The Ohio State University at Newark

LeFevre Art Gallery

The LeFevre Art Gallery serves The Ohio State University at Newark students, faculty, staff and community members. All associated exhibitions and related programs will support the university’s outreach to alumnae, prospective students, peer institutions, and the general public and provide service to the broader regional and educational community.

The gallery will form an aesthetic network across the campus which makes the arts part of the fabric of the university and community.

Exhibit returns:

Celebrating Research at Ohio State Newark

Featuring a collection of posters focused on individual campus faculty and highlighting their research. (see below)

April 23 through April 29

Newark Art Collective Exhibit and Open House

Featuring artwork by students from the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College who are members of the Newark Art Collective

Open House: Saturday, April 23, 2016
3-5:00 p.m.
LeFevre Hall Art Gallery
1199 University Drive
Newark campus

The Newark Art Collective is a student organization and is open to any student attending Ohio State Newark or COTC. Students displaying their artwork will also have it published in The Newark Art Collective, the organization’s publication which is published each semester in print and online. The exhibit will include paintings, photography and more, and gives the viewer a chance to see the original works on display and recognize the creative talents of these students.
The exhibit, curated by Dr. Ann Burkhart, lecturer in art education at Ohio State Newark.

Light refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public.

Past Exhibit: February - April 2016

Celebrating Research at Ohio State Newark

An exhibit showcasing faculty involved in research at Ohio State Newark

It is with great enthusiasm that I encourage our students, parents, and other members of our community to explore the scholarship of the accomplished and talented faculty at The Ohio State University at Newark.
Engaging in research is an important part of academic life. It keeps our nation on the forefront of discovery and innovation, contributes to the resolution of the world’s most pressing problems, enables faculty to stay current in their fields, and enhances student learning as faculty integrate cutting-edge research into the classroom and mentor student researchers.

I encourage you to learn more about the research projects of our faculty. Whether their research is on the formation of black holes in the universe or on anti-violence efforts in our public schools, our faculty are passionate about their scholarship, and I welcome this opportunity to showcase their work.

- William L. MacDonald, Dean/Director at The Ohio State University at Newark

Past exhibit: Autumn 2015 through January 2016

"Of the Nation: New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians 2014"

Photographs by Pableaux Johnson, famed New Orleans photographer

Pableaux Johnson brings New Orleans to Newark with these portraits of the Mardi Gras Indians during Carnival season 2014. Mardi Gras Indians are the African-American practitioners of a tradition dating back to the 19th century, a tradition believed to have originated as a tribute to Native Americans. The Indians spend the better part of each year designing and hand-sewing elaborate suits that they will wear as they parade through their backstreet neighborhoods during Mardi Gras season.

A suit is an idea that takes shape. Stitch by stitch through heavy-gauge canvas. Bead by tiny little bead. Stone by sparkling stone. Indians spend countless hours constructing patches and crowns, with astonishing attention to detail and respect for both artistic expression and precise craftsmanship. They hunch over squares of thick cloth stretched on wooden frames, making the needle dance with the goal of being “pretty pretty” on the streets come Carnival day.

The intricate suits are the most immediately recognizable part of the tradition, but other aspects of “masking Indian” — community service, chants and song, ritual street confrontations, drums and dance — form the living core of Mardi Gras Indian culture in a time of change.
In 2014, cold rains all but cancelled Indian activities on Mardi Gras Day — the year’s sacred kickoff and time of unveiling — making the season’s other events (St. Joseph’s night, three Super Sunday daytime parades, Jazzfest performances) that much more important. The passing of several elders of the community — including Big Chief Larry Bannock of the Golden Star Hunters, Big Chief Paul Longpre of the Golden Blades, Flagboy Teral Butler of the Red Hawk Hunters and Jack Green of the Red, White and Blue — brought the community to the streets for mourning, celebration, and final singing of the Indians’ spiritual anthem “Indian Red.”

To view photos of the opening night event held on October 22, click here.

Past exhibit: Autumn 2014

My Dream Show
Candi Wesaw
American Indian artist, illustrator and educator

Candi Wesaw is from Hartford, MI and a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian Nation. Wesaw is deeply connected to her culture, heritage and the arts. She works in multiple mediums and formats, including illustration, textiles, photography and traditional native arts. Drawings depict tribal rituals of the past, while photographs show how her tribe continues these traditions in modern day Michigan and Indiana.

“Her artwork really captures the unique essence of the Potawatomi tribe, and it’s an honor to have that on display here,” said John N. Low, JD, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State Newark.

Examples of her work can be found, here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Artist's Reception

More than 75 works focusing on the rich culture of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians by Potawatomi artist, illustrator, and educator Candi Wesaw were recently featured in the LeFevre Hall Art Gallery. Eighteen elders of the Pokagon Band travelled to Newark from southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana to attend the Gallery Opening. Wesaw and other citizens of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian Nation also attended an Open House earlier in the day at the Newark Octagon Earthworks as guests of the Newark Earthworks Center (NEC), an official center of the university.

“The Shwatso Shkote Collection, or “Prophecy of the Eight Fires,” was an especially moving collection; showing where the Potawatomi have come from and the possibility that we all may be fated to disappear if we choose to over-rely on technology to solve our human problems,” stated Josh Robison, student participant. He added:“The entire day was very educational and moving; it helped me to better understand the struggles that Native peoples have gone through in this country.” Robison is a senior at Ohio State Newark double majoring in Psychology and History. To read more about his experience at the open house and reception, click here.

This event was graciously sponsored by: The Newark Earthworks Center, The Ohio State University at Newark, The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian Nation, The American Indian Studies Program at the Ohio State University, The Ohio History Connection and The Cultural Arts & Events Committee.
For more information, contact John Low, JD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Studies at

Artist Candi Wesaw with (l-r) Dick Shiels, NEC, Burt Logan, Executive Director & CEO of the Ohio History Connection, Dr. William MacDonald, dean/director of Ohio State Newark, Marti Chaatsmith, NEC, and John Low, JD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies at Ohio State Newark.

Attendees listen to presentation
Dr. Low addresses reception attendees
Guests view exhibit