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Ohio Northern professor and alumni accepted into juried exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima

ONU alumna wins
photography award

—Ohio Northern University alumna and professor Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) won the ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club Award while Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA/art ’96) won the Second Award at this year’s ArtSpace/Lima 60th Annual Spring Juried Show. Two other ONU alumni were accepted into this year’s juried exhibit.

The call-for-entries was open to any artist living within 100 miles of Lima working within one or more of the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art, or mixed media.

The guest jurors, Janet Ballweg of Bowling Green State University and Luke Sheets of Ohio Northern University, selected 67 pieces from 39 artists for the show.

“The works submitted to this show came in a diverse array of media, sizes and styles,” wrote the jurors, “representing the work of seasoned professionals, students, as well as up-and-coming artists. Largely, the submissions utilized traditional media; somewhat surprisingly, very little work included digital means or extended outside a frame. We feel that the selected pieces are a good representation of the diversity of mediums, subject matter, and levels of artistic experience entered into the show.”

Both jurors approached the evaluation process on the criteria of technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility.

“Although each juror has his or her own biases, we worked together to arrive at a decision on each and every piece, with consideration of several factors,” stated the jurors. “First, we looked for a baseline of technical skill regardless of the medium or approach. That included an engagement with the materials, evidence that the artist possessed some control of the medium, and consideration of how the artist used it to advance their vision and create a sense of unity in the work.

“We also considered the presentation of the work as a whole, whether that’s taking into account the craftsmanship and construction of a three-dimensional form or the choice and quality of matting and framing in relation to the image... Finally, we looked for uniqueness in the approach to the design, subject matter, or format of the work. We looked for content that had something to convey to the viewer and went beyond just technical proficiency. The pieces that rose to the top dually engaged the jurors with visual and conceptual complexity.”

Representing the A&D program from Ohio Northern in this year’s show were:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh (BSEd ’59) had three pieces accepted including “Frogs Performing for Crows” (linocut), “Blackbirds” (linocut) and “Crows Watching German Crow Reconnaissance Flying Over Field” (watercolor). Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the Bluffton University’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

• Alumna Emily Jay (BFA/studio arts ’10) had two photography pieces and a drawing accepted to the show including “Spring, Slowly” (Polaroid), “Ada/Dreaming” (Polaroid), and “Out of the Kitchen Window” (graphite). Emily is currently teaching digital photography and visual literacy at ONU. She earned her BFA degree in 2010 at Ohio Northern and her MFA in painting from BGSU in 2013. She has exhibited her work worldwide including a photography exhibit at the Elzay Gallery of Art, “I Dream of All Things.” It explored the relationship between promise, breaking, and beauty. This summer, she will spend over a month at 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), the artist residency program located in Toffia, Italy.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had two works accepted into the show: “Fast Forward Cabinet” (mixed media) and “The Right Nymph” (scratchboard). He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Mansfield Art Museum, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris, and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Alumna Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA/art ’96) had three works accepted into the exhibit including “Siblings” (drypoint etching), “Otto” (etching), and “Hunting” (drypoint). Leslie is an office manager at Michael G. Scherer in Tiffin, Ohio, and is an artist at Atelier Rohr. She has also worked as an art teacher at the Tiffin City Schools and at the Eastern Local School District. Since graduating from Ohio Northern, Leslie has won many awards for her work including at the Findlay Art League’s annual juried show and the ArtSpace/Lima juried show.

The Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 24–June 6, 2015. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

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.

image: “Spring, Slowly” (Polaroid) by Emily Jay