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Alumnus featured in retrospective exhibit at the Mansfield Art Center

June—Ohio Northern alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) is the featured artist now through July 29 at the Mansfield Art Center. Entitled “Been There, Done That,” the retrospective, which honors his career, opened with a June 24 reception. The show includes 140 paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Melroy’s paintings feature bizarre use of color yellow skies, red grass, purple trees, all seem to fit within his surreal universe. He has donated a large painting to be raffled at the end of the exhibition.

“An Evening with Harry Melroy” is to feature a conversation with the artist 6:30- 8:30 p.m. July 19. Reservations should be made by calling 419-756-1700.

The exhibition runs 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. The Art Center is at 700 Marion Ave., Mansfield, and admission is free.

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, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Mansfield Art Center is Central Ohio’s leading organization for the arts. The award winning building is located on eight and a half acres of wooded meadow.

Since 1945 The Mansfield Art Center has engaged the community with the aim of driving, and participating in, the improvement of community life. The Center’s exhibitions programming has evolved to address a broad range of contemporary social, political and cultural concerns, and has consistently provided a focus for educational and outreach programming. These exhibitions embrace historical and contemporary art, and present a diversity of artists and artistic practices.

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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “The Gardener's Journal,” colored pencil, 44" x 66"