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Ohio University College of Fine Arts Kicks Off 75th Anniversary with Jim Dine Exhibit

Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Starting in July, the milestone will be marked with several events, starting with an exhibition by world-renowned contemporary artist and alumnus Jim Dine and culminating with the College of Fine Arts 75th Anniversary Gala, a program of performing arts, at Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium on April 14, 2012. 

The celebration’s theme is "College of Fine Arts 75th Anniversary: Inspiring Lives," and has been planned with alumni and friends in mind. Alumni are invited to share stories throughout the year about how College of Fine Arts' teachers or classes inspired and transformed them. These stories and other memories will be collected and shared via the college’s website and Facebook page.

The college’s anniversary theme reflects on how the college has enhanced and informed the lives of its alumni over the last 75 years - be they artists, arts scholars or arts educators, said Dean Charles McWeeny.

"Our mission is the overall advancement of the arts through active participation in all artistic endeavors," McWeeny said. "Our vision is to be a national leader in professional training and education in the arts. Both of these are realized at the College of Fine Arts today because of the inspiring work our graduates bring into the world and because of the dedication and professionalism of our faculty and staff now and over the last 75 years."

Opening July 8 at the College’s Kennedy Museum of Art, the exhibition "Jim Dine: Sculpture and Large Prints" highlights many of the ideas and concepts Dine has explored in his work, from the tool and tool imagery to the Venus figure and the heart motif, and more recently, the theme of Pinocchio.

A preview reception for Dine’s exhibition will be held 7-9 p.m. on July 7. The reception, sponsored by Friends of Kennedy Museum, will feature a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Jefferson Airplane former guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.

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Dine will return to campus for another anniversary event, "A Conversation with Jim Dine," at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. The evening will feature an interview and discussion with Dine, led by alumnus and Meijer Gardens Curator Joseph Becherer. The event is free and open to the public. 

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said Dine’s return to campus gives the University community and the public an opportunity to reflect on the College’s 75-year tradition of excellence.

"The opportunity to welcome renowned alumnus Jim Dine back to Ohio University gives us the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate his remarkable achievements while lifting up the College of Fine Arts and its excellent programs," said McDavis. "The College’s lasting effects over the last 75 years are seen, felt, and heard around the world through the creative works of its faculty, alumni and current students. And, what is most exciting is that this legacy has only just begun." 

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