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Ohio Northern University student photography investigates local community

April—An exhibit of photographs by Ohio Northern University art & design students is currently on display in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. The featured works are examples of the photographic techniques explored in ONU’s photography and communication course during the spring 2015 semester.

The students whose artwork is shown are Beth Tremains, Corrie Smith, Kacey Kauffman, Maui Ikuta, Bre Jacobs, Ali Johnson, Terrence Jones, Stephanie Sanicky, Janel Schulte, Sammy Sweeney, Sarah Defenderfer, Brandon Emert, Kelsey Hess, Victoria Kerr, Chris Lester, Julia Richmond, and Alexandra Turnea.

The assignment, learning objectives, and final photographic production are a strong example of creating curriculum linking the arts to students’ lives and the broader local community. “The theme of the show was an exploration of Ada,” explained Emily Jay, the instructor for the course.

“It was important to get the students out of the studio and into the community,” said Emily. “Photography, for me, is a collaboration with life. I wanted students to engage with this place that they will call home for at least four years of their lives. I think they were pleasantly surprised to learn that Ada has a lot of nuance and beauty hidden everywhere.”

The exhibit runs through May 1.

Admission to the Stambaugh gallery is free and open to the public, daily from 8 a.m. 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

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.