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Ohio Northern University’s Department of Art & Design featured in “Creative Colleges”

September—Ohio Northern University’s Department of Art & Design received its third national recognition by Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers, a publication that selects the top schools in the nation for its creative programs for students.

The visual arts discipline at Ohio Northern, along with a listing of general facts about ONU, is included in the chapter on “Colleges for Artists–Midwest.” Ohio Northern is the only small, private, comprehensive university included in the Midwest. The citation includes information about scholarships, degrees and student activities. The chapter also notes Dan Overly and Marilyn Lysohir ’72 among prominent alumni. Overly was a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in Mississippi and served as executive director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Lysohir has been a ceramic/sculpture artist for many years and has been internationally recognized for her work in numerous publications and exhibits.

“This is a great honor for Ohio Northern and the art & design department, since the Midwest is home to so many fine academic art and design programs,” said William Mancuso, chair and assistant professor in art & design. “It is a testament to the high quality students and graduates of Ohio Northern and to the committed, talented faculty that we have in place.”

The department of A&D offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with four major programs of study including advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. ONU students can pursue many careers such as graphic design, corporate identity, advertising, wayfinding design, publication design, illustration, web design, exhibit design and curating, art therapy, art education and countless other fields.

The department is housed in the Wilson Art Center, a state-of-the art facility with up-to-date studios, classrooms, and computer lab. The Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery feature an ambitious exhibit season and visiting artist program. Each year students gain practical experiences through internships, exhibitions, student teaching, study abroad, workshops, conferences and practicums that provide hands-on learning.

The department also offers students engagement in a number of student organizations, including pre-professional groups, domestic study opportunities, a film series and summer European trips.

Students excel in the visual arts at Ohio Northern and travel internationally to pursue their passions. During the past few years, a number of graphic design students studied design and typography at the University of the Arts London and at Accademia Italiana while another group of studio arts and art education students studied visual arts at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and the Studio Arts Center International in Italy. A senior art education major was accepted to a Fulbright-Hays program called “South Africa: Perspectives on Democracy” to participate and study the educational system and democracy in Lephisi Village of South Africa. Other design students have earned competitive internship opportunities including one at Mullen Advertising, a top 25 advertising firm in the United States. Students in art & design also won awards for their work including the Excellence in Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

The Creative Colleges guide is aimed at college-bound students and gives them the information and resources to choose the best programs in music, theatre, art and creative writing. Written by Elaina Loveland, Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers (fourth edition) is aimed at college-bound creative students, giving them the information and resources necessary for picking the right programs. This step-by-step guide to getting into college includes helpful tips about auditions, admission essays, artistic résumés and portfolios, the SAT and ACT, and financial aid. Students can see real-life profiles of students in each discipline and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Loveland is the former editor of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Journal of College Admission. She also is the author of Creative Careers: Paths for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.

Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is a competitive, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist church. ONU is one of the few private universities to offer a distinctive blend of nationally ranked liberal arts and professional programs in its five colleges.

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.