Thursday, May 5, 2016

CONGRATS to our AU Art Majors- URCA IDEAS COMPETITION WINNERS -

CONGRATS to our AU Art Majors- URCA IDEAS COMPETITION WINNERS -
3rd Place $200.00 each : Hannah Thome & Kiana Ziegler.

Hannah Thome Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education, concentrating in Printmaking/Mixed Media, and a minor in Art History at AU’s May commencement. She has been accepted into Ohio University’s history of art graduate program and also their museum studies program. THOME OBJECTIVE: To use my voice to advocate for women in the arts. Thome's art could travel to various public spaces (not just galleries) so people could face the harsh reality of the status of women in the visual arts. Art can create powerful change and with technology, the message could be spread internationally(blogs, FB). With the statistics of women's low representation as artists and how certain art forms ( "domestic crafts") should be considered higher art.
Kiana Ziegler-Sophomore MFA Fine Arts and Minor in Digital Media Production. 
ZIEGLER OBJECTIVE: Distortions of masculinity is the root cause of many, if not all, social problems. This visual art piece,inspired by a lecture by former NFL player Joe Erhmann, will help bring attention to the lies of
masculinity in our culture and hopefully will be a catalyst in getting conversations started about what it really means to be a man.

Description-This piece will be a large collage consisting of magazine ads that spread the “lies” of masculinity that Erhmann listed in his speech. These lies are: men cannot be emotionally expressive; men have to be athletic or physically fit; and men have to sleep with a lot of women and/or have a beautiful woman on his arm.Accompanying the piece will be a binder consisting of scanned images of the original advertisements I will use to make the image, to show the lies visually. The image itself is inspired by a personal experience of mine, where I witnessed a drunk man drag his crying son, who was only about seven years old, through a haunted house. The boy was so scared that he was shaking, and his screams were agonizing as he begged his father to leave. But the dad kept yanking on the boy’s arm, yelling at him to “man up.” This boy was abused emotionally and physically because of his father’s distorted view on what it means to be a man. I want to make a piece that can help protect boys everywhere from being treated so harshly for the sake of fake masculinity.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid (Ashland)- Art Project -Unveiling & Community Forum

I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid (Ashland), Digital Print on Vinyl, 8’x12’, 2016



















Traci Molloy, Brooklyn, NY based artist and education activist, in collaboration with Ashland, OH female survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment: Anamarie Coors, Emma Daugherty, Andrea Dennison, Devereaux Diaz, Mary Jean Ferretti, Kaylin Henry, Alicia Jones, Ellyn Kilpatrick, Keeleigh Myers, Abigail Nye, Caitlin Ann Rayburn, Samantha Rhonemus, Janice R. Richards, Rachael Santee, Randi Schimmoeller, Danielle Smith, Hannah Thome, Helen Weber, Emily M. Wirtz, and Kiana Ziegler.

I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid (Ashland) is a digital print made in collaboration with 20 female survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment that attend Ashland University in Ohio. The print utilizes photographic and digital processes. The figure does not exist – it is a constructed composite portrait of the young participants. Individual photographs were taken of all the participants and then layered together to form one collective likeness. The female co-collaborators determined the pose. The surface text depicts personal, anonymous handwriting generated by the women in response to the three prompts: I Am, I Will, and I’m Afraid.

The following statement is from the female participants’ perspective:
To be heard – not just one of us, but all of us. There is power in our voices, in our stories. We are strong, brave women. We’ve gone through difficult experiences, thinking we are alone in our suffering, but this art piece shows that we are not alone. We hope this project inspires other survivors to stay strong and to be empowered.


Molloy’s visit is made possible by the generosity of AU’s Art Department, Coburn Gallery, Ashland Center for Nonviolence, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Student Activities.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Congrats to Scholarship Recipient Kayla Bohuslawsky


Congratulations to 2016/17 incoming freshmen art major Kayla Bohuslawsky ( Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS ) ! Kayla was honored on Sunday as one of the 300 high school art students that had artworks selected for the 2016 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. Over 12,000 artworks were submitted by high school students throughout the state of Ohio for the exhibition. Kayla is receiving a $2000 scholarship for her inclusion in the Governor's Show as well as a $2250 yearly portfolio scholarship from the AU Art Department. Kayla plans to study commercial art.


Art Scholarship Portfolio Reviews are still ongoing. Submit today !

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 URCA Symposium Pics

2016 Ashland University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium-
Tuesday April 12, 2016

Participating Art Majors:
Alicia Jones-The Bruise
Emma Daugherty-Graphic Designers are Problem Solvers
Kaylin Henry-Design is Personal
Janice Richards-Inner Waking
Abigail Nye-Leaving OSU
Hannah Thome-Do I Have to Be Naked to Get Your Attention?
Rachel Yaeger-Challenges of Change
Dylan Moats & Ashley Herman MEDUSA: Monitoring Environmental Data Using Software Applications











Monday, April 11, 2016

URCA Symposium Tomorrow Featuring 8 AU Art Majors

2016 Ashland University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium
Tuesday April 12, 2016 from 9:00am-4:30pm



Participating Art Majors:
Alicia Jones-The Bruise
Emma Daugherty-Graphic Designers are Problem Solvers
Kaylin Henry-Design is Personal
Janice Richards-Inner Waking
Abigail Nye-Leaving OSU
Hannah Thome-Do I Have to Be Naked to Get Your Attention?
Rachel Yaeger-Challenges of Change
Dylan Moats-MEDUSA: Monitoring Environmental Data Using Software Applications