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Community artists invited to show work at BGSU

Artists in 12 northwest Ohio counties will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the first Now Ohio arts organization (NoWOH) 2008 Summer Art Show, from July 18-27 at BGSU. The NoWOH show will bring together artists of different ages, backgrounds and media to promote participation in the arts and form a stronger bond among community members.

The Willard Wankelman and Dorothy Uber Bryan art galleries will host the show. Awards, including the $400 Best of Show, plus Best Young Artist and five other cash prizes, will be presented at the opening reception from 7-9 p.m. July 18. Visitors to the reception will also be able to vote on the People’s Choice Award.

The exhibit is sponsored by sustainable energy manufacturer First Solar along with the College of Arts & Sciences, Arts Village, Partnerships for Community Action, and Coca-Cola.

Students from two BGSU arts administration classes planned and organized the show, the first of its kind at the University.

Galleries Director Jacqueline Nathan said, “It’s been wonderful to work with two classes and a number of interns to plan this exhibition. We are very excited about hosting this show, and we hope for broad artist participation and lots of community involvement. Another feature is that the show will coincide with the 175th anniversary of the city of Bowling Green and help to celebrate that event, also.”

Artists 16 years of age and older living in Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties are eligible to submit up to three pieces to exhibit.  All submitted artwork will be displayed for the duration of the show. A professional juror will judge the work.

Artists should bring their pieces for the show on Thursday (July 10). For more information, including the procedure for submission, visit Brochures containing entry guidelines and forms, along with further details about the show, are available at public libraries in the 12 participating counties and can also be found at the Web site.

Now Ohio is a nonprofit organization that seeks to enrich the northwest Ohio community through the arts by promoting arts education and the practice of all forms of art. Together with existing organizations, Now Ohio hopes to help provide exciting and challenging new programs that otherwise would not exist in this area.

July 7, 2008