FINDLAY, OH – Owens Community College students will have the opportunity to showcase their many artistic talents as the Findlay-area Campus hosts its annual Spring Student Art Exhibition titled “Our Best Yet” in the Library Gallery, April 26 – May 6.
Additionally, the College will host a free community event, featuring Owens students, titled “An Evening of the Arts at Owens” on Tuesday, April 26. Owens student artists will share insight about their artistic expressions, while students within the “Beginning Creative Writing” and “Voice Class” courses will provide attendees with reading excerpts from their dramatic compositions or will sing, accompanied by guitar or CD, respectively. The reception will occur from 5-7 p.m. in the Findlay-area Campus Library. Owens’ Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay.
“Owens’ Findlay-area Campus is delighted to once again showcase the many talents of our students,” said Gail McCain, Owens Library Manager for the Findlay-area Campus. “The artistic expressions are extremely individualized and reflect the unique creative abilities and inspirations of each student artist. I encourage area residents to visit the Library Gallery and view their unique work.”
The Spring Student Art Exhibition features numerous pieces of artwork from paintings to drawings created by student artists enrolled in the College’s “Fundamentals of Drawing” course, which is instructed by Erika Clark, Owens Adjunct Instructor. In this course, students obtain experiential learning within various areas, including the study of object drawing, form organization, value, perspective, proportion and texture.
In addition, student artists enrolled in the College’s “Foundations in 2D Design” course, also instructed by Clark, will present their artistic expressions within the Library Gallery. In this course, students develop an understanding of basic studio art principles, critical skills and media manipulation, covering the topics of color theory and the use of two-dimensional space.
Students from the College’s “Black and White Photography I and II” courses instructed by Melissa Harding, Owens Adjunct Instructor, will showcase their artistic work as part of the exhibit. The classes focus on photography both as a fine art and for commercial means. Students learn about the development of skills related to visual literacy, film exposure, making prints and preparing prints for exhibition, among many other areas.
Owens student artists enrolled in the College’s “Foundations in 3D Design” course, instructed by Owens Adjunct Instructor Rhonda Grubbs, will present their artistic expressions within the Library Gallery. In this course, students develop the ability to analyze form and space relationships while being introduced to basic three-dimensional processes and materials, including cardboard and clay.
Students within the College’s “Digital Imaging” course will also showcase their talents as part of the exhibition. Instructed by Owens Adjunct Instructor Wendy Hensley, the course provides students with hands-on experiential learning specific to digital photography, retouching, illustrations, video capture and color printout.
Owens student artists enrolled in the College’s “Electronic Page Layout” course, also instructed by Hensley, will present their artistic expressions within the Library Gallery. In this course, students learn about the fundamentals of using desktop publishing software, specifically setting up a document as well as creating and applying colors, tints and gradients to certain projects.
Students enrolled in the “Beginning Creative Writing” course, instructed by Owens Adjunct Instructor Kayla Williams, will share their dramatic compositions in conjunction with the Library Gallery art exhibition. In this course, students are provided basic techniques and approaches for creative expression in writing of poetry and fiction, with emphasis on recognition and use of figurative language, exploration and development of personal viewpoint, and vocabulary style and application of creative strategies, techniques and devices.
Finally, Owens students participating in the “Voice Class” will share various musical selections during “An Evening of the Arts at Owens” event. The course is instructed by Owens Adjunct Instructor Mark Sarkan and prepares students for the stylistic demands of vocal music. In a group setting, students learn about basic singing techniques, including proper breathing, tone production and tuning.
Students whose work will be displayed are Audrey Thacker of Tiffin, Hollie McDonald of Findlay, Ashley Nelson of Findlay, Chelsey Brown of Findlay, Shane Burnworth of Dunkirk, Austin Cameron of Findlay, Leslie Chapin of Bowling Green, Samantha Clayton of North Baltimore, Hank Doster of Findlay, Katherine Hemminger of North Baltimore, Brian Honigfort of McComb, Matthew Howell of Findlay, Jude Jovanovic of Bowling Green, Kendel Kissinger of Weston, Caitlyn Payne of Fostoria, Gabrielle Stutz of Oviedo, Fla., Ashley Vermilyea of Findlay, Chelsie Ayers of Findlay, YoonKyung Chung of Yoe-Euido Youngdeung, South Korea, Rachel Enright of Findlay, Sandra Fitzgerald of Findlay, Sherry Musgrave of Bloomdale, Britany Waldman of Findlay, Courtney Weaver of Mount Blanchard, Jessica Wiler of Findlay, Cassie Wolfe of Columbus Grove, Rebeca Mahler of Findlay, Scott Gearing of Upper Sandusky, Kim Peterson of Findlay, Zach Steinman of Jerry City and Sam Troyer of Findlay.
Owens students reading excerpts from their dramatic compositions as part of “An Evening of the Arts at Owens” event are Trent Berry of Bowling Green, Austin Cameron of Findlay, Matt Carson of Findlay, Elizabeth Clark of Findlay, Andrew Eaton of Findlay, Jeffrey Flowers of Norwalk, Benjamin Frost of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Shawna Ledbetter of Findlay, Aaron McDonald of New Riegel and Seth Whitaker of Forest.
Vocal students showcasing their musical talents during the reception are Adam Rader of Findlay, Shane Roth of Findlay, Jessica Rowan of Findlay and Dorian Voltaire of Findlay.
Admission to the Findlay-area Campus Library Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Library at (567) 429-3088 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3088.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.
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