Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winterbreak Reads and Sources for Inspiration

It's 12/12/12 and we are still here! So, let's make the best of winter by beating the blues and get into some good reads, go out and look at some artwork, and make some of your own!

Sheilah Wilson, one of our 2013 judges, sent this to me as a senior art major, hoping to inspire us as we go forth into our next semester. It is by William Powhida.

I especially like #1!!! Although our institutions are amazing. Here's another one!

Here are a few good reads that I have looked through this month, if you have some time after the Holidays!
 Drawing from the City by artist Tejubehan. Its gorgeous black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings, brimming with expressive lines and dots somewhere between Yayoi Kusama and Edward Gorey, tell the partly autobiographical, partly escapist tale of this self-taught artist who came of age as a woman trapped between unimaginable poverty and a wildly imaginative inner world in a patriarchal society. Tejubehan takes us on a journey from her small village into the big city, where her poor parents move to find work. Three years pass. Teju is now a young woman and she marries a man who sings for a living. With his encouragement, she becomes an artist.

The Artificial Kingdom is the first book to provide a cultural history of kitsch, an immensely popular aesthetic phenomenon that has always been disdained as "bad taste," or a cheap imitation of art. Proposing instead that kitsch is the product of a larger sensibility of loss, Celeste Olalquiaga shows how it enables the momentary re-creation of experiences that exist only as memories or fantasies. Simultaneously exposing and celebrating this process, Olalquiaga gives us a bold, trenchant analysis of what and how we see when we look at kitsch.

They also have some amazing reads on this New York Times list: tried and true!

Keep in tune over winter break for gallery openings, museum shows, and artist interviews!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Manet in Toledo

If you can make it to the Toledo area during the holiday break, I encourage you to go see the Edouard Manet exhibit! It has been noted in The New York Times, The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and CBS Detroit as a fantastic exhibit. It is going on through January 1, 2013.

Manet: Portraying Life
Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
Museum People
Leslie Adams
Toledo Museum of Art

December 14th- Nominees Portfolios will be finished for the 2013 Awards! We are so excited to see them. 

Margo Miller Art Exhibit at University of Mount Union
Last Date to see it is this Saturday, December 9th!
On display at the Crandall Art Gallery, free and open to public
Miller has been teaching at the University of Mount Union since 2004. She has been featured both nationally and internationally, in exhibits such as the China Exhibition (University of Akron), Galleria De La Fountaine in Geneva, Switzerland, and The Butler Institution of America Art.

Admission to the Crandall Art Gallery is free. 
The gallery is located between Roadman Playhouse and Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. 
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

Ohio Northern University Student Art Exhibition

For many years, a committee of sophomore art and design majors has been responsible for organizing and presenting the show, traditionally the most popular gallery event of the academic year. This year’s exhibition features original work in a variety of media, such as ceramics, oils and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media, and printmaking.

         The exhibition is a competition open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Ohio Northern University. Any work completed for an art and design departmental course is eligible for consideration. Submissions fall into three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional and graphic design.

         Invited jurors review the submitted entries and make the final selections. This year’s jurors were retired professors Judith Greavu and Bruce Chesser. Greavu was an associate professor in ONU’s Department of Art and Design from 1985-2005, and Chesser taught ceramics at ONU for more than 30 years.

         Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the Department of Art and Design at 419-772-2160 or Visit for the latest information about times, locations and additions to the schedule.