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Professor John Donnelly

Professor of Art


School of Arts and Humanities


Professional Experience:
  • Professor of Art, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 1989 to present
  • Art Teacher, Franklin County Board of MR/DD, 1988-89
  • Associate Instructor of Art, Indiana University, 1984-85

Professional Organizations:
  • Ohio Art League
  • National College Art Association

Published and Exhibited Work:
  • Co-exhibited at Art Access Gallery in Bexley, Ohio. The three-person exhibit, “It’s All Abstract,” includes artists Alan Crockett and Sharon Dougherty.
  • Co-exhibited with Professor Karen Snouffer (Kenyon College) “Between Worlds” at the Denison Artspace, Newark, OH, 2019
  • “Koltur Green” chosen by a panel of jurors for the Art for Life auction at the Columbus Museum of Art, benefiting HIV and AIDS research, 2018
  • Completed painting a third mural for the Knox County Landmark Foundation, the “Mount Vernon Industry Mural” at Mulberry and Ohio streets, Mount Vernon, OH, 2018
  • Exhibited “Chasing Faroe: Knockn’ on Heaven’s Door,” at the FAVA Gallery in Oberlin, Ohio, 2018
  • Four paintings from the Clipperton Project sabbatical residency were published (Faroe Islands, 2015) to accompany translations of Faroese poetry in the Cagibi Literary Journal: Poems by Jóanes Nielsen, translated by Matthew Landrum – Cagibi Literary Journal, 2018
  • Exhibited “Faroe Islands” paintings at Shremshock Architect Gallery, New Albany, OH 2018.
  • Still Chasing Faroe, an installation of 300 paintings and drawings was exhibited in
    OH+5, 2018 Ohio Border 11th Biennial Exhibition juried competition.
  • Award for Painting, Twelfth Biennial Liturgical Art Guild Exhibit, Schumacher Gallery, Columbus, OH, 1991
  • Jean Lamb Hall Award For Painting, 79th Annual Ohio Art League Exhibit, Columbus Museum of Art, 1989
  • Award for Best Painting, Columbus Museum of Art, 1987
  • Faculty Research Grant, “Icon Imaging,” Mount Vernon Nazarene College, 1997
  • “Flesh and Blood” compact disc: Comissioned artwork for cover and insert, 1997
  • Dublin Arts Council Gallery, one person show, 1998
  • Blue Cosmos Design Corporation, one person show, 1998
  • Lilly Grant for Painting and Drawing, Mount Vernon Nazarene College, 1991


  • MFA in Painting and Drawing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (1985)
  • BFA in Painting and Drawing, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1981)

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