Image from an 1893 postcard of Gray Chapel, in OWU’s University Hall.

Ohio Wesleyan ART 492 Students Create Online Art Exhibit Highlighting University’s History

Students in Ohio Wesleyan University’s ART 492 class have created an online “Past to Present: OWU’s Evolution” art exhibition that showcases how the university’s academics, student life, places, and extracurricular activities have, or haven’t, changed over time.

The “Past to Present” exhibit will open with a live virtual discussion at 11 a.m. May 7. The live event will include comments by the Art 492 students and Erin Fletcher, who teaches the course and also serves as director of the university’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum.

To create the exhibit, the students worked with the Beeghly Library Digital Collections and the Office of University Communications, combing yearbooks, websites, newspapers, and books on OWU’s history, spanning from the late-1800s to today, to curate the show.

The exhibit was created in collaboration with OWU Libraries and uses the Omeka software system.

At 11 a.m. on May 7, you can:

Students in the class who helped to create the online exhibition are Olivia Anderson of Toledo, Ohio; Anna Burkhart of Hilliard, Ohio; Rory Gleeson of New Plymouth, Ohio; Charlotte Gross of Columbus, Ohio; Sydney Hill of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Maggie Myers of Coshocton, Ohio; Kiersten Ross of Columbus, Ohio; and Caroline Shaffer of Tupelo, Mississippi.