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Students Honored During the Annual Juried Show Awards Reception

The Elzay Gallery of Art and the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s student juried art & design exhibition. This show features the best of the best from the visual art and design department from this past year.

The awards reception and presentation was held Dec. 7 at the Elzay Gallery. The show runs through Dec. 17 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are noon-5p.m. daily while school is in session.

More than 45 students submitted over 70 entries to the juror, Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77). She is currently an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches in the nursing completion program at Blanchard Valley Hospital. She has been with ONU since 2006. She is also 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.

A wide range of media, styles and subject matter is represented in this year’s exhibition. The competition was very competitive, says Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director Melissa Eddings. She also serves as the advisor to the student group charged to organize this year’s exhibition. “Student shows are always insightful to both the contemporary art scene and the pulse of the school’s art community,” said Eddings.

Awards were presented during the opening awards reception on Dec. 7. Awards were presented to the students in the following categories:


Best of Show

Jeffrey Gibbons, studio arts major


The Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity

Jeffrey Gibbons, studio arts major



First Place, Kelsey Finch, art minor

Second Place, Natasha Watzka, graphic design major

Third Place, Frederick Frances, studio arts major



First Place, Kelsey Kleine, studio arts major

Second Place, Zachry Clum, studio arts major

Third Place, Victoria Brake, graphic design major


Graphic Design

First Place, Andrew Crozier, graphic design

Second Place, Andrew Adams, graphic design

Third Place, Greg Stawicki, graphic design


The Annual Student Juried Art & Design Exhibit is held to recognize the best in studio art and graphic design produced within the department of art & design throughout one academic year. The competition is designed where respected and qualified outside jurors are invited to evaluate the work for originality, creativity, and technical execution.

The Elzay Gallery of Art is located on Gilbert Street on the campus of Ohio Northern University. It is named for Colonel William O. Elzay. Colonel Elzay attended Ada High School and graduated from Ohio Northern in 1925 with a bachelor of arts. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1929. After a career in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, he enjoyed a successful career as a trust officer with Chase Manhattan Bank and as an independent financial advisor. In 1965, ONU awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration. He also served on the Board of Trustees from 1955 until 1985. Col. Elzay died May 26, 1995 at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.


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: Mrs. Toby Baker (left, BFA ’06) with Jeff Gibbons (right), a senior studio arts major, and President Ken Baker. Jeff won the Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity.