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Ohio Wesleyan Retired Professor Continues to Inspire
Ebb Haycock Displays 3-D Artwork at Ross Art Museum

August 10, 2011

OWU emeritus professor “Ebb” Haycock stands with his bronze sculpture, “Oracle,” on permanent display outside Beeghly Library. More of his creations will be on exhibit at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum from Aug. 18 through Sept. 16. Haycock, a Delaware resident, will discuss his work in a free, public presentation at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the museum.
Photo by Brittany Vickers ’13
DELAWARE, OH – For 35 years, Everett “Ebb” Haycock worked as fine arts professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, creating sculptures and teaching others to pour metals to make their own masterpieces. The 2011-2012 Richard M. Ross Art Museum exhibition season opens with “Haycock Retrospective,” featuring the Delaware resident’s three-dimensional artworks, ceramics, and more.

“Haycock Retrospective” will be on display from Aug. 18 through Sept. 16 at the Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., with Haycock speaking at the museum at 3 p.m. Aug. 25. His presentation will be followed by a public reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Justin Kronewetter, M.F.A., director of the Ross Art Museum, said this is an exhibit no one should miss.

“The individual works were created employing an unusually wide range of materials and techniques,” Kronewetter said. “Whether working large or small, everything Ebb created came about as a labor of love. … Those who view Ebb’s sculptures are the beneficiaries of all the countless hours Ebb spent working alone in his studio throughout a long and illustrious career. His studio was his sanctuary and the works that he created there were truly inspired.”

Haycock said he is excited to see so many of his pieces collected together for a single exhibition.

“Have you ever just been overwhelmed by the grandeur of something?” he asked. “Each one of these is some kind of dream. …All of these make such crazy thoughts. I have the ability to make things analytically true, but I don’t want to. The thrill of conception, imagination, and seeing and then modifying—all of that is involved in this.”

Haycock retired from Ohio Wesleyan in 1985. While at the university, he was a driving force in creating OWU’s foundry (now located in Haycock Hall, named in his honor) and in developing the cast metal program.

Also on display are paintings by OWU graduate Marilyn Wissinger Ashbrook, Class of 1952, a student of Haycock’s during her years at Ohio Wesleyan. Much of Ashbrook’s work involves beautifully intricate and graphic architecture.

The Ross Art Museum will reopen for fall semester Aug. 18. During the academic year, it 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 fully handicap-accessible and admission is always free. For more information, call (740) 368-3606.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.