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Celebrating Æthelred Eldridge, Fall 2019

Celebrating Æthelred Eldridge, Fall 2019
Æthelred Eldridge in his home, circa 1967, future location of Golgonooza. Image courtesy of the Ohio University Archives.

The School of Art + Design and the College of Fine Arts celebrates the life and work of Professor Emeritus Æthelred Eldridge (1930–2018) with an exhibition, performances, alumni and community event, and exhibitions in Athens and beyond, beginning with Æthelred Eldridge Exhibition of Work, opening September 24 in the Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center.

The former Ohio University associate professor of art and influential avant-garde artist, Eldridge taught in the School of Art + Design from 1958 to 2014 at OHIO, developing his own unique curriculum influenced by his personal style of art which did not fit neatly into prescribed categories. Many of his classes, as alumni may recall, functioned as performance pieces unto themselves, often surprising, shocking, and always memorable. 

Mark your calendars now, and join us in the fall for an exciting series of happenings, coordinated with the assistance of the Eldridge family and partnering organizations to conjure the playful spirit of the work and life of this legendary artist. Further event details will be made public in late summer. 

Collecting Memories of Æthelred Eldridge

We are collecting memories of Æthelred Eldridge, and we need your help!

Ohio University School of Art + Design is organizing an exhibition of archived memories and stories about the artist and educator Æthelred Eldridge, to be presented in an exhibition paired with a selection of work by Alexandra Eldridge titled One Must Pass Inward at the Majestic Galleries, 20 Public Square, Nelsonville, from September 24–October 24.

Alumni, former faculty, and community friends who wish to share personal recollections and experiences about Æthelred Eldridge are encouraged to send writings to the school at art-design@ohio.edu for inclusion in the Æthelred Eldridge Memories and Reflections Exhibition.

SUBMIT: Please submit your memories as follows: 2-20 written sentences, typed, emailed to: art-design@ohio.edu

(We will arrange contributions as part of a display at the exhibition.)

Please include this information:

*When you knew Aethelred Eldridge, and/or what context

*Specific memory/memories/comments *(Optional) Information about yourself or your current career and/or location


Aethelred Eldridge event Postcard 2019


Æthelred Eldridge (1930–2018) Celebration Events

Æthelred Eldridge Exhibition of Work 
Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center
September 24–October 12 
Reception: September 26, 5:00-7:00 P.M.  

Æthelred, Alumni, School & Friends Celebration, Party & Performance 
Seigfred Hall, 20 Church St.
September 26, 7:00–10:00 P.M. 

Visiting Artist Max Rada Dada 
Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center
September 25-29, Times TBD (Scheduled performances) 

Æthelred Eldridge Memories and Reflections +
Alexandra Eldridge
One Must Pass Inward

Majestic Galleries, 20 Public Square, Nelsonville
Exhibition: September 27–October 20 
Reception: September 27, 6:00-9:00 P.M.  
Reception: October 4th, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (artist Alexandra Eldridge will be present)

Æthelred Prints/Woodcuts 
Columbus Printed Arts Center, 2000 S High St, Columbus  
Exhibition: September 19–November 24 
Opening Reception: September 21, 6:00-9:00 P.M. 
Closing Reception: November 15, 6:00-9:00 P.M. 

Ohio Paint/Print/Photo Exhibition
Featuring work by Æthelred Eldridge
Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Ln, Athens
Exhibition: October 5–November 30
Reception: October 4, 5–7 P.M.