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Ohio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery of Art opens season with international project

August—The Ohio Northern University gallery program opens its 2012–13 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay Gallery of Art with an international traveling show entitled “Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project.” The exhibit runs August 27 through September 21.

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project is an exhibition that investigates the power of small-scale artists’ books. The books challenge readers with grand, powerful, urgent, and poignant content while the Project provides an intimate, economical, democratic and global exchange.

The Project was curated by Hui-Chu Ying, an associate professor of art at the Myers School of Art, The University of Akron. The original exhibition opened at the Southern Graphics Council 2009 Annual Conference called Global Implications at Columbia College in March.

“As soon as the Southern Graphics Council announced the conference in Chicago,” said Hui-Chu, “I created this exhibition proposal for the SGC artists: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books. I thought this could be the perfect project to suit the program at Columbia College and its Center for Book and Paper Arts.” Hui-Chu asked artists, primarily printmaking faculty, to create six or more editions of miniature books for the MIMB project.

Ohio Northern University Associate Professor Melissa Eddings has a book in the Project. She was one of 100 artists worldwide who was invited to MIMB.

The exhibit has been traveling to more than 35 locations throughout the United States and 16 international sites. Over 142 books were selected for the Project.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

A public reception will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 5–7p.m. at the Elzay Gallery of Art.

Operated by the department of art & design, the University’s exhibition program serves as a vital means for engaging the Ohio Northern community and the Northwest Central Ohio region in the visual arts. The gallery season is designed to serve as an educational and cultural resource, to host national and international touring exhibitions, and to host original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

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.