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.