Monday, April 14, 2014

Wittenberg University has New Exhibit


The Wittenberg University Department of Art presents its 2014 Senior Studio Major Exhibition in Koch Hall, with an opening celebration event scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The exhibition will display the year-long thesis work of Wittenberg’s studio art majors from Saturday, April 12, through Saturday, May 17. The artwork displayed in the exhibition represents the values and goals of the Art Department, varying in content, style and media.

The exhibited artwork includes works by ceramic concentration majors overseen by Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair Scott Dooley. Students who will be presenting are Jacob Kuntz, class of 2014 from Versailles, Ky., and Anna Strecker, class of 2014 from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Painting concentration majors overseen by Associate Professor of Art Edward Charney include
Angela Chen, class of 2014 from Shanghai, China, and Carly Sparrow, class of 2013 from Springfield, Ohio.

Photography concentration majors overseen by Assistant Professor of Art Daniel McInnis include Kate Causbie, class of 2014 from Edmonds, Wash.

The Ann Miller Gallery and Thompson Gallery are open weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the exhibition is open to the public, free of charge

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 EVAs Winner Announced!


(L-R) Professor Johnny Coleman, Brannon Rockwell-Charland, and President Todd Jones

Last night, at Ohio Dominican University, the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts announced the 2014 Grand Award winner. Brannon Rockwell-Charland from Oberlin College took home the Grand Award last night as well as the prize of $2,500! One of her works will also be purchased by the AICUO to be hung for a year in the governors office before staying at the AICUO office.

Denison University artist, Hunter Hughes was awarded with the People's Choice Award last night as well. He received the most votes on our public on-line voting portion of the competition.

Be sure to check out Brannon, Hunter, and all the other finalists in the May Short North Gallery Hop! On May 3rd, here is where to find our artists:

Brannon Rockwell-Charland: Sharon Weiss Gallery, 20 E. Lincoln St.

Hunter Hughes: Marcia Evans Gallery, 8 E. Lincoln St.

Kayla Malone: Sherrie Gallerie, 694 N. High St.

Brittany Lang: pm gallery, 726 N. High St.

Chloe McEldowney: Grid Furnishings, 944 N. High St.

Jesse Helmers: Grid Furnishings, 944 N. High St.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Interview with 2014 Finalist Hunter Hughes


We asked all the finalists a few questions and this is what Denison University senior, Hunter Hughes had to say:

How have you grown as an artist since coming to college?
      Being a part of a collegiate art program has allowed me the opportunity to explore as an artist through meaningful instruction and support. Strengthening relationships in the department, I have been challenged to think of art and the process of art creation in a different light. Since the beginning, I have developed a different relationship to the work I create and the processes for doing so. Reflecting back I find this process to be extremely rewarding and encouraging to see the linkages through my development.

What type of art do you look to for inspiration?
      Inspiration in a strange thing. Being a sculptor, I of course find other sculptors to be of great influence and inspiration. In addition to this, I find the physical relationship of paintings to viewers, the incredible line variations in drawings, and the art of architecture to be just as important. Stepping away from traditional “art”, I find inspiration in anything from buildings, engineering, boat building, woodworking, and even philosophy.

How has participating in this competition helped you develop as a professional artist?
      I have found that through this competition I have been allowed the opportunity to step back from my work and view it through new eyes. Often an artist is so concentrated with the work they’re doing and viewing it from the perspective of being the artist that they forget to analyse how others might perceive the works. Furthermore, it has been a privilege to network with students from other schools, uniting together for the appreciation of art. Community is an integral component to life, especially art, and I am pleased with the opportunity afforded to me through this competition.

What are your plans after graduation with the arts?
      Art is something that is rooted deep within a person and is ever-present. Whether or not I continue creating art immediately after graduation isn’t as important as constantly immersing myself with contemporary and classical art. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Interview with 2014 Finalist Brannon Rockwell-Charland


How have you grown as an artist since coming to college?

I’ve learned a lot of art language--various processes and tools and media, which sounds minor but has been a big part of my learning experience. I’ve also started looking at a lot of other people’s art. Researching artists and their work has been great not only in terms of generating new ideas but in understanding my work in a historical context.  
I also underwent a huge change in the type of art that I did and what I called it. I got to college thinking of myself as a documentary photographer, and then I had this big existential art crisis where I became totally disillusioned with “documentary,” because what is documentary, really? There is so much power behind a camera that purports to be “purely documenting.” So I started working with other media--wood, hair, ink, fabric, found materials--and using myself as my own model when I took photos.  

What type of art do you look to for inspiration?

I find a lot of artistic, scholarly, and life inspiration in vernacular art--old family stories, traditional songs, legends, mythology, lost photographs, objects made by self-taught folks. Selkie, mermaid, and soucouyant legends, for example, have been huge influences in my work lately. Also, I recently read a book which catalogued excavated objects found in Carthage, Tunisia from when the Romans ruled which gave me a ton of ideas for new projects.  

How has participating in this competition helped you develop as a professional artist?

The whole process has been a great exercise in putting together a professional online application. Having to prepare a ten-project portfolio and write about my own work in a clear, concise way has been really helpful in terms of understanding and articulating my own work and how it functions. 


What are your plans after graduation with the arts?

In June I’ll be reading some of my written work at the Mixed Remixed Festival in LA, and then I’ll go to New York to intern with photographer Lyle Ashton Harris for the rest of the summer. Within the next 2 years, I hope to attend graduate school for Africana Studies and/or art. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Interview with 2014 Finalist Jesse Helmers

We asked all of the EVAs finalists a few questions and this is what University of Dayton's Jesse Helmers had to say:


How have you grown as an artist since coming to college? 
I would say I’ve grown considerably. Before I started on my BFA I had abandoned the arts entirely for no less than six years.

What type of art do you look to for inspiration?
I typically don’t look at other artists on purpose. I find that if I look at other artists too much my work begins to dull and retard.

How has participating in this competition helped you develop as a professional artist? Competition, be it here or somewhere else, is always a powerful driving tool for me.

What are your plans after graduation with the arts? 
I would tell you but then I would have to kill you. Murderous jokes aside, I had planned on grad school, but might end up going a different direction.

Interview with 2014 Finalist Brittany Lang

We asked all the EVAs finalists some questions and here's what Ohio Northern University's, Brittany Lang had to say:


How have you grown as an artist since coming to college?
            I have grown a lot since coming to college, especially as a designer. Originally, I came to Ohio Northern for Electrical Engineering and after a year I made the decision to switch to Graphic Design, which was a complete 180. Sure, I was creative in high school, but never really took the time to develop my skills, until I became a graphic design major. These past three years I have grown and blossomed and developed my craft. I am just beginning to understand and apply the techniques I have learned in school and am excited to see where I can go when I get some experience under my belt.

What type of art do you look to for inspiration?
            I look at all kinds of art for inspiration. Most of the time I get on Behance, Coroflot, or Dribbble and look at trends and designs that people have posted who have the same amount of experience as me or are even more experienced. In class we are always looking at well known designers such as Paula Scher and Michael Beruit for clean, tastefully done design that is famous and well known to help provide inspiration for certain projects.

How has participating in this competition helped you develop as a professional artist?
            Participating in this competition and seeing the reaction of my fellow students, professors, friends, and family, has given me a boost of confidence. I never really considered my work to be of award merit, and now that it is, it has made me proud of the work and what I have achieved since being in college. I have something to show for all my hard work and dedication towards graphic design.

What are your plans after graduation with the arts?
            I plan to work as a full-time graphic designer and eventually get my Master’s degree so I can become a professor of graphic design.