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Ohio Northern faculty and alumni accepted and win awards at watercolor juried exhibit

June—ArtSpace/Lima and The Lima Area Watercolor Society held their first-ever joint juried exhibit from June 14 through July 26. Accepted to the show were several works from Ohio Northern University’s art and design faculty and alumni.

Linda Lehman (adjunct instructor in art education): Prof. Lehman had three pieces accepted into the juried exhibit and won an honorable mention award for “Cusco, Corpus Christi.” 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.

Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77): Laura won an honorable mention award and had three pieces accepted to this year’s show. 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.

Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59): Jaye had one piece accepted, called “Wind.” 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.

William Kanzig (BFA ’92): Bill had two watercolor pieces accepted for exhibit. He recently retired from Ohio Northern after 20 years of dedicated service. He was manager of the machine shop for the College of Engineering and worked with faculty and students in all departments to purchase parts and materials for laboratories and projects. Additionally, he was the advisor for the SAE Baja group and a volunteered with the Ada-Liberty Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The exhibition was open to all artists working in water soluble media: watercolor, thinned acrylic, casein, gouache and egg tempera. Jurors for the exhibit were Yuki Hall and Christopher Leeper.

Hall, from Beavercreek, is an impressionist watercolorist, who has won many awards in, among others, the Western Ohio Watercolor Society juried competition, the Ohio Watercolor Society annual exhibition and Cincinnati Art Club ViewPoint national juried competition.

“It was my great honor to be invited to serve as a co-juror for the Lima Area Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition,” explained Hall. “The variety of subject matter was outstanding, and I was truly impressed by the talent exhibited by each artist in this group.”

Leeper is a full-time artist from Canfield. The author of Realism in Watermedia, North Light, his work has been featured in several books and publications, including The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist and Ohio Magazine. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University.

“I was impressed with the breadth of vision and skill shown,” said Leeper. “Picking the show and awards was not easy. There were many deserving paintings. We looked at each painting again and again and discussed merits and weaknesses. Eventually we reached a consensus.”

The Lima Area Watercolor Society was organized in 1986 by watercolor artist Annabelle Vandemark and four of her students. The society has been instrumental in elevating awareness about watercolor techniques and processes. The joint exhibit with ArtSpace was the first-ever collaboration between the two organizations for a juried exhibit.

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 to sell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

For further information on the Juried Watercolor Exhibit 2014 or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Bill Sullivan, operations manager, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.

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: Honorable mention winners Linda Lehman, Cusco, Corpus Christi (watercolor) and Laura Barnhardt Corle, Tom Becket's Red Coat (watercolor).