Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Seven students to exhibit at annual Senior Art Show starting April 8

Artwork will remain on display in Hermann Fine Arts Center until May 1

MARIETTA, Ohio — Marietta College’s Art Department will finish its exhibition season with the unveiling of its annual senior capstone exhibition, which runs from April 8 to May 1.

Held on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center in the Atrium Gallery, the exhibition will kick off with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 8.

This year, the capstone exhibition showcases pieces completed by seven seniors in the majors of Studio Art and Graphic Design. The seven students — Lexi Callaway (Portage, Michigan), Kendra Embrescia (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Cong Liu (Beijing, China), Pippa Marmorstein (Harrisonburg, Virginia), Brittany Martin (Canton, Ohio), Elizabeth White (New Lexington, Ohio) and Katie Williams (Mars, Pennsylvania) —who will be premiering their work offer audiences with a variety of pieces ranging from paintings and drawings to information design and branding.

As a class, the students chose to name the exhibition “Unfold.” The idea that “there’s more than what meets the eye” is certainly an accurate description for the projects of this year’s exhibition. The name was also chosen to represent their journey as Marietta College students and emphasize the importance of art and design in general.

The seven seniors, with the direction of professors Sara Alway-Rosenstock and Jolene Powell are responsible for curating the exhibition as a part of their Art 488: Senior Seminar class. Each student was assigned and is responsible for a committee to help put the exhibition together.

These committees are in charge of developing the exhibition’s poster and postcard, catering the night of the opening reception, attending to the press, photographing headshots of the senior artists and designers, and installation and display of the exhibition. Each student has a designated area in the Atrium Gallery in which they will display all pieces that they have developed over the past year along with their artist and designer statements.

“This process, while trying at times, allowed me to truly explore my interests as a designer, and I could not be more excited to share my hard work with the community,” said Williams, a Graphic Design student.

Alway-Rosenstock is excited to see what the seniors bring to the exhibition.

“Each year the seniors are challenged to develop a project on their own accord,” she said. “They are always intimidated by this freedom, but have to work diligently to create capstone projects that are well-executed, while also communicating an idea or message that is uniquely their own.”

The exhibition, including the catered opening reception, is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Hermann Fine Arts Center is accessible and welcomes all visitors.

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 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 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

Monday, March 28, 2016


Ross Art Museum Exhibition to Open with Saturday, April 9, Artist Reception

Benjamin S. Anderson, woodcut

DELAWARE, Ohio – It’s all “Relativity” for 16 Ohio Wesleyan University graduating seniors as they celebrate their artistic “interconnectedness to the surrounding world” and share their works in a juried exhibition at OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum.

The 2016 senior show, “Relativity,” will be on exhibit from April 9 through May 8 at the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. It will open with a Saturday artist reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 9.

In explaining the group’s decision to title the exhibit “Relativity,” senior Catie Beach said the dictionary defines the term as “the dependence of various physical phenomena on relative motion of the observer and the observed objects, especially regarding the nature and behavior of light, space, time, and gravity.”

Broadening the concept to their art, Beach said, the soon-to-be OWU graduates determined that “perception depends on the position of objects and happenings around us. In connection to our show, the law of relativity describes our interconnectedness to the surrounding world. As artists, we interpret these perceptions through the media we use, focusing in on the phenomenon of human experience and imagination to inspire art.

“For some,” the graduating seniors said, “this drive comes from the materiality of metals, paints, clay, and inks we use in process. For others, the drive is innate to sensorial observations. The works in ‘Relativity’ showcase the variety of perspectives from individual artists, but also the unique culmination of peers working and learning alongside each other.”

All pieces in the exhibit are selected by a jury of Ohio Wesleyan fine arts faculty. Graduating seniors participating in the “Relativity” exhibition are:

Benjamin S. Anderson of Monterey, California. “I focus my painting on the idea of shapes, and the subject matter comes across as a byproduct in exploring shapes that interact and join with one another. … In printmaking, however, I feel that the subject matter drives the medium. Jazz musicians and drumming influence my printmaking in etching, lithography, and woodcut. … The artwork that I have created at OWU has furthered my understanding of fine art and has been pivotal in developing my path as an artist.”

Catie Beach of Columbus, Ohio. “My preference to highly rendered images reflects the complexity and depth in which I contemplate my subjects. I replicate and enhance moments which strike me as profound in daily life: the urban nature in our backyards, the people around us who enhance life. These moments of grace, as they appear to me, are compelling studies for an understanding of life’s cycle and vulnerability. Through the meditation on these moments, I seek solace in life.”

Kelsie Bell of Columbus, Ohio. “I respond to the physicality and process involved in ceramics and photography. It excites me to respond to the incidental occurrences out of my control, involved in the making process, and it is important to me that my hand is involved in as much of the work as possible. I want to make the ordinary resonate for viewers in a universal way.”

Sam Carpenter of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. “I find myself attracted to sculpture and metalworking. … I hope to create forms and characters that are foreign, ethereal, and that illicit an uncomfortable or anxious feeling among the viewers, as I feel that those emotions open up doors of the mind that would otherwise be closed. I hope that in viewing these pieces, the audience can relate to me as an artist … but also attach the emotions that the piece displays to their own life and the lives of others around them.”

Andy Cumston of Marion, Ohio. “I have always been intrigued with objects that play with the balance between function and form. … I want to help express and demonstrate how things that have a sculptural presence can also have a functional meaning. To me, art is the expression of personal experience that tries to convey how (the artists) see the world and their personal being in this world throughout their work.”

Heather Dehaas of Perry, Ohio. “I live to share art with the future generations of the world. There is beauty in everything around us. Edgar Degas summarizes this beauty saying, ‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’ Art offers a perspective that elevates this beauty and allows humanity to appreciate its surroundings. I aspire to share this vision by teaching art to younger minds.”

Michelle Hansen of Chicago, Illinois. “The dynamics of spaces and the people that inhabit them keep me wondering who was there before me and become an inspiration for my work. Through this inspiration, I focus on buildings, towns, and families interacting with their surroundings through my photography. The many ways that people define family have always intrigued me, and I use photography to explore the idea.”

Kelly Johnson of Wellesley, Massachusetts. “Through my work, I explore the connection between line and shape. I find myself fascinated by geometric designs. I am drawn to the concreteness of linear shapes and focus on the compositional dynamism of simple lines. In my more recent work, I explore curvilinear elements, which allow me to move beyond the comfort zone of my geometric aesthetic.”

Emily Keller of Ronkonkoma, New York. “I find myself fascinated with the fleeting quality of time – how minutes change to hours, days change to weeks, and months change to years. Because of this, I often create images relating to memory, recounting the intimate moments spent with my loved ones. … Although these works are quite personal to me, I believe that they can be relatable for others, evoking nostalgic sentiments for one’s own past.”

Owen Kelling of Morrow, Ohio. “My images are of humans, age, and fleeting light that I intend to exist between the frozen state of their exhibition and the ephemerality of their subject matter. Iron figures in particular, forbade to rust, will remain modeled in age but unaltered by time into a future beyond my own scope of time. My metalwork evokes that passage but wavers little amidst it, and I hope you the viewer find a steadiness in that company.”

Mara Mariotti of Oberlin, Ohio. “My art is a creation of my feelings and how I respond to the energy around me. … My artwork has transfigured from a fascination with earthly nature, realized in an abstract depiction of the nature of the human body. My 2-D works show an abstract view of the human body through the energy it creates. On the surface, my 3-D work portrays themes of flora and fauna, including an exploration of female sexuality.”

Lyssa Matzat of Greenwood, Indiana. “As a jewelry designer, my fascination with geometric shapes has evolved into a study of combining the angularity of the work itself and the soft features of the human body. I explore these contrasting features and test the limits of what can actually be worn on the human body while remaining true to its original purpose as a piece of body adornment.”

Jordana McCallen of Stonington, Connecticut. “Printmaking and casting share many similarities, employing processes that allow me to duplicate and manipulate form. I meet my media with innate motifs, exploring their relationship to the world around me, largely via the human body. In this way, I feel my work lies at various intersections, between past and present, fragile and durable, internal and external.”

Alex Reistenberg of Mason, Ohio. “Nature has a mind of its own and no matter how we try to control it, it always finds a way to break free and thrive. That is the beauty I try my best to emulate in my own work. I try to find a balance between stability and the natural flow of things. I love the surprises you get when you open the kiln and see that nothing has come out the way you thought it would. … I love working with techniques that allow this freedom and allow you to be surprised on a daily basis.”

Nyka Saldivar of Montclair, California. “Composition and light tends to be a unifying characteristic in my art, though the subject and style varies depending on my mood and state of mind. While I consider myself mainly a photographer, I continue to investigate these connections using other media, such as drawing, book arts, and ceramics, which allow me to slow down and analyze my responses to the world around me and consider the patterns of my stylistic choices.”

Maddie Stuntz of Delaware, Ohio. “In drawing, I tend to find my inspiration from people. There is something special in the energy of relationships, and I enjoy capturing these interactions or moments in my drawings. With ceramics and printmaking, I apply the shapes and colors I find in nature to my work. I’m inspired by the peace and calm I feel from the outdoors and try to convey these feelings in my pieces.”

During the academic year, Ohio Wesleyan’s 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. It is closed Monday and Saturday, with the exception of the upcoming April 9 artist reception. The facility is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information.

Created in 1864, Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Fine Arts was one of America’s first college art departments. The university offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and majors are able to concentrate their studies in studio art, art history, or fine arts education. Learn more at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 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 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Ohio Wesleyan Graduate Thomas Saunders to Display ‘CRYSTAL SYNERGY'

DELAWARE, Ohio – If it’s true that art is science, then the T.H. Saunders collections of imaginative and eye-catching artwork represent science on steroids.

Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Thomas Saunders imaged wine crystals using a high-powered microscope to create ‘Riesling Wine.’ His abstract artwork will be exhibited in Ohio Wesleyan’s Gallery 2001 and its Alumni Gallery from March 21 through Sept. 21. (Image courtesy of Thomas Saunders)

The 1966 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate creates unique art by growing and photographing microscopic crystal structures made from wine, coffee, and aspirin – and an endless array of materials whose basic chemical components can be extracted and isolated.

Saunders’ unique creations will be on display in two university galleries from March 21 through Sept. 21, with an illustrated artist talk scheduled for April 7. All events are free and open to the public.

Titled “Crystal Synergy: The Confluence of Science and Human Imagination,” Saunders’ one-man exhibit will be showcased in OWU’s Alumni Gallery, located inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware, as well as in the nearby Gallery 2001, located within the university’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Both venues are satellite galleries of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum.

Saunders’ April 7 artist talk will begin at 4:10 p.m. in the library’s second-floor Bayley Room, with a community reception immediately following in Gallery 2001. Gallery 2001 hours vary daily and are available online at Alumni Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Saunders began working with crystal imaging as an experiment in 2001, utilizing medical and scientific research Zeiss microscopes.

His work has been described as “an advanced method of creating 21st century modern and abstract art” made possible by “blending the confluence of chemistry, the physics of light, sine wave manipulation, advanced technologies in printing, archival inks, sublimation processes, and finally, most importantly, the application of human imagination.”

Once he creates the crystals, Saunders places them on a microscope glass slide to carefully examine their intricate structures. He adjusts the light passing through them to create aesthetically appealing art using several proprietary techniques he created. His techniques, he explains, “extend beyond traditional cross polarization or differential interference contrast methods.”

The crystals used to generate this eye-catching art often are no larger than the head of a pin. After finalizing each image, Saunders captures it on high-resolution color film using either specialized cassettes built into his microscopes or utilizing a sophisticated digital camera designed exclusively for high-resolution, color-true microscopy imaging.

His final images are then sized and prepared for printing, typically on acid-free, archival cotton fiber paper, although his creations also have been produced on aluminum substrates, ceramic materials, and even clothing.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Saunders studied German and politics and government. Prior to moving to Florida and immersing himself in his art, he lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 35 years, establishing his own firm to advise in global business development. During his career, Saunders also has held executive and board positions with major corporations and business start-ups as well as serving in domestic and overseas U.S Congressional, Executive Branch, and White House appointments.

Justin Kronewetter, director of OWU’s Ross Art Museum, said Saunders’ two-gallery exhibit will include 40 of his artworks – all created as part of a limited edition Ohio Wesleyan series in recognition of his 50-year class reunion.

“Tom’s pieces are incredibly interesting,” Kronewetter said. “He captures and shares images of a world we can’t see with the naked eye – a world most of us would never see otherwise. We are pleased to share his ‘Crystal Synergy’ as he returns to campus and reunites with his classmates.”

Learn more about Saunders and his artwork online at and

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 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 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Malone Art Gallery: Danielle Vogel

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts & Sciences - Department of Visual Arts presents a guest artist visit with a poetry reading and gallery talk by Danielle Vogel on Tuesday, March 15 in the Malone Art Gallery, located in the Johnson Center at 2600 Cleveland Ave N.W. in Canton, Ohio. Vogel also will be in the gallery from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., working on a memory project - guests are welcomed to watch her in action. Her work is on display in the Malone Art Gallery until March 24. The gallery is open weekdays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Tracing the writer-artist’s thinking over the last decade, “Ceremonies for a Book” covers the breadth of Danielle Vogel's practice and highlights the hidden histories embedded within a finished manuscript. What does it take to write a book? What goes unrecorded? The works on display are not interested in answering these questions; instead, the artist aims to celebrate, slow, and bring into focus the complex, often solitary, gestures of reading and writing. Illustrating the art of archiving and the conductive power of language, the installation features works in ceramics, paper, photography, metal, natural debris, sound, textile, and wood. Various work by art and creative writing students will be displayed alongsideVogel’s.

Danielle Vogel is an artist and writer who grew up on the south shore of Long Island. She is the author of  Narrative & Nest (Abecedarian Gallery 2012) and lit  (Dancing Girl Press 2008) and has exhibited her work at RISD Museum, AS220 Gallery, The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and Abecedarian Gallery. She has taught Poetry and Fiction at Brown University, Wesleyan University, The University of Denver, and Naropa University.
Located on 96 rolling acres in Canton, Ohio, Malone University is comprised of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. 

Malone is a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, offering 41 majors, 42 minors, and 11 graduate programs. Nationally, Malone University is ranked in the top four percent of colleges and universities in career outcomes, top 10 (#9) best online financial aid packages, and top 50 (#30) most affordable Christian colleges. Regionally, U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2015 ranks Malone University among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest in the category Regional Universities, and to its list of best online bachelor’s programs. Statewide, Malone appears on the list of colleges offering the best lifetime return on investment in Ohio. Malone University has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as a military-friendly school by Victory Media, and as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces by the Cleveland Plain DealerTake a virtual tour of Malone University

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


DAYTON, Ohio — University of Dayton students and faculty transformed reclaimed stained glass windows from the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception into new works of art that communicate what the University’s Marianist identity and community mean to them.

Living Glass: Sustaining Memory Through Light runs Feb. 29 to March 17 in Gallery 249 on the second floor of Fitz Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Co-curator Darden Bradshaw, assistant professor of art education, said the exhibit celebrates the history of stained glass and the power of light.

“The windows are more than material,” she said. “The glass embodies a visual connection to Christianity as a whole, and to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception specifically. It does this in part because stained glass was never simply a device to allow an infusion of light. It was a means to educate churchgoers through visual depictions of the stories of Christianity and served as a visual means of drawing them closer to God.”

The pieces on exhibit were created by students during a fall semester class using different techniques, including cut and fused glass. Photographic prints, an interactive light projection and an original window will also be on display.

Sophomore Bridget McCafferty, an art education major from Chicago, said she wanted to take the class because she liked the idea of using another artist's work to create her own. She made a sculpture containing black flowers out of black glass and embellished with gold leaf.

“Even though the original artist of the chapel windows didn't create the pieces, he still had a part in what was ultimately made,” she said. “I also really loved the opportunity to connect to the University's history through creating art.”

The exhibit’s opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, with an artist talk at 6 p.m. Parking passes will be available from a greeter at the Fitz Hall main entrance.

An “ask the artist” discussion about the challenge of translating ideas through the medium of glass will take place from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Gallery 249 is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. Parking passes are available at the visitor center on University Circle.

The exhibition will continue in the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library first floor gallery from April 3 to July 20. The opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 7, with a conversation on collaboration among the Rev. James Fitz, S.M., vice president for mission and rector; Sandra Yocum, associate professor of religious studies; Bradshaw; and co-curator Geno Luketic, fine arts studio coordinator.

Following the exhibits, the pieces will be available to departments and units on campus for permanent display.

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University announces the opening of “Place” on display March 1 – 31, 2016.  The “Place” show is a photography exhibition featuring works from current Students, Faculty and Staff in the Mount Community.  The SSG Art Gallery collaborated with the Mount’s Student Photographic Society (SPS) on the creation of this show.  Initially, our gallery staff met with the executive officers of SPS and a select group of faculty and staff representatives from across campus.  After an exciting brainstorming session, a description was tailored as an inspiring theme for invitation, as described below:

We are asking YOU to submit a photo that captures the theme of “PLACE”
What does PLACE mean to you? We are all part of this Place called the Mount. The spirit of this Place infuses everything we do. We all come from different Places and go to different spaces. How does Place situateyou? Is Place, for you, some Where or some Thing or some One? You can feel place/d, mis-placed, re-placed, put-in-place, dis-placed. You can put things in place. People in their place. A Place to see. A Place to be. Sense of place. So…show us…what does “PLACE” mean to you?

Participants were allowed to submit up to 10 photographs per person.  A total of nearly 500 photos were submitted.  The SPS executive officers juried the entries down to 200 photographs representing 70 (listed below) different photographers, which are on display in the SSG Art Gallery.  After installation, our select group of faculty and staff who helped with the show’s creation has been invited to choose their favorite piece on display which represents the given theme.  A “Note of Excellence” with the individual faculty/staff’s written response will appear next to his/her choice.

The Gallery Reception is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, from 4 – 7 pm. We welcome visitors from around the Tri-State community to view the artworks, converse with the Mount Community exhibitors and enjoy light refreshments.  
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  The Gallery is closed on major holidays – Gallery CLOSED for Easter Break: Friday, March 25 – Monday, March 28.  Admission is free and open to the public.  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.

Names of exhibition participants:
Abigail Brewer
Abigail Bush
Adam Williams
Alexis Benjamin
Andrew Rasmussen
Anna Kaufman
Anna Steiner
Anthony Milton
Ashley Belanger
Bailey Pearce
Beth Belknap Brann
Brittany Leppert
Caleb Statler
Catherine Wesley
Cathy McDonald
Christin Yoli-Stalls
Christopher Martin
Connor Okruhlica
Craig Lloyd
Crissi Lanier
Dan Mader
Elizabeth Bookser Barkley
Elizabeth Ruhe
Elizabeth Taryn Mason
Jamie Leslie
Janis Eppensteiner
Jesssica Neuenschwander
Jessica Vogel
Joel Brisbin
John Griffith
Karl Power
Kathryn Kelly
Kathy Ray
Kayla Thieman
Kayley Murray
Keith Lanser
Kelly Burger
Kyle Haaff
Kyle Kimble
Leandra McCrary
Macey Schmit
Maria Green
Marsha Smith
Mary Mazuk
Michael Meyung
Michelle Bushle
Miranda Pahls
Molly Ehrnschwender
Morgan Wareham
Nicholas Sjulin
Olivia Dean
Olivia Smith
Patrick Gibboney
Paul O. Jenkins
Rachel Fairfield
Rachel Jackson
Ryan Good
Sarah Wenke
Sheri Benson
Sidney Trasser
Sierra Leigh
Simon Schaefer
Solange Cooper
Susan Ruttle Lawrence
Sylvia Dick
Taryn Luken
Tiffany Henson
Timothy Schrenk
Velma Dailey
William Patrick Zopff