Tuesday, June 6, 2017


A new art exhibit at the University of Dayton will explore how the Virgin Mary is perceived and represented in some Asian countries. "Ex Oriente Lux: Marian Art in Asia" runs June 26 to Sept. 8 in the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. "The exhibit is an attempt to open our horizons to the originality of Asian Marian paintings and statuary," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research, art and special projects for the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. More information is available online here (https://www.udayton.edu/news/articles/2017/06/marian_art_of_asia.php)For interviews or a photo, contact Meagan Pan at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu

Curator Jo-ey Tang to lead CCAD's Beeler Gallery

Columbus College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that curator, artist, and art critic Jo-ey Tang will head the college’s Beeler Gallery.

Tang was curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 2014 to 2015, and arts editor of literary magazine n+1 from 2009 to 2014. He will start at Beeler Gallery on June 15.

Read more at: https://www.ccad.edu/press-releases/curator-and-artist-jo-ey-tang-lead-ccads-beeler-gallery
for the attached press release. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OHIO WESLEYAN STUDENTS CURATE ART EXHIBIT ‘Many Faces, Many Stories’ Opens May 3 with Public Reception

DELAWARE, Ohio – They’ve researched, budgeted, curated, designed, prepared, installed, and helped to publicize Ohio Wesleyan University’s newest art exhibit. 
And the OWU students – all enrolled in a fine arts “exhibition practice” course – will open their exhibit with a public reception May 3. 
Titled “Many Faces, Many Stories,” the exhibit will run from May 3 through June 9 in Gallery 2001, a satellite of Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum. The reception will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 in the gallery, located inside Beeghly Library, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Gallery 2001’s hours coincide with library hours and are available online at www.owu.edu/library
Erin Fletcher, director of OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, teaches the semester-long exhibition practice course, which includes a combination of museum history, theory, and hands-on skills for developing exhibitions. 
“This class draws on Ohio Wesleyan’s theory-to-practice ideology,” Fletcher said, “and I have truly enjoyed watching students from the arts, the sciences, and the humanities come together, using campus collections, to develop an exhibition. Their intelligence, diligence, and creative abilities are beautifully on display.” 
First-year student Thalia Sallas-Brookwell of Los Angeles, California, said the class ties in directly with her future career plans. 
“I’m interested in a future career in museum education or some type of work that combines art and creativity with community outreach,” said Sallas-Brookwell, an art history major and women’s and gender studies minor. 
“We’ve studied a lot about museum management and have been able to practice the concepts we learned when planning ‘Many Faces, Many Stories,’ ” she continued. “I’m proud of our class’s hard work and can’t wait for our opening reception.” 
Evelynn Wyatt, a senior from Louisville, Kentucky, also appreciated the collaborative class dynamic in planning the exhibition. 
“As a person who prefers working on her own to set and accomplish goals,” said Wyatt, a double major in biology and English, “collaborating with six other students was an incredibly challenging, yet rewarding experience. Though we didn’t always agree with one another, we learned to compromise from a place of mutual respect and understanding.” 
The final exhibit features items from Ohio Wesleyan’s permanent collection and included collaboration with local artist Nick Stull and The Page Collective artist collaboration group.
Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum at www.owu.edu/ross and more about the university’s fine arts major, including the exhibition practice course at www.owu.edu/finearts.


DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University fine arts professor Cynthia Cetlin and student Wyatt Hall are among the artists selected to exhibit works in the upcoming Ohio Designer Craftsmen “Best of 2017” showcase. 
The 34th annual juried exhibition will run from May 7 through June 18 at the Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, and from July 7 through Sept. 9 at the Southern Ohio Museum, 825 Gallia St., Portsmouth. The event will showcase works in clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal, and mixed media – all created by Ohio Designer Craftsmen artists. 
Cetlin, M.F.A., who joined Ohio Wesleyan’s faculty in 1987, will have two fiber pieces in the show, with her creation “Felt Memory” earning the Ruth Lantz Award for Excellence in Fiber. She will be recognized during an awards presentation at 3 p.m. May 7 at the Ohio Craft Museum. 
“Wool, like gold, has a memory,” Cetlin says of the piece, “and when formed and dried, as in this seamless neckpiece, can be stretched, only to return to its original form.” The piece is made from merino wool and natural dyes, using wet-felted, stitched-resist, and shibori (fabric dying) techniques. 
Her second piece “Forest Ground” was inspired by “a favorite path taken through shoreline pine forest in Deer Isle, Maine,” Cetlin says, and is made of rust-colored merino wool and naturally died, pale green silk. It was created using wet-felted, stitched-resist, and nuno (fiber bonding) techniques. 
Hall, a senior from Delaware, is exhibiting small-scale metal sculpture and jewelry – both created as part of Cetlin’s metals course. Hall will earn his Ohio Wesleyan Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May with concentrations in metals and bookmaking. 
His “Blue-Green Fracking Well” sculpture was created using copper, nickel, cupric nitrate, and silver nitrate. His “Softshell Necklace” incorporates copper, brass, merino wool, liver of sulfur, Prismacolor pencil, and heat patina. 
“The metal sculptures which I construct are created utilizing traditional metalworking techniques,” Hall says. “Their toy-like, miniature scale is reminiscent of the train models that I built with my father and grandfather in my childhood. 
“Constructing isolated objects within the rural landscape, such as fracking wells, on the scale of a model creates a shift in perspective which allows me to consider industrial processes and the rural landscape on a manageable scale,” Hall says. 
Learn more about the Ohio Designer Craftsmen “Best of 2017” exhibit at www.ohiocraft.org. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts department at www.owu.edu/finearts

Monday, April 24, 2017


University of Dayton area coordinator for art education R. Darden Bradshaw won local, state and national honors for her commitment to preparing the next generation of artists and educators. The National Art Education Association honored Bradshaw in March with its 2017 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator award, which encompasses 16 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. In February, the Dayton Art Institute honored her with the 2017 Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Art Education. And in November, Bradshaw received the 2016 Ohio Art Education Association award in the higher education division. Graduates of the University's art education program receive a professional studio degree with teacher licensure, making them a professional artist and licensed educator ready to walk into a classroom. For more information or interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.

Professional Development Programs

May 2: "Going from Peer to Supervisor." This program will guide new supervisors through the transition from individual contributor to leader. Through small group exercises, group discussions and role playing, participants will learn strategies, behaviors and critical interactions that lead to becoming an effective supervisor.

May 3: "Communication Skills for Leaders." This program will help all employees communicate effectively to customers, vendors, co-workers and management. 

May 3: "Problem Solving for Team Members: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt." This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn basic problem solving. Participants will learn how to use the five-step Lean Six Sigma problem solving process, DMAIC. 

May 4: "Project Leadership." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively lead all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule. 

May 9: "Effective Decision Making." This seminar utilizes group exercise, movie clips, real-world examples and case studies to help participants analyze and improve decision-making skills. 

May 11: "Fostering Inclusion: Building Cross Cultural Capabilities." Participants will explore what makes employees different, practice assessing individual and team situations in light of these differences, and develop tools for cross-cultural management and collaboration.

May 16: "Professional Communication & Presence." Participants in this program will learn about how image influences perception, how to proactively manage the messages one's image conveys in the professional environment, and how to build the skills to make a positive first impression. Participants also will learn new techniques on how to manage non-verbal communication. 

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners. 

Executive Development Programs 

May 18: "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Strategies for Developing Your Top Performers." Studies confirm career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for retention, engagement, productivity and results. This program will help participants develop career development frameworks to make a difference in their organizations. 

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 for center partners. 

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building. 

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit https://www.udayton.edu/centerforleadership/.


For more information, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.

Ohio Wesleyan Event Offers Free Admission to Day’s Cultural Events

DELAWARE, Ohio – Art, dance, music, and literature lovers are invited to “Art Hop” over to Delaware on April 30 for a special day of exhibits and performances sponsored by the Arts and Humanities at Ohio Wesleyan University. 
Erin Fletcher, director of the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, said, “I’m truly excited to see the Arts and Humanities working together to present this event to our campus and the community.” 
Art Hop will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., with free admission at all campus and community venues. Places to stop on the Hop include: 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – The Ross Art Museum presents “Refraction,” an exhibit by OWU’s 2017 fine arts graduates, with music by Orion Wright. (Please note all art may not be suitable for children.) The museum is located at 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – OWU’s Werner Gallery presents “Am I Us or Them?” by Rosellina “Rosy”Avoscan. The exhibit is the artist’s response to the refugee crisis in Europe. It includes ceramics, photography, sculpture, oil painting, and drawing. (Please note some themes may not be suitable for children.) The Werner Gallery, part of the university’s Department of Fine Arts, is located in Edgar Hall, 35 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. –The Arts Castle presents “All the Rage: Fashion & Art in Early Delaware County.” Art Hop participants with children also are invited to take part in arts and crafts activities at the facility. The Arts Castle is located at 190 W. Winter St., Delaware. Learn more at http://artscastle.org
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – The OWU Department of Theatre & Dance presents its Spring Dance Showcase, featuring informal performances and presentations by Ohio Wesleyan dance students. The showcase will be held in the Jannuzi Dance Studio inside OWU’s Simpson Querrey Fitness Center at 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.
3:15 p.m. t0 4:15 p.m. – The OWU Department of Music presents a concert of new student chamber works, including musical excerpts from the Department of Theatre & Dance’s recent production of “Blood Wedding,” a tragedy by Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. For those attending the 2 p.m. dance showcase, the Wesleyan Players, a university theatre troupe, will conduct a moving performance as they walk with you to the chamber performance. The musicians will perform at Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. 
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – The OWU Department of English presents Speak/Easy, a new reading series featuring writers from Ohio Wesleyan and the local community of all disciplines and skill levels. Founded on a mutual love of the written word, Speak/Easy seeks to bring people together to celebrate inspired writing. Speak/Easy will be held downtown at Fresh Start Café & Bakery, 24 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. 
For those seeking refreshments in between Art Hop events, food-truck vendors Seven Little Sliders (gourmet sandwiches) and Kooky’s Cookies (ice cream sandwiches) will be on hand 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lots at the Ross and Sanborn Hall, respectively. 
Learn more about the April 30 Art Hop at www.owu.edu/ArtHop

Marietta College's Art Department is excited to present a group exhibition of new works created by artists and designers in the Class of 2017

"Made," the Senior Art & Design Capstone Exhibition, will run from April 21st-May 7th in the Atrium Gallery on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

An opening reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 21st. The artists, designers and their professors will be present during the reception. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Eight Marietta College seniors will be featured in the show: Ashley Montgomery (Senecaville, Ohio), Jordi Light (Fayetteville, West Virginia), Caroline Sigmon (Hickory, North Carolina), Kat Watkins (Boardman, Ohio), Laken Lyon (Zanesville, Ohio), Cassie Wint (Wooster, Ohio) and Rachel McKown (Dungannon, Ohio).

Each student presents an individual exhibition based on the skills, interests and inspirations she has developed over the past four years. The exhibitions include a variety of mediums in both studio art and graphic design.

The Hermann Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. For more information: (740) 376-4688.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Artist talk: Dame Robin White

GRANVILLE, Ohio — The Art History and Visual Culture Program welcomes New Zealand painter and printmaker Dame Robin White for an artist talk at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in Room 301 of the Bryant Arts Center (210 West College Street). Following the talk, there will be an exhibition opening of White’s work with Tongan artist Ruha Fifita titled “The Art of Ngatu by Robin White and Ruha Fifita: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia” at 6 p.m. in the MIX Gallery in Mulberry House (202 N. Mulberry Street). Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dyan Couden at 740-587-6596 or visit Denison.edu.

Recognized as a key figure in the regionalist movement of 20th century New Zealand art, White’s work is a blend of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific influences, often-depicting people in rural landscapes. Of Maori and Pakeha descent, she has been one of New Zealand’s most prominent painters and printmakers since the 1970s. White and Fifita’s exhibition will feature collaboratively made ngatu, bark cloth, from Tonga.

Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 EVA Grand Award Winner and People's Choice Announced!

On March 29th, a handful of outstanding young artists were recognized at the tenth annual Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Reception. This was held at Capital University's Schumacher Gallery with the help David Gentilini.

The evening began with a student panel discussion featuring the six finalists: 

Alyssa Ziemba – Cleveland Institute of Art
Dominic Montante – Cleveland Institute of Art
Hannah Smith – Xavier University
Harlee Mollenkopf – Kenyon College
Kaylynn Etienne – Columbus College of Art and Design
Alexandra Morrissette – University of Dayton

The discussion was moderated by the Schumacher’s Gallery Director, David Gentilini.

From there, the reception portion officially began. Dr. Betsy Pike, Capital Alumna and current professor spoke as the master of ceremonies. Capital’s President, Dr. Beth Paul welcomed everyone to the Schumacher Gallery and Capital’s campus. Key sponsors, first and second round judges, nominees, and our sculpture designer were thanked and acknowledged throughout the reception. 

President Paul welcomes everyone to the Schumacher Gallery

The May Gallery Hop is on May 6th in the Short North Arts District – don’t forget to check it out!

It was then announced that Sarah Wenke of Mount St. Joseph University is the People's Choice Award Winner. Congratulations Sarah!

Todd Jones (left) and Sarah Wenke (right) with her award 

The Grand Award Winner receives a $2,500 cash prize, artwork purchased by AICUO, and artwork displayed in Governor Kasich's office for one year. Harlee Mollenkopf of Kenyon College is this year's Grand Award Winner! 

Todd Jones (left), Harlee Mollenkopf (center), and Marcella Hackbardt (right) with the Grand Prize Award

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's AICUO EVA competition! Visit http://aicuoartaward.com to see the winners portfolios!

Ohio Wesleyan's fine arts students to shine at Senior Show

DELAWARE, Ohio – When light is refracted through a prism, it reveals its cornucopia of hidden colors. Similarly, when Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2017 fine arts graduates share their artworks in a new exhibit, they will reveal the many facets of their OWU fine arts educations and the trove of talents they will take into the world. 
Their exhibit, “Refraction,” will open with an artist reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 15 at the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit, featuring works selected by a jury of Ohio Wesleyan fine arts faculty, will run through noon May 13 – when the student-artists will don caps and gowns for their 1 p.m. commencement ceremony. 
Graduating seniors participating in the “Refraction” exhibition include students earning either a Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in art. This year’s graduates and their areas of interest are: 
Kristen Canda of Independence, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in figure drawing, ceramics, and painting. “In each piece, I include only what I detect to be visually significant for comprehension of the form,” Canda said. “My drawings are often done from direct observation of a model. My paintings and ceramic work are explorations of personal imagery regarding family, religion, and nature.” 

Trasina Diazmunoz of Champagne, Illinois, a B.A. student. “When I look through the viewfinder, I tend to search for specific aspects in relation to what’s around me.” Diazmunoz said. “I like to believe that I share a symbiotic relationship with what I photograph. … A lot of my work throughout these years has developed around my fascination with self-identity, the human body, and landscapes.” 

Anne Edwards of Gold, Illinois, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in graphic design and metals. “I have already started to create a brand, Taksheeva Designs, which is meant to blur the line between art and wearable jewelry,” Edwards said, “and to create unique contemporary pieces that allow individual expression.” 

Paige Gardner of Tucson, Arizona, a B.A. student. “In nature, some of my subjects are quite beautiful while others are less so,” Gardner said. “Nevertheless, I want to capture these candid realities and to portray them as such. My goal is to cause an observer to pause and stare at my artwork in the same concentrated fashion [that] I find myself observing the world around us.” 

Louise Goodpasture of Norfolk, Virginia, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and metals. “I strive to shed light on the unsaid tensions that arise between people,” Goodpasture said. “This interest is most evident in my printmaking and drawing, where I have employed highly lineal drafting techniques to articulate the strain and discontinuity behind human emotion.” 

Wyatt Hall of Delaware, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in metals and bookmaking. “Craft is essential to my practice,” Hall said. “Handmade books, portfolios, and book objects allow me to organize my photographic work into physical groupings which explore concepts through series as well as interact with the paper surface in a conceptual and physical manner.” 

Sharon Hayes of Waynesfield, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in printmaking and figure drawing. “Through printmaking and working with charcoal and oil pastels, I seek to better understand relationships between people and themes from my Christian faith,” Hayes said. “The considerably extensive processes of creating a print or a drawing guide me to a deeper appreciation and understanding of my own relationship to the subject matter.” 

Abi Care Horvat of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a B.A. student. “I will attend law school this fall with aspirations to eventually start my own nonprofit that focuses on using the arts to steer children and young adults away from encounters with the justice system,” Horvat said. “In my own artwork I focus in abstract expressionism. … Through my paintings, I hope to emulate the emotional connections and nostalgic elements of scenes that cannot be captured through photographs alone.” 

Lexy Immerman of Chanhassen, Minnesota, a B.F.A. student with a concentration in graphic design. “Design has the unique and wonderful ability to make everything better,” Immerman said. “Good design can bring attention to something that otherwise would have been overlooked, provide surface explanation for a deeper topic, streamline a learning process, or reach out to people in new and interesting ways.” 

Samantha Johnson of Clay, West Virginia, a B.A. student. “My time at OWU has allowed me to experience several mediums, rekindling past affairs with embroidery and ceramics,” Johnson said. “It has instilled in me an intense appreciation for art that I hope to keep with me in my endeavors to work with artists in a legal setting.” 

Emily Lee of Columbus, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in graphic design, photography, and metals. “My work celebrates diversity and unification,” Lee said. “Simplicity is essential to much of my work; however, I am also greatly interested in acute detail. Because of these conflicting approaches, I describe my artistic style as ever-changing. I do not focus on a certain practice because the possibilities to create are endless.” 

Leia Miza of Thessaloniki, Greece, a B.A. student. “I find both film and digital photography very appealing, and make an effort to encapsulate both,” Miza said. “The darkroom feels like a second home to me and the variety and control available through silver gelatin printing never ceases to amaze me.” 

Tanisha Murphy of Delaware, Ohio, a B.F.A. student with concentrations in ceramics and metals. “[My] work is both decorative and political, which is motivated by personal incidents, nostalgia, social events, and the intimate relationships within organic forms and characteristics,” Murphy said. “Not only does [my] work exhibit aesthetic qualities, but it also carries emotional experiences felt through the common African American woman.” 

Hannah Rawlings of Denver, Colorado, a B.F.A. student with a concentration in art history. “I came into Ohio Wesleyan knowing that I would major in art history,” Rawlings said. “There is something timeless and mysterious about understanding an object, its context, and the impact it can have for centuries from the time of its creation.” 

Created in 1864, Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Fine Arts was one of America’s first college art departments. Learn more about the department and its faculty at www.owu.edu/finearts

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 15 artist reception. The facility is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information. 

Painter to Speak on "Art and Transformation in Christ"

STEUBENVILLE, OH—James Patrick Reid, a New York City-based painter and teacher, will present a lecture titled “Art and Transformation in Christ” on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A reception with the artist will follow.
Reid’s lecture coincides with the opening of his art exhibit, The Life of Color and Light; the Color and Light of Life, which will run through May 17, also in the Gentile Gallery.
Reid has taught at the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art, and lectures frequently on art making, history, and appreciation. He is interested in the intersection of art and theology, and his lectures and writings often address both the theological basis for representation in visual art and the specific ways theology is communicated in sacred art.

Reid’s lecture is sponsored by the Franciscan University Fine Arts Department. For hours and times of availability for viewing Reid’s exhibition, contact the J.C. Williams Center at 740-283-3771.

Barry Gunderson's "Water Works" Coming to Schnormeier Gallery

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Barry Gunderson’s “Water Works” art exhibit will be on display at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery May 3 through June 23, 2017. A reception for the show will be held on Friday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m. 
In this exhibition, artist Barry Gunderson imagines key moments of his life in relation to specific bodies of water, and the metaphors that arise from each. Walking along bridges reveal topographic patterns, colors and texture of the Mississippi River that are constant features in his work and become the source material for a series entitled “Currents.” In later sculptures he reflects upon hours spent in fishing boats on Minnesota lakes conversing with family and quietly awaiting the excitement of a catch. The narrative of water as a source of life and reflection upon life is fluid in each series.
Gunderson is a Professor of Art, Sculpture at Kenyon College, and is widely exhibited in Ohio and throughout the United States. Schnormeier Gallery is excited to present Gunderson’s work and celebrate his ongoing contributions to the field of visual art.
This exhibit and reception are open to the public. The show will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on this exhibit and others coming to Buchwald Center visit mvnu.edu/art-design.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is pleased to announce the opening of our 2017 Senior Thesis Degree Projects exhibition (April 21 – May 13, 2017).  Each spring, senior art and design students execute comprehensive projects.  These intensive experiences are the culmination of studies in the students' major areas of concentration.  This final exhibition highlights their achievements and serves as a bridge to professional careers in the visual arts and design. 

The public is cordially invited to meet the 2017 Senior Thesis Degree Project candidates, view their displays, and enjoy the festivities during the Gallery Reception, which will take place on Friday evening, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  The Thesis Roster for 2017 is listed below.  Note – no digital images will be available for this exhibition.

Fine Art
Ashley M. Belanger
Olivia Dean
Elizabeth Ruhe
Sidney Trasser

Graphic Design
Daniel Meymann
Richard J. Planek
Ashley Schneider
Thomas Szoradi
Eric D. Teece
Sidney Trasser
Sarah Wenke

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, at the crossroads of Delhi and Neeb 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.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314, www.msj.edu/ssg

Opening reception for 'The Billboard Project'

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Denison Art Space in Newark is holding an opening reception for “The Billboard Project,” a public-art outreach initiative featuring work by students from McGuffey Elementary and the YES Clubhouse, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church Street). This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sheilah Wilson at 740-587-6737 or visit Denison.edu.

In its second year, “The Billboard Project” was conceived by Sheilah Wilson, associate professor of studio art, as a way to engage the public with contemporary art. Wilson obtained grant funding to install public billboards in Newark. She then worked with Denison students to develop workshops for Newark-area schoolchildren who used the billboard images as a catalyst for conversation and visual response. Students also were given disposable cameras and asked to take photos using the theme: “Who do you love? What do you love?” Their images have been published in a newspaper that will be on display during the opening reception.

This project was funded by the Ohio Arts Council, Licking County Foundation and Denison University.

Andrea Gyorody to join Allen Memorial Art Museum

OBERLIN, OHIO—The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) has named Andrea Gyorody to the position of Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, overseeing the museum’s outstanding collection of 20th and 21st century art. Gyorody will begin work at the AMAM on April 3.
            Gyorody comes to the AMAM from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she was Assistant Curator in the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies. During her two and a half years at LACMA, Gyorody organized exhibitions of erotic prints and drawings from Germany and Austria; art created at the time of the 1918–19 communist revolution; and Jugendstil and art nouveau highlights from across LACMA’s collections. An exhibition on expressionism and abstraction will go on view this May. Gyorody also co-wrote a forthcoming handbook on the Rifkind’s holdings, and worked with staff, visiting scholars, and students to make the Rifkind collection accessible to a broader public.
“My colleagues and I are so pleased to welcome Andrea Gyorody to Oberlin. Her experience in all aspects of museum work and her desire to robustly connect the AMAM’s collection of modern and contemporary art with socially engaged practices will ensure vibrant future programs and educational opportunities for Oberlin College students and the broader public,” said Andria Derstine, the AMAM’s John G. W. Cowles Director.
At the AMAM, Gyorody will oversee the AMAM collection of 20th and 21st century works, which includes important paintings by Gorky, Kirchner, Modigliani, Monet, Picasso, and others. Artists from the second half of the 20th century are well represented in the collection, including Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. The AMAM also holds important works by Eva Hesse, as well as the artist’s archives.
Gyorody will work with faculty and students to mount exhibitions of contemporary art, organize related programs, and acquire new works for the collection. She will work with other staff on an upcoming exhibition celebrating the legacy of Ellen Johnson, for whom her curatorship is named, to be shown in conjunction with the AMAM centennial in 2017–18.  Ellen Johnson (1910–1992), an Oberlin alumna, inspired generations of the college’s students as a professor of modern and contemporary art history. Her friendships with artists led to many timely acquisitions for the AMAM, through gifts and purchases as well as through the bequest of her personal art collection. Johnson also bequeathed to Oberlin College her home, built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1949 and purchased by Johnson in 1968; today it remains open for public tours.
“I am greatly looking forward to joining an outstanding staff and becoming a part of the Oberlin community, which has already been warm and welcoming. I am eager to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to craft a modern and contemporary program that is inclusive, provocative, and responsive to the present moment. In my view, art should function as a prompt for dialogue and engagement, and I am excited to bring my experience and ideas to the Allen,” said Gyorody.
A Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, Gyorody is completing a dissertation on the late German artist Joseph Beuys and his conception of “social sculpture,” an important and understudied precedent for contemporary participatory and socially engaged practices.

            Gyorody earned her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Amherst College before going on to Williams College, where she completed a master’s degree in art history in 2009. She has held internships and assistantships at the Williams College Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of of American Art; Hammer Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and in LACMA's Department of Museum Art.

Malone University art students and faculty host art exhibit in downtown Canton

Canton, Ohio, March 27, 2017 – The Malone University Department of Visual Arts invites the community to view a student and faculty art exhibit at 3rd Space Gallery in downtown Canton. The exhibit will launch during the April 7 First Friday, from 6-8 p.m.
“Fine Arts Sampler” will feature artwork from various disciplines including drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography.
3rd Space Gallery (Julliard Art Center) is located downtown at 600 Market Avenue N, Canton.  The exhibit will be on display from April 7-25.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Denison professor exhibits work at prestigious Whitney Biennial 2017

GRANVILLE, Ohio— Denison University professor Sheilah Wilson’s recent collaborative video work made with Dani Leventhal, assistant professor at Ohio State University, premieres at the Whitney Biennial on April 22 and 23, 2017. The new work, “SOTD (Strangely Ordinary This Devotion),” depicts images of ordinary life that resonate with the larger themes of motherhood, queer desire, the environment and domestic life, both real and fantastic. The Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. A curatorial team for the biennial invites artists whose work they believe to have particular significance in the contemporary world.


“The work deals with ideas of how we can construct new narrative structure and sense through the lexicon of our own lives. I feel that the potential of the domestic space as one of radicality is an important way to re-imagine the world and present it visually,” said Wilson.

“SOTD” is part of a screening of Leventhal’s works at the biennial. Wilson and Leventhal plan to continue their collaboration with a second video.

“I am very excited to have the work included,” said Wilson. “I think that professionally this will be an important credit, and will help us to realize our second video we want to make, and in general give us the momentum to continue to make the work that we feel committed to.” In addition, the Whitney has commissioned a series of broadsides – photos and texts – by Wilson and Leventhal that will be sold in the museum store during the biennial.

Wilson joined the Department of Studio Art in 2009. She holds a bachelor's from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick; a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design; and a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London. Wilson has exhibited her work nationally in Canada and the U.S., as well as England, New Zealand and Israel.

Denison University’s place at the forefront of higher education is recognized by “Colleges That Change Lives,” U.S. News, and Forbes, among others. Denison is a leading national college of liberal arts and sciences where students from around the world come to pursue academic inquiry and research, to analyze and solve problems, and to forge the skills needed to succeed. On a beautiful, fully residential campus, located minutes from Forbes-rated #1 Opportunity City, Columbus, Ohio, students build enduring relationships and pathways to the professions, supported by faculty mentorship in classrooms, laboratories and studios; through a wealth of career-launch programs and internships; and in partnership with a thriving, far-reaching alumni network.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present “alchemize: SCULPTURES • JAN & MARK WIESNER” (March 3 – April 9, 2017).  This exhibition features sculptural reliefs, grounded in the natural world, that through an alchemization of materials and form speak of stories told and concepts explored.  The public is cordially invited to celebrate with Jan and Mark during the opening reception, which will be held Friday, March 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with a Gallery Talk at 7pm.

Jan and Mark Wiesner, husband and wife, maintain a working studio at the Pendleton Arts Center and actively exhibit throughout the Tri-State. Both are retired Art teachers having completed their teaching careers at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, OH.  Jan and Mark have individually been recognized for numerous awards in education during the tenure of their careers; including the highest honors for the Ohio Art Education Association, Outstanding Art Educator of the year.  Mark & Jan have also been awarded multiple fellowships and grants.

Jan creates figurative ceramic sculptures that have a story to tell. The stories are explorations of the fairy tales that are part of our culture and surround and affect women and their lives. Like all fairy tales her pieces deal with the distortions between what is and what society’s expectations are. They deal with those emotional responses that are often hidden for fear of condemnationThe sculptures also tend to speak of natural and the unnatural aspects of our lives.

Making mark in space - within restrained format, is where Mark's work beginsIt's intended to reference the synergybetween drawing and sculpture, between nature and abstraction. His wall reliefs employ a formal vocabulary. The moving and arching lines, shapes, and textures are embodiments of rhetoric sometimes held out for the architect.  It is also rooted in being true to the material. He brings meticulous, technical rigor to bear on sometimes delicate and mundane materials. He works to reclaim, to reuse materials that are at times pulled from the waste stream of lifeHis use of the recycled is intended to be transformative, magical, at times subversive. And, it is within these materials that 'marks' are the essential feature, the backbone of his work.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Workshops led by Columbus artists

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Denison Art Space in Newark presents a series of  workshops led by Columbus-based artists. The workshops take place at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church Street). They are free and open to the public, but require a reservation. All materials will be provided free of charge and limited spots are available. Please sign up by sending an email with your name, age and workshop title todenisonartspace@denison.edu. The workshops include:

·      Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.: “Material as an Activator: Ties Between Social Content, Fabric and the Body” by Cudelice “CJ” Brazelton. This workshop is presented for participants age 16 to 25.

·      Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m.:  “Manifesto Poster Workshop” by Blake Turner. This workshop is presented for participants age 18 and older.

·      Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m.: “Make your own Zines” by Tyler Davis. This workshop is presented for participants age 12 to 18.

·      Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m.: “Silk Screening” with Tyler Davis. This workshop is presented for participants age 12 to 18.

The artists’ work is on display at Denison Art Space as part of the “Columbus in Newark” exhibit, featuring artwork by Columbus-based artists at the invitation of Denison’s studio art faculty. The artists include Adam Brouillette, Adrian French, Alison Crocetta, Blake Turner, Cudelice “CJ” Brazelton, Jared Thorne, Jessica Knapp, Laura Larson, Lisa McLymont, Nathaniel Hartman, Suzanne Silver and Tyler Davis. The exhibition is on display until Friday, March 31. Denison Art Space in Newark is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and by chance or appointment.

Denison Art Space in Newark is a large, open, multi-use venue in Newark’s Thirty One West development. It is open to Newark and the surrounding communities as a place to experience art as an observer or audience member, and as a place to learn, perform and exhibit.

Denison Art Space in Newark is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.