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Alumnus Wins Award in Annual Juried Exhibit in Wassenberg Show

Jaye BumbaughThe Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert, Ohio is known to hold one of northwest Ohio’s best juried art exhibits, with a reputation for high quality and variety of work. This year’s 54th Annual June Art Exhibit only included 50 different artists from around the region including two artists with Ohio Northern connections.

Ohio Northern University alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) and ONU retired ceramics professor Bruce Chesser both had work accepted into the annual juried exhibit.

Jaye also received the Charles F. Wassenberg Award for his ceramic and wood piece “Elf Owl Sleeping in Old Box.”

Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards. His work was featured last May in an exhibit during ONU’s Alumni Weekend in celebration of his class’ 50th reunion.

Bruce Chesser, professor emeritus in art, specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a retired professor of art at Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years. He also served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

ImageThe 54th Annual June Art Exhibit featured 102 pieces of work with only 24 artists receiving awards. The show ran through June 25.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio. The Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the Van Wert, Ohio area. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. For information on the art center’s activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the art major at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. 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 also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

images: Jaye Bumbaugh’s “Elf Owl Sleeping in Old Box” and the opening reception/award ceremony at the Wassenberg Art Center.