Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OHIO WESLEYAN STUDENTS CURATE ART EXHIBIT ‘Many Faces, Many Stories’ Opens May 3 with Public Reception


DELAWARE, Ohio – They’ve researched, budgeted, curated, designed, prepared, installed, and helped to publicize Ohio Wesleyan University’s newest art exhibit. 
And the OWU students – all enrolled in a fine arts “exhibition practice” course – will open their exhibit with a public reception May 3. 
Titled “Many Faces, Many Stories,” the exhibit will run from May 3 through June 9 in Gallery 2001, a satellite of Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum. The reception will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 in the gallery, located inside Beeghly Library, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Gallery 2001’s hours coincide with library hours and are available online at www.owu.edu/library
Erin Fletcher, director of OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, teaches the semester-long exhibition practice course, which includes a combination of museum history, theory, and hands-on skills for developing exhibitions. 
“This class draws on Ohio Wesleyan’s theory-to-practice ideology,” Fletcher said, “and I have truly enjoyed watching students from the arts, the sciences, and the humanities come together, using campus collections, to develop an exhibition. Their intelligence, diligence, and creative abilities are beautifully on display.” 
First-year student Thalia Sallas-Brookwell of Los Angeles, California, said the class ties in directly with her future career plans. 
“I’m interested in a future career in museum education or some type of work that combines art and creativity with community outreach,” said Sallas-Brookwell, an art history major and women’s and gender studies minor. 
“We’ve studied a lot about museum management and have been able to practice the concepts we learned when planning ‘Many Faces, Many Stories,’ ” she continued. “I’m proud of our class’s hard work and can’t wait for our opening reception.” 
Evelynn Wyatt, a senior from Louisville, Kentucky, also appreciated the collaborative class dynamic in planning the exhibition. 
“As a person who prefers working on her own to set and accomplish goals,” said Wyatt, a double major in biology and English, “collaborating with six other students was an incredibly challenging, yet rewarding experience. Though we didn’t always agree with one another, we learned to compromise from a place of mutual respect and understanding.” 
The final exhibit features items from Ohio Wesleyan’s permanent collection and included collaboration with local artist Nick Stull and The Page Collective artist collaboration group.
Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum at www.owu.edu/ross and more about the university’s fine arts major, including the exhibition practice course at www.owu.edu/finearts.

OHIO WESLEYAN ARTISTS AMONG OHIO DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN’S ‘BEST OF 2017’


DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University fine arts professor Cynthia Cetlin and student Wyatt Hall are among the artists selected to exhibit works in the upcoming Ohio Designer Craftsmen “Best of 2017” showcase. 
The 34th annual juried exhibition will run from May 7 through June 18 at the Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, and from July 7 through Sept. 9 at the Southern Ohio Museum, 825 Gallia St., Portsmouth. The event will showcase works in clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal, and mixed media – all created by Ohio Designer Craftsmen artists. 
Cetlin, M.F.A., who joined Ohio Wesleyan’s faculty in 1987, will have two fiber pieces in the show, with her creation “Felt Memory” earning the Ruth Lantz Award for Excellence in Fiber. She will be recognized during an awards presentation at 3 p.m. May 7 at the Ohio Craft Museum. 
“Wool, like gold, has a memory,” Cetlin says of the piece, “and when formed and dried, as in this seamless neckpiece, can be stretched, only to return to its original form.” The piece is made from merino wool and natural dyes, using wet-felted, stitched-resist, and shibori (fabric dying) techniques. 
Her second piece “Forest Ground” was inspired by “a favorite path taken through shoreline pine forest in Deer Isle, Maine,” Cetlin says, and is made of rust-colored merino wool and naturally died, pale green silk. It was created using wet-felted, stitched-resist, and nuno (fiber bonding) techniques. 
Hall, a senior from Delaware, is exhibiting small-scale metal sculpture and jewelry – both created as part of Cetlin’s metals course. Hall will earn his Ohio Wesleyan Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May with concentrations in metals and bookmaking. 
His “Blue-Green Fracking Well” sculpture was created using copper, nickel, cupric nitrate, and silver nitrate. His “Softshell Necklace” incorporates copper, brass, merino wool, liver of sulfur, Prismacolor pencil, and heat patina. 
“The metal sculptures which I construct are created utilizing traditional metalworking techniques,” Hall says. “Their toy-like, miniature scale is reminiscent of the train models that I built with my father and grandfather in my childhood. 
“Constructing isolated objects within the rural landscape, such as fracking wells, on the scale of a model creates a shift in perspective which allows me to consider industrial processes and the rural landscape on a manageable scale,” Hall says. 
Learn more about the Ohio Designer Craftsmen “Best of 2017” exhibit at www.ohiocraft.org. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts department at www.owu.edu/finearts

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.