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Area professors' works in exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima

October—Professoriate: The University Does Art, a group exhibit featuring recent work by university faculty in Northwest Ohio, will open at ArtSpace/Lima with a reception for the artists from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, November 7.

The exhibit will bring together works by 17 university faculty members in the departments of art at Bluffton University, University of Findlay, Ohio Northern University, The Ohio State University at Lima, and Bowling Green State University.

Participants in Professoriate have national and international reputations that extend well beyond the borders of Northwest Ohio. Many are familiar to patrons of ArtSpace/Lima, having shown and earned awards in previous ArtSpace shows.

Professoriate: The University Does Art will run in the Ellen Nelson Gallery through December 20, 2014.

Artist/faculty who will be participating in Professoriate from Ohio Northern include Melissa Eddings, William Mancuso, Luke Sheets, Brit Rowe, and Emily Jay.

Prof. William Mancuso is assistant professor in art and chair of the department of art & design. He teaches art history, visual literacy, and painting courses at Ohio Northern. He has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFA in studio arts from SUNY-Brockport. He has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has served as a juror for various exhibits and competitions including the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Art Award competition. Prof. Mancuso recently received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board.

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor is graphic design at Ohio Northern and served as chair from 2002–2013. He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. He recently curated Object and Graphic Design, an exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima that showcased the best graphic design from Northwest Ohio. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, received a teaching award from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board, and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Prof. Eddings is an associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern. She has taught at ONU since 1997, served as chair from 2000–2002 and currently teaches painting, printmaking, book arts, and foundation courses. She also 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 served as a member of the University’s Planning Council, the Committee on Curriculum, University Council, Committee on Professional Evaluation, Faculty Affairs, and the Cultural Affairs and Special Events committees. For a few years, she served on committees for ArtSpace in Lima. 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. 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. Jay is currently an adjunct instructor in art at ONU. This semester she is teaching digital photography and visual literacy. While a student at Ohio Northern, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her BFA from Ohio Northern in 2010 and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013. Since graduation, Emily has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Jules Maidoff Gallery in Florence, Italy. An exhibit of her work is currently on display at the Elzay Gallery of Art on Ohio Northern’s campus. I Dream of All Things explores the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It is a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart. Emily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane.

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 Professoriate: The University Does Art or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Bill Sullivan, Operations Manager, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.

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.