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“louder than silence” opens 2013 gallery season at Ohio Northern University

January—Ohio Northern University’s Elzay Gallery of Art will showcase the work of artist Dawn Gettler during a special exhibit titled louder than silence. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 18 at 5p.m. in the gallery and the Wilson Art Center.

Dawn will be creating a site-specific installation for the Elzay Gallery. In essence, the installation will be created especially for the gallery space. The installation will provide viewers with the experience of being surrounded by the work.

Dawn Gettler’s installations are inevitably temporary and exist permanently through documentation. There is rhythm in the labor of making that is not often apparent in a completed work. According to Dawn, the action of making can manifest into many things; it can be ugly, painful, and unforgiving; and more often than not, it can be beautiful. In many ways she hopes to create a more romantic and desirable memory for herself.

Dawn Gettler received a BFA in printmaking from The University of Northern Iowa in 2003. She went on to get her MFA from Ohio University in 2006. Dawn has been an artist in residence at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Spiro Arts, ART342, The KHN Center for the Arts, andSpudnik Press in Chicago. In 2010, Dawn was the summer artist in residence at artspace in Raleigh, NC. In 2012, she was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a full fellowship residency at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. This past summer her work was included in an invitational exhibition, Beaten and Bound, at the Lubenzik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. Gettler had solo exhibitions this fall at Illinois Central College, Rx: a Pharmacy Gallery, in Springfield, IL, and Swim in Chicago, IL. Dawn has upcoming solo shows at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio and the Buckham Gallery in Michigan. Gettler currently lives and works in Chicago.

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 Visit for the latest information about times, locations, and additions to the schedule.

The Elzay Gallery of Art and gallery lobby is located on Gilbert Street on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The gallery is connected to the Wilson Art Center, the classroom-studio building that houses the department of art and design.

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 second and third editions 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160