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Art Exhibitions

NOTE: The fundraising event in conjunction with Bol Aweng's The Journey of Hope exhibition on Tuesday, November 11 has been postponed until further notice.

Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery

Art and Communication Building
33 Collegeview Road, Westerville, OH 43081 - campus map
Open Mon - Fri, 8:00a - 4:00p, Sat - Sun, 1:00p - 4p
Closed holidays and academic breaks.
For information call 614.823.1792

Contemporary African Artists Consider
Place & Identity in Our Connected World
Carol Boram-Hays, Guest Curator
August 21 - December 1, 2017
Reception: Thursday, August 31, 5p - 7p
African artists Osi Audu, Olu Amoda, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Maurice Pefura, and E. Okechukwu Odita explore the complex concept of home in our global world. While acknowledging that we all are impacted deeply by the places and cultures into which we are born, these artists reveal
how the notion of home can be fluid, virtual, fragmented, hybrid, or even contested.
Artwork and photographs courtesy of Skoto Gallery, NY

The Journey of Hope: Stories from Sudan to Columbus
Miller Gallery (exterior)
September 8 - November 21, 2017
Columbus artist Bol Aweng paints on both canvas and rocks. His work tells the story of his journey from Jonglei State, South Sudan to Columbus, Ohio, and from living as a “lost boy” (an orphaned refugee) to a thriving artist, college graduate, husband, and father. Aweng is co-founder with Jok Dau of the Buckeye Medical Clinic in his home village of Piol, South Sudan.  

Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition
January 8 - February 9, 2018
Reception: Thursday, January 11, 4p -6p
Otterbein Art faculty and staff explore themes of storytelling and identity
through global, local, and personal contexts. Artists include Don Austin,
Jim Bowling, Louise Captein, Susan Fagan, Nicholas Hill, Johnathan Johnson,
Amanda Kline, Chaz O’Neil, and Margarita Vilshanetskaya.

21st Annual Juried Student Exhibition
February 17 - March 3, 2018
Alexandra Coon, Juror
Executive Director, Massillon Museum
Reception: Friday, February 16, 5p - 7p

Senior Art Exhibitions
March 12 - April 27, 2018
Weekly exhibitions and receptions by graduating art majors.

Fisher Gallery

Roush Hall (first and second floors)
27 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081 - campus map 
Open daily, 9:00a - 9:00p 
Closed holidays and academic breaks
For information call 614.823.1792

Extra Ordinary Lives: Portraits from a Divided Land
August 21 – December 3, 2017
Sophia Klaase, Photographer
Siona O'Connell & Rick Rohde, Curators
In 1999, just five years after the first free elections were held in post-apartheid South Africa, fourteen-year-old Sophia Klaase (1985-2017) began taking photographs when Social Anthropologist Rick Rohde provided members of her community with cameras. Part of a long-term study of her remote village, Paulshoek, in the country’s sparsely populated Northern Cape, Klaase emerged as a rare talent. She eventually amassed a collection of over 1,500 images that record village life and the passage of time from the perspective of a young woman growing up in the ‘new’ South Africa. Klaase photographed family, friends, village events, daily chores, and self-portraits, overturning the Colonial trope of documenting indigenous people as anthropological specimens. 

Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present
January 2 - May 6, 2018
Reception: Thursday, January 25, 4:30p - 6:30p
Originally from Sudan, Columbus-based artist Mohmed Hamid presents paintings inspired by the many cultures and traditions he has encountered. He combines traditional motifs, scripts, architectural forms, and patterns to create vivid landscapes and cityscapes. Through robust yet subtle layering, the paintings invite exploration as they play with the revealing and concealing of past and present realities.

The Frank Museum of Art

39 S. Vine Street, Westerville, OH 43081 - campus map
Open Wed - Sat, 11:00a - 3:00p during the University's academic year
For information call 614.818.9716

South Africa at Liberty: Photography and Films by Yasser Booley
August 30 – December 2, 2017
 Joan Legalamitlwa, Curator
Public talk & reception: Thursday, November 2, 6:30p - 8:30p
The 6:30p talk will be in the Philomathean Room, Towers Hall, 3rd Floor
The 7:30p reception will be held at the Frank Museum of Art

This exhibition is a celebration, an indulgent vision of photographer Yasser Booley’s South Africa. Taken from an extensive body of work that begins on the eve of the abolition of apartheid, the photographs span two decades and show ordinary people in the eclectic “rainbow nation” caught at the crossroads, entangled in a disheveled unity. Booley brings to light the beauty of humanity through religious and cultural differences, through class and gender diversity, revealing his unbridled optimism, often sprinkled with an accidental irony. The show coincides with the book Yasser Booley: South Africa at Liberty, Collection Africalia Editions series published by Africalia Editions & Stichting Kunstboek, 2016. Yasser Booley will be an artist-in-residence in Fall 2017.

Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee's World
January 10 - April 28, 2018
Tariq Tarey, Photographer & Filmmaker
Ladan Osman '06, Poet
Another Place juxtaposes the storytelling prowess of Tariq Tarey’s photographs and films with the visually evocative poems of Ladan Osman (class of ‘06). Through the work of these award-winning creatives, who both came to the United States as refugees from Somalia, the exhibition moves the viewer beyond sweeping generalizations and mind-numbing refugee counts into dialogue with personal lives, humanizing the refugee experience.  

Special thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts
for their continued support of our Opening Doors to the World exhibitions. 

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The Department of Art is located at 
33 Collegeview Rd.

Office Hours
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Administrative Assistant
33 Collegeview Rd.
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