Friday, March 22, 2019

Free High School Art Experience Event Offered

The Ashland University Art and Design Department is offering a free college campus studio experience on Saturday, May 11, for current high school students with an interest in pursuing art. The event is being held in the Center for the Arts building on the AU campus from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch and art materials provided.

Art studio area experiences will include sculpture, printmaking and illustration, digital art and graphic design painting, ceramics and figure drawing. Students may attend two workshops based on their interests and availability. This event highlights the Art and Design program, where students can learn from experienced college instructors who also are working artists, meet other students with a serious interest in art, learn or finesse existing skills, investigate a new medium or area, experience a classroom studio work environment and learn about what art and design students do after graduation.

The high school art experience application deadline is April 16, 2019. Interested high school students can apply online at For more information about the AU Art and Design Department Campus Art Experience, call 419.289.5190 or email

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Juried Student Exhibition Awards Announced

The award winners have been announced for the Ashland University 2019 Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition that will run through March 28 in the University’s Coburn Gallery.

This exhibition offers $1,000 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, People’s Choice Award and the AU Permanent Art Collection Award. The awards were announced at the opening reception of the exhibition on March 14, 2019. The People’s Choice award will be announced on the Coburn Gallery’s Facebook page on March 26, 2019.

The outside juror for exhibition was Larry Schiemann. Schiemann was a longtime Ashland University Art Department faculty member and is currently the owner of Clayfields Pottery, specializing in works of stoneware and porcelain clay. Schiemann has exhibited nationally and has offered many ceramic workshops throughout his career. Schiemann is represented by galleries in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Schiemann accepted 98 entries of the 180 entries submitted.

Best in Show - Tyreece Jones, Matthew 7:15, Charcoal drawing
Sponsored by the Department Art and Design and the Coburn Gallery

Honorable Mention Awards 
Sponsored by the Department Art and Design and the Coburn Gallery

Raven Roddy, The Female Gaze I, Pen /Ink Drawing
Fiona Donley, Intelligence, Digital painting

Tristan Peterman, A.N.T., Found object sculpture

Bernini Award -
Hannah Osborn, Anxiety, Charcoal Drawing
Sponsored and selected by Dr. Wendy and Scott Schaller

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award - 
Cameron Middis, Subtraction Cube, Steel Sculpture
Sponsored and selected by Ashland University Dean of College of Arts & Sciences- Dr. Dawn Weber

AU Permanent Art Collection Award
Sponsored and selected by Ashland University Permanent Art Collection- Matt Portner
Hannah Osborn, Life in Patchwork, Mixed Media Work on Paper
Destini Oler, Peace, Acrylic Painting

Alumni “Wink” Award-
Schuyler Runkle, Silently Screaming, Found Object sculpture
The Alumni Award is selected and sponsored by 2012 alumnus Jennifer Winkler.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

“Picturing the Past: Highlights from the Ashland University Permanent Collection” Exhibition Opens January 24th

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will host an exhibition titled “Picturing the Past:  Highlights from the Ashland University Permanent Collection,” it will feature a selection of artworks from the Myers Collection curated by AU Associate Professor Dr. Wendy Schaller.

The seventeen historical paintings featured in the exhibition “Picturing the Past:  Highlights from the Ashland University Permanent Collection,” span a period of 500 years of art historical development representing the styles of a number of important schools and geographic locations both European and American.  The works selected demonstrate the broad scope of Ashland University’s collection and include Christian subjects, historical scenes, genre scenes, landscapes, portraits, and animal paintings.  While four of the works on display were previously exhibited together at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in 1941 (“Loan Exhibition of Paintings Selected from the John C. Myers Collection”), this particular selection of paintings has never before been exhibited together.  The university’s collection has significant educational value and this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to share these fascinating paintings with the broader university population and Ashland community.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Thursday, January 24, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Coburn Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public and the exhibition runs through February 23, 2019. For more information about the exhibition contact the Coburn Gallery at 419.289.5652 or

Friday, November 30, 2018

AU Art + Design Senior Exhibition Opening Reception

AU Art + Design Senior Exhibition Opening Reception 

Exhibiting Seniors-Samantha Rhonemus, Ellyn Kilpatrick and Zula Kile

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Art + Design Senior Exhibition Opens November 29th

In late November, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery will host the Senior Art Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art and design majors at AU.
Bringing together the artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design, the Fall 2018 Senior Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, Nov. 29, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Coburn Art Gallery located in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus.
“While the 2018 Senior Art Exhibition provides the capstone experience for graduating art majors, it represents more than just students’ studio art experiences,” said Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery. “For these students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.”
This year’s exhibition, which will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, includes digital art, painting, printmaking, graphic design and sculpture from three Senior Art Exhibition artists - Samantha Rhonemus, Ellyn Kilpatrick and Zula Kile.

Ellyn Kilpatrick, from Rocky River, Ohio, will be graduating this December with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Fine Arts concentration and a minor in Art History. The youngest daughter of Russell and Pamela Kilpatrick, she is a part of the theatre academic honorary, Alpha Psi Omega, as well as a part of International Club and Art Club. Kilpatrick has exhibited work in two Juried Student Art Exhibitions and was the featured artist at Clague Playhouse in May 2018. After graduation, she plans to move to South Korea where she intends to continues her education and tutor English.
Samantha Rhonemus, from Bluffton, Ohio, will be graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Art. The youngest daughter of Michael and Tenna Rhonemus, she is part of the sorority Theta Phi Alpha and Art Club, were she has held numerous positions like vice president, treasurer, and apparel chair in both organizations. Rhonemus has exhibited work in four Juried Student Art Exhibitions where she was awarded The Best in Show Award, as well the 3-D Award. She also was featured in the M.A.D.E in Ashland Art Exhibition, and was a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum where she was published in the annual book that is produced. After graduation, she plans to find a job that can lead to her owning her own business someday, where she can create personalized art and continue her love for photography.
Zula Marie Kile will be graduating from Ashland University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, with a concentration in Painting and minor concentration in Digital Art and a minor in Philosophy. She was born in the village of San Pedro Columbia, Belize; and her artwork features scenes from her tropical home. She is a member of the Art Club, Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society. After graduation, she intends to return to her native country.