Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present Biophilia, Standing Witness(SEPTEMBER 17 – OCTOBER 20, 2017).  An opening Artists’ Reception will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with the artists during the reception.

Biophilia, Standing Witness is an exhibition of works from 12 invited women artists, having roots in Cincinnati and/or Columbus, with unique relationships and creative responses to the cry of the natural world and the knowing that occurs through seeing.  The collection of works is an exploration of nature/earth/life and often subversive narratives through works searching our inter-connectedness to all naturally, spiritually.  This dynamic presentation will include the following active studio artists:

Kirsten Swanson Bowen is a text based painter who now lives and works in New York City.  She studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design.  Bowen also rented a studio at Cincinnati’s Pendleton for a few years, exhibiting during Final Fridays.  Her works are in numerous corporate and private collections world-wide.  

Lisa Hueil Conner is a lifetime resident of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Her work includes functional and sculptural clay works, both hand built and thrown.  She has received local grants, been published nationally and has work in collections nationally and internationally.  Her work for this show has become a recognition of how much human physical and mental wellbeing relies on the quality of our relationship with the natural world.

Judy Dominic has been in close relationship with natural fibers since her childhood of growing up on farms in Greater Cincinnati.  Her works have been exhibited nationwide, while her teaching has taken her across the U.S. and abroad.  She has many fiber related writings in publication and supports the fiber arts through her involvement with many arts organizations. 

Renee Harris graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  Her works have been exhibited in national craft shows and galleries.  Through her narrative mixed media imagery, she is now exploring a renewed insight into the power of change.  “The images I create evolve from those materials and sync with important inspirations, which are: nature, life experiences, memory of light and form, commitment and sharing with others.”

Sandra Jane Heard works as a full-time studio artist in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Her works emphasize the use of the found object in her multi-dimensional sculptures.  She draws influence from both the natural world and the industrial world, and explores the conflicts that arise from the push and pull of these two opposing realms.  Heard has both studied and exhibited world-wide and has received many awards and recognition.

Terri Kern is a Cincinnati based studio artist.  She has travelled all over the world teaching and exhibiting her ceramic work, most notably in Cincinnati sister city exchange programs.  Kern has received numerous grants and awards in the field of ceramics.  Her work is represented in corporate, museum and private collections.  Her works often employ imagery from nature to convey her visual concepts.  Each piece functions as a visual marker that commemorates a single moment, event or memory.

Pam Korte recently retired from 30 years as an Assistant Professor at Mount St. Joseph University.  She taught all levels of the ceramics program during her tenure.  Maintaining an avid studio practice for 37 years, she has participated in countless regional shows.  Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine as well as other publications.  Her current work is a translation of her deep connectedness to the natural world.

Margaret Rhein is a Cincinnati artist who has been involved in the art and craft of making paper by hand for the past 42 years.  Her work has been exhibited in galleries and craft shows nationwide.  She has taught workshops in papermaking, bookbinding and marbling to both children and adults, throughout Greater Cincinnati and beyond.  Her work often includes natural elements she has collected or been given.

Karen Rumora is a professional artist and designer who specializes in landscape oil and encaustic paintings. She has a degree from The Ohio State University and has been designing environments and painting for nearly 30 years. Her award winning works are part of many private and public collections. “Marked with resemblances of biological organisms, the surface becomes a tapestry of color with more aspects of the interior structure of plant life rather than its externalities.  This essentially turns the concept of a landscape painting ‘inside out.’”

Leah Stahl is a photographer and educator, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio.  Her concepts are influenced by the themes involving memory, space, perception, and transformation.  She combines both traditional and experimental techniques in her practice.  She received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati, DAAP.  Stahl is currently Chair of the Photography Department at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio.  She has taught at Wittenberg University, Antioch College, Sinclair Community College, and the University of Cincinnati.  

Brenda Tarbell has lived and worked in Cincinnati since 1974.  She is a member of the Clay Alliance and has received many grants and awards for her work.  She has done public commissions for the Duke Energy Convention Center, Mercantile Library and Lloyd Library.  Tarbell states, “I regard the natural world with respect, consideration, careful observation and concern.  I feel grounded and content when my attention is focused on the natural world.”

Heather F. Wetzel is an artist whose work has been widely exhibited and in multiple collections.  She is working primarily in historic photographic processes, hand papermaking, and book arts.  Wetzel taught for a number of years at The Ohio State University and is currently the Assistant Professor, Head of Photography, at Memphis College of Art in Tennessee.  As a highly decorated artist, she has studied and exhibited extensively.

Pam Korte, co-curator of this exhibition, reflects, "I believe that people need to be reconnected to wonder and amazement, especially as it is manifest in their one home, the earth. Each of the invited artists brings their particular insight to the cycle of attention, inspiration and expression. By our work we dare to share vision and spread awareness."  
ALSO NOTE:  The Biophilia, Standing Witness exhibition includes a tribute to Sister Paula Gonzalez, Sister of Charity, who passed away in August 2016.  Sister Paula was an internationally known environmental educator and activist.

Attached images:
Artist:  Heather F. Wetzel
Title:  Salvage 85
Media:  Ferrotype on recycled can lid

Artist:  Lisa Hueil Conner
Title:  Ammonite Revealed (detail)
Media:  Stoneware Clay


Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, at the crossroads of Delhi and Neeb in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314.  www.msj.edu/ssg

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

College receives historic paintings from descendants of Israel Putnam

For more information contact: Tom Perry, Executive Director of Strategic Communications & Marketing, (740) 376-4408, perryt@marietta.edu
College receives historic paintings from descendants of Israel Putnam
Wilton family donates 1830s paintings of Fort Harmar, Campus Martius
MARIETTA, OH (07/21/2017) When Ben Wilton visited Marietta College's Legacy Library in 2013 to donate a manuscript by Northwest Territory pioneer Samuel Prescott Hildreth, he was impressed with everything he saw that day.
"Marietta College has a wonderful library," said Ben, who lives in Buffalo, New York. "It's why I knew this was the right place to donate these paintings. This is where they belong."
Ben and his brother, Frank, recently donated two oil paintings depicting Fort Harmar and Campus Martius from the 1830s. The paintings are being appraised, but Director of the Library Douglas Anderson believes they both have significant historical and financial value. Anderson said neither of the paintings are signed, but they are believed to have been painted by early Ohio artists Charles Sullivan and/or Sala Bosworth.
"I'm delighted that the Legacy Library will have a role in preserving these historic paintings and making them available to historians and researchers here at the College and in the Marietta community," Anderson said. "It is particularly gratifying that they have been returned to this area after so many years."
The paintings had belonged to their father, Frank Putnam Wilton, and had been in the family for several generations. The Wiltons are descendants of Gen. Israel Putnam (of Revolutionary War fame), through Douglas Putnam who married Mary Ann Hildreth (daughter of Dr. Samuel P. Hildreth) and was a founding trustee and secretary of the board of Marietta College.
Frank Putnam Wilton passed away on Aug. 26, 2016, and the paintings were left to the brothers.
"It was dad's wishes that they come back here," said his son, Frank. "We inherited them, but we knew this is where they belonged. We know they will be taken care of and utilized here."
Marietta College's Special Collections houses many significant historical documents, including photos, books and paintings. Anderson said the addition of these two paintings will increase the historical significance of what is already available for researchers from this time period of the Northwest Territory.
"The quality of materials we have on the early days of this part of the nation are a major reason why researchers come to Marietta all of the time," Anderson said. "Most notably, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, who has been visiting our Special Collections to do research on his next book."
Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 majors and has been listed among Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Peterson's Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation's best by Forbes.com.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ODU Announces 2017-18 Wehrle Gallery Art Exhibitions

Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Wehrle Gallery will feature exhibitions during the 2017-18 academic year that feature the work of female artists and pay homage to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, ODU’s founding congregation.

The Wehrle Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The gallery is located on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.

Chrysalis: Meet ODU’s Art Faculty
Aug. 21 – Oct. 22, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
Artist presentation: 12 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
This exhibition is a celebration of the new academic year and a welcome to ODU’s 16th president, Dr. Robert Gervasi. The Art and Design faculty, Janna Thompson-Chordas, Janette Knowles, Rebecca Morton, and Eliana Calle Saari, created new works around the idea of the chrysalis and butterfly, a metaphor for the intellectual and spiritual transformation that happens through education.

Nostalgia and Invisible Racism: A Project by Ann Corley Silverman
Nov. 3, 2017 – Jan. 12, 2018
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Artist presentation: 12 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Twenty years after Ann Corley Silverman exhibited “The Journal Project” in the Wehrle Gallery, she is using the same pulped and shredded journals of her southern grandmother to create pages that support the handwritten text of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” in an examination of family history, southern history and racism.

Convergence: New Work by Char Norman and Anita Dawson
Jan. 25 – March 31, 2018
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2018
Artist presentation: 12 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Longtime Columbus academic and artistic powerhouses Char Norman and Anita Dawson explore the idea of Convergence through paintings and mixed media pieces. Their works center around the convergence of ideas, cultural influences, the political climate, their lengthy friendship and work/travel partnerships, as well as the fact that both are women artists.

From the Halls of Wehrle: 2018 Senior Exhibition
April 29 – June 30, 2018
Opening reception: 1-3:30 p.m.
Celebrate with ODU’s graduating seniors. This exhibition is the capstone of Art, Art Education, and Graphic Design students and features a range of content and media.

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 1,900 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors and nine graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.

Denison Arts Professor Receives Funding from Howard Foundation

RANVILLE, Ohio—The Board of Administration of the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation has awarded a $33,000 fellowship to Denison University Associate Professor of Studio Art Sheilah Wilson for her work, “SOTD (Strangely Ordinary This Devotion).” Wilson was awarded one of only eight fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Wilson has collaborated with her partner Dani Leventhal, assistant professor at Ohio State University, on “SOTD,” which was presented at this year’s Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum in New York City. “SOTD” depicts images of ordinary life that resonate with the larger themes of motherhood, queer desire, the environment and domestic life, both real and fantastic.

“The work deals with ideas of how we can construct new narrative structure and sense through the lexicon of our own lives. I feel that the potential of the domestic space as one of radicality is an important way to re-imagine the world and present it visually,” said Wilson.

The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation was established in 1952 by Nicea Howard in memory of her grandparents. Miss Howard had a special interest in furthering the personal development of promising individuals at the crucial middle stages of their careers in the liberal and creative arts.

University of Dayton Exhibit to Explore Marian Art of Asia


A new art exhibit at the University of Dayton will explore how the Virgin Mary is perceived and represented in some Asian countries. "Ex Oriente Lux: Marian Art in Asia" runs June 26 to Sept. 8 in the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. "The exhibit is an attempt to open our horizons to the originality of Asian Marian paintings and statuary," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research, art and special projects for the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. More information is available online here. For interviews or a photo, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.


The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) has announced "Mary in Asia and Africa" as the theme for its next Marian Forum on Oct. 20 at the University of Dayton. The two-hour event will be the fifth in a continuing series of free academic gatherings that IMRI has sponsored on the Internet to promote the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary. "We are producing our Marian forums to present fresh research and to stimulate creative energies in the study of the mother of Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research, art and special projects. "We decided on Africa and Asia for the theme of our next forum because we want to move beyond Eurocentrism and open new avenues of study. The great diversity of peoples in Africa and Asia makes these continents ideal for looking at how local culture influences the reception of Mary." Admission is free, but IMRI requires participants to register online athereFor interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 ormpant1@udayton.edu.


The University of Dayton will host a retrospective exhibit by Dayton native and University alumnae Patti Trick Paulus featuring calligraphic art from her 38-year career. "Then & Now — A Retrospective" is free and open to the public June 10 through July 31 in the first floor gallery of Roesch Library. Paulus focuses on hand lettered artwork and has recently expanded into rendering landscapes in charcoal. The exhibit is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will be closed July 4. Complimentary visitor parking passes can be obtained at the visitor parking information center. More information is available hereFor interviews or a photo, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.


Emerging Leader Program

Employers can help develop future executive leaders with training on the finer points of leadership and business skills during the 2017 Emerging Leader program at the University of Dayton Center for Leadership. Registration is now open for the next 12-month, 20-session program that begins Aug. 18, and is geared toward helping employees chart a path to executive leadership. It includes leadership and business skills training, assessments, executive coaching and mentoring. Presenters include faculty from the University of Dayton's School of Business Administration along with consultants to Fortune 500 companies. The Emerging Leader Program is open to the public and costs $13,000; $12,000 for partner organizations. Participants receive a certificate in leadership and admission to two of the Center's future executive development programs.
Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program
The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for the next three sessions of this 10-session program that start July 27, Aug. 22 and Sept. 27. The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program is a development program spanning six months for leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. This program will assist front-line leaders or anyone preparing for a leadership role in developing skills to help them maximize individual and team performance. Upon completion of the program, they also receive two additional days of Supervisor and Professional Development programs. The cost is $4,300; $4,000 for partner organizations. The session starting in August will be in Dublin, Ohio. Supervisory Leadership Certificate facilitators average a 4.5 on a five-point scale in participant reviews. Participants in the most recently completed cohort report a 43.5 percent increase in their competency level. One participant said: "I have found most valuable the ability to listen to and to be exposed to individuals from all over the region, as well as to be able to share in their insights and gain an appreciation for the similarities and differences among us."

Professional Development Programs

July 11: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with planning your work using goal-setting and scheduling techniques, proper delegation techniques and building successful relationships without putting too many demands on your schedule.

July 12: "Navigating Difficult Conversations." This program will help attendees understand the casualties of unresolved conflict — productivity loss and employee turnover, among others. Participants also will identify their preferred conflict resolution style and techniques to increase their personal effectiveness.

July 19: "IMPROVing Interpersonal Communication Skills." Leaders with a mastery of the various facets of communication are becoming increasingly rare. Acquiring these skills can be overwhelming, and can leave some thinking they may just not have what it takes. This course will use the proven methods of improvisation training to identify weaknesses and create new strengths.

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners.

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building.

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visithttps://www.udayton.edu/centerforleadership/.


For more information, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


A new art exhibit at the University of Dayton will explore how the Virgin Mary is perceived and represented in some Asian countries. "Ex Oriente Lux: Marian Art in Asia" runs June 26 to Sept. 8 in the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. "The exhibit is an attempt to open our horizons to the originality of Asian Marian paintings and statuary," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research, art and special projects for the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. More information is available online here (https://www.udayton.edu/news/articles/2017/06/marian_art_of_asia.php)For interviews or a photo, contact Meagan Pan at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu