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Ohio Northern faculty and alumni to exhibit work in Fine Craft Invitational

August—Summertime is often a time to relax, enjoy picnics, backyard parties, and trips. One may also enjoy concerts on the lawn: the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Boston Pops, the Ravinia Festival, and the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend. And now just in time for the end of the summer, ArtSpace/Lima opens an exhibit featuring the best fine craft artists in Ohio and surrounding states.

ArtSpace/Pops: A Fine Craft Invitational opens Saturday, August 4 at ArtSpace’s Ellen Nelson Gallery and runs through September 8. Artists on display work in wood, metal, clay, paper, fabric, and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals and beads.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 6:30–8:30p.m.

ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 20 area artists in this joint invitational. Accepted into the show are several Ohio Northern faculty and alumni including:

• Jaye Bumbaugh, a native of Lorain and now a resident of Lima, was a professor at Bluffton University for 37 years until 2004. He received a BSEd from Ohio Northern University and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. Jaye’s work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards. He currently is represented at the Marcia Evans Gallery in the Short North in Columbus, Ohio. In his work as an artist, Bumbaugh worked in many media including drawing in graphite, charcoal and pastel, painting in oils and watercolor, relief prints in linoleum, intaglio, silkscreen and lithography. In sculpture, he often has worked in ceramics and cast in bronze. More recently, he has worked with paper constructions in paper, foamboard, silkscreen and rag board.

• Bruce Chesser, ONU professor emeritus in art, specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a retired professor of art at Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years. He also served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

• Ed Corle 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.

• Luke Sheets 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. This past year, he also was invited to speak at the first international conference on research and trends in wood firing. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design.

• Les Thede retired from teaching engineering at Ohio Northern University in 2004. He received both a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He joined ONU in 1984 and served as professor of electrical and computer engineering. He has held the Herbert F. Alter Chair of Engineering Science on five occasions. He has spoken at regional and national professional meetings and is a member of IEEE and ASEE. He currently owns EverLasting Furniture that was created to promote the design and construction of furniture that lasts generations.

Most of the craftspersons in the exhibit are from northwest central Ohio and several have been award-winners in earlier ArtSpace shows.

The exhibit is deliberately designed to “lower the temperature” of the Ellen Nelson Gallery, featuring more accessible works than are usually on display. Still, the emphasis for this exhibit is on the word “fine.”

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 and is partially funded through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. 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. 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 & design or the University’s 2011-12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.