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    Ursuline Celebrates 50 years in Pepper Pike with Public Cultural Events

    September 15, 2016

    In October, 1966, Ursuline College held its first classes on its new Pepper Pike campus. With 65 beautiful acres, the College had plenty of room to grow and flourish. In grateful celebration of this half-century milestone, the Ursuline College community presents a year-long series of public cultural events meant to engage a broad audience in the attributes that make our college distinctive. This list will be updated and details added over the course of the year. Events are listed chronologically.

    Teachable Moments: Recent Work by Ursuline Faculty + Staff
    Art Exhibition, Wasmer Gallery
    Sept. 16 – Oct. 21, 2016
    With some 50 works of art in media ranging from watercolor to mosaic, Teachable Moments showcases the talent and vision of the women and men who dedicate their professional lives to the success of Ursuline College students. This show includes rarely exhibited artwork by the late Sister M. Kilian Hufgard, OSU, author, art historian and founder of the college’s art department

    Volunteer Day + Food Collection
    Community Service
    Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
    In a colorful gesture of thanks to our community, Ursuline College community members will plant 5,000 daffodil bulbs in the traffic circle at the convergence of Lander Road and Fairmount and Gates Mills boulevards. Alumnae will also volunteer at MedWish International and Hospice of the Western Reserve. Meanwhile, student-athletes will go door to door in Pepper Pike collecting canned goods for the Community Partnership on Aging. Questions? Call Dr. Patrick J. Riley 440-684-6022.

    Green Arts Invitational 2016: Environmental + Upcycled Art
    Art Exhibition, Wasmer Gallery
    Nov. 4 – Dec. 16, 2016
    Artists as diverse as they are talented turn unlikely objects into art, with delightful results! Featuring Linda Zolten-Wood; Larry Fielder; Jennifer L. Fay; Kole Robinson Brooks; Scott Pickering; Cyndi Konopka; Sr. Diane Pinchot, O.S.U.; Laszlo Gyorki; Falcon Eddie Cummins; and Michele Biondo.

    Family Fun: Art Project Workshop
    Wasmer Gallery
    Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 11am–3pm
    Children and adults will help decorate rain barrels for the Ursuline campus and children will create masks and sculptures from recycled materials to take home with them.

    Upcyle Artists Holiday Sale
    Wasmer Gallery
    Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 11am–3pm
    Browse for one-of-a-kind gifts of art.

    100+ Years of Grace: An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, 7pm
    Church of the Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd.
    In collaboration with our neighbors at Church of the Western Reserve (Presbyterian Church USA), we present a community opportunity to give thanks for graces received and graces which flow through us. We will host a reception for our neighbors after the service, at 8pm in Ursuline’s Mullen Lounge.

    Women in Reverie: Painting Women through the Decades
    Art Exhibition, Wasmer Gallery
    Jan. 13–Feb. 17, 2017
    Tricia Kaman is an internationally recognized portrait artist who paints from life. She says, "Working with living models adds a sacred dimension to my painting. It allows me to witness the beauty of the human form and the divine element of the human soul. My joy is painting what I love most...people."

    Gallery Talk
    Wasmer Gallery
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 11am–12pm. Free.

    Portrait Painting Workshop
    Wasmer Gallery
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 1–4pm. $60 per person includes supplies and model fee.

    “Letters from Anne and Martin”
    Theatrical Performance + Public Discussion
    Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 2–4pm
    Daley Hall
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    In recognition of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we present this theatrical performance by professional actors from New York's Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, USA featuring readings from Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and Anne's diary. A post-production panel discussion will include Fern Levy, educator, journalist and founder of the Anne Frank Moral Courage Project; and Julian Earls, retired head of NASA and current executive in residence at Cleveland State University. Sponsored by the Ursuline College Office of Inclusion, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; the Anne Frank Moral Courage Project; the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

    An Evening with Connie Schultz
    Public lecture
    Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7-8pm
    Daley Hall
    This author, Pulitzer Prize-winning nationally syndicated columnist, and professional in residence at Kent State University's school of journalism inspires her readers – including more than 160,000 Facebook followers – to think, question, and engage in civic life. She joins us to share her story in celebration of Women’s History Month.

    Designing Ursuline: Midcentury Modern + Beyond in Pepper Pike
    Art exhibition, Wasmer Gallery
    March 3 – April 7, 2017
    This show will celebrate Ursuline’s distinctive architecture through mounted architectural drawings, photographs and historical documentation of the 1966 move to Pepper Pike.

    Midcentury Modern + Beyond in Pepper Pike: A Panel Discussion
    Wasmer Gallery
    Friday, March 24, 2017, 7pm
    A historic preservation advocate and two architects of Ursuline’s buildings – Peter Van Dijk and Jack Bialosky, Jr. – will provide insight into the ideas behind and value of mid-century modernism.

    2017 Senior Show
    Art Exhibition, Wasmer Gallery
    May 6 – May 19, 2017
    Ursuline’s 2017 Senior Art Show features the work of the BA Studio Art and Visual Communication Design seniors. Help us celebrate their creativity and accomplishments.

    Innovations '17
    Annual Student Fashion Show
    Sister Diane Stano Athletic Center
    Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1pm
    Join us to view innovative works of fashion created by students over the course of the academic year. This fashion show will also include scenes from Ursuline’s renowned Historic Costume Study Collection of apparel donated by residents of Pepper Pike. Admission: adults $15, students $5, children under 10 free. Tickets available at the door only.

    All Our Relations
    Community Art Workshops + Tree Planting
    Spring and Summer 2017
    Watch for details of this two-part public art project. Part I will involve children creating bird sculptures – celebrating the 75 bird species identified on campus – in free public workshops. Ursuline’s glass instructor will recreate five of these as cast-glass sculptures to be exhibited in local businesses. Part II will involve Ursuline community members planting a circle of trees in the manner of Welsh artist David Nash’s “Ash Dome” on the southeast corner of campus. Over the decades this Ursuline mandala of trees will grow and be pruned in celebration of the College's relationship with Pepper Pike and human relationships with all of creation, thus “All Our Relations.” The trees, like the College, will be rooted in Pepper Pike
    Women of Vision + Courage
    Overnight Spiritual Retreat
    June 10 – 11, 2017
    Smith Hall and Mullen Lounge
    Sr. Maureen McCarthy, OSU, D.Min., a well-known teacher, speaker, retreat director and spiritual director, will conduct this retreat focusing on significant women in the Church who were courageous and visionary in meeting the needs of their own times. A variety of spiritual activities will be part of the retreat. All meals will be home-cooked. Register by calling Dr. Patrick J. Riley 440-684-6022.

    Ursuline College Art Alumnae Invitational Exhibition
    Wasmer Gallery
    June 16 – July 21, 2017
    This show kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, June 16, from 5 to 8 PM. The exhibit features contemporary work representing a span of 50 years of the Art Studio, Fashion Design and Art Therapy programs graduates. Their work encompasses a wide range of media including drawings, painting, silk painting, original prints, photography, mixed media, ceramics and jewelry.

    Eastern Edge: A Juried Art Show
    Art Exhibition, Wasmer Gallery
    Aug. 18 – Oct. 6, 2017
    We know there’s talent nearby. Amateur and professional artists living in Pepper Pike and adjacent communities on Cuyahoga County’s eastern edge are encouraged to enter work in this juried show. We can’t wait to see your work! Questions? Contact Anna Arnold at 440.646.8121 or

    50 Years of Fashion: Samples from the Ursuline Costume Collection
    Art Exhibition, Wasmer Gallery
    Nov. 3 – Dec. 29, 2017
    The Ursuline College Historic Costume Study Collection comprises more than 3,500 items of 20th-century American fashion. The collection is used as a study tool in the college’s fashion programs and is rarely seen by the public. This exhibition will provide the broader community with access to this acclaimed and fascinating assemblage of cultural artifacts. A panel discussion (date TBD) will feature the faculty curator of the collection and local historians.

    Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12–5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30–4:30pm; closed Mondays.
    For more information on the Gallery, call 440 646 8121

    This series of public, cultural events is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Additional sponsors include:
    Sisters of Charity Foundation
    The Riverbend Fund
    Albert and Audrey Ratner
    Third Federal Foundation