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Ohio Northern alumna selected for the 94th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art

ImageNovember—Two works of Ohio Northern University A&D alumna, Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77), was recently selected for exhibit in the 94th annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, featured at the Toledo Museum of Art, February 1 through April 14, 2013.

The juried show, which offers an eclectic mix of works in a variety of media, is organized by the museum and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies with support from the Ohio Arts Council. Admission to both the exhibition and the museum is free.

One of the few regional exhibitions of its kind in the nation, the show is open to artists who live in Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties in Ohio, and Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan.

This year, over 750 works of art were submitted for consideration. From these, about 65 entries were accepted for inclusion.

Exhibition awards, including best of show and special prizes sponsored by the Toledo Federation of Art Societies, will be announced during opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. on Feb 1.  

“Part of our mission as a museum is to support the local arts community. The Toledo Area Artists Exhibition is a way we can help talented artists in our region gain wider exposure and help to launch at least one of them to a larger platform through a solo exhibition,” said Amy Gilman, associate director of the museum.

The exhibition was juried by Small Worlds artist, Joe Fig and TMA Mellon Fellow, Kate Nesin.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Joe Fig started out as a figurative painter. In 2000, as a way of examining the artistic process and "the myth of the sacred studio space," Fig began making painstaking miniature sculptures of the studios of artists both famous and up-and-coming. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design (New York); the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College; the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York); and the Fogg  Art Museum at Harvard University. Born in Seaford, Long Island, in 1968, Fig now lives and works outside Hartford, Connecticut.

Kate Nesin is a graduate of Harvard University and completed her postgraduate work at Princeton University. In 2011, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to the Toledo Museum of Art for a postdoctoral fellowship program that blends curatorial work with the interdisciplinary nature of museum operations. A specialist in contemporary art, Kate Nesin is TMA’s first Mellon fellow and comes to Toledo from New York City, after completing a yearlong Chester Dale Predoctoral Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art.

ImageLaura 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 from ONU 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 with three pieces 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.

The Toledo Federation of Art Societies is a non-profit organization made-up of 21 art and cultural groups working together in and around the city of Toledo, Ohio. For over 90 years, TFAS has partnered with the Toledo Museum of Art to present the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition and has supported local artists through the purchase of artworks form these exhibitions. TFAS has established and maintains a permanent collection of regional artwork that is available as an educational resource through a partnership with the Toledo School for the Arts. Most recently, TFAS has established a tuition scholarship to provide an incentive for the most artistically gifted students to remain in the region.

The Toledo Museum of Art was founded in 1901 and has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection, its innovative and extensive education programs, and its architecturally significant campus. The Museum’s holdings has more than 30,000 works of art representing American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

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.