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Detail of the Aethelred Mural

Æthelred Eldridge Celebration

Celebrating Æthelred Eldridge (1930–2018)

The School of Art + Design and the College of Fine Arts celebrates the life and work of Professor Emeritus Æthelred Eldridge (1930–2018) with an exhibition, performances, alumni and community event, and exhibitions in Athens and beyond, beginning with Æthelred Eldridge Exhibition of Work, opening September 24 in the Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center.

The former Ohio University associate professor of art and influential avant-garde artist, Eldridge taught in the School of Art + Design from 1958 to 2014 at OHIO, developing his own unique curriculum influenced by his personal style of art which did not fit neatly into prescribed categories. Many of his classes, as alumni may recall, functioned as performance pieces unto themselves, often surprising, shocking, and always memorable. 

Mark your calendars now, and join us in the fall for an exciting series of happenings, coordinated with the assistance of the Eldridge family and partnering organizations to conjure the playful spirit of the work and life of this legendary artist. Further event details will be made public in late summer. 



Æthelred, Alumni, School & Friends Celebration Party & Performance
Sept. 26 • 7-10 p.m.
Seigfred Hall, Athens
Featuring brand new Æ t-shirts! Food, beverages, and
students, faculty, and alumni, and friends!

Live Dance Party:
Live music by 'Karla Kay' Eldridge and the Victorious Kaybirds (website)

Restaged Æ Actions:
Join us for two restaged actions: Help us re-enact two of  Æthelred Eldridge's mass participation actions
including "Vision is Action," and "The Dirt About Sweeping."

Æthelred Eldridge Exhibition of Work
Exhibition: Sept. 24 – Oct. 12
Trisolini Gallery, Athens
Reception: Sept. 26 • 5-7 p.m.


Aethelred Eldridge event Postcard 2019

News from Golgonooza: Æthelred Eldridge
and Instructions for Imaginative Living

Opening Reception: Sept. 21 • 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition: Sept. 19 – Nov. 24
Closing Reception: Nov. 15 • 6-9 p.m.
Columbus Printed Arts Center, Columbus
2000 S High St, Columbus, Ohio

Æthelred Eldridge Memories and Reflections +
Alexandra Eldridge: One Must Pass Inward

Exhibition: Sept. 27–Oct. 20 
Opening Reception: September 27, 6-9 p.m.
Artist Reception: Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m.
(With artist Alexandra Eldridge in person)
The Majestic Galleries
20 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio


2019 Alexandra Eldridge Majestic Galleries Graphic
One Must Pass Inward: Alexandra Eldridge at the Majestic Galleries


Ohio Paint | Print | Photo Exhibition
Featuring work by Æthelred Eldridge
Reception: Oct. 4 • 5-7 p.m.
Exhibition: Oct. 5 – Nov. 30
Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens


Æthelred Eldridge: Memories & Reflections Exhibition

We are collecting memories of Æthelred Eldridge, and we need your help!

Ohio University School of Art + Design is organizing an exhibition of archived memories and stories about the artist and educator Æthelred Eldridge, paired with an exhibition of works on paper by Alexandra Eldridge to be presented at the Majestic Galleries, 20 Public Square, Nelsonville, from Sept. 24 – Oct. 24.

Alumni, former faculty, and community friends who wish to share personal recollections and experiences about Æthelred Eldridge are encouraged to send writings for inclusion in the Æthelred Eldridge Memories and Reflections Exhibition.

Please submit your memories as follows: 2-20 written sentences, typed, emailed to: 

Please include this information:

  • When you knew Aethelred Eldridge, and/or what context
  • Specific memory/memories/comments
  • (Optional) Information about yourself or your current career and/or location 

New Swag 

Featuring Æthelred Eldridge Art

Proceeds benefit undergrad student research in the School of Art + Design

Æ T-Shirts

Aethelred Eldridge T-shirt banner 2019
Aethelred Eldridge Art T-shirts

The School of Art + Design and the College of Fine Arts celebrate the life and work of Professor Emeritus Æthelred Eldridge (1930–2018).

  • Next Level brand
  • 100% combined ringspun cotton fine jersey
  • Available in XS-2XL , unisex

Purchase in person at any of the events listed above.

Æ Notecards


Æthelred Eldridge Notecards 2019

12-pack of notecards: Set of four designs / Blank on the inside
Featuring selections from the collection of Æthelred Eldridge

The School of Art + Design and the College of Fine Arts celebrate the life and work of Professor Emeritus Æthelred Eldridge (1930–2018).

Purchase in person at any of the events listed above.