Wednesday, November 18, 2015

AU Art Alumnus Joshua Risner Named Master Painter

AU Art Alumnus Joshua Risner (BFA 2012) has recently been named master decorative painter of the Michigan state Capitol. The position of Master Decorative Painter at the 1879 Michigan State Capitol is responsible for the restoration, maintenance, and preservation of over nine acres of decoratively painted surfaces in the building. Including the analysis, documentation, surface preparation, and use of traditional techniques such as marbling, wood graining, gilding, glazing, striping, stenciling, and free hand painting the replication.

Risner grew up in rural central Ohio and earned his BFA in painting with an art history minor at Ashland University and his MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design. He has won numerous awards for his oil paintings and drawings.
To learn more about Joshua or his paintings visit .

Successful Senior Art Exhibition Opening

Each fall, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors. Bringing together artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art, the Senior Art Exhibitions will open on Thursday, Nov. 12, 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 Senior Art Exhibition provides the capstone experience for graduating art majors, it represents more than just the 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.”
The event brings together artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and includes graphic design, digital art, printmaking and ceramics. 
This year’s exhibiting seniors include: Taylor Menhart of Twinsburg, Ohio, B.A. in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design; Olivia Glass of Mount Vernon, Ohio, B.S. in Art Education, with Ceramics concentration; Randi Schimmoeller of Ottawa, Ohio, B.A. with a concentration in Printmaking; and Mary Jean Ferretti of Ashland, Ohio, Digital Art concentration.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AU Professor Roggenkamp Offers Workshop at OAE Conference


Associate Professor of Art Priscilla Roggenkamp will be offering a workshop, "Developing Personal Content Inspired by Vanitas Paintings", at the Ohio Art Educators Conference Nov 6th and 7th. Roggenkamp will be presenting with two Ashland University students, Kara Mewhinney and Emily Minns. 

Artwork credit Kira Kim.