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Ohio Northern student and alumni accepted into juried exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima

ONU Alumnus wins third award
April—Ohio Northern University Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the third award at this year’s ArtSpace/Lima 59th Annual Spring Show. Four other ONU alumni and students were accepted into this year’s juried exhibit.

The call-for-entries was open to any artist living within 100 miles of Lima working within one or more of the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art, or mixed media.

The guest jurors, Dennis Wojtkievicz, professor of art at Bowling Green State University, and Carol Griffith, professor of fine art at Columbus College of Art & Design, selected 51 pieces from 31 artists for the show.

Both jurors approached the evaluation process on the criteria of technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility.

“My relationship with ArtSpace/Lima spans three decades, during which time I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the incredible evolution of this important cultural institution,” said Wojkievicz. “I would like to thank Bill Sullivan and the members of ArtSpace for giving me the opportunity to be one of the jurors for this year’s Spring Show. It has indeed been a pleasure playing this small role in ArtSpace’s continued history of serving the community. Working in concert with my colleague Carol Griffith, we were made to confront the difficult task of choosing a diverse yet representative exhibition highlighting the skill and dedication of the many talented artists from this region. I hope those who attend this exhibition find it to be compelling, in some cases challenging, but most of all memorable.”

Representing the A&D program from Ohio Northern in this year’s show were:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) won the Third Award for an ink and watercolor painting called, “20 Crows in a Nasturtium Patch with Frogs Watching the German Crow Air Force Fly over in 1918.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

• Alumna Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96) had two works accepted into the exhibit. Leslie is an office manager at Michael G. Scherer in Tiffin, Ohio, and is an artist at Atelier Rohr. She has also worked as an art teacher at the Tiffin City Schools and at the Eastern Local School District. Since graduating from Ohio Northern, Leslie has won many awards for her work including at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show and the ArtSpace/Lima juried show.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the show. He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Alumna Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) had a watercolor accepted to this year’s show. Laura is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green and has been an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

• Emily Mueller (BFA ’14) is a senior studio arts major from Vermillion, Ohio. Her drawing, “A Portraiture of Luke,” was accepted to this year’s exhibit. On campus, Emily is active in Kappa Pi and women’s varsity tennis.

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 25–June 7. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

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.