Do you dream of a career in art? Cultivate your creativity in the Art + Design Department! We take a comprehensive, contemporary approach to the art field. You get a liberal arts education under the direction of talented art professors who encourage you to stretch your abilities and become the artist or teacher you’re meant to be.

You’ll experience:

  • Studio disciplines with dedicated faculty and spaces devoted to art creation
  • Countless opportunities to show your work
  • Access to the work of contemporary artists at Coburn Art Gallery exhibitions
  • Learning to think critically and solve problems creatively
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  • Art Education - Combines training in studio art with teacher education instruction, leading to teacher certification
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Merit-based scholarships are available to all students entering an art program at Ashland University. Art awards will be juried by department faculty using the student’s portfolio submission. Scholarship portfolios are accepted at any time, but priority is give to those received before Feb. 15

Awards are renewed each year you are enrolled at Ashland and meet these criteria:

  • Maintain a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Maintain an art major
  • Make consistent progress toward building a portfolio of quality work
  • Support both the curricular and extracurricular programs of the Art + Design Department by attending gallery receptions, visiting artist lectures, participating in Art Club, etc.

Portfolio Submission Process
Submit a portfolio of between five and 15 digital images of works of art you completed in the past two years. We prefer that you include at least two examples of drawing from observation. You may include two views of three-dimensional pieces.

Presentation of your work is extremely important, so please take your photos in a professional manner, filling the viewfinder with the work of art and using a neutral, quiet background

Submit these materials, along with a brief introductory letter outlining your art career plans, online. All submissions will be retained by the Art Department and will become part of the student’s records.

For questions about portfolio submissions, please call 419-289-5190.

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The Department of Art and Design includes six studios and one specially equipped lecture classroom to accommodate the needs of our faculty and students. Studios are well-equipped with specialized tools and facilities for each discipline.

  • Ceramic Studio - Includes 16 wheels, hand-building equipment and both electric and gas-fired kilns
  • Sculpture Studio - Equipped for metal fabrication, metal casting, woodworking, etc.
  • Painting Studio - Equipped with easels and workspaces for projects of various sizes, including individual studio spaces for painting majors
  • Printmaking Studio - Equipped with several presses including a 36” intaglio press and lithography press
  • Digital Art + Design Lab - Dedicated space for Digital Arts and Graphic Design instruction with 15 iMac computers outfitted with Adobe Creative Cloud and an archival 44” large-format printer
  • Coburn Art Gallery - Features exhibitions of contemporary and historical significance for the campus community and the Ashland area. Students both work and exhibit in the gallery
  • Art History Classroom - Contains original artwork of historical significance from the university’s extensive collection and has the ability to project digital images from the Web as well as a large collection of digital and slide images of historical art
  • Photo studio with professional lighting equipment and green screen
  • Additional equipment includes large screen projection and surround sound systems for digital multimedia, a 3D Printer, a laser cutter and metal fabrication tools such as MIG welders, oxy-acetylene torches, a plasma cutter and ring rollers
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An internship is required for Commercial Art Majors, and is a powerful experience and learning opportunity suggested for all Art Majors. An internship learning contract must be completed and signed before registering for internship credit.

For details, contact Michael Bird, the Art + Department Internship Coordinator at mbird2@ashland.edu.

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High School Art Experience

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The Ashland University Art and Design Department is offering a free college campus studio experience on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, for current high school students with an interest in pursuing art. The event is being held in the Center for the Arts building on the AU campus from 9:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with lunch and all art materials provided.

Art studio area experiences will include sculpture, printmaking, digital art and graphic design, painting, ceramics and figure drawing. Students may attend two workshops based on their interests and availability. This event highlights the Art and Design program, where students can learn from experienced college instructors who also are 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 and learn about what art and design students do after graduation.

The high school art experience application deadline is Feb. 12, 2024. Interested high school students can apply online at www.ashland.edu/art or visit the Coburn Art Gallery Facebook page.

For more information about the AU Art and Design Department Campus Art Experience- contact Dr. Wendy Schaller- Chair of the Art + Design Department at wschalle@ashland.edu.

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