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Ohio Northern Alumni and Staff Selected for Juried Show


Artists from around northwest Ohio were juried into a regional exhibition on Nov 5 in the Findlay Art League’s annual fall juried show.

The juror, Michele L. Hiegel, executive director of the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert, Ohio, selected nearly 75 pieces for the show after viewing hundreds of submitted artworks by professional, amateur and student artists. The art exhibition featured paintings, printmaking, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and drawings.

Included in this year’s exhibition are three Ohio Northern alumni and staff.

Gary Mason had an oil painting selected for the show. Titled “Professor Mahmoud,” this is the first time Gary has submitted work to a juried exhibition. He is currently a custodial supervisor in the physical plant at Ohio Northern.

Alumnus and Professor Ed Corle had two ceramic vessels accepted into the juried exhibition. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1978 and earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1982 from Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen.

Alumnus Harry Melroy had two paintings and one sculpture accepted into the exhibit. He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and continues through Saturday, November 27. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11a.m.–2p.m. and Fridays 6–8p.m. The art league is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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 and third editions 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.

image: Gary Mason during the artists’ reception held at the Findlay Art League Gallery.