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Ohio Northern Alumni Selected for Exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art

Toledo Museum of ArtThe Findlay Area Artists Exhibition, to be held in the Community Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art, features the work of two Ohio Northern alumni.

Prof. Ed Corle (BFA ’78) and Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) were selected for this juried exhibition. The show features a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more from 31 artists who live or have lived in Hancock County.

The exhibit is on display from May 21 through June 20. The museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 21 at 6 p.m. with comments and awards at 7:30 p.m. The museum is open until 10 p.m. The reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served and live music will be provided.

Ed Corle is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University of Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982.

He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Laura is currently an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She earned her BFA degree in art from ONU in 1977, is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area, and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

The work was juried for selection by Mark Philip Venema, a Montreal based artist with a background in drawing, printmaking, painting and photography along with new media. He is a graduate of Concordia University with a Masters of Fine Arts in studio art. He also studied Fine Art at the University of Lisbon in Portugal and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Portugal, Canada and the United States. With a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in intercultural studies, he has worked as a journalist in South Africa and Canada and as a teacher in California and Portugal.

The Toledo Museum of Art’s Community Gallery was founded as part of the initial Wallace Grant program, Art and the Workplace. Over the past 12 years, the Community Gallery exhibition schedule has expanded and diversified, making it one of the most important points of community contact for the museum and a launching point for a range of other community activities and partnerships. The Community Gallery is located on the first floor of the museum.

The exhibition is being coordinated by Red Tornado Art Productions, a local Findlay organization whose mission is to foster creativity and art excellence; provide unusual exhibition space to new and established visual artists; provide programs and activities that encourage public awareness, participation, and appreciation of the arts and to serve as a catalyst for small city revitalization via the arts.

The Toledo Museum of Art was founded in 1901 and has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection, its innovative and extensive education programs, and its architecturally significant campus. The Museum’s holdings has more than 30,000 works of art representing American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

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 Toledo Museum of Art with Alexander Calder’s sculpture “Stegosaurus”.