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Aaron Edwards
March 30, 2017 : Student art exhibition showcases best of OUC’s artists

Student art exhibition showcases best of OUC’s artists


The 30th annual undergraduate student exhibition, titled Exchange, will open April 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Patricia Scott gallery highlighting the work of students on the Chillicothe campus.


Open to all undergraduate students, the show features work in numerous artistic categories including photography, graphics, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing and more.

Awards will be given for best in show, first, second and third places overall.


Aaron Edwards, a junior art history major at OUC, entered the competition for this first time this year with his ceramics piece depicting the lower portion of the spine. He noted that his inspiration came during an assignment for structure class involving stackable objects. He wanted to take the translation even further by focusing in on the spine as opposed to boxes or other objects. 


“I’m excited about the show,” said Edwards, who plans to transfer to Ohio University in Athens to pursue his degree in art history and attain a museum certificate. “My favorite part about art is learning the processes of other people.”


The show typically features between 75 and 100 pieces of student work, with many entries coming from non-art majors or minors.


This year’s judge will be the acclaimed sculpture artist, Michelle Stitzlein, who resides in Baltimore, Ohio and creates large scale sculpture from recycled materials. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and museums nationwide including the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, COSI and the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus.


“This show is a great finish to the processes we have explored in our classes throughout the year and it gives the students a chance to showcase the hard work they’ve put into becoming artists and discovering what they want to convey through their art,” said Darren Baker, associate lecturer of art at OUC. “It’s a fantastic show that brings together the talents of so many of our students, including those who aren’t art majors or minors, and we get to recognize them in a larger venue.”


The winning student art will be featured in the Glass Enclosures publication and winners will receive cash prizes.