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.