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Ohio Northern studio arts alumna exhibits series of work in Rhode Island

April—Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) has exhibited her latest series of work at the GRIN Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. The work, Fragments, was selected for a group show called Swell: A Flatfile and Installation Series. It featured 35 local and international artists. Over 300 curated artworks were on display from January 11—March 1, 2014.

Currently, Emily is a teaching assistant at the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

“My work explores the relationship between beauty and the limen,” explained Emily. “Using photography, I attempt to catalog remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane.” 

See Emily’s entire series here:


Emily is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Northern University. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts. While a student at ONU, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

GRIN is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant in the historic Olneyville District in Providence, Rhode Island. Run by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, GRIN was founded in order to create a space for emerging artists to develop and exhibit their work. The gallery’s intent is to promote an intellectually demanding yet aesthetic environment focusing on the work of emerging artists across mediums.

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: Into Versailles Part 2, Fujifilm Instax color film, 4.6 x 6cm, 2013