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Poster for Tomorrow exhibition returns to Ohio Northern with Work Right!

January—Poster for Tomorrow’s “A Day for Tomorrow” exhibition returns to Ohio Northern for a second year. This year’s theme is “Work Right!,” focusing on workers’ rights.

The show is comprised of 100 juried posters from international artists and designers serving as a launchpad for thoughtful debate on workers’ rights. A jury of renowned graphic designers selected the top 100 from more than 3,000 entries. Posters cover a variety of workers’ right topics from child labor to gender discrimination to human trafficking.

Work Right! opens Monday, January 19 and runs through March 27 at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. About 15 posters will be displayed every two weeks to display the entire collection.

According to Hervé Matine, the founder of Poster for Tomorrow in Paris, France, “The right to work isn’t the right to employment. Nobody has the right to a job. But everybody has the right to work in a secure, safe, fair working environment.

“We all have the right to work,” he explained, “without discrimination or exploitation of our gender, age, nationality or physical condition.”

Matine went on to say, “We all have the right to work for a wage that is fair reward for our labor and that will enable us to support ourselves and our families.

“The right to work protects us from child labor, gender and age discrimination and exploitation in all its forms. It entitles us all to the same opportunities, benefits and protection from exploitation or malpractice.

“We want to make everybody aware of their rights as a worker, whether it’s a small boy working in a sweatshop, a woman being paid less than her male colleagues or a physically challenged man denied an office job because of his wheelchair. 

“This has to stop. That’s why we say: employment, not exploitation.”

Poster for Tomorrow is a branch of 4Tomorrow, a non-profit Paris organization that raises awareness about human rights issues. Past exhibition themes have included homelessness, gender equality, freedom of expression, abolition of the death penalty, and right to education.

Admission to the Stambaugh gallery is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is also open prior to events held at Ohio Northern’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. 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

Operated by the department of art & design, the University’s exhibition program serves as a vital means for engaging the Ohio Northern community and the Northwest Central Ohio region in the visual arts. The gallery season is designed to serve as an educational and cultural resource, to host national and international touring exhibitions, and to host original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment.

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.

image: Too Heavy To Bear, 2014, Ji Hun, China
Courtesy of Poster for Tomorrow