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Featured artists: Gary Dudley, Jason Rohlf, Wain Cain & Daniel White, and the International Quilt Festival

A sculptor re-creates his memories in clay, a painter maneuvers through abstract art, to artists find a novel way to honor one legendary cartoonist, and quilting is elevated to an art form.

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Billy Ireland Art Glass Windows

William Addison Ireland, known throughout his life as Billy, was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on January 8, 1880. Shortly after his graduation from high school, he was hired as a cartoonist by the Columbus Dispatch, where he drew editorial cartoons and spot illustrations. “The Passing Show,” his commentary on current events, began weekly publication in 1908. Ireland described himself as the janitor of “The Passing Show,” and his self-caricatures show a round little man in overalls. He continued to create “The Passing Show” as well as four to seven editorial cartoons per week until his death in 1935. A generous private donation supported the commission of the two art glass windows in Sullivant Hall. Located in rural Virginia, the Wayne Cain studio creates unique and beautiful site-specific artworks.

  • Photo credit: Ohio State University

Jason Rohlf

Jason Rohlf studied at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Rohlf’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. His new work continues his strong use of color, texture and geometric forms. Rohlf’s abstract paintings and works on paper are created through several layers. His dynamic use of line and shape lend a rhythmic quality to the work.

“Making navigational decisions is subjective to the individual and the inputs are sometimes contradictory. Through a combination of deliberate action and intuition the works hope to reflect back the myriad choices we all are confronted with on a daily basis.”

Jason Rohlf

Gary Dudley

Gary Dudley, a ceramic artist, grew up with clay in his hands. Not it’s his passion. He takes memories, turns them into sculptures, and then casts them in bronze. Dudley explains: “Artistic expression, for me, is three-dimensional. I use shape, volume, texture and color to project overt action, a hint of movement, a mood. I continue to be amazed at what inspires me, and I just go with the groove.”

International Quilt Festival

Quilting might conjure up images of basic patterns and primary colors, but at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, quilt-makers turn the medium on its head. The result? Works of art notable for both complexity of design and nuance in color.

  • Photo credit: Quilts, Inc.

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