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Ohio Northern Professors Exhibit Recent Work at Defiance

January—The Defiance College Women’s Commission Gallery hosted an exhibit of works by William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings, both of whom are art professors at Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design. The exhibit ran through Feb. 11, with a closing reception scheduled for that afternoon.

Eddings’ images were drawn from the everyday life around her: swimmers in a pool, laundry on a line, birds in her backyard, which she explored in series of small paintings. Mancuso’s paintings and drawings explored the interconnectedness of humans and nature in bright watercolors and oils.

The Women’s Commission Gallery is located on the campus of Defiance College in Dana Hall. It is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays, or by appointment. Exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Jan Bechtel, Gallery Coordinator, at 419-783-2444, or

Both Mancuso and Eddings have shown at ArtSpace/Lima, in particular in the joint Ohio Northern faculty exhibit in the Fall of 2006, “ONU: Then and Now” and a recent joint exhibit entitled “Any Day Now.” Although both have been active in showing their work, this is the second time together as co-exhibitors.

Melissa Eddings is associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that will travel worldwide in 2010-11 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima this past fall.

William Mancuso has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFA in studio arts from SUNY-Brockport. He states that “For me, being involved with the process of art is about seeing. Seeing the interconnectedness. Seeing the invisible behind the visible… I’m hoping that any day now, more and more people will recognize that we are not separate bags of skin, the myth of the ‘individual,’ but are totally interconnected and dependent, woven into the fabric of all that nature and the experience of life offer.”

Mancuso has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has served as a juror for various exhibits and competitions including this year’s Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Art Award competition.

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: Ohio Northern Professors William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings.