Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Denison professor exhibits work at prestigious Whitney Biennial 2017

GRANVILLE, Ohio— Denison University professor Sheilah Wilson’s recent collaborative video work made with Dani Leventhal, assistant professor at Ohio State University, premieres at the Whitney Biennial on April 22 and 23, 2017. The new work, “SOTD (Strangely Ordinary This Devotion),” 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 Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. A curatorial team for the biennial invites artists whose work they believe to have particular significance in the contemporary world.


“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.

“SOTD” is part of a screening of Leventhal’s works at the biennial. Wilson and Leventhal plan to continue their collaboration with a second video.

“I am very excited to have the work included,” said Wilson. “I think that professionally this will be an important credit, and will help us to realize our second video we want to make, and in general give us the momentum to continue to make the work that we feel committed to.” In addition, the Whitney has commissioned a series of broadsides – photos and texts – by Wilson and Leventhal that will be sold in the museum store during the biennial.

Wilson joined the Department of Studio Art in 2009. She holds a bachelor's from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick; a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design; and a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London. Wilson has exhibited her work nationally in Canada and the U.S., as well as England, New Zealand and Israel.

Denison University’s place at the forefront of higher education is recognized by “Colleges That Change Lives,” U.S. News, and Forbes, among others. Denison is a leading national college of liberal arts and sciences where students from around the world come to pursue academic inquiry and research, to analyze and solve problems, and to forge the skills needed to succeed. On a beautiful, fully residential campus, located minutes from Forbes-rated #1 Opportunity City, Columbus, Ohio, students build enduring relationships and pathways to the professions, supported by faculty mentorship in classrooms, laboratories and studios; through a wealth of career-launch programs and internships; and in partnership with a thriving, far-reaching alumni network.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present “alchemize: SCULPTURES • JAN & MARK WIESNER” (March 3 – April 9, 2017).  This exhibition features sculptural reliefs, grounded in the natural world, that through an alchemization of materials and form speak of stories told and concepts explored.  The public is cordially invited to celebrate with Jan and Mark during the opening reception, which will be held Friday, March 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with a Gallery Talk at 7pm.

Jan and Mark Wiesner, husband and wife, maintain a working studio at the Pendleton Arts Center and actively exhibit throughout the Tri-State. Both are retired Art teachers having completed their teaching careers at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, OH.  Jan and Mark have individually been recognized for numerous awards in education during the tenure of their careers; including the highest honors for the Ohio Art Education Association, Outstanding Art Educator of the year.  Mark & Jan have also been awarded multiple fellowships and grants.

Jan creates figurative ceramic sculptures that have a story to tell. The stories are explorations of the fairy tales that are part of our culture and surround and affect women and their lives. Like all fairy tales her pieces deal with the distortions between what is and what society’s expectations are. They deal with those emotional responses that are often hidden for fear of condemnationThe sculptures also tend to speak of natural and the unnatural aspects of our lives.

Making mark in space - within restrained format, is where Mark's work beginsIt's intended to reference the synergybetween drawing and sculpture, between nature and abstraction. His wall reliefs employ a formal vocabulary. The moving and arching lines, shapes, and textures are embodiments of rhetoric sometimes held out for the architect.  It is also rooted in being true to the material. He brings meticulous, technical rigor to bear on sometimes delicate and mundane materials. He works to reclaim, to reuse materials that are at times pulled from the waste stream of lifeHis use of the recycled is intended to be transformative, magical, at times subversive. And, it is within these materials that 'marks' are the essential feature, the backbone of his work.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Workshops led by Columbus artists

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Denison Art Space in Newark presents a series of  workshops led by Columbus-based artists. The workshops take place at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church Street). They are free and open to the public, but require a reservation. All materials will be provided free of charge and limited spots are available. Please sign up by sending an email with your name, age and workshop title The workshops include:

·      Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.: “Material as an Activator: Ties Between Social Content, Fabric and the Body” by Cudelice “CJ” Brazelton. This workshop is presented for participants age 16 to 25.

·      Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m.:  “Manifesto Poster Workshop” by Blake Turner. This workshop is presented for participants age 18 and older.

·      Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m.: “Make your own Zines” by Tyler Davis. This workshop is presented for participants age 12 to 18.

·      Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m.: “Silk Screening” with Tyler Davis. This workshop is presented for participants age 12 to 18.

The artists’ work is on display at Denison Art Space as part of the “Columbus in Newark” exhibit, featuring artwork by Columbus-based artists at the invitation of Denison’s studio art faculty. The artists include Adam Brouillette, Adrian French, Alison Crocetta, Blake Turner, Cudelice “CJ” Brazelton, Jared Thorne, Jessica Knapp, Laura Larson, Lisa McLymont, Nathaniel Hartman, Suzanne Silver and Tyler Davis. The exhibition is on display until Friday, March 31. Denison Art Space in Newark is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and by chance or appointment.

Denison Art Space in Newark is a large, open, multi-use venue in Newark’s Thirty One West development. It is open to Newark and the surrounding communities as a place to experience art as an observer or audience member, and as a place to learn, perform and exhibit.

Denison Art Space in Newark is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Diane Kidd Gallery to Host “Art from the INSIDE” An Exhibition of Art by Ohio Inmates – February 22

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH--The Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University will host an exhibit of art by prison inmates titled “Art from the Inside” from Wednesday Feb. 22 to April 5. An opening reception, open to the public, will be held Feb. 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Jerome- "Vic's Place"

The exhibition, co-curated by Professor Lee Fearnside, director of the Diane Kidd Gallery, and Dr. Steven Hurwitz, professor of psychology and criminal justice at Tiffin University, is designed to give visitors a glimpse into the experience of Ohio inmates both visually and audibly.

This project connects art appreciation, contemporary art and the criminal justice system, and provides a professional exhibition opportunity for an under-represented population of artists. “Some of these artists made art before prison, while others discovered art during incarceration. Their work is neither outsider art nor prison art—it is simply art,” Fearnside said.

Willie- "A 10,950 Day View"

Funded, in part, by the Ohio Arts Council, this exhibit includes art from the Ohio Reformatory for Women, the Grafton Reintegration Center, the Grafton Correctional Institution, the Marion Correctional Institution and the Ohio Innocence Project.

Tiffin University alumnae directly involved with each institution also played an important role in this exhibition. Ronette Burkes (MCJ 2000) is warden of the Ohio Reformatory for Women; Jennifer Gillece Black (BCJ 2003) is deputy superintendent of the Grafton Reintegration Center; and Marti Jerew (BCJ 2003) is a correction specialist at the Marion Correctional Institution and is an adjunct faculty member at TU. 
Amber- "Us and We"

TU alumna Caitlyn Largent (BCJ 2016) and senior criminal justice/forensic psychology students Beata Krembuszewski and Andrea Alaniz aided in conducting, recording and transcribing the interviews with the inmates. Because of their dedication to this project, guests of the gallery will be able to view the art and listen to audio recordings of the artists discussing the motivation and the meaning behind their art.

“Art serves many different functions for this community of artists,” Hurwitz said. “It transforms time. Prison life can be a monotonous daily routine that does not offer much relief for the inmates behind the walls. But the artists, whose work is displayed in this exhibit, were able to find inspirations in different places and turn time into an ally. Some of the more complex creations can take as long as six months.  Ironically, if that same person were not in prison, the demands and vagaries of daily life would not afford them the time to concentrate on their art. More importantly, it occupies time constructively. It provides them with the motivation to create and to strive for excellence. Pride comes when someone looks at their work and says it is good art and not just good for prison art.”

Dean- "What Could Have Been"

The exhibit continues the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections’ long history of community partnerships. It has contributed to Ohio being able to show a recidivism rate of 27.5 percent, far better than the national average of 49. 5 percent.

For more information or for a personal interview with Dr. Hurwitz or Professor Fearnside, email:

Monday, February 13, 2017

MVNU Student Art Gallery Exhibit Opens to the Public

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery is proud to exhibit the artwork of current students in the Department of Art and Design at MVNU. This exhibit will open March 13-29, 2017, and is open to the public. The exhibition explores an array of media, techniques, and courses taught in the Buchwald Center in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Every year, Schnormeier Gallery, located at 221 S. Main St., presents a fascinating array of art done by hard-working students. These students have been provided an education in the arts to aspire them to be students who would dare to engage the world in a redemptive way.
These developing artists will present works in such mediums as photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, illustrations, and more.
There will be a reception will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2017, from 6-8 p.m.
For more information on the MVNU Art Department visit

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Spring Art Exhibitions and Sr. Jane Mary Lecture Announced

The Lourdes University Department of Art is pleased to announce its 2017 Spring Exhibition and Lecture Schedule. Mark your calendar for these exciting displays of art in various mediums. All events are free and open to the public.

Bachelor of Arts Senior Exhibition – Requiescence featuring work of Laura Ott
Artist Reception: Saturday, February 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition runs February 19 through March 18
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania

Artists Lecture Series for March
Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Featuring mixed media glass artists Patrick DuBreuil and Robin Schultes
Co-presented by Lourdes University Art Department and the Sylvania Community Arts Commission’s Red Bird Art Walk. Lectures are held the Thursday evening prior to the first Friday of every month.
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania

Spring Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition runs March 25 through April 26
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania

Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture
Sunday, April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd.

This year’s lecture features Jeni Hansen Gard. Ms. Gard is currently working on a project in conjunction with the River Center Foundation. Her project intends to bring the Sylvania community together around the celebration of food, ceramic objects and thoughtful dialog. Her lecture covers her past work and also highlights some of the exciting things she is doing with the River Center Foundation in Sylvania.

The lecture is made possible by Lourdes alumnus and board member George Brymer and his wife Vicky

Senior Student Art Exhibition – featuring work of Maurice Knapp, Karina Middlebrooks and Tiffany Partridge
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition runs April 29 through May 28
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania