Fall 2015

Gallery Lobby


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. OAC Website.

We are very grateful for their support, which helps us to provide meaningful arts experiences to the citizens and students of Northwest Ohio.

Fluent 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. 



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October 21

7-8 pm 

New Music & Art Festival Opening Event  

The  faculty and students from the College of Musical Arts perform Hannah Wineberger’s do it instructions 

October 26

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.

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October 18

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.

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October 21 -

November 19

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Marina Abramović 
Ai WeiWei    
Sophia Al Maria
Diller and Scofidio 
Jay Chung
Critical Art Ensemble
John Baldessari  
Mel Bochner  
Christian Boltanski  
Louise Bourgeois  
Theaster Gates  
Felix Gonzalez-Torres  
Alison Knowles  
Sol LeWitt  
Bruce Nauman  
Max Neuhaus  
Yoko Ono  
Clifford Owens
Charlemagne Palestine
Adrian Piper  
Pipilotti Rist  
Thomas Schutte  
Tris Vonna-Mitchell
Hannah Weinberger
Chu Yun   








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.


65th Annual

Faculty/Staff Exhibition

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. 


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Joel O'Dorisio
Chelsea Younkman_"Overit"

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
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

These hours may change during summer exhibitions - please check the exhibition description!
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