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Ohio Northern Alumni and Retired Art Professors Included in “The Best in Local and Regional Art”

May—Ohio Northern University alumni Ed Corle (BFA ’78) and Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) along with retired ONU art professors Bruce Chesser (ceramics) and Judith Greavu (sculpture) are included in a group exhibition at the American Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio.

“The Best in Local and Regional Art” is a unique two-month exhibit that presents the work of 38 northwest Ohio artists along with photographs of their studios. The show debuts on May 21 and closes on July 21.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday, May 21, 4-7p.m. Many of the artists will be in attendance to share their creative process.

During the two-month exhibit, many of the artists’ studios will be open to the public. Open hours, maps and directions to the studios will be available at the gallery. Bruce and Judy’s tour dates will be held at their studio located at 8586 St. Rt. 701, Dola, Ohio:
• June 18 and 19, 10a.m.–4p.m.
• June 25 and 26, 10a.m.–4p.m.

Professor Bruce Chesser, professor emeritus in art, specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He 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 at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

Professor Judith Greavu, retired associate professor in art, received her BS in art education from Ball State University in 1963, and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 1967. She has traveled the world and has given workshops and lectures all over the United States. Her exhibition record includes numerous solo shows, group exhibitions, and juried shows.

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.

Ed Corle is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University of Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

The American Gallery represents many local and regional artists from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Owned and operated by Toni Andrews, the American Gallery hosts special monthly exhibits by regional and national artists.

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.