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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
If 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.”
Diane Pinchot, OSU is a professor in the Studio Art Program at Ursuline College. She’s been teaching for 40 years now, in which time Diane has acted as Chair of the Art Department while showing internationally as an artist. We checked in with Diane to get her thoughts about the art program, her inspiration and influence and the role of artists in the future.
As an artist yourself, what’s your inspiration and influences?
I am still inspired by simple and beautiful form; in the last 20 years, advocacy has been important in my art. But mostly, I work from deep inside, letting my intuition guide me.
Do you have a favorite piece you’ve created?
The international work I did in El Salvador, helping to build an altar on the spot where the 4 Churchwomen were found in a shallow grave, really changed the way I work and create. It really changed my life. Working with the craftspeople in El Salvador, opened up a new way of seeing and working, I began to understand what it means to work in and on a sacred space and what it means to make sacred art – it certainly did not have anything to do with money or power tools. But with the simplest material and form, sacred work can be made in a most beautiful manner.
In your opinion, what’s the future for art and artists?
Artists are key players for the future, I would almost call them prophets. Artists are usually 50 years ahead of their time, coming up with creative interactive art work that takes us into the future. Many of our art students at Ursuline have gone on to graduate school, becoming teachers and art therapists. But, they also have become directors and community organizers, they have volunteered in the Peace Core and Americore, become delegates to developing countries, have become artists and designers within companies and large corporations.
Artists are the connectors, holding up the mirror for us to see ourselves… They help us change the systems when we don’t like what we see, and helps us see the beauty in our lives when we can’t see it for ourselves. Artists are motivators and inspire us to move forward and live a joyful life. Artists are advocates for the truth. In history, when you want to know what a civilization was thinking, just look at their art, especially there ceramic sculptures… it’s very telling.
How has the art program evolved over time? How will it change in the future?
I went to Ursuline College as a student. I have seen a wide spectrum of change. But some of the qualities I loved about Ursuline then, I still try to keep in the program. I remember feeling so secure in the studios that I could risk making new and large paintings and sculptures, we were encouraged to toss around new ideas and expressions, be authentic, so these are the qualities we have all tried to maintain, here at Ursuline College. The difference, of course, is certainly all the new technology we have now, this opens up such a wealth of new possibilities for us to blend and mix with all the old traditional ways of making a painting, design, sculpture, installation and time based art.
Give us your thoughts on the senior art show? Why is it important for a college to showcase students’ works?
The most important thing for me to do is to support the creative process of my students while working in any class, but especially as they are preparing to make a body of artwork for the senior show. Nurturing and guiding what is really already present within the student, is my main goal. Sometimes students don’t realize they already have all that they need right inside of them. Their expression is just waiting to be tapped into. My job is to encourage them to see their gifts and their passion. Every student showing their body of art work makes the world a richer more beautiful place to be. The students encourage all of us with their insightful views of society and their passion for making art.Time after time I am inspired by my students. That’s why I continue to teach.
What support does the studio art program provide to students?
The studios in the art department provides a safe space where students learn to express themselves authentically,ask questions, learn technique and skill, and then risk making art that will give voice to their own expression.
In one word describe the feeling you experience when you are creating art?
Obedient would be the word… the explanation would be my ability to listen to my intuition and own ground of knowing and create authentically from this ground.