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University Galleries at Ohio Northern University present 2012 winter/spring season

January—Ohio Northern University announces the opening of its 2012 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre Galleries. “Our gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource for the entire Ohio Northern community and surrounding region,” said gallery director and professor Melissa Eddings. The gallery program also hosts regional, national and international touring exhibitions, and original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

Featured shows during this winter/spring season include:

The Space Between by Lenore D. Thomas
January 17–February 17
Lenore Thomas is an artist who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her artwork has been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Estonia, China, Argentina, and Malaysia. Thomas received her MFA in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in religious studies and a BA in fine arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is co-director of Red Rocket Gallery, a virtual gallery space focused on showing the work of emerging artists. Her newest endeavor, Satan’s Camaro, is a collaborative project with artist Justin Strom. She is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an assistant professor in the department of studio arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

All That Jazz: A selection of jazz posters from the collection of Howard Courtney
January 17–February 17
All the illustrations are part of Courtney’s collection, which currently includes over 1,200 different posters. Many establishments sell “commemorative” posters that often have the musician's portrait, or an album cover illustrated on it. These were printed in the thousands and were sold all over the world.

Posters for Tomorrow: The Right to Education
February 27–March 30
Organized by the 4Tomorrow Association in Paris, France, every year Poster for Tomorrow chooses a basic human right to capture international attention. One of only two venues in the United States, the exhibit’s theme is
based on the second Millennium Development Goal, a declaration adopted by all UN member states.

The GENUS Series: Human and Non-Human Primate Portraits by John Bavaro
February 27–March 30
John Bavaro is an associate professor of art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he teaches painting, drawing, design and is the gallery director of the Bruce Gallery of Art. He received his BA in literature from Miami University and his  MFA (painting) from the University of Cincinnati. Inspired by both science and technology, Bavaro sets out to chronicle the natural world using both human and animal subjects. His GENUS series draws upon classical references such as Velazquez, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Rubens and Caravaggio to bring the ape-nature out of the humans and the human nature out of the apes. Most recently, Bavaro has taken to  “fingerpainting” on the Apple iPhone and iPad by painting in a variety of art apps on the small screen and then outputting the pieces to his printer. His work has appeared in New American Paintings, Dialogue-Voicing the Arts, The Artist’s Magazine, Time Out (Dubai) and two recent national iPhone art catalogues. He is one of the founding members of iAMDA (The International Association of Mobile Digital Artists) and is currently writing a book about iPhone and iPad art for Quintet Publications of the U.K.

A&D Senior Capstone Exhibit
April 16–May 5
BA / BFA student candidates from the art & design program display their capstone projects and portfolios. Defined as “the crowning point,” capstone projects provide an opportunity for students to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses throughout their major in an applied context. Students also discuss their projects during the annual brown bag lecture series held at the Wilson Art Center.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or Visit for the latest information about times, locations, and additions to the schedule.

Ohio Northern 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-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is 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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.