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Ohio Northern art & design professor has work accepted into state exhibition

January—Ohio Northern University art & design professor Melissa Eddings has been accepted to include work in the Book + Art: The Reading Room sponsored by the Denison University Museum. The exhibition is on display from February 8—May 11 in Granville, Ohio.

Book + Art: The Reading Room features books by Ohio artists and is the result of sabbatical research conducted by Denison’s University Archivist Heather Lyle.

Artists’ books communicate their messages through an imaginative combination of images, text, technique, and format. Some are unique objects, while others are created in a series or in editions. Many are deeply felt expressions of the artists, or may explore contemporary socio-political concerns. All artists’ books are conceptual but provide tactile, interactive experiences for those lucky enough to read and handle them.

The Ohio Northern studio arts program includes a series of book arts courses for A&D students and general education, all taught by Prof. Eddings. The curriculum consists of historical binding studies, letterpress and printing press workshops, along with studies in narrative structures.

Melissa Eddings is associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima.

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.

image: Melissa Eddings, Sacrosanct
A coptic bound book with wood covers, oil paint, jute, and beeswax.