Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University


Sign Language

temporary sign installation by Barchael, oil refinery, Denver, CO, 2014

    We are awash in a sea of information. Signs, ads, texts, warnings, posts, billboards, and logos demand our attention daily. Each is an attempt to deliver information as fast, condensed words and phrases. Rather than rebelling against the information overload status quo, Barchael has decided to celebrate this style of communication. In the spirit of protest signs and graffiti—as channeled through early 20th century sign painting and roadside advertising—Barchael will create a public exploration of signs and language in Tiffin, Ohio.

    Hand-painted signs, in the bright hues of traditional print-making processes, will be placed around Tiffin. These signs will serve as a one-week public extension from the Barchael gallery exhibition in the Diane Kidd Gallery.

    Barchael is the combined creative identity of Michael Bernhardt and Barry Whittaker, two artists whose individual practices overlap and expand via collaboration. Michael is an adjunct instructor at Metropolitan State College of Denver and at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Barry is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Toledo. Their long-distance collaboration becomes an important layer as they explore issues of communication, identification, and myth. Barchael navigates a range of media, confusing themselves as well as their audiences. Their ultimate goal is to undermine self-righteousness, while seriously spreading the ridiculous.

    Special thanks to Diane Hassinger, Mike and Deidre Herdlick, Vincent Moore, Brad and Ali Rees, Nate and Kristen Santos, Ron and Lil Schumacher, Emily Stant and Lisa Williams for hosting the signs.

Opening Reception Thursday October 23 from 5:30-7pm, with an artist talk at 6pm.

Exhibition October 23-November 20, 2014

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The mission of The Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University is to educate, enrich lives, and enlarge the world of students, staff, and the larger community by providing a dedicated venue in which to present quality arts exhibitions and programs by talented professional, amateur, and student artists.


The Diane Kidd Gallery is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM. to 3:00 PM or by appointment by contacting Lee Fearnside at Tiffin University at fearnsidel@tiffin.edu. Group tours of the gallery’s shows are also available.

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The Art Team is a group of students who contribute to the work of the gallery by installing shows, developing exhibition catalogs, videos and educational materials, and by creating art for the University and the local community.

2014-15 Exhibitions

Tiffin Columbian High School "Art is Our World"

December 6-12, 2014 Reception Dec 6 4-5:30pm

Tiffin Calvert High School

Barbara WF Miner February 5-March 5, 2015

Blake in the Heartland, March 19-April 9, 2015

Funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council