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The Department of Art & Design presents “Artists Against Hunger” check to the Hardin County Backpack Program

December—The holiday season is a time to give thanks for what we have, and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Each year at Ohio Northern University, opportunities exist to do just that.

The students and faculty of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern recently gathered together to celebrate its commitment to helping the local community at the Artists Against Hunger check presentation. 

The fourth annual Artists Against Hunger luncheon was held in November at the Wilson Art Center. Over $3,100 was raised from this year’s fund-raiser.

The Backpack Food Program seeks to eliminate hunger on weekends for students in school districts by providing the students with non-perishable foods in backpacks.

Backpacks are filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food for students who are at-risk for hunger when free or reduced-price school lunches are not available.

Accepting the donation was Ms. Brenda Jennings, a nurse for the Kenton school district and the director of the Backpack Program. Making the presentation from Ohio Northern was Melissa Eddings, professor of art; Carmen Cano, a junior graphic design student; William Mancuso, professor of art; Brittany Lang, a senior graphic design student; Luke Sheets, a professor in art; and Brit Rowe, professor in graphic design.

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.