Friday, February 28, 2014

University of Findlay Student Artwork on Display in Senior Art Exhibition

The University of Findlay will hold a Senior Art Exhibition reception 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion Lea Gallery.
Community members are welcome to view the artwork and meet the exhibiting seniors. Light refreshments will be provided.
The exhibit will feature graphic design majors, and the work exhibited will include graphic design and photography.
The following students will be featured:  Ashley Achten, graphic design major from Rawson; Emily Barnhart, graphic design major from Canal Winchester; Kaitlin Jager, graphic design major from Grant, Mich.; Daniel Leaks, graphic design major from Detroit, Mich.; Lindsy Reindel, graphic design major from Delphos; and Tien Shen, graphic design major from Tienjin, China.
Community members are welcome to view the artwork in the Lea Gallery from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, to Thursday, March 20.
For more information about the Senior Art Exhibition contact Valerie Escobedo at 419-434-4577.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wittenberg Professor's Photography Exhibit Raises Money for Project Woman

Wittenberg University Assistant Professor of Art Daniel McInnis’ fundraising exhibit Battleground raised more than $400 dollars for Project Woman, a Springfield organization created to aid victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Following the close of the exhibit, McInnis presented Laura Baxter, Director of Project Woman, with a $440 check and a photograph from the show.

Battleground, a compilation of photographs taken using McInnis’ iPhone, “documents glimpses of an American state in transition, a landscape mixed with both troubling anxiety and healthy pride.”

McInnis has taught photographic practice and history at the School of Visual Arts in New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, The American University in Dubai, and Ithaca College. His work has been published by Saint Lucy, Dodho Magazine as a Featured Photographer, and Battleground, a self-published monograph by Apple Books. McInnis was a 2012 Competition Winner for Photo Review and a finalist in the PhotoPlace Open 2012 Catalog by Blurb Book.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ohio Northern University has guest artist speaker

The Ohio Northern University Department of Art and Design presents artist Franklin Einspruch, who will speak about his work and career, on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the Wilson Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.

            Following his presentation, Einspruch will take questions and be available to discuss students’ work and portfolios. Einspruch has a creative practice that spans traditional and digital media, images and words, and various recombinations of paintings, drawings, watercolors, essays, comics, programming and web art.

            Einspruch is a member of International Association of Art Critics (AICA) USA and has authored more than 100 published essays and art reviews, which have appeared in Art in America, the New Criterion, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, and elsewhere. He has explored web-based arts publishing since 2000 and produces one of the longest-running blogs about visual art,, which began in 2003. He edits the online archive of the writings of Walter Darby Bannard. Top Shelf 2.0 and three issues of Inbound, the anthology of the Boston Comics Roundtable, have featured his comics’ work, which has garnered favorable reviews from Fleen and Comixtalk.

            Einspruch earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Miami. Einspruch spent his senior year at RISD at the school’s European Honors Program in Rome and the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. Since then, his work has appeared in 15 solo exhibitions and more than two dozen group shows. Martin Z. Margulies, the Florida Department of State, and many other collections in the U.S. and abroad have acquired his work.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Clay Enos to Speak at Wittenberg University

The Wittenberg University Departments of Art and Communication welcome guest lecturer Clay Enos, a celebrity and commercial photographer, to speak about his career and the art/business of photography during a public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.

Having worked in commercial photography for more than two decades, Enos enjoys making street portrait photography and photojournalistic work as he travels. He is especially interested in how photography relates to food health and sustainability, with special regard to organizations that support sustainable fair trade coffee.

In 2007, Director Zach Snyder hired Enos to document his film adaptation of “Watchmen” for Warner Brothers. This resulted in “Watchmen Portraits”, which is dedicated to 220 on-set street studio-style portraits made during production. Enos later collaborated with Snyder to document the filming of “Sucker Punch” (2011), “Man of Steel” (2013), and, the soon to be released “300: Rise of an Empire” (2014).

Enos holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College. He studied further with the VII photographers Jim Nachtwey, Gary Knight, and Antonin Kratochvil.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art, the Department of Communication, and the Faculty Endowment Fund Board, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Music Meets Painting and Art at Oberlin


Watercolor artist Chuck Clevenger will present a free “concert-tableau,” or pictorial concert, on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12-noon in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall. Clevenger, also a concert pianist and a senior professor of music at Cedarville University, will perform five pieces of classical music that connect with five watercolor paintings created for the occasion.
Clevenger has painted for more than 50 years but said this is the first time he has combined painting and music. For this concert, Clevenger selected pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Villa-Lobos, then created paintings that express the stories and emotions of the music. “I’ve gone into the music and painted something that means the same thing,” Clevenger said. “They’re all sending the same set of tensions to the audience.”
Outside the Recital Hall, 25 of Clevenger’s paintings will be displayed Feb. 20–28 in a free exhibit titled “Fleeting Visions.” Clevenger said watercolor paintings have a special ability to meld music and art because of their vague, impressionistic quality. The exhibit title is borrowed from Prokofiev, who connected “Fleeting Visions” with a set of piano music in the early 1900s.
Clevenger will also hold “meet the artist” hours to discuss his paintings. Guests may meet Clevenger in the music and worship office at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 or 4 p.m. Feb. 27 for a 45-minute tour of the exhibit and a time to ask questions.
Guests are invited to bring lunch to the concert, which is part of the department of music and worship’s Bach’s Lunch series. Water is the only liquid permitted in the Recital Hall. Guests may also purchase CDs, prints and cards of Clevenger’s work before and after the concert.

Oberlin's Spring Art Calendar  

First Thursday Lecture, March 6, 5:30 p.m., “What is Art For?”—Special guest Philip Yenawine is co-founder of the non-profit organization Visual Understanding in Education (VUE). His presentation will range from philosophical (what is art for?) to theoretical (what does research into aesthetic thought tell us about viewing art?) and practical (how do we empower viewers?). Yenawine will lead a discussion using the VUE curriculum, known as Visual Thinking Strategies, to illuminate these topics and offer visitors a chance to exercise their brains. This interactive curriculum is widely used in schools, as well as by the AMAM.
Tuesday Tea Talk, March 11, 2:30 p.m.Art Professor Johnny Coleman talks about the life and career of self-taught Cleveland artist Rev. Albert Wagner, as well as outsider art in general.
First Thursday Lecture, April 3, 5:30 p.m.—Fred (OC 1974) and Laura Ruth Bidwell will discuss their joint passion for collecting art and their creation of the Transformer Station, a platform for emerging and mid-career artists located in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. The venue hosts contemporary art exhibitions, events, and music. Mr. Bidwell is interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mrs. Bidwell was the founding curator of Akron’s Summit ArtSpace Gallery and is an established mixed-media artist, photographer, and videographer.
Tuesday Tea Talk, April 8, 2:30 p.m.—Classics Professor Thomas Van Nortwick discusses the myth of Achilles as seen in two AMAM paintings, Thetis and Achilles at the Oracle and Allegory of the Education of Louis XV.
Lecture, April 17, 5 p.m., Allen Art Building, Classroom 1, “Voice Amplified/Voice Interrupted: The Use of Punctuation Signs in Soviet Posters”—Coinciding with the exhibition The Legacy of Socialist Realism, Masha Kowell of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif., traces the syntactic, semantic, and graphic evolution of punctuation marks in Soviet propaganda posters. The talk is co-sponsored by Oberlin College’s Department of Russian and the Clowes Lecture Fund, and the history and sociology departments.
First Thursday Lecture—May 1, 5:30 p.m., At the Weltzheimer-Johnson House, Morgan Street (between house numbers 524 and 518)—In her talk titled “Growing with the Times,” Pradnya Martz discusses the largely unrealized landscape plan that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Oberlin’s Usonian house. Martz has served as consulting curator for the house since 1998 and is an architect/project manager at Oberlin College. At the conclusion of her talk, Martz will lead a tour of the surrounding landscape and grounds.  NOTE: AMAM galleries close at 5 p.m. on May 1.
Tuesday Tea Talk, May 13, 2:30 p.m.—Annual tea with a presentation by an Oberlin College senior on a work in the AMAM collection.
Sunday Object Talks, 2 p.m.—Talks will be given February 9 through May 4 (except March 23 and 30, and April 20). Each student-led talk focuses on a work on view and lasts about 15 minutes, followed by time for questions.

Beginning April 6, the Weltzheimer/Johnson House will hold open houses on the first and third Sundays of the month, from noon until 5:00 pm. Presentations begin on the hour. Admission is $5 per person. The house will not be open on Easter Sunday, April 20.
Admission is $5 per person. For information call 440-775-8671 or e-mail

N E W   E X H I B I T I O N S
Between Fact and Fantasy: The Artistic Imagination in Print, through June 22
Prior to the widespread use of abstraction and photography, artists exercised their imaginations to depict miracles, mythological figures and creatures, visions, concepts, and places and historical events. As a counterpoint to the AMAM’s yearlong theme of realism, more than 140 prints from the permanent collection shed light on the question: How did artists depict things they did not directly observe?
The Legacy of Socialist Realism, through June 22
Select works reveal the influence of official styles behind the Iron Curtain on such artists as Christo and Gerhard Richter. Both artists rose to world fame, in part due to their rigorous training in Socialist Realist methods.
Prints and Printmaking, through June 22
This small exhibition focuses on the versatility of printmaking as a medium and illustrates five different techniques—from woodblock impressions to lithography—used by artists to produce different visual effects.

O N G O I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S
Regarding Realism—through June 22
Rejecting classical tradition, realists depicted the world around them, from landscapes and rural scenes to the grittiness of urban life. Their open-air paintings and sketches—a landscape study by Théodore Rousseau, for example—set the stage for the later works of Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists, including Claude Monet, whose Wisteria (1919-20) is featured.
Modern and Contemporary Realisms—through June 22
Works range from colorful expressionist paintings of the early 20th century to highly detailed photorealist works by Chuck Close and Audrey Flack. Highlights include Picasso’s 1911 canvas, Glass of Absinthe, and Red Grooms’ near-life-size Token Booth with Nude Commuters (1975).
MUSEUM HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. Free educational or group guided tours may be arranged by calling 440-775-8671.

Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 Finalists!

After our first round of judging we have the six finalists for the 2014 Awards. They are:

Kayla Malone- University of Rio Grande
Hunter Hughes- Denison University
Chloe McEldowney- University of Dayton
Jesse Helmers- University of Dayton
Brannon Rockwell-Charland- Oberlin College
Brittany Lang- Ohio Northern University

To see all their art work, and vote on your favorite nominee for the People's Choice Award, please visit and get all the details of this year's competition!

Friday, February 7, 2014

University of Dayton Showing Work of Robert C. Koepnick

A new exhibit in the University of Dayton's Roesch Library will celebrate the life and work of Robert C. Koepnick, an artist and teacher whose work is highly visible throughout the entire Dayton community.

The upcoming exhibit, "Art for Citizens and Celebrants: The Sculpture of Robert C. Koepnick," will be on display March 16 through Sept. 7 in the Roesch Library Gallery. It is free and open to the public.

Koepnick enriched the Dayton area with his sculptures, including the cast aluminum reliefs on the gates of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, a relief on the Dayton Metro Library and a bronze of Huckleberry Finn in the permanent collection of the Dayton Art Institute. His sculptures have been on exhibit in museums across the U.S., including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.

He was a well known Dayton sculptor and headed the sculpture department at the Dayton Art Institute from 1936-1975, which hosted the University of Dayton's art program during that time.

As a teacher, he affected many people, including Virginia Hess, a student and longtime friend of Koepnick.

"Bob touched so many lives," she said. "He wasn't just a great artist; he was also an extraordinary human being. He was extremely knowledgeable, patient, kind, gentle and compassionate. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for his positive influence and example."

The University of Dayton archives are inviting students, colleagues, friends or family to submit personal stories and remembrances on the event website.

Koepnick used a variety of media in his sculptures including terra cotta, ceramics, bronze, aluminum and metal. He is famous for his ecclesiastical sculptures, including architectural reliefs and free-standing statues, some of which will be shown in the exhibit.

The exhibit will also feature the artist's sketches, models and finished works, as well as photographs and documents from Koepnick's papers, which were donated to the University of Dayton Archives after his death in 1995.

The University Libraries will host various free, public programs to highlight themes within the exhibit:
· Opening event for "Art for Citizens and Celebrants," 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Includes brief remarks from exhibit curators Steve Germann and Pamela Houk.
· "Koepnick's Marian Heritage," March 5 through May 3 in the Marian Library Gallery. 
· Wednesday Workshop at ArtStreet: Sculpture demonstration by his son, John Koepnick, and Hess. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at ArtStreet Studio E.
 · Reception for Dayton Art Institute Alumni and local artists, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Koepnick was born in Dayton in 1907. He studied sculpture at the School of the Dayton Art Institute. During World War II, Koepnick worked as a sculptor for the Aeromedical Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where he used his talents to design equipment for the Army Air Corps. Koepnick received awards from both the Dayton Art Institute and the University of Dayton for his success and achievements. 
For information on the exhibit and to submit remembrances visit the exhibit website