Keith Simpson

Keith Simpson, a senior in the nursing program at Ohio University Zanesville, works on a table he created to celebrate the new branding campaign for OHIO’s regional campuses, “Imagine Your Possibilities.”

Photographer: Chris Shaw

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Zanesville Campus to hold first-ever Student Art Appreciation Event

Ohio University’s Zanesville Campus is gearing up for its first-ever Student Art Appreciation Event, an evening dedicated to showcasing the artistic creations of the campus’ student body and inspired by a student who used his art to celebrate the regional campus.

The Student Art Appreciation Event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Zanesville Campus Library. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a performance by the campus’ Choral Union (see sidebar), a reception and an exhibit displaying the art Ohio University Zanesville students have created during the 2013-14 academic year.

Sara Davis, who works in the Public Relations Office at the Zanesville Campus, and Tracey Humphrey, a library associate at the Zanesville Campus Library, are organizing the event, which will feature a wide array of art mediums created by students, including ceramics, drawings, music, paintings, photography and written works. The Student Art Appreciation Event will highlight the creative expressions of students who have studied under the direction of Maddy Fraioli and Michael Seiler, fine arts instructors; Lisa Haven and Mike Nern, associate professors of English; and Whitney Sage, an art lecturer.

The purpose of the evening is to recognize Zanesville students for their artistic efforts and to encourage them to continue the pursuit of creativity and art appreciation, regardless of their academic fields of interests.

“Keith Simpson was the inspiration behind the Student Art Appreciation Event because we wanted to thank him for the work he’s done,” explained Davis. “We also wanted to feature other students who have created pieces this year. This is a new event that the University is hoping to continue.”

Simpson, a senior in the nursing program at the Zanesville Campus, created a coffee table last spring with a ceramic top that featured “The Path to Your Promise” branding campaign. His project caught the eye of Chris Shaw, director of public relations at the Zanesville Campus, who asked him to create another piece of artwork incorporating the new branding campaign for OHIO’s regional campuses, “Imagine Your Possibilities.”

Shaw gave Simpson free reign in terms of the design, and Simpson’s creation, another table with a ceramic top, will be unveiled at the Student Art Appreciation Event.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” Simpson said of being recognized for his artwork. “In high school, I never did anything to stand out. It is neat that they care enough to spotlight me. It’s definitely a humbling experience.”

Simpson credited his brother for encouraging him to enroll in an art class. He opted to try his hand at ceramics and found that he loved it, having since enrolled in two additional ceramics classes.

“It is so rewarding to see our students embrace our branding campaign at such a personal level,” said Shaw of Simpson’s work. “His concept of imaging your possibilities and education being priceless is great, and his quality of work on the table is remarkable.”

“I never dreamed I would have taken ceramics and enjoyed it as much as I did and that I would give something to the school to keep for years,” said Simpson.

For more information on the Student Art Appreciation Event, visit

Choral Union to present concert

The Student Art Appreciation Event will kick off with a performance by the Ohio University Zanesville Choral Union and will be followed by the Choral Union’s Spring Mini Concert.

The mini concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Elson Hall Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Members of the ensemble include sopranos Amber Abram of New Lexington, Amanda Lanning of Nashport and Nicole Spragg of Frazeysburg; altos Bree Banks of Cambridge, Taylor Calendine and Lisa Sharp of Zanesville and Kayla Schumacher; and basses Troy Jones of Zanesville and Tommy-Charles Renick of New Lexington. The group, under the direction of Charles Savage, assistant professor of music at Ohio University Zanesville, will be presenting selections by Clark, Lutkin, Moore, Rodgers, Schonberg, Thompson, and Whitacre.