Ohio Dominican University's Wehrle Art Gallery to Feature Local Women Artists

Paper Art

2010-02-03

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery will feature the exhibition, “Paper Moon: Women in Columbus and the Art of Paper.” The exhibition will run from February 21 through April 23, 2010.  The opening reception is Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Wehrle Gallery in Wehrle Hall on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219.

This exhibition features women artists in Columbus who work in the medium of paper and offers visitors the opportunity to explore the many ways paper is used as a matrix for art production, from pulp paintings to cast paper sculpture. Featured artists include: 

  • Nan Johnson: Professor of Rhetoric at The Ohio State University, who creates flat geometric shapes using thickened pulp. 
  • Janette Knowles: Director of Wehrle Gallery and Associate Professor of Art at ODU, uses layers of handmade paper, 19th and early 20th century letters and photographs to create collage portraits of individuals. 
  • Rosa Rojas: Exhibition designer at the Ohio Historical Society, who uses handmade papers to create hanging altarpieces reflective of her Latina heritage. 
  • Rebecca Brandeis Morton: Independent paper artist and former fellow at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Morton uses paper pulp as a sculptural medium, creating cast forms with rich intellectual content. 
  • Ann Corley Silverman: Independent paper artist who explores weighty societal issues such as religious tolerance and agricultural sustainability in her forms inspired by master papermakers in the East. 
  • Katie Niewierski: Independent artist who uses paper as a matrix for her precision drawings. 
  • Nancy Mulick: Head of the Art department at the Wellington School, Mulick uses multiple paper techniques to create forms she calls “archaeologies.” 
  • Melissa Vogley Woods: Independent artist who uses ephemera such as old paper patterns and photographs to create environments.

ODU’s Dr. Janette Knowles is pleased to feature these artists and illustrate the multiplicity of forms paper can take. “This is the first of an annual ‘Paper Moon’ exhibition and the first step toward the creation of a paper cooperative at Ohio Dominican University, which will focus on workshops and talks for teachers, students, and the public at large.”

In conjunction with the new exhibition, ODU will offer a free papermaking workshop. The workshop, entitled “Introduction to Papermaking Studio” will be offered at two times -- on Wednesday, February 24 and March 17 at noon in Wehrle Hall, Room 209. The workshops will be directed by ODU art professors as well as a variety of the artists featured in the exhibit.

The Gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.