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Staff artwork deserves a ribbon

Gemma McLuckie
October 27, 2014

Ohio State locations, traditions inspire two EHE staff members

Artwork by two College of Education and Human Ecology staff members caught the eye of senior administrators judging the 23rd Ohio State Staff Arts and Craft Exhibit this fall. The annual exhibit, sponsored by the University Staff Advisory Committee, attracts high-quality entries from "poets, painters, keen-eyed photographers, builders, sculptors and jewelry makers who share their unique vision for what speaks to them artistically," noted onCampus, the university's faculty and staff newspaper.

Hill, Chris ESL photoquilt 250x400 Ohio State President Michael V. Drake picked Chris Hill's "Ohio Star: Physics Research" as his favorite.




Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, MD, honored "Ohio Star: Physics Research," a photoquilt by Chris Hill, academic program specialist, American Language Program, English as a Second Language, in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

"My photoquilts are photographs that are cut into shapes and sewn back together into quilt patterns," Hill said. "Lately, I've been working with a pattern called "Ohio Star." Being in Ohio, this pattern seems appropriate."

He is inspired by Columbus campus locations, such as the Physics Research Building, the Recreation and Physical Activity Center and the Wexner Center for the Arts. "I love all of the shapes, lines, textures and colors of these different spaces," he said.

In this photoquilt, Hill used both a photo taken in the Physics Research Building and it's mirror image.

"By using different parts of the pictures for different rows of the quilt blocks, the reflections create a kaleidoscopic effect that evolves from the top to the bottom."

Combining the fight against cancer with artistic talent

The annual Pelotonia bike ride to aid cancer research inspired Joachim Bean, junior front-end web designer in the Department of Human Sciences. His photo "Shadow of the Biker," was the favorite of Jay Kasey, senior vice president of administration and planning.

"Shadow of a Biker" by Joachim Bean attracted Jay Kasey, senior vice president of administation and planning. "Shadow of a Biker" by Joachim Bean attracted Jay Kasey, senior vice president of administation and planning.




The event has raised more than $61 million since 2008 for the groundbreaking cancer research performed at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James). Several faculty and student researchers in EHE have benefited from Pelotonia grants.

Bean was one of 7,200 riders in the 2014 Pelotonia.

He recalled, "Preparing for my first Pelotonia ride, I was trying to find places to ride my bike to train."

He came across an eye-catching, ghostly bike and rider imprinted in a West Campus tunnel at Ohio State.

"In this pattern, I see a biker, but the peeled paint isn't quite clear. I feel the same way about biking, myself. It’s not exactly clear, but I have a basic goal: helping to end cancer."


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