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Rob Price: Artist’s Statement

First, I wish to express my gratitude to the Ohio Northern University department of art & design for inviting me to exhibit at the campus’ Elzay Gallery. I have chosen, for this exhibition, to put together a retrospective survey of my work from 1965 to 2010.

The pieces selected are meant to reflect the range of ideas, form and imagery which have engaged me over those 45 years.

This journey began in earnest during the year I spent as a transfer student from Miami University to ONU, 1965–66. I had the intention of completing the degree in art education offerred through the education department. What a different place it was when I enrolled and lived with my parents on Lincoln Street! (My father, Robert P. Price, was a member of the English/speech/theater department).

Our art classes were scattered throughout the campus and in the town. I worked on ceramics and painting in a small house on Union Street which still stands there today. Working in that house, I became more and more determined to dedicate myself to the specific study of painting.

My interest turned away from completing art education to, rather, finishing my BFA at Miami University and to go onward to considering a graduate program. I was encouraged to do this by my wonderful and inspiring instructors here at Northern, Bruce Grimes and Richard Mitchell.

I did finish my BFA at Miami University with the great support of my principal teachers there: Phil Morsberger, Judith Paetow, Robert Wolfe Jr., Robert Butler and Crossan Curry. I went on to get an MFA degree from Ohio University in Athens in painting and printmaking.

From there, I joined the faculty of the art & design program at the University of Wisconsin - Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Over the years I taught principally in printmaking but also drawing, painting and art history. I also spent three years teaching in England through the Fulbright teaching exchange program.

I officially retired from full-time teaching in 2000 and am now an adjunct lecturer teaching in the foundation drawing class.

To conclude, I hope this exhibition of work is appreciated as a personal journey through learning and discovery, greatly influenced by significant and caring teachers from three separate universities. There are, admittedly, the “stamps” of these teachers in the work. Clearly, also, many established artists have been sources of inspiration to me and bore great influence on the forms my work took over the years. I have no reservations about this.

I hope what also is seen here reflects my joy in making things, emulating established canons, experimenting and inventing my own interpretations.

image: catalog from Rob Price’s exhibit

upper left image: One Bright Morning
Mixed media on paper, 1991
Collection of Sarah Werner

lower right image: Pitch at Totnes
Mixed media on paper, 1993