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MVNU professor’s art included in Art Access Gallery exhibit

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (Feb. 16, 2022) — John Donnelly, Professor of Art at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, has 18 abstract paintings and drawings on display at Art Access Gallery in Bexley, Ohio. The exhibit runs through April 8. There will be a reception, open to the public on Friday, Feb.18, from 5-7 p.m.

Donnelly, who has been instructing art students at MVNU for over 30 years, is one of a trio of artists included in the “It’s all Abstract” exhibit. In addition to Donnelly, pieces are included by artists Alan Crockett and Sharon Dougherty.

The exhibition was curated by Barb Underferth, owner and gallerist.

“To be included alongside Alan Crockett (OSU emeritus faculty) and Sharon Dougherty is a great honor. We are each committed to the beauty of abstract art where color and mark-making without a predetermined image are akin to musical notes without lyrics evoking feelings of joy, energy, quietness, dance and the sublime,” said Donnelly.

Professor Donnelly has exhibited his work in numerous galleries including Columbus Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards including the Ohio Arts Council Artist Fellowship, scholarships to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Vermont Studio Center, and a residency to the Faroe Islands. Donnelly holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Indiana University.

Art Access Gallery, located at 540 S. Drexel Ave., Columbus, Ohio, is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on Donnelly and the MVNU art program, visit mvnu.edu/art.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to more than 2,100 students from 42 states and nine foreign countries.

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