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New murals taking shape in Ada Public Library

ImageThe Ada Public Library is adding bright and colorful new murals to its kids reading area, all courtesy of two generous and talented Ohio Northern University art professors.

According to Amanda Bennett, Ada Public Library Director, when she approached Professor Melissa Mancuso about the possibility of having her and her students participate in designing and painting a mural for the library she originally wondered if it could be part of a senior year or capstone project.  With the short notice and scheduling, that wasn't possible.

Instead Professor Mancuso, along with her husband Bill Mancuso, also an ONU art professor, volunteered to design and paint the murals over the school's spring break.

The design came about around the idea of a 'Tree of Knowledge', says Ms. Bennett, adding that she wanted to celebrate the local natural and rural feeling of Ada.

The murals are ongoing and the photos attached to this post illustrate the story as it stands so far.  Stay tuned and the Ada Icon will continue to update it's viewers with the beautiful progress.

Prof. Eddings is an 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 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. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

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 in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

Prof. Mancuso teaches art history and foundation courses at Ohio Northern. He has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFA in studio arts from SUNY-Brockport. He has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has served as a juror for various exhibits and competitions including this year’s Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Art Award competition. Prof. Mancuso recently received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board.

The mission of the Ada Library is to stimulate scholarship and advance knowledge by providing access to all varieties of materials; to work alongside our neighbors and within our greater community to support our mutual growth and prosperity.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

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.