Friday, June 3, 2016

Schnormeier Gallery Presents Melissa Stallard’s “The Shrinking City”

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Melissa Stallard’s “The Shrinking City” will be on display at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery June 30 to Aug. 5. A reception for the show will be held on Friday, July 1, from 6-9 p.m. 

Melissa Stallard’s photographic exhibit, “The Shrinking City,” has been on display in galleries throughout the American Midwest. Stallard believes her “photographs document the results of a long-term economic crisis in Youngstown, Ohio, and the city’s transition into a more stable, smaller city surrounded by the ghosts of its prosperous industrial past.”

Youngstown is the poorest city in the nation and has fallen to decay and abandonment in the years following World War II. Despite the decline of this once great city, there is hope. Stallard notes, “The city has designated some areas to return to the natural habitat or public-use green space while others will become urban farms or raised-bed community gardens.” Her exhibit not only functions to display the decline of Youngstown and cities like it, but also offers hope that the broken city will be healed in time.  

Stallard’s work will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on Melissa Stallard visit melissastallard.com.

Cuban Artist Focuses on Refugees in Exhibit at Otterbein University

Westerville, OH — Cuban artist Juan Si Gonz├ílez worked with Otterbein students, faculty and staff during spring semester on a collaborative art installation utilizing donations of clothes, coats, shoes and canned/non-perishable that will be donated to central Ohio refugee services when the project is finished.

The resulting exhibit, Cartographies: Reconstructing human displacement, will be on display now through Aug. 19 at Fisher Gallery in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

In his artist statement, Gonz├ílez wrote, “I’m trying to break down generalized notions of immigration/migration as a foreign experience. I want to focus in on the individual motivations and circumstances that drive people to move from one place to another, the forces that push us forward and those that hold us back. Physical displacement implies a complex, and often painful, process of insertion and adaptation in a new social context. It implies loss and disintegration as well as incorporation and integration into another reality.”

This exhibit is part of Otterbein University and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a multi-year focus on the arts in three non-Western regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17), and Africa (2017-18). Chile and Cuba were the gateway countries explored in programs in 2015-16. Fall semester 2016 will feature gateway countries India and Thailand. Fall programming will be announced soon.