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Ohio Northern graphic design student has book accepted to national exhibition

April—An artist’s book by Nicole Bregar, a senior graphic design major at Ohio Northern University, was recently accepted to The Heart & Hands 2015: 5th National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Heart & Hands 2015 showcases the best examples of the broad range of books being made by graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions. Books made in book arts, graphic design, photography, printmaking, and writing courses are on display at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from April 6—May 30, 2015.

This year’s juror was Bonnie O’Connell. She earned her BA in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Art from The University of Iowa. She teaches book arts classes and directs The Fine Arts Press, a letterpress teaching laboratory, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She also produces fine press limited editions of contemporary poetry for Abattoir Editions. The Penumbra Press, her private press imprint, has a 35-year background in literary fine printing. In recent years, she has issued mixed media letterpress works on social and art issues, as well as sculptural books and assemblages. Her first offset artist’s book, The Anti-Warhol Museum: Proposals for the Socially Responsible Disposal of Warholia, was co-published with Nexus Press, Atlanta in 1993. She has taught numerous book arts workshops, and exhibited her unique bindings and edition books in libraries and galleries throughout the country, and her work is found in over 40 institutional collections. Her essays on the book arts have appeared in Books at Iowa and Abracadabra. She is the recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Nebraska Arts Council, The Nexus Center for Contemporary Art, and The Woman’s Studio Workshop.

The libraries at the universities of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska-Omaha eventually purchase selected award-winning books from the Heart & Hands exhibit for their special collections. The exhibition is sponsored by the UNL Department of Art and Art History, the UNL Libraries, and the Nebraska Book Arts Center.

Nicole’s book, entitled ‘Someday,’ is a hand-made blizzard book, small enough to fit in a person’s pocket. The structure, invented by Hedi Kyle during a blizzard, involves only folding, so no sewing or adhesives are involved in the construction of the book.

“This book was designed for my mother, who is always there for me,” explained Nicole. “Someday is our bucket list of things we want to do together throughout our lives. Each page has a pocket that has an insert with a small watercolor illustration of one of these events. A person can see what the illustration means by flipping over the card and reading what we will do someday (the sayings were created by using a typewriter and handmade paper). The purpose of this book was to celebrate my relationship with my mother and all the dreams and goals we have.”

As a student on campus, Nicole has been involved with AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, Kappa Pi national art honorary, and Alpha Lambda Delta honorary. She also has worked as a computer lab assistant and gallery attendant at the Wilson Art Center at ONU. During the summer of 2014, Nicole interned as a designer with Ideastream, a non-profit organization located in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work also has won several awards in the student jured art show at ONU, including best in show this past year.

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.