Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Art Faculty Member Priscilla Roggenkamp Wins First Place

Art faculty member Priscilla Roggenkamp wins first place in  the 2017 FRESH Juried Art Exhibition @SummitArtSpace. Congratulations !

Winners of the 2017 FRESH Juried Art Exhibition: Refugee by Priscilla Roggenkamp, Double Presence by Emily Duke, Bandage by Jasmine Kornel, Pond and River, both by Erica Bishop. 
Juror, Charles Beneke, Professor of Art at the Myers School of Art of the The University of Akron

Artist Statement

Priscilla Roggenkamp

I have always been aware that the accident of my birth in this time and

place determined much about my life. Certainly my safety, beyond the

general pitfalls of life, has not often been in question. I can look to the

future and to the future of my children with a sense of confidence and

surety (within reason). But in our world there are many who have been

born into a time and place of strife and struggle beyond their choosing.

What must that be like?

How do you leave all you know and move to a new land? Great stories

from the all cultural histories and religions tell of the challenges and

motivations that make it impossible to stay in one’s homeland and

agonizing to go to a new land.

In most family histories there was a great trek, a mad scramble or a long

slow voyage to this new land. Many of us have family trees with stories

of those who have traveled from afar for a new life here in America.

Even more difficult is the lot of the refugee, those for whom leaving is

not a happy choice. Fearing for one’s safety and for the safely and future

of one’s family, refugees embark on difficult journeys. Some of their

tales are harrowing; some do not end on safe shores but in extreme

hardship and even in the loss of life.

What we carry through life has been a recurring subject in my artwork.

These fabric buckets, made in the manner of ship’s canvas buckets (with

a nod to Winslow Homer’s painting Fisher Girls) are figural vessels made

to carry. They were created by the ocean, dyed indigo to match the

color of the water and then sent on their own journey from the waves in

Maine to the variable weather on my Ohio homestead. These objects

can only give a nod to the types of brave journeys that refugees from all

times and places undertake.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016



Here’s what we’ll see:

Look Before You Leap is about Black Mountain College. This innovative college,

from 1933-1957, was a place for exploration, independent thinking, and creativity.

Many famous artists, writers and thinkers were part of this experiment in education.

Columbus Museum of Art Ronald Wimberly: 2016 Graphic novelist residency

Greater Columbus Ex.: Columbus artists including our own Janis Wunderlich.

The work of Rubin and Isabel Toledo: an artist and fashion designer partners

transform one of the galleries into an installation related to their collaboration.

The Sun Placed in the Abyss: “50 contemporary artists who explore the

relationship between photography and the sun.”

Their permanent collection.


We’ll leave from the CFA parking lot at 10:30. Bring a box/packed lunch.

Wexner from 12-1:30

Columbus Museum of Art from 1:45-4:00.

Return to AU between 5:00 and 6:00 depending on students’ interest in getting

something to eat while in Columbus.


Wexner: free with student ID

CMA: $8 with student ID

Some cash for snacks.

For more information contact Priscilla Roggenkamp
SIGN UP FOR THE TRIP CFA 346 - look for sign up sheet.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Robin Roberts '82 Art Alum to Paint Live at AU Homecoming

Robin Roberts '82 Art Alum to Paint Live at AU Homecoming
Saturday Oct 8th at 9 AM - 12 PM Founders Hall 

"I'm excited to paint en plein air at my alma mater during Homecoming Weekend. Join me on the front lawn of Founders Hall at Ashland University and hang with me as I paint while broadcasting live on Facebook. "

The wet painting will be for sale at the Silent Auction from 3:30 - 7:00 pm in Upper Convo.

Photo credit Robin Roberts

Wednesday, September 28, 2016