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Students, Faculty and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima: ONU Alumni Win First & Second Awards; Student Wins Sculpture Award

ImageApril—Ohio Northern University student Josephine Dunham (BFA ’13) and A&D Alumni Jaye Bumbaugh and Leslie Rohr Scherer were three of the award winners at this year’s Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima. Seven other students, faculty or alumni were also accepted to the juried exhibit.

The call-for-entries was open to any artist living within 100 miles of Lima working within one or more of the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art, or mixed media.

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.

Both jurors approached the evaluation process on the criteria of technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility.

According to Gordon, “Though the decisions were ultimately difficult, getting the chance to see the breadth and depth of all of the work submitted is a special treat. Presently, there was so much top notch work produced in the visual arts in the State of Ohio, and this exhibition is proof of that.”

Representing the A&D program from Ohio Northern in this year’s show are:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the First Award for an ink and watercolor painting called, “14 Crows Watching the German Crow Air Force Flying by and Dogs with Crow Riders Running in Orange Field.” He also had an additional watercolor accepted into the exhibit. Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

• Alumna Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96) won the Second Award for a pastel drawing called, “November.” She also had another pastel drawing accepted called, “Pastel.” Leslie is an office manager at Michael G. Scherer in Tiffin, Ohio, and is an artist at Atelier Rohr. She has also worked as an art teacher at the Tiffin City Schools and at the Eastern Local School District. Since graduating from Ohio Northern, Leslie has won many awards for her work including at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show and the ArtSpace/Lima juried show.

• Josephine Dunham (BFA ’13), a senior studio arts/3D major from Lima, Ohio, won the Martha Farmer Sculpture Award for a piece called, “Aphrodite’s Ascension.” On campus, she is active in Kappa Pi art honorary and the Student Art League.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the exhibit; an acrylic on wood, a colored pencil drawing and a scratch board drawing. He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Alumna Mayumi Kiefer (BFA ’12) from Troy, Ohio, had a ceramic piece accepted, called, “Solider II.” Mayumi currently works for the Troy City Schools in the ESL department, teaches dance at the Center Stage Dance Company, and is active in the community. She leads other artists in fighting hunger with the on-going Artists Against Hunger project and has been active in fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

• Alumna Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) had a watercolor accepted to the Salon Des Refusés. Laura is currently an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

• Professor Luke Sheets (BFA ’95) had one ceramic piece accepted into the spring exhibit. He is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary.

• Professor Linda Lehman had two watercolor pieces accepted. Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern University where she also coordinates the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. Prof. Lehman is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of university committees. She recently received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award from the Ohio Art Education Association. In addition, she was inducted into the OAEA Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the OAEA in the field of visual art education. She also has presented at regional and national conferences including the OAEA’s conference. Her recent session, entitled, “Connecting Visual Arts with the Disciplines,” described ONU’s Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program connecting the visual arts to other academic disciplines including biology and history.

• Matthew Madsen (BFA ’13) is a senior graphic design major from Coshocton, Ohio. His drawing, “Abe,” was accepted to this year’s exhibit. On campus, Matt is active in Kappa Pi, AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, and the men’s tennis team.

• Nicole Leirer (BFA ’13), a senior studio arts major from Toledo, Ohio, had two pieces accepted. “Alice Falling Down the Rabbit Hole” was an artist book/multimedia piece and “Salt Kiln” was a series of linoleum prints. On campus, she is involved in the dance department and Kappa Pi.

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.

image: Jaye Bumbaugh’s painting “14 Crows Watching the German Crow Air Force Flying by and Dogs with Crow Riders Running in Orange Field” on the left and Josephine Dunham’s sculpture “Aphrodite’s Ascension”