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Ohio Northern alumna wins award in members’ only exhibit

May—The Findlay Art League opened its 65th Annual Members’ Show on Friday, May 3 in conjunction with the Arts Partnership semi-annual ArtWalk. More than 100 works in various media include painting, photography, ceramics, graphics, and metalwork were submitted to this year’s member only juried exhibit.

Selected for this annual show was ONU alumna Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96) for “Parker.” It also won an honorable mention award.

The judge for the show was Paul Brand, watercolor artist who has won numerous awards for his work in shows and exhibits throughout Ohio and the nation.  He currently teaches at the Toledo Museum of Art, Art Supply Depo, and the Toledo Artists’ Club. 

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. This coming fall, she plans to attend graduate school in drawing and painting.

The Findlay Art League was organized in 1948 as an outgrowth of the adult education class in art sponsored by the Findlay Board of Education. It is the oldest continuing art organization in the area and is composed of both professional and amateur artists. The Findlay Art League’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of art in the community and give its members an opportunity to study, work and exhibit.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and open to the public, and runs through Friday, June 1. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10a.m.–2p.m. The gallery is located at 117 W. Crawford Street in Findlay.

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.