entries from 120 artists. Of that, Ohio Northern University’s ceramic professor Luke Sheets was accepted to this prestigious show.

The national juried cup exhibit will be on display March 5–27 at the Downtown Gallery in Kent, Ohio, located at 141 East Main Street, Kent, Ohio. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday noon–5p.m. and Saturday 10a.m.–4p.m.

Only 71 artists were accepted from among hundreds of pieces, many noted for a fluidic characteristic. Anderson Turner, director of galleries, said, “We’ve received submissions from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. It really was amazing!”

The juror, Dean Adams, is currently an adjunct professor in ceramics/foundations at Montana State University. Mr. Adams exhibits nationally and internationally and has participated in many artists’ residencies, including the Archie Bray Foundation, The Banff Center and the Watershed Center for Ceramics. He is also a founding board member for the LH Project on Oregon.

Professor Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern University. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many national and regional 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, the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition, and the Spring Juried Exhibition at ArtSpace/Lima. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. 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.

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: The National Juried Cup Show, located at the Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio.