Tag Archives: Art


Faculty Project: Creative Deed 365

This is a guest blog written by Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, Adjunct Faculty, Counseling and Art Therapy program.


“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!” ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

Since 2013, I have been engaging in daily art-making as a challenge to my creative self, as an act of self-care, and to take time to pause from the activity of everyday life. In 2015, from January 1- December 31, I decided to make small pieces of art everyday– usually between the size of a playing card found365artjan11and half an index card, to randomly gift to others as acts of kindness and to spread creative goodness to others. This year’s creative daily practice is a departure from the 365 art I’ve worked on the last 2 years, in that I am not keeping what I create or cultivating a collection from each day. Instead, I wanted to share this process with others, give it all away & pay it forward with artful positive messages of hope, inspiration, and possibility.

marchcd365collageThe act of giving away this 365 project challenges me with fun curiosity about where, when, and how to leave the art behind, and I am even more curious about the receiving process and how it might be discovered.

Throughout this year, I have left my creative deeds outdoors & inside of stores, parking meters, at local coffee shops or eateries, colleges (including the Ursuline campus!), conferences, my favorite art stores, gas station pumps, elevators and more. On the back of each of piece of art, I include a label that briefly explains the intention of the project, as well as ways to share the find.
It is always an unexpected delight to discover that a creative deed has been found and see the response of the finder! I usually come across someone who found a piece of the project through Twitter or Instagram and has used the hashtag #creativedeed365 as part of their posting. I have also had some people e-mail the Creative Deed 365 address. It’s a nice reminder & expression of gratitude about the power of art and the role of kindness to make a positive impact in the lives of others.309365Find

Also, in the spirit of engaging in this process with others, I invited others through social media to become a part of this creative challenge with me. I created a group on Facebook where others could contribute their own art inspired by the concept of this project. I also started to create a mailing list for individuals who made a request to receive a creative deed so that they could have one delivered to them sometime during this year. So far I’ve mailed a batch of creative deeds to locations throughout the US, to Canada, Europe, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand.

The Creative Deed 365 Group and its 200+ members are from many different places around the country and beyond. This group of Creative Deeders has been a wonderful community to be a part of! It’s been inspiring, motivating, and moving to see others share their own affirming messages & created art, learn more about how they are engaging with the project’s intention, and create joy with this creative mission from and in their part of the world.  Creative Deeds Unite!

If you’re interested in learning more about the project and seeing monthly updates posted throughout this year, please visit Creativity in Motion.

#UCInstaLyfe: follow @UrsulineCollege on Instagram


Thanks for following Ursuline’s #UCInstaLyfe story and its’ heroine Angie this past month! Angie, the reoccurring character, is inspired by Ursuline’s foundress St. Angela Merici. Angie represents qualities that all Ursuline students possess: strength, courage, ingenuity and determination. She represents you! We’ve had so much fun with this campaign and hope you have too. All illustrations are by Ginette Montoya. Check out the full instagrid below!

Read More

Ursuline College reveals Inscape 2014


Ursuline showcases the community’s talent with the recent launch of the 2014 edition of Inscape

The College began producing a fine arts magazine in 1945. Every spring since then, the English Department, in conjunction with the Art Department, publishes Inscape, an award-winning magazine featuring the writing and artwork of faculty, staff and students of the College. Submissions, including essays, reviews, poems, short stories, photographs, and artwork, are evaluated by an editorial staff made up of students and supervised by a faculty member of the English Department.

Read More

Ursuline College hosts Annual Senior Art Exhibit, opening April 25

senior show

Eight seniors in the Ursuline College Studio Art and Visual Communications Design programs will present their work in the exhibition titled 2014 Senior Show April 25 – May 16. The exhibition kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, April 25, from 5 to 9 PM in the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery on the Ursuline College campus, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio.


Miranda Meisel (metalcraft), Elissa Burkhart (metalcraft and drawing), Alyx Cyr (painting and sculpture) Maureen Kelly (graphic design), Stephanie Pratt (ceramics and graphic design), Ashley Reinhart (graphic design), Keely Smith (painting) and Maggie Stark (installation, photography and metal work).

Read More

Behind-the-scenes: Senior Art Show 2014


Njobvu. March 2014. Photograph by Maggie Stark. © 2014

Well, it’s official. The Senior Art Show is scheduled for April 25th– May 16th, with the opening reception on April 25th from 5 – 9pm. 

Time flew by uber quick. I still remember the exact seat I plopped down on for the first day of my first art class I ever took! Now, I can call myself a real artist – focusing on a body of work & preparing for my big show!

Read More

Alumna Amanda Santiago Lott ’07 talks about her career as a Graphic Designer

Alumna Amanda Santiago Lott ’07 talks about her career in Graphic Design from Ursuline College on Vimeo.

Kathryn Holzheimer ’75 at Wasmer Gallery

Kathryn Holzheimer at Wasmer Gallery from Ursuline College on Vimeo.

An Ursuline graduate, Holzheimer creates art that brings peace, contentment, balance and enjoyment to the viewer. Also an internationally renowned interior designer for Holzheimer Interiors, Inc., she creates unique paintings using acrylic paints and brushless paint techniques. Her works have been displayed in juried art shows in galleries throughout the country. Kathryn not only creates art, but she also teaches art and brushless painting techniques and will be holding the following workshops at Ursuline’s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery. For more information about the exhibit or attending a workshop, click here.

Anna Arnold Brings Boldness, Aptitude to Ursuline’s Art Scene


St. Angela Merici, Foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, once said, “Do something, get moving, be con- fident, risk new things, stick with it, then be ready for big surprises.” St. Angela Merici was a woman ahead of her time and her progressive vision is exemplified every day on Ursuline College’s campus. One woman who embodies this boldness is Anna Arnold, Director of Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery.

Since the age of five, Arnold has considered herself an artist. “There was never an issue with identity. I knew I wanted to be an artist,” says Anna. Encouraged all through her life to be an artist by family and teachers, coupled with her own talent, persistence and stubbornness, Anna found her way from artist to teacher to gallery director.

Read More

Ursuline alumna Katie Holzheimer’s ‘Impressions’ Exhibit shows now until April in Wasmer Gallery


Ursuline alumna Katie Holzheimer is hosting four workshops at the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery: Feb 12, Feb 27, March 1 and March 6. Holzheimer is currently showing her solo exhibition in Wasmer Gallery titled ‘Impressions’ now through April 4, 2014. The opening reception was February 7.

According to Holzheimer, her paintings are inspired by her natural surroundings. Her goal is to create art that brings peace, contentment, balance and enjoyment to the viewer.

“I love the emotion that comes from being in nature: peacefulness and tranquility. All people are close to the beauty of nature in some way,” Holzheimer said.

Read More

An Artful Alum: Kathryn Holzheimer

DSC_0349If you’ve enjoyed a hot cup of coffee or delicious slice of pizza pie in the College’s new Pilla Student Dining Room you have probably noticed the vivacious floral painting on the south wall of the room. Reds, greens, blacks and oranges make up soft lines and whimsical poppy-esque flowers.

And who is the painter behind the sponges, sticks and combs? Ursuline alumna Kathryn Holzheimer ’75. Holzheimer, who does not usually use paintbrushes, generously donated the painting to Ursuline. The piece was originally featured in the Alumnae Invitational Exhibition that ran this past June through August in the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery.

“I love the emotion that comes from being in nature: peacefulness and tranquility,” Holzheimer said. “All people are close to the beauty of nature in some way.”

Read More