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Ohio Northern A&D professors serve as jurors for regional show

June—Ohio Northern University Art & Design Professors Melissa Eddings and William Mancuso were selected as jurors for this year’s Wassenberg Art Center’s Annual Juried Exhibition. The 57th Art Exhibit opens June 8 with a free, public reception from 7–10 p.m. Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 S. Washington St. in the former Charles Wassenberg Home.

The exhibit originated with founding art club members and continues today, with nearly 100 pieces of original art by professional and amateur artists from the tri-state region, the Toledo area and as far away as Colorado.

Awards totaling almost $2,000 will be presented at the opening reception at 8p.m.

The exhibit is free and runs through June 28. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Prof. Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking.

On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio.

Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

Prof. Mancuso teaches art history and foundation courses at Ohio Northern. He has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFA in studio arts from SUNY-Brockport. He has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has served as a juror for various exhibits and competitions including this year’s Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Art Award competition. Prof. Mancuso recently received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board.

The Wassenberg Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the Van Wert, Ohio area. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. For information on the art center’s activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837.

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.