Artist Seeking Curator/Curator Seeking Artist

Are you an artist or a curator who would like to take part in the OAL Member Curated Exhibitions but need a partner? Please let us know and we will help you find another member to work with.

Barbara Morrison

Barbara Morrison is seeking another member or members to work with on an MCE proposal. She is willing to act as an artist or a curator. If you’re interested in working with Barbara please contact her directly at


Dennis Velco

Dennis is seeking an OAL member to act as a curator. For information on his work or to contact him, go to



Blind leading the Blind, an interview with Melissa Miller and Elizabeth Nihiser

Q. How did you two meet? Did you have similarities in your art at the time?

ELIZABETH: Melissa and I met through art collaboration.  I was shooting the first version of a series called Imitation back in 2000.  I had seen her around the photo lab at OSU and she seemed cool.  So I asked her to put on a wig, my glasses and t-shirt so that I could photograph her while she pretended to be me.  Out of the 25 or so people that I shot for that project, her version of me was the closest to actuality.  Our individual work styles and interests have always been different.  We capitalized on these differences for The Blind Leading the Blind.

Q. Have you worked on collaboration together before?

ELIZABETH: The first version of Blind occurred 10 years ago with Mel providing the navigation while I did the blind photography.  I’d like to think that there will be plenty more collaborations between the two of us in the future.

Q. Can you explain how your work demonstrates communication between two artists?

ELIZABETH: As mentioned previously, Mel and I have very different work styles and interests.  We discussed every aspect of this project from inception to display.  We represented our individuality while also making decisions that helped the greater concept.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about the process involved in creating this body of work?

MELISSA: The process was divided into two phases — shooting and image assembly. The base images were shot on two consecutive days last December. We each took a turn being blindfolded while being led by the other person. On the first day, I was escorted to several locations within the Hocking Hills region. Then the next day, I led Elizabeth around to Columbus visiting abandoned urban structures.

On each of the trips, the shooter was blindfolded from the time they entered the car until the end of the entire trip. The purpose of the blindfold was for the shooter to experience the scene and make photos using their other senses. We then used only sight to assemble the final images. The intent for the final images was to piece the urban and rural settings together to create a single image that was aesthetically cohesive. We wanted to show that while the content of each of the original images was very different, they could be similar visually.

Q. What was the experience like work blindfolded?

MELISSA: I enjoyed it. I’m normally such a visual person and have to process everything I see. It was nice to just relax and use my other senses. It was interesting because I was also more chatty and open than I normally am, I almost felt a little buzzed in that regard.

Q. Collectively, how does your work convey how humans communicate with their environments? Why do you feel this is important?

ELIZABETH: There are 6.8 billion people living on the planet currently.  While humans have historically been rural-dwelling agrarians, population growth has resulted in an influx of urban societies.  Urbanization combined with advancements in electronic technology has given birth to what anthropologists call the “global village.”  The term is closely associated with Marshall McLuhan who in the early 1960’s theorized that electronic technology would create a central nervous system of information, causing worldwide social, political and economical functions to be unified in an “extension of consciousness.”  Almost fifty years later, we recognize his concept as the Internet, provider of instantaneous communication and, accordingly, a vehicle for expanding worldview.  No longer limited by physical distance and time, the world is now a lot smaller.  With less space and more people, we need to learn how to share better.  The Blind Leading the Blind is both an example and a metaphor of how differences do not need to represent barriers to understanding but instead can provide both creativity and optimism.

Q. What do you intend for this body of work to do? Did you have a specific reaction you hoped audience?

MELISSA: I want this body of work to invite people to sense their environment in a different way.

This article was contributed by the Artists’ Interview,

Member News

Undine Brod

Bound by Order

Sean Christopher Gallery, 815 N Hight ST, Columbus, OH

August 6 – 27, 2011

Opening: Saturday, August 6, 2011

Undine recently received the 2011 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts “Best in Show” Award.  You can see her work at the State Fair or at Sean Christopher Gallery throughout August.


Chanika Svetvilas

Hope and Healing and Peace on Earth

Recovery Center of Hamilton County, 2340 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

August 26 through November 14, 201

Chanika Svetvilas is exhibiting three visual poems as part of “Hope and Healing and Peace on Earth,” the Recovery Center’s first art exhibition


Justin Braun

In the Heavens of Our Imagination

Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA

August 5 -28, 2011

Opening: Friday August 5, 2011

A collaborative installation with video, sound and sculptural installation curated by Amelia Winger-Bearskin.


Vanda Sucheston Hughes


CS Gallery, 66 Parsons AVE, Columbus, OH

August 6 – 16, 2011

Reception: August 13, 2011

Vanda will have 3 of new pieces in this show at CS gallery.