Friday, June 3, 2016

Schnormeier Gallery Presents Melissa Stallard’s “The Shrinking City”

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Melissa Stallard’s “The Shrinking City” will be on display at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery June 30 to Aug. 5. A reception for the show will be held on Friday, July 1, from 6-9 p.m. 

Melissa Stallard’s photographic exhibit, “The Shrinking City,” has been on display in galleries throughout the American Midwest. Stallard believes her “photographs document the results of a long-term economic crisis in Youngstown, Ohio, and the city’s transition into a more stable, smaller city surrounded by the ghosts of its prosperous industrial past.”

Youngstown is the poorest city in the nation and has fallen to decay and abandonment in the years following World War II. Despite the decline of this once great city, there is hope. Stallard notes, “The city has designated some areas to return to the natural habitat or public-use green space while others will become urban farms or raised-bed community gardens.” Her exhibit not only functions to display the decline of Youngstown and cities like it, but also offers hope that the broken city will be healed in time.  

Stallard’s work will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on Melissa Stallard visit

Cuban Artist Focuses on Refugees in Exhibit at Otterbein University

Westerville, OH — Cuban artist Juan Si Gonz├ílez worked with Otterbein students, faculty and staff during spring semester on a collaborative art installation utilizing donations of clothes, coats, shoes and canned/non-perishable that will be donated to central Ohio refugee services when the project is finished.

The resulting exhibit, Cartographies: Reconstructing human displacement, will be on display now through Aug. 19 at Fisher Gallery in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

In his artist statement, Gonz├ílez wrote, “I’m trying to break down generalized notions of immigration/migration as a foreign experience. I want to focus in on the individual motivations and circumstances that drive people to move from one place to another, the forces that push us forward and those that hold us back. Physical displacement implies a complex, and often painful, process of insertion and adaptation in a new social context. It implies loss and disintegration as well as incorporation and integration into another reality.”

This exhibit is part of Otterbein University and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a multi-year focus on the arts in three non-Western regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17), and Africa (2017-18). Chile and Cuba were the gateway countries explored in programs in 2015-16. Fall semester 2016 will feature gateway countries India and Thailand. Fall programming will be announced soon.

Monday, May 9, 2016

2016 May Gallery Hop

Megan Nedds has two pieces featured at First Commonwealth Bank

                                                        Katherine Zeilman's featured piece at PM Gallery 

This past Saturday, the Short North hosted it's monthly Gallery Hop. The evening was filled with new gallery exhibitions, music, food, and laughter.  

For the first time in EVA's history, eleven of our student nominees and finalists from eight different institutions were featured at seven different galleries. Hundreds of visitors participated in the walking exhibition as they celebrated our young and talented artists. 

Jennifer Tang's pieces titled "Cecilia and the Satellite" at 
 First Commonwealth Bank

Some of the artists were able to attend and stand with their pieces as they interacted with visitors and answered any questions regarding their art. This was a great opportunity for the artists to gain exposure and experience as the prepare to embark on their professional careers. 

Finalist Jenny Hanf has six pieces at First Commonwealth Bank

Our grand award winner Elmi Ventura Mata has several pieces featured 
at First Commonwealth Bank 

The artwork is for sale and will be up throughout the whole Month of May at the following participating galleries:

First Commonwealth Bank- 647 North High Street
Jenny Half/ Megan Nedds, University of Findlay
Elmi Ventura Mata, Cleveland Institute of Art
Jennifer Tang, Case Western Reserve University

Sharon Weiss Gallery- 20 East Lincoln Street
Jennifer Hall- Otterbein University 

PM Gallery- 1190 North High Street 
Stephanie Parnes/ Katherine Zeilman, Columbus College of Art & Design 

Sherrie Gallerie- 694 North High Street 
Amorelle Jacox, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 

Marcia Evans Gallery- 8 East Lincoln Street 
Emma Daugherty, Ashland University 

Happy Go Lucky- 962 North High Street 
Abby Graber, Bluffton University 

Rivet Design Toy&Art Gallery- 1200 North High Street
Jacob Hansen, University of Dayton 

Jennifer Hall's piece featured at Sharon Weiss Gallery 

Stephanie Parnes at PM Gallery

Amorelle Jacox at Sherrie Gallery 

Jacob Hansen's "Arcade Mini's" at Rivet Design Toy & Art Gallery 

                                                                                             Abby Graber's piece titled "Fearless' is at 
                                                                                                       Happy Go Lucky Boutique 

For more information on participating galleries, artists, and upcoming events, please visit 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 EVA Grand Award Winner and People's Choice Announced!

Last night, April 26th, a group of outstanding young artists were recognized at the ninth annual Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Reception. This was held at Otterbein University's Miller Gallery with the help of Janice Glowski and Chaz O'Neil. 

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

Grace Gongaware - Cleveland Institute of Art
Jenny Hanf - University of Findlay 
Alice Shockey - Oberlin College
Elmi Ventura Mata - Cleveland Institute of Art
Natalie Wardlaw - Kenyon College
Katherine Zeilman - Columbus College of Art & Design

The discussion was moderated by Otterbein's chair of the art department, Evelyn Davis-Walker. Following the riveting discussion, Jennifer Hall, one of Otterbein's nominees, gave a tour of the art department. 

From there, the reception portion officially began. Audrey Hasson, Otterbein Alumna and Sports Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist for NBC4, spoke as the master of ceremonies. Otterbein's Provost, Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz, welcomed everyone to the Miller Gallery and Otterbein's campus. Key sponsors, first and second round judges, nominees, and our sculpture designer were thanked and acknowledged throughout the reception. 
Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz warmly welcomes everyone to the Miller Gallery

The Ohio Arts Council Verne Riffe Gallery Exhibition is currently featuring the six finalists and will remain showing until May 5th. Don't forget to check out the artwork before it's too late!

It was then announced that Claire Harvey of Cedarville University is the People's Choice Award Winner. Congratulations Claire!
Todd Jones (right) and Claire Harvey (left) with her award 
Claire Harvey pictured with her piece, Puzzle Pieces. 

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. Elmi Ventura Mata of Cleveland Institute of Art is this year's Grand Award Winner! 

Elmi Ventura Mata (left) standing in front of his artwork with Todd Jones and his award
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's AICUO EVA competition! Visit to see the winners portfolios!

Ohio Wesleyan's Ross Art Museum To Host Quilt Display May 13-July 1

         Sandra Ciolino’s “Precaria #3 Mutations” will be among the 30 art quilts on display 
May 13-July 1 at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Ross Art Museum

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum will cover its walls with art quilts from around the United States between May 13 and July 1, when it hosts a juried show in conjunction with the 2016 Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus.

 “We accepted 30 quilts from 13 artists across the nation,” said Tammy Wallace, assistant director at the Ross Art Museum and curator of the upcoming exhibit. “The quilts range from super-realistic representational, to abstract, to humorous, to poignant … and include some well-known artists and artists showing for the very first time.

“The title of this year’s exhibit is ‘Party On,’ featuring art quilts expressing our obsession with parties of all types, whether celebrations of special days or of the political variety,” Wallace said. “Birthdays, anniversaries, and retirements all call for parties. There are celebrations of life and wakes when loved ones leave us. Holidays that are sacred, secular, national, and local are marked with parties. The many sides of our electoral system each name themselves a party.” 

Wallace said the exhibit is being held as part of the annual Quilt Surface Design Symposium, which will be held in four sessions running from May 30 to June 12 at Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. 

Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum will be open for the “Party On” exhibit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit more information. 

For more information about the Quilt Surface Design Symposium, visit

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Malone Art Gallery to feature the senior exhibit of Nichole Hall April 7-16

The Malone Art gallery will feature the Senior Exhibit of Nichole Hall entitled "The Priestess" from April 7-16. A reception will be held April 9 1-3 p.m. in The Gallery. The Gallery can be found inside the east entrance of the Johnson Center for Worship & the Fine Arts at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. There is no admission fee and all are welcome. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (or by appointment).
Step into a world of fantasy by visiting the Malone Art Gallery to see Nichole Hall's senior exhibit.  The art displayed will present colorful semi-realistic renditions of creatures and humans alike, meshing them together in a variety of pieces that twill surely dazzle.
Nichole Hall - The crystal cat
"The Crystal Cat"
digital media
Nichole Hall - Elven World
"The Elven World"
digital media
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