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Ohio Northern Ceramic Professor selected to display work at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

May—Ohio Northern University Art & Design Professor Luke Sheets has been accepted to display work in “Bluegrass Bourbon: By the Bottle/By the Ounce. The exhibition is on display from April 5–June 16 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

In celebration of Kentucky’s rich bourbon history, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Louisville Clay present an exhibition of ceramic bourbon bottles and shot glasses from artists around the country. With a nod to the vintage decanters of old, these hand-made vessels range from whimsical to modern in design. Only about 100 ceramic artists from around the nation are featured.

Originally, ceramic bourbon decanters were created in the 1950s to help drive sales and offer bourbon fans more eye-catching packaging suitable for gifting. These non-traditional bottles quickly became collectors’ items and were produced for 40 years until production ceased in the late 1990s.

This exhibition is curated by ceramist Matt Long who is an associate professor of art and the graduate coordinator for the Department of Art at The University of Mississippi. He earned his MFA from Ohio University, has been a potter for 29 years, and has had work in national juried and invitational shows throughout the United States.

Prof. Sheets 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.

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.