Art Camp - Art Experiences for Youth

Join the Coburn Art Gallery on the Ashland University Campus for Summer Art Camp, which offers a one-week session and several one day art experiences throughout the summer. Students ages 7-14 will learn how to use a variety of media and experience activities including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. They will develop a cultural appreciation and aesthetic awareness as they explore different art forms as well as developing their own talent for self-expression. Session 1 Art Camp entitled Nature Meets the Art Museum: activities include printmaking, watercolor painting, recycled art and ceramics on June 16-20 from 9am-12noon.  The camp ratio is 1:7. Summer Art Camp session is $65.00 per child. All materials are provided. Art Days on July 9 10am-11:30am young artists ages 4-6 yrs old and July 15 young artists ages 7-12 years old from 9am -12noon. Art Days are $10.00 per child . Enrollment is limited. For more information or to register your child for summer art activities, call 419.289.5652 or email




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Coburn Gallery

Exceptional Art Hosted at Ashland University's Gallery

The Coburn Gallery serves as Ashland University's primary resource for the viewing of visual art by the academic community as well as by the general public. These exhibitions form the visual foundation of the educational mission of the Department of Art. The gallery schedule focuses on the work of nationally known contemporary artists as well as Ashland University art faculty and students.

Every year the Coburn Gallery hosts the Faculty Exhibition, the Student Exhibition (juried by an outside juror with cash awards for outstanding work), the Senior Exhibition (featuring the work of graduating seniors) as well as The Ashland Exhibition, a juried summer event displaying the work of area artists. The Fall semester usually features the work of artists from across the country, as well as themed exhibitions. With its ample proportions, comfortable feel and excellent lighting, the gallery provides a space where all members of the campus community may enjoy the beauty and stimulation of the visual art experience.


Senior Art Exhibition II Opens April 24@4:30pm.Senior Awards announced @5pm

Visiting Artist Lecture-April 11 @7pm

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 communications 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.

Call for Entries-Time Will Tell

The Coburn Gallery announces a national juried exhibition entitled Time will Tell- a Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience which will feature artists at least 50 years of age residing in the United States. This exhibition will culminate in a collection of works that embody the creativity and innovation of artists ages 50 years and older at all levels of artistic endeavor.  The exhibit runs from May 16 through June 22, 2014. Time Will Tell 2014.pdf 

Click Thumbnail to Enlarge Prospectus 

Jurors:  Al Aitken and Rebecca Kaler

 Al Aitken received his Masters of Fine Arts in printmaking and photography at Ohio University. Aitken has been a professor of photography at Case Western since 2001. His artworks are in the collections of Cleveland Museum of Art and Modern Museum of Art in New York. In 2013, Aitken has exhibited in FAVA in Oberlin, Ohio and Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art Mesa, Arizona.

Rebecca Kaler is an artist who has shown extensively nationally and internationally in such places as the Butler Museum of American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Gallery and the Kiosko Gallery in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She has authored and illustrated a children’s book, Blueberry Bear, published by Inquiring Voices Press, and has an extensive background in design, painting, textiles and ceramics. Kaler was the Curatorial Director of the Pearl Conard Art Gallery at The Ohio State University in Mansfield, OH, for twenty years, and she is currently retired in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Works in any media accepted. All work must be original art conceived and executed solely by the artist within the last two years. $800 in AWARDS. A maximum of two digital entries for $20 are allowed per artist. Entries must be original works in any media (2-D or 3-D), completed within the last two years. All entries must be postmarked by April 4, 2014. See to download the prospectus, email or find us on Facebook.

AU Senior Art Exhibitions Upcoming in April

Art Awards Announced

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).

 Award winners include:

 Best in Show - $250

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 Award - $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 at, find us on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

Juried Student Art Exhibition-Opens March 13

The Ashland University Juried Student Art Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 13, in the Coburn Gallery with a reception to be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

 This exhibition will offer $1,300 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Everett S. Caldemeyer Award, Dean’s Award , People’s Choice Award and awards in each of the six art areas: painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, drawing and ceramics. The awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

The annual exhibition represents a culmination of student work from university art classes during the school year. It is an opportunity for art students to take their best artwork from the year, learn how to professionally present it for display and then receive feedback from an outside art professional.

The outside juror for exhibition is Julie M. Elman. She 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, seventh 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).The exhibition is an excellent opportunity to support the arts by purchasing a student artwork, whether you are just starting to collect art or adding to a collection.

The exhibition runs from March 13-28, 2014. A generous donation from Charles Caldemeyer, Dr. Dawn Weber and other private donors has allowed the University to offer several of these awards.

 The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on this exhibition visit us at, find us on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

Juried Student Art Exhibition

March 13-28, 2014

Kim Lennox Senior Theatre Project & The Flip Side Group Exhibition

2014 Art Department Faculty Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery announced its upcoming art exhibition featuring the works from the Ashland University Art Department Faculty. This annual exhibition highlighted the two-dimensional and three-dimensional art of the current faculty as professional artists exhibiting works in their prospective areas. The art department faculty pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching endeavors. The exhibition opened on Thursday, January 16 and ran through February 9, 2014.

The exhibition features the following art department faculty: George Kocar, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan McDonald, Cynthia Petry, Charles Caldemeyer, Jessica Wascak, Keith McMahon, Larry Schiemann and Keith Dull.

The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, January 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. For more about the 2014 Faculty Art Exhibition, visit us on the web at or find us on Facebook.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours

Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday noon-4 p.m.

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2013-2014 Gallery Events

Priscilla Roggenkamp, Threads That Bind
August 22-September 15
Opening Reception: August 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Matt Schiemann, Variable Vessels
September 26-October 26
Opening Reception: September 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Julie Elman, Drawing On Your Fears
October 31-November 22
Costume Ball/Opening Reception: October 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Read more about Julie Elman's Fear Project.
Ana Reynolds and Sara Toby, Senior Art Exhibition
December 3–14
Opening Reception: December 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Art Faculty Exhibition
January 16-February 9
Opening Reception: January 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Flip Side Exhibition, curated by Ken Arthur
Kim Lennox, Senior Theatre Project
February 14-23
Opening Reception: February 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
Juried Student Art Exhibition
March 13-March 28
Opening Reception: March 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Senior Art Exhibition 1
April 3-16

Senior Art Exhibition 2
*April 24-May 10

Senior Awards will be announced at opening on April 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Time Will Tell: 
Juried Show for Artists 50 and older
May 16-June 22

Allison Elia: Ceramic & Sculpture
August 21-September 21, 2014
Opening Reception/Artist Talk: August 21, 4:30-6:30