Defiance College 2012-13 Gallery Series Schedule Announced

August 14, 2012


DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Defiance College Women’s Commission Gallery will be hosting a series of exhibits throughout the 2012-13 academic year.

James Freeman’s ceramic work opens the series from Aug. 27 until Sept. 21.Freeman’s work possesses ideas of obsolescence, not just of objects, but also of societies, industries, economic and political systems, and even individual people.  It explores thoughts about mortality, rebirth, and the nature and possibility of immortality. Freeman exhibits widely, has taught workshops at several colleges and universities, and his work can be found in corporate, university, private and museum collections.

Angie Seykora’s work, on exhibit Oct. 1-26, has an awareness of materials that are striking to the eye such as flagging tape, glitter, and neon paint which contribute to the nature of visual immediacy. Seykora says, “My work is an unforced response to the material and the accumulated parts, concluded with a conscious eye to formal organization”. Her art provides an engaging and pleasing experience with minimalistic qualities. Seykora is a master’s candidate at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and co-organizer of the annual SculptureX symposium held in Cleveland.

Justin Johnson has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from the University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Ind., where he has been the gallery director for the School of Creative Arts for more than 10 years. His work, on exhibit Nov. 5-30, is focused on traditional classical, religious, and sacred themes that are depicted in a contemporary way from an iconographic point of view. Technically, he incorporates a wide variety of media including graphite drawing, acrylic wash, collage, digital imaging, and applying liquid gold onto glass. Johnson’s work has very high technical standards and is simply amazing to the craftsman and artist in all of us.

The work from both full-time and part-time art Defiance College faculty members will be on display from Dec. 3 through Feb. 1 with a variety of media such as paint, ceramic, metal and charcoal. This annual event is a great opportunity to glimpse new work being produced by the Defiance College art faculty.

Philip Sugden provides a sense of mystery in his work by combining images of personal iconography and landscapes. His art will be on exhibit from Feb. 4 through March 1. He leaves room for the imagination to work as he gives a glimpse of faraway regions. His work has been exhibited in more than 90 solo and 130 group shows in museums and galleries internationally. He currently serves as an assistant professor of fine arts at Bluffton University.

Dick Lehman has been working with clay for nearly40 years. His ceramics will be on display March 4-29. The outcome of these years of exploration and development has resulted in the saggar-fired, side-fired and wood-fired approaches that constitute the exhibition-quality works that he produces. Over the past ten years he has traveled internationally offering more than 45 workshops, working as a visiting artist in academic settings, and authoring nearly 50 articles for international ceramics publications. Lehman is a world-renowned artist with an exhibit not to miss!

The annual senior show, on exhibit from April 8 to May 5, consists of a variety of Defiance College students working in many different media. This is a Capstone experience that gives them the opportunity to show their work to the public in a professional atmosphere. It is always a pleasure to see the talent and skill of Defiance College students.

The Defiance College Women’s Commission Gallery is located in Dana Hall, next to Schomburg Auditorium.  Gallery hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.  For more information, contact gallery coordinator Jason Stockman at 419-783-2451.

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is