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Ohio Northern alumni earn awards at Wassenberg’s juried show

June—The works of Ohio Northern University’s art and design alumni were recently selected for exhibit and earned awards at the 59th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center located in Van Wert, Ohio.

The exhibit originated with founding art club members and continues today, featuring about 80 pieces of original art by artists from the tri-state region. Today, the art center has grown to hold one of northwest Ohio’s best juried art exhibits, with a reputation for high quality of work.

The pieces on display represent a wide range of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture—by artists juried into the show. The exhibit is free and runs through July 5. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

The Wassenberg Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the visual arts in the northwest Ohio region. Groups may contact the director to arrange special tours of exhibits. For information on the art center’s activities, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837 or toll free at 1.888.238.3837.

Representing Ohio Northern at this year’s show were:
• Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77): Laura won the Douglas Edward Koch Memorial Award. She recently completed her graduate work at Bowling Green State University and has been an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she taught art appreciation since 2006. She is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted to countless juried exhibitions include the Toledo Area Artists’ Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

• Ed Corle (BFA ’78): Ed won the Vera Woodruff Wassenberg Award at this year’s show. After graduating from Ohio Northern, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. Ed is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University since 1986. He has been accepted in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum’s Area Artist Exhibition. In addition, he participates in regional art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival. He is a member of The Michigan Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen and a trustee of the Findlay Art League.

• Leslie Rohr Scherer (BFA ’96): Leslie also won a Wassenberg Art Center Award. 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.

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 2015–16 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.