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Ohio Northern Student and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima

ImageApril—Ohio Northern University student Janelle Cain (BFA ’11) and two ONU alumni were recently selected for the Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima in Ohio.

The call-for-entries was open to any artist living within 100 miles of Lima working within one or more of the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art, or mixed media.

The jurors for this year’s exhibit were Ed Valentine and Brad Olson, both professors at The Ohio State University at Lima.

According to Olson, “The response to the call was equally diverse, visually and thematically. There were an almost equal number of representational, abstract and non-representational artworks, which spoke of a broad understanding of numerous traditions associated with making art.”

Both jurors approached the evaluation process on the criteria of technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility.

 “It is never easy selecting which work to include,” stated Valentine. “When I jury a show, my selections are based on a comparative high level of skill, craft and an understanding of the medium. In addition, one must take into consideration the conceptual elements, the idea behind the piece, the uniqueness of the idea and how that subject matter is approached and dealt with.”

Represented in this year’s show included:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh won the first place award for an acrylic painting called “Beetle Collection.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree (BSEd) from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had a painting 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. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Janelle Cain, a senior art education major from Perry, Ohio, had a ceramic work accepted into the show. Recently, Janelle has attended the Creative Capital and Northcoast Hues education conferences and is currently completing her student teaching. On campus, she is active in Kappa Pi art honorary and earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors as part of the ONU swim team.

The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 15–May 28. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

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.