Ned Ostendorf Exhibit Reception

On the evening of June 18th, 80-90 people gathered for the opening reception of Ned Ostendorf's exhibit in the Roesch and Marian Library. What a wonderful evening of meeting his family and friends. Everyone spoke so highly of Ned and his wife Kay who are both UD alumni. The Ostendorf family has given UD many of his beautiful paintings and drawings and this evening was a chance to showcase his artwork.

I met two guests, Jerry Schweickart and Julie Bolton, both of whom were former students of Kay Ostendorf over 45 years ago. Kay taught general art studies to middle school children at St. Henry School (aka Bishop Leibold School). Mrs. Ostendorf went out of her way to encourage Jerry's interest in art, even giving him a creative care package to take home at the end of the school year. Jerry pursued his art interests and has a career in industrial design. He loves what he does and attributes that to Mrs. Ostendorf.

Julie Bolton liked to draw in grade school, but Mrs. Ostendorf gave her the confidence to enroll in art classes in high school. Julie went on to be an art teacher at Seven Hills School in Cincinnati for sixteen years. She taught middle school art just like Mrs. Ostendorf. Julie now has her own creative consulting company. Both were so appreciative of the positive influence Kay had played in their lives.

Amidst the many Ostendorf grandchildren wandering the gallery there were lots of stories being told about Ned and Kay and what beautiful and generous people they have been.

Where Art Meets Religion: A Retrospective is on display in the Roesch and Marian Library gallery spaces until September 10, 2013. 

- Michele Devitt, Curatorial Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator

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