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Students Honored During the Annual Juried Show Awards Reception

Toby and Ken Baker Award for CreativityThe Elzay Gallery of Art and the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s juried student art exhibition. This show features the best of the best from the visual art and design department.

Toby and Ken Baker Award for CreativityThe Elzay Gallery of Art and the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s juried student art exhibition. This show features the best of the best from the visual art and design department.

The awards reception and presentation was held Nov. 17 at the Elzay Gallery. The show runs through Dec. 18 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are noon-5p.m. daily while school is in session.

More than 50 student artists and designers submitted over 120 entries to the juror, Professor Rob Price from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He was raised in Ada, Ohio and attended ONU briefly in the early 1960s. He received his MFA degree from Ohio University and currently is a retired professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he still teaches foundation courses. In addition, he has taught for several years in England through the Fulbright Program.

A wide range of medium, style and subject matter is represented in this year’s exhibition. The competition was very competitive, says Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director Melissa Eddings. She also served as the advisor to the student group charged to organize this year’s exhibition. “Student shows are always insightful to both the contemporary art scene and the pulse of the school’s art community,” said Eddings.

Awards were presented during the opening awards reception honoring both the artists, designers, and the juror on Nov. 10. Awards were presented to the students in the following categories:

Best of Show
Baroque Cake by Kelsey Schrock, art education

Best of Show
66 by Fred Frances, studio arts

The Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity
Is Your Child Under the Influence? by Micaela Nauman, advertising design

Two-Dimensions
First Place, Jumping in Leaves, Victoria Brake, graphic design
Second Place, Correspondence of W. Connor..., Matt Glove, graphic design
Third Place, Farewell Florence, Emily Jay, studio arts
Honorable Mention, Jonah and His Pet Pirana, Julie Brewer, art education

Three-Dimensions
First Place, Zak, Molly Thibaut, art minor
Second Place, Lizard, Sarah Voll, art education
Third Place, Two Rings to Rule the World, Mike Madsen, graphic design
Honorable Mention, Descending Pyramid, Kevin Drain, graphic design

Graphic Design
First Place, Literacy Campaign Poster, Victoria Brake, graphic design
Second Place, Punk Rock Movement in Europe in the 1960s and '70s, Tiffanie Seillier, graphic design
Third Place, Romanticism, Matt Glove, graphic design
Honorable Mention, Swiss International, Mike Madsen, graphic design

The Annual Juried Student Exhibit is held to recognize the best in studio art and graphic design produced within the department of art & design throughout one academic year. The competition is designed where respected and qualified outside jurors are invited to evaluate the work for originality, creativity, and technical execution.

Juror Rob Price briefly discussed his selections in a statement read during the awards presentations. “I felt somewhat like a ‘Ruthless People’ character after initially weeding out what I judged to be non-qualifying pieces,” said Price. “Two things guided those decisions: Either I felt no ‘gut’ interest in the work’s impact, or I noticed a glaring lack of craft or skills in the artist’s or designer’s execution.”

“I think a fine show can be presented with the works I chose,” confessed Price. “I was impressed with what I saw being produced at Ohio Northern. Congratulations to all who entered and were selected, particularly to those distinguished with awards.”

The Elzay Gallery of Art is located on Gilbert Street on the campus of Ohio Northern University. It is named for Colonel William O. Elzay. Colonel Elzay attended Ada High School and graduated from Ohio Northern in 1925 with a bachelor of arts. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1929. After a career in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, he enjoyed a successful career as a trust officer with Chase Manhattan Bank and as an independent financial advisor. In 1965, ONU awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration. He also served on the Board of Trustees from 1955 until 1985. Col. Elzay died May 26, 1995 at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.

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. 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 or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Mrs. Toby Baker (right, BFA ’06) with Micaela Nauman (right), a senior advertising design major. Micaela won the first ever Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity.

See photos from the awards reception: ONU Art & Design on Flickr