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Retrospective Celebrates the Work of Prof. James H. DeVore

ImageMay—A memorial exhibition at the Elzay Gallery of Art is honoring one of Ohio Northern University’s most admired professors, James H. DeVore, who died last February.

The retrospective show features at least 30 of his pieces, according to Prof. Emeritus Bruce Chesser, the curator who worked on the show.

The exhibition will be on display at the Elzay Gallery of Art in Ada, Ohio from June 1–3 and periodically throughout the summer. A public reception will be held from 5–6:15p.m., Friday, June 1.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public. 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 419-772-2496 or Visit the latest information about times, locations and additions to the schedule.

Prof. DeVore received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Ohio University and taught for 37 years in the Ohio public school system, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and at Ohio Northern University before retiring in 1997. While at ONU, he served on a number of university and college committees, participated in numerous workshops and conferences, and served as chair of the department of art & design.

ImageProf. DeVore was a member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society and the Ohio Watercolor Society, where he served as recording secretary and on the Board of Trustees. He has exhibited in various local, state, and national exhibitions, some of which include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Central and Western Ohio Watercolor Societies’ exhibits, the Ohio Watercolor Society, Adirondack National Exhibitions of America, Canton Art Institute, Toledo Museum of Art, Everhart Museum in Pennsylvania, Dayton Art Institute, Mansfield Art Center, All-Ohio Painting and Sculpture Biennial, Northwestern Ohio Artist exhibit in the governor’s mansion, Huntington Galleries in West Virginia, Precision Gallery, Online Computer Library Center, Combs Gallery and the Monypeny Gallery in Columbus, Zanesville Art Center, Cain Gallery in Chicago, and ADI Galleries in San Francisco and Tokyo.

He has published several articles in national art publications, including an article entitled “Painting Atmospheric Effects in Watercolor” in American Artist magazine, “Yankee Realism” in Gallery, a book entitled Watercolor Paintings published by Ohio Northern University Press, and an article entitled “A Brief History of Watercolor Painting” in Polaris. There is an article on his life and work in Allied Publications Prize-Winning Graphics.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic designand studio arts. 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 recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & designor the University’s 2011-12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the departmentat 419.772.2160.