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Student, Faculty and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima

ONU Alumnus Wins Best of Show Award
—Ohio Northern University student Danielle Castelan (BFA ’12) two ONU faculty and three 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 Lowell Tolstedt, professor of art emeritus at Columbus College of Art & Design, and Jack Earl, a famous ceramic artist from Lakeview, Ohio.

According to Tolstedt, “As jurors, I believe that we chose works that show sincerity, vision and technical accomplishment. It was freeing to include artists without trying to fit them into a coherent exhibit, but to simply show the best of what had been submitted.”

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

“We have been taught from our youth that art has great value. All have some skills, perspectives, insights, and appreciation,” stated Earl. “There is in our area a healthy interest in art and there are many making quality work. It is good that such work is recognized.”

Represented in this year’s show included:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the best of show award for an ink and watercolor painting called “22 Crows Watching the German Crow Air Force Flying Over in 1918.” He also had two additional linocuts accepted into the exhibit. Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree 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 three works accepted into the exhibit; an acrylic on wood, a colored pencil drawing and a scratch board drawing. 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.

• Emily Jay (BFA ’10) had two oil paintings accepted into the show. She is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green State University. While at ONU, Emily was involved in the Student Art League and Kappa Pi art honorary. She was also nominated for the Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Professor Melissa Eddings had a mixed media book accepted into this year’s show. She is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has shown at ArtSpace in the past—in particular the joint Ohio Northern faculty exhibit in the Fall of 2006, “ONU: Then and Now.” As recently as 2009, Melissa Eddings was curator for “Under Cover: 6 Artists, 24 Books” also held at ArtSpace. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

• Professor Luke Sheets (BFA ’95) had three ceramic pieces accepted into the spring exhibit. He is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary.

• Danielle Castelan (BFA ’12), a senior studio arts/2D major from Republic, Ohio, had two works accepted into the show. On campus, she is active in Kappa Pi art honorary and serves as the assistant to the gallery director.

The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 27–June 2. 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.

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.