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Yan Sun, Distinguished Professor of Fine Art, Chairman of the Art Department and Director of the Gallery at Muskingum University, will paint the Ohio Teacher of the Year, Jonathan Juravich, while explaining his process to the audience on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
Sun will paint celebrated arts educator and Ohio Teacher of the Year Jonathan Juravich at 2 p.m. March 11 at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster. Cost is $8 for the general public and $5 for members prior to the event and $10 at the door. To register for the live portrait painting event, call 740-681-1423 or visit this link.
“If you’ve ever seen a real savant paint, it’s a fascinating and inspirational experience,” says Elizabeth Brown, Executive Director of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. “Yan’s masterful painting, paired with his explanation of the techniques he uses and anecdotes from his own life and career, is sure to be nothing short of outstanding.”
Sun is the Distinguished Professor of Fine Art, Chairman of the Art Department and Director of the Gallery at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. His work is in permanent collections in museums in Ohio and Texas. The Hayden Museum of American Art has published books of his paintings in 2004 and 2007. He and his wife, Dr. Hong Yin, have established the Yan Sun Art Museum in a significant Art Deco building in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. A native of China, Sun has worked to accomplish an international understanding and good will between the arts communities in China and the United States.
Sitting for Sun will be Juravich, the State Department of Education’s 2018 Teacher of the Year and an award-winning artist in his own right. He is an art educator at Liberty Tree Elementary in Powell. In his 13th year in the classroom, Juravich, known as Mr. J, challenges students to make the world a better place through art. In his work as an artist, coach, and educational leader, he says he hopes to do the same. Additionally, Juravich is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award.
“The creative spirit and dedication to education could not be more authentically articulated than the pairing of Yan Sun and Jonathan Juravich,” says Donna Collins, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council. “These men are smart, articulate, talented, and most of all fully engaged in creative expression.”
Lancaster Mayor David Scheffler will present a proclamation on behalf of the city congratulating Juravich on being named Ohio’s Teacher of the Year and for participating as an educator and artist with Lancaster’s Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.
Full exhibition details and programming can be found at decartsohio.org/exhibitions. For information about exhibitions, programs and classes at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, visit www.decartsohio.org.
The Decorative Arts Center is housed in the Reese-Peters House, a Federal/Greek Revival masterpiece at 145 East Main Street in Lancaster’s Historic District. Admission is free Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.