Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Celebrated Chinese artist focus of upcoming exhibit in Parkersburg

Work of Dongfeng Gao to be on display for one month starting Oct. 9

MARIETTA, Ohio — Capturing breathtaking views of natural landscapes, photographer Dongfeng Gao is a renown artist in his homeland of China.

The Asian Studies Program at Marietta College is sponsoring a month-long art exhibit of his work starting Friday, Oct. 9 in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Parkersburg Art Center, located at 725 Market St. in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9. Admission to the reception is $10 per person.

The exhibit will feature many distinct sceneries in China, including the Badain Jaran Desert, the Tibetan Plateau and Pamir Mountains.

Dr. Luding Tong, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Marietta College, first learned of Gao’s photography talent from one of her Chinese language lab tutors.

“This student told me that Mr. Dongfeng Gao, a talented Chinese photographer, had recently moved in town,” Tong said. “Mr. Gao has deep family connections with Marietta College. His son, Chao Gao, graduated in 2013 with a dual degree in Petroleum Engineering and Economics; his daughter-in-law, Jing Cao, graduated in 2014 with a dual degree in Finance and Economics; his nephew, Lu Gao, graduated in 1999 with a dual degree in Accounting and Computer Science.”

Tong said she knew she wanted to help host a photography exhibit featuring Gao’s work last year when she first saw his work.

“I marveled at the fantastic scenery in north- and southwest of China that were captured in Gao’s views of the boundless desert, Mount Everest, the golden Euphrasian Poplar forest, and Tibetan costumes,” Tong said.

The Asian Studies Program has brought Asian art exhibits, such as the Gao show, the 2006 Shaofang Shen Lifetime Art Exhibit, the 2010 Tranquil Visions Exhibit of 1947 alumnus Dr. Richard Krause’s art collection (in collaboration with the Art Department) and the 2013 Mao Xuefeng Art Exhibit, to Marietta College over the last decade. Bringing these types of Asian cultural experiences to Marietta complements the 2015 Strategic Plan of the College.

“I am drawn particularly to the artist’s sensitivity to the meanings of life and nature,” Tong said. “This sensitivity is philosophically and masterfully captured in the shots of life emerging in the desolations of withered branches, the transience of life, the yin-yang dynamics, such as light and shade, bold rocks and refined sand waves, and stillness and motions. Gao’s photography is an earnest statement of the artist’s passionate love of nature and life; the pictures express the artist’s concern and advocacy for the protection of the ecology of the desert.”

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 1,300 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

Monday, September 21, 2015


Three-year initiative will look at Latin America, Asia and Africa
Cuban arts will take the spotlight for spring semester

Westerville, OH— Over the next three years, Otterbein University will deepen its mission-stated commitment to global education through Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a three-year international arts initiative focusing on three regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17) and Africa (2017-18). All events in the series are free and open to the public.

For the Latin American focus this academic year, programming will feature Chile during fall semester and Cuba during spring semester.

Opening Doors to the World will officially launch with a reception and gallery talk for the art exhibit, Te Busco: Poetic and Visual Collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemesio Antúnez, and Roser Bru, from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. The gallery talk featuring Chilean artist Isabel Cauas will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Te Busco, which translates into “I Look for You,” presents collaborations between Chilean poet Pablo Neruda—Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1971—and internationally recognized Chilean print and painting artists Nemesio Antúnez and Roser Bru. Bru was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas (National Prize for Plastic Arts) from the Ministry of Culture of Spain.

Works inspired by Neruda and commissioned by renowned Chilean workshop, Taller 99, complete this celebration of poetry and art. The exhibit runs through Oct. 9. The Frank Museum is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Friday.

While she is on campus, Cauas will also speak at the following engagements:
Neruda, Antúnez, and Bru: Between Printmaking and Poetry
3-4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21
Frank Museum of Art
Chilean artist Isabel Cauas will share her thoughts on the dynamic and creative collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemisio Antúnez, and Roser Bru, who recently was nominated for Chile’s prestigious National Art Prize.

Writing About Art with Isabel Cauas & Terry Hermsen
12-1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22
Frank Museum of Art

Discovering Chile in the 21st Century with Isabel Cauas & Terry Hermsen
6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22
Frank Museum of Art

Additional programming for the Chilean arts portion of Opening Doors to the World includes:

Chilean film viewings: 
          All showings at 6 p.m. in Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
No,Tuesday, Oct. 6, room 121
Missing,Thursday, Oct. 15, room 110
Nostalgia for the Lights, Tuesday, Oct. 20, room 121

Performances and discussions:
Poetry from Patagonia: The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile
With Christian Formoso
Tuesday, Nov. 3
6 p.m., Fusion Studio, 60 Collegview Rd.
Christian Formoso, renowned Chilean poet and recipient of the Pablo Neruda Award for poetry, will give a public reading of his work, with translations by Otterbein Professor Terry Hermsen and Otterbein alumna Sydney Tammarine. 

Yo y No Yo: The Role of the “I” in Chilean Poetry
With Christian Formoso & Terry Hermsen
Wednesday, Nov. 4
4:30-6 p.m., Fusion Studio, 60 Collegview Rd.
This interactive workshop, led by Chilean poet Christian Formoso and Otterbein Professor Terry Hermsen, will explore the nature of the “yo” in Spanish syntax and poetry in general, and especially how the “yo” and the “tu” interact in Chilean poetry over the past 30 years.

Fernando Blanco - on Chilean film
With Latin American Scholar, Professor Fernando Blanco, Bucknell University
Thursday, Nov. 5
4:30-5:30 p.m., room 110, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Chilean Lens: Latin America and the World as Seen Through a Chilean Telescope
With Christian Formoso, Fernando Blanco and Carmen Galarce
Thursday, Nov. 5
6:30-7:30 p.m., room 110, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.

All events are free and open to the public. The spring semester programming featuring Cuba will be announced soon. For more information, contact Janice Glowski at or (614) 823-1185.

Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 74 undergraduate majors; six master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

Friday, September 11, 2015


 ‘Riding Rain’ is one of the photographs to be featured in Sally Christiansen Harris’s ‘Cultures of the World’ exhibit Sept. 23-Dec. 8 at Ohio Wesleyan University. (Photo courtesy of Sally Christiansen Harris) 
DELAWARE, Ohio – A love of voice and performance are ingrained in Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Sally Christiansen Harris. A double major in speech and theatre, Harris now uses her camera to capture the sights and sounds of life around the world.
Harris invites the community to experience her journeys as she displays photographs taken in Cuba, Morocco, Paris, Vietnam, and the United States as part of her one-woman exhibition, “Cultures of the World.” The show will run from Sept. 23-Dec. 8 in Ohio Wesleyan’s Alumni Gallery, inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and admission is always free.

Harris, OWU Class of 1976, will be on campus twice during the 11-week exhibit to discuss her photography. She will be at the gallery for an artist’s reception from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 during Ohio Wesleyan’s 2015 Homecoming and Family Weekend. The Greenwich, Connecticut, resident will return to campus for an illustrated artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Her talk will be followed by a reception at 8 p.m. in the nearby Alumni Gallery.

“When I travel, I try to capture the essence of the place I am visiting through the lens of my camera,” said Harris, who, in addition to graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, served as the university’s assistant alumni director (1988-1993), alumni director (1993-1998), and regional admission/development/alumni representative (1995-2005).

“My preferred subjects are people going about their daily lives in their own environment,” said Harris, currently a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. “At first I found it very difficult to photograph people. I didn’t want to invade their space or interrupt their routine with my camera.

“But I’ve learned to approach people, strike up a conversation, develop a rapport, and eventually ask permission to photograph them,” she said. “The more I photograph people, the more comfortable I have become, and the easier it is to capture a moment that tells a story or conveys an emotion.”

Justin Kronewetter, director of the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, said Harris’s colorful, energetic images would “look right at home on the pages of National Geographic.” Her exhibit will feature approximately 30 photographs exhibited on two floors of the Alumni Gallery, he said.

As an Ohio Wesleyan student, Harris was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Mortar Board senior honor society, and Wesleyan Players. For outstanding contributions to her alma mater – including service on the Alumni Board of Trustees and membership in the President’s Circle of advisers – Harris received an OWU Alumni Award in 2001.

For more information about Ohio Wesleyan’s Alumni Gallery and other on-campus art venues and exhibits, call (740) 368-3606 or visit

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Invention and Exaltation: Contemporary Religious Art

Last Supper by Daniel Mitsui

STEUBENVILLE, OH—The work of Daniel Mitsui, an artist whose work renews the illustration techniques and visual images of medieval manuscript illumination, will be featured at Franciscan University Fine Arts Department's new exhibition: "Invention and Exaltation: Contemporary Religious Art."

The exhibition opens on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14, at 7:00 p.m., in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, with a free lecture by Mitsui on "Invention and Exaltation." He will reveal the work of the artist as a search not unlike the finding and recovering of the relics of the true cross of Christ. A reception will follow.

Mitsui's adaptation of traditional manuscript illumination, incorporating drawing, color, gilding, and letterpress imagery, is unique among contemporary art. His work has been featured in books, magazines, and internet venues. In 2011, the Vatican's Vox Clara committee commissioned him to illustrate a new edition of the Roman Pontifical.

Everyone is welcome to Mitsui's talk and viewing of his artwork. Gallery hours vary, but tours are available by prior arrangement. To schedule a viewing, contact Professor Linus Meldrum at 740-283-6964 or

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present “Slow Motion” (September 20 – October 23, 2015).  Slow Motion is an installation exhibition of work by Cincinnati artist Kristine Donnelly who hand cuts intricate designs into paper, resulting in layered collage and sculpture exploring time, space, and ornamentation.  The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with Kristine Donnelly during the opening reception, which will be held Sunday, September 20, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.   There will be an Artist Talk at 3pm.  *Special Press Preview Opportunity in the gallery at 1pm: RSVP by emailing [].  
Inspired by historical ornament and pattern, Kristine Donnelly creates large-scale cut paper sculptures. Her work is the result of a painstaking laborious process. Using a simple blade, she hand cuts intricate designs onto patterned paper. The patterns are an unrecognizable image inspired by wallpaper, lace, and geometry. Through hand screenprinting, Donnelly reproduces and repeats the patterns onto long rolls of paper, waiting to be cut. The repetitive motion, and choreographed act of cutting and printing the pattern, is both meditative and obsessive. The cutting destroys sections of the printed pattern and reveals fragments of designs and walls hidden below.
Rather than hiding or preserving its fragility, Donnelly’s work tests the tolerance of paper. Through cutting, stitching, pinning, and stretching, she pushes the material to its most fragile skeleton and beyond. As she struggles to transform such an ephemeral material, her work questions the function and frivolity of decoration.
Kristine Donnelly lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and teaches art at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Her growing interest in pattern and design was sparked by an artist residency in Prague, Czech Republic. While studying the ornamentation that saturates Eastern Europe, Donnelly began creating small cut paper collages from abstracted patterned forms. Her work has since evolved into large-scale paper sculptures and installation. She is the recipient of a Summerfair Individual Artist Grant. Donnelly has exhibited locally and regionally, including the Carl Solway Gallery, University of Cincinnati Galleries, 21C Museum Hotel, The Carnegie Arts Center and Taft Museum of Art.
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.  The Gallery is closed on major holidays.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314,  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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design

(Cincinnati, OH) – The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University presents the annual “Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design,” from June 1 to September 11, 2015.  The premiere show of the Gallery’s 2015-2016 exhibition schedule features outstanding student works from the 2014-2015 academic year.  Selected student works represent every aspect of the Mount’s Departments of Art & Design, including Ceramics, Computer Graphics/Web & Interactive Design, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Architecture & Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Typography, and 2-D & 3-D Design Foundations.  Also featured are Senior Thesis Degree projects from Art, Fine Arts, Art History, Graphic Design and Interior Architecture and Design.
Photo Credit: Mount St. Joseph University Website

The Closing Reception will be held on Friday, September 11, 5:00 –7:00 pm, with a special exhibition awards presentation at 6:30 pm.  The public is cordially invited to meet many of the student-artists, view their work, and get acquainted with art & design faculty members.
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.  The Gallery is closed on major holidays, including Labor Day, Monday, September 7.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314,  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.