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Department of Art & Design presents “Artists Against Hunger” check to Hardin County Backpack Program

March—The students and faculty of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern recently gathered together to celebrate its commitment to helping the local community at the Artists Against Hunger check presentation. 

The third annual Artists Against Hunger luncheon was held in November at the Wilson Art Center. Over $2,000 was raised from this year’s fund-raiser and from other events.

The Backpack Food Program seeks to eliminate hunger on weekends for students in school districts by providing the students with non-perishable foods in backpacks.

Backpacks are filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food for students who are at-risk for hunger when free or reduced-price school lunches are not available.

Accepting the donation was Ms. Brenda Jennings, a nurse for the Kenton school district and the director of the Backpack Program. Making the presentation was Josie Dunham, a studio arts student at Ohio Northern, who served as the student coordinator for the event. Also present were Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design department; Kevin Drain, a senior graphic design student; and Carmen Calo, a sophomore graphic design student.

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.