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Ohio Northern A&D alumni display work in Pittsburgh gallery

December—This month, four Ohio Northern art & design graduates are exhibiting in a group show at the Mr. Roboto Project, an incredible art gallery and concert space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibition lasts from Dec. 7–30, 2012.

The group of alumni, known as the Cowboy House, includes Fred Frances (BFA/studio arts ’11), Jeff Gibbons (BFA/studio arts ’11), Matthew Glove (BFA/graphic design ’11), and Mike Madsen (BFA/graphic design ’11).

Cowboy House is a four-artist collective founded in rural Ohio. Their work runs the gamut of illustrative styles from photography, comics to painting and printmaking, and blends bold, striking designs with a strong focus on autobiographical detail. Their catalog marries crisp professionalism with a handcrafted, small-press ethos.

Fred Frances is a writer and artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work communicates a reassurance to the viewer, “You are not the only person who feels like you feel.”

Jeff Gibbons is an illustrator and comic artist from Toledo, Ohio. He examines personal shortcomings and various flaws through his bizarre and entertaining webcomic, “Pretty Jeff.” He currently works at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Matt Glove is a graphic designer and digital, 35 mm, and instant-film photographer. He is currently using photography to search for balance and understanding within his personal life while learning the subtle nuances of the medium. Matt works at Distinctive Displays in Brooklyn, New York.

Mike Madsen is a graphic artist and Ohio native currently living near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work often deals with themes of the absurd, surreal, and mythic, blurring the personal and universal.

The Mr. Roboto Project is a cooperatively-run show space, art gallery and zine library located in Pittsburgh. Their aim is to create a comfortable and open space for people to experience a true do-it-yourself community.

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.