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Ohio Northern Faculty Exhibit Opens 2011-12 Gallery Season

August—The Art & Design Department’s celebration of “Latitude: A&D at 50” continues this year with an exhibition of work by the Ohio Northern University faculty at the Elzay Gallery of Art from August 26–September 18, 2011. The show provides the university community an opportunity to experience a diverse and creative range of artistic explorations and research undertaken by the department professors.

The exhibit showcases the professional works of eight members of the faculty: Melissa Eddings, William Mancuso, Brit Rowe, Luke Sheets, Rhonda Grubbs, Nancy Burnett, Ken Colwell, and Linda Lehmann. The potent exhibit shows the breadth and depth of the faculty talent who work in media ranging from painting and photography, to graphic design and ceramics.

Associate Professor of Art & Design Melissa Eddings will speak about her work during a public lecture on Friday, August 26 at 5:15 p.m. Open opening reception for the faculty also will be held from 4–6 p.m. on Friday.

The Elzay Gallery of Art is located on Gilbert Street and is connected to the Wilson Art Center, the classroom-studio building that houses the department of art & design.The gallery 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.

Please note that the galleries are closed Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day recess.

According to Melissa Eddings, director of the University galleries, this exhibit shows, in a tangible way, the extensive knowledge and technical skill these instructors bring to their work and to their students. And, most importantly, this exhibit illustrates the essential point that mastery of technical skills, coupled with individual creative imagination and scholarship, are the essential ingredients for turning craft into art.

“This exhibit provides an opportunity to view the professional works of the Art and Design faculty, a varied and talented group of instructors. It’s especially important for students to have the opportunity to view the works of their professors and see the ideas behind much of the art criticism that comes their way,” said Melissa.

The 2010–11 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: artist book cover for Rooster, by Melissa Eddings