Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Marietta College Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens Feb. 20 at Hermann
Opening reception is free and open to the public

MARIETTA, Ohio — Dozens of Marietta College students will have their artwork featured in the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Atrium Gallery of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition, which is sponsored by the College’s Art Department, will have an opening reception from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, on the third floor of Hermann. There will also be an awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

The exhibition will remain on display until March 20. The juried exhibition features work done between February 2014 and February 2015, by students enrolled in a Marietta College art or graphic design class. A variety of media will be represented, including drawing, printmaking, oil painting and graphic design. A best of show prize will be awarded as well as prizes for outstanding work in each medium.

“The Art Department is thrilled to have the students exhibit their work,” said Beth Nash, exhibition coordinator. “This is a juried show so the exhibition showcases the very best of our student work and illustrates the growth and energy of our students.”

The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hermann Fine Arts is handicapped accessible.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,430 full-time students. The College offers 44 majors and has been listed among Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation’s best by

Events & Exhibitions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum of Oberlin College


F I R S T   T H U R S D A Y S
Museum galleries remain open until 8 p.m. regardless of program location.

Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m., Art Building, Classroom 1 (enter through museum)
A talk titled “Bringing Home the Five-Legged Cow: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Painting,” by Noelle Giuffrida, assistant professor of East Asian art at Case Western Reserve University, focuses on the former Cleveland Museum of Art director and his relationships with collectors who helped him to acquire important Chinese paintings for Cleveland during the 1950s and 60s. Following the talk, a reception will be held at the museum.

March 5, 5:30 p.m., First Church of Oberlin, 106 North Main St.
Artist and activist Alfredo Jaar, who left his native Chile in 1981 at the height of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, gives a lecture titled “It Is Difficult.” Jaar is known internationally for politically charged works that often call attention to genocide, military violence, and the imbalance of power between industrial and developing nations. Following the talk, a reception will be held at the museum.

April 2, 5:30 p.m., First Church of Oberlin, 106 North Main St.
Haitian artist Edouard Duval-CarriƩ gives a lecture in conjunction with Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen. The exhibition features his 1998 painting Justicia, which refers to the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1803. Following the talk, a reception will be held at the museum.

May 7, 5:30 p.m., Art Building, Classroom 1 (enter through museum)
A community poetry reading, “A Muse in the Museum,” will feature works written in response to, or inspired by, works of art now on display at the museum. The event is co-sponsored with Main Street Readings and the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program. Following the talk, a reception will be held at the museum.

S P E C I A L   L E C T U R E S

‘To Be And/Or Realized:’ Edgardo Antonio Vigo’s Artistic Practice
Wednesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m., Mudd Center (Room 050), 148 West College St.
Vanessa Davidson, Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art, Phoenix Art Museum, will speak on the Argentine artist who helped to pioneer the mail art movement.

Artist Talk—Art and Change: The Space in Between
Tuesday, April 21, 4:30 p.m., Art Building, Classroom 1 (enter through museum)
Margarita Cabrera’s 2006 soft sculpture titled Platinum Blue Bicycle is on view at the museum. Cabrera’s talk is co-sponsored by Oberlin College programs in Hispanic studies, Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, PRESHCO, Latin American studies, and comparative American studies.
Tuesday teas
The Allen Memorial Art Museum offers a talk, followed by light refreshments, at 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year.

February 10—Curatorial Assistant Hayley Larson (OC 2014) will discuss the documentation of performance art and its place in the museum setting. Larson will focus on works in the museum collection, such as Ana Mendieta’s 1974 series of photographs titled Body Tracks, along with documents from the Oberlin College Archives.

March 10—Jason Trimmer, Eric & Jane Nord Family Curator of Education, will discuss the process and materials involved in 15th-century Italian Renaissance panel painting

April 14—Denise Birkhofer, curator of modern and contemporary art, will give a talk titled “The Legacy of mexicanidad: Neo-Mexicanism at the amam.” She will focus on works by Diego Rivera, Adolfo PatiƱo, and Nahum Zenil on view in the exhibition Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen.

May 12—The annual Senior Tuesday Tea showcases the scholarship of Oberlin College students. One soon-to-be graduate, selected by staff through a competitive process, will give a talk on a work from the museum collection.

sunday object talks
Talks will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 8, 15 and 22; March 2, 9 and 16; April 12, 19 and 26; and on May 3. Each student-led session focuses on a work on view in the galleries and lasts about 15 minutes, followed by time for questions and answers.

Community Day
Saturday, March 14, East Gallery, noon–4 p.m.
Come explore, learn, and create at this special event for families and the college community. Staff and student docents help you with projects and lead thematic tours of the museum.

Teen ceramics Workshop, Eight Saturdays, March 21–April 25, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
High school art students who want to build their portfolios should consider this workshop offered by the museum in collaboration with FAVA. Participants will bring home a number of finished projects as local artist John Miyazawa instructs them in ceramics. To register, contact Jason Trimmer at 440-775-8671 or

Oberlin Chalk Walk
Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. / Rain date: Sunday, June 21
Celebrate a decade of creativity and join the Allen Memorial Art Museum for the 10th annual Oberlin Chalk Walk! Oberlin sidewalks will become a canvas for master artists and hundreds of talented amateurs. This popular event for all ages is sponsored by the AMAM in conjunction with Oberlin Main Street-Chamber, fava, and the Oberlin Public Library.


Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen
Ellen Johnson Gallery, through June 28
Modern and contemporary work by artists from 12 countries, all drawn from the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Life and Art in Early America
Stern Gallery, through June 7
Works highlight the many voices that contributed to the narrative of American history during the tumultuous 19th century.

A Life in Prints: Mary A. Ainsworth and the Floating World
Ripin Gallery, through June 7
For the first time in three decades, the Allen Memorial Art Museum devotes an exhibition to the famed Ainsworth collection of Japanese woodblock prints of the Edo period (1603–1868). Colorful images feature geishas, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, and teahouse servers.

Richard D. Baron Gallery, 65 East College St., Suite 5
February 20–May 1
The Allen Memorial Art Museum’s celebration of contemporary Latin American art continues with an off-site exhibition featuring sculpture, graphics, and video by the artist collective known as assume vivid astro focus (avaf). The group is known for creating psychedelic, multimedia environments. An opening party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 20.

On the Threshold: Doors and Windows Represented
Through June 28
Works feature architectural elements in the Western artistic tradition.

Shifting Perspective: The World Through Another’s Gaze
Through June 28
Five artists use different mediums to capture the fleeting moments that most inspire them.


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.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum cares for more than 14,000 works that provide a comprehensive overview of the history of art. A non-profit institution that is part of Oberlin College, the AMAM works with faculty and students to promote direct study of original works of art, foster visual literacy, and deepen appreciation for the diversity of the world’s cultures. Founded in 1917 with the idea that learning about art is important for everyone, the museum offers free admission.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ohio Northern University announces 2015 art exhibition and gallery season

ADA — Ohio Northern University has announced its 2015 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery. The gallery season is designed to serve as a cultural resource for the entire Ohio Northern community and surrounding region. Featured shows during this year’s season include:

     Ezekiel Award Winners
Elzay Gallery of Art:Jan. 19-Feb. 2 
The Peggy Ezekiel Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in theatre design and technology produced by United States Institute for Theater Technology/Ohio Valley Section members. This exhibit displays the best in costume design, lighting design, scenic design, sound design, technology/craft and architecture.

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012
Elzay Gallery of Art:March 23-April 12
This exhibition, organized by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, features the poster as a medium for social change. From confrontational and political to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster persists as a vehicle for the public dissemination of ideas, information, and opinion. Posters also serve as a powerful visual manifestation of a designer’s commitment to society when non-commissioned posters are created as a means to raise money to support political and humanitarian causes. This exhibit was made possible by the Committee for Cultural and Special Events.

Senior Capstone Exhibit
Elzay Gallery of Art: April 20-May 3

Six Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in graphic design, studio arts, art education and advertising design have devoted a full year to producing thematically focused research projects as part of the required capstone experience at ONU. This exhibit features the transformation from art and design students to art and design professionals engaged in a lifelong process of development and learning.

Poster for Tomorrow’s Work Right! Poster Exhibit
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery:Jan. 19-March 27
Poster for Tomorrow’s “A Day for Tomorrow” exhibition returns to Ohio Northern for a second year. Work Right! is comprised of 100 posters from international artists and designers serving as a launchpad for thoughtful debate on workers’ rights. A jury of renowned graphic designers selected the top 100 from more than 3,000 entries. Posters cover a variety of workers’ right topics from child labor to gender discrimination to human trafficking.

A&D Student Photography Exhibit
Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery
April 20-May 3
Final projects from the Department of Art & Design’s photography and communication course will be on display.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,600 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law

Thursday, January 22, 2015

‘Tronies and Beyond’ exhibit opens at Gelbke Art Gallery

The Hiram College Department of Art will present an art exhibition by painter Margo Miller titled Tronies and Beyond,Jan. 23 through Feb. 6, 2015. The exhibition will feature a collection of paintings and drawings in the Gelbke Art Gallery (Gelbke Fine Arts Center, 12000 Winrock Road, Hiram, OH 44234).
A gallery reception will correspond with the show opening on Friday, Jan. 23, from 5-7 p.m., and will include an artist talk in the gallery at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Miller, associate professor of art and department chair at the University of Mount Union, has been teaching at Mount Union since 2004. Her works have been featured in a variety of locations, including Friends Roastery in Salem, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown and Weathervane Playhouse in Akron. Her works have also been featured internationally in China and Switzerland.
The Gelbke Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, please call the Hiram College Department of Art at 330.569.5305.

Walsh University Hosts Art Exhibit Karen Laub-Novak: A Catholic Artist in the Age of Vatican II

 Walsh Exhibit Marks First For Artist and Art Educator

North Canton, Ohio: January 21, 2015 – Walsh University will host a new art exhibition, Karen Laub-Novak: A Catholic Artist in the Age of Vatican II, beginning January 26 and running through March 15, in the Birk Center for the Arts’ Atrium Gallery. Walsh University’s presentation of works by Karen Laub-Novak is the first scholarly survey of this artist and art educator. 

Held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Philosophy-Theology Symposium, this solo exhibition features works of art by the late Washington, DC, artist, Karen Laub-Novak (1937-2009). On display will be 36 drawings, prints and paintings by Laub-Novak that encompass her career from the time of the Vatican II reforms of the Roman Catholic Church in the early 1960s through 2000. 

Karen Laub-Novak: A Catholic Artist in the Age of Vatican II features early graphic art experiments in modernist Catholic iconography created while the artist was a student at Carleton College in Minnesota in the 1950s. Following her graduation from the MFA program at the University of Iowa, where she studied under the printmaker Mauricio Lasansky (1914-2012), she married Michael Novak and accompanied him to attend and observe the reform processes of Vatican II in Rome. While there she contacted a printmaking atelier and produced her first graphic series: copper plate etchings based upon T. S Eliot’s (1888-1965) Christian conversion poem, Ash Wednesday. She published them in 1964. 

Subsequent printmaking ventures were based upon the Apocalypse of Saint John and the Duino Elegies by Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). In addition to these works, the exhibition includes existential figurative imagery, paintings based upon Genesis (Jacob and the Angel) and Exodus (Moses), and sketchbooks that manifest her artistic thinking and singular stylistic portrayal of the human figure. 

According to exhibition curator and art historian Gordon Fuglie, Head of Curatorial Affairs for the Central California Museum of Art, “Laub-Novak was one of the vanguard of faithful Catholic artists from the Vatican II era who believed that modernist artistic expressions were not only compatible with the faith, but also were capable of opening up new insights into Church traditions.” 

The Atrium Gallery at the Birk Center for the Arts is open daily from 8 am – 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information, contact Director of Museum Studies Dr. Katherine Brown at or 330-490-7509.