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Published 5/27/2004

"Clothes Make the Man/Woman" Exhibit to Appear At Owens' Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery in June and July

Owens Community College will adorn its Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery in fantastic examples of theatrical costumes as part of a summer exhibit titled "Clothes Make the Man/Woman". The exhibition will feature a collection of artistic theatrical wardrobe crafted by several local artists and will be on display, June 7 - July 30.

"Owens Community College is proud to offer area residents a rare opportunity to experience a behind the scenes look at costume design," said Wynn Perry, Owens Adjunct Faculty member who curates the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. "The importance of costume design in modern stagecraft is immeasurable. Artistic wardrobe expressions, such as those displayed as part this exhibit, are truly significant to the value of modern theatrical productions and performances."

Among the featured theatrical wardrobe designers highlighted within the exhibit are Kathy Dowd, Nichole Newman, Holly Monsos, Kay Pope and Margaret McCubbin.

Kathy Dowd is known best for her historical reproductions from the Renaissance, Regency, Victorian and Civil War periods. Her previous work includes historic clothing design for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and previously serving as a soft toy designer for Fisher Price Inc. Dowd currently oversees the costume shop for Owens Community College's theatrical performances and is the costume coordinator for the Toledo Opera.

Nichole Newman has served as a costume designer for several films and television shows in Chicago. Her expertise includes designing retro and avant-garde fashion, as well as pop art pillows and t-shirts. She currently assists in costume designing for theatrical performances at the College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Holly Monsos' professional background includes teaching and designing for the University of Montana and the Dillard School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also has spent several years as a cutter/draper in professional theatre, working with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Actors Theatre of Louisville and the San Francisco Opera. In addition, Monsos has designed for over 60 University of Toledo theatrical productions, as well as several performances for the Toledo Repertory Theatre.

Kay Pope has worked in costume design since 1987, designing for the Santa Fe Opera, Baltimore's Center Stage and the Toledo Opera. In addition to her professional experience, Pope has taught costume design at Murray State University and Idaho State University. She currently holds the position of costume shop manager with the University of Toledo.

Margaret McCubbin is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and currently designs costumes for Bowling Green State University. She previously served as a designer for the Pittsburgh Chamber Opera and the Delhi Precision Figure Skating Team in Ontario, Canada. McCubbin also worked as an associate designer with Edward Gorey on a theatrical production of "The Mikado" and was an assistant designer for the television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood".

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public, Monday- Thursday, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. In addition, a costume party for the "Clothes Make the Man/Woman" exhibit will occur on Friday, June 11. The costume party will begin at 6 p.m. For more information about the exhibition, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four- year college or university.


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