From the end of November through December, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art + Design Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors.
Showcasing the work of graduating senior Kiana Ziegler, the 2019 Senior Art + Design Exhibition will open on Thursday, November 21 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 2019 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 the student in the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate career at Ashland University.”
This fall’s exhibition, which will run from November 21 to December 14, include painting, printmaking, photography and digital art.
Kiana Ziegler, from Ashland, OH, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Art, with a painting concentration, and a Bachelor of Art in Commercial Art, with a graphic design concentration. Ziegler is the youngest of Alma and Charles Ziegler of Ashland. She grew up in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 2015. She entered her college career as an Honors Program Scholar, and shortly afterward, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for academic excellence. She received the opportunity to create a mural for the Writing Center and a portrait for the theater production, Little Women, in 2018. Off campus, Ziegler completed the illustrations decorating the entrance to Masterminds Escape Room and Game Library. She has completed several other private commissions as a freelance artist.
Active in her department, Ziegler served as the Vice President and President of Art Club. She was granted the opportunity to travel with the Art Department to museums in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburg, and New York City. Ziegler was rewarded many art awards, such as the Bernini Art Award, People’s Choice Award, Design and Illustration Award, and Best in Show in the Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition. During the Spring 2019 Graphic Design Senior Show, Ziegler was rewarded the Outstanding Senior Award. She showed her artwork along with other projects at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium. She was on the Dean’s List 7 semesters, and received several scholarships.
Upon graduation, Ziegler plans to either attend Ohio University to receive a Masters in painting, or to continue working toward her goals of owning a house and travelling to Japan.