Monday, April 24, 2017

ART EDUCATOR WINS NATIONAL, STATE, LOCAL AWARDS

University of Dayton area coordinator for art education R. Darden Bradshaw won local, state and national honors for her commitment to preparing the next generation of artists and educators. The National Art Education Association honored Bradshaw in March with its 2017 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator award, which encompasses 16 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. In February, the Dayton Art Institute honored her with the 2017 Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Art Education. And in November, Bradshaw received the 2016 Ohio Art Education Association award in the higher education division. Graduates of the University's art education program receive a professional studio degree with teacher licensure, making them a professional artist and licensed educator ready to walk into a classroom. For more information or interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
Professional Development Programs

May 2: "Going from Peer to Supervisor." This program will guide new supervisors through the transition from individual contributor to leader. Through small group exercises, group discussions and role playing, participants will learn strategies, behaviors and critical interactions that lead to becoming an effective supervisor.

May 3: "Communication Skills for Leaders." This program will help all employees communicate effectively to customers, vendors, co-workers and management. 

May 3: "Problem Solving for Team Members: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt." This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn basic problem solving. Participants will learn how to use the five-step Lean Six Sigma problem solving process, DMAIC. 

May 4: "Project Leadership." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively lead 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. 

May 9: "Effective Decision Making." This seminar utilizes group exercise, movie clips, real-world examples and case studies to help participants analyze and improve decision-making skills. 

May 11: "Fostering Inclusion: Building Cross Cultural Capabilities." Participants will explore what makes employees different, practice assessing individual and team situations in light of these differences, and develop tools for cross-cultural management and collaboration.

May 16: "Professional Communication & Presence." Participants in this program will learn about how image influences perception, how to proactively manage the messages one's image conveys in the professional environment, and how to build the skills to make a positive first impression. Participants also will learn new techniques on how to manage non-verbal communication. 

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 

May 18: "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Strategies for Developing Your Top Performers." Studies confirm career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for retention, engagement, productivity and results. This program will help participants develop career development frameworks to make a difference in their organizations. 

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 https://www.udayton.edu/centerforleadership/.

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

Ohio Wesleyan Event Offers Free Admission to Day’s Cultural Events


DELAWARE, Ohio – Art, dance, music, and literature lovers are invited to “Art Hop” over to Delaware on April 30 for a special day of exhibits and performances sponsored by the Arts and Humanities at Ohio Wesleyan University. 
Erin Fletcher, director of the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, said, “I’m truly excited to see the Arts and Humanities working together to present this event to our campus and the community.” 
Art Hop will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., with free admission at all campus and community venues. Places to stop on the Hop include: 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – The Ross Art Museum presents “Refraction,” an exhibit by OWU’s 2017 fine arts graduates, with music by Orion Wright. (Please note all art may not be suitable for children.) The museum is located at 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – OWU’s Werner Gallery presents “Am I Us or Them?” by Rosellina “Rosy”Avoscan. The exhibit is the artist’s response to the refugee crisis in Europe. It includes ceramics, photography, sculpture, oil painting, and drawing. (Please note some themes may not be suitable for children.) The Werner Gallery, part of the university’s Department of Fine Arts, is located in Edgar Hall, 35 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. –The Arts Castle presents “All the Rage: Fashion & Art in Early Delaware County.” Art Hop participants with children also are invited to take part in arts and crafts activities at the facility. The Arts Castle is located at 190 W. Winter St., Delaware. Learn more at http://artscastle.org
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – The OWU Department of Theatre & Dance presents its Spring Dance Showcase, featuring informal performances and presentations by Ohio Wesleyan dance students. The showcase will be held in the Jannuzi Dance Studio inside OWU’s Simpson Querrey Fitness Center at 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.
3:15 p.m. t0 4:15 p.m. – The OWU Department of Music presents a concert of new student chamber works, including musical excerpts from the Department of Theatre & Dance’s recent production of “Blood Wedding,” a tragedy by Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. For those attending the 2 p.m. dance showcase, the Wesleyan Players, a university theatre troupe, will conduct a moving performance as they walk with you to the chamber performance. The musicians will perform at Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. 
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – The OWU Department of English presents Speak/Easy, a new reading series featuring writers from Ohio Wesleyan and the local community of all disciplines and skill levels. Founded on a mutual love of the written word, Speak/Easy seeks to bring people together to celebrate inspired writing. Speak/Easy will be held downtown at Fresh Start Café & Bakery, 24 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. 
For those seeking refreshments in between Art Hop events, food-truck vendors Seven Little Sliders (gourmet sandwiches) and Kooky’s Cookies (ice cream sandwiches) will be on hand 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lots at the Ross and Sanborn Hall, respectively. 
Learn more about the April 30 Art Hop at www.owu.edu/ArtHop

Marietta College's Art Department is excited to present a group exhibition of new works created by artists and designers in the Class of 2017

"Made," the Senior Art & Design Capstone Exhibition, will run from April 21st-May 7th in the Atrium Gallery on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

An opening reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 21st. The artists, designers and their professors will be present during the reception. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Eight Marietta College seniors will be featured in the show: Ashley Montgomery (Senecaville, Ohio), Jordi Light (Fayetteville, West Virginia), Caroline Sigmon (Hickory, North Carolina), Kat Watkins (Boardman, Ohio), Laken Lyon (Zanesville, Ohio), Cassie Wint (Wooster, Ohio) and Rachel McKown (Dungannon, Ohio).

Each student presents an individual exhibition based on the skills, interests and inspirations she has developed over the past four years. The exhibitions include a variety of mediums in both studio art and graphic design.


The Hermann Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. For more information: (740) 376-4688.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Artist talk: Dame Robin White

GRANVILLE, Ohio — The Art History and Visual Culture Program welcomes New Zealand painter and printmaker Dame Robin White for an artist talk at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in Room 301 of the Bryant Arts Center (210 West College Street). Following the talk, there will be an exhibition opening of White’s work with Tongan artist Ruha Fifita titled “The Art of Ngatu by Robin White and Ruha Fifita: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia” at 6 p.m. in the MIX Gallery in Mulberry House (202 N. Mulberry Street). Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dyan Couden at 740-587-6596 or visit Denison.edu.

Recognized as a key figure in the regionalist movement of 20th century New Zealand art, White’s work is a blend of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific influences, often-depicting people in rural landscapes. Of Maori and Pakeha descent, she has been one of New Zealand’s most prominent painters and printmakers since the 1970s. White and Fifita’s exhibition will feature collaboratively made ngatu, bark cloth, from Tonga.


Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 EVA Grand Award Winner and People's Choice Announced!

On March 29th, a handful of outstanding young artists were recognized at the tenth annual Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Reception. This was held at Capital University's Schumacher Gallery with the help David Gentilini.

The evening began with a student panel discussion featuring the six finalists: 


Alyssa Ziemba – Cleveland Institute of Art
Dominic Montante – Cleveland Institute of Art
Hannah Smith – Xavier University
Harlee Mollenkopf – Kenyon College
Kaylynn Etienne – Columbus College of Art and Design
Alexandra Morrissette – University of Dayton

The discussion was moderated by the Schumacher’s Gallery Director, David Gentilini.


From there, the reception portion officially began. Dr. Betsy Pike, Capital Alumna and current professor spoke as the master of ceremonies. Capital’s President, Dr. Beth Paul welcomed everyone to the Schumacher Gallery and Capital’s campus. Key sponsors, first and second round judges, nominees, and our sculpture designer were thanked and acknowledged throughout the reception. 

President Paul welcomes everyone to the Schumacher Gallery

The May Gallery Hop is on May 6th in the Short North Arts District – don’t forget to check it out!


It was then announced that Sarah Wenke of Mount St. Joseph University is the People's Choice Award Winner. Congratulations Sarah!



Todd Jones (left) and Sarah Wenke (right) with her award 


The Grand Award Winner receives a $2,500 cash prize, artwork purchased by AICUO, and artwork displayed in Governor Kasich's office for one year. Harlee Mollenkopf of Kenyon College is this year's Grand Award Winner! 




Todd Jones (left), Harlee Mollenkopf (center), and Marcella Hackbardt (right) with the Grand Prize Award



Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's AICUO EVA competition! Visit http://aicuoartaward.com to see the winners portfolios!


Ohio Wesleyan's fine arts students to shine at Senior Show

DELAWARE, Ohio – When light is refracted through a prism, it reveals its cornucopia of hidden colors. Similarly, when Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2017 fine arts graduates share their artworks in a new exhibit, they will reveal the many facets of their OWU fine arts educations and the trove of talents they will take into the world. 
Their exhibit, “Refraction,” will open with an artist reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 15 at the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit, featuring works selected by a jury of Ohio Wesleyan fine arts faculty, will run through noon May 13 – when the student-artists will don caps and gowns for their 1 p.m. commencement ceremony. 
Graduating seniors participating in the “Refraction” exhibition include students earning either a Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in art. This year’s graduates and their areas of interest are: 
Kristen Canda of Independence, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in figure drawing, ceramics, and painting. “In each piece, I include only what I detect to be visually significant for comprehension of the form,” Canda said. “My drawings are often done from direct observation of a model. My paintings and ceramic work are explorations of personal imagery regarding family, religion, and nature.” 

Trasina Diazmunoz of Champagne, Illinois, a B.A. student. “When I look through the viewfinder, I tend to search for specific aspects in relation to what’s around me.” Diazmunoz said. “I like to believe that I share a symbiotic relationship with what I photograph. … A lot of my work throughout these years has developed around my fascination with self-identity, the human body, and landscapes.” 

Anne Edwards of Gold, Illinois, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in graphic design and metals. “I have already started to create a brand, Taksheeva Designs, which is meant to blur the line between art and wearable jewelry,” Edwards said, “and to create unique contemporary pieces that allow individual expression.” 

Paige Gardner of Tucson, Arizona, a B.A. student. “In nature, some of my subjects are quite beautiful while others are less so,” Gardner said. “Nevertheless, I want to capture these candid realities and to portray them as such. My goal is to cause an observer to pause and stare at my artwork in the same concentrated fashion [that] I find myself observing the world around us.” 

Louise Goodpasture of Norfolk, Virginia, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and metals. “I strive to shed light on the unsaid tensions that arise between people,” Goodpasture said. “This interest is most evident in my printmaking and drawing, where I have employed highly lineal drafting techniques to articulate the strain and discontinuity behind human emotion.” 

Wyatt Hall of Delaware, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in metals and bookmaking. “Craft is essential to my practice,” Hall said. “Handmade books, portfolios, and book objects allow me to organize my photographic work into physical groupings which explore concepts through series as well as interact with the paper surface in a conceptual and physical manner.” 

Sharon Hayes of Waynesfield, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in printmaking and figure drawing. “Through printmaking and working with charcoal and oil pastels, I seek to better understand relationships between people and themes from my Christian faith,” Hayes said. “The considerably extensive processes of creating a print or a drawing guide me to a deeper appreciation and understanding of my own relationship to the subject matter.” 

Abi Care Horvat of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a B.A. student. “I will attend law school this fall with aspirations to eventually start my own nonprofit that focuses on using the arts to steer children and young adults away from encounters with the justice system,” Horvat said. “In my own artwork I focus in abstract expressionism. … Through my paintings, I hope to emulate the emotional connections and nostalgic elements of scenes that cannot be captured through photographs alone.” 

Lexy Immerman of Chanhassen, Minnesota, a B.F.A. student with a concentration in graphic design. “Design has the unique and wonderful ability to make everything better,” Immerman said. “Good design can bring attention to something that otherwise would have been overlooked, provide surface explanation for a deeper topic, streamline a learning process, or reach out to people in new and interesting ways.” 

Samantha Johnson of Clay, West Virginia, a B.A. student. “My time at OWU has allowed me to experience several mediums, rekindling past affairs with embroidery and ceramics,” Johnson said. “It has instilled in me an intense appreciation for art that I hope to keep with me in my endeavors to work with artists in a legal setting.” 

Emily Lee of Columbus, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in graphic design, photography, and metals. “My work celebrates diversity and unification,” Lee said. “Simplicity is essential to much of my work; however, I am also greatly interested in acute detail. Because of these conflicting approaches, I describe my artistic style as ever-changing. I do not focus on a certain practice because the possibilities to create are endless.” 

Leia Miza of Thessaloniki, Greece, a B.A. student. “I find both film and digital photography very appealing, and make an effort to encapsulate both,” Miza said. “The darkroom feels like a second home to me and the variety and control available through silver gelatin printing never ceases to amaze me.” 

Tanisha Murphy of Delaware, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in ceramics and metals. “[My] work is both decorative and political, which is motivated by personal incidents, nostalgia, social events, and the intimate relationships within organic forms and characteristics,” Murphy said. “Not only does [my] work exhibit aesthetic qualities, but it also carries emotional experiences felt through the common African American woman.” 

Hannah Rawlings of Denver, Colorado, a B.F.A. student with a concentration in art history. “I came into Ohio Wesleyan knowing that I would major in art history,” Rawlings said. “There is something timeless and mysterious about understanding an object, its context, and the impact it can have for centuries from the time of its creation.” 

Created in 1864, Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Fine Arts was one of America’s first college art departments. Learn more about the department and its faculty at www.owu.edu/finearts

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. It is closed Monday and Saturday, with the exception of the upcoming April 15 artist reception. The facility is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.