Artful Teaching: Work by College and University Painting Faculty 

November 3, 2011 to January 8, 2012

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will present Artful Teaching: Work by College and University Painting Faculty from November 3, 2011 – January 8, 2012.

Curated by Dominique H. Vasseur, curator of European Art at the Columbus Museum of Art, the exhibition offers viewers a unique glimpse into the legacy of Ohio arts by highlighting the work of 12 painters who teach in Ohio institutions of higher education. As educators, these artists provide the link between the present and the future of arts in Ohio.

"As this exhibition's goal is to present the work of painters teaching in Ohio's many institutions of higher education, it is maybe appropriate to begin these remarks with a paraphrase of a well-known adage: 'Behind every great artist is a great teacher,' " says Curator Dominique H. Vasseur. "Artistic talent is a gift, but raw talent is little without training and guidance. The best painters are those who have learned through their professors as well as the art of the past."

Join the Riffe Gallery for the opening of Artful Teaching on November 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. Curator Dominique H. Vasseur will lead a tour of the exhibition on November 4 from noon – 1 p.m.

Artists in the show include (educational institution and hometown noted): Louise Captein (Otterbein University, Galena), Valerie Escobedo (University of Findlay, Findlay), Craig Lloyd (College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati), Marina Mangubi (College of Wooster, Wooster), Penny Park (Wright State University, Dayton), Darice Polo (Kent State University, Cleveland Heights), Jolene Powell (Marietta College, Marietta), Robert Robbins (Columbus College of Art & Design, Westerville), Dana Saulnier (Miami University, Oxford), John Yan Sun (Muskingum University, Zanesville), Edward E. Valentine (The Ohio State University-Lima, Delaware) and Paige Williams (Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati).

In conjunction with the show, the Riffe Gallery will hold a free Family Workshop on Sunday, December 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Using elements from work in the exhibition as a starting point, participants will create paintings that incorporate contrasting styles, colors, techniques and subjects. Discover in this workshop—led by Artful Teaching artist Louise Captein—how you can bring together dissimilar parts to create unusual, yet great-looking, expressive pieces. Registration is required as space is limited. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration begins November 3 and ends December 6 at

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and state holidays. Visit or phone 614/644-9624 for more information. The Riffe Gallery is supported by the Ohio Building Authority and the OAC’s Individual Artist Grants and Services Program. Media Sponsors include CD101, CityScene, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and WCBE.

Free group tours are available Wednesday through Friday throughout the run of each exhibition. To schedule a group tour contact Riffe Gallery director Mary Gray at or 614/728-2239.

There are 12 images contained within this archive that are intended for Riffe Gallery publicity/educational use only. These images are protected by a photographic copyright that belongs to the Ohio Arts Council. They, therefore, are not in the public domain. Please contact the Ohio Arts Council directly if you wish to inquire about obtaining reproduction permission. Dimensions are h x w.
Image of painting by Louise Captein
Image of painting by Valerie Escobedo
Image of painting by Craig Lloyd

Louise Captein
Untitled, 2010, Oil on canvas, 52” x 42”
Courtesy of Artist

Valerie Escobedo
Interruption, 2010, Oil on canvas, 23" x 29"
Courtesy of Artist

Craig Lloyd
Edge, 2010, Oil on canvas, 28" x 36"
Courtesy of Artist

Image of painting by Marina Mangubi
Image of painting by Penny Park
Image of painting by Darice Polo

Marina Mangubi
Calanques, 2009, Oil on board, 4" x 79"
Courtesy of Artist

Penny Park
Remembering Landscape #58, 2008
Encaustic on wood panel, 12" x 9"
Courtesy of Artist

Darice Polo
Sunday Sequence 1953 #4, Oil on linen
6" x 9"
Property of Roger Griffith

Image of painting by Jolene Powell
Image of painting by Robert Robbins
Image of painting by Dana Saulnier

Jolene Powell
Grey Veil Series - Island Clarity
Oil on canvas, 20" x 16"
Courtesy of Artist


Robert Robbins
Habra Vapor, 2011, Oil on canvas, 76" x 72"
Courtesy of Artist

Dana Saulnier
Stack, 2009, Oil on canvas, 87-1/2" x 70"
Courtesy of Artist

Image of painting by John Yan Sun
Image of painting by Edward E. Valentine
Image of painting by Paige Williams

John Yan Sun
Recollection, 2008, Oil on canvas, 32" x 40"
Courtesy of Artist

Edward E. Valentine
Untitled Portrait with White Drip and Orange Painted Nose, 2011, Oil on canvas, 24" x 18"
Courtesy of Artist

Paige Williams
Looking Down, 2010, Acrylic on panel
9-1/2" x 8"
Courtesy of Artist

Image of painting by Paul Reif
Image of painting by Mary Ann Sedivy
Image of painting by Lori Smith

Paul J. Reif
Our Woods I, 2010, Pastel, 13" x 13"

Mary Ann Sedivy
Orchard Hills, 2010, Oil on panel, 11" x 13"

Lori Smith
Cyprus in October, 2010, Oil on RayMar, 11" x 9"

Image of painting by Bridgette Turner    

Bridgette Turner
East Harbor Wetlands, 2009, Oil on Ampersand panel, 18" x 18"