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Ohio Wesleyan Hosts Five Colleges of Ohio Student Art Show
Juried Exhibit on Display at Ross Art Museum from Feb. 18 through April 1

February 15, 2010

“Movement through Space” by Aaron Hamby of Ohio Wesleyan University. This sculpture is made of oak wood, oak veneer, plywood, and steel.
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“Unfamiliar Territory” by Christine Martin of Denison University, oil on canvas.
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“Self-portrait” by Erin Mershon of Kenyon College, oil on panel.
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Photos by Cole Hatcher
DELAWARE, OH – Artworks by students from The Five Colleges of Ohio will be on display from Feb. 18 through April 1 at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The juried exhibit features paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and more from students attending Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster.

The exhibit will open with a public reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 18, when five juror’s awards, valued at $200 each, and six merit award certificates will be presented. The reception, featuring live music and refreshments, is free and open to the public.

Overall, students submitted 134 pieces to be juried, with 64 selected for exhibition by David Knight, director of exhibitions and collections and part-time faculty member at Northern Kentucky University. Knight, a 1988 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, has been an active leader in the greater Cincinnati arts community for more than 20 years. He has curated and directed art exhibitions, and published articles nationally and internationally. In 2005, Knight was recognized as an Ohio Wesleyan “Distinguished Art Alumnus.”

Justin Kronewetter, M.F.A., director of the Ross Art Museum, said the Five Colleges art exhibit, held every two years, is intended to recognize up-and-coming student-artists and to teach them about working with a museum and mounting a professional art show. This marks the first time the exhibit has been held at Ohio Wesleyan. Previous shows have been held at The College of Wooster, which initiated the biennial exhibit.

“The results are joyful for some and disappointing for others,” Kronewetter said, “but that’s OK. It’s part of being in the art world. It’s important for young people to submit their works to an impartial juror for critique. The show also provides a wonderful opportunity for them to learn the protocols of exhibiting works in a museum.”

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 March 5 through March 15 for mid-semester break. Admission is always free. For more information, call (740) 368-3606 or visit rossartmuseum.blogspot.com.

The Five Colleges of Ohio Inc. is a consortium of five liberal arts colleges in Ohio: Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster. Incorporated in 1995, the consortium is designed to foster closer cooperation and understanding, coordinate operating functions and administrative services, develop collaborative academic programs and resource sharing, and enhance quality among the member institutions.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 57 countries.