Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Denison Art Space in Newark holds events during Licking County FAMFEST 2017

GRANVILLE, Ohio — The Denison Art Space in Newark presents an art exhibit and two workshops as part of the 4th annual Licking County FAMFEST, a community-wide celebration of the arts in Licking County held at several area locations. For more information about FAMFEST and a schedule of events, visit The events held at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church Street) are free and open to the public, but the workshops require a reservation. Please sign up by sending an email with your name, age and workshop title to The events include:

·      Friday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: “HASHTAG: New Artwork,” an exhibition featuring work by Denison studio art majors utilizing a range of mediums including photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics.

·      Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m.:  “From Here and Beyond: Making Comics Workshop” taught by Denison Studio Art professor Ron Abram and his contemporary comics students. Participants will leave with their own mini-comic. This workshop is designed for teens age 12 to 15 and is limited to 10 participants.

·      Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m.: “Land of Legends: Printmaking Workshop” taught by Denison Studio Art professor Ron Abram and his studio art students. The workshop will use simple DIY printmaking techniques to create artworks inspired by the landmarks of Newark and Licking County. There are 10 spots available in the workshop.

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 open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and by chance or appointment.

Upcoming Event at The Allen: Oberlin College

Sunday, October 1  (note: this one does not take place at the museum)
To celebrate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, there will be a talk on the architect’s fascination with Japanese art and design at 4 p.m. at the Weltzheimer/Johnson House, 534 Morgan St., Oberlin. The speaker is Kevin Greenwood, the museum’s Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art. Those attending the talk will need to pay the admission fee of $5 (free for college students with ID) for the house, which is open for tours on October 1, beginning at noon and continuing with tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. A reception will follow Greenwood’s talk.

Saturday, October 7
Celebrate 100 years of history with the Allen Memorial Art Museum during a daylong symposium featuring people who have shaped the museum and Department of Art at Oberlin College. Beginning at 10 a.m., speakers will highlight the Allen’s collection and the value of teaching with original works of art. The keynote speaker is Stephan Jost, director of the Ontario Gallery of Art in Toronto. Morning roundtables include current and former directors of the Allen, as well as emeritus art faculty members William Hood, John Pearson, Richard Spear, and Athena Tacha. The program continues from 2:15 to 5 p.m. with brief talks by six Oberlin College alumni. Come for all or part of this free celebration.

Tuesday, October 10
Oberlin’s house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be the topic of a Tuesday Tea Talk at 2:30 p.m. at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin. Jill Greenwood, the museum’s Eric and Jane Nord Family Curator of Education, will discuss the Weltzheimer family who commissioned the house from the famed architect in the 1940s. Tea and cookies will follow this free presentation.

Monday, September 11, 2017

TU Kidd Gallery to Host Exhibit for Veteran-Inspired Work

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Veterans commit suicide at an alarming rate of 20 per day – surpassing the civilian suicide rate in 2008. Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery will host an exhibit and opening reception for veteran-inspired artwork entitled “Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations (EVAC),” on Sat., Oct. 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and light refreshments will be served.

About EVAC
Curated by Gallery Director Lee Fearnside, Assistant Professor of Art Joe Van Kerkhove, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry John Schupp, EVAC works to combat the isolation common to veterans, and to bridge the sometimes precarious gap between military and civilian life through stories and art.

The Process
Twenty-one veterans, who served during WWII through Iraq and Afghanistan, were interviewed by 22 artists from all over the country and Denmark about their military experiences. These veterans and their stories were paired with artists who made an edition of prints based on their interpretation of what they heard.

“EVAC is about the art of interpretation,” said Fearnside. “Veterans tell their life experiences as a series of stories and responses to prompted questions. Artists distill interviews, with durations ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours, down to a single image. Viewers will see the image and excerpts from the interviews side by side.

An auction of the art, proceeds of which will benefit four veteran charities: Fisher House, Homes for our Troops, the Women in Military Service Memorial and Tiffin University Veteran’s Program, is in the developing stages.

For additional information, contact Gallery Director Lee Fearnside at:

New Outdoor Exhibit at Ross Art Museum to Project Video Images on Buildings Facade

DELAWARE – The newest exhibit at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum promises to provide viewers with an especially illuminating experience.
The exhibit, “The Shadows We Cast,” will feature an architectural-scale video projected nightly onto the front fa├žade of the art museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, between Sept. 20 and Oct. 31.
The exhibit will debut with an opening-night celebration at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 20 that includes an opportunity to hear from the artists who created the 12-minute video and archivists who will speak about the importance of preserving local history. Then at 8:15 p.m., guests will be invited to grab a cookie and a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider and go outside and watch the video play for the first time.
The video uses a montage of archival documents to explore changes to labor and leisure practices at two different periods in U.S. history. It considers how stories told in postcards, letters, and home movies – by ordinary people in central Ohio – helped to define and promote the “American Dream.”
“Sharing this artwork on the front of the former post office for the town, now the museum, really highlights The Ross as a doorway between campus and the city,” said Erin Fletcher, M.A., museum director. “This video projection is our first foray into public art, and we are excited to share it with our community, both on campus and in town.”

This historic image of downtown Delaware will be projected on the exterior of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum as part of ‘The Shadows We Cast’ outdoor exhibit by artists Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum. The exhibit opens Sept. 20 with a community reception. (Image courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan University)

In creating “The Shadows We Cast,” artists Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum used materials culled from the archives of the Delaware County Historical Society and the OWU Historical Collection.
Carbonneau, M.F.A., is a video installation artist and assistant professor of art at Indiana University Southeast, and Crum, M.F.A., is a printmaker and interdisciplinary artist who conducts “research-based, site-specific projects that investigate the layers of history stored within public spaces.” Learn more about them at and, respectively.
A highlight of the new video exhibit, Fletcher said, is the spirit of collaboration that made it possible.
“It’s really wonderful how many people were willing to get on board with this exhibit when they understood that it told a story shared by Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan,” she said, ticking off a list that includes colleagues at Ohio Wesleyan and representatives from the Delaware County Historical Society, City of Delaware, and Main Street Delaware, which plans to include the outdoor exhibition in its Oct. 6 First Friday celebration.

Fletcher said the continuously looping video will be projected on the museum nightly, seven days a week, from dusk to midnight throughout its run. “The Shadows We Cast” is the second iteration in the museum’s “Inside/Outside” series, which features exhibitions in non-traditional spaces. The series debuted in April with the exhibit “With Radical Love & Fierce Resistance.”

In addition to the outdoor exhibit, the Ross Art Museum’s current and upcoming indoor exhibitions include: Now through Oct. 8, the “Marty Kalb Retrospective,” featuring paintings that span the 50-year career of the retired Ohio Wesleyan fine arts professor, and, beginning Oct. 19, concurrent displays of photographs by Cleveland visual artist Charles J. “Chuck” Mintz and paintings by Ohio State University assistant art professor George Rush.

During the academic year, Ohio Wesleyan’s 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 handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information. Like the museum of Facebook at

Still Life Exhibit to Open at Gelbke on September 15

In the art world, the concept of a “still life,” a painting or drawing of arranged objects, dates back hundreds of years. For many artists, learning to capture the color of a piece of fruit, or the shape of a vase, is an exercise in mastering the technique of observation. Once mastered, however, the genre of still life can serve as a stepping stone for contemporary artists to explore new formal and conceptual approaches, and as a means to express personal meaning.
Meanwhile, other artists have found joy and deeper meaning in returning to the simplicity of the still life. In the upcoming exhibition, “Variations on the Still Life,” Hiram College’s Gelbke Fine Arts Center will showcase the works of artists Malcolm Christhilf and Sean McConnor, that explore the diverse possibilities of the traditional concept.

“Unrestricted by formal conventions, ‘objects on a table,’ has allowed a neutral arena for an amazing variety of conceptual interpretations and formal innovations … And of course, this kind of painting has always been a way of expressing pure pleasure in the shapes, colors, and textures of material things,” the artists wrote in a statement about their work.
Christhilf, born in Maryland, is a professor of art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Towson State University and attended Tamarind Institute’s Printer Fellow Program in New Mexico to earn a printer’s certificate. He completed his MFA at the University of California. He is also the author of the book, “Color Notes: A Hands-On Guide to Color and Paint for Painters.”

McConnor, a native of Mentor, Ohio, is a professor of art at Thiel College in Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor’s degree in art education from Kent State University and a MFA from Edinboro University. He has exhibited work extensively in Ohio and Pennsylvania and was awarded first place in the 77th National Midyear exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.

The “Variations on the Still Life” exhibition will open on September 15 with a reception from 5-7 p.m., including a talk by the artists at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. The show will run through October 13.
The Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery is located 1200 Winrock Road in Ohio. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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.