Wednesday, January 7, 2015

AU's Alum Charlie Wagers

Alumni Charlie Wagers had work featured on the Late Night Show with David Letterman.

2015 Faculty Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery announces its upcoming art exhibition featuring the works from the Ashland University Art Department Faculty. This annual exhibition highlights the two dimensional and three dimensional of the current faculty as professional artists exhibiting works in their prospective areas. The art department faculty pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching endeavors. The exhibition opens on Thursday January 15 and runs through February 21, 2015.
The exhibition features the following art department faculty: Keith Dull, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan McDonald, Cynthia Petry, Jessica Wascak, Larry Schiemann and new graphic design faculty member Robin Roberts.
The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, January 15, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public. For more about the 2015 Faculty Art Exhibition visit us on the web at or find us on Facebook.
 The Coburn Gallery is open from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday and 12pm-4pm on Saturday/ Sunday. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Senior Exhibition

Oct. 14, 2014 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Coburn Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Department of Art, has scheduled its annual fall “Senior Art Exhibition,” which provides a capstone experience for graduating art majors. For students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.
An opening reception will be held on Nov. 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Coburn Gallery inside the Center for the Arts on the AU campus and will kick-off the exhibition, which will run through Dec. 14.
The exhibition will include artworks created by Karly Beuck of Lodi, who is a bachelor of fine arts painting major. Beuck is a fifth-year senior in the BFA program and she has been studying painting for four years as well as art history, and has studied ceramics for two years. She also plays goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team on campus and is a member of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Beuck’s painting series is titled “Strength: Inferiority Not Consented.” The series presents Greek women out of their mythical contexts and challenges their stories by changing the character’s typical demeanor found in myth into one to be revered and respected in today’s society.
Beuck achieves her message by painting such characters as Medusa, Pandora, Artemis, Atalanta, Amazons Penthesilia and Hippolyta II, as well as a couple lesser-known female figures from Greek mythology, Melinoe, and the sphinx that plagued Thebes. It is due to the raw nature inside herself that drives Beuck to be a strong-willed and competitive woman she has been drawn to these fictional females from the past that are not always seen tough in mind, body and spirit. Beuck have given these women today’s confidence in a time where they were not always portrayed as a role model for society.  Where these women were being defeated, unacknowledged or seemingly unnoticed for their valiant efforts in myth, she, through these portraits, is giving them the respect and recognition they never received.

"Exploring Creativity in the Arts"

On Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Coburn Gallery hosted an artist talk on “Exploring Creativity in the Arts.” This talk featured alumna Emily Fitch, a 2006 graduate with a bachelor of science degree in education with a major in art education who is currently serving as Crestview High School art teacher; and Casey Snyder, a 2010 graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree in art and an MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., and currently an adjunct professor of art at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. Lecture was located in Ronk Lecture Hall, COE. The event was free and open to the public. - 


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.