Coburn Gallery Summer Art Camp

Join the Coburn Art Gallery on the Ashland University Campus for Summer Art Camp, which offers an intensive one-week session and one a day art experience.
Students in a variety of ages will learn how to use many art medias and experience activities including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography 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 is entitled "Mythical Creatures and the Legends Behind Them" from June 11-15 for young artists ages 8-13 from 9am-12noon. The camp ratio is 1:6. Summer Art Camp session fee is $75.00 per child. All materials are provided.

Enrollment is limited. Registration and payment due prior to the class date to ensure spot in the event. For more information or to register your child for summer art activities, call 419.289.5652 or

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Coburn Art 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.


Precious Objects-Charles Mintz Photography 

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host an exhibition titled “Precious Objects,” which will display 20 paired photographs featuring the portraits of the sitters holding their self-chosen precious objects alongside a full-size copy of handwritten statements explaining their choice, all created by Ohio photographer Charles Mintz.

The exhibition will run from June 30 through August 5 and a closing reception is planned for Sunday, August 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the closing reception, the gallery patrons will have the chance to meet Mintz.

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The “Precious Object” project began with a focus on Mintz wanting to compare these selected items to contemporary consumer objects. Mintz’s view returns in the curated selection of these subjects.

“The overall collection is not about what I think nor is it even about the objects. It looks at the personal search each subject makes through the stuff in their lives to discover the stories that link the objects to who they are today,” Mintz said. “It is impossible to ignore my own history or the things I love and respect. In some cases, participants knew what they wanted instantly. Some people never were able get there.”

According to Mintz, the project has a remarkable duality between the written statements and the appearance of the portrait.

“I was humbled by the stories of the 170 people in this project. Loli’s letters written by the mother she never knew, Trevis’ inmate card from 25 years ago and his current library card, and Grace’s lovely little stuffed dog who survived her scarlet fever all represent the subject’s courage and generosity in coming forward with their stories. While all three are challenges I never faced, they give life and perspective to the one’s that I have,” he explained.

Photography, which is Mintz’s third career, is the result of a passion acquired in Maine many years ago. Most of his work is done on film -- at least it begins there. The monochrome is printed in the traditional darkroom, the color scanned and printed on inkjet printers. He no longer prints color in the darkroom although the experience in color and contrast management strongly affects how Mintz’s prints digitally.

Mintz’s education includes study at Parsons School of Design, International Center for Photography, Maine Media Workshops and Cuyahoga Community College. Mintz is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council grants and he exhibits regularly on a regional, national and international level.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Ode to Degas-National Juried Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has scheduled the opening of a national juried exhibition titled “Ode to Degas,” which will run from May 18 to June 17, 2018, in the Coburn Gallery. The exhibition is family friendly and admission to the reception is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is a collection of works that embody the concepts of movement explored by Edgar Degas, most specifically in his dancers. The exhibition features 20 artworks from artists across the United States selected by juror Robert Robbins. Robbins received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University and his BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Robbins is the chair of the Art Department at Miami University of Ohio.

Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery, said “I am very excited about this exhibition not only because it showcases the talents of visual artists from across the country but it also celebrates the fine arts, more specifically dance in the Ashland area. We are very lucky to have many different dance opportunities for children in our community. Ode to Degas should inspire young visual artists and dancers alike.”

Exhibiting artists include: Zach Koch, Mississippi; Jan O’Dea, Ohio; Rod Bradfield, Indiana; Betsy Oberhausen, Ohio; Denise Cerniglia, North Carolina; Michael Alexa Velez, Florida; Joyce Morrow Jones, Ohio; Rhonda Urdang, Arizona; Jennifer Sowders, Ohio; Robert Ryan, California; Susan Shafer, Ohio; Connie Pastor, Ohio; Charles Mintz, Ohio; Marty Bossler Lee, Ohio; Tina Henderson, Indiana; and Nancy Dupre, Ohio.

The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, May 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to coincide with the 36th Annual Spring Dance Concert presented by Opus II Dance Studio, with Ashland Regional Ballet in the Hugo Young Theatre.

Ode to Degas 2018

The following awards were selected by the juror Robert Robbins: Best in Show to Zach Koch for his oil painting titled “This Could Be Us but You Playin’” and three Honorable Mention awards went to Jan O’Dea for her oil painting titled “The Continental Theater Fire, September 14, 1861”;  Zach Koch for his oil painting titled “I’m a Loner, A Rebel”; and Betsy Oberhausen for her photograph titled “In the Moment.”

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

AU Art + Design Senior Exhibition  

Coming up on April 12th- Ashland University Art +Design Senior Exhibition. Each spring, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors.

Bringing together artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art + Design, the 2018 Senior Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, April 12, 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. The senior art awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the April 12 reception.

“While the 2018 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 these students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.”

This year’s exhibitions will run from April 12 through May 5 and includes projects in graphic design, digital art, painting, ceramics and printmaking by AU seniors Rachael Santee, Keeleigh Myers, Alex Roddy, Rebekah Hale, Christy Witte and Deveraux Diaz.

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2018 AU Juried Student Art Exhibition

The Ashland University Juried Student Art Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 15, in the Coburn Gallery with a reception to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This exhibition will offer $1000 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, People’s Choice Award and awards in each of the six art areas: painting, printmaking, 3-D arts, digital art & design, and drawing. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 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.

2018 Juried Student Art Ex

The outside juror for exhibition was Stephanie Craig. Craig is an Assistant Professor at Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, where she teaches ceramics, 3D foundation and sculpture classes and is also the co-director of the campus art gallery. 

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 15-April 8, 2018. A generous donation from Dr. Wendy and Scott Schaller, Dr. Dawn Weber and other private donors has allowed the University to offer several of these awards.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 12noon-4pm on Sat/Sun. For more information on this exhibition visit us on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

CALL FOR ART : Ode to Degas National Juried Exhibition 

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University is proud to announce a call for a national juried exhibition entitled Ode to Degas. This exhibition calls for a diverse collection of work that exemplifies the concepts and exploration of movement, much like Edgar Degas with his study of dancers. Open to artists of a minimum age of 18 years and who currently reside in the United States, the works created can be constructed of any type of medium and must be original. Additionally, the works of art must be executed solely by the artist within the last two years. A maximum of two entries are permitted with an entry fee of $20.00 per artist.

Ode to Degas

Juror-Robert Robbins is an internationally exhibited visual artist who explores issues of social, political and environmental conflict through landscape as subject. His art, which takes the form of large scale paintings, on the surface appears straight-forward, but on closer inspection leaves the viewer to contemplate their position in the world. Robbins received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University and his BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. His work has been awarded fellowships from the Macdowell Colony, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Robbin's work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute, The Chateau Museum (Rochefort-En-Terre), Springfield Museum of Art (OH), Sears / Peyton Gallery (NY), Carnegie Center for the Visual Arts (KY), Morehead University, Florida State University, Cleveland State University and the Maryland Institute of Art, among others. His work is included in the collections of the Nord Family Foundation, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Ohio State University.  *With extended deadline email entries will be accepted coburngallery@ashland.eud. Entry form and fee must be mailed to the gallery in a timely fashion. See for the prospectus. Click here for prospectus-

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2018 Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery announces its upcoming art exhibition featuring the works from the Ashland University Art + Design Department Faculty. This annual exhibition highlights the two dimensional and three dimensional 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 opens on Thursday January 18 and runs through February 9, 2018.

Faculty Exhibition 2018

The exhibition features the following art department faculty: Keith Dull, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan McDonald, Cynthia Petry and Michael Bird.

The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, January 18, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public. For more about the 2018 Faculty Art Exhibition find us on Facebook.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday and 12pm-4pm on Saturday/ Sunday. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

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Coburn Gallery  HOURS

SUMMER HOURS begin May 18 and run through August 5

10am-4pm M-F /noon-4pm Saturday & Sunday

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

Saturday & Sunday noon-4 p.m.

Closed during university breaks and hoildays.


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2018/19 Gallery Events


Joe Radoccia, Judy Takacs, Benjy Davies & Beth Nash

Aug. 30-Sep. 28 | Opening Reception: Thu., Aug. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

AU Art Department Faculty Exhibition

Oct. 11-Nov. 16

Opening Reception: Thu., Oct. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

AU Senior Art Exhibition

Sam Rhonemus, Zula Kile & Ellen Kilpatrick

Nov. 29-Dec. 16

Opening Reception: Thu., Nov. 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Picturing the Past: Highlights from the AU Permanent Collection

Curated by Dr. Wendy Schaller

Jan. 24-Feb. 23 | Opening Reception: Thu., Jan. 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

AU Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Mar. 14-Apr. 5 | Opening Reception: Thu., Mar. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

AU Senior Art Exhibition

Apr. 11- May 4

Opening Reception: Thu., Apr. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ashland Community Art League Juried Exhibition

May 17-June 16

Opening Reception: Fri., May 17, 6-7:30 p.m.