February 10, 2011

Owens Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery Presents “Vaughn Bell: Transported Landscapes” Exhibit, Feb. 18 – March 29

Transported Landscapes

Vaughn Bell's environmental sculpture titled "Pack of Forest" is among the many artistic expressions on display as part of the "Transported Landscapes" exhibition in the College's Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College invites area residents to experience the interconnectedness between art and the environment as internationally-known environmental artist Vaughn Bell presents an installation within the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery that heightens awareness about how agriculture transforms the local landscape in an exhibit titled “Transported Landscapes”, Feb. 18 – March 29. The Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is located in Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

In addition, Owens will serve as host to a reception and lecture with Bell at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. Both the reception and lecture, which are free and open to the public, will take place in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre Room 111.

“Internationally recognized environmental artist Vaughn Bell has created an installation in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery that relates Owens Community College to the larger landscape,” said Wynn Perry, Owens Part-Time Coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. “The installation uses seeds of local crops that are significant to Ohio and the global economy. Bell’s exhibition at Owens maps transportation routes and allows viewers to reflect on the way large-scale agriculture transforms the local landscape.”

Bell is known worldwide for her creation of interactive projects and immersive environments that deal with how society relates to the environment. She has exhibited her sculpture, installation, performance, video and public projects internationally, including commissions for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Edith Russ Site for New Media Art in Odenburg, Germany.

The Seattle resident has been featured in such publications as “ARTnews”, “Afterimage” and the “Arcade Journal”, among others. Bell holds a master’s degree from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Both soybean and corn seed, which are incorporated into the exhibit, have been donated by the Bowling Green store location of Mid-Wood Inc., an agricultural grain and supply cooperative that is owned and controlled by the members its serves. During the spring season, an expanded version of “Transported Landscapes” will be unveiled in the courtyard adjacent to the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays. For additional information about the exhibit, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721 or (567) 661-2721.

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.