Friday, March 28, 2014

Ohio Wesleyan's Senior Show in April

The artistic creations of 18 Ohio Wesleyan University
graduating seniors will be on exhibit April 12 through May 11 at OWU¹s
Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibition,
titled "Happenings," will open with a special Saturday reception from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m. April 12.

"Happenings" celebrates our moments ­ both the ones that happened at
Ohio Wesleyan, and the ones that happen continually in our work, said
Suzy Stephens of Columbus, Ohio. "Though we say a bittersweet goodbye to
our OWU peers and professors, our art keeps the memory of our collegiate
experience alive."

All of the pieces in the exhibit were selected by a jury of Ohio Wesleyan
fine arts faculty. After the works were chosen, the exhibit was designed
by Justin Kronewetter, director of the Ross Art Museum; Tammy Wallace,
first assistant of the museum; and students in Kronewetter¹s gallery
management class. The students also helped to install the exhibit.

Ohio Wesleyan graduating seniors participating in the "Happenings"
exhibition are:

Hannah Appelbaum of St. Louis, Mo. "My pieces vary from expressive
portraiture to meditative carving and sculpture," said Appelbaum, who is
studying ceramics and painting. "I'm drawn to very detailed images and
designs. Recently I have had the opportunity to work in metals, and I get
a lot of gratification from creating intricate piercing and soldering
designs. My inspiration comes from artists such as Dürer and Cezanne, and
forms from sea life."

Hazel Barrera of Juarez, Mexico/El Paso, Texas. "As a U.S. citizen raised
in Mexico, my work speaks of my Mexican identity and values," said
Barrera, who is studying metals and jewelry. "I use mineral pigments to
bring into my artwork the colors from the Mexican culture. My artwork
also raises conversations about femininity influenced by Frida Kahlo, and
makes a comment on the ideal Mexican woman."

Challen Brown of Cardington, Ohio. "My art is about conveying certain
ideas and aspects to people through photographs," said Brown, who is
studying photography. "It's about showing people the things they do not
normally notice, by using certain angles and highlighting small details
that people often disregard in their daily lives. I often like to
photograph subject matter and places that are not necessarily considered
beautiful by the general public, to convey the value that I see in them."

JaeMin Chung of Seoul, South Korea. "I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and
InDesign to design advertising and marketing materials," said Chung, who
is studying graphic design. "This includes logos, posters, booklets,
info-graphics, and pamphlets. I¹m also interested in book making, because
my graphic design skills allow me to create unique artist books. I
believe that art is the language of emotions. Through art, I am trying to
express my innermost feelings, and I wish to communicate my thoughts and
emotions with people around the world."

Danielle Haley of Toledo, Ohio. "I am always bouncing back and forth
between using a digital camera, a 35 mm, and a Hassleblad," said Haley,
who is studying photography. "Sometimes I print in the dark room, but
mostly I upload my digital photos to the computer or scan my film and
edit the images in Photoshop. Some of my pieces are based on texture, and
some of them are landscape. One thing they all have in common is that
they are usually simple. Some of my work was done in New Mexico, which
has inspired me to want to travel to other places out West and even other
countries to take photographs."

Sanaa Hazratjee of Dayton, Ohio. "Born in Texas to a Greek and British
mother and Pakistani father, I am a graduating senior with an art major
and economics and philosophy minors,² Hazratjee said. "I mostly define
myself as a hyper-realism drawist; however, I also enjoy building 3D
elements with ceramic and metal medium. I like to showcase my cultural
heritage through my art, and often reflect adopted styles from Pakistan,
such as Arabic calligraphy, both in the literal sense of creating art
with text, as well as with the curvature nature of my artwork itself."

Ha Le of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. "My art owes its intricacy, linear
quality, and warm color palette to my cultural background ­ Vietnam," said
Le, who is studying drawing, painting, and printmaking "My figurative
work centers on describing to the fullest extent the personality and
expression of my models. ... Recently I'm moving toward abstraction and
focusing more on exploring composition, line quality, and interaction of
shapes and lines in space. Through close investigation of structural
elements and their possibilities, I want to move away from the narrative
track and take on the challenge of creating compelling images that
communicate with the audience on a stronger visual level."

Ngoc "Allie" Le of Hanoi, Vietnam. "Currently, I have been self-teaching
motion graphic, which takes a big role in the commercial/communication
world nowadays. I have also experienced all aspects of design ­ from
logos, banners, website interface to flash, iPhone apps, and
videos/motion graphic," said Le, who is studying graphic design and
photography. "I enjoy working with both film and digital camera. My hobby
is to travel and do landscape photos. I focus on creating harmony and
simplicity in my work. My palette is commonly pastel colors. My work
shows my longing for nature and the beauty around me."

Amy LeFebvre of Granville, Mass. "For a long time I was content with the
beautiful, variable, and strong lines that pencils can make," said
LeFebvre, a studio art major and sociology-anthropology minor. "I adapted
these lines to photography, metals, charcoal, ink, and ceramics, but oil
paint was conflicting with its historical roots with the great masters.
When I started, I realized oil paint was flexible and swam its beautiful
lines across the canvas whereas pencils were solid and strong. These
beautiful lines, my beautiful lines, help me explore and learn about
humankind, human culture, and the world around me."

Maddy Mavec of Hunting Valley, Ohio. "Geometric shapes fascinate me and
are a large part of both my paintings and ceramics," Mavec said. "When I
am working, the decisions I make are based on impulse. Each shape,
including its size, orientation, color, and application, is affected
based on the reaction I have to what came before. I find myself obsessed
with how these shapes naturally interlock. I am intrigued by how such
simple forms are capable of becoming complex compositions when put
together. My works are not just random colorful geometric forms;
instead, they are visual displays of myself."

Alex Michener of St. Louis, Mo. "My practice revolves around the
obfuscation of Dionysian principals through observing the temporality and
discreetness of form and gesture," said Michener, who paints in oils. ³I
find my work fits in the trajectory of art historical traditions of such
masters as Mathew Day Jackson and Jocelyn Hobbie.²

Sonja Petermann of St. Louis, Mo. ³I enjoy working from the figure in an
indoor space and strive to create interesting compositions using shapes
made by light and adding layers of texture to create depth," said
Petermann, whose concentrations are in printmaking and drawing.

Katasha Ross of Dublin, Ohio. "Much of my metal work contains a small
shape or pattern that repeats based on a rule," Ross said. "Even if I use
the same pattern on another piece, the effect will always be different by
the end, because the entirety of the design is a response to the unique
first shape that I began the pattern with. As I work, it looks as if the
pattern is alive as it grows naturally across the form, reacting to
itself. It is this concept of self-awareness that inspires me to create
the piece. This urge to design based upon self-reflection of the design
is drawn from my own life philosophy, highly valuing inner reflection and
conscious living."

Suzy Stephens of Columbus, Ohio. "Fear, anxiety, memory. I needed a way
to visualize feelings that were at once both wordless and restless,"
Stephens said of works submitted for the "Happenings" exhibit. "I was
looking to my family history for answers ­ specifically in the form of an
old box wrapped in faded pink, stashed silently in my parent¹s closet.
Vernacular photography is one thing, loaded recollections are another.
How could I make ordinary pictures of my family interesting to a

Tyler Travis of Delaware, Ohio. "When I begin an art piece I rarely know
what I am trying to create," said Travis, who is studying painting and
printmaking. "Generally, I make a few marks and respond to what I see
before me. My process is intuitive and at times subconscious. I try hard
not to fit myself into an art movement of the past, but instead strive to
create an art movement of the now. I feel strongly about making art
that is relevant to my specific unique time and setting on this planet.
Therefore, I aim to create art that transcends conventional
classifications, intrigues the art folks, and introduces something new
into the world."

Melissa Ward of Delaware, Ohio. "I work in charcoal and ink to create my
drawings," said Ward, a fine arts major and health and human kinetics
minor. "My works focus mainly on the figure as well as the beautiful
mistakes that can happen within the mediums themselves while making a

Elizabeth Warner of Plain City, Ohio. "I am moved to create art through
digital photography in the forms of photographs, artist books, and
digital imagery," Warner said. "My artwork is inspired by the simple
intricacies I find in everyday life as well as by color, texture, line,
and movement. ... I have also found new interest in the form of airplanes
and the line and movement they create. Using their form along with other
images dealing with airplanes, I have created digital images that are
more abstract than the plane itself. With each new discovery, my artwork
takes on new form and I can¹t wait to see it grow throughout my lifetime."

Matt Wasserman of Weston, Conn. "My work incorporates my interest in the
eye and brain by creating art that provokes the viewer into both
appreciating and solving the puzzle that is my work," said Wasserman, a
photography major and psychology minor. "Photography is my preferred
medium, but I also exhibit work in mixed media."

Learn more about the Ohio Wesleyan artists and their creations on a

Ohio Wesleyan's Richard M. Ross Art Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and
admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information.

Hiram Juried Art Show Winners

The 2014 Annual Juried Student Art Show is on display through April 9, and winners of the awards have been announced as the following:
  • The Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award ($250): series of six photographs by Niesha Zeigler ’14 (art major)
  • The Paul A. Rochford Award for excellence ($150): pair of photographs by Emily Packer ’14 (creative writing major)
  • The Ellen Jagow Award for Painting ($150): a body of work , oil painting on canvas and board by Dawn Richards ’14 (art major)
  • The Abigail Flint Award for Photography ($150): pair of photographs by Lydia Snyder ’14 (art/theatre arts double major)
  • The Award for Outstanding Work by Freshmen or Sophomore ($150): pair of photographs by Rachel Buchleitner ’16 (art major)
  • Juror’s Mention ($50): Abbey Corbett ’14 (art major), Colin Guérand ’17, and Elle Rochford ’14 (art major)
  • The Art History Book Award: A’Dreus Young ’14 (art major)
  • The Pia Gallo ’78 Print Award: Elle Rochford ’14 (art major)
Many of the pieces are on sale and can be purchased through the Art Department.
During exhibitions, the gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 330-569-5304 to confirm as gallery hours are occasionally subject to change.
Learn more about art at Hiram College.
View a full set of photos on Flickr.

Cedarville Student in HOW magazine

A Cedarville Graphic Design student earns recognition in well-known design magazine, HOW magazine.

Amy Reisenweaver a senior from South Charleston, Ohio entered two pieces into the competition, a personal design project, The Insider’s Guide to the Magic Kingdom Booklet, and a promotional pamphlet for the 2013 Junior Senior Banquet held at Cedarville University.

How magazine is an award-winning design magazine for graphic designers. The magazine offers several design competitions each year to give designers a chance to have their work viewed by potential clients.

“I choose the two strongest pieces that I thought I had based on what my professors had said and what I thought best represented my work,” Reisenweaver said.

Reisenweaver said that she heard about the competition over the summer and decided to apply.

“HOW is the most popular graphic design magazine, for graphic designers,” Jackson said. “HOW is very well respected when it comes to design trade publications. So it is a pretty big honor to be in there especially as a student.” “I didn’t think that I had any chance, but I was like, ‘oh I’ll just apply for it,’” Reisenweaver said.

Reisenweaver’s supervisor in the Marketing department, Chad Jackson, said that Reisenweaver is very humble about the honor.

Both of the designs that Reisenweaver submitted were chosen and appear in the March issue of the magazine. She said the honor will help her as she looks for employment after graduation in May.

“Just being able to put that on my resume and say look, I’ve had two pieces gain recognition and respect from a very well-known magazine will help,” Reisenweaver said.
Reisenweaver credits Cedarville with helping her develop the skills she need to enter and win recognition in the magazine.

“For design, part of it is natural abilities and talents and having the mindset for it,” Reisenweaver said. “But a big part of it is having the technical skills and Cedarville has really helped with those.”

After graduating in May, Reisenweaver said she plans on returning to her home state of Florida and then hopes to work for a design firm, but until then she said, “We’ll just see where God takes it.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Granville Gallery Exhibition

2014 Bryn Du Art Exhibition
March 27 through April 5, 2014
Welcome to the juried exhibition at the historic Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, Ohio featuring current works by regional professional and amateur artists. This year’s exhibition permanently moves to Spring with changes reflecting the growing popularity of the exhibition and to accommodate an increasing number of professional artists. 

Exhibition Hours

Thursday, March 27  5:30 - 7:30pm Opening Reception... with the artists
Weekdays 4 - 8pm
Saturdays 1- 7pm
Sunday 1- 5pm

Demonstrations scheduled during exhibition hours.
Watercolor talk and demo, Sunday March 30, 1:00 - 3:00

Monday, March 24, 2014

University of Findlay Holds Art Show with EVA Alumni as Judge

The University of Findlay will host the 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition April 7-24 with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery, on campus. The awards will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

Any UF student is eligible to enter artwork for consideration. All work must be original, have been completed after April 2013 and not previously submitted to the Juried Student Art Exhibition.

Categories will include painting, drawing and mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, design, digital photography, film photography and visual communication.

Andreas Baumgartner, assistant professor of art at Bluffton University and past participant in the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, will judge the show.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

AICUO Welcomes the 2014-2015 Art Awards Coordinator, Sean Brewster!

Sean was born in Norwalk, OH and now lives in Westerville, OH where he is currently a junior at Otterbein University. Sean is majoring in Music & Business with a concentration in Fine Arts Administration and a minor in Business Administration. He plans on actively pursuing a career in arts administration upon graduation from Otterbein, with the long-term goal of becoming an executive director of a large arts organization. Sean is very passionate about propelling the arts to succeed and thrive within communities.

In addition to his degree requirements, Sean has become involved on campus in a number of different programs. As an active member of the Residence Life Program, Peer Mentor Program, and Red Grove Entertainment he has gained significant student leadership experience. Furthermore, Sean has stayed particularly active within the music community at Otterbein through numerous performance opportunities. Some of these wonderful experiences have included a flute-clarinet duet Double Sharp, flutist for the Westerville Symphony, Otterbein Flute Quartet member, flutist for Otterbein’s 2013 production of Les Miserables, guest flutist for the Concert Choir’s 2014 Tour, and the production of his junior recital.

In a professional setting, Sean has a wide variety of experiences with non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Columbus area. These experiences include Grant Research Intern at Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, Arts Administration Intern at CityMusic Columbus, and Intern at the Westerville Symphony. He is very excited to take on the role of 2014-2015 Art Awards Coordinator at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tiffin University has Green Art Show

TU’s Diane Kidd Gallery of Art and Green Committee will host a new exhibition, Sustainability, with a special opening reception on Thursday, March 20 beginning at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Hayes Center for the Arts. All events surrounding this exhibition (see below) are free, and the public is encouraged to attend.  The exhibition will conclude April 17.

Sustainability features 29 artists whose work addresses recycling and environmentalism. The artists are from Ohio and the Midwest, and as far away as Arizona, New York, Louisiana and Maryland. The exhibit includes sculptures and collages from recycled materials, photographs, sculpture, video and installation.

There are two workshops and a film screening surrounding this exhibition.


Wednesday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hayes Center for the Arts Room 111: Mixed Media Artist Dani Herrera from Toledo, Ohio, will conduct a workshop utilizing unconventional and recycled materials (items that people usually throw away such as old clothes, books and buttons--even dryer lint). Participants will learn to make art from recycled material.

Space is limited. To reserve, contact Lee Fearnside at 419.448.3427 or email<>.

Friday, April 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hayes Center for the Arts Room 111: The Tiffin University Art Enthusiasts Club will conduct an integrative workshop utilizing recycled materials and pieces of found art. Participants will learn how to make lawn/garden ornaments with recycled materials. Reservations are NOT required.


Wednesday, April 16 at 9:30 p.m., Diane Kidd Gallery of Art: Guests will view a screening of the documentary film Waste Land--a story about an artist who travels to one of the world’s largest landfills outside Rio de Janerio to collaborate with others in transforming trash into valuable contemporary art. Waste Land premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. The film won over 50 awards including the International Documentary Association's Best Documentary Award, which was handed to director Lucy Walker inside a garbage bag.

All events will include light refreshments.

Regular Diane Kidd Gallery of Art hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and by appointment.  Group tours are also available.  More information about the Gallery, tours or special viewings can be obtained by contacting Lee Fearnside at<> .


Through the leadership of former first wife Diane Kidd, the original Tiffin University Art Gallery opened in Franks Hall in 1994. Now located in the Hayes Center for the Arts, the gallery has grown to become one of the finest exhibition spaces in the area – a drawing card for art lovers in northwest Ohio and beyond.

For more information about the Diane Kidd Gallery of Art or to schedule a private tour, contact Lee Fearnside, Currator,<

Malone University has Two Gallery Openings!

The Malone University Department of Visual Arts will present the exhibit We Don’t Want to Be Seen by painter Clara Schwan in the Fountain Gallery, located within the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.  The exhibit will run through April 1.  Schwan, who currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, explores “moments of introversion, insecurity, and vulnerability” in this series of paintings. The works vary in size from small, intimate paintings to larger canvases while maintaining a consistency of theme throughout. She writes of her work, “Each painting asks the questions of when we want to disappear, why, and how. Furthermore, what is it we do want when we don't want to be seen? Beneath the concealed face, the closed eyes, the cover of night, there is a desire to dispel one's flaws, one's history—  to cast away this shame, shyness, embarrassment, vanity, sorrow, or anger. We try to hide but we are seen, caught in moments painted.”

Schwan studied fine art at Pratt Institute and Wittenberg University. She received her bachelor of arts in studio art from Wittenberg in May 2012 and was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center in September 2012. In the late summer and early fall of 2013, Schwan was stationed in Woodstock, New York as an intern artist-in-residence and Program Assistant for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the oldest art colony in the nation.

The Fountain Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Malone University Department of Art will present a senior exhibit March 21-27 in the McFadden Gallery of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.  The exhibit – featuring the works of Rachel Chamberlain, a senior art major from East Liverpool, Ohio – is free and open to the public.

The show, Being Human: an exploration in art, will feature pieces in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, digital, 3D, and mixed media.  The common thread between the pieces centers on the interworking of the mind and soul. It is an exploration of the human desire to find identity and the inevitable questions that span from this voyage. “Above anything else, my art is exploratory,” explains the artist, “I am exploring my own thoughts and questions while also trying to get into the minds of others. I’m inspired by the words of others, divinity, and what makes a person who they are.”

The McFadden Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 23rd from 3-5 pm for a time of art and refreshments.
For more information, contact Mary Haines in the Visual Art Department Office at 330.471.8231.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

College of Mount Saint Joseph Hosts Gallery Opening

The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph is honored to announce the opening of Cherokee Arts and Crafts: Shaped by Tradition (February 24 – March 29, 2014).  This exhibition presents the intersection of traditional and contemporary art works by the Eastern Band of Cherokee, in North Carolina.  The art works included in the exhibition encompass a variety of media, including: basketry, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, weaving, drawing and painting, and come from the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.; the nation’s oldest and foremost Native American cooperative, founded in 1946 with the purpose of preserving and advancing Cherokee arts and crafts.  Many pieces are created using traditional methods and natural materials, such as: native plants, local clays, woods and stones and, yet have a contemporary quality.  The process of art making is a significant custom that has been passed down through many generations.  There continues to be a growing effort to preserve the traditional ways within the Eastern Cherokee, as one can see in their elegantly crafted art works. 

A special Gallery Reception will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 2 – 4pm.  The public is cordially invited to view the exhibition, meet our honored guest from the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary, North Carolina) and enjoy the celebration.  During the reception, honored guest-Freeman Owle will recount traditional Cherokee stories.  The Reception is free and open to the public.

This exhibition parallels an ongoing relationship between the Mount’s Departments of Religious Studies and Behavioral Sciences and the Cherokee people of North Carolina.  Students and faculty members have traveled to the Cherokee Indian Reservation for a Religious Studies/Anthropology class since 1991 where they have immersed themselves in the cultural and spiritual atmosphere of the Cherokee people.  Associate Professor of Religious & Pastoral Studies, Dr. Marge Kloos, SC, and Director of Galleries, Velma Dailey, BFA, MA, currently lead the class and field experience for both undergraduate and graduate level students.

The Cherokee people come from a different social, economic and political background with different languages, views and beliefs.  This exhibition presents these deeply-rooted tribal identities, creating a rare opportunity to walk reverently in their footsteps, to see what they see.  Many of these expressive pieces, from traditions past and present, from Elders and second or third generation practitioners, from nationally and internationally acclaimed Native American artists are on view in Studio San Giuseppe through March 29.  All of the art works are for sale and all proceeds go directly to the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc.

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art & Design Building on the campus of the College of Mount St. Joseph, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  The Gallery is closed on major holidays.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314.