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Three Exhibitions on Display at OWU's Ross Art Museum

January 10, 2005

[ Alvin Sher's Sculptures ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- From now through Jan. 16 viewers have the opportunity to enjoy three different art exhibitions at Ohio Wesleyan University's Ross Art Museum.
The sculptures of Alvin Sher are on display in the east gallery of the museum. He is an adjunct professor of fine arts at OWU and currently serves as the director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New York Arts Program.
The multi-media works of Hui-Chu Ying are displayed in the west gallery. She is an associate professor of art at the University of Akron. Her exhibition is sponsored by the Marion Parson Alden Endowed Fund For Visiting Artists and Lilly Vision OWU.
The third exhibition is in the center gallery and features selected works from the OWU Permanent Teaching Collection of the fine arts department.
Alvin Sher and Hui-Chu Ying will both give illustrated talks in OWU's Edgar Hall on Jan. 13 in room 121. Sher will speak at 3:15 p.m. and Ying at 7:30 p.m. A reception for both artists will be held at 8:45 p.m. in the Ross Art Museum. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Alvin Sher
Sher's exhibition, "Numinous Spaces," consists of sculptures cast from bronze and iron. The highlight of the exhibition is "Armillary," a large work that was fabricated from stainless steel by Jonathan Quick, assistant professor of fine arts. Quick fabricated the piece with design instructions from Sher.
Sher's interest in astronomy and the environment leads him to incorporate solar and seasonal measuring devices into his large-scale works. The form of his hand appears in his work as both a signature and a symbol of man's curiosity and presence. Many of the works in Sher's show were created in the sculpture facilities at Ohio Wesleyan as he spends a week each semester working with students on campus.
"The importance of Alvin Sher's exhibition is that we are able to showcase work created while Sher assisted Quick in conducting a casting workshop for Ohio Wesleyan sculpture students," said Justin Kronewetter, director of the Ross Museum and professor of fine arts at OWU. "Our facilities are capable of supporting Sher's work without his having to change the materials or processes with which he is most accustomed."
Hui-Chu Ying
[ Peace Prayers ]The exhibition "Peace Prayer," by Hui-Chu Ying consists of several techniques such as print making, drawing, and painting, and she often combines more than one technique in a single work. The featured work, for which her exhibition is named, is a 12' X 9' interactive piece that invites viewers to take a piece of her work with them and leave a piece of their own work behind to share with others.
According to Ying's artist statement she said, "The best part of being an artist is that it allows me to discover, examine, and respond to life experiences during the creative process."
"Hui-Chu Ying's work is very caught up in the events of her own life, which demonstrates clearly that art in its best form is a vehicle of self-expression that directly relates to the on-going life experiences of the artist," Kronewetter commented. "This show is certainly an example of that."
The Permanent Teaching Collection
[ Teaching Collection ]Selected works from the permanent teaching collection of the OWU fine arts department feature a variety of mediums including sculpture, print making, painting, and photography. "This exhibition exemplifies the way in which we intended to use the middle gallery of the museum," said Kronewetter. "These works directly relate to a number of classes, which are currently being taught in our fine arts program."
The public is welcome to view all three exhibitions at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, located at 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. It is closed on Monday and Saturday. For additional information, please contact the museum at 740-368-3606 or at ramuseum@owu.edu.