TIFFIN — An exhibition of work done by Ohio inmates is an opportunity to see work by a population of artists that might otherwise go unseen and unappreciated, organizers say.
The show, Art from the Inside, is a multimedia collection of more than 30 works from 24 inmates and one artist who was exonerated, at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, the Grafton Reintegration Center, the Grafton Correctional Institution, the Marion Correctional Institution, and the Ohio Innocence Project.
The show is open through April 5 at Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery, located on campus in the Hayes Center for the Arts. It is a collaboration of Tiffin professors, students, alumni and staff within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Visitors will see work done in sculpture, drawing, painting, mixed media, jewelry, and quilts.
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Exhibit co-curator, Lee Fearnside, associate professor of art and the director of the Diane Kidd Gallery, spoke about the lack of art education within prisons at a recent art symposium at the University of Toledo. Inmates are creating visual art on their own time, to cope, she said. She organized the show with Steven Hurwitz, professor of psychology and criminal justice at Tiffin.
“My big goal, and my collaborators’ big goal ... is to try to suggest that art can have a direct impact on people’s lives,” Fearnside said. “That it is not something abstract. That it is something that is inherent, and that self expression is a powerful thing.”
Several Tiffin University students involved in the project conducted interviews with the 25 artists, which are included as audio recordings with the artists’ corresponding art pieces. Visitors to the show can listen to the motivation and purpose behind each artist’s work.
The show received some funding for the project through the Ohio Arts Council. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, or by appointment.
For more information or to make an appointment, go to tiffin.edu/dianekiddgallery or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tiffin University is located off Miami Street in Tiffin.
■ Lourdes University on March 18 will hold its annual art exhibition and festival that honors women as part of National Women’s History Month.
This is the 10th year for W.A.V.E. (Women, Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs), an event that includes not only a juried show of women artisans, but sales of their work and live entertainment. It’s held in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The show has more than 50 exhibitors who work in a variety of media. Proceeds annually go to benefit a women’s charity; this year’s recipient is the Beach House. For more information, go to lourdes.edu/wave.
■ Three art museum experts will discuss challenges facing museums and the future of art education at 6 p.m. today at the Little Theater at the Toledo Museum of Art.
TMA director Brian Kennedy will be joined by Gretchen Dietrich, director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and Lori Fogarty, director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California.
Director Dialogue: In Conversation with Brian Kennedy is a free event.
The discussions will include art education and the changing digital and social media environment, the audience desire for experiences and the broadening concept of art.
For more information, go to toledomuseum.org.
■ A monoprint art class is offered this month in Perrysburg by PRIZM Creative Community.
Monoprinting is a method of printmaking in which images are only made once. This class, held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 21 at the Way Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., will use a technique using a gelatin plate and acrylic paint, in which images are created from a synthetic gelatin.
The class is $40 and space is limited. Those interested in participating should go online to MyPrizm.com, or in person at the Way Public Library Information desk.
For more information on PRIZM or its other workshops, call 419-262-2775.
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