Wednesday, May 18, 2016

AU Art Major Danielle Smith Wins URCA Non-Participant Idea Contest

Congratulations - AU Art Major Danielle Smith !
URCA Non-Participant Idea Contest Winner

1st Place: Danielle Smith, "Bye-bye Blues" blue colored lenses in glasses   
for cancer patients to promote calmness during treatments. $500.00 award.

Monday, May 9, 2016

AU Senior Artist Featured in Columbus Short North Gallery Hop

Ashland University Senior Commercial Art Major Emma Daugherty was featured in the May 2016 Columbus Short North Gallery Hop-

"For the first time in Excellence in Visual Art's history, eleven of our student nominees and finalists from eight different institutions were featured at seven different galleries. Hundreds of visitors participated in the walking exhibition as they celebrated our young and talented artists. Some of the artists were able to attend and stand with their pieces as they interacted with visitors and answered any questions regarding their art. This was a great opportunity for the artists to gain exposure and experience as the prepare to embark on their professional careers. "

The artwork is for sale and will be up throughout the whole Month of May at the following participating galleries:

First Commonwealth Bank- 647 North High Street
Jenny Half/ Megan Nedds, University of Findlay
Elmi Ventura Mata, Cleveland Institute of Art
Jennifer Tang, Case Western Reserve University

Sharon Weiss Gallery- 20 East Lincoln Street
Jennifer Hall- Otterbein University 

PM Gallery- 1190 North High Street 
Stephanie Parnes/ Katherine Zeilman, Columbus College of Art & Design 

Sherrie Gallerie- 694 North High Street 
Amorelle Jacox, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 

Marcia Evans Gallery- 8 East Lincoln Street 
Emma Daugherty, Ashland University 

Happy Go Lucky- 962 North High Street 
Abby Graber, Bluffton University 

Rivet Design Toy&Art Gallery- 1200 North High Street
Jacob Hansen, University of Dayton 

Thursday, May 5, 2016


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 !