Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“Range of Vision,” featuring Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts faculty members


DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its February 2018 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free. For the latest OWU event information, visit www.owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For a list of Battling Bishop athletics events, visit www.battlingbishops.com.

Jan. 17-March 30, 2018 – “Range of Vision,” featuring Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts faculty members exhibiting their latest creations, featuring works in clay, metal, painting and drawing, fabric, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibition will open with a free artists’ reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18. Participating faculty are Kristina Bogdanov, David Bugay, Cynthia Cetlin, Frank Hobbs, James Krehbiel, Jeffrey Nilan, and Jonathan Quick. Learn more about them at www.owu.edu/finearts. During the academic year, the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A CREATIVE ‘RANGE OF VISION’ Ohio Wesleyan’s Fine Arts Faculty to Exhibit Latest Works at Ross Art Museum

Ohio Wesleyan’s Fine Arts Faculty to Exhibit Latest Works at Ross Art Museum

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s fine arts faculty will showcase their artistic “Range of Vision” in a new exhibition featuring creations in clay, fiber, metal, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design.
“Range of Vision” will be on display from Jan. 17 to March 30 at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. A free, public artists’ reception with the faculty will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 to kick off the show.

Ohio Wesleyan faculty members showcasing artwork in the exhibition are:
Kristina Bogdanov, M.F.A., an associate professor who teaches ceramics, drawing, figure drawing, and 3-D design. “Memory is vital to shaping us into who we are,” said Bogdanov, who joined the university in 2007. “In a society that is obsessed to record reality on a daily basis, is it possible to question a real memory? Selectivity informs my work in a same way as the firing process transforms clay to structure into solid façade. The meaningful paradox of clay becoming stronger in fire is in direct relation to clay’s memory. My work is oxymoron, a retrieved virtual reality in fossilized form.”

Cynthia Cetlin, M.F.A., a professor who teaches metals, 3-D design, art education, art history, and, most recently, fiber arts. “After more than three decades of metalsmithing, the sensuous media of silk, wool and natural dyeing offer inspiring new possibilities,” said Cetlin, a member of the OWU faculty since 1987. “I am energized by the anticipation and the subsequent discovery as a new work emerges from a dye pot, or a new mold, or develops from a new pattern for a three-dimensional object. … The sheer joy of process and creation of objects keeps me going.”

Frank Hobbs, M.F.A., an associate professor who teaches painting, drawing, figure drawing, and 2-D design. Hobbs describes his paintings as “personal responses to particular situations that I’ve encountered in my wanderings in Ohio and in Italy.” “In working from observation,” said Hobbs, a member of the OWU faculty since 2007, “it’s the visual eccentricities of a given motif, their resistance to generalities that I find most exciting and engaging. The act of painting, for me, speaks of an underlying order and connectedness that it is my struggle and my delight to discover and to share.”

James Krehbiel, M.F.A., a professor who teaches in the 2-D media of printmaking, computer imaging, and drawing. Krehbiel’s work represents his research into sacred, prehistoric landscapes of the American West, including kivas. “Often kivas are isolated on remote ledges high in the canyons, but sometimes they are positioned in interesting ways in villages with alignments to unusual features in the landscape,” said Krehbiel, a member of the OWU faculty since 1986. His digital prints involve layering images taken over time to create narratives of the spaces he explores.

Jeff Nilan, M.F.A., an associate professor who teaches photography, computer imaging, bookmaking, and 2-D design. His pieces for the faculty exhibit include “Big Horn Canto,” taken out West. Nilan joined the OWU faculty in 2008 and of his teaching has said: “Teaching in a creative discipline is about drawing a student’s intuitive knowledge to the surface. … My ultimate goal is to enable each student to locate their own voice and then to effectively communicate that voice using the visual language.”

Jonathan Quick, M.F.A., a part-time professor who teaches sculpture and 3-D design. Quick works in natural materials, primarily wood, metal, and stone. “There are three distinct directions in my studio production,” said Quick, who joined the university in 1988. “Iron foundry, in which art pieces are produced by the casting process; metal fabrication, in which cutting and welding are used to build sculpture; and woodworking. … In some of my work I seek form that invokes the natural forces implied by the process.”

David Bugay, B.F.A., a part-time instructor who teaches graphic design. “As a Graphic Designer, my style needs to be flexible to best fit the needs of the clients I work for. I get my inspiration from the world around me,” Bugay said. “Sometimes it is simply how the light is reflecting off of a window or how a certain building was designed. Other times [I] see the work of a certain artist and truly connect with their work.”

Ohio Wesleyan fine arts professor Jonathan Quick’s “Tipsy martini table for Larry Poons,” a creation of white ash, cherry, walnut, and steel, will be on display beginning Jan. 17 at OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum. The exhibition includes work from seven OWU fine arts faculty members. (Photo courtesy of the Ross Art Museum)

Ohio Wesleyan offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in studio art, art education, and art history. Learn more about the OWU Department of Fine Arts and its faculty at www.owu.edu/finearts.
During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed for winter break until Jan. 17, when classes resume. It will close for spring break March 11 and reopen March 20. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visitwww.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Researcher wins an NIH grant and public comment is sought for University reaccreditation. Professional development opportunities, a Marian forum and a new art exhibit are among upcoming events.


A new exhibit at the University of Dayton examines the American identity through works by alumnus and artist Jonathan Clyde Frey. “American Mythologies” runs Jan. 18 through Feb. 15 in the Radical Gallery on the second floor of Fitz Hall. The opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Frey says his work focuses on “the differences between the iconic representations of the United States and the lived experience.” Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Parking passes are available from the parking attendant located on the University Circle inside the main entrance. For additional information contact gallery coordinator Nicholaus Arnold at 937-229-3204 ornarnold1@udayton.edu.


University of Dayton biologist Amit Singh is studying early eye development in fruit flies to understand the molecular basis of retinal disease and birth defects in the human eye under a new $439,499 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Singh, associate professor of biology and interim director of the Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton (TREND), is using the fruit fly eye model to determine how genes regulate the process of transforming a single layer of cells into a three-dimensional organ. More information is available hereFor interviews, contact assistant director of news and communications Meagan Pant atmpant1@udayton.edu or 937-229-3256.


The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) will help chart the future of Marian studies by evaluating the current state of this theological discipline and identifying the latest trends and areas of neglect. IMRI will present its findings at its next Marian Forum at the University of Dayton April 6. Being organized around the theme of “Mary — Yesterday and Today,” the two-hour forum will be the sixth in a continuing series of free academic gatherings that IMRI has been sponsoring online to promote the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary. More information is available here. For interviews, contact assistant director of news and communications Meagan Pant atmpant1@udayton.edu or 937-229-3256.


The University of Dayton is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit Feb. 12-13, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. The University of Dayton has been accredited by HLC since 1928. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address: Public Comment on the University of Dayton, Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411. The public may also submit comments on the HLC website. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by Jan. 12.


Emerging Leader Program

Employers can help develop future executive leaders with training on the finer points of leadership and business skills during the 2018 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 Jan. 18, and is geared toward helping employees chart a path to executive leadership. 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 two sessions of this 10-session program that start Jan. 18 and April 17. 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. 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

Jan. 17: "Profiling Your Success: Using 360 Degree Feedback for Career Development." Participants will learn how to assess their strengths and contributions to their organizations and feedback from supervisors, peers and employees.

Jan. 25: "Coaching and Evaluating Performance." This session is designed to enhance management and coaching skills to help employees develop skills or correct performance.

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 visit the Center for Leadership website

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University announces the opening of “MSJ Art & Design Faculty Exhibition” January 16 – February 18, 2018.  The Department of Art & Design celebrates the long tradition of excellence with a biennial exhibition featuring recent art & design works by members of its acclaimed art and design faculty.  Michael Sontag, Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, states, “The Mount Art & Design Faculty Exhibition is a chance for our faculty to model the commitment to lifelong learning that we strive to inspire in our students.  If you are new to art & design at the Mount, the faculty exhibition is a great introduction.  If you are already familiar with our faculty artists, then you know you will get to experience something special.

The Gallery Reception will be held on Sunday, January 28, from 2 – 4 pm. We welcome visitors from around the Tri-State community to view the artworks and converse with the faculty exhibitors and to enjoy light refreshments.  

Below is a listing of the 14 exhibiting faculty:

Jerry Bellas
Sharon Kesterson Bollen
Beth Belknap Brann
Velma Dailey
Sylvia Dick
Kurt A. Grannan
John Griffith
Pam Korte
Susan Ruttle Lawrence
Craig Lloyd
Dan Mader
Katherine McMonigle
Shawnee Turner
Loyola Walter

The Gallery will have digital images of artworks available upon request.

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

MVNU Alumni Artists Amy Lewis and Jason Andrew Bowles to Exhibit in January

MVNU Alumni Artists Amy Lewis and Jason Andrew Bowles to Exhibit in January
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — “Praestigia” by Amy Lewis and “WYSIWYG” by Jason Andrew Bowles exhibits will be on display Jan. 8 to Feb. 23. A reception for the show will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, from 6-8 p.m.
As MVNU alumni artists, their work pertains to Fluxus thought which assimilates materiality, simplicity, chance, and even a bit of humor as important components to making art. As contemporary sculptors in their own right, Lewis and Bowles have built on this foundation in separate but complementary ways to perceive the world as found, delicate, and transient. Schnormeier Gallery is thrilled to show their unique perspectives in tandem.
Lewis graduated from MVNU in 2003 and earned her MFA from Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) in 2015. Bowles graduated from MVNU in 2002 and earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2012.
This exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
For more information on this exhibit and others coming to Buchwald Center visit http://www.mvnu.edu/artgallery.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


OBERLIN, OH—A current exhibition at the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM), Maidenform to Modernism: The Bissett Collection, unites for the first time since 1968 two dozen modernist works gifted by two of the museum’s most important donors, Enid (1893–1965) and Joseph Bissett (1888–1968).

Enid Bissett, a cofounder of the Maidenform brassiere company, and her husband, Joseph, became avid collectors of contemporary art, amassing an impressive array of works by the mid-20th century. Their generous donations to the AMAM during the 1950s and 60s added works by Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and other prominent modernists to the museum collection. Curated by Andria Derstine, the AMAM’s John G.W. Cowles Director, Maidenform to Modernism, which runs through May 27, 2018, celebrates the couple’s belief in the power of art to further education in the academic setting of Oberlin College.
     Joseph Bissett had been a vaudeville performer in the early years of the 20th century, and he and Enid had performed together as ballroom dancers and entertainers. In 1922, in New York City, Enid Bissett cofounded, with seamstress Ida Rosenthal, what became the Maidenform brassiere company. At the time, most brassieres were designed to flatten the chest; in contrast, Bissett’s bras accentuated the wearer’s figure. The iconoclastic undergarments enjoyed international popularity. In the 1930s, the Bissetts began collecting art, much of it purchased through Pierre Matisse (1900–1989), an art dealer and the son of artist Henri Matisse. The Bissetts initially considered donating their collection to the Museum of Modern Art, but the institution already had formidable holdings in this area. The couple’s nephew, J. R. Judson—who graduated from Oberlin College in 1948—advised the Bissetts instead to make their donation to the AMAM. The couple agreed, expressing the desire that their donation be used to support the education of Oberlin students. At the time, modernist art was only sparsely represented at the AMAM; the Bissetts’ contributions significantly enriched the collection, and form the core of the museum’s holdings in European modernism to this day. 
   The Bissett collection spans 63 years and seven national origins. The exhibition features four works by Spanish surrealist Joan Miró, including Women, Bird, and Serpent in Front of the Sun (1944), a work originally owned by American architect Gordon Bunshaft, which is reminiscent of the artist’s Constellations series and exemplifies the rhythmic figures, birds, and cosmic motifs that characterized the artist’s output in the 1940s and 50s. Matisse’sYoung Girl Seated (1936) depicts the nurse of the artist’s wife reclining on a cushion, painted in a vibrant palette of reds, yellows, and blues, inspired by Matisse’s travels in the Pacific in the early 1930s. Alongside these works by iconic 20th-century European modernists, the Bissett collection also features one 19th-century painting—British artist Alfred Sisley’s landscape, The Long Canal at Moret (ca. 1892)—and one work by self-taught African American artist Horace Pippin, Harmonizing (1944). Drawing on Pippin’s upbringing in a small-town black community, the painting depicts a quartet of men singing on a street corner.

The exhibition features seven works by French modernist Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985), whose early paintings—including Lili noir de fumeé (1946), the first of Dubuffet’s works to be acquired by Enid Bissett, in 1948—were ridiculed in a 1948 Life magazine article as “mud-and-rabble” and accused of “reduc(ing) modernism to a joke.” Despite these excoriating assessments, the Bissetts, along with such contemporaneous American artists as Jackson Pollock and Claes Oldenburg, admired Dubuffet’s idiosyncratic technique and materials, and he has since come to be regarded as one of the most important French artists. In addition to admiring his work, the Bissetts maintained a 20-year friendship with Dubuffet, and donated parts of their correspondence with the artist to the AMAM. These letters are on display in the exhibition, along with a manuscript that Dubuffet wrote about the self-taught artist Emile Lebrun.

A letter written in 1952 by Charles Parkhurst, then director of the AMAM, to Enid Bissett memorializes a visit he made to her, during which Enid offered to donate her collection to the museum.Maidenform to Modernism was organized as part of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the AMAM. Curator and museum director Andria Derstine said, “The story of this remarkable donation by an extraordinary couple—neither of whom had a college degree—is one of the many that the AMAM seeks to highlight this year and is a testament to the generosity and foresight of the diverse group of people who have helped to build the museum’s impressive, irreplaceable collections over the past 100 years.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, Derstine will present a free Tuesday Tea Talk about the Bissetts at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, December 12, in the museum’s East Gallery.

MUSEUM HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. Free educational or group guided tours may be arranged by calling 440.775.8671.

Young Girl Seated
Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)
Oil on canvas
AMAM, Gift of Joseph and Enid Bissett, 1959.120

Lili noir de fumée
Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901–1985)
Oil on board
AMAM, Gift of Joseph and Enid Bissett, 1961.93