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Ohio Northern University design professor curates graphic design exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima

September—Design is all around us.

In fact, if there’s a human intervention in any communication—print, signage, digital—someone had a hand in designing the end product. In a very real way, graphic design is art in the service of visualizing ideas.

ArtSpace is thrilled to announce the opening of its Fall 2014 season with a special exhibit, Object and Graphic Design, a survey of graphic design in Northwest Ohio. Brit Rowe, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design and holder of the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts at Ohio Northern University, has curated the show. He invited some of the most prominent and productive graphic designers in the area to take part in what is a first of its kind for ArtSpace.

In his work with students, Rowe says, “I feel it’s important to strengthen the understanding of conceptual skills, writing, verbal expression, semantics, narrative structures, design history and an understanding of the social, cultural and functional possibilities of design. Together, we investigate design thinking. . .” It is those “social, cultural, and functional possibilities of design” which are highlighted in the exhibit.

Northwest Ohio graphic designers to be featured in the show include:

• Jennifer Bible, owner, JB Design Solutions in Lima, and winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Midwest Region of the Small Business Administration in 2003;

• Paul Osborne, owner, Paul Osborne Design in Alger;

• Nancy Burnett, previous owner of NAB Design in Lima, currently adjunct instructor in advertising design and associate art director for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ohio Northern University;

• Toma Williams, associate director of art and design for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ohio Northern University;

• Brittany Lang, senior marketing specialist at First Merchants Corporation/senior graphic design major at Ohio Northern University and winner of the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA);

• and Jennifer Stucker, assistant professor of graphic design, Bowling Green State University.

Object and Graphic Design opens with a reception for the artists, their friends and families, and supporters of ArtSpace on Friday, September 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. The show runs through Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region and is partially funded through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Prof. Rowe joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa.

He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising design educators. Prof. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

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.