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Visiting artist to present at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design

ImageFebruary—The Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design presents a visiting artist lecture by Franklin Einspruch on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wilson Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.

He will give a presentation about his work, take questions, and be available to discuss students’ work and portfolios.

Einspruch has a creative practice that spans traditional and digital media, images and words, and various recombinations thereof: paintings, drawings, watercolors, essays, comics, programming, and Web art.

Einspruch earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Miami. His senior year at RISD took place at the school's European Honors Program in Rome and the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. Since then, his work has appeared in fifteen solo exhibitions and over two dozen group shows, and Martin Z. Margulies, the Florida Department of State, and many other collections in the US and abroad have acquired it. He has received several notable grants, and completed artist residencies at the Aegean Center and Stock 20 in Taichung, Taiwan. Scott White Contemporary Art and G2 Gallery represent his fine art.

Einspruch is a member of AICA USA and has authored over a hundred published essays and art reviews, which have appeared in Art in America, the New Criterion, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, and elsewhere. He has been exploring Web-based arts publishing since 2000, and produced one of the longest-running blogs about visual art, Artblog.net, which began in 2003. He edits the online archive of the writings of Walter Darby Bannard. Top Shelf 2.0 and three issues of Inbound, the anthology of the Boston Comics Roundtable, have featured his comics work, which has garnered favorable reviews from Fleen and Comixtalk.

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.