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ONU Alumni win awards in Findlay Art League’s 2012 Juried Show

October—The work of two Ohio Northern University alumni won awards at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show.

Harry Melroy (BA ’71) won an award for merit for a stoneware piece called, “Long-haired /Ducks of Paris,” while Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) won a merit award for a watercolor called, “Off State Route 235.”

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.

Laura Barnhardt Corle is currently an adjunct instructor of art at Ohio Northern University where she teaches art appreciation. She also is one of the first to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a specialty in painting, specifically, watercolors. Laura is a freelance artist and teacher in the Findlay area, offering eight-week watercolor classes at her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows, and she has participated in many regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

In 2010, Laura was honored when three pieces were accepted into the Community Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, a world class museum, for the Findlay Area Artist Exhibit, and was also honored by having a watercolor accepted in the 92 Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibit. Last year, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Friday, Nov. 16. Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10a.m.–2p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.