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Art Museum’s ‘Close In’ Series Features Work from Ohio Northern Art Graduate

May—The Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University continues its summer “Close In” series featuring the work of artist Marilyn Lysohir (BA/art ’72), from Moscow, Idaho. The exhibition, “Close In: Marilyn Lysohir: Between Two Worlds,” opens May 30 and continues through Sept. 12, 2015.

Marilyn Lysohir is an accomplished sculptor known for her monumental ceramic work and installations, which evolve from very personal points of inspiration.

In 1998, Lysohir unveiled “The Dark Size of Dazzle,” a two-ton, 24-foot-long, 9-foot-high ceramic battleship at the Boise Art Museum. This entire installation will be on display in the Jundt Galleries, including a life-size “bathroom” tableau. Lysohir’s work appears often in books published about ceramics in the last 20 years and her pieces are in museum collections throughout the United States. Lysohir has been an artist in residence at Archie Bray, the Kansas City Art Institute, and has served as a visiting artist and Professor at New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, New York. She lectures and conducts workshops, and demonstrations throughout the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Fine Arts from Washington State University. Her work has been described as “overwhelming” not just physically but also in its simplicity.

An evening with the artist begins with a lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29 in the Jundt Auditorium, followed by public preview reception until 8 p.m.

The “Close In” series of exhibitions began in 2012 as a way to showcase the work of regional artists during the summer months and to attract summer visitors to the museum. The Jundt Galleries are open year-round and this series provides a venue for local artists who work in painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, and installations.

The museum’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays and University holidays. For more information, call the Jundt Art Museum at (509) 313-6843 or visit its website at To schedule a docent-led tour, please call the curator of education at (509) 313-6613.

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.