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”Pre-Visions:” Paintings by John R. Nativio on Display at Ohio Northern

John Nativio John R. Nativio owns a private construction company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Hired by high-end clients, Nativio Construction has a growing reputation from around the world. Their expertise features luxury, single-family house construction.

With such a busy work and travel schedule, Nativio routinely wakes-up at 5a.m. to engage with his other avocation—his love of painting.

Nativio’s exhibition, “Pre-Visions,” currently is on-view at Ohio Northern University from October 9 through November 3 in the Elzay and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. A reception for the artist was scheduled for Friday, October 16, which allowed students and visitors to interact with the artists.

“I always enjoy meeting and talking with young artists,” said Nativio. “When I was a student, I had a totally different perception of the art world. Later in my career I learned how to work and live as an artist.”

Nativio graduated from the Cooper School of Art. He has earned many awards for his work, including a second place prize by the Butler Institute of American Art’s 68th National Midyear Show and an award from the Toledo Museum of Art.

“My work focuses on an interpretation of our changing environment,” said Nativio. “I find myself attempting to understand human existence with an increasingly manufactured landscape.”

Provocative glimpses “over urban and rural settings leave capricious projections of what we have transformed, and how these transformations may change us,” continued Nativio. “As these images expanded an interpolation between them exists; invention and the need to progress, whether well intended or not, will forced the environment on a new path, leaving in its wake new discoveries of shape, form, etc. Visions of nature slowly become consumed by the modern world and what appears to be departing reconstructs a new.”

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon 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 art@onu.edu. Visit the Art website for the latest information about times, locations and additions to the schedule.

ONU offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “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, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: "Transmutation VII," oil, by John Nativio
See photos from the artist’s reception.