By Gary Budzak
A quilt display and an awards show are on tap at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum this month.
“Quilted Surface,” a juried show, will be on view from May 23 through July 3 at the Ross, 60 S. Sandusky St.
“We have a couple of countries represented, as well as some Ohio artists,” OWU spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette. Included are 66 works by 37 artists from 16 states, plus Australia and Israel. Among the artists exhibited is Susan Shie of Wooster, whose work has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.
Curator Tammy Wallace said in a statement that the quilts “range from super-realistic representational, to abstract, to humorous, to poignant … including some well-known artists and artists showing for the very first time.”
“Quilted Surface” will be on view at the Ross on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hatcher said the museum’s hours are more limited in the summer months. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is free. For more information, call 740-368-3606 or visit http://ross.owu.edu.
The Ross exhibit is being held in conjunction with the 25th annual Quilt Surface Design Symposium, running from May 26 through June 8 at the Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. For more information, visit http://www.qsds.com.
For its efforts to display the art quilts and other fine arts since opening in 2002, the Ross Art Museum recently received the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen, that organization’s highest honor.
On May 28, Main Street Delaware will hand out its 2014 Design Awards from 6-8 p.m. at the Ross. Main Street Delaware is a non-profit organization that preserves and promotes downtown Delaware.
“We are giving 11 design awards out this year for projects that happened in 2013,” Main Street Delaware Executive Director Frances Jo Hamilton told The Gazette.
The recipients are 9 E. William St. for Facade Renovation; 92 N. Sandusky St. for New Build; Fundamentals Parent Teacher Bookstore, 25 W. Winter St. for Exterior Renovation; Gordon Law Office, 82 N. Franklin St. for Exterior Renovation; Staas Brewing Company, 31 W. Winter St. for Interior Renovation. In addition, Spirit of Main Street Delaware awards will be given to Linda Diamond, Dwayne Gardner, Theresa Morris, Linda Shearer, Susan Stromberg and John Wallace.
The Ross’ Tammy Wallace will also receive a Community Partner award.
Tickets, which include hors d’oeuvres and drinks, are $25 and available at www.mainstreetdelaware.com or by calling 740-362-6050.
Finally, Hatcher said museum director Justin Kronewetter wants the Ross to be nationally accredited in the American Alliance of Museums’ Museum Assessment Program (MAP). The Washington, D.C.-based alliance establishes standards and best practices for 21,000 museums nationwide.
The MAP accreditation involves two processes.
“First the Ross will fill out a detailed self-assessment,” Hatcher said. “After that, an expert from this organization will visit the museum and talk to different people on campus. The end result will be a snapshot look at where the Ross Art Museum is right now – what it does really well, where it has opportunities and how it might proceed if it chooses to pursue accreditation.”
In a statement, Kronewetter was quoted as saying he wanted to ensure a road map exists for the museum’s future.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.