Ohio Northern faculty and alumni selected for ArtSpace/Lima Pops/Fine Craft Exhibition
July—Summertime is often a time to relax, enjoy picnics, backyard parties, and trips. One may also enjoy concerts on the lawn: the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Lima Symphony on July 4, and the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend. And now just in time for the end of the summer, ArtSpace/Lima opens an exhibit featuring the best fine craft artists in Ohio.
ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 23 area artists in this joint invitational. Accepted into the show are several Ohio Northern faculty and two alumni, including:
• Prof. Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, Luke was resident potter at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center for 2 ½ years before moving to Kanazawa, Japan. While there, he shared a studio space with two local Japanese potters until his return to Ohio in 2005. Through travels to countries like the Czech Republic, Korea, Italy, and France, he has continued to explore wood-firing in various ceramic traditions. His research interests also included experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including “History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions / Contemporary Objects,” the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” and most recently in 2013, was published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2), both books published by Lark Books. He has spoken at various national and international conferences including NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI, the First and Second European Wood-Fire conferences, and was awarded a residency at the highly respected Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi international art honorary.
• Prof. Melissa Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. 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. Last spring, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking. On campus, Melissa serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she is a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and has served on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, the Faculty Affairs and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on the board of directors for ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio. Melissa has been accepted to numerous juried shows including ArtSpace/Lima, the Findlay Art League, and the Ohio Art League. She also has had work on exhibit at Thiel College, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University and Edinboro University. 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.
• Prof. Bruce Chesser, ONU professor emeritus of art, specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a retired professor of art at Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years. He also served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.
• Prof. Judith Greavu, ONU associate professor emeritus of art, earned her B.S. degree in art from Ball State University and her M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and at Ohio Northern University where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees. Prof. Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has exhibited from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including being selected for “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspirations,” an exhibit in Maine that celebrated the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. Locally, she constructed a fountain for the city of Bluffton, large sculpture commissions for Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens, and her Reef Installation was one of the works in the prestigious citywide Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize exhibition in 2010. In 2011, she was honored with a retrospective exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.
• Prof. Ed Corle (BFA ’78) is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University of 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.
• Prof. Les Thede retired from teaching engineering at Ohio Northern University in 2004. He received both a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He joined ONU in 1984 and served as professor of electrical and computer engineering. He has held the Herbert F. Alter Chair of Engineering Science on five occasions. He has spoken at regional and national professional meetings and is a member of IEEE and ASEE. He currently owns EverLasting Furniture that was created to promote the design and construction of furniture that lasts generations.
ArtSpace/Pops: A Fine Craft Invitational opens Sunday, August 3 at ArtSpace’s Ellen Nelson Gallery and runs through September 13. Artists on display work in ceramics, wood, metal, paper, fabric, and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals. The emphasis of the exhibit is on “fine” crafts: work that exhibits the same imaginative creativity, the same attention to detail and the same understanding of medium as any art must do.
An opening reception for the artists will be held Sunday, August 3, 2–4p.m.
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 and is partially funded through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. 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 “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.