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Ohio Northern University Ceramic Professor Selected to “History in the Making” exhibit in New York

September—Work by Ohio Northern University’s ceramics professor, Luke Sheets, has been selected for the eighth annual national juried exhibit of “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects” at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery located in Rochester, New York.

The exhibition opens this Friday, Sept. 13 and closes Nov. 3, 2013.

The History in the Making exhibit showcases ceramic work from promising artists to veteran traditionalists, all seeking a connection between historic and contemporary themes, materials, or applications in the creation of the work.

The show was juried by Jane Shellenbarger from the School of American Craft. She was a CORE student at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina from 1987-1989. Jane received her B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Following graduate school, she worked as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT 1996-97. She established her studio pottery, Mill Station Pottery, in rural Hale, Michigan in 1997. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in the School for American Crafts. She has taught at Northern Michigan University, Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Northern Iowa, Penland School of Crafts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Genesee Pottery was founded in 1972 and is located in the historic firehouse in Rochester, New York. Genesee Pottery is one of Rochester’s premier community based ceramics facilities. It is a 4,000 square foot ceramics studio offering classes, visiting artist workshops, 24-hour access, studio rental space, artist residencies, gallery exhibits, and community outreach programs. Genesee Pottery is part of Genesee Center for the Arts and Education, a not-for-profit arts facility. The Firehouse Gallery shows contemporary ceramic work by regional, national, and international ceramic artists.

Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s department of art & design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.

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.