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ONU Alumna To Present MFA Show

ImageApril—Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) will be exhibiting her final thesis during her Master’s of Fine Arts exhibit at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery located at Bowling Green State University April 13–21. An Opening reception will be held Friday, April 12 at 7p.m.

Currently, Emily is a MFA candidate studying painting at Bowling Green State.

“I see beauty to be evidence of the eternal, and so to have an aesthetic experience, to encounter beauty, is to connect to life and experience briefly the divine,” explains Emily about her current body of work.

“I seek out beauty, collect and catalogue it with my camera and writings and paintings, to not only remind myself to stay open to life, but to help others be more open. Paint implies, through leaving traces of my hand, the dance and abstraction I move through as I attempt to capture that which is constantly changing. And the process of the camera-light entering a body, changing the interior, but that change only being revealed later… that is a perfect mirror for me when I am out, searching for beauty, stumbling upon it. I find it, it fills me, changes, opens, exposes, enlightens me, and it is only later, slowly over time that I am able to realize and see these changes.

“To paint the sky daily, to go out into the world with a camera and collect, requires a constant looking upward and outward. This work is a collection, the remnants and recordings of a performance: my daily performance of going out into the world with a camera collecting, and my daily performance of straining my head upwards. By forcing a structure upon myself that demands an attention to beauty, and which is reflected in the structure of the work, with frames and grids, I am forcing myself and my viewers into a space that is still, and thus open to the poetry that hides within myself and our daily lives. These photographs and skies are as much about connecting with the outside world as connecting with my interior. So while being evidence of the eternal, the work is also evidence of my own constant searching and constant dreaming.”

The Master of Fine Arts in art program at BGSU is designed to produce professionally competent artists who are aware of the great traditions in art and related cultural fields. The MFA program prepares students to become either professional artists or teachers of art after receiving the degree.

Emily is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts. While a student at ONU, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient.

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.

image: Emily Jay.Our chimeras are most like us part 3. 2013. oil on board. 36