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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 is open to the public throughout the year. Admission is free.

New Works by Martha G. Michael and Brooke Hunter-Lombardi

Feb. 19 - April 3, 2016
Opening: 5-7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 

Columbus artists Martha G. Michael and Brooke Hunter-Lombardi explore the materiality and physical process of artistic production. The exhibition is an exploration of the process made physical or three-dimensional.
  • About the Artists

    Martha G. Michael
    Trained as a metalsmith, Martha Gallagher Michael is an artist that is not set in a medium, style or color scheme. She is interested in exploring the depths of her own psyche in a variety of ways and rejoices when she finds a way to get ideas out that are visually appealing and provocative to the intellect of others, but creates for herself.   She is captivated by the intimacy of the conversation she has during art making with the piece(s) and decisions made. She has extensive teaching experience, including four years teaching K-8 in public schools. She taught beginning and advanced drawing, and color theory, at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, as well as AP Art and beginning metals at Midland School in Los Olivos, California. Currently, she is a professor at Capital University in Education and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her two dogs.

    Brooke Hunter-Lombardi
    Brooke Hunter-Lombardi is an artist/educator from Columbus, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) and her Master of Fine Art from The Ohio State University (OSU). While at OSU she was awarded a College Book Art Association Project Assistance Grant, a Graduate Teaching Associateship, an Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant, was a finalist for the Hayes Graduate Research Forum and was a two time recipient of the Fergus Memorial Scholarship Award. Hunter-Lombardi's current body of work incorporates her love of science, history and storytelling through ceramics, watercolor, mixed media, printmaking, book arts and assemblage. Teaching since 1994, she seeks to facilitate maximum learning, as she works with all age groups including 16 years' experience teaching college art foundations and over a decade of teacher training. Hunter-Lombardi is currently on faculty at Arts & College Preparatory Academy in Columbus, Ohio, which is nationally recognized and rated as one of Ohio’s top Charter Schools. She teaches 3D Art, Advanced Ceramics, Visual journaling and Advanced Placement Studio Art.

    • Brooke Hunter-Lombardi Artist Statement
      Looking forward, Looking back
      Eclectic and inspired, my new work matches my daily life. It seems I process the demands and expectations of my busy world by tackling projects and working through concepts, allowing inspiration to come from the people, places and things that surround me as well as the materials themselves. My day job as a teacher and my important roles of spouse, mother, daughter, sister, and friend overlap and mold me as I strive to learn, grow and express myself as an artist. Rather than one clear focus, various recent fascinations can be seen through the lens of my current work. Much like the impact of my overlapping roles, my artwork ranges from realistic, historical-inspired watercolor paintings, to collaborative assemblage works created with live silkworms, whimsical teapots, miniature people and personal cartography.

      Learn more about Brooke Hunter-Lombardi at www.TheDayofTheBreakthrough.blogspot.com

Upcoming Exhibits

Previous Exhibits

Senior Art Exhibit. Video by ODU Student Anita Picoteando

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Ohio Dominican University Art major, Jes Moore, explains how she uses beeswax to create wonderful and beautiful works of art.

  • Hope is the thing with feathers: An Exploration of Bird Imagery Created by the Ohio Dominican University
    • Dec. 4, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016
    • Opening: 5-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 


    Enjoy the creative explorations of the avian world created by the faculty, staff and friends of Ohio Dominican University.  A range of media will be featured from the stained glass of John Mascasine from the Education Department to the watercolor cranes of Dede Shine in the International Education Office.

  • An Installation by Curtis Goldstein
    • Sept. 25 – Nov. 22, 2015
    • Opening: 5-7:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015


    Wehrle Gallery is proud to have this exhibition of one of its own instructors, Curtis Goldstein, a powerful presence in the Midwestern painting scene. Mr. Goldstein has been featured regularly in print, and shown in art centers and museums.  His works consist of imagery made from pieces of packaging, advertising and other discarded materials. His recent work mimics the manufactured environment’s physical and psychological omnipresence in a highly compressed form, while attesting to the reflexive nature of perception.

  • Selections from the Permanent Collection
    • Aug. 10 – Sept. 16, 2015  


    This exhibition features a selection of works from the Kenefick-Pappas Collection of European and American art from the 20th century, and the Anna Marie Robinson Collection of contemporary regional artists.

  • 2015 Senior Exhibition: Details
    2015 Senior Exhibition: Details
    • Opening Reception: May 3, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
    • Exhibit: May 3 – June 28, 2015
    Details: ODU Senior Exhibition is the culmination of four years of study of Ohio Dominican University’s Fine Art and Graphic Design students and features projects completed during their senior year. Students explored the importance of detail, both artistic and intellectual, and created individual bodies of work in print, branding, painting, and textiles.   

    Please join us to see the work of the next generation of creatives from Ohio Dominican University as they take their sensitivity to detail out into the community to, in the words of Charles Eames, one of the twentieth century’s most influential designers, “connect, and connect, and connect,” and make the world a more harmonious place.
  • Landscape 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
    Swan Song: A Retrospective of the Art of Sr. Thoma Swanson OP
    • Opening Reception: March 22, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
    • Exhibit: March 22 – April 5, 2015

    Palm Santa Rosa

    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.

  • Natural Abundance

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

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

    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

    Canyon Passages: Work by David Thomas

    • Opening Reception: October 12, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
    • Exhibit: October 12 – December 7

    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.