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Ohio Northern alumni win awards at Wassenberg Art Center’s annual juried exhibit

June—The works of Ohio Northern University A&D alumni, Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) and Jack (Ed) Corle (BFA ’78), were recently selected for exhibit and earned awards at the 57th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center.

Laura had three watercolor pieces accepted and Ed had ceramic work accepted. Both won the Wassenberg Art Center Award.

The exhibit originated with founding art club members and continues today, featuring about 80 pieces of original art by artists from the tri-state region. The Center in Van Wert, Ohio is known to hold one of northwest Ohio’s best juried art exhibits, with a reputation for high quality of work.

The pieces on display represent a wide range of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture—by artists juried into the show. The exhibit is free and runs through June 28. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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.

Laura is currently an adjunct instructor of art at Ohio Northern University where she teaches art appreciation. She also is one of the first to graduate from ONU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialty in painting, specifically, watercolors. Laura is a freelance artist and teacher in the Findlay area, offering eight-week watercolor classes at her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows, and she has participated in many regional 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.

In 2010, Laura was honored with three pieces accepted into the Community Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, a world class museum, for the Findlay Area Artist Exhibit, and was also honored by having watercolor works accepted several Annual Toledo Area Artists exhibits. Last year, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

Ed is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University of Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982.

He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image:  Spring Lilacs, watercolor, Laura Barnhardt Corle