Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Wehrle Art Gallery will feature exhibitions during the 2016-17 academic year that are inspired by a quote from Thomas Merton. In No Man is an Island, Merton wrote, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” The exhibitions will focus on artists who lose themselves in the physicality of their materials in the hope of sharing and creating an experience with the viewer.
The Wehrle Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The gallery is located on ODU’s main campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
A Tree’s Voice: Matt Bliss and the Art of Wood
Nov. 4 – Oct. 23, 2016
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26
The title of this exhibition comes from Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree, “To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.” ODU’s Fine Art alumnus and master woodworker, Matt Bliss ’07, finds the voice of reclaimed and found wood to create beautiful and elegiac sculptures and wall pieces that defy traditional categorization.
Todd Camp: New Works in Mixed Media
Nov. 4, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4
Todd Camp’s curiosity and sensitivity to a material’s specific attributes gave rise to his newest works in mixed media.
Editions and Experiences: Eliana Calle-Saari and the Art of the Print
Jan. 20 – March 26, 2017
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20
Colombian transplant Eliana Calle-Saari has spent the last two decades translating life experiences into exquisite prints that exploit the specific expressive tendencies of the chosen technique; be it etching or woodcut.
From the Halls of Wehrle: 2017 Senior Exhibition
April 30 – June 30, 2017
Opening reception: 1-3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 24
This exhibition features the work of ODU’s graduating seniors. It is the capstone of Art, Art Education and Graphic Design students, and features a range of content and media.
Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 2,550 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors and nine graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.