Published Aug. 23, 2011
Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Ann Miller Gallery, located in Koch Hall, opens the academic year with an exhibition of works titled, “Studio Art Faculty,” from Monday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Sept. 23. The artists are all professors who teach the studio art courses available at the university. A gallery reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, according to Dan McInnis, assistant professor of art and gallery director.
Drawing, painting, silver jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and photography are represented in the show. Professor of Art Jack Mann has created graphite drawings in varying sizes – figures and bird studies on paper, and McInnis has produced chromogenic prints from color negatives that are 16” x 20” with one 40” x 50” – large-format color portraits taken in Springfield, Ohio, and Brooklyn, N.Y., where he is affiliated with the Brooklyn Collective.
Associate Professor of Art Scott Dooley has included both his handbuilt porcelain vessels and wheel thrown stoneware vessels (vases, a teapot and other items) in the exhibition. Dooley’s primary gallery affiliation is the Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, Ohio, and his work was recently exhibited at the Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) exhibition in Santa Fe, N.M.
Associate Professor of Art Ed Charney is exhibiting a selection of silver jewelry he produced during the past year – both fabricated jewelry, rings, bracelets and earrings with semi-precious stones, and cast silver objects made from found objects such as scorpions and toads made using a centrifugal casting process that echoes a lost-wax casting format.
“All of the processes used in the display items are consistent with techniques that are a part of the Silver Jewelry course that is taught in the art department,” Charney said.
Charney is also exhibiting 12 new paintings created this summer that emphasize the clouds and sky conditions observed during spring and summer months in an area west of Springfield. He will create full-scale versions of the studies during his next sabbatical that will be exhibited in the Keny Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.
A member of Wittenberg’s faculty since 2000, Charney also has two landscapes on display in Columbus; one in the governor’s office and a second one in the governor’s residence in Bexley. A third landscape was purchased by the Ohio Supreme Court, where it is currently on display. Two other paintings were purchased through a regional competition of visual artists for the Springfield Regional Medical Center and will be part of their permanent collection when it opens next year. Charney earned a B.A. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his master’s degree and a B.A. in education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Mann has been a member of Wittenberg’s faculty since 1976. He earned his B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, worked on his M.F.A. in sculpture at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., received an M.A. in art education from the University of Cincinnati and studied drawing at the California Institute of the Arts. His public sculptures can be seen throughout Ohio, and his work is included in many private collections.
Dooley joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2000 after graduating with his M.F.A. in ceramics from Kansas State University, where he studied with Yoshiro Ikeda. His work has been exhibited internationally as well as throughout the United States, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and is represented in many private and permanent collections in the United States, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan and South Africa.
McInnis received his B.F.A. in film and photography from Ithaca College, his M.F.A. in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and he joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2008. From 2000 to 2003, he lived in the United Arab Emirates, where he taught as an assistant professor of photography for the Department of Visual Communications at the American University in Dubai, where he began a project photographing black and white landscapes using the minimalist work of Harry Callahan and Hiroshi Sugimoto as inspiration. A show of his work, “Presence: photographs by Daniel McInnis,” was
held at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University last semester.
The Ann Miller Gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts