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Ohio Wesleyan University Announces February 2023 Calendar of Public Events
DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its February 2023 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.
Jan. 22 through March 26 – “Ohio Imprint: Dick Arentz & Brian Harnetty,” part of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum’s new Artists in the Archive series, in the West Gallery of the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. For the series, contemporary artists are invited to bring their work into conversation with selections from the museum’s permanent teaching collection exhibit. For “Ohio Imprint,” interdisciplinary artist Harnetty responds to works by photographer Arentz, whose platinum and palladium prints focus on Ohio farms, factories, water towers, and other human-made structures that shape the natural world. Harnetty revisits these sites and creates sound collages and videos that reflect on themes of place, labor, history, the archive, and the ecological imprint of humans. Learn more at www.brianharnetty.com. During the academic year, the Ross 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 will be closed for spring break from March 11-20, 2023. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.
Jan. 22 through March 26 – “Black Palimpsest: Jared Thorne,” part of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum’s new Artists in the Archive series, in the Kuhlman Gallery of the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. In this exhibit, Thorne’s multimedia works bring a critical lens to a series of masks from the museum’s African Art holdings. Thorne’s project approaches the masks as palimpsests – objects where the original context has been effaced and overlaid with new understandings but aspects of the original are still visible. The exhibit explores the cultural co-modification of African art objects in Western museums while asking how these same objects signify history, identity, and authenticity for many African Americans. Learn more at jaredthorne.com. During the academic year, the Ross 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 will be closed for spring break from March 11-20, 2023. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.
8 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 – Friday night guest nights, at Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on weather conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event and at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.
7 p.m. Feb. 9 – Telescope workshop, “Telescope Basic – Refractors and Reflectors Use and Basic Maintenance,” at Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. The observatory is offering a series of four monthly workshops between February and May to help participants become experienced telescope observers. The two-hour workshops will be offered at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Additional workshops in the series are: March 9, “Learning to Navigate the Sky – Using Charts and Apps”; April 13, “Binocular Basics – Using Binoculars to Augment Your Telescope Observing”; and May 11, “Advanced Observing Techniques – Lunar, Deep Sky, and Solar Observing.” Workshop tickets are $30 per session or $100 for the four-session series. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.
7 p.m. Feb. 9 – “For the Culture,” a two-hour interactive event engaging the elements and history of hip-hop, in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The program will feature DJs, an MC, graffiti, breakdancing, knowledge, and the connection between chess and hip-hop, with sessions led by DJ O Sharp, DJ J. Rawls, Trig, and Royal Oak Initiative. Admission is free, and the event is open to all ages. “For the Culture” is sponsored by OWU’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Black Student Union. Learn more at owu.edu/ForTheCulture.
8 p.m. Feb. 11 – Ohio Wesleyan staff member Angel Tyler presents an hour-long lecture and recital featuring pieces by Black composers. She will perform in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. A member of OWU’s Office of Residential Life, Tyler is a classically trained soprano with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance (opera) from the State University of New York College at Oswego. Her performance is supported by an OWU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grant. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.
4:15 p.m. Feb. 13 – Poet, essayist, songwriter, and performing musician Scott Minar presents a reading, in the Milligan Room on the first floor of the newly renovated Slocum Hall, 75 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Minar is Ohio Wesleyan’s spring 2023 visiting assistant professor of English. He has collaborated with scholars and writers in the United States, Sweden, Syria, Israel, England, Norway, and elsewhere, and his work has been published in English, Arabic, Swedish, and Hebrew. He is the recipient of The Joseph Stein Award, among other prizes for poetry and teaching, and his work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Joyce Carol Oates. He is a professor emeritus of English at Ohio University. His presentation is presented by OWU’s Department of English and Creative Writing Program. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/English.
Feb. 17-18, 2023, OWU Music Festival
- 7 p.m. Feb. 17 – Festival Host Concert, conducted by professor Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free.
- 2 p.m. Feb. 18 – Festival Finale Concert, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information about the festival, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.
Noon Feb. 18 – Ohio Wesleyan Bishop Backers Winter Community Day and Delaware Expo 2023 featuring children’s activities from the Delaware Community Center YMCA and Delaware Fire Department; an opportunity to meet Ohio Wesleyan varsity athletes; a visit from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animal ambassadors (1-2 p.m.); a chance to pet and adopt dogs from the Humane Society of Delaware County; an expo of area nonprofit organizations and businesses; a free raffle drawing for a big-screen television; and an OWU men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader vs. the Terriers of Hiram College. Admission to all activities is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Parking is free and available in all OWU lots. The expo runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The women’s basketball game tips off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m. in the adjacent Branch Rickey Arena. Both teams will be celebrating senior day. Learn more or register for an expo exhibitor’s table at owu.edu/BishopBackers.
7 p.m. Feb. 19 – OWU music faculty recital featuring Mary Davis, cello, and Frank Chiou, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.
4:15 p.m. Feb. 21 – Ohio Wesleyan professor Mark Allison, Ph.D., presents “The Peaceful Revolutionist: Josiah Warren and the Story of Utopia, Ohio,” in the Bayley Room of OWU's Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. A member of the OWU faculty since 2007, Allison specializes in the literature and culture of 19th-century Britain. His research interests include utopian literature and theory; socialism, working-class political culture, and Marxism; and the British novel. His recently published book, “Imagining Socialism: Aesthetics, Anti-politics, and Literature in Britain, 1817-1918,” explores the intersections of socialism and literature in the long 19th century, with special emphasis on their shared antipathy to institutional politics. Allison’s presentation is Ohio Wesleyan’s 2022-2023 Benjamin T. Spencer Lecture sponsored by the Department of English. Admission is free. Learn more at owu.edu/English.
7 p.m. Feb. 25 – Soul Slam, a two-hour music celebration featuring a DJ, professional performers, and OWU student-performers, in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union. Learn more at owu.edu/SoulSlam.
All Ohio Wesleyan public event information is subject to change. For the latest updates, visit owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For more Battling Bishop athletics events, visit battlingbishops.com.
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