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Alumni Win Awards at Annual 3D Exhibit Competition

January—The work of two Ohio Northern University alumni won awards during the Findlay Art League’s 2012 3D Exhibit juried show.

Harry Melroy (BA ’71) won the first place award for a piece called, “The Time of His Life,” an oil enamel on mixed media. Melroy also won the third place award for “Esmeralda’s Sweet Ride,” an oil enamel on wood.

With an undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University, Harry 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, Mansfield Art Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

Winning an award of honorable mention was Ed Corle (BFA ’78) for a ceramic piece called “Brown Wave.”

Ed 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 judge for the show was Doyle Long who has enjoyed being a professional studio production potter most of his adult life. He was responsible for the design, production, marketing and strategic planning of dinnerware in Delaware, Ohio, and Forest, Ohio. His education in ceramics reads like a Who’s Whoof major universities offering degrees in ceramics. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, in 1978. From there he attended The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980. He has worked with or under nationally and internationally known potters during his formative years and remains in touch with many of them. Doyle has had his studio and work featured in Ceramics Monthlymagazine.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Friday, Feb. 10. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10a.m.–2p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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.