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Drawn By Hand

Early Masters of Representation at The Ohio State University
October 8, 2006 - 8:00pm to October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

The art of drawing and graphical representation has been nurtured at The Ohio State University by a succession of brilliant and dedicated faculty members. Engineering drawing classes began at OSU around 1875 for the education of aspiring engineers and architects.

The work of Thomas Ewing French and Charles Vierck became known around the world as their early textbooks on drawing by hand were published and disseminated widely. Other pioneers like Wooster Bard Field, Galen Oman, Wilbert Ronan, and Richard Buck would follow with popular works on drawing, shading, and rendering. More recently, OSU professor Dr. Christos Yessios pioneered the use of solid modeling with FormZ, a software package that has been appreciated by architects for its facile handling of projective geometry.

The progression from hand drawings to computer modeling is taken for granted today; it is important to remember that the computer is programmed to harness and utilize a body of knowledge rooted in the geometry and mathematics of engineering drawing that was developed by pioneers like French and Vierck.

Drawn By Hand explores this progression with a wide variety of materials showcasing the pioneering work of professors at OSU. This includes drawing implements, engraving plates, samples of work, digital displays, and first edition publications complete with the publisher's art boards from which the books were made. Also showcased is a selection of finely rendered student projects from OSU's extensive archives.

Featuring the work of:

  • Joseph N. Bradford
  • Richard S. Buck
  • Wooster Bard Field
  • Thomas Ewing French
  • Frederick W. Ives
  • Robert Meiklejohn
  • Galen F. Oman
  • Ralph S. Paffenbarger
  • Wilbert C. Ronan
  • Howard Dwight Smith
  • William D. Turnbull
  • Charles J. Vierck
  • Dr. Christos Yessios

This exhibit was made possible through gifts from:

  • The Charles J. Vierck Family
  • The College of Engineering
  • The Knowlton School of Architecture
  • The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Science

A special thanks to those who helped put this exhibit together:

Jane Amidon, Assistant Professor
Landscape Architecture, Knowlton School of Architecture

Lorrie McAllister, Visual Resources Curator
Digital Library, Knowlton School of Architecture

Jane McMaster, Architecture Librarian
Ohio State University Libraries

Sarah "Sally" Vierck Mettler (1955 B.S.Ed)
West Palm Beach, Florida

Frederick "Fritz" Meyers (1949 BME, 1952 MBA)
College of Engineering, Faculty Emeritus

Marc Syp, Graduate Coordinator for the Banvard Gallery
Knowlton School of Architecture

Paul Edward Young Jr. (1955 B.Arch)
Knowlton School of Architecture, Faculty Emeritus

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