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Ohio Northern University to host Art & Design Student Photography Exhibit

December—Pilgrimage, a collection of works from students in the Art & Design Photography and Communication course, will be on exhibit in the Elzay Gallery of Art from December 1–14, 2014. An opening reception for the students will be held Mon., Dec. 1 at 6p.m.

“After seeing all of their photographs together,” said Emily Jay, the instructor for the course, “the students realized that while working on different projects, each body of work dealt in some way with a journey to something—to a better understanding of their home, of their past, of their family, or of themselves.”

Emily is currently an adjunct instructor at Ohio Northern. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts in 2010 from ONU. While a student, Emily was involved in Kappa Pi and the Student Art League. She was also a Shelley C. Petrillo Scholarship recipient. She earned her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2013. Just this past September in the Elzay Gallery, Emily held an exhibit of her latest work, I Dream of All Things. It explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. It was a photographic exploration of slipping into and out of dreams, as they come to be and as they come to fall apart. She also was one of the 17 university artists/faculty members from Northwest Ohio whose work was on display in Professoriate at ArtSpace/Lima this fall.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the Department of Art & Design at 419-772-2160 or

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 second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide.