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Otterbein University Announces Exhibition Schedule for 2017-2018 Academic Year

September 01, 2017
Otterbein University

Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery
Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 823-1792 or visit www.otterbein.edu/artscene.

Home: Contemporary African Artists Consider Place & Identity in Our Connected World
Artists: Osi Audu, Olu Amoda, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Maurice Pefura, and E. Okechukwu Odita
Guest curator: Carol Boram-Hays, Ph.D.
Now-Dec. 1, 2017
Reception: Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.
African artists Osi Audu, Olu Amoda, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Maurice Pefura, and E. Okechukwu Odita explore the complex concept of home in our global world. While acknowledging that we all are impacted deeply by the places and cultures into which we are born, these artists reveal how the notion of home can be fluid, virtual, fragmented, hybrid, or even contested.

The Journey of Hope: Stories from Sudan to Columbus
Artist: Bol Aweng
Sept. 8-Nov. 21, 2017
Miller Gallery (exterior gallery)
Columbus artist Bol Aweng paints on both canvas and rocks. His work tells the story of his journey from the Darfur region of Sudan to Columbus, Ohio, and from living as a “lost boy” (an orphaned refugee) to a thriving artist, college graduate, husband, and father. Aweng is co-founder with Jok Dau of the Buckeye Medical Clinic in his home village of Piol, South Sudan. 

Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Jan. 8-Feb. 9, 2018
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 11, 4-6 p.m.
Otterbein Department of Art faculty and staff explore themes of storytelling and identity through global, local, and personal contexts. Artists include Don Austin, Jim Bowling, Louise Captein, Nicholas Hill, Jonathan Johnson, Amanda Kline, Chaz O’Neil, and Margarita Vilshanetskaya.

21st Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Feb. 16-March 9, 2018
Reception: Friday, Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m.
Juror: Alexandra Coon, Executive Director, Massillon Museum

Senior Art Exhibitions
March 16-April 27, 2018
Weekly exhibition and receptions by graduating art majors.


Fisher Gallery
Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH 43081
Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 823-1792.

Extra Ordinary Lives: Portraits from a Divided Land
Photographer: Sophia Klaase
Curators: Siona O’Connell and Rick Rohde
Now-Dec. 3, 2017
In 1999, just five years after the first free elections were held in post-apartheid South Africa, 14-year-old Sophia Klaase (1985-2017) began taking photographs when social anthropologist Rick Rohde provided members of her community with cameras. Part of a long-term study of her remote village, Paulshoek, in the country’s sparsely populated Northern Cape, Klaase emerged as a rare talent. She eventually amassed a collection of over 1,500 images that record village life and the passage of time from the perspective of a young woman growing up in the “new” South Africa. Klaase photographed family, friends, village events, daily chores, and self-portraits, overturning the Colonial trope of documenting indigenous people as anthropological specimens.

Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present
Artist: Mohmed Hamid
Jan. 2-May 6, 2018
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Originally from Sudan, Columbus-based artist Mohmed Hamid presents paintings inspired by the many cultures and traditions he has encountered. He combines traditional motifs, scripts, architectural forms, and patterns to create vivid landscapes and cityscapes. Through robust yet subtle layering, the paintings invite exploration as they play with the revealing and concealing of past and present realities.


The Frank Museum of Art
39 S. Vine Street, Westerville, OH 43081
Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday during the University’s academic year. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 818-9716.

South Africa at Liberty: Photography and Films by Yasser Booley
Photographer: Yasser Booley
Curator: Joan Legalamitlwa
Now-Dec. 2, 2017
Public talk and reception: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This exhibition is a celebration, an indulgent vision of photographer Yasser Booley’s South Africa. Taken from an extensive body of work that begins on the eve of the abolition of apartheid, the photographs span two decades and show ordinary people in the eclectic “rainbow nation” caught at the crossroads, entangled in a disheveled unity. Booley brings to light the beauty of humanity through religious and cultural differences, through class and gender diversity, revealing his unbridled optimism, often sprinkled with an accidental irony. The show coincides with the book Yasser Booley: South Africa at Liberty, Collection Africalia Editions series published by Africalia Edutions and Stichting Kunstboek, 2016. Yasser Booley will be an artist-in-residence in Fall 2017.

Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee’s World
Photographer and filmmaker: Tariq Tarey
Poet: Ladan Osman
Jan. 10-April 28, 2018
Another Place juxtaposes the storytelling prowess of Tariq Tarey’s photographs and films with the visually evocative poems of Ladan Osman (Otterbein class of 2006). Through the work of these award-winning creatives, who both came to the United States as refugees from Somalia, the exhibition moves the viewer beyond sweeping generalizations and mind-numbing refugee counts into dialogue with personal lives, humanizing the refugee experience. 

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