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Ohio Northern alumna serves as curator of education and public engagement for Detroit art center

March—Ohio Northern’s art and design program has served as a foundation for hundreds of careers affiliated with the arts. With alumni all over the world, it’s no wonder that they bring leadership and foresight to their professions. For one alumna,
ONU certainly was the right choice for her.

“The flexibility of the independent study program in art allowed me to explore a museum career as an intern,” says Amy Corle (BFA ’88). “When I graduated, the position directly lead to a job with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.”

After 25 years as serving as director of visitor services and manager of internal marketing for the Chicago museum, Amy has now taken the roll of curator of education and public engagement with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

As the director at MOCAD, she develops adventurous, multidisciplinary programming in which the museum and city of Detroit function as sites for investigation and experimentation.

“Along with the curators and invited guests, I work with international and local communities to produce events and projects that are fun, rigorous and innovative,” explained Amy. Her department aspires to support youth and adults in learning and growing as free thinkers, to be culturally inclusive, artistically forward-thinking, and intellectually ambitious.

Amy brings a wealth of experience to MOCAD. At her prior job at the MCA-Chicago, Amy created and managed a suite of 50 innovative artist-activated, audience-engaged public programs in partnership with outside organizations, community groups, and the curatorial, performance, education and marketing departments of the MCA. Programs incorporated music (Tuesdays on the Terrace, Face the Strange (where Kim Gordon played), Magical Musical Showcase), literature (Literary Gangs of Chicago), art-making activities (Doodleganza: The Drawing Extravaganza), games (Bingo Tango), talks (Cabinet of Curiosities, Internet Superheroes), and social mixers (First Fridays). Her well-known jazz series, Tuesdays of the Terrace, has been quoted by the Chicago Tribune as a must-see during summer months and is one of the largest and most respected jazz programs in the city of Chicago.

“It was indeed a privilege for me to work at MCA,” said Amy. “I am grateful to those involved in my education at Ohio Northern in making it possible for me to do an internship there.” Now she is again looking forward to an exciting experience at MOCAD.

“There was so much going on,” said Amy, “including the Ragnar Kjartansson show, who is known for his spectacular, music-filled performative live installations and video work. We also have DEPE Space occurring now which is our department’s residency program for creative and spirited individuals.”

The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement.

Located on Woodward and Garfield between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, the museum is an innovative addition to Detroit's vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. The 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, has been simply renovated to maintain its historic character. With its raw, flexible and cavernous spaces, the building is well suited to the exhibition of contemporary art. The ambitious series of public programs includes lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for children.

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.