Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg Art Department is set for a busy fall 2007 semester. The Ann Miller and Thompson galleries, both located near the main entrance of Koch Hall, will house a variety of exhibits from all artistic disciplines.
The semester kicked off with Selections from the Ohio Craft Museum Ceramic Permanent Collection, which went on display Aug. 20 and runs through Sept. 24 in the Ann Miller Gallery. The Ohio Craft Museum is a program of Ohio designer craftsmen who present five major exhibitions each year and has a rotating display of exhibits from the permanent collection.
Currently on display in the Thompson Gallery is an exhibit called Spaces Within Light: Digital Photographs by Wittenberg Professor of Sociology Alan McEvoy. The exhibit will be shown between Sept. 10 and Oct. 5.
McEvoy, an expert on issues such as violence and victimization with several published books on these topics, has been a member of the Wittenberg faculty since 1976. He shared his love of photography in the classroom when he discussed photography as art in society during Alumni College in 2001. He was credited by award-winning photographer Lois Raimondo, Wittenberg class of 1981, with introducing her to the use of a camera to tell a human-interest story. In addition, McEvoy's photograph, "Sojourner," was the subject for the 1992-93 Wittenberg Series poster.
Next on the calendar is an Erin Holscher Almazan exhibit on drawing and printmaking that runs from Oct. 1-26 in the Thompson Gallery. Almazan is a visual arts faculty member at the University of Dayton.
Project Jericho presents Youth Voice Teen Art Exhibit from Oct. 12–Nov. 30 in the Thompson Gallery. An opening reception has been added to the schedule for 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in Thompson Gallery.
Project Jericho is a collaboration between the Clark State Performing Arts Center and the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services, and is also assisted by the Ohio Arts Council and the Turner Foundation. It is a community-based program that serves at-risk youth from the Springfield area, providing various performing and fine arts workshops. Project Jericho Director and Wittenberg alumna Sarah Leavens, 19 Project Jericho youth, Professor of Art Jack Mann, senior art major Eric Bess and other Wittenberg volunteers worked on the mural project.
The final event for the semester is a photography exhibit by Francis Schanberger that will run from Nov. 5–Dec. 14 in the Ann Miller Gallery. Schanberger is most famous for his landscape photography, especially a series of self-portraits he completed after a cross-country move, which juxtaposed his own image against the foreign landscape of Ohio. He also received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2003 and a Headlands Center for the Arts Residency in 2005.
Written By: Rachel Morgan '08