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Faculty Art Exhibit

March 30, 2016
Location: Ursuline College

Ursuline College Hosts “The Ursuline College Art Faculty Exhibit”, March 18 -April 22, 2016.

The Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery presents an exhibition of the vibrant and cutting-edge work by the Ursuline College Art Department Faculty, who not only teach but actively create their own art and have exhibited nationally and internationally. This dynamic group exhibition represents the breadth and scope of contemporary art practice and highlights the diverse skills of the art faculty. The Ursuline College Art Faculty Exhibit will be on view March 18 through April 22, 2016.

The show launches with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 5 to 8PM in the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery on the Ursuline College campus, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Wasmer Gallery is located adjacent to the Fritzsche Building at the western edge of the campus (it is building #9 on the map located here

Drawing from such a diverse range of media, this year’s show features over 40 works from Anna Arnold (paintings and beaded necklaces), Clark DeCapite Jr. (glass), Pat Fallon (drawings, prints and paintings), Sr. Rosaria Perna (digital art and mixed media) and Sr. Diane Therese Pinchot (sculpture). 

On Saturday, April 9th from 11:00 to 2:00 PM, the gallery will host the half-day class, “Introduction to Torch Working Techniques in Glass” with Clark DeCapite Jr. Students will learn a wide variety of glass working techniques while utilizing a standard bench torch. Clark will begin with a brief discussion pertaining to the properties of glass and quickly transition into creating basic, handheld glass forms. Open to all possibilities, this workshop will allow participants to delve into glass as a creative medium. The class is limited to 8 participants and the fee is $25 per person. For more information or to register for this event, call Anna Arnold at 440-646-8121 or email her at aarnold@ursuline.edu.

Artists’ Biographies

Associate Professor Sr. Rosaria Perna, OSU, Department Chair, was born in Oratino, Italy, and then moved to Weston Super Mare, England, where she spent her childhood years in England before moving to the United States. She earned an M.A. degree from New York University and completed her M.F.A. degree at Kent State University in Visual Communication Design. She has exhibited in the Washington Square Galleries in New York and several local Ohio shows and events. 

Although Rosaria works in a variety of media, including graphite, acrylics, watercolor, her current focus is digital art and mixed media. “My work is about the love of making art,” she says. “When I start working on a new image I don’t plan ahead. I work intuitively and am often surprised by the final product. The final images usually reflect the connection between spirituality, the earth, the universe and God.” 

Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Professor Sr. Diane Pinchot entered the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland after graduating from Villa Angela High School in 1963. She graduated from Ursuline College with a BA in Art Education in 1968. She completed an MALS degree at Wesleyan University in Conn. and an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 1990 at Ohio University. The Diocesan Cleveland Mission Team in El Salvador asked her to help design and build an altar on the spot where the martyred Churchwomen were found in a shallow grave in 1980. Over time the Central American martyrs, especially Dorothy Kazel, a member of the Ursuline community, inspired her to become more active in social justice groups within the community and other national organizations. Eventually the legacy of the Churchwomen, inspired her to take a non-violent civil disobedient action, causing her to serve time in a Federal prison in 2009.  

“Simple, straightforward-shape and sacred form still hold my interest when creating. I have come to realize that there is a connection to the sacred when actively engaged in advocacy work, live a non-violent life style, have a spiritual daily practice, and make art.”

Professor Pat Fallon, born in Cartagena, Colombia, is a tenured professor in the Art Department and academic core program. She received her MFA from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 1982, a B.F.A from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Printmaking in1980 and her BA from Antioch College, in Philosophy, 1962

Pat has been creating portraits, landscapes and abstract painting as well as advocacy artwork for the past 30 years.  She created a course in visual art and advocacy at Ursuline College. Fallon’s artwork has also focused on the genocide and ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur and Rwanda, Bosnia, and recently in the refugee camps of Syria.  She says, “I decided to use my art as a form of social commentary, like a fly buzzing around viewers in Socratic fashion.”

In June 2016, Pat will retire and Wasmer Gallery will host a solo exhibit, “Then and Now: The Pat Fallow Retrospective”.

Clark DeCapite Jr., an adjunct faculty in art history, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Upon receiving his B.F.A. degree in crafts, with a concentration in glass from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 2008, Clark  moved to Miami, Florida in pursuit of his M.F.A. degree in sculpture with a concentration in glass at the University of Miami under Professors William D. Carlson and Brent Cole.  Although formally trained in glass working practices, Clark states that his current body of work,“ openly crosses material lines and technical borders through the use of time based medias, site specific installation as well as re-contextualized traditional materials.” 

Anna Arnold, gallery director and adjunct faculty, is a native Clevelander who earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1983 and a M.A. in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University in 2010.  She is a prolific entrepreneurial artist who has produced paintings, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry for more than three decades and has exhibited in over 200 exhibit spaces, and gallery and museum exhibit shows across the United States including the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, the California Afro American Museum in Los Angeles, the Alternative Museum in NYC, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Her works are in the collections of the Progressive Corporation Art Collection, the Western Reserve Historical Museum, the Cleveland Public Library, Akron Art Museum and the Center for Art and Religion, Washington, DC. Anna will show powerful, vibrantly colorful, mixed media portraits and handcrafted, beaded necklaces inspired by cultures from around the globe. 

Gallery Hours: The exhibition, free and open to the public, runs through Friday, April 22, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 PM; Saturday and Sunday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM. The gallery’s front and patio entrances are wheelchair-accessible, with free parking available in the lot adjacent. For more information about upcoming exhibits, contact Anna Arnold, Gallery Director at aarnold@ursuline.edu or 440-646-8121. To follow Wasmer Gallery, visit Facebook or www.ursuline.edu/wasmer

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