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ONU Alumnus wins award in Findlay Art League’s juried show

ImageJanuary—The work of Ohio Northern University alumnus Harry Melroy recently won an award at the Findlay Art League’s Portrait Show.

Melroy (BA ’71) won second place for a drawing called, “Lunch at the Louvre.”

With an undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern, 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.

The exhibit includes artists from northwest Ohio using any medium to produce a representation of a specific person. Fifty-three entries were submitted and are on display at the Art League gallery from Friday, Jan. 18 and through Saturday, Feb. 9.

Judging this show was ONU Prof. Judith Greavu, who started her teaching career at Findlay High School in 1963. She holds a B.S. in art education from Ball State Teacher’s College, and an M.F.A. in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught sculpture, drawing, figure drawing, painting, ceramics and art education at Ohio Northern University from 1985-2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees. Prof. Greavu continues to produce sculpture in her studio in Dola, Ohio.

Admission to the Portrait Show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesdays—Saturdays, 11a.m.—6p.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