Visual art

Senior studio celebrates end of the year

The Bowling Green High School art program concluded its senior studio show with presentation of annual awards. Joanne Fyfe and daughter, Anna, look at the work of Hannah Bowlus during awards reception for the BGHS senior studio. 2019 Senior Artists were: Garrett Aungst, Emma Bahnsen, Hannah Bowlus, Kate Bozzo, Kerica Bucks, JP Celis, Mikayla Conforto, Katie Devine, Gracen Dixon, Mitchell Drumm, Kathryn Fyfe, Etta Gallaway, Katie Glomski, Kat Griffith, Kaylee Harris, Darrin Kirchner,  Lindsay Lumpkin,  Sophie Pineau, Logan Robinson, Alex Rood, Sharisa Savage-Brown, and Leah Schumacher.  PTO Purchase Award Sophie Pineau, “Smush,” Acrylic PTO Purchase Award Kate Bozzo, “Odyssey,” Brass and Enameling 2-D Purchase Award  courtesy of Black Swamp Arts Festival Katherine Devine, “Panera?” Acrylic 3-D Award  courtesy of Black Swamp Arts Festival Kerica Bucks, “Not Quite Paradise…Enough,” Clay and Acrylic Judge Reger Award courtesy of Matthew Reger, Wood County Common Pleas Judge Hannah Bowlus, “Grinnin’,” Clay and Acrylic Outstanding Technical Merit  courtesy of Waddington Jewelers Hannah Bowlus, “Fish,” Formed Metal People’s Choice Award  courtesy of Floyd Craft,  Ben Franklin Kate Bozzo, “In Your Face,” Acrylic Superintendent Award courtesy of Mr.  Francis Scruci Etta Gallaway, “Duck,” Acrylic Piece will be on permanent display at the Central Administration Building. Board of Education Award Etta Gallaway, “Farmer’s Market,” Acrylic Piece will be on permanent display in High School Conference Room

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Needle Hall the setting for ‘Desire for the Intangible’ digital video art exhibit

Submitted by ADVANCED DIGITAL VIDEO ART The Bowling Green State University Advanced Digital Video Art 2019 will present a two-day exhibit “Desire for the Intangible” in Needle Hall in City Park, 520 Conneaut Ave., April 25 and 26. A public reception will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments provided. A public critique with guest critic Cameron Granger will be held Friday,  April 26, 5-7 p.m.“Desire for the Intangible” features the work of the Advanced Digital Video Art class at Bowling Green State University. This is an open invitation to explore the metaphysical. Through various media including video installations, photography, video, animatics, and illustrations, the artists have conceptualized their desire to connect with the ethereal. Is it possible to embody harmonious existence with nature, trauma, art, spirituality,capitalism, technology, alienation, and communication?In housing the exhibition at the historic Needle Hall, the artists challenge goers’ expectations by bringing them into a beautiful recreation hall. Celebrating this gallery’s gathering potential, many of the artworks will tread against the natural surroundings as digital pieces, forging a coalescence with electronics and earth within the subliminal space. A moment with each work will reveal an inclination for self-reflection: a conversation with the present image and one’s past and future.


BGSU Arts Events through April 30

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS April 11 – The BGSU Creative Writing Program welcomes Thrity Umrigar, a bestselling author of eight novels, including “The Space Between Us” and the recent “The Secrets Between Us.” She will read from her works as part of the weekly Prout Reading Series. Umrigar has also written a memoir and a children’s picture book. A former journalist, she has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and other publications. She is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and the Cleveland Arts Prize. She is a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Prout Chapel. Free April 11 – The International Film Series presents “The Farmer of Nathal: Not a Film about Thomas Bernhard” (“Der Bauer zu Nathal: Kein Film über Thomas Bernhard”). The 2018 film, produced by David Baldinger and Matthias Greuling, tells the story of Bernhard, a world-renowned author from Austria who is both acclaimed and sharply criticized. The documentary investigates Bernhard’s curious relationship to the community and its response to him. The film is, however, less about Bernhard and more about us; it is more about the impact of our community and environment on us and how we live and create. Viewing the poet as seismograph of society: even today, the confrontation with the contrarian Bernhard provides insights into the Austrian soul. The 7:30 p.m. screening in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union is co-sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum (New York) and is part of the Austrian Studies Conference being hosted at BGSU. Free April 11 – Praecepta, the student chapter of the Society of Composers Inc., promotes new music activities at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 12 – The BGSU College of Musical Arts presents a recital by cello professor Brian Snow and piano professor Robert Satterlee for the weekly Faculty Artist Series. This event was rescheduled from March. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in the Marjorie Conrad M.D. Choral Room in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free April 12 – BGSU’s School of Art and Creative Writing Program team up for a special presentation as part of the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition. The two arts programs come together to showcase creative writing BFA seniors reading some of their works, including ekphrastic pieces that vividly…


BGSU Arts Events through April 16

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At the galleries –  The School of Art hosts the annual BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition through April 14. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. April 3 – Cole Burger, a lecturer of class piano and piano pedagogy at BGSU, will present a Faculty Artist Series recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 4 – The Creative Writing program welcomes spring 2019 Distinguished Visiting Writer Rebecca Morgan Frank, who will present a craft talk during the weekly Prout Reading Series. Frank is the author of “Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country” and “The Spokes of Venus,” both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and “Little Murders Everywhere,” a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She has published poems in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Harvard Review and elsewhere, and her collaborations with composers have been exhibited and performed across the U.S. She is co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Memorious. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Prout Chapel. Free  April 4 – The International Film Festival presents “The Edge of Heaven” (“Auf der anderen Seite”), a 122-minute film that shifts back and forth between Germany and Istanbul. Directed by Fatih Akin, the film tells the story of Ali Aksu (Tuncel Kurtiz) who takes a Turkish prostitute, Yeter (Nursel Köse), into his German apartment to protect her in spite of his disapproving son, Nejat (Baki Davrak). When Yeter dies in an altercation with Ali, Nejat goes to find her daughter in Istanbul. Ayten, Yeter’s daughter, escapes from Turkey when her political activism threatens her life. In Germany, she falls for a girl, Lotte (Patrycia Ziolkowska), who follows her to Istanbul when she is deported. The film, which won the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free April 5 – The BGSU Opera Theater and the Department of Theatre and Film present the spring opera, “Semele,” the story of the ill-fated love of the mortal Semele and god Jupiter. Handel’s masterpiece of his mature period is considered something of an anomaly in his career: it is an English-language work with a secular text, written at a time when Handel was concentrating on the…


Student potters filled with enthusiasm for Empty Soup Bowl Fundraiser

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News John Balistreri, head of the ceramics area at Bowling Green State University, makes it very clear: The clay program’s involvement in the Empty Soup Bowl project was the students’ idea. He wasn’t at the Clay Club meeting when the idea came up. And when he was told the students wanted to do it, he drew a hard line. This was a busy time for the studio. “This place is going around the clock,” he said. The students had to committed to create the hundreds of soup bowls — “beautiful bowls that people will want to use” — needed for the event. They also had to be learning something along the way. “It’s up to them to pull it off right,” he said. The students convinced him they would. Emma Robinson works on glazing a bowl. The Artists vs. Hunger: Empty Soup Bowl Fundraiser will be presented from Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum. The sale of the bowls for $15 each as well as the good will offering for the soup to fill them will benefit the Brown Bag Food Project. Megan Messer is the student who proposed the idea. Now working on her Bachelor of Arts in ceramics with a minor in community art, she started as an education major. As part of that program she volunteered at Brown Bag. She was impressed by the locally grown effort to address food insecurity. The project provides groceries to tide people in need over until they can get more permanent help. She met Marissa Muniz, a Brown Bag board member and publicist for the museum, while volunteering. Messer came up with the idea of staging an Empty Soup Bowl fundraiser. “It was exciting,” she said. “It could bring us out into the community more, and help a good cause.” Empty Bowl events are held around the country. One of Messer’s classmates, David Rummel, from Bryan, participated in a similar effort back home that was organized by potter Brandon Knott. The project, he said, “is not too terribly hard. It’s a great way to raise funds for a good cause.” Emma Robinson, another student in the ceramics studio, agreed. She said she was on board as soon as the idea was brought up in the Clay Club meeting.  Artists sometimes can be insulated making their…


Toledo Museum exhibit ‘Everything is Rhythm,’ April 6

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music” opens in the New Media Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) April 6. In this multisensory exhibition, which runs through Nov. 3, music and art are brought together as 14 visual art masterpieces are paired with carefully selected musical accompaniments.  “Everything is Rhythm” is jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, director of curatorial affairs, and Scott Boberg, manager of programs and audience engagement.  “The Toledo Museum of Art has long celebrated the promotion of both the visual and musical arts,” explained Norton-Westbrook. “’Everything is Rhythm’ seeks to engage visitors by prompting close looking, contemplation and consideration of the connection between visual and auditory forms.” The pairings of the visual and musical works in the exhibition, which includes both the historical and contemporary, have been purposefully combined for a variety of reasons.  “In some instances, the composer and artist were known to one another and shared a direct connection, while in other instances, the selected musical composition and art work share ideas, approaches or aspects such as rhythm, texture or basic structure. In some instances, the art work and music paired with it are separated by decades,” Boberg explained.  For example, “And Then There Were Three” by Julian Stanczak (American, born Poland, 1928-2017) is paired with “Metamorphosis III,” by composer Philip Glass. The cinematic scale and proportion of Stanczak’s painting is matched by the lush repetition of this solo piano work, performed by Lisa Moore, whose in-gallery concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 will conclude this exhibition.   The title of the exhibition, “Everything is Rhythm,” takes its inspiration from a quote by the painter Larry Poons, whose work is prominently featured in the final section of this exhibition. “Everything is Rhythm” will be accompanied by a series of in-gallery concerts. 


BGSU Arts Events through April 3

March 25 – The BGSU School of Art’s printmaking division welcomes Lauren Kussro, an artist and educator at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her work has been shown in many locations around the country, including solo exhibitions at Nashville International Airport, Twist Gallery and Vanderbilt University, and group exhibitions at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, the Dadian Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City. Her creative process is centered in playful investigation of the natural world, and frequently features combinations of printmaking, sculpture and sewing. Her public presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in 1215 Fine Art Center. Free March 25 – The College of Musical Arts’ Music at the Forefront series features Sarah Cahill, a pianist, composer and producer. The New York Times called her “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde.” She has commissioned and premiered over 60 compositions for solo piano and was named a 2018 Champion of New Music by the American Composers Forum. Her performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 26 – Music at the Manor House presents the piano students of BGSU piano professor Robert Satterlee. The recital will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wildwood Metropark Manor House at 5100 Central Ave., Toledo. Free March 26 – Tuesdays at the Gish presents “Wendy and Lucy,” a 2008 film directed by Kelly Reichardt. This award-winning film is an intimate character study of a young woman, Wendy, and her dog, Lucy. On her way to find work in Alaska, Wendy’s car breaks down in a small town and she finds herself stranded and unable to pay for repairs or even food. This American drama is a simple yet beautifully told narrative of uncertainty and hope in the face of hardship. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free March 26 – BGSU composition students will present their works during the Student Composers Forum. They will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 27 – Photographer David Hilliard will present a public lecture during a three-day residency in the BGSU School of Art. Hilliard’s color photographs, which were part of the 2017 FACE IT exhibition in the Fine Arts Center, are often triptychs presenting elaborative narratives. He explores a range of themes and situations drawn from…