Press Release

2019-2020 Arts Calendar

June 12, 2019 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019-2020 arts calendar features an exhibit by acclaimed photographer and OWU alumna JoAnn Verburg, Class of 1972. Verburg’s ‘After/Before’ exhibit will include the image ‘Plastic Wrap for Flowers.’ (Photo courtesy of JoAnn Verburg)

Ohio Wesleyan University Announces Upcoming Music, Theatre & Dance, Fine Arts Events

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University invites the community to the many other concerts, recitals, plays, and art exhibitions planned for OWU’s 2019-2020 academic year. For the latest university event information, visit www.owu.edu/events or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews.

Ohio Wesleyan Department of Music

7 p.m. Sept. 20 – Ohio Wesleyan faculty concert featuring James Hildreth playing the university’s 4,644-pipe Rexford Keller Memorial Organ, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. “The music will showcase the copious colors and sonic splendor of the Klais organ,” says Hildreth, who also plays the organ for Columbus Symphony Orchestra and for Broad Street Presbyterian Church. The recital will include works by German composers in honor of the pipe organ, built in Bonn, Germany. It also will include works celebrating the moon and, to highlight OWU’s commitment to cultural diversity, music by composers representing traditions and styles from Russia, Nigeria, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Sep. 29 – Faculty recital by Frank Chiou, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music

3:15 p.m. Oct. 6 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Oct. 27 – High School Choral Art concert, conducted by faculty member Jason Hieter, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 1 – Ohio Wesleyan opera scenes performance, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 5 – OWU Brass Choir concert, conducted by faculty member Larry Griffin, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Nov. 10 – Faculty and Guest concert, featuring UCelli performing “Four Women”, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music

8 p.m. Nov. 12 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra concert, conducted by faculty member Antoine Clark, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Nov. 17 – Ohio Wesleyan Choral Art Society concert, conducted by faculty member Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 19 – Ohio Wesleyan Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Kevin Turner, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 21 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

7 p.m. Dec. 2 – Lessons and Carols concert, conducted by faculty member Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. March 1, 2020 – Guest concert, featuring Mark Lomax, percussion, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music

8 p.m. March 5, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. March 24, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Kevin Turner, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. March 29, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan Choral Art Society concert, conducted by faculty member Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. April 7, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra concert, conducted by faculty member Antoine Clarke, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. April 17-18, 2 p.m. April 19, and 8 p.m. April 24-25, 2020 – “The Secret Garden,” book and lyrics by Marsha Norman with music by Lucy Simon. The show, a collaboration between the OWU departments of Theatre & Dance and Music, brings Frances Hodgson Burnett’s enchanting classic to vivid life in a Tony- and Drama Desk-award-winning musical for all ages. Orphaned Mary returns to England to live on a foreboding estate that has mysteries to discover in this elegant tale about love, forgiveness, and renewal. Stage direction is by D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., and music direction is by Jason Hiester and Jennifer Whitehead. The play will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. April 23, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

Ohio Wesleyan Department of Theatre & Dance

8 p.m. Sept. 21 – “New Student Scenes” featuring promising Ohio Wesleyan newcomers in scenes staged by the directing class, on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. This event may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 6 – “The Country House” by Donald Margulies. A theatrical family and friends return to a summer home in the Berkshires. A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Margulies provides a witty, yet piercing look at relationships as a family of performers come to terms with the roles they play in each other’s lives. Directed by faculty member Elane Denny. “The Country House” will be performed on the Main Stage inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid university ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Oct. 25-26 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Fall Senior Project Production” featuring performances highlighting the university’s 2020 theatre majors. The performances will be held in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. This event may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free, but tickets are required because of limited seating. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 16 – “ORCHESIS 19/20,” Ohio Wesleyan’s annual contemporary dance concert, featuring original work by six students, guest choreographer Megan Davis Bushway, and artistic director Rashana Perks Smith. “Orchesis” will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 – “One Act Plays” presented by Ohio Wesleyan’s directing and playwriting classes. Student-directors and playwrights share works full of fresh talent and energy. Their performances will be held on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. This event may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

4 p.m. Dec. 6 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Fall Dance Showcase” featuring informal performances and research presentations by OWU dance students, in the Jannuzi Dance Studio inside Simpson Querrey Fitness Center, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16, 2020 – “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl. This award-winning modern playwright takes the classical Orpheus myth of love and loss and gives it a new perspective in this imaginative and poetic work. Told from the point of view of Orpheus’s wife, Eurydice, this play is by turns magical, exuberant, hopeful, and heart-rending. Directed by faculty member Bradford Sadler, “Eurydice” will be performed in the Studio Theatre inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. March 27-28, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Spring Senior Project Production” featuring “Rosauro” by Teatro Inverso, inspired by Calderón de la Barca’s classic play “Life is a Dream.” Presented by seniors Sarah Gielink and Monty Almoro, the play explores the journey of Rosaura and Prince Segismundo in a coming-of-age story about family, power, and finding yourself. “Rosaura” will be performed in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are free, but required because of limited seating. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. April 17-18, 2 p.m. April 19, and 8 p.m. April 24-25, 2020 – “The Secret Garden,” book and lyrics by Marsha Norman with music by Lucy Simon. The show, a collaboration between the OWU departments of Theatre & Dance and Music, brings Frances Hodgson Burnett’s enchanting classic to vivid life in a Tony- and Drama Desk-award-winning musical for all ages. Orphaned Mary returns to England to live on a foreboding estate that has mysteries to discover in this elegant tale about love, forgiveness, and renewal. Stage direction is by D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., and music direction is by Jason Hiester and Jennifer Whitehead. The play will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

4 p.m. April 26, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Spring Dance Showcase” featuring informal performances and research presentations by OWU dance students, in the Jannuzi Dance Studio inside Simpson Querrey Fitness Center, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum

Aug. 21-Oct. 20 – “After/Before” featuring photographs by JoAnn Verburg, Ohio Wesleyan Class of 1972, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. A renowned photographer whose work has been shown at venues including New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Verburg focuses her camera on mundane objects for “After/Before.” Alternating between still life and snapshot, she considers the items we consume, as well as their environmental impact when discarded and forgotten. A curator’s tour and exhibition reception will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Verburg organized the OWU exhibit in collaboration with Erin Fletcher, director of the Ross Art Museum. Learn more about Verburg at joannverburg.com. During the academic year, the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Oct. 31, 2019-Feb. 9, 2020 – “Bijoux Contemporains: Francophone Artists Reimagine Adornment” featuring works by 13 jewelers from French-speaking countries in Canada and Europe, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Each creator reimagines the ways art and jewelry inform one another in a contemporary context. The exhibit is organized by Noel Guyomarc’h in collaboration with Erin Fletcher, director of the Ross Art Museum; Mary Anne Lewis Cusato, associate professor of modern foreign languages; and Cynthia Cetlin, professor of fine arts. Jewelers featured are Marianne Anselin, Marie Eve Castonguay, Ambroise Degenève, Gabrielle Desmarais, Catherine Granche, Aurelie Guillaume, Sophie Hanagarth, Patricia LeMaire, Nelly Van Oost, Claude Schmitz, Catherine Sheedy, Magali Thibault-Gobeil, and Anne-Sophie Vallée. On Nov. 21, the museum will host a curator lecture at noon, an exhibition tour with the OWU faculty collaborators at 5 p.m., and a reception at 5:30 p.m. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Oct. 31, 2019-Feb. 9, 2020 – “Figuring Our Humanity” featuring two-dimensional prints and three-dimensional ceramic works that invite the viewers to contemplate the expressive, unique, and timeless visual qualities of the human figure, and the idea of humanity, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibition is curated by Kristina Bogdanov, associate professor of fine arts, and OWU alumna Tammy Wallace, assistant director of the museum. The exhibit includes ceramic artists Jim Bowling, Sarah Hahn, Kyle & Kelly Phelps, Tara Polansky, Richard Swanson, Paul Wandless, and Janis Mars Wunderlich along with prints from Ohio Wesleyan’s permanent collection by Leonard Baskin, Peter Blake, Wanda Ewing, Dorothy Getz, Alberto Giacometti, Mikumo Ishihara, Karl Kasten, Oskar Kokoschka, Kathe Kollwitz, Georges Rouault, Arthur Segal, Sadao Watanabe, and Janis Mars Wunderlich. Several special events are planned in connection with the exhibition, including an opening reception at 2 p.m. Nov. 3; a curator tour and panel discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5; and figure drawing classes at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14, Jan. 23, and Feb. 6. Classes are free for students with a valid school ID and $5 for all others. During the academic year, the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Feb. 25-April 5, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts faculty exhibition, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit will feature new works in clay, metal, painting and drawing, fabric, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design by OWU faculty members including Kristina Bogdanov, David Bugay, Cynthia Cetlin, Frank Hobbs, James Krehbiel, Jeffrey Nilan, and Jonathan Quick. The exhibit will open with a public reception at 5 p.m. Feb. 27. Learn more about the artists at www.owu.edu/finearts. During the academic year, the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

April 11-May 9, 2020 – Ohio Wesleyan’s graduating fine arts students exhibit works juried by their OWU professors, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit will include an artist reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the museum. Learn more about OWU’s fine arts department at www.owu.edu/finearts. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Gallery 2001

Now through Aug. 30 – “Marty Kalb Purchase Collection” featuring works from OWU students who demonstrated outstanding achievement in their art while at the university, in Gallery 2001 inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The Marty Kalb Purchase Award was established a decade ago to honor Kalb, who taught painting, drawing, and modern art history at Ohio Wesleyan for 50 years. Gallery 2001, located on the library’s first floor, is open during library hours. For times, visit www.library.owu.edu/hours. The gallery is a gift from the Class of 2001 and a satellite of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Sept. 6-Dec. 12 – “Art for Everyone: Making the Delaware Mural Project” documenting the creation of downtown Delaware’s first public mural, in Gallery 2001 inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The exhibit features the work of artist Brett Cook along with the photos, writings, and art created by citizens participating in the artistic process of creating the upcoming mural. This exhibit opens in conjunction with the completion of the downtown mural. The exhibit will feature an artist talk with Cook at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Bayley Room, on the second floor of Beeghly Library, followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m. in the first-floor gallery. Learn more about Cook at www.brett-cook.com. Gallery 2001, located on the library’s first floor, is open during library hours. For times, visit www.library.owu.edu/hours. The gallery is a gift from the Class of 2001 and a satellite of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Mowry Alumni Gallery

Now through October 18 – “portraits” featuring works by Stephen Hoskins, OWU Class of 2007, in the Mowry Alumni Gallery inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Hoskins renders portraits that reflect the complex perceptions we have of individuals based on our assumptions, experiences and recollections. The gallery, located inside Mowry Alumni Gallery, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session. It is a satellite of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.