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University Galleries at Ohio Northern University presents 2010–11 season

Durst JacobsOhio Northern University announces the opening of its 2010-11 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. “Our gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource for the entire Ohio Northern community and surrounding region,” said gallery director and professor Melissa Eddings. The gallery program also hosts regional, national and international touring exhibitions, and original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

This exhibition season showcases invited shows and artists who encourage dialogue about the visual arts such as studio processes, history, criticism, curation, and cultural contexts. “The most interesting aspect of this year’s exhibition season is the sheer diversity of work,” said Prof. Eddings.

Featured shows during this year’s season include:

First People, Last People: Paintings by Jason Godeke
Jason Godeke explores theatrical narratives in his paintings and drawings. His themes come from personal experience, myths and historical events. The challenge, for Jason, is to bring contemporary relevance to a timeworn mode of representation. His work begs the questions: To what extent is our reception of a painting emotional, and how much of it is intellectual? Can realism and symbolism comfortably coexist?

What Lies Ahead: Ohio Northern Alumni Exhibition
Ohio Northern University alumni are invited back to campus for What Lies Ahead: An Alumni Exhibit. The exhibit will take place in conjunction with Homecoming 2010 and Latitude: Art & Design @ 50, the department’s 50th anniversary of the BA degree in art that includes a series of exhibitions, lectures and special events.

Then and Now: Drawings & Paintings by Gretchen Durst Jacobs
Gretchen Durst Jacobs primarily works en plein air, or out-of-doors, which deepens and expands her relationship with the landscape. The urgency inherent in each piece evokes a sense of yearning. The work serves as a reminder of our connection with nature by providing a metaphorical lifeline to our aging planet.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or Visit for the latest information about times, locations, and additions to the schedule.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art 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.