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Ohio Northern University adjunct faculty member accepted into photography juried exhibit; Alumnus earns first place

January—The work of ONU Alumnus Ed Corle (BFA ’78) was accepted into ArtSpace/Lima’s Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, which is on display from January 10 through February 15.  His photograph, entitled “Alger Stairs,” won first place in the architecture category.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 from Ohio Northern. He then attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. Ed is currently 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 since 1986.

He has been accepted in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artist Exhibition. In addition, he participates in regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival. He is a member of The Michigan Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and a trustee of the Findlay Art League.

Also accepted into the juried show was Spencer Cunningham for a photograph entitled, “Looking for Van Gogh,” a landscape. Spencer is an adjunct professor in photography at Ohio Northern’s Art & Design Department.

The exhibit featured a number of photographs from area photographers. Entry categories included: animals, architecture, black and white, landscape, plants, portraiture, special effects, still life, miscellaneous, and youth.

Judges for this year’s exhibit were Erin Pence and Steve Perry. Erin is a photojournalist and fine art photographer. She currently works for Wittenberg University as a photographer. Steve is an award winning landscape and wildlife photographer. His online gallery,, features his work.

“As judges, we had a very tough time turning some of the images away,” said Erin. “I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of styles submitted… everything from the very traditional to the abstract. Thank you so much for the opportunity to see the work of so many talented local artists.”

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and sell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. For further information about The ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call ArtSpace/Lima at 419-222-1721, or visit the ArtSpace/Lima website at

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: “Alger Stairs,” photograph by Ed Corle