Monday, February 8, 2016

Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery

Sacred Arts Tour 2016
to create Sacred Sand Mandala
in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery,
Mount St. Joseph University
Monday, February 15 through Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Art & Design Department, the Art Education Association with the Student Government Association, and Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery of Mount St. Joseph University are immensely excited to host the creation of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Sand Mandala by the Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery.

The monks will be working on the Mandala in the Gallery:

Sunday:          Opening Ceremony:  4:00 p.m., in SSG, following the Reception of the
MSJU Art & Design Faculty Exhibition.

Monday:         Chant and begin creation of Mandala, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.*

Tuesday:        9:30 a.m. – approximately 8:00 p.m.*

Wednesday:   9:30 a.m. – approximately 8:00 p.m.*

Thursday:      Completion of the Mandala 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                        Final Dissolution Ceremony  TBA: noon – 1:00 p.m.
                        Dispersal of sands of the mandala in the Ohio River follows immediately

*The monks will take lunch and dinner breaks Monday – Wednesday.
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings the monks will be in the Gallery after the dinner break: exact times will be posted in SSG.

This entire event is open to the public.

Parking is free and open except for all reserved spots.

Tibetan sand painting is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism.
“Mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or “world in harmony.” The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles as a vehicle to generate compassion, to realize the impermanence of reality, and to create a social/cosmic healing of the environment. The purpose of the construction of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Mandala is to encourage every one of us to generate a compassionate heart for the benefit of all sentient beings. See


The Opening Ceremony for the mandala construction will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday February 14, in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, following the Reception of the MSJU Art & Design Faculty Exhibition. Geshe Lharampa Tsewang Thinleythe tour leader, and the tour monks will chant powerful prayers for peace, prosperity, and healing in traditional overtones - the chant master intoning a full chord of three notes. Their chants will be accompanied by delicate hand gestures, cymbals, drums, horns, and flutes.

Geshe Lharampa Tsewang Thinley will deconstruct the completed mandala in the Closing Ceremony onThursday February 18, and the sands immediately dispersed in the Ohio River after a short journey by car down Anderson Ferry Road. Mandalas are destroyed at the end of the ritual as a symbol of the impermanence of all phenomena, and to spread the healing energy of the Mandala to all of creation.

The monks of Drepung Gomang are presently on tour in the United States of America to share the compassion and wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, to demonstrate the artistic accomplishments of the people of Tibet, and to generate funds to insure the survival of the Tibetan culture. Drepung Gomang Monastery uses all donations and proceeds from the sale of Tibetan crafts and jewelry to house, feed, and educate everyone wishing to study at this monastic center of higher learning, including orphans and refugees fleeing Chinese-occupied Tibet. The monastery is working to establish a Food Foundation Fund, which will help the monastery provide a continuous food supply to the student monks in years to come. 


Information about Drepung Gomang Monastery and their North American tour is available on their website:

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314. Note: The “MSJU Art & Design Faculty Exhibition” will come to a close on Thursday, February 18, 5pm.

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Donnelly’s “Chasing Faroe” opens at Schnormeier Gallery

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University art professor John Donnelly recently completed over 1,000 works of art as part of the “Chasing Faroe Series” exhibit which is currently on display at Schnormeier Gallery, 221 S. Main St. in Mount Vernon, and runs through March 16.

“Chasing Faroe: An Expedition in Painting” is a series of “oil painted works on paper, wood and wool, which speak to the pursuit of the transient nature of a place or an event in life.” According to Donnelly’s artist statement, his works, “document the memory of travel, or the imagining of a new destination on the line that divides the heavens and earth seemingly within our grasp yet unreachable.”

Funding was made possible through grants from the MVNU sabbatical grant, The Clipperton Project, and The Vermont Studio Center.

An artist reception will be held at Schnormeier Gallery on Friday, Feb. 5, from 6-9 p.m., with an artist lecture on “Sea Stacks, Sheep, Whales and God” on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., at Schnormeier Gallery. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,100 students from 28 states and 16 countries/U.S. territories.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The 2016 People's Choice Competition is now live!

Visit to cast your vote for your favorite artist! 

Japanese Woodblock Prints to be featured in College’s Gallery 310

Marietta’s Asian Art Collection developed through donations by Richard Krause ’47 

MARIETTA, Ohio — Marietta College’s Art Department is presenting Pattern and Place: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Dr. Richard Krause Collection, in Gallery 310 starting on Friday, Feb. 19.

There will be a private opening reception on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will remain up for public viewing until April 16.

The collection is a group of prints from the Marietta College permanent collection. From 1615-1868, the Edo period, is often considered the high point in Japanese woodblock printing, known as the ukiyo-e period. Ukiyo-e, “pictures of the floating world,” as stated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, most frequently depicts seductive courtesans and exciting kabuki actors. With time, their subject matter expanded to include famous romantic vistas and eventually, in the final years of the 19th century, dramatic historical events. These pictures could be made in great quantity and featured popular scenes that appealed, in particular, to the wealthy citizens of the period.

The Asian art collection at Marietta College developed largely through the generous gifts of Krause ’47, a strong proponent of the liberal arts education.

Gallery 310 was established to provide the College with a secure and first-class exhibition space, which allows the Art Department the ability to present diverse and stimulating exhibitions, which will enrich the artistic culture and education of the campus, community, and region. 

Gallery 310 supports teaching, learning, and exploration in the liberal arts through rotating exhibitions and related programs. Gallery 310 is a place for intellectual curiosity, shared programming with the greater campus community, and a teaching space for students looking to enhance his/her experience for future careers in gallery and museum related fields.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, or by appointment.

For more information: Jolene Powell at or (740) 376-4460.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 majors and has been listed among Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation’s best by

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WAVE Festival Still Accepting Artist Submissions

Deadline to submit applications is February 3

In honor of National Women’s History Month, Lourdes is hosting the 9th annual W.A.V.E. (Women, Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs) Festival, a juried exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts. This year’s event will be held in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, on Saturday, March 19. W.A.V.E. is still accepting artist submissions for this year’s event. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 3. 

Requirements:All arts/crafts displayed must be created and handmade by the exhibitor. Women entrepreneurs are welcome to present services, products or affiliations that are generated by women. To ensure the integrity of the show, kits, imports or commercial items are not to be displayed or sold. The festival committee reserves the right to disallow any exhibitor not conforming to requirements, art or craft that does not meet the selective criteria or that is considered physically hazardous or offensive.
Jurying and Fee: The W.A.V.E. Committee will jury the entries and each artist will receive a notification of acceptance the week of February 15. Upon acceptance, the fee of $40 per space must be submitted by Wednesday, March 2 at 4 p.m. to reserve a spot. There will be an additional $10 late fee for applications received after February 3.  Payment is to be made by check only.  Receipts of fees will be sent to the entrant’s e-mail address. 

Exhibit Space: One 8-foot table will be provided. An additional table may be requested for a deposit of $40. (The Committee reserves the right to reject additional table requests if necessary.) Please specify table and electricity needs on application.

The 2016 W.A.V.E. submission form is available online at Click “artist application.” For questions or additional information, e-mail

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.


DAYTON, Ohio — Treasures from the University of Dayton's Marian Library will be on display throughout 2016 as the library reaches into its vast collection for five exhibits, including the religious works of one of the most important representatives of German Expressionism.

"The gallery schedule for 2016 is somewhat of a show and tell," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of director of research, art and special projects. "The Marian Library's collection of art runs so deep that we will spend a full year displaying some of our most inspiring pieces."

Recognized as the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of printed materials on Mary, the library includes more than 100,000 books and printed materials in more than 50 languages, holy cards, music, paintings, sculptures and statues, prints and more than 3,000 Nativity scenes from around the world.

The first exhibit will focus on epinals, popular religious images printed around 1850 to teach religion and make the saints better known to common people. The images were often used to decorate homes and helped people pray with texts printed in the margins in French, German or Spanish.

More than 30 of the intricate color prints will be on display to launch the library's year-long series, which will feature a variety of art forms and themes including vibrantly colorful paintings, calligraphy, online art and conclude with Nativity scenes from Mexico and Latin America. All exhibits are free and open to the public. 

Feb. 8 to March 31 — "Epinal: Popular Art for Mind and Heart." Print art of the 19th century.

April 11 to May 31 — "The Fairest of All: Rediscovering Mary." Paintings by Jan Oliver-Schultz.

June 13 to July 23 — "The Life of Mary in Image and Word." Various artists and art forms interpret scenes from Mary's life.

Aug. 8 to Nov. 13 — "Hans Frederich Grohs: Artist and Mystic." Work by a leading representative of the second generation of German Expressionism, known for his woodcuts and watercolors conveying the Christian message.

Nov.19 to Jan. 21, 2017 — "At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions." Annual exhibit of hundreds of Nativities for the Christmas season.

How to go:  The Marian Library is located 7th floor of Roesch Library on the University of Dayton campus and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information on exhibits, hours, directions and parking, visit Guided group tours for six or more are available on request by calling 937-229-4214.