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Department exhibit to showcase electrifying art and technology

December 9, 2014
The world of fine art evolves as new media present themselves, giving artists new modes and environments for expression. Given that premise, what better medium to work with than the medium of today: technology, asks Ken Rinaldo, professor and head of the Department of Art’s art and technology program. Starting 5 p.m. Tuesday, a curious cluster of electronically produced art is plugging into Hopkins Hall Gallery for the Art + Technology program’s biannual student exhibition, “Algorithmic Sequitur,” which lasts through Dec. 12. The works were chosen from roughly 280 submissions by faculty members, Rinaldo said, with an acceptance rate of about 50 percent. Jessica Ann, a second-year student and teaching… Read more

Class of Glass: Students create, display delicate art form

December 7, 2014
When Gregory Khutoryan applied at Ohio State to study architecture, he did not even know that OSU had glassblowing studios on campus. But now a few years later, he’s now a third-year in glassblowing. “I was always interested in glass and art. I basically just got addicted to it. It’s an exciting medium to work in,” he said. “He talks of glass all the time,” said his roommate Breanna Mustard, a third-year in integrative and alternative approaches to health and wellness, adding that his work is practical too. “We have some cups at home. It’s nice to have personalized stuff.” Khutoryan is one of the nine students in Jonathan Capps’… Read more

Gallery exhibits timeless pieces of late Ohio State professor Edmund Kuehn

December 4, 2014
For years, Edmund Kuehn educated his peers on art history with an “encyclopedic knowledge,” but now it’s his own work in the spotlight. “Edmund Kuehn: The Abstractions” started Nov. 21 and is set to continue through Dec. 31 at the Keny Galleries in German Village. The gallery features about 20 original abstract works of Kuehn from 1955-2005. A Columbus native, Kuehn was a contemporary artist known for his expressionist and abstract artwork. “All of his paintings are various, from representational art to abstract art,” said Timothy Keny, co-director of the Keny Galleries. “It shows the function of sophistication of the artist and the emotional essence of his pieces.” Kuehn’s pieces… Read more

Forum draws attention to global comics, animation

November 13, 2014
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is set to show that comics are more than just superhero antics. An upcoming event is slated to host an international comic conference featuring a U.S. congressman, a Finnish artist and a local Ohio cartoonist. The International Comic Arts Forum is an annual symposium “devoted to the study of comics in all its varieties,” according to its website. Originally known as the International Comics and Animation Festival when it was started at Georgetown University, the conference aims to introduce North American scholars to comic art and scholarship from around the world. “It has been going on since 1995,” said Caitlin McGurk, a project… Read more

Mail media: Alumni document the creation of postal art in ‘Making Mail’

November 9, 2014
While many are unaware of the existence of mail art, two Ohio State alumni decided to dedicate the beginning of their post-graduation lives to creating a documentary based on the medium. Mail art, also known as postal art, refers to “small-scale works that utilize the mail as a distribution system,” according to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s website. The populist movement subverts traditional art dissemination through ornamentation of envelopes and other found objects. OSU graduates Michael Polk and Seth Radley began production on a documentary of mail art in January 2013. The film, titled “Making Mail,” was released Sunday on their website and via YouTube. The documentary follows the story… Read more

Ohio State exhibit to showcase largest manga collection in US

October 23, 2014
Fans of Japanese entertainment are in for a treat at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’s upcoming event. Japanese comic books are set to be on display for the public to peruse at the Rare Manga Collection Open House. Only a small portion of the museum’s 20,000 manga materials will be at the open house, but all students have access to the large collection, said Maureen Donovan, a Japanese studies librarian at Ohio State. Donovan said she began collecting manga for the university in the mid-1980s and has a collection that is still growing. The manga that is set be on display come from a wide time-range, and Donovan… Read more

Ohio State alumnus David Rickert continues to draw success from illustrations

October 19, 2014
As a boy, whenever David Rickert visited Ohio State’s campus, he made it a point to pick up a copy of The Lantern. Upon seeing a comic, he knew what he wanted to do. “I knew that if I went to Ohio State, maybe I could do this,” Rickert, an alum, high school English teacher and illustrator, said. Rickert drew a comic strip — called “A Box of Trees” — for The Lantern while attending OSU from 1992 to 1996. Now, Columbus residents can read comics drawn by Rickert once again. He’s being featured in Columbus Alive, published by the Dispatch Printing Company, as part of its “Sketch in the… Read more

Infectious by design: Urban Arts Space gallery magnifies behavior of smallest life-forms

October 17, 2014
Art and science might be divided in its academic curriculum, but one Ohio State exhibition has made biology its focus. Three artists have combined their works to display the cohesion between them in a new exhibition coming to OSU’s Urban Arts Space this weekend. “Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within,” explores a number of semi-connected organic themes, including the human form, mortality and the smallest of life-forms.   The exhibition is set to include mixed media installations, scultpture and drawings, said Bethany Haeseler, an assistant professor at SUNY Potsdam whose work is in the exhibition. It was Haeseler’s idea to create an exhibition with Molly Burke and Danielle Johns. She has previously… Read more

Columbus Museum of Art to show work of late Columbus artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon

October 16, 2014
An upcoming exhibition aims to expose the artistic results of the adventurous life of Paul-Henri Bourguignon, whose artworks hung in the galleries at the Columbus Museum of Art (then known as the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts) in an exhibition precisely 50 years ago. Bourguignon was born in 1906 in Belgium, and was working as a journalist and photographer in Haiti when he met Erika Eichhorn (now Erika Bourguignon), an anthropologist.  “My husband started painting as a teenager … and began quite early to travel, first outside the city then outside the country,” Erika Bourguignon said. “In the late 20s and 30s, he went to places where there were very… Read more