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    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.


    WehrleLandscape Revisited: “Wilder image bright”

    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.   


    Swan Song: A Retrospective of the Art of Sr. Thoma Swanson OP. 

    March 22 – April 5, 2015
    Opening: 1 – 3:30 p.m., March 22 

    Palm Santa Rose

    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 '12," pictured above.

    Senior Exhibition

    May 3 – June 6, 2015
    Opening: 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.


    Natural Abundance: New Work by Terri Maloney-Houston & Jes Moore

    January 18 – March 8, 2015
    Opening: 1 – 3:30 p.m., January 18 

    Natural Abundance 

    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. 

    Canyon Passages – Work by David Thomas

    October 12 – December 7
    Opening: 1 – 3:30 p.m., October 12 

    Canyon Passages

    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.

    Community Colloquium: Message & Meaning in the American Landscape

    November 5, 12 noon - 4 p.m., Griffin Student Center, Rooms 260-261 

    Join us in discussing the evolution of meaning in American landscape from the 19th century to today with Rod Bouc, landscape artist and Deputy Director of the Columbus Museum of Art and Ohio Dominican professors Ron Carstens, Professor and Program Chair of Political Science, Janette Knowles, Associate Professor and Program Chair of Art and Design, and Kelsey Squire, Assistant Professor of English. 

    "Message and Meaning in American Landscape" is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Canyon Passages: Work by David Thomas," on view through December 7 in Ohio Dominican’s Wehrle Gallery. These special programs have been made possible by a grant from the R. W. Carstens Endowment for the Humanities. 


    Landscape and the Art of the Extended ODU Community

    August 27 – September 21 

    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.

    2014 Senior Exhibition: Terms & Conditions

    May 3 to June 6
    Opening: 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 3, Wehrle Gallery 

    Terms and Conditions image 

    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. 


    Monday - Friday, year round
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m
    Free admission

    Wehrle Hall
    Ohio Dominican University
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, OH 43219


    Dr. Janette Knowles
    Wehrle Art Gallery 

    (614) 251-4612