Press Release

February 2020

January 15, 2020 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan Announces University’s Upcoming Public Events

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its February 2020 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free. For the latest OWU event information, visit www.owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For Battling Bishop athletics events, visit www.battlingbishops.com.

Through Feb. 9 – “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. Watch more about the exhibit on WOSU-TV’s “Broad & High.” When classes are in session, 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 Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Through Feb. 9 – “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 and Kelly Phelps, Tara Polansky, Richard Swanson, Paul Wandless, and Janis Mars Wunderlich. Special events planned in connection with the exhibition include a figure-drawing class at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Classes are free for OWU students with a valid school ID and $5 for all others. When classes are in session, 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 Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

4 p.m. Feb. 5 – Poet and essayist Molly McCully Brown reads from her writings and signs books, in the Bayley Room on the second floor of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Brown, M.F.A., is the author of “The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded,” a collection of poetry described by The New York Times as “part history lesson, part séance, part ode to dread. … It is beautiful and devastating.” Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Tin House, Crazyhorse, The New York Times, Pleiades, The Yale Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere. She currently teaches at Kenyon College, where she is the Kenyon Review Fellow in Poetry. Copies of her books will be available for purchase at the event. Brown’s visit is part of the Ohio Wesleyan Poets & Writers Series. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/English.

8 p.m. Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28 – Evening programs at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on sky conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and star gazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more and get driving directions at www.owu.edu/perkins.

3:15 p.m. Feb. 9 – OWU Wesleyan guest concert featuring Tony Weikel, trombone, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Weikel is a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and an adjunct college instructor. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

OWU High School Honor Band Festival

  • 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 – OWU High School Honor Band Festival Host Performance featuring the OWU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Hayes High School Wind Ensemble, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The ensembles will be conducted by OWU professor Rich Edwards and Andy Doherty, director of bands at Hayes. Admission is free. Watch the video.
  • 2 p.m. Feb. 15 – OWU High School Honor Band Festival, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Conducted by OWU professor Rich Edwards. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music. Watch the video.

8 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 – “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. Feb. 18, 2020 – Faculty Recital, featuring Mr. Jeremy Smith, trombone and Liguang Zhao, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

Feb. 21 and 22 – 2020 Democratic Mock Presidential Convention

OWU students will create a Democratic Party platform and select presidential and vice presidential candidates. The two-day event, which simulates a national nominating convention, will take place Feb. 21-22 in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at www.owu.edu/mock.

  • 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 21 – OWU’s 2020 Mock Convention will kick off with opening ceremonies followed by platform debates. (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
  • 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 – Mock Convention-goers will select their 2020 Democratic Party ticket in preparation for the November presidential election.

Feb. 25-April 5 – “From the Studio,” featuring new works by Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts faculty members, 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, and sculpture by OWU faculty members Kristina Bogdanov, Cynthia Cetlin, Frank Hobbs, Jim Krehbiel, Jeff Nilan, and Jonathan Quick. The exhibit will open with a public reception at 5 p.m. Feb. 26. 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.


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 23 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.