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The Wehrle 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.

A Tree's Voice: Matt Bliss and the Art of Wood

A Tree's Voice, Matt Bliss and the Art of Wood, new exhibit opening at the Wehrle Gallery on Friday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Aug. 21 - Oct. 23, 2016
Opening: 5 - 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 


The title of this exhibition comes from Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree—"To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature." Ohio Dominican University Fine Art alum and master woodworker Matt Bliss finds the voice of reclaimed and found wood to create beautiful and elegiac sculptures and wall pieces that defy traditional categorization. 

Upcoming Exhibits

  • Todd Camp: New Works in Mixed Media
    • Nov. 4, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
    • Opening: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4

    Todd Camp’s curiosity and sensitivity to a material’s specific attributes gave rise to his newest works in mixed media.

    A piece of art by Todd Camp.

  • Editions and Experiences: Eliana Calle-Saari and the Art of the Print
    • Jan. 20 – March 26, 2017
    • Opening: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20

    Colombian transplant Eliana Calle-Saari has spent the last two decades translating life experiences into exquisite prints which exploit the specific expressive tendencies of the chosen technique; be it etching or woodcut.

    Eliana Calle-Saari works with one of her prints.

  • From the Halls of Wehrle: 2017 Senior Exhibition
    • April 30 – June 30, 2017
    • Opening: Sunday, April 24, 1-3:30 p.m. 

    Celebrate with our graduating seniors! This exhibition is the capstone of Art, Art Education, and Graphic Design students and features a range of content and media. 

     

Previous Exhibits

  • From the Halls of Wehrle: 2016 Senior Exhibition
    • April 24- June 30, 2016
    • Opening: 1-3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 24

    This exhibition is the capstone of Art, Art Education and Graphic Design students, and features a range of content and media.

  • The Physical Process: New Work by Martha 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. Martha Michael intended to create a series of collograph prints, which is a type of printmaking where texture is built on a matrix, then "printed" on a press. Instead, she was drawn to the energy and materiality of the print matrix itself. This exhibition is an exploration of the process made physical or three-dimensional.

    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
  • 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 

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    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

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    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  

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    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.

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.