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.

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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

3-D Design Class Project

The Cardboard Project.

As one of the foundations courses of the Art program at Ashland University, students take 3-D Design. In this course students explore the aesthetics of the 3-Dimensional world and incorporate these into assigned projects. Over the course of the class, students also explore different media and methods commonly used in the sculptural art world. For this project students used cardboard to create geometrical structures. The work was recently displayed outside the Don Coburn Gallery on Ashland's campus.

Here are some photos of the students work:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Faculty Member Keith Dull Promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Keith Dull for his recent promotion to full professor. Dull was among several Ashland University faculty members whose promotion was officially announced by the Board of Trustees this month.

Keith Dull joined Ashland University's Art Department in 1999. He currently teaches drawing, 2-D Design, and printmaking.  He is well known for his printmaking prowess both on campus and throughout the U.S.  Dull received a BFA in printmaking and painting from Indiana University, Herron School of Art in 1992 and an MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 1995.   In 1998, he developed the Encaustic Intaglio printing process, which incorporates melted wax to create printing plates.

Dull's print series entitled "Dead Ends and Domestic Talismans" will be on display at the Mansfield Art Center this summer, June 15-July 27 after enjoying a lengthy exhibition this fall at the Roger W.Rogers Gallery of Williamette University in Salem, Oregon.  using a wide range of techniques that include color reduction relief, intaglio, lithography and mixed media. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

2014 Juried Student Exhibition - Call for Entries

The Coburn Gallery's Juried Student Art Exhibition will be March 13-28. Entry forms are available outside of CFA 227 and on bulletin boards near the art classrooms and studios. Forms may also be printed from the link on this page. 

Entrants need not be art majors, but all work must be 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 & Drawing. 

Entries may be delivered to the Coburn Art Gallery on Tuesday, February 25 -- Thursday, February 27.  See the full list of exhibition information for drop-off times, preparation guidelines and other important information. 

Click here for a complete list of rules, dates, regulations and other information. 

Click here for a printable version of the entry form. 

If you have additional questions, contact Cynthia Petry in the Coburn Art Gallery. 

Flip Side Art Exhibition/ Senior Theatre Project Opens in Coburn Gallery on February 14.

The Coburn Gallery will hold two simultaneous exhibitions featuring the works from Ashland University senior theatre student Kim Lennox as well as a group exhibition titled “Eight by Eight -- The Flip Side” curated by local artist Ken Arthur. The exhibitions open on Friday, Feb. 14, and run through Feb. 23.
“Eight by Eight-The Flip Side” features eight regional artists working in various media to bring their unique perspectives to the gallery. Artwork on display will include collages, paintings, videos, and more.  The exhibition will present work by collection curator Ken Arthur, as well as Jason Kaufman, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan Corrigan, Harry Melroy, Linda Chevalier, Keith McMahon, and Tim Gorka.
“A Costume Technician At Work” provides a behind-the-scenes look at the process that costume technicians use to make beautiful costumes for the stage.  AU theatre major Kimberly Lennox will display three original costume designs from distinct time periods.  The project display will include period clothing, wigs and makeup designs, along with photographs to document the design steps.
The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception for these two exhibits on Friday, February 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., prior to the opening night performance of Ashland University Theatre's musical production of “Songs for a New World.”  The reception is free and open to the public.  For more about these exhibitions, visit us on the web at or find us on Facebook.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Art Department Scholarship Program

We are currently accepting submissions for our Art Scholarship program. We encourage you to apply for one of these merit-based awards. 

Scholarship applications and portfolios are accepted throughout the year, but preference is given to those received before February 15

Please review the Art Scholarship Awards Brochure for full details on the portfolio submission process as well as specific criteria. Scholarships are renewable as long as you maintain an art major and a minimum GPA. 

Link to Brochure for more details  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Art Saturday Presents Digital Art Workshop for Teens on February 15

The Self Portrait and Adobe Photoshop for Teens will allow students to explore the basics of digital art. This three hour workshop, students will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop, a popular computer program used for creating digital artwork and manipulating photographs.  The class has been rescheduled for February 15 from 9:00 a.m. - noon at the Ashland University Center for Arts building.  The class is open to students ages 10-16.  There is a registration fee of $10.00 per student.

Class sizes are limited.  For more information or to register your child for classes, Contact the Coburn Art Gallery, 419-289-5652.

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery and Art Club have established “ Art Saturdays” as an educational and creative experience for children 4-16 years old.  A variety of classes are available throughout the year.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Digital Art Under Construction

See what happens next!  

As part of their coursework, Digital Art students keep a blog about their artistic progress and other given art topics.  You can follow along with our upper level students and see the progression of their projects during the semester.  

Digital Art is taught by Jessica (Maloney) Wascak. Students may take a succession of courses beginning with Art 206 (Digital Art) and proceeding to Digital Art III, IV, and V if desired. The series of courses teach technical and artistic problem-solving using software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Xpress, Flash, Macromedia Director, and Dreamweaver.  

Featured Students and their Blog Sites:

Jen Clingerman, Junior Fine Art major
Tricia Dasco, Junior Fine Art major
Taylor Menhart, Junior Commerical Arts
Ceclia Maxwell, Junior Fine Arts major
Taylor Wade, Junior Fine Arts major

Monday, January 13, 2014

Art Faculty Exhibition Opens Thursday, January 16

From January 16 through February 9, The Coburn Art Gallery will feature work from the Ashland University Department of Art faculty members.  The Art Faculty Exhibition is an annual event at the Gallery and a chance for our art instructors to showcase their talents.  Expect an intriguing collection in a variety of media.   An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 16 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Participating faculty members are: George Kocar, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan McDonald, Cynthia Petry, Charles Caldemeyer, Jessica Maloney (Wascak), Keith McMahon, Larry Schiemann, and Keith Dull.   

The Coburn Art Gallery's exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.  The gallery is located in the Center for the Arts building (at the corner of College of and Grant streets) adjacent to the lobby of Hugo Young Theatre.

Deadline for submitting URCA abstracts is Friday, January 17.

The 5th annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Symposium will be April 1, 2014. This annual event gives undergraduate students a chance to share research, scholarly and creative endeavors. 

All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are encouraged to participate in this year’s symposium. 

Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance. All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples include, but are not limited to summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork. 

 The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5:00 p.m. on January 17, 2014. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

AU Art Dept. Grad featured in "Ceramics Monthly" magazine

Ashland University alumni Matt Schiemann was featured in a “Studio Visit” article in the January 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine. He is the son of current Ashland University ceramics instructor Larry Schiemann and was the curator of the Coburn Arts Gallery exhibition “Variable Vessels” this fall.

Matt Schiemann grew up watching and helping his dad Larry create ceramic works. This early exposure taught him to appreciate the handmade object and eventually to choose the field of ceramics for himself. Schiemann received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture and Ceramics from Ashland University in 2005 and his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Schiemann was accepted as an artist in residence at the St. Petersburg Clay Co. Shortly afterwards he became an adjunct professor at Eckerd College for PEL program’s ceramics department. In October of 2010, he became co-owner/director of the St. Petersburg Clay Co.