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The Annual Student Juried Art and Design Exhibition To Open at Ohio Northern


The department of art & design proudly announces the annual Student Juried Art and Design Exhibition which will be on display at the Elzay Gallery of Art from December 6–17 in Ada, Ohio. A public reception and awards presentation will be held from 5:30–7p.m., Tuesday, December 7.

For many years, a committee of sophomore art & design majors is responsible for organizing and presenting the show, traditionally the most popular gallery event of the academic year. This year’s exhibition features original work in a variety of media such as ceramics, oils and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media and printmaking.

The exhibition is a competition open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Ohio Northern University. Any work completed for an art & design departmental course is eligible for consideration. Submissions fall into three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and graphic design.

Invited jurors review the submitted entries and make the final selections. This year, the external judges Professor Bruce Chesser and alumna Laura Barnhardt-Corle will jury the work into the exhibition.

Prof. Chesser is professor emeritus and 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 ceramics at Ohio University in Athens. He received his MFA degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person exhibitions. Prof. Chesser also has conducted numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

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 exhibition provides students with the valuable experience of showing their work within a professional setting,” said Melissa Eddings, Ohio Northern’s gallery director and professor who curates the Elzay and Stambaugh Galleries. “At the same time, it provides the Ohio Northern and Ada communities an opportunity to view works by talented young artists and designers.”

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. 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.

image: The graphic designed by Kevin Drain, a sophomore graphic design major from Urbana, Ohio.