The Power of the Press Exhibition features a selection of socially and politically themed prints by celebrated artists Käthe Kollwitz, Honoré Daumier, and Francisco Goya from the Ashland University collection curated by Dr. Wendy Schaller. Embracing the social function of art, these outspoken artists used biting satire and powerful emotional expression not only to address the human condition of their times but to challenge political authority and counter social inequality. To be exhibited in conjunction with a national juried exhibition of contemporary printmaking by the same title.
The National Juried Exhibition Power of the Press includes 20 artworks from 16 artists from across the United States: Andries Fourie, Salem, OR, Margaret Denk-Leigh, Independence, OH, Keisha Mrotek Oakland, CA, Ramiro Rodriguez South Bend, IN, Kimberly Nguyen, Oklahoma, OK, Donté Hayes, Kennesaw, GA, Christina Carlyle Reed, Seattle, WA, Jill Annie Margaret, Boise, ID, Amnestie Lillian-Tate VerDuin, Mount Pleasant, MI, Margi Weir, Detroit, MI, Marissa Angel, Virginia Beach, VA, Akemi Ohira, Charlottesville, VA, Elizabeth Klimek, Gaithersburg, MD, Keith Dull, Ashland, OH, Chadwick Tolley Evans and GA, Stephanie Sabo, Los Angeles, CA.
The juror for the Power of the Press was Liz Maugans, one of Zygote Press’ co-founders and managing directors. She is a native of Ohio who received her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Maugans teaches drawing and printmaking at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and has taught at various other institutions in the Cleveland area.
The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday August 27 from 4:30pm-6:30pm. During the reception, there will be printmaking demonstrations provided by Professor Keith Dull and AU Art majors and at 5:30pm a collection overview by Dr. Wendy Schaller. The reception is free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through October 31, 2015.
On September 19th the Coburn will host two workshops: Printmaking Workshop with Keith Dull for ages 16 and over. This is the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with a variety of printmaking techniques. AU Printmaking Professor, Keith Dull, will provide demonstrations on copper plate etching, and polyester plate lithography, and linoleum relief printing that will be followed by an opportunity for participants to draw, process and print their own image using one of these techniques. The workshop is from 10:00am-2:00pm with a $30.00 fee which includes all materials.
The Coburn will host an Art Saturday program entitled BRAYER + INK =PRINT POWER—Explore Printmaking for young artists ages 7-12 year old can will try their hand at relief, collagraph and monotype printmaking processes while exploring social messages in art. The class meets form 10am-12pm and the cost is $5.00 per child which includes all materials.
On October 8, 2015 the Coburn will host Artist and Activist Traci Molloy for a public lecture at Ashland University at 7pm in Dauch-Ridenour Center and on October 9 Traci will work with students and community members on a socially conscious art project exploring the theme of Bullying.
Traci has worked with youth who lost a parent on 9/11 through American Camps, with refugees at the Center for Grieving Children's Multicultural Program, with high school students in the Bronx to address race and gun violence, and has taken on the theme of human trafficking in "Freedom Expressions" at the Atlanta airport.
Traci Molloy lecture is co-sponsored by AU Art Department, Coburn Gallery, Ashland Center for Non-Violence, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Student Activities.
For more about the Power of the Press exhibition or events at Coburn Gallery visit www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or find us on Facebook. The Coburn Gallery is open from 12pm-5pm Monday through Friday and 12noon-4pm Saturday/Sunday.