The Wehrle Art Gallery features collections and exhibits by ODU students and faculty as well as international and local artists. The gallery has free admission and is open to the public.
The title for the 2014-15 programming of Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery is Landscape Revisited: “Wilder image bright.”
“Wilder image bright” is the last line of an 1829 poem by the American William Cullen Bryant titled “Sonnet to an American Painter Departing for Europe,” which is about the imprint one’s native landscape has on one’s inner life.
All of this year’s exhibitions will revolve around the image or “imprint” of the landscape and the notion of one’s natural environment as a matrix for creativity. Exhibitions will range from a community exploration of images of the local landscape to the work of David Thomas, a critically acclaimed painter from Boston who works in the tradition of the great late 19th-early 20th century American painters such as Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Throughout the year, the gallery will host landscape art workshops, surveys and a panel on the distinctive role the American landscape has had on the tradition of American Art.
This special year of landscape programming has been made possible through the generous funding of the R.W. Carstens Endowment for the Humanities.
October 12 – December 7Opening: 1 – 3:30 p.m., October 12
The oil paintings of David Thomas represent more than 10 years’ work, many done in the canyons of northern New Mexico and Arizona. They are intended to evoke the fragile beauty of sandstone and the mystery of its texture. The paintings are impressions of the undulating, colorful surface of the wind-eroded and water-stained stone.
Some of the work is intended to suggest the interplay between man-made textures (i.e., petroglyphs) and natural textures and forms. As with the gradually disappearing petroglyphs, the figurative imagery in the work is partially hidden. This obscuring of imagery is a metaphor for the unknown meaning of most rock art.
November 5, 12 noon
January 18 – March 8, 2015Opening: 1 – 3:30 p.m., January 18
Terri Maloney-Houston and Jes Moore use the natural world as an interface for their art making in very different yet complimentary ways. Maloney-Houston creates site-specific installations, often in the landscape, using hundreds of handmade porcelain leaf forms. Jes Moore uses one of the oldest natural materials, beeswax, for her mixed media collages, which address our place in the vastness of the universe. "Encaustic" by Jes Moore, pictured above.
March 22 – April 5, 2015Opening: 1 – 3:30 p.m., March 22
A Dominican Sister of Peace, Sr. Thoma Swanson, OP, has devoted her life to preaching the gospel through her artwork. She received the Fra Angelico Award from the Dominican Institute for the Arts in 2005, given annually to an artist who exemplifies Fra Angelico’s dedication to furthering Holy Preaching through art. "Palm Santa Rosa," pictured above.
May 3 – June 6, 2015Opening: 1 – 3:30 p.m., May 3
This exhibition is the capstone experience for Ohio Dominican University’s Fine Art and Graphic Design students who create an individual body of work.
This exhibition features the work of Ohio Dominican University faculty, staff, students, alumni, family and friends who painted landscapes in the summer Wehrle Wednesday Painting series or submitted their own independently created works that address the landscape in any medium. This exhibition also correlates with the Sophomore Core Classes, which explore the idea of community.
May 3 to June 6Opening: 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 3, Wehrle Gallery
Ohio Dominican University senior Art and Design students will open their exhibit, “Terms & Conditions,” on Saturday, May 3. The free event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wehrle Gallery on ODU’s main campus. The exhibit runs until June 6.
“Terms & Conditions” features artists who are connected by the desire to educate and expose people to everyday situations ranging from medical conditions to societal precepts, as well as the way people are trained by society to interpret and act on those stimuli. Through the focus of their work, senior artists and designers will shine a spotlight on a topic that they are passionate about. The various pieces span a wide assortment of materials, including traditional and nontraditional media, two- and three-dimensional works, photography, videography, book design, visual identity design, and website design.
Contributing artists and designers include Casey Bauer, Pete Bell, Tabitha Brown, Cassandra Goodall, Tiffany Henderson, Brandon Henestofel, Sarah McCann, Maria Palmer, Emily Riley and Paige Winfree.
Opening: 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 8
Ohio Dominican will host the Award of Excellence in the Visual Arts competition run by the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio.
Maria Palmer, ODU senior and Fine Arts major, was a nominee. ODU Assistant Professor of Art Jessica Larva was a round one judge.
Read more about the AICUO Awards
November 14, 2013 to January 17, 2014
A native of Columbia, Eliana Calle-Saari creates reductive woodblock prints that explore memory, heritage and their interaction with the present.
August 15 to September 16, 2013
ODU’s Permanent Collection features important and influential artists such as Edward Potthast, Leo Stein and Salvador Dali.
Monday - Friday, year round10 a.m. to 4 p.mFree admission
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Dr. Janette KnowlesDirectorWehrle Art Gallery