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Ohio Northern studio arts alumna selected for exhibit

November—Toby Baker, BFA/studio arts ’06, recently had a sculpture accepted to the 13th Annual Lone Tree Art Expo near Denver, Colorado. The exhibit was presented by the City of Lone Tree and the Lone Tree Arts Commission.

This juried exhibition runs from November 17, 2014—January 5, 2015 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, Colorado, 80124.

The Lone Tree Arts Center Gallery is open between 10a.m. and 4p.m., Monday—Friday, during box office hours, and two hours before performances.

The Lone Tree Arts Center is a professional, innovative and environmentally friendly LEED Certified venue. Owned and operated by the City of Lone Tree, LTAC has created a dynamic model for the performing arts by collaborating with premier Colorado performing arts companies to present their productions in Lone Tree while also presenting international and national touring artists. LTAC has quickly discovered its place as a new provider of arts education programs for children and seniors and is an important meeting and event rental site for corporate, civic, private, and community arts groups.

The juror for the exhibit was Candice Pulliam. She has 30 years of service experience in the art industry.   She is the president and principal consultant at the Art Services Company, which she started in 2001 to provide people with assistance in acquiring, placing, installing, and managing their art collections. She works with both commercial and residential clients. She also offers other services beyond the constitution of art, including consulting on the right framing, lighting issues, and even developing and maintaining art inventories. Some past positions include gallery director at Knox Galleries and Colorado Art Services, where she was the owner and manager, and the art co-coordinator for the “Memories in the Making.”

Born in Wyoming in 1954, Toby has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in creative writing from the University of North Dakota and a B.F.A. in studio arts from Ohio Northern University. She has worked in public relations, journalism and broadcasting and for the last 19 years served two universities, the University of North Dakota and Ohio Northern University, as the spouse of the president. While at Ohio Northern, she was commissioned to create a number of site-specific sculptures for the campus including her 2009 “School of Fish,” for the atrium of the new Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences.

After moving to Colorado in 2011, she now pursues art and writing with abandon. A recipient of several awards and distinctions, she has shown her work primarily in galleries and exhibits in Ohio and Colorado.

“The title of this sculpture is It takes a crooked stick to float a crooked mile,” said Toby. “My current exploration is with flood sticks, that wondrous well-worn, well-traveled wood flotsam that survived the fury of the 2013 flooding in Colorado. Specifically, I surveyed the Cache La Poudre River that begins in the Front Range in the northern part of the Rocky Mountain National Park and travels 126 miles, dropping over 6,000 feet through the mountains until it merges with the South Platte River not far from where I live.”

She began exploring the muddy riverbanks as the water receded and discovered intricate stick jams. So complex and beautiful, she marveled at how each stick fit so precisely into the whole pattern, an incredible puzzle with hues, shapes and textures.

This reflects her flood stick sculptures that were created with random sticks and found objects that she picked up along the banks of the Poudre River. “As with all my art, my intent is for each piece to draw you close so you can share in the mystery and magic as well.”

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: It takes a crooked stick to float a crooked mile, 42" x 50" x 12"