LIMA — For the first time, the photography of Mary Ann Sullivan will be on display at ArtSpace/Lima in the gallery named in honor of her and her husband, Bill.
The Sullivan Gallery has been open since May 2018, but ArtSpace will celebrate a new piece by blacksmith and artist Joseph Bonifas, who created the iron gates into the Ellen Nelson Gallery. That piece will be unveiled today, so Executive Director Sally Windle said it is the perfect time to exhibit the work of Mary Ann, who died just over a year ago, and her travels.
“Bill had decided to go through all of these and choose 60 of the most beautiful ones and show them to the public because so many people had traveled with her and seen these,” Windle said. “The magnitude of what she captured, no one has seen them all in one place at one time.”
Sullivan often captured her favorite landscapes, architecture and sculptures from her travels and would use them in her classroom at Bluffton University where she was an art history professor. Bill was also formerly a professor at The Ohio State University at Lima and the operations director at ArtSpace.
Given their professions and ties to the community, the Sullivans always placed an emphasis on educating others — a theme that ArtSpace will continue with the Sullivan Gallery.
“We will have this exhibit and then we will also push the educational part. It’s kind of hand-in-hand project with the exhibit and educational packages,” Windle explained.
In August, ArtSpace created a permanent library just off of the upstairs Sullivan Gallery that includes a resource area with artist materials that are each open during business hours.
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