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June 6, 2014

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Local art teacher opens exhibition at Ohio State Lima

Bill Millmine, art teacher at Lima City School’s West Middle School, opens his exhibition, "Fade to Black," in the Farmer Family Gallery at The Ohio State University at Lima. The show will run Thurs., June 19-Thurs., July 31, 2014. The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m., Thurs., June 19, 2014.

"Fade to Black" will feature more than a dozen sculptures made from materials such as aluminum, steel, glass, rubber, copper, stone, wood and other found objects. Millmine’s abstract work is large scale and self-described as Neo-Tribalist. His work was inspired by the artists of the Minimalist movement and the interplay between the artwork and environment. He has explored techniques in casting bronze and is fascinated by the development of the early Bronze Age in human civilizations. To design his latest works, he has used computer-aided design and manufacturing methods.

"I like the idea of using high technology methods to make something look ancient," said Millmine. "Until now I have only been able to create prototypes out of foam but this summer I will start cutting wood using a CNC Router I built last year and casting some maquetts into glass. The complete process is long and drawn out but the work will be another step in art making."

Millmine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture from Western Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Glass Working from Bowling Green State University. As an art teacher for Lima City Schools since 1999, Millmine has taught at both the high school and middle school levels. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member for Bluffton University and Tiffin University. Other professional experiences include being the curator/exhibition director at ArtSpace/Lima and a technician/artist for LepoWorks.

"Fade to Black" will be open from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays from June 19-July 31, 2014, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.