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ONU’s Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery to exhibit Welty Asian art collection

August—The delicate and antique block prints of Japan may seem out of sync with the soybean fields of northwest Ohio. Yet visitors to Ohio Northern University can find a breathtaking array of Asian printmaking.

Part of the overall collection, which was donated to Ohio Northern by a law school alumnus, opens the 2013–14 art exhibition and gallery season at the Stambaugh Studio gallery. The show, entitled “Japanese Woodcuts from the Welt Collection,” runs September 3 through December 15.

The pieces on display during the exhibition are representative of a collection of Asian art given to Ohio Northern by Col. Elmer E. Welty, LLB ’27, Hon.D. ’82, and his wife, Lyla. The Welty Collection includes more than 500 pieces of carvings, porcelains, sculpture, furniture and prints. Representative items from the 19th century, Ch’ing Dynasty, Meji period, plus numerous Kutani and Imari China pieces make this an outstanding and diverse collection of academic and cultural use by Ohio Northern.

Col. Welty studied law at Ohio Northern from 1924–26 and then attended the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kan. He continued his education with special studies in Far Eastern affairs at Yale University. The Weltys lived in Asia for 30 years, and this print exhibit features acquisitions of Jacoulet’s work made during that period. Later, Col. Welty formed the firm of Welty, Shimeal and Tokotori, specializing in international law and patents. He was presented with an ONU Alumni Award in 1979 recognizing his career accomplishments and reflection on Ohio Northern. In 1982, Col Welty received an honorary doctor of laws from ONU. He donated his entire Asian collection in 1991 to Ohio Northern.

Admission to the Stambaugh gallery is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu. Visit http://www.onu.edu/academics/getty_college_of_arts_sciences/areas_of_study/art_design/gallery_and_exhibitions for the latest information about times, locations, and additions to the schedule.

Operated by the department of art & design, the University’s exhibition program serves as a vital means for engaging the Ohio Northern community and the Northwest Central Ohio region in the visual arts. The gallery season is designed to serve as an educational and cultural resource, to host national and international touring exhibitions, and to host original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

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: Prof. of Art Emeritus Judith Greavu in 2005 talking about the Welty Collection at Ohio Northern.