Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Constructing an Image of Faith

Art Exhibit to Feature Works of Architect and Sculptor

STEUBENVILLE, OH—Watercolors, drawings and sculptural images from the ongoing construction of the monastery at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma will be featured in an exhibition held in Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J. C. Williams Center.

Architect Thomas Gordon Smith will open the exhibition with a lecture and discussion on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. His lecture, "Foundational Thinking About Building Classical Temples and Churches," will explain the rich content of classical architecture and its meaning today. A reception will follow.

The Clear Creek Abbey Art Exhibit will be open for public viewing during Franciscan University's spring break, Monday through Friday, March 9-13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    

Sculptor Andrew Wilson Smith, whose works are also on display in the exhibit, will speak on Friday, April 10, at 11:00 a.m. in the Gallery. His artwork features casts of maquettes used prior to sculpting in stone the abbey's lintel and other edifices.

For more information, contact art professor Linus Meldrum at lmeldrum@franciscan.edu.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


Ohio Wesleyan Venue to Feature 75 Works from Former Columbus Museum of Art Director

DELAWARE, Ohio – The artwork of celebrated central Ohio artist Edmund Kuehn have been described as “visual poetry,” replete with vibrant colors, bold brushstrokes, and evocative images that transcend time and place.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum will display 75 of Kuehn’s creations as part of the exhibition “Edmund Kuehn: A Retrospective (1937-2011).” The exhibit will be on display between Feb. 24 and April 5 with a free, public reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 1 at the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Kuehn, a former director of the Columbus Museum of Art, was born in Columbus in 1916. He graduated from the Columbus Art School in 1938 and remained a prolific painter and vital voice in the art world until his death in 2011.

Of his art, Kuehn has said his search is “to find [in the] building blocks of design and color a cool analytic means to tame a given shape to an abundant flow of emotions and creative intent. … As a painter I am interested in both the seen and the unseen. To express the things of the visible world I use signs in the shape of simple silhouettes or complex forms divided by light or shade. For the expression of things unseen, those that evolve before the inner eye, I invent designs that create an equivalent syntax.”

In addition to his work at the Columbus Museum of Art, Kuehn also taught at both the Columbus Art School (Columbus College of Art & Design) and The Ohio State University and was considered a master of media including oil, acrylic, gouache, collage, and watercolor.

Kuehn’s Ross Art Museum retrospective is being exhibited with assistance from Keny Galleries in German Village, which has represented the artist since 1982.

Of the exhibit, James M. Keny of Keny Galleries states: “On the eve of what would have been Edmund’s 100th birthday, we celebrate the achievements of this bold Columbus painter and curator who brought Picasso’s Guernica to Columbus in 1940 and continues to challenge us through his thought-provoking paintings. Kuehn’s art demonstrates a keen understanding of art history from Italian Early Renaissance pictorial patterning to multiple perspective Cubist sculptural forms of the twentieth century.”

Keny also notes the significance of the OWU venue: “It is particularly appropriate that this recognition take place on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University, an Ohio institution venerated for its vibrant liberal arts curriculum and particularly for its hands-on program for studio arts and administration. Both Edmund and Justin Kronewetter, the Director of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, were and have been tireless in their devotion to introducing art to the public in general and their students in particular.”

In conjunction with Kuehn retrospective, the Ross Art Museum also will display pieces from its permanent collection. The OWU exhibition, “Gifted,” will feature paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, and sculpture. All of the art has been donated, or gifted, to Ohio Wesleyan by Ross Art Museum patrons, friends, and board members.

Artists featured in the “Gifted” exhibit will include Ansel Adams, George Bellows, John Marin, Pablo Picasso, and Edward Weston.

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. when classes are in session. It will be closed from March 8 through March 15 for mid-semester break. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visithttp://ross.owu.edu for more information.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Exhibition Opening at the Flats Gallery

(Cincinnati, OH) – The Flats Gallery: a Mount St. Joseph University Urban Arts Partnership, at 3028 Price Avenue in Price Hill, is pleased to announce the opening of We Were All Chiefs: Current Work from Elder High School Alumni.  The exhibition runs March 17 – May 2, 2015.  The gallery reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  The public is welcome to attend. 

We Were All Chiefs includes artwork from sixteen Elder High School Alumni: Tom BerningerJim BonoJim BorgmanJordan DaughertyJim DoerfleinChris FelixTim GoldRick GrayTom HaneyWoodrow Hinton IIIChris HoetingMichael HurstTim McMichaelJacob MeyerLouis Stavale, and Joseph Winterhalter.  The exhibition was curated by Elder alums David Buetsche and John Wolfer.  The title of the exhibition was chosen to pay homage to former Elder art teacher, Bob Beemon.  Beemon taught at Elder for 36 years, and is noted as one of the main reasons most of the artists in the exhibition are still producing work today.  He used the phrase "chief" to call on a student or to get their attention.  Though Beemon would tell students that he used the phrase because he had forgotten their names, the students knew that to be called "chief" meant you were part of a special group—you were an "art guy," and that meant something profound.

Elder High School opened as a four-year high school in the fall of 1922 with an enrollment of 452 students, and became the fourth high school in the City of Cincinnati.   The school is built on land acquired from the Sisters of Charity.  Elder actually began in 1912, when the parishioners of St. Lawrence Parish in Price Hill persuaded their pastor to add a ninth grade to the elementary school and a tenth grade the following year.  The school was named Elder High School to honor the archbishop who had laid the cornerstone of the church in 1886. 

Gallery hours are Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 PM; Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 PM, and Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 PM.   The gallery will be closed Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, 2015 for the Easter Holiday.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 513-244-4223. 

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount  St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present Fabrications 1975-2015: Sharon Kesterson Bollen, a retrospective exhibition of selected fiber art in varied media by Professor Emerita Dr. Sharon Kesterson Bollen.   The exhibition runs February 23 – March 22, 2015.  The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with Dr. Bollen during the closing reception, which will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.   

Dr. Sharon Kesterson Bollen is a professor Emerita of Art in the Department of Art, Fine Art, Art Education, and Art History, and a consultant for the Mount’s Art Education program.  She began teaching art in 1968, and has been a Mount faculty member since 1977.  She has had work in many juried exhibits: Evansville Regional Fine Crafts Biennial Competition 2010, 2006, 2004, 2002; International Fiber Focus Juried Exhibition (Wichita, KS) 2007, 2005, 2003.  Dr. Bollen has received many awards, some of which are the Mount’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Alumni Faculty Appreciation Award, the Outstanding Ohio Art Educator, the NAEA’s Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator: Western Region, the 2004 and 2006 Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Ruhlin Memorial Award for Excellence in Fiber, and the 2005 Micah Fund Award, and the Purchase Prize by the Evansville Museum of Art in 2009.  In 2012, Dr. Bollen received the OAEA Circa Award for 45 years of outstanding service and dedication to the field of art education in the state of Ohio. 

Of the exhibition, Dr. Bollen states, “This 40-year retrospective represents my various excursions into the realm of fabric surface design—from traditional dip-dyed wax batik, through precisely-registered multi-plate screenprinting—and dye painting on silk, to deconstructed screenprinting, and transfer images within manipulated fabric assemblages. The surface treatments of textiles are expansive and innovative, indicators that fabric art is both idiosyncratic and infinitely adaptable. I have found it an exhilarating medium ever open to new possibilities and approaches. But I feel these works go beyond mere material – as with any art production, creativity, composition, thematic relevance, visual consonance and dissonance, and craftsmanship must also be considered in the ultimate result. I think it is this very dichotomy of freedom and discipline that has enticed me to work in fabric surface design time and again over the past four decades, to communicate my perspectives through fabric forms. I simply cannot resist the artistic opportunities!”

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. 

Gallery hoursare Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314. 

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount  St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lecture, Workshop and Exhibition scheduled for artist Nancy Manter

‘Weather — Above and Below’ opens in Gallery 310 at 8 p.m., Feb. 19

MARIETTA, Ohio — Marietta College’s Art Department is pleased to welcome New York City artist Nancy Manter to campus for a public lecture, a workshop and an exhibition of some of her work from Feb. 18-20. 

Manter is a painter and photographer whose work explores weather elements and patterns.

“People will respond well to the lyrical marks and forms found in her painting,” said Jolene Powell, McCoy Associate Professor of Art.

Born and raised in Maine, Manter has been living and working for several years between New York City and Seal Cove, Maine. Powell has referred to Manter as a “dynamic lecturer.” As part of the Esbenshade series, Manter will give a public lecture from 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb 19 in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.
An exhibition opening of her work entitled “Weather — Above and Below,” will immediately follow in Hermann Fine Arts’ Gallery 310.

“Weather — Above and Below” will be on display in Gallery 310 through April 3. Like many of Manter’s other works, “Weather — Above and Below,” was created on a non-traditional surface, standard roofing paper found at any hardware store.

While at Marietta, Manter will also spend three days with Marietta College studio art painting majors creating a joint installation based on local weather patterns. Artwork from the student workshop will be on view during the Art Department’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition that will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20.

The lecture, exhibition and opening are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and noon-5 p.m. (or by appointment) on Saturdays.

Gallery 310 at Marietta College aims to present diverse and stimulating exhibitions, which will enrich the artistic culture and education of the campus, community, and region. It supports teaching, learning, and exploration in the liberal arts through rotating exhibitions and related programs. Gallery 310 is a place for intellectual curiosity, shared programming with the greater campus community, and a teaching space for students looking to enhance his/her experience for future careers in gallery and museum related fields.

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 Forbes.com.