FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College students will have the opportunity to showcase their many artistic talents as the Findlay-area Campus serves as host to its annual Spring Student Art Exhibition titled “Our Best Yet” in the Library Gallery, April 22 – May 3.
In addition, Hardin Central Elementary School students who are members of the Hardin Central Art Club will have the opportunity to present their own artistic expressions alongside Owens students as part of a new partnership between the Owens Findlay-area Campus Library and Kenton City Schools.
The College will host a free community event, featuring both Owens and Hardin Central Art Club students, titled “An Evening of the Arts at Owens” on Tuesday, April 23. Artists will share insight about their artistic expressions during a reception, which 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 excited to showcase the talents of so many amazing artists through the Spring Student Art Exhibition,” said Gail McCain, Owens Library Manager for the Findlay-area Campus. “The artistic expressions reflect their unique creative abilities and are inspiring. I encourage area residents to visit the Library Gallery and view their impressive work.”
The Spring Student Art Exhibition will feature work by student artists enrolled in the College’s “Foundations in 2D Design” course, which is taught by Owens Adjunct Instructor Krista Richey. 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 Partin-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 students whose work will be displayed are Magen Hutchison of Findlay, Sarah Marshall of Fostoria, Robert Pryor of Fostoria, Teontey Poole of Findlay, Alessandra Vgarte of Findlay, Paige Davis of Findlay, Rochelle Dillow of Fostoria, Jacob Duran of Carey, Ambre Martinez of Bowling Green, Hank Doster of Findlay, Jamye Galm of Findlay, Timoteo Honesto of Findlay and Courtney Markley of Findlay.
The Hardin Central Art Club was created three years ago by Owens Adjunct Instructor Rhonda Grubbs with the overall goal of providing an opportunity for students to express themselves and showcase their talents through art. The free art enrichment program offers experiential learning to over 150 students. During the last three years, students have created individual works of art, worked in small groups to create sculptures and worked together as a club to create a large outdoor installation. Students also have the opportunity to learn from professional artists during club meetings.
Hardin Central Elementary School students will be showcasing their paintings, drawings and other media as part of exhibition. Student artists are Alexis Grubbs, Riley Hershberger, Dylan Mouk, Aubrey Thrush, Keeley Meeks, Miranda Rowe, Kaycee Sherman, Mary Heilman, Roxy Jarrahian, Owen Styer, Keegan Wright, Abbey Anglemyer, Abigail Donegon, Lindsey Smith, Ethan Wirbell, Laci Freshour, Lucas Hites, Lexi Wetherill, Callie Wright, Asher Bridenstine, Virginia Brown, Grace Collins, Brenna Shirk, Lauren Bartlett, Bert Grubbs, Noah Ketcham, Mitch Jennings, Zachary Wedertz, Kylie Allmon, Kennedy Elsnau, Taylor Harshfield, Max Haushalter, Tara Jarrahian, Caleb MacKenzie, Tristan Meeks, Bailie Phillip, Katie Sturgeon and Trenton Yoder.
Hardin Central Art Club student artists displaying artwork also include Tyson Hopkins, Katelynn Preston, Aydan Roszman, Vern Woodruff, Alexis Barker, Connor Defibaugh, Brinley Hites, Natalie Horton, Kooper Johnston, Gavin Manns, Chloe Martindale, Landon Murphy, Parker Rarey, Christian Rogers, Syvanna Shepherd, Abigail Smith, Gabi Wetherill, Kira Ray, Ethan Yoder, Reese Levering, Gavin Payne, Ethan Rall, Clair Ketcham, Jalon Manns, Aiden MacKenzie, Alicia McKinley, Abigail Petty, Ben Sams, Sam Sturgeon, Kyle Thrush and Carla Woodruff.
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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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.