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Published 8/12/2005

National and Local Artists to Display Works During Owens' Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery 2005-06 Season

Owens Community College will welcome visual artists of all genres to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery as the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts opens its 2005-06 Arts Exhibition Season. The Arts Exhibition Season will include a wide range of student, faculty and professional artists in various media.

Handmade books, using distressed paper and recycled words, will serve one of the many exhibition season highlights as contemplative works, created by several internationally acclaimed American artists, appear at the Gallery from November 7 - December 15. The exhibit titled "Artists Create Books" will showcase the works of unconventional bookmakers Terry Braunstein, Linda Ekstrom, Mary Heebner, Sue Ann Robinson and Genie Shenk. The Gallery's exhibit will correspond with the Ohio Shakespeare Conference, hosted by Owens, and focus many of the literary pieces on the works of Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson and the Bible, among other areas.

Several other exhibits are scheduled in the College's Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery for the 2005-06 season. Beginning on August 22, an exhibit titled "Kim Thanasiu Installation" will feature the work of self-taught artist Kim Thanasiu. Thanasiu blends childhood memories of American icons, ranging from Alfred E. Newman to G.I. Joe, into his artistic expressions. The work takes into account personal thoughts and beliefs to create a vibrant tapestry of colorful artwork.

Starting on October 1, award-winning artists (weaver) Mai Curtis, (printmaker) Mania Dajnak and (ceramicist) Mary Weis will combine their innovation and unique talents into a multi-faceted art exhibition. Owens also celebrates the recent opening of the Toledo Museum of Art's new glass building by showcasing works of several contemporary glass artists in February and March. The exhibit is titled "Glass in the Glass City."

Additionally, Owens faculty, staff and students will have the unique opportunity to present their visual art at the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. The Faculty Exhibition will take place, January 9 - February 4, while the Student Art Exhibition is scheduled for March 31 - April 29.

"Owens Community College is proud to provide a marvelous exhibition gallery where local and national artists can express their artistic talents to the community," said Wynn Perry, Owens adjunct faculty member who curates the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. "The College looks forward to another enriching season at the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery where area residents will have the opportunity to experience a culturally diverse exposure to the arts."

Perry added, "This facility allows students and the community the prospect of not only learning about visual art second-hand, but also experiencing it personally through the gallery's distinct exhibits."

Owens' Art Exhibition Gallery is named in honor of Walter E. Terhune, a successful businessman and philanthropist in the 1800s. In 2003, the KeyBank National Association donated $100,000 to the Owens Community College Foundation, on behalf of the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund, to ensure the continued advancement of academic offerings and activities in Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For additional information about the College's 2005-06 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721 or (567) 661-2721.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new 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, and 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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