Thursday, April 17, 2014

May 1 Retirement Reception planned for Charles Caldemeyer, professor of art

The Ashland University Art Department will host a retirement reception for Charles Caldemeyer in the Coburn Art Gallery, on Thursday, May 1 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Faculty, staff, students and friends are welcome to come and wish him well.

Caldemeyer has been a professor of art at Ashland University since 1990, teaching all levels of painting as well as color theory and drawing courses.   He leaves behind a lasting impact on the Art Department.  Caldemeyer served as chair of the Art Department from 2003-2006.  In the early 90s he designed the university’s digital art coursework and created the review process which is used to track the overall artistic development of art majors.  He was responsible for creating the department’s Computer Art and Graphics Programming degree in conjunction with the Math & Computer Science Department in the 1990s.  He was also instrumental in creating and advocating for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 

However, Caldemeyer's real love is painting.  His studio work has won numerous awards at the regional, national and international levels.  In his current Structures series he employs a variety of artistic media to create a series of detailed panels arranged along a central axis. Each panel provides a rich layer of stories, icons, and connections to the other scenes depicted, creating a complex whole work worthy of study at length.  His Grids series emphasizes pattern and color with large oil-on-canvas abstractions, as well as landscape forms.  Samples of his artwork can be viewed at the Pittsburgh-based “Box Heart Gallery” (

Caldemeyer received a B.A. in painting from the University of South Florida in 1986 and an M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990.  While at Ashland University, he also served four-terms as a faculty senator from the College of Arts & Sciences, and he has served on numerous committees, including seven years on the Budget Committee, two academic review committees, the College of Arts & Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee and the Core Advisory Council.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Senior Exhibition Schedule

The Spring 2014 Senior Art Exhibition will be split into two separate shows April 3-16 and April 24 - May 10.  Both exhibitions will be in the Coburn Art Gallery.  Senior awards will be announced at 5:00 p.m. during the opening reception of Senior Art Exhibition II on April 24.

The Senior Art Exhibition is the capstone experience for graduating art majors. It serves as a final graduation requirement and an opportunity for our seniors to present their creativity and craftsmanship in a professional manner.

Senior Art Exhibition I is scheduled for April 3-16. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 4:30 -6:30 p.m.

The first exhibition will feature the work of six graduating art seniors.
- Mauricio Uranga, BA commercial art
- Marquerite Tryling, BED art education
- Josh Quay, BFA bachelor of fine arts (digital art concentration)
- Barbara Mooneyham, BFA bachelor of fine arts (sculpture concentration)
- Carol Fauber, BA fine arts (ceramics concentration)

Senior Exhibition II will run from April 24  to May 10 and will feature the work of five additional graduating art students. The opening reception will be Thursday, April 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Students presenting include: 
- Emily May, BFA fine arts (ceramics concentration)
- Marissa Uhrig, BS in Computer Art and Graphic Programming
- Jake Francis, BS in commercial art
- Kees Edwards, BS in Computer Art and Graphic Programming
- Allison Dieter, BFA fine arts (digital arts concentration)

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday, noon - 4pm.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Visiting Artist Lecture - Jacob Escobedo from Cartoon Network

On Friday, April 11, Ashland University is pleased to host Jacob Escobedo, vice president of creative design for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim’s Creative Group. 

Escobedo will be meeting with journalism and digital media students in the morning of Friday, April 11 from 11-12 and will meet with art students in the afternoon from 1:30-2:30. 

The public is invited to attend an evening lecture he will present on his experiences in the art and media world. The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ronk Auditorium (Dwight Schar Education Building 301 College Blvd.). 

Escobedo began working as a freelance artist for Cartoon Network in 2000, and currently works with such hit shows as Adventure Time and Regular Show. Escobedo is also well known for his album cover art for bands including DangerMouse, The Shins, Broken Bells, and others. 
Check out previous interviews with Jacob Escobedo. Links below: 

Friday, March 14, 2014

2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition Winners

The award winners have been announced for the Ashland University 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition that will run through March 28 in the University’s Coburn Gallery.

The outside juror for exhibition is Julie M. Elman is an associate professor in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, where she teaches courses in publication design. She has an MFA in photography from Ohio University and a BFA in commercial art from the University of Dayton (in Ohio). She worked within the newspaper industry for 15 years, as a designer, photojournalist and picture editor. She is co-author of The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, 7th edition, with Tim Harrower (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Elman designed the New York Times best-selling photography book The Rise of Barack Obama (Triumph Books, 2008) for Pete Souza, who is the chief White House photographer. She also designed the book Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music (Ohio University Press, 2010).

Photos of award winners and their art are posted on the Juried Art Show page.

Award winners include:

Best in Show - $250 (pictured above)
Shauna Spiesz, Bay Village, Ohio
Oil painting
Sponsored by the Coburn Gallery

Everett S. Caldemeyer Award - $200
Danielle Rhonemus , Bluffton, Ohio
Autumn Breeze
Metal sculpture
Sponsored by Art Professor Charles Caldemeyer
College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award - $250
Hannah Thome, Amherst, Ohio
The First Labor
Digital print
Sponsored by Ashland University Dean of College of Arts & Sciences- Dr. Dawn Weber

These art area awards were sponsored by the Coburn Art Gallery:

Sculpture - $100
Sean Daugherty, Ashland, Ohio
Metal and stone sculpture 

Printmaking - $100
Barbara Mooneyham, Lodi, Ohio
Relief Print

Digital Award - $100
Jennifer Clingerman, Beaver, PA
Digital print

Painting Award - $100
Taylor Wade, Shelby, Ohio
Rebellion & Rise Against
Oil Painting

 Ceramics Award - $100
Allison Dieter, Litchfield, Ohio
Color Plate

Drawing Award - $100
Zoe Myers, Worthington, Ohio
Bones on Bones
Charcoal Drawing

People's Choice Award - Gift Card
Karly Annalise Beuk, Lodi, Ohio
Persistence of Curiosity
Oil painitng
Sponsored by Cynthia Petry
The People's Choice award was selected by the Coburn Gallery patrons during the opening reception on Thursday, March 13.

Alumni “Wink” Award-Gift Card
Randi Schimmoeller, Ottawa, Ohio
The Process of Creating
Relief Print
The Alumni Award is selected and sponsored by 2012 alumnus Jennifer Winkler.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on this exhibition, visit the gallery, find us on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

Ashland University ( is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Art Students will Present Work in this Year's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium

Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium that will feature the works of approximately 46 students from 12 departments in the College.

According to Dr. Diane Bonfiglio, assistant professor of psychology, the April 1 symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center. The symposium will feature oral presentations, performances, poster presentations and art exhibitions.
Read entire article.

Students and faculty members are encouraged to attend the day's activities.  To foster participation, Dean Weber suspends daytime CAS classes so our faculty and students can attend the various events.

The following Art students are participating in this year's URCA:

Karly Beuck – Inner Eye 
Faculty Sponsor: Charles Caldemeyer
Oral Session 9:30 – 10:30 Faculty Room
Poster Exhibition 12 – 1 Alumni Room (exhibit 1)

Barbara Mooneyham – Exploration of Past Experiences 
Faculty Sponsor: Keith Dull and Dan McDonald
Oral Session 10:45 – 11:45 Faculty Room
Poster Exhibition 12 – 1 Alumni Room (exhibit 3)

Marissa Uhrig – Natural Revelations 
Faculty Sponsor: Jessica Wascak
Poster Exhibition#4 1:00-2:00 Alumni Room

Kees Edwards (w/ Kenny Bogner, Computer Science) – The Art of Strategy 
Poster/Exhibition Session 1-2 p.m. in the Alumni Room
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mark Nadler, Economics/Finance

Visit the URCA blogsite for updates.

Download a full schedule of presentations.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Juried Student Art Exhibition Opens Thursday, March 13

The Coburn Gallery is pleased to showcase our student talent in this year's Juried Student Art Exhibition, March 13-28.  The opening reception will be March 13 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Coburn Gallery.

This year's exhibition includes more than 100 works which represent the variety and skills of our art students. Expect a mix of paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, 3-D pieces, etchings, prints, and a variety of digital art projects including i-movies and animation projects. Most of the student artwork will be available for sale. 

Artwork on display for this event was chosen from student entries by our 2014 Juror, Julie Elman, associate professor of visual communication at Ohio University in Athens.  All pieces are the result of supervised class work completed within the last 12 months.  Cash prizes will be awarded in the categories of Painting, Printmaking, Digital Art, Ceramics, Sculpture and Drawing. Additional awards include the Everett S. Caldemeyer Award, Best of Show, the Dean's Award and the Alumni Wink Award.  Gallery goers will vote for the People's Choice Award during the Opening Reception.  Award winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. during the Opening Reception on March 13.

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday, noon - 4pm,  The gallery is also open before and after Hugo Young Theatre performances.
More on this event.

Priscilla Roggenkamp's "Threads That Bind" collection on display at West Liberty University

An art collection curated by faculty member Priscilla Roggenkamp is on display at West Liberty University in West Liberty, W.V.  "Threads that Bind" is a unique collection of two and three-dimensional art work featuring fibers. The exhibition includes artwork by Roggenkamp, Keith McMahon, Betsy Timmer, Kate McMahon, Carole Swope, Ken Arthur, and a new addition, Clare Murray Adams. The opening was Thursday Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m.  Read more.

"Threads That Bind," was featured in the Ashland University Coburn Art Gallery from August 22 - September 15. The artwork of Roggenkamp and Keith McMahon is on display at the Coburn Gallery's current "FlipSide" exhibition (through February 23).  "The Garden Buckets," a fiber sculpture by Roggenkamp and McMahon, is currently in the Butler Museum of American Art's Regional Exhibition as well.