Talent of Ohio Wesleyan Fine Arts Faculty Showcased in New Exhibit
December 8, 2009
DELAWARE, OH – Seven members of Ohio Wesleyan University’s fine arts faculty are displaying two- and three-dimensional artworks in “On and Off the Wall,” a multimedia exhibit on display through Jan. 31 at the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.
|‘On & Off the Wall,’ an exhibit featuring works by Ohio Wesleyan’s Fine Arts faculty, will be on display through Jan. 31 at the Ross Art Museum. Included in the exhibit is ‘Arsenal Disc,’ a 3-D sculpture by Jon Quick.
|Photo by Tammy Wallace
Faculty art exhibits are held every two years to showcase the latest works by Ohio Wesleyan professors, who also are accomplished studio artists. Pieces included in the new exhibit range from paintings and photographs to sculptures and ceramics. Click here to see examples of these works.
OWU faculty members participating in the “On and Off the Wall” exhibit are:
- Kristina Bogdanov, Ph.D., who teaches ceramics, drawing, figure drawing and 3-D design. Included in the new exhibit is “Tea’s Chromosome Chain,” which features 46 porcelain-block-made forms that reflect the building blocks of the DNA chain. “This chromosome chain is my daughter’s personal chain, consisting of 46 different photographic images that are collected from my husband’s and my family albums,” said Bogdanov, who draws inspiration for her works from motherhood and family.
- Cynthia Cetlin, M.F.A., who teaches metals, 3-D design, art education, and art history. Cetlin has been a member of the OWU faculty since 1987 and notes that this is the first time her pieces in the biennial faculty exhibit have not included metals. Instead she is exploring the medium of sculptural felt. “Watching, feeling the soft fibers transform into solid material was a revelation,” Cetlin said. “While metal is a hard material with limitless possibilities, wool is soft, has a warm, animal scent and seems alive. For me, the objects I have just made evoke living, growing forms, protecting and revealing the earthy-colored forms within.”
- Frank Hobbs, M.F.A., who teaches painting, drawing, figure drawing, and 2-D design. Hobbs said he considers his landscape paintings to be a special type of portraiture. “In any city or small town, decisions are made, or not made, about where to route a highway, to build or demolish a building, to site an industry or exploit a natural resource, to abandon a shopping center, to sell the farm to developers,” he said. “The look of things is beautiful, captivating, and challenging to render, but it is not an accident. The commonplace is enigmatic and alive.”
- James Krehbiel, M.F.A., who teaches in the 2-D media of printmaking, computer imaging, and drawing. Krehbiel’s pieces represent aspects of his discovery and study of prehistoric sites in the Four Corners region of the United States. “The work in this show is part of a bigger response to finding and visiting the various sites—experiencing the sites first hand,” he said. “Many of the images combine a variety of visual cues utilizing the use of my maps and my field notes. For this exhibition, the final images are all digitally created and manipulated then printed directly from the computer.”
- Justin Kronewetter, M.F.A., director of the Ross Art Museum, who teaches art gallery management. Kronewetter’s digital photographs provide partial views of ordinary subjects. “I take particular satisfaction in finding my subject matter among those things that are normally overlooked due to their presumed insignificance,” he said. “Rather than wanting to show everything about a particular subject, I’m more interested in eliminating all but that which I consider to be absolutely essential.”
- Jeff Nilan, M.F.A., who teaches photography, computer imaging, bookmaking, and 2-D design. Nilan’s pieces include photographs as well as salted paper prints and cyanotypes printed with litho-crayon rubbings as negatives. “Growing up in Nebraska, my art draws influence from my roots and upbringing, as well as the present landscape and culture of the Midwest,” Nilan said. “I am interested in the ways that art reflects and shapes the mythology of a region.”
- Jonathon Quick, M.F.A., who teaches sculpture and 3-D design. Quick describes his latest sculptures as a mix of drama, art, and magical transformation of materials. “The work I have in the faculty show has its origins in the foundry process and is a direct result of my technical research,” Quick said. “Objects of domesticity, toys, and games are the subjects for these pieces and each one represents the irony and undertones of culture.”
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. It also will be closed from Dec. 18 through Jan. 18 for holiday break. Admission is always free. For more information, call (740) 368-3606 or visit rossartmuseum.blogspot.com.
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