Monday, February 13, 2017

MVNU Student Art Gallery Exhibit Opens to the Public

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery is proud to exhibit the artwork of current students in the Department of Art and Design at MVNU. This exhibit will open March 13-29, 2017, and is open to the public. The exhibition explores an array of media, techniques, and courses taught in the Buchwald Center in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Every year, Schnormeier Gallery, located at 221 S. Main St., presents a fascinating array of art done by hard-working students. These students have been provided an education in the arts to aspire them to be students who would dare to engage the world in a redemptive way.
These developing artists will present works in such mediums as photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, illustrations, and more.
There will be a reception will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2017, from 6-8 p.m.
For more information on the MVNU Art Department visit

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Spring Art Exhibitions and Sr. Jane Mary Lecture Announced

The Lourdes University Department of Art is pleased to announce its 2017 Spring Exhibition and Lecture Schedule. Mark your calendar for these exciting displays of art in various mediums. All events are free and open to the public.

Bachelor of Arts Senior Exhibition – Requiescence featuring work of Laura Ott
Artist Reception: Saturday, February 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition runs February 19 through March 18
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania

Artists Lecture Series for March
Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Featuring mixed media glass artists Patrick DuBreuil and Robin Schultes
Co-presented by Lourdes University Art Department and the Sylvania Community Arts Commission’s Red Bird Art Walk. Lectures are held the Thursday evening prior to the first Friday of every month.
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania

Spring Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition runs March 25 through April 26
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania

Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture
Sunday, April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd.

This year’s lecture features Jeni Hansen Gard. Ms. Gard is currently working on a project in conjunction with the River Center Foundation. Her project intends to bring the Sylvania community together around the celebration of food, ceramic objects and thoughtful dialog. Her lecture covers her past work and also highlights some of the exciting things she is doing with the River Center Foundation in Sylvania.

The lecture is made possible by Lourdes alumnus and board member George Brymer and his wife Vicky

Senior Student Art Exhibition – featuring work of Maurice Knapp, Karina Middlebrooks and Tiffany Partridge
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition runs April 29 through May 28
Canticle Center Gallery, 5335 Silica Drive in Sylvania

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Denison Museum Opens Exhibitions

GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Denison Museum unveils a series of exhibitions for the 2017 spring semester. All exhibits are located at the museum (240 West Broadway), which is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at 740-587-6255 or visit

·       Feb. 1 to March 24: “Liberal Arts Today,” an exhibit exploring the meaning of a liberal arts education in today’s world, featuring work from the museum’s permanent collection.

·      Feb. 1 to May 12: “The Art of War: John Lawrence Doyle’s Sharpshooters 76,” a collection of prints from Doyle’s work that critically represents the soldiers who fought in various wars throughout American history.

·       Feb. 1 to May 12: “The Great War: Illustrations by Jean-Louis Forain,” an exhibition displaying the war’s grim realities as experienced by French artist Jean-Louis Forian, a correspondent for the magazine Le Figaro.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Columbus artists exhibit work at Denison Art Space in Newark

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Denison Art Space in Newark presents an opening reception for “Columbus in Newark,” an exhibit featuring artwork by Columbus-based artists at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church, Newark). The exhibit is on display until Friday, March 31. As part of Wednesday’s opening reception, performance artist Alison Crocetta will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. at music venue Thirty One West (31 West Church, Newark). These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jonathan Vega at 740-587-6165 or visit

The following artists were invited to exhibit their work at the invitation of Denison’s studio art faculty: Adam Brouillette, Adrian French, Alison Crocetta, Blake Turner, Cudelice “CJ” Brazelton, Jared Thorne, Jessica Knapp, Laura Larson, Lisa McLymont, Nathaniel Hartman, Suzanne Silver and Tyler Davis. The exhibition is on display until Friday, March 31. Denison Art Space in Newark is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and by chance or appointment.

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 made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Allen Memorial Museum Offers February Programs and Five New Exhibitions

As spring semester begins at Oberlin College, the Allen Memorial Art Museum will offer a variety of programs in February, along with the opening of five new exhibitions. The following is a summary; please contact us for more information and high-resolution images.

February 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
Galleries remain open until 8 p.m. during monthly evening hours at the Allen Memoriam Art Museum; free opening reception for spring exhibitions. At 5:30 p.m., a welcome program will be held for African objects in a new installation. African drumming will be led by Adenike Sharpley, artist in residence in dance and Africana Studies, with Matt Rarey, assistant professor, and Oberlin students in his seminar “African Art in Museums: From Collection to Display.” 

February 14, 2:30 p.m.
How does photography construct stereotypes? Mir Finkelman (OC ’16), curatorial assistant in the Office of Academic Programs, discusses this artistic medium in relation to works in the exhibition Images in Black and White, which she curated. This Tuesday Tea Talk is followed by tea and cookies in the East Gallery.

These informal, student-led talks each focus on one work on view. Spring semester talks will be held at 2 p.m. on the following Sundays:
February 5, 12, 19, and 26
March 5 and 12
April 2, 9, 23, and 30

At 2:30 p.m. on four Sundays in February, Oberlin College students will speak about African objects newly installed in the East Ambulatory.

February 5: Sallay Kallon (OC ’17), Sowei Masks
February 12: Alexandra Nicome (OC ’17), Oga and the Masses, El Anatsui 
February 19: Shani Strand (OC ’17), Yombe Maternity Figure
February 26: Arianna Crawford (OC ’18), Gelede Mask


Ripin Gallery, Through May 21
This exhibition traces the history of an important group of woodblock printmakers in Japan, the Utagawa school. Founded in the Edo Period (1603–1868) by Utagawa Toyoharu, this lineage went on to produce some of the most celebrated print designers in Japanese art. The 52 prints on view include dynamic actor prints by Toyokuni and Kunisada, the renowned landscape prints of Hiroshige, the dramatic narratives of Kuniyoshi, and the creative and technical brilliance of Yoshitoshi. Utagawa works from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries demonstrate the links between master print designers and their students, who often became masters themselves, as well as how the school adapted to rapid modernization during Japan’s Meiji Period (1868–1912).

Ripin Gallery, Through May 21
Animals act as companions and contributors to human life in this exhibition featuring works ranging from Japanese woodblock prints to whalebone sculptures of indigenous North America. Many non-Western communities today draw on these relationships as a resource in the face of colonialism, exploitation, and environmental devastation.

Ripin Gallery, Through May 21
The historical and artistic dimensions of seal script, the oldest form of Chinese writing, are explored in works spanning centuries.

Ripin Gallery, Through May 21
Born in Los Angeles in 1911, Brett Weston became known as a photographer of landscapes and still life. In 1925, he and his father, renowned American photographer Edward Weston, traveled to Mexico, where he met painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, along with photographer Tina Modotti. Many of the works were donated by the Christian Keesee Collection and the Brett Weston Archive.

IMAGES IN BLACK AND WHITEEducation Hallway, through July 2
How does photography, as a medium, art form, and documentary method, construct identity and stereotype? Six photographs explore how imagery in contemporary American media establishes visual expectations associated with such concepts as the “beautiful,” the “moral,” and even the “criminal.”

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present its biennial Alumni Excellence Exhibition (January 17 – February 19, 2017).  This exhibition of inspiring art and design showcases works by five selected Mount graduates:  Sheila Heinen (1981), Joell Angel-Chumbley (1992), Keith Kitz (1996), Adrian Vance Hawk (2007), and Cynthia Gregory (2008).  An Artists’ Reception will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017, from 2:00-4:00 pm in the SSG Art Gallery.  The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with the artists during the reception. 

Sheila Heinen (1981) is an award-winning artist who graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education in 1981.  She paints in her home studio, working in acrylics and mixed media.  Inspired by nature, she strives to radiate beauty through the use of transparent color glazes and underlying illumination of metallic leaf.  Sheila’s paintings hang in private collections in Ohio, Kentucky, and Arizona and she actively shows her work in exhibitions throughout the U.S.  Sheila was awarded YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Group Show Winner, Art Comes Alive 2014, Art Design Consultants.  She received her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Heinen states, “This collection of paintings is created around a theme of ‘Metamorphosis.’ The subject matter – various gemstones (metamorphic rocks transformed and abstracted), as well as my artistic growth in technique and materials, combining opaque and transparent acrylic pours, foils along with metallic leaf, and build-up of surface textures.  These paintings were created shortly after moving from Ohio to Arizona and stand as proof that the upheaval of relocating one’s home and studio across country can result in a transformative period of creativity.”

Joell Angel-Chumbley (1992) is a local artist and designer who graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, with a concentration in Fabric Design, from the College of Mount St. Joseph.  Joell received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from University of Cincinnati (DAAP), School of Art, area of Fibers and 3D studies in 2000.  Her professional work spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, public art, branding, and environmental graphic design.

Joell is a Creative Lead and Art Program Coordinator at Kolar Design, where she guides the vision, strategy, and implementation of local and national projects that connect people, places, and brands.  She worked in the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering, Urban Design and Planning Office for 10 years transforming city neighborhoods through civic branding, gateway design, public art, and placemaking.  She also served as full-time faculty at Mount St. Joseph University, and adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati DAAP and Miami University Oxford.  Joell’s multi-disciplinary experience has awarded her local, regional and national mention in various publications.  Recent works have exhibited both regionally and nationally including: Florida Gulf Coast University Library Gallery – Fort Myers, FL, Chico Art Center – Chico, CA, and Weston Art Gallery – Cincinnati, OH.

On display in this “Alumni Excellence” exhibition are both her graphic design works and also a selection of fine arts pieces.  Joell states, “Nature and her elements continue to be a leading force in my exhibition work. This body of work builds on simple elements, geometries, complex layers, and connective patterns found in nature and urban environments.  The work employs a variety of materials … The natural materials and found objects embody a past life, story and history; fabric and sewn line represents the connective patterns of the universe, marked paths and life’s journey.”

Keith Kitz (1996) is an artist, designer, and educator living in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the founder of Keith Kitz Design (formerly One Man’s Studio), and an Adjunct Professor at both The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and Boston Architectural College.  Kitz is also a frequent visiting critic at the School of Visual Arts at Boston University.  His award-winning works have been featured in numerous international exhibitions, periodicals, and books.  He graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design in 1996.

Kitz states, “Curiosity and continuous exploration are the tenants of my making. Trial and error, testing, and iteration are central to my process.  I do not concern myself with style, classification, or trend. Equal parts graphic designer and artist, I am not exclusively defined by these labels; I am equally identified as a poet, painter, or simply a maker.  My work utilizes a wide variety of making techniques and often incorporates my own photography, analog mark-making, as well as carefully curated found items collected through my travels.  I remain attentive and open to accepting opportunities and receiving inspiration from any source I pass during daily walks—many times taking the long way to a destination results in hitting the inspiration jackpot. … This particular body of work has been curated from my practice of daily poster making.  Since 2014, I have generated at least one poster a day, though many days result in multiple pieces.  This purely experimental space is not only a place to embrace my passion, it has also produced ideas used in my commercial practice, and has impacted my teaching philosophy and approach.”

Adrian Vance Hawk (2007) received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric Design from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 2007, and a Masters of Art in Art Education from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2011.  Adrian is a leader and trailblazer in the fields of art and education, as well as care for the earth and community.  She has been involved with the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) for many years, both at the local and state levels and won the prestigious Art Educator of the Year award for SW OAEA in 2013.  Adrian currently serves as the Vice President on Imago’s council (Imago is a non-profit urban nature preserve in Price Hill).

Hawk states, “My art explores protection and conservation of the Earth through a variety of media (branches, seeds, old book and map pages, upcycled plastic, found objects, feed sacks, vintage postcards, leaves and red thread).  I work to stimulate meaningful discussion and/or reflection about environmental issues.  I am currently a visual arts specialist at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in downtown Cincinnati.  I teach students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade.  I’m currently in my tenth year of teaching.  I taught kindergarten through 6th grade in New Richmond, Ohio before moving to SCPA.  My goal as an educator is to not only share the beauty and joy of art but to do it in a way that exposes students to ways that they can be good citizens of our planet and make responsible choices that have a positive impact.”

Cynthia Gregory (2008) is a Kentucky-based artist whose studio work integrates drawing, sculpture, and furniture making to illuminate themes of time, history, accumulation, and containment.  She has exhibited her artwork widely in national and international exhibitions including the San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Museum of Art (TX), which selected Gregory’s work in 2015 for solo exhibition.  Gregory is a 2013 recipient of an artist residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and recently in 2016 was awarded an artist residency at Georgia's Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences.  In addition to exhibiting her artwork in galleries and museums, her pieces have been featured in publications such as the book Collage Journeys (2008) and the literary arts journal, The Dialogist (2014).  She holds several degrees including a BA in English (Northern Kentucky University), a BFA in Fine Art (College of Mount St. Joseph), an MLS (Indiana University), and an MFA (University of Cincinnati).

Gregory states, “A significant source of inspiration fueling my work rests in my interests in literature, writing, history, the natural sciences, and astronomy.  … My style of making leans toward an unapologetic realism that is less concerned with fooling the viewer’s eye and more concentrated on encouraging what Philip Rawson refers to as the viewer’s ‘habit of attention,’ that is to be drawn in, to behold, to re-evaluate and unravel what’s seen.  I am “of the hand, by the hand,” applying labor-intensive methods to build furniture-like sculpture installation pieces that house delicately rendered drawings and sculptures. In juxtaposing these objects, my interest is in the potential for these elements to serve as containers of stories within self-contained installation environments that range from shelves, boxes, drawers, architectural elements, and table and cabinet formations.  The objects I populate in these intimate spaces map subtle timelines and mysterious markers of experience, thought, and feeling. These metaphoric constructions encourage the viewer to build implied, partial narratives from a lost or unknowable whole.”