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Postage Stamp Recognizes Art & Design Department at Ohio Northern

ImageThis week, the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University unveiled a new postage stamp that acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art, “Latitude: Art & Design @ 50.”

The stamp design features a digital chromogenic print by Ohio Northern graduate Laurie Godfrey (BFA ’05). Untitled, the image is composed by using vegetable oil, water, food coloring (cake icing gels), and a hand drawn image using a grease pencil on Mylar.

This particular image was chosen to represent the department’s anniversary because it “captures the essence of what we’re all about,” said Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design. “As an educational program focused on the liberal arts and professional education, our curriculum provides breadth in the visual arts, supports a rigorous general education program, and develops students’ rational thought and intellectual capabilities. Laurie’s image expresses those ideals very well.”

Laurie’s body of work is driven by her fascination with the Theory of Everything (TOE theory), where life is viewed from a holistic perspective and proposes that all things are interconnected. “I feel humans navigate through time and space in a fluid motion, bumping into each other like molecules,” said Laurie. “I am intrigued with how events like these have shaped my own life path. I question how my life would be different now if certain moments had not occurred, and the origin of this energy. What some may call mere coincidences in life, I believe happen for a reason. My work explores the continual dialogue humans have with one another on physical and metaphysical levels, and the system of actions and reactions that balance this communication.”

How to purchase the ‘Latitude’ stamps
The department of art & design is extremely pleased to offer the ‘Latitude’ stamp to the general public. People interested in purchasing the stamps may do so at the Wilson Art Center between the hours of 1–4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. The first class stamps are sold in groups of five for $2.20.

About the artist
As a printmaker, photographer and digital media artist from Columbus, Ohio, Laurie’s outlook is continually evolving as the nature of print is challenged and redefined by technology.

Laurie earned her Bachelor’s degree in art/graphic design with minors in museum studies and web/multimedia development from Ohio Northern University. She recently completed her MFA degree in printmaking in 2009 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania located near Erie, PA.

While in graduate school, Laurie worked as Assistant Director for the Egress Press and Research (EPR), a fine art publishing and research component of the Printmaking Area of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's Art Department. While there, she editioned prints for visiting artists including Tom Huck, Patricia Villalobos Echeverria, Jay Ryan, Diana Sudyka, and Mike Budai. In the fall of 2008, Laurie was invited to present her work and demonstrate the process of photolithography in Costa Rica at the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica and Escuela Casa del Artista.

To learn more about Laurie Godfrey's artistic process and the conceptual nature of her work, please visit

About PhotoStamps
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About the department of art & design
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.