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ONU Design professor selected to present at international arts and humanities conference

November—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design and chair of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, will present a case study session at the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. The conference will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 11–14 with more than 600 participants representing 30 countries.

Rowe’s session examines the issue of how ideas of sustainability can be applied to a community’s interactions, its economics and its physical environment by redesigning a recycling system for a campus community. Entitled “Think. Know. Do. Design for the Common Good,” it is a case study centered around visual advocacy. In essence, the paper addresses the importance of a social and an ethical approach to students’ design solutions. Another aspect focuses on students learning that they are citizens participating in a democratic society, and as such, they should be cognizant that their communication skills can be put to use as a powerful tool for social change for any number of issues.

The 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu, nicknamed “the gathering place.” The 2013 Hawaii International Conference will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields from all over the world.

The main goal of the 2013 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor and chair of the department of art & design, a top creative program in the United States (“Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers”). He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Prof. Rowe has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as the United Way and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

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.