Ohio Northern graphic design alumnus creates a sense of pride for a university’s football program
November—Many university football teams go through an assortment of changes over the years. New coaching and support staffs, incoming students and updated facilities show commitment to improving a program. But, perhaps one of the most visually noticeable changes could be a new look a facility receives.
This past summer, Ohio Northern graduate Matthew Glove completed work of a new locker room for the Bowling Green State University’s football program.
Several renovations and designs were completed prior to the season’s opening kickoff, showcasing BG’s commitment to their student-athletes and to the football program.
“I was in charge of designing both two-dimensional and three-dimensional displays for the locker room,” explained Matt. “I directly met with the athletic staff to create the brief. After other research, I proposed the design with new materials, wall graphics, updated lighting and an installation method.”
“The locker room renovation transformed the current space,” said David Meyer, BGSU assistant athletic communications director for football. “The space gives BGSU the best locker room in the MAC (Mid-American Conference)… We are very excited to have the renovations completed. These improvements continue to help us attract the best possible student athletes for our program.”
The redesigned space includes 112 wooden lockers for players, 15 coach lockers, custom-made floor designs, and a history timeline of BGSU football.
Matthew Glove graduated from Ohio Northern in 2011 with a BFA degree in graphic design. He also studied design at the London College of Communication/University of Arts with a focus in design for print. After graduation, Matt worked as a graphic designer for CGS Imaging, a large format printing company in Toledo. He currently works and lives in New York City.
While a student at ONU, Matt was involved with the AIGA|The Professional Practices for Design/ONU student group and served as its vice president and secretary. He also won awards in the student juried art exhibit and Polaris magazine, the art and literature journal at Ohio Northern.
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.