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Ohio Northern art professor featured in national painting exhibition

August— Red Chair, the work of Melissa Eddings Mancuso, professor of art and design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected for the National Small Painting Exhibition at the Witchita Center for the Arts.

The painting will be on exhibit August 22—October 12, 2014.

The show celebrates the trends and traditions of American small oil painting, featuring work no larger than 18 x 24 inches.

The exhibit’s juror was Anthony Benton Gude, grandson of American regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton.

Originally founded as the Wichita Art Association in 1920, The Wichita Center for the Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts organization. For more than 90 years, the Center has made art and art education available to the citizens of Wichita and the surrounding communities. The Center offers a 14,000 square foot gallery with annual exhibitions showcasing regional and national artists.

Prof. Melissa Eddings is an associate professor in art & design at Ohio Northern 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. While at ONU, Melissa was chosen for a sabbatical leave to pursue research relating to book arts and printmaking. She serves as the gallery director, the department’s study abroad coordinator and adviser for the Student Art League. In addition, she was a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum and 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.

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: Red Chair, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, 2013