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The Wehrle Art Gallery features collections and exhibits by ODU students and faculty as well as local and international artists. The gallery is open to the public with free admission.

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

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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.

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.

Previous Exhibits: 2014-2015

  • 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.