Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fall 2017 Senior Art Exhibition Opens Nov 30th

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will be hosting two exhibitions -- the 2017 AU Senior Art Exhibition as well as a ceramic works exhibition by Cleveland artists Stephanie Craig and Todd Leech -- from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17, 2017.
The Senior Art Exhibition includes graduating art majors Danielle Smith and Anamarie Coors and highlights graphic design, digital art, web design and animation. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

“While the 2017 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.”
Smith, from Warren, Pa, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art-Graphic Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Smith is the eldest daughter of Kerwin and Loraine Smith of Warren, Pa., and she is a graduate of Warren Area High School.
Smith’s work has been exhibited in the Juried Student Art Exhibition numerous times and was awarded the Alumni “Wink” Award and the Dean’s Award. Smith also was awarded sophomore and junior Academic Honors on behalf of the Art Department. Serving as the Art Club president during the 2016-2017 school year, Smith has been an active member of the art community on campus. Smith also was involved in religious life during her time at Ashland and served as a Well student leader. During her junior year, Smith served as the graphic design intern at Bookmasters located in Ashland, Ohio, where she assisted in catalogue design. Following this experience, Smith completed two additional web design internships. Smith plans to secure a graphic design position in the Cleveland area after graduation.

Coors hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and she will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Digital Art. Coors is the daughter of Christopher and Teresa Coors and she attended Boone County High School in Florence, Ky., where she received her scholarship to Ashland University.
She has been involved in many organizations on campus, including Art Club, Knitting Club, Women’s Chorus and the CAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Symposium in 2017. Coors also has exhibited in student juried art shows while at Ashland University. Coors future plans include obtaining internships with companies such as Disney and Pixar to expand her skills as an animator and story board artist.
The ceramics exhibition includes Craig’s abstracted tower structures that are part of a sculpture series which are fueled by her memories of persons and place. Leech’s platters are an exploration of surface and texture while utilizing both hand building and wheel throwing techniques in the construction. The glazing process is a critical stage in his work, as Craig is interested in the textural qualities of shino glazes and non-traditional glaze surfaces.
Both Craig and Leech received their MFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Presently, Craig divides her time between teaching Ceramics and 3D Foundations at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and pursuing a professional studio art practice. Leech is a full-time studio artist, managing the operations of a fully equipped ceramics studio in Cleveland, Ohio.
For more about the exhibition or events at the Coburn Gallery, visit www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or find us on Facebook. The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, November 6, 2017

AU Art Alumnus Recognized at OAEA Conference

Ohio Art Educator Erica Kenny - Ashland University Art Alumnus has been elected as the SW Regional Director and also one of two SW Outstanding Art Teachers for 2019 OAEA conference. Congrats Erica! #AUArtDesign #artmatters #artteachersrock 🦅🦅


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NYC Fall Break AU Art + Design Trip

Ashland University Department Art + Design traveled to NYC and immersed their students in ART from the Whitney, The Frick and Chelsea galleries. Join the spring break trip to Washington DC. #AUArtDesign

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AU Alumnus Andrew Ringler Exhibits Powerful New Work -The Opioid Trail

Ashland University Alumnus Andrew D. Ringler's exhibition titled "The Opioid Trail " is on view from October 4-22, 2017 at Gallery OneTwentyEight in NYC. 
Ringler's work is a stirring visual exploration of the people and places throughout rural America affected by a dismal outbreak of despair and drug abuse, The Opioid Trail provides a singular window into the epidemic.

A native Ohioan, Andrew David Ringler has witnessed first-hand the corrosive effects of narcotic abuse in his home state. In his paintings, he captures the multifaceted dynamic of this rural community.
Quilted barns no longer display their storied folklore but now reveal the Narcan overdose nasal spray logo. Abandoned historic homes of distant grandeur stand sentinel on the landscape, a visual parallel to the ongoing economic and social downturn.
Intent on shattering the negative stereotypes of those affected by the lethal epidemic, Ringler portrays them in their distinct complexity, eliciting empathy and understanding from his viewers.

onetwentyeight 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 galleryonetwentyeight.org  212-674-0244

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thy Neighbor -Mail Art-Making Night with AU Art Club

TONIGHT | Join us to create works for the Thy Neighbor - Strength through Connections exhibition at The Coburn Gallery!
#AUArtClub, the International Club and the Ashland Center for Nonviolence are hosting an art-making session which is open to all Ashland University students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. in Room 346 of the Center for the Arts. Art supplies and refreshments are provided. All completed works will be exhibited as part of the upcoming Thy Neighbor Mail Art Show at The Coburn Gallery, Ashland University in October.
Free | Supplies provided | Snacks and drinks provided
Any questions? Email us at ashlandartclub@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

AU Student Collaboration Artwork Exhibited in Missouri

The artwork created from the AU student collaboration with visiting artist Traci Molly is on view in the exhibition "It Happened " at the University of Missouri.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thy Neighbor- AU Community Art Project

Thy Neighbor - Artmaking Session 
Ashland University Art Club, International Club and Ashland Center for NonViolence are meeting on Tuesday September 26th at 7:00pm CFA Room 346. Art supplies and refreshments provided. Open to all AU students, faculty and staff. All completed works will be exhibited as part of the upcoming Thy Neighbor Mail Art Show at The Coburn Gallery, Ashland University in October.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Upcoming Coburn Art Exhibition-"Obsolescence"

The Coburn Gallery, Ashland University will be closed August 14-30 for installation of our upcoming exhibition- "Obsolescence" featuring Robyn Moore+Adrian Hatfield+Mike Richison+Judith Brandon as they explore the threshold of extinction. Opening Art Reception Thursday August 31st from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Monday, June 12, 2017

John Clague- AU Campus Sculpture

Learn more about John Clague, the artist who created the unique and musical sculpture in front of the Ashland University Library. The short film was created by 
photographer Charles Mintz.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Upcoming Opening Art Reception May 19th

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University announces a juried exhibition featuring 48 works created by the members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The works on view will range from painting, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, printmaking, glass and mixed media. The exhibition includes local artists Susan Shafer, Mary J Ferretti, Debra Akers, Nancy Dupre, Diane Kaye, Marty Lee Bossler, Cynthia C. Petry, Barb Morejon, Betty Perry, Nancy Pierce, Betz Richards, Caryl Richmond, Peggy Stover, Jan Wells, MP Marion, Irene Maginniss, Lisa Covington and Bea North.

The juror for the exhibition was watercolorist Cathy Welner from Richfield, Ohio. For over 28 years, Welner has been teaching watercolor and has served as faculty of Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including a recent workshop on Lake Como, Italy. Welner’s work has been featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. Her work hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

The Ashland Community Arts League juried exhibition opens on Friday May 19 with a reception from 6:00-7:30pm featuring live entertainment by "Rock Salt & Nails," a local band of visual artists from Alliance, Ohio performing original folk and traditional acoustic music. The band features Ashland University’s own Associate Professor of Art Priscilla Roggenkamp. The event is free and open to the public.

The event coincides with the Ashland Regional Ballet & Opus II Dance Studio’s 35th Annual Spring Dance Concert entitledCinderella on May 19 at 7:30pm at the Hugo Young Theatre (Ashland University).

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10am-noon Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more information about the opening reception or the exhibition, call 419.289.5652or visit us on Facebook.

Monday, May 8, 2017

High School Campus Art Experience This Saturday May 13th

Join the Ashland University Art Department on May 13, 2017 for a college campus studio experience for current high school students with an interest in pursuing art.  


Ashland University Center for the Arts 9:15 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
 Free to High School Students   
Lunch and art materials provided. 

-Learn from experienced college instructors who
are also 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
-Have your questions answered about studying the visual arts in college
-What do Ashland’s visual art graduates do after college 

Sculpture - Printmaking -Digital Art & Graphic Design
Painting -Ceramics -Figure Drawing 
Students may attend two workshops based on their interests.

For more information about the AU Art Department Campus Art Experience-

Monday, April 24, 2017

Art Academic Honors Awarded

Congratulations to the Ashland University Art Department Academic Honors Convocation Recipients - Senior Award : Alicia Jones, Junior Award: Danielle Smith and Sophomore Award : Sage Haines .
 Sage Haines

Danielle Smith

Alicia Jones

Friday, April 21, 2017

Senior Art Exhibition Awards Announced

The 2017 Senior Art Exhibition awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the art department, on Thursday April 20 at the Coburn Art Gallery opening reception.

Alicia Jones was selected as the senior art award recipient by the AU art department faculty. Alicia's’s artworks bring light to the stigmas of difficult topics that many face or fear facing and the taboo nature of the individuals going through them to talk about them. Through discussing topics like depression, drug abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence, self-harm, suicide and eating disorders in her painting and ceramics installation, she focuses on the impact that families have on one another and the struggle to be honest about our problems with the ones we hold closest. Alicia's work highlights the behaviors of the parents and the often forgotten children who are watching and learning from them. The use of a dinner table setting 
Jones' shows the gathering of friends and family which is used within her work to suggest that a more open and honest atmosphere needs to be created.  

Jones, from Bellevue, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting Concentration), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Art History. Jones attended Bellevue High School where she graduated with an Honors Diploma. She is the daughter of Florence and Jeffery Jones. At Ashland, she is a member of Art club, Knitting club and President of Psych Club. Her honors include being inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa and receiving Outstanding Sophomore and Junior of the Year for the Art Department. She has been a part of three Student Juror Shows and has displayed her work twice at URCA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity). She is extremely thankful for the opportunities of studying abroad with AU in Germany in 2015 and for the art department trips to New Year City and Chicago to view famous works. After graduation Jones plans to receive her master in clinical health counseling to become an art therapist.

Honorable Mention Senior award recipient was Ahmed Bondagjy, a Sadi citizen living in Ashland, Ohio. Ahmed is the son of Hussain and Sana.  Ahmed will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art-Graphic Design and Fine Arts. Bondaigy was awarded a scholarship from the government of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for his study at Ashland University. Originally, art was a challenge for Ahmed until it became his passion and he began embracing life to the happiest level. Ahmed is interested in art as a form of making an idea to come alive through design or sculpture. Ahmed was also the recipient of the sculpture award at the 2017 Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The Senior Art Exhibition runs from April 20-May 6, 2017.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

AU Art Majors Participate in URCA Symposium

Spring 2017 Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences URCA Symposium featuring the following art majors: Dana Reed, Kiana Ziegler , Isaac Waterman, Abigail Nye, Emily Minns, Alicia Jones and Anamarie Coors. #URCA #AUART

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Visiting Artist -Ron Hill April 6th

The Coburn Gallery is sponsoring the visit of illustrator and commercial artist Ron Hill to campus on April 6 as part of the Ashland University Art Department visiting artist program. Hill will be presenting a special artist lecture at 2 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall located in the Dwight Schar College of Education Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Hill is known for his works as an illustrator, cartoonist and caricaturist. He has been creating illustrations for books, newspapers and magazines since 1982. Hill was a vocational commercial art student in high school and earned a bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1982. He worked in art studios and ad agencies until 1993, when he went freelance as an illustrator, cartoonist and caricaturist.
Beginning in 1999, his editorial cartoons have appeared in the Chagrin Valley Times, The Solon Times, The Geauga Times Courier, West Life, The North Ridgeville Press and The Avon Press. In 2008, one of his cartoons was selected as the best non-daily cartoon in Ohio by the Cleveland Press Club. He has illustrated 15 books in Westminster John Knox’s Armchair Theologian series, which is published in English, German, Japanese, Korean and Italian.
From 2002 until 2015, Hill taught a Career-Tech Program in Interactive Media at Alliance High School, while he continued to accept freelance illustration, design and cartoon commissions. Recently, he has begun the process of partnering with a local designer and illustrator to provide area businesses with print and web solutions for their advertising and promotional needs.
Hill also continues to provide quick-sketch, caricature entertainment for private, corporate and institutional events, and estimates he has easily drawn over 100,000 faces in 33 years.
He is a member of The American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, The National Cartoonists Society and current president of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society.
For more information, events and programming for the Coburn Gallery, call (419) 289-5652.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Senior Art Exhibition 1 -Opening Reception Photos

Ashland University - Senior Art Exhibition 1 -
Featuring graduating Senior Artists : Emily Minns, Anastasia Russo and Emily Didion