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Ohio Wesleyan University Fine Arts Faculty Display Works at Ross Art Museum

December 5, 2007

Top: The Mother Head, by Kristina Bogdanov
Bottom: Silo, by Frank Hobbs
DELAWARE, OHIO – Nine members of Ohio Wesleyan University’s fine arts faculty are “Celebrating Creativity” with a multimedia exhibit on display through Feb. 3 at the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

Faculty art exhibits are held every two years to showcase the latest works of OWU professors who also are studio artists. Pieces now on display range from paintings and photographs to sculptures and ceramics.

“ ‘Celebrating Creativity’ is an apt title for this exhibit,” said Justin Kronewetter, museum director and fine arts professor. “Although we are one studio faculty, we are very diverse in the things that motivate us in our personal work. This exhibit features recently created pieces, which also shows that we continue to learn, explore, and grow as artists as well as instructors.”

Participating in the “Celebrating Creativity” exhibit are:

  • Kristina Bogdanov, Ph.D., who specializes in figure drawing, painting, and ceramic sculpture utilizing printmaking methods for surface treatment. Her current work includes “21st Century Pandora’s Box,” a 21-piece sculpture that uses computer components to create impressions in porcelain, terra cotta, and other media.
  • Cynthia Cetlin, M.F.A., who teaches metals, 3-D design, art education, and art history. In “Celebrating Creativity,” Cetlin exhibits flowing metal neckpieces, a new direction for her. “My latest focus has been to create intense, joyful, plentiful, sculptural color,” she said.
  • Frank Hobbs, M.F.A., who specializes in representational landscape painting and drawing. He is exhibiting oil landscape paintings, monotype prints, and drawings of figures and landscapes.
  • James Krehbiel, M.F.A., who teaches printmaking, computer imaging, and drawing. His pieces represent aspects of his discovery and study of prehistoric sites in Utah. “Many of the images combine a variety of visual cues utilizing the use of my maps and my field notes,” he said. “For this exhibition, the final images are all digitally created and manipulated, then printed directly from the computer.”
  • Justin Kronewetter, M.F.A., who teaches photography and art gallery management. His digital photographs provide uncommon views of common items, such as rusted cars. “Unlike the scavenger hunts of my youth which began with a list of items to be sought out in a prescribed period of time, those I engage in now start without knowing what I’m looking for and occur without concern for time,” Kronewetter said. “I depend on my subject to reveal itself to me during the hunt. … Yet, to be successful, one needs to know where to go, what to ‘see,’ where to stand, when to stand there, and at which point to release the shutter.”
  • Zane Pappas, M.F.A., who teaches 2-D art. His work in “Celebrating Creativity” includes multiple 11-foot rice paper banners covered with intricate inked writings that swirl and spiral. From a distance, each banner resembles a leaded-glass window. Pappas said his work reflects introspection, with much of the text taken from writings that inspire him.
  • Jonathon Quick, M.F.A., who teaches sculpture and 3-D design. His three pieces in “Celebrating Creativity” explore states of mind that define aspects of human nature. One metal sculpture, “Falling Man,” includes a spinning ladder and seven red crutches. “We are always falling,” he said. “Falling asleep, falling down, falling behind, falling into step, falling into place, falling apart, falling from grace, falling in love, falling out of love.”
  • Leigh Rabby, M.F.A., a 1992 Ohio Wesleyan graduate who teaches photography. Her works, including landscapes and images of plants, utilize traditional film-based photography, toned silver-gelatin prints, and ultrachrome color prints.
  • Crit Warren, M.F.A., who teaches graphic design. His works includes samples of professional projects he’s been commissioned to create as well as abstractions of those works. He also has created a unique wallpaper-look background for his exhibit with special printing press sheets that have been reversed and double printed.

The Ross Art Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Saturdays. The museum also will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 14 for holiday break. Admission is always free. For more information, call (740) 368-3606.

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