Current and Upcoming Shows
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the BGSU Fine Arts Center
Galleries with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth,
educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
We are very grateful for their support,
which helps us to provide meaningful arts experiences to the citizens
and students of Northwest Ohio.
Expression: Modern and Traditional Chinese Painting
September 4 – 30
Saturday-Sunday, September 19-20, 10 am – 1 pm
Guóhuà - Workshops for Painting in the Traditional Chinese Style
Monday, September 21
5 -6 pm ARTtalk: Xinle Ma, Thomas B. and Kathleen M.
Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center
6 - 8 pm Opening Reception in the Fine Arts Center
Willard Wankelman Gallery
BGSU alumnus Xinle Ma (MFA 1995) has curated an exhibition of
established Chinese painters whose work weaves a sinuous thread
between modern Western and traditional Chinese influences. To
American eyes, these painters’ traditional subjects and their often
graphic flatness appears very stylized and ‘Chinese.’ However, the
Chinese eye may see a dramatic break from the fluid calligraphic lines
and sheer color that depicts nature, balance and harmony in
traditional painting. Through the use of such innovations as denser
color, varied media and more ‘materiality,’ these artists create
entryways between an ancient and sublime artistic culture and the
influences of the West, while respecting time-honored ideas. Ma, born
in 1963, shows internationally in China and the U.S. and is
represented by Elizabeth Wang Gallery in New York. This exhibition
will be comprised of approximately 40 paintings by three artists in
addition to Ma, including Yu Zhixue, renowned in China for his snow
scenes and landscapes, Liu Dawei, another major artistic figure whose
accolades are legion, and Professor Mou Cheng, also known for his snow
landscapes, who is one of the most revered artists in China.
NW Ohio/SE Michigan Juried High School Art Show
September 12 –October 4
View the impressive talents of gifted high school artists from
northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in this highly competitive
juried exhibition organized by Jason Sanderson of Bedford High School.
New Music & Art Festival Opening Event
The faculty and students from the College of Musical Arts perform
Hannah Wineberger’s do it instructions
5-6 pm ArTalk: Clifford Owens
Your Head is Connected to Your Body
sponsored by the Labino-Black Visiting Artist Fund
Owens’ work has been widely exhibited, including the Brooklyn
Academy of Music (2014), Performa13 (2014), MoMA/PS1 (2012), the
Walker Art Cente (2014), The Studio Museum (2012), and the
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2011), He is currently teaching at
Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale University.
DO IT is a traveling exhibition conceived and curated by
Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators
International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying
publication were made possible in part by grants from the Elizabeth
Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and
with generous support from Project Perpetual and ICI’s International
Forum and Board of Trustees.
3-5 pm Opening Reception
featuring a calligraphy demonstration by Michiko Imai
In 1998, Master Calligrapher Michiko Imai was awarded and currently
holds a guild license called “Shihan” for teaching both calligraphy
and instructing teachers to teach calligraphy. Michiko is among the
few to have won multiple category awards in national competitions
(Japan). Her work has been displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art
Museum, Osaka Municipal Museum Of Art, Nara City Museum Of Art and
Kyoto Municipal Museum Of Art.
October 21 -
Sophia Al Maria
Diller and Scofidio
Critical Art Ensemble
October 18 - November 15
Willard Wankelman Gallery
BGSU Galleries is proud to host this exhibition of 30 calligraphy
scrolls by contemporary Japanese masters of these traditional arts.
Following a 5-year tour sponsored by the Consulate General’s Office of
Japan in Detroit of 50 calligraphy scrolls by artists belonging to the
Shodo Journal Research Center, 30 of the scrolls were donated to the
Asian Studies Program at BGSU in March, 2014.
December 6 - 16
An opportunity to appreciate the efforts of some of the finest
artists in this region, this exhibition presents work in a wide range
of media by current and emeriti faculty and current staff members of
the School of Art. Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery.
Saturday, December 5, 5-9 pm
Opening in conjunction with ArtsX
BGSU Galleries are also pleased to feature a concurrent posthumous
exhibition of work by long time and much beloved professor David
Cayton, in the Bryan Gallery Lobby cases.
All exhibitions are free and the public is welcome.
All galleries are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the
upper level of the Wankelman Gallery.
Gallery Hours during exhibitions:
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- 9:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
These hours may
change during summer exhibitions - please check the exhibition
The Galleries are also open by special appointment
for group visits.
The Fine Arts Center gratefully recognizes generous support from:
The Ohio Arts Council
BGSU Ethnic Cultural Arts Program