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Ohio Northern adjunct professor/alumna accepted to artist residency in Italy

February—In Toffia, Italy, there is only a small supermarket, a pharmacy, two bars, a butcher, a post office, a hairdresser, and an edicola—a newsagent. It’s a small and quiet medieval hilltop village in the middle of the Sabina region. But, also nestled within this tiny village is a converted 13th century church housing an artist residency.

This coming June, Ohio Northern Adjunct Prof. Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in this remote town, about 37 miles northeast of Rome.

The residency was developed to become a space and community where international artists can share places, experiences, and sensibilities. The aim of the residency is to challenge perceptions about how art is made and integrated in everyday life by devising unconventional scenarios for introducing ideas into the public realm.

Conceived of as a regenerative intercultural meeting place, the residency program is aimed particularly at artists who are enthusiastic about working within the Toffia environment, and who are energetic about making connections in this context. The program offers artists the opportunity to confront new ideas or experiment with their work and the particular territory of Sabina region.

Emily’s latest work uses painting, photography, and installation as she attempts to catalogue remnants of aesthetic experience encountered in the mundane. She will use her time at the artist residency to explore and develop a body of work that encapsulates new ideas and the territory of the Sabina region. See more of Emily’s work here:

Emily is currently teaching digital photography and visual literacy at ONU. She earned her Bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts in 2010 at Ohio Northern. 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.

This past fall, she held a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art. I Dream of All Things 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.  

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.