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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Senior Art Display

Senior Art on Display
Wittenberg University’s 2017-2018 Winter Exhibition

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University’s department of art announces the opening of the annual winter exhibition of senior studio art majors. The exhibit includes a sample of each year-long thesis project currently in production for April 2018.

The exhibit will be open from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the Thompson Gallery in Koch Hall.

Nine seniors will have their work displayed during the group exhibition. Media areas represented in this show include painting, drawing, graphic design, ceramics and photography.

This year’s senior class in art includes Erin Brubaker of Bexley, Ohio; Shae Eakright of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Luke Flecher of Wooster, Ohio; Mikayla Garberich of Springfield, Ohio; Kelsey Gregory of Easton, Ohio; Lauren Johns of Belle Center, Ohio; Cassidy Kirby of East Northport, N.Y.; Deanna Volz of Washington, Pa.; and Elizabeth Wetterstrom of Delaware, Ohio.

The winter exhibition will be open to the public through Sunday, Nov. 26.

Studio Art faculty holds exhibition of work

Studio Art faculty holds exhibition of work

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Denison University’s Studio Art faculty present an exhibition of their work titled “Union Block” with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church). This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jonathan Vega at 740-587-6325 or visit

Thee exhibit will include the works of art faculty Ron Abram, Micaela Vivero, Sheilah (Wilson) Restack, Chris Faur, Keith Allyn Spencer, Blake Turner, Em Rooney, Britny Wainwright and Chris Domenick.

“This exhibit will showcase art by faculty that has been presented internationally and across the United States,” remarked Jonathon Vega, coordinator of the Denison Art Space in Newark. “Viewers can expect to see a wide range of mediums represented in the gallery, or maybe even beyond the space.”

Abram, who is opening a solo exhibition on queer Latin identity later this year, is coordinating his show with the larger body of work at Taller Puertoriquenno in Philadelphia. The Denison Art Space in Newark exhibition will include prints and puppets being exhibited for the first time in Ohio. It will also include an adaptation of a  piece created this summer entitled “La Astrologia” (Besame Mucho). This is an experimental piece that includes sound work by Berlin-based musician Siegfried& Destroy, combining film, prints and puppets.

Other faculty currently or soon to be exhibiting include Restack at the Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Chris Faur at the Kim Foster Gallery in New York, and Em Rooney at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Abram says, “It's great to see work that has been created in Bryant and how the work contrasts and compliments each faculty member in all the areas that we work in and teach. It's a great opportunity for students, and community, to see faculty work and to see artists' individual disciplines.”

The exhibit runs through Wednesday, February 1, 2018. Denison Art Space in Newark is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and by chance or appointment.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery

Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery
Sacred Arts Tour 2017 to create Sacred Sand Mandala
in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, Mount St. Joseph University
Monday, November 13 through Friday, November 17, 2017

The Art Education Association, Student Government Association, The Art & Design Department, and Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery of Mount St. Joseph University are immensely excited to host the creation of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Sand Mandala by the Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building.

Monday:         Opening Ceremony Chant: 9:30 a.m. in SSG. 
Construction of Mandala begins following chant – 5:00 p.m.*
5 p.m.: End Chant and Tea Ceremony
Tuesday:        9:00 a.m. Morning Chant; construction of Mandala  – 5:00 p.m.
5 p.m.: End Chant and Tea Ceremony.
Wednesday:   9:00 a.m. Morning Chant; construction of Mandala  - 5:00 p.m.  

GALLERY TALK: 1:15 p.m.
Tour leader, Geshe Lobsang Younten with Tenzin Namgyal, Tibetan-to-English/ English-to-Tibetan Translator.

5 p.m.: End Chant and Tea Ceremony
Thursday:      9:30 a.m. Morning chant; construction of Mandala – 5:00 p.m.

GALLERY TALK: 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
Tour leader, Geshe Lobsang Younten with Tenzin Namgyal, Tibetan-to-English/ English-to-Tibetan Translator.

5 p.m.: End Chant and Tea Ceremony
Friday:            Completion of the Mandala 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Final Dissolution Ceremony: 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
                        Dispersal of mandala sands in the Ohio River (Fernbank Park) follows immediately.

*The monks will take lunch breaks Monday – Thursday; dinner after the tea ceremony

Upcoming events highlight preparing for law school, entrepreneurship, stories about Dayton neighborhoods, and business leadership

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, 2018.  

Emily Fehrman Cory, new University of Dayton Faculty of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will host free, monthly "Ask the Engineers" sessions at the 444 Entrepreneurship Center, 444 E. Second St. in Dayton, to provide advice on all aspects of starting a business. Faculty from the University of Dayton School of Engineering will join her each month. The next event is 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. A networking event at Proto Buildbar at 534 E. First St. in Dayton will follow. Contact Fehrman Cory at for more information. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or


Facing Dayton: Visualizing Neighborhood Narratives, an exhibit by University of Dayton graphic design students, continues through Nov. 17 at the Dayton Metro Library location at 215 E. 3rd St. The exhibit, free and open to the public during library hours, is a collection of 25 posters that visualize stories about human experiences and issues of injustice in Dayton neighborhoods. The students collected stories last spring from 30 neighbors in 10 Dayton neighborhoods. The topics include food deserts, racism, personal loss, segregation, urban sprawl and addiction. "The Facing Project is a community storytelling project to bring awareness about human rights issues and assets of a community to inspire social action," said Kelly Bohrer, director of community engaged learning and scholarship in the University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Misty Thomas-Trout, professor of graphic design in the department of art and design, added: “The students experienced social- and community-engaged design where the value of the product was human-centered. It created a special relationship between these community members and students.” Visitors to the exhibit can offer reflections, stories and questions to the project in the sketchbooks provided. For hours of operation, click here. For more information, contact Kelly Bohrer at 937-229-4642 or For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256


The University of Dayton School of Law will hold an open house 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Keller Hall. School of Law representatives will guide prospective students through the entire law school journey, from applying and financial aid to meeting professors and students and touring the facility to graduation, bar passage and career development. Attendees qualify for a School of Law scholarship. Register online or by contacting the School of Law's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 937-229-3555 or by email at For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at or 937-229-3391.


Professional Development Programs

Nov. 14: "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.

Nov. 15: "Leading Change at the First Level." Leading major change is not the same as leading day-to-day operations. In this program, participants will explore the patterns that differentiate great change leaders, focusing on the complicated role of the front-line leader who must follow and lead simultaneously.

Nov. 29-30: "Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt." Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to lead Lean Six Sigma problem solving teams through the five-step Lean Six Sigma Problem Solving process. The one-day yellow belt workshop is a prerequisite for this program.

Dec. 6-7: "Project Management Essentials I & II." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively manage all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule.

Dec. 12: "Professional Communications & Presence." First impressions, nonverbal communication and proper dining skills are key elements of being a business professional. Many professionals lack an awareness of or appreciation for the importance of the image they convey because they have not learned or appreciate these skills. Participants will learn how image influences perception, the skills to make a positive first impression, techniques on how to manage non-verbal communication effectively and business technology etiquette.

Dec. 13: "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 styles and techniques to increase their personal effectiveness.

Dec. 14: "Leadership is Everyone's Business." Participants will discover how they have shown leadership to meet business and personal challenges, allowing them to gain the confidence and skill to increase their use of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders.

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

Executive Development Programs

Nov. 15: "The Purpose Revolution: Winning the Emerging Consumer, Employee & Investor" with John Izzo, the best-selling author of Awakening Corporate Soul who has advised more than 500 companies. This program will help leaders understand buyers, investors and employees and learn practical ways to grow market share, brand loyalty and engagement.

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017



OBERLIN, OH--The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) celebrates the contributions of women to printmaking with the exhibition, A Century of Women in Prints, 1917-2017, which runs through December 17, 2017. For centuries, printmaking was regarded as a male-dominated medium outside the scope of socially acceptable pursuits for women. Though numerous women had nevertheless established themselves professionally as printmakers by the modern era, female artists remain underrepresented in most museum print collections to this day. Organized by Andaleeb Badiee Banta, curator of European and American Art, with assistance from Claire Rasmussen (OC ’19) and Kylie Fisher, the summer 2017 IFPDA Foundation curatorial intern, A Century of Women in Prints presents a selection of prints created by women during the course of the Allen’s first 100 years. Spanning a century and various styles (expressionism, surrealism, and minimalism, among others), and addressing distinct themes (poverty, race, gender, motherhood, war, and creativity), these prints offer a glimpse of the breadth and depth of female artists’ engagements with the medium over the past century.
Some of the artists represented in A Century of Women in Prints, whereas others engaged with printmaking only during isolated periods in their careers. The Prints of German Expressionist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) feature prominently, including the woodcut Unemployment (1925), which depicts through haunting contrasts of light and shadow the destitution of a Weimar-era German family. A print by celebrated portrait artist Alice Neel (1900-1984) is also on view. Portrait of Olivia (1972) features a young girl whom Neel may or may not have known; her choice of the subject possibly reflects her difficult experiences as a young mother, including the death of her first daughter to diphtheria. Nefertiti Goodman's (born in 1949) enormous linocut print, Getting Fixed to Look Pretty (1978) portrays a black servant attending to her more affluent black employer, subverting familiar artistic tropes of African American women serving white women. The scale of Goodman’s work is in itself a statement, demanding the viewer’s attention despite traditional prejudices that marginalize both prints in general and those by black female artists especially. These figurative prints appear alongside abstract works like Athena Tacha’s Waves(1977), which represents the motion of waves through embossed, oscillating lines. Best known for her environmental public sculpture, Tacha (born in 1936) earned her master’s degree in art history at Oberlin College and subsequently worked as the first curator of modern art at the Allen.

The exhibition was developed in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Curator of the exhibition Andaleeb Badiee Banta noted, “The print collection is a significant portion of the AMAM’s holdings and it made sense to create an exhibition that highlighted it. The idea to focus on women artists came about during the 2016 presidential election and the subsequent increased media attention on women and their social realities. It became apparent that the collection held exceptional works by women artists and that their display would draw attention to and celebrate the central role that women have played both in the museum’s collection and its history.”

Since its founding in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum has benefited significantly from the contributions of impassioned female donors, artists, scholars, and collectors. The Allen counts four women among its directors, and A Century of Women in Prints is a testament to the museum’s efforts to champion female artists working in diverse media and speaking from distinct experiences and perspectives.

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.