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Ohio Northern art student wins award

April—The annual juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is an anticipated exhibit held each year. “The quality of the show is very high,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager for ArtSpace.

This year, Josephine M. Dunham, an Ohio Northern University studio arts major from Lima, won the Martha Farmer Sculpture Award at the ArtSpace/Lima’s annual juried Spring Show. Her sculpture, entitled “Aphrodite’s Ascension,” was recently completed before the submission deadline.

“I was encouraged by professor Luke Sheets to enter the show,” Josie said. “It was a great opportunity to be recognized by ArtSpace. It was also a great opportunity and I was very appreciative.”

Two other Ohio Northern students selected for the exhibit were Nicole E. Leirer, studio arts major from Toledo, and Matthew P. Madsen, graphic design major from Coshocton.

The guest jurors, Charlotte Gordon, the curator at the Springfield Museum of Art, and Julie Byrne, a ceramic artist from Goveport, selected 52 pieces from 148 submitted works of art. The entries were in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and mixed media.

“Josie’s work was all about the plasticity of clay,” said Byrne. “Its compressed cast of characters was just waiting to escape their bonds.”

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 26–June 8. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

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.