Feb. 7, 2007
By Anna Marie Finley
Members of the Ohio University community may have noticed another campus landmark -- besides the venerated Front Room -- that has made the move to the new Baker University Center. The Trisolini Art Gallery, an offering of the School of Art, can now be found on the fourth floor of the university center. Previously, the gallery was located on West Union St. across from Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
|Join us for Baker University Center's grand opening|
You're invited to check out the gallery's new home during Baker University Center's grand opening celebration. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.
Everyone is invited to the daylong event, which includes guided tours, a dedication of art installation, a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, music and prizes.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.ohio.edu/center/events/
The former Trisolini house and gallery was dedicated in 1974 to Anthony Trisolini, a distinguished faculty member and chairman of the Department of Comparative Arts and the dean of College of Fine Arts during his time here. Located in the converted three-room lower level, the gallery hosted many student and individual regional artists, with special exhibits from art organizations such as the Athens Bead Society. It will continue to house the offices of former President Charles J. Ping and the Cutler Scholars Program.
The gallery move was a result of plans to expand these offices that are currently on the building's upper level. On Jan. 9, it officially opened in its new location with the exhibition "Alter Egos: Drawings and Prints by Christopher Ganz." The artist is an assistant professor of art at Indiana University and has brought large-scale prints that utilize charcoal, intaglio and lithograph. A lecture by the artist was held the evening of the opening, followed by a reception.
Olivia Thomas, gallery employee and senior at Ohio University, who also worked at the Trisolini's former location, sees the move as an advantage for more exposure. "We have seen a lot more people come through and not just students. The first Saturday we were open we saw over a hundred people come in," she said.
The new location being in Baker has a lot to do with the increase in traffic, Thomas explained, mainly because the old location "was out of the way for a lot of people."
The current exhibit will be on display through Feb. 17, and will be followed by an Undergraduate Art Education exhibition scheduled to open Feb. 20. The gallery's operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Anna Marie Finley is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing