Friday, September 29, 2017

Art Faculty Debuting in MoMA

GRANVILLE, Ohio— The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced that Em Rooney, a visiting assistant professor of studio art at Denison University, is among the artists debuting in a new exhibition, titled “Being: New Photography 2018.” Rooney is one of only 17 artists chosen for the show. “Being” will run from March 18, 2018, through August 19, 2018.

Rooney is a New York based artist, writer, and curator born in Bridgeport, Ct. She received her Bachelor's from Hampshire College and her Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art.

“I’ve been looking at, visiting, referring to and teaching to the MoMA New Photography series for years, so it’s a huge honor to be included in this exhibition,” said Rooney. “I’m extremely excited to share space with the group of artists selected for the show, and to have gotten to work with Lucy Gallun, the curator of the show.”

“The same poetic, tactile, humanist and agile approach to art making that is rightfully being recognized by MoMA is evident on a day-to-day basis in Em’s engaged teaching and investment in our arts community at Denison,” said Ron Abram, associate professor of studio and chair of the department. “We're so proud to call her friend, colleague and teacher.”

MoMA’s longstanding and celebrated New Photography series investigates charged and layered notions of personhood and subjectivity in recent photography and photo-based art, presenting works by 17 artists working in the US and internationally.

Since its earliest manifestations, photography has been widely seen as a means by which to capture an exact likeness of a person; the artists featured in “Being” mine or upset this rich history as they explore photographic representations of personhood today, when rights of representation are contested for many individuals.

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News from Marietta College

News from Marietta College
For more information contact: Tom Perry, Executive Director of Communication & Brand Management, (740) 376-4408,
Exhibition to feature work of former professor William Gerhold
'Nature, Landscape, and Essence,' to open October 20th at Gallery 310
MARIETTA, OHIO (09/28/2017) The Marietta College Art Department's newest exhibition will showcase the work of William Gerhold, a nature lover, and former Marietta professor.
"Nature, Landscape, and Essence: Selected Artwork by William Gerhold," will open in Gallery 310 on Friday, October 20th with an opening reception and music by Sadie Johnson '19 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and a gallery talk at 5:00 p.m. The exhibition will run through Saturday, December 2nd.
Co-curated by alumni Debbie Gerhold Shively '80 and Dan Foraker '73, the exhibition is a survey of Gerhold's work from several areas of the country, including landscapes from many of his favorite on-location painting sites.

Gerhold retired from the Art Department at Marietta College in 1994, where he had served as Professor and Chair since 1968. As well as serving on various athletic and academic committees, Gerhold was also a very popular professor, leading many on-site painting trips to Canaan Valley, West Virginia, over summer breaks.

Such trips were unique experiences for participating students, offering chances to immerse themselves in their subject and grow as artists.
"Everyone would paint all day, eat dinner, and critique in the evening," said Jolene Powell, Gallery 310 Director and McCoy Professor of Art. "This was evidently, understandably, very popular. Having such an intensive program really bonded the faculty and students and yielded outstanding work. I've had the opportunity to see some of the student's work, and it was wonderful."
Gerhold also explored and shared his passion for the environment on campus by teaching a discipline-spanning environmental awareness course called "The Bad and Beautiful, Environment, Earth," in his last years at Marietta.

After his retirement, Gerhold painted and enjoyed life until a 1996 debilitating stroke took his ability to speak and move independently. He passed away in 2011.

Powell believes Gerhold's investment in the Art Department and students at Marietta College as well as the local community he called home for so many years will draw many people to the exhibition. For those that may not have known Gerhold or been aware of his legacy, Powell is confident that anyone who considers themselves an art or nature lover will be captivated by the exhibition.

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. Gallery 310 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 their experience for future careers in gallery and museum-related fields.

Gallery 310 is located on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center, on the Marietta College campus. The exhibition, opening reception, and talk are all free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 12:00-4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturday, or by appointment at Gallery 310 observes all college holidays and breaks.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Upcoming Events at Oberlin College

'Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color' Dissects Race, Art, and Aesthetics
Through film, art, fashion, humor, and more, the conference Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color will gather theorists and practitioners across disciplines to investigate race, art, and aesthetics as they exist in cultural and artistic work. {Read more}
Career Development Center: New Name, New Services
The Career Development Center recently rolled out new resources for students, including a career management platform and a service for connecting with alumni. {Read more}

Oberlin Welcomes the Cleveland Orchestra on Oct. 3
The Cleveland Orchestra turns 100 this season, and Oberlin will host one of the beloved ensemble’s first anniversary celebrations. {Read more}

Art Rental: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
The Oberlin College Art Rental Program allows Oberlin students to rent two original works of art each semester for just $5 each. {Read more}


DJ Savarese '17 is (“Deej”). He is a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics.  In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, director Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism.  
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 1
Location: Dye Lecture Hall, 119 Woodland St., Oberlin, OH 44074

We think of Frank Lloyd Wright as the quintessential American architect, but he had a deep relationship to the art and architecture of Japan. To mark the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, will give an overview of Wright’s dialogue with Japan, especially in reference to Oberlin’s Usonian house. 
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 1
Location: Weltzheimer/Johnson House, 534 Morgan St., Oberlin, OH 44074
Admission: $5 for general public (cash or check only); free with Oberlin College ID.

A ceremony to celebrate the transplanting of the Green Legacy gingko trees, derived from trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The trees represent the resilience of nature, and serve as a warning about mass destruction and the dangers of nuclear weapons. Open to the public.
Time: 4:30 to 5 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 4
Location: Memorial Arch, 99 N. Professor St., Oberlin, OH 44074

A daylong event in which former Allen Memorial Art Museum directors, art professors, and alumni share their perspectives on the importance of academic museums. The keynote speaker is Stephan Jost, director of the Art Gallery of Ontario. 
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 7
Location: Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Peggy Orenstein is author of the New York Times best-sellers Girls & SexCinderella Ate My Daughterand Waiting for Daisy. She will give a talk titled Girls & Sex: Power, Pleasure, and "Intimate Justice?" The lecture will be followed by a book sale and signing. This event is part of the Make Consent a Conversation awareness campaign. Open to the public.
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Monday, October 9
Location: Dye Lecture Hall, 119 Woodland St., Oberlin, OH 44074

Amanda Nagy
Office of Communcations

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Denison Art Space in Newark holds events during Licking County FAMFEST 2017

GRANVILLE, Ohio — The Denison Art Space in Newark presents an art exhibit and two workshops as part of the 4th annual Licking County FAMFEST, a community-wide celebration of the arts in Licking County held at several area locations. For more information about FAMFEST and a schedule of events, visit The events held at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church Street) are free and open to the public, but the workshops require a reservation. Please sign up by sending an email with your name, age and workshop title to The events include:

·      Friday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: “HASHTAG: New Artwork,” an exhibition featuring work by Denison studio art majors utilizing a range of mediums including photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics.

·      Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m.:  “From Here and Beyond: Making Comics Workshop” taught by Denison Studio Art professor Ron Abram and his contemporary comics students. Participants will leave with their own mini-comic. This workshop is designed for teens age 12 to 15 and is limited to 10 participants.

·      Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m.: “Land of Legends: Printmaking Workshop” taught by Denison Studio Art professor Ron Abram and his studio art students. The workshop will use simple DIY printmaking techniques to create artworks inspired by the landmarks of Newark and Licking County. There are 10 spots available in the workshop.

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 open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and by chance or appointment.

Upcoming Event at The Allen: Oberlin College

Sunday, October 1  (note: this one does not take place at the museum)
To celebrate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, there will be a talk on the architect’s fascination with Japanese art and design at 4 p.m. at the Weltzheimer/Johnson House, 534 Morgan St., Oberlin. The speaker is Kevin Greenwood, the museum’s Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art. Those attending the talk will need to pay the admission fee of $5 (free for college students with ID) for the house, which is open for tours on October 1, beginning at noon and continuing with tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. A reception will follow Greenwood’s talk.

Saturday, October 7
Celebrate 100 years of history with the Allen Memorial Art Museum during a daylong symposium featuring people who have shaped the museum and Department of Art at Oberlin College. Beginning at 10 a.m., speakers will highlight the Allen’s collection and the value of teaching with original works of art. The keynote speaker is Stephan Jost, director of the Ontario Gallery of Art in Toronto. Morning roundtables include current and former directors of the Allen, as well as emeritus art faculty members William Hood, John Pearson, Richard Spear, and Athena Tacha. The program continues from 2:15 to 5 p.m. with brief talks by six Oberlin College alumni. Come for all or part of this free celebration.

Tuesday, October 10
Oberlin’s house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be the topic of a Tuesday Tea Talk at 2:30 p.m. at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin. Jill Greenwood, the museum’s Eric and Jane Nord Family Curator of Education, will discuss the Weltzheimer family who commissioned the house from the famed architect in the 1940s. Tea and cookies will follow this free presentation.

Monday, September 11, 2017

TU Kidd Gallery to Host Exhibit for Veteran-Inspired Work

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Veterans commit suicide at an alarming rate of 20 per day – surpassing the civilian suicide rate in 2008. Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery will host an exhibit and opening reception for veteran-inspired artwork entitled “Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations (EVAC),” on Sat., Oct. 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and light refreshments will be served.

About EVAC
Curated by Gallery Director Lee Fearnside, Assistant Professor of Art Joe Van Kerkhove, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry John Schupp, EVAC works to combat the isolation common to veterans, and to bridge the sometimes precarious gap between military and civilian life through stories and art.

The Process
Twenty-one veterans, who served during WWII through Iraq and Afghanistan, were interviewed by 22 artists from all over the country and Denmark about their military experiences. These veterans and their stories were paired with artists who made an edition of prints based on their interpretation of what they heard.

“EVAC is about the art of interpretation,” said Fearnside. “Veterans tell their life experiences as a series of stories and responses to prompted questions. Artists distill interviews, with durations ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours, down to a single image. Viewers will see the image and excerpts from the interviews side by side.

An auction of the art, proceeds of which will benefit four veteran charities: Fisher House, Homes for our Troops, the Women in Military Service Memorial and Tiffin University Veteran’s Program, is in the developing stages.

For additional information, contact Gallery Director Lee Fearnside at:

New Outdoor Exhibit at Ross Art Museum to Project Video Images on Buildings Facade

DELAWARE – The newest exhibit at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum promises to provide viewers with an especially illuminating experience.
The exhibit, “The Shadows We Cast,” will feature an architectural-scale video projected nightly onto the front fa├žade of the art museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, between Sept. 20 and Oct. 31.
The exhibit will debut with an opening-night celebration at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 20 that includes an opportunity to hear from the artists who created the 12-minute video and archivists who will speak about the importance of preserving local history. Then at 8:15 p.m., guests will be invited to grab a cookie and a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider and go outside and watch the video play for the first time.
The video uses a montage of archival documents to explore changes to labor and leisure practices at two different periods in U.S. history. It considers how stories told in postcards, letters, and home movies – by ordinary people in central Ohio – helped to define and promote the “American Dream.”
“Sharing this artwork on the front of the former post office for the town, now the museum, really highlights The Ross as a doorway between campus and the city,” said Erin Fletcher, M.A., museum director. “This video projection is our first foray into public art, and we are excited to share it with our community, both on campus and in town.”

This historic image of downtown Delaware will be projected on the exterior of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum as part of ‘The Shadows We Cast’ outdoor exhibit by artists Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum. The exhibit opens Sept. 20 with a community reception. (Image courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan University)

In creating “The Shadows We Cast,” artists Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum used materials culled from the archives of the Delaware County Historical Society and the OWU Historical Collection.
Carbonneau, M.F.A., is a video installation artist and assistant professor of art at Indiana University Southeast, and Crum, M.F.A., is a printmaker and interdisciplinary artist who conducts “research-based, site-specific projects that investigate the layers of history stored within public spaces.” Learn more about them at and, respectively.
A highlight of the new video exhibit, Fletcher said, is the spirit of collaboration that made it possible.
“It’s really wonderful how many people were willing to get on board with this exhibit when they understood that it told a story shared by Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan,” she said, ticking off a list that includes colleagues at Ohio Wesleyan and representatives from the Delaware County Historical Society, City of Delaware, and Main Street Delaware, which plans to include the outdoor exhibition in its Oct. 6 First Friday celebration.

Fletcher said the continuously looping video will be projected on the museum nightly, seven days a week, from dusk to midnight throughout its run. “The Shadows We Cast” is the second iteration in the museum’s “Inside/Outside” series, which features exhibitions in non-traditional spaces. The series debuted in April with the exhibit “With Radical Love & Fierce Resistance.”

In addition to the outdoor exhibit, the Ross Art Museum’s current and upcoming indoor exhibitions include: Now through Oct. 8, the “Marty Kalb Retrospective,” featuring paintings that span the 50-year career of the retired Ohio Wesleyan fine arts professor, and, beginning Oct. 19, concurrent displays of photographs by Cleveland visual artist Charles J. “Chuck” Mintz and paintings by Ohio State University assistant art professor George Rush.

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. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information. Like the museum of Facebook at

Still Life Exhibit to Open at Gelbke on September 15

In the art world, the concept of a “still life,” a painting or drawing of arranged objects, dates back hundreds of years. For many artists, learning to capture the color of a piece of fruit, or the shape of a vase, is an exercise in mastering the technique of observation. Once mastered, however, the genre of still life can serve as a stepping stone for contemporary artists to explore new formal and conceptual approaches, and as a means to express personal meaning.
Meanwhile, other artists have found joy and deeper meaning in returning to the simplicity of the still life. In the upcoming exhibition, “Variations on the Still Life,” Hiram College’s Gelbke Fine Arts Center will showcase the works of artists Malcolm Christhilf and Sean McConnor, that explore the diverse possibilities of the traditional concept.

“Unrestricted by formal conventions, ‘objects on a table,’ has allowed a neutral arena for an amazing variety of conceptual interpretations and formal innovations … And of course, this kind of painting has always been a way of expressing pure pleasure in the shapes, colors, and textures of material things,” the artists wrote in a statement about their work.
Christhilf, born in Maryland, is a professor of art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Towson State University and attended Tamarind Institute’s Printer Fellow Program in New Mexico to earn a printer’s certificate. He completed his MFA at the University of California. He is also the author of the book, “Color Notes: A Hands-On Guide to Color and Paint for Painters.”

McConnor, a native of Mentor, Ohio, is a professor of art at Thiel College in Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor’s degree in art education from Kent State University and a MFA from Edinboro University. He has exhibited work extensively in Ohio and Pennsylvania and was awarded first place in the 77th National Midyear exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.

The “Variations on the Still Life” exhibition will open on September 15 with a reception from 5-7 p.m., including a talk by the artists at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. The show will run through October 13.
The Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery is located 1200 Winrock Road in Ohio. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.