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Ohio Northern faculty and alumni earn awards at Wassenberg’s juried show

June—The works of Ohio Northern University’s art and design faculty and alumni were recently selected for exhibit and earned awards at the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center located in Van Wert, Ohio.

The exhibit originated with founding art club members and continues today, featuring about 80 pieces of original art by artists from the tri-state region. Today, the art center has grown to hold one of northwest Ohio’s best juried art exhibits, with a reputation for high quality of work.

The pieces on display represent a wide range of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture—by artists juried into the show. The exhibit is free and runs through July 6. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

The Wassenberg Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the northwest Ohio region. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. For information on the art center’s activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837.

Representing Ohio Northern at this year’s show were:
Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59): Jaye won the Douglas Edward Koch Memorial Award for his watercolor and ink painting, “Crows Watching the German Crow Airforce.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’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.

Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77): Laura won the Wassenberg Art Center Award. She 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.

Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96): Leslie also won a Wassenberg Art Center Award. 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 at the ArtSpace/Lima juried show.

Melissa Eddings Mancuso (associate professor of art): Prof. Eddings Mancuso won an honorable mention award. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking and foundation courses in the department of art & design. Melissa has been invited and accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also was recently accepted into the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project that traveled worldwide in 2010-12 and curated the exhibition “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” held at ArtSpace/Lima in 2010.

Ed Corle (BA ’78): Ed had a recent ceramic piece accepted to this year’s show. He is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Linda Lehmann (adjunct instructor in art education): Prof. Lehmann had two pieces accepted into the exhibit. Linda graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education. Prof. Lehman teaches art education at Ohio Northern where she also coordinated the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children. She is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of university committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

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 “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Work accepted into this year’s exhibit by Melissa Eddings Mancuso and Jaye Bumbaugh.