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Otterbein student showcases dual passions in solo exhibition

Otterbein student showcases dual passions in solo exhibition

By: Cameron West ‘19

The artwork of Alexandra Lederman, a senior studio art and equine business student from Swanton, Ohio, is on display at the Perrysburg Municipal Building gallery in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The solo exhibition features horse-inspired canvases that use bright colors, cropping and unique form to illustrate the enormity of each animal.  

“I try to share the passion and awe that I feel for horses with other people,” Lederman said. “Horses and artwork make me happy.”

Christine Deemer, curator of Main ART-ery, contacted Lederman about featuring her work in the gallery. Deemer thought that the large-scale oil and acrylic paintings would bring life to the government office. She said that it took three people to hang one piece of Lederman’s collection, which embellishes the wall outside of the mayor’s office.

“Her art is huge and so are horses,” Deemer said. “Standing next to her paintings is like standing next to a horse - and that’s what art should do.”

Deemer, with over 10 years of nonprofit art experience, enjoys working with young artists because she has the opportunity to teach about the business.  

Lederman spends significant time at Otterbein’s Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science, inspiring many of her creations. She visits her horses, which are boarded at the center, takes riding lessons and participates in the university’s nationally competitive equestrian team.

Lederman chose to study at Otterbein because of the unique ability to pursue her passion of equestrian-themed artwork, while still being able to learn skills in the Department of Equine Science.

“At Otterbein, I can be an artist and an equestrian,” said Lederman. “The professors have always encouraged me to continue my work.”   

The exhibition will run through Feb. 23, with viewing hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery address is located at 201 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, Ohio.


Learn more about Otterbein’s Department of Art and Department of Equine Science on their websites and the Otterbein Equestrian Team on Facebook.