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Work of Ohio Northern Alumna Toby Baker accepted to ‘Own an Original’ exhibit

December—Toby Baker (BFA/studio arts ’06), who says her “current [artistic] exploration is with flood sticks, that wondrous well-worn, well-traveled wood flotsam that survived the fury of the 2013 flooding in Colorado, specifically the Cache La Poudre River,” has had one of her found wood sculptures accepted to a regional exhibit in Littleton, Colorado. The 2014 Own an Original exhibition opened at the Littleton Museum on Nov. 21 and runs through Jan. 11.

The show is organized annually by the city’s Fine Arts Committee, a volunteer group appointed by the city council to advise on art purchases, to stage exhibitions, and to offer art-related programming. In its 49th year, the show has become stronger in overall quality.

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.

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: River Dancer, found Poudre River flood sticks, w 12 1/2" x h 6" x d 22 1/2"