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Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum Exhibits Operates by Latest Faculty, Initial Director

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum is kicking off its 20th anniversary yr with tumble exhibits by OWU’s existing wonderful arts college and by the museum’s founding director, Justin Kronewetter.

Both of those displays will operate from Aug. 24 by way of Oct. 2 and consist of a no cost artists’ reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

“I am psyched to commence this vital calendar year with exhibitions that rejoice the educators and artists at the coronary heart of OWU’s Good Arts Department,” explained Erin Fletcher, who succeeded Kronewetter as museum director right after he retired in 2016. “Each of these faculty and emeriti college associates has a unique artistic voice. I’m pleased that the museum can share these Ohio artists with the community and give the artists a location for sharing their exploration with the university local community.”

‘From OWU’s Studios’

4 present school users will showcase their most up-to-date creations in “From OWU’s Studios,” an exhibition that demonstrates their mastery of media such as ceramics, images, painting, and printmaking. Exhibiting in the school showcase are:


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Kristina Bogdanov, “Kitchen Collection #1”
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Kristina Bogdanov, M.F.A., who teaches ceramics, drawing, determine drawing, and a few-dimensional layout. “Our connectivity to the entire world and the this means of tangible things have been challenged by the pandemic,” reported Bogdanov, whose items make the most of a photolithography transfer procedure that she served establish. The strategy lets her to integrate images into ceramics. “I meticulously think about both of those tactility and utility of ceramic objects to have distinct pictures, just as a inventive author considers the placing and plot for the tale,” she stated. “I consider that my tactic of combining overglaze and underglaze portray with photolithography provides a visually evocative impression for the viewer to join and contemplate the contextual layers.”


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Frank Hobbs, “Silos”
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Frank Hobbs, M.F.A., who teaches portray, drawing, determine drawing, and two-dimensional style and design. “As lecturers of artwork, our exhortations to college students often derive from the internal dialogues of our have apply. Just before I say it to students, I have claimed this to myself: Your task is not to paint fascinating subjects, but to make appealing paintings,” claimed Hobbs, an OWU faculty member because 2007. “Believe in and trust your electricity to change the common into the extraordinary. Tune into the visual, the formal, the relational in any condition experience out and reveal these visual energies that are there in any circumstance, and that offer the real subject matter matter of any painting.”


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Jeff Nilan, “Wear, Sequence 1”
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Jeff Nilan, M.F.A., who teaches images, personal computer imaging, bookmaking, and two-dimensional structure. His photographs, from a sequence titled “Wear,” represent “a group of photos taken more than the previous two several years, throughout the U.S. and overseas. Not separately titled, they are supposed to relate to a single a different on visual and metaphorical phrases,” claimed Nilan, a member of the OWU faculty given that 2008. He also will be displaying a guide, titled “Ground,” which “threads collectively visuals of planting and harvesting, burying and unearthing, of refreshing lifestyle and recent demise. It is intended to be a complement to the variety of images from the ‘Wear’ collection.”


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Karen Weeks, “Jetztzeit”
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Karen Weeks, M.F.A., an OWU instructor considering that 2020. Weeks’ work typically explores themes of domestic house, femininity, and creative functions as political resistance. Her items in the new exhibit incorporate “drawings from a collection I have not too long ago begun that functions girls at get the job done/the work of ladies. This collection was begun from a want to create a team of images that elevated movie stills into icons and my individual fascination with rocks. One particular of the several similarities that exist in between gals and rocks is that both of those are foundational to building society.”

Find out much more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Division of High-quality Arts and its college at owu.edu/finearts.


‘Then and Now’

In addition to “From OWU’s Studios,” the Ross Artwork Museum also is showcasing this fall “Then and Now: Fifty Decades of Digicam Vision,” a photographic retrospective by previous professor and founding museum director Justin Kronewetter, M.F.A.

The show signifies two profession-defining bodies of his work: black-and-white analog visuals from 1972 to 2000 and coloration digital prints from 2000 to the current working day. The illustrations or photos showcase Kronewetter’s gift for capturing frequent things in unheard of methods and demonstrate the evolution of his lifelong observe.

In describing his pictures, Kronewetter said: “I consider unique gratification in getting my subject matter make a difference between those points that are usually neglected due to their presumed insignificance. Rather than wanting to present all the things about a distinct issue, I’m additional intrigued in pursuing the reductivist aesthetic that encourages removing every thing from the visible discipline besides that which is important in the development of an helpful operate of artwork. …

“Rather than forcing the viewer to back again away to see the complete impression,” he explained, “I prefer for the viewer to be drawn into ‘reading distance’ to find information otherwise unnoticed.”

At Ohio Wesleyan, Kronewetter served as a professor from 1972 via 2008, teaching courses in painting, drawing, two-dimensional design and style, American artwork background, and pictures. He also helped establish and professionalize the university’s images offerings and, from its founding in the slide of 2002 by way of the 2015-2016 college calendar year, served as director of the Ross Art Museum.

Throughout his a long time at the college, Kronewetter mentioned, “I curated and assisted mount perfectly around 200 exhibitions by pupils and qualified artists. Initial as office chairperson and later on as museum director, I developed and served make the university’s Permanent Training Assortment of (2,500) will work on paper by artists of the two national and global stature.”

Due to the fact retiring, Kronewetter has concentrated on his own art, which contains developing a sequence of pictures whilst traveling from border to border throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

“And following years and a long time of endorsing the artwork of each pupils and qualified artists in my roles as instructor, exhibitions coordinator, and museum director,” he mentioned, “I’m taking terrific fulfillment in at last becoming in a place to make and market my own artwork.”

Examine a lot more about Kronewetter and watch his do the job at www.justinkronewetter.com.

All through the tutorial calendar year, the Ross Artwork Museum 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. It is closed Saturdays and Mondays. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free of charge. Get in touch with (740) 368-3606 or pay a visit to owu.edu/ross for more data.


Established in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is a single of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private college gives more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports activities. As a result of its signature plan, the OWU Link, Ohio Wesleyan teaches pupils to integrate information throughout disciplines, develop a assorted and international perspective, and utilize understanding in actual-planet configurations. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the guide “Colleges That Transform Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Evaluation “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU specialist interview sources at owu.edu/gurus or understand extra at owu.edu.

Maria Lewis

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