Summer Art Camp Program

Summer Art Camp 2019

Join the Coburn Art Gallery on the Ashland University Campus for Summer Art Camp, which offers an intensive and creative one-week session on June 17-21, 2019.


Art & Biology collide in this fun filled mixed media camp week.  

Art Camp is for young artists ages 8-13 and runs from 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 email

Art Camp 2019



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.


Displacement: New Work by J. Leigh Garcia and Taryn McMahon

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host a two person exhibition titled Displacement: New Works by Taryn McMahon and J. Leigh Garcia. The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, August 29, from 4:30-6:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

J. Leigh Garcia and Taryn McMahon, both Professors of Print Media at Kent State University, explore themes of displacement in their work. The displacement and racialization of unauthorized Latinx immigrants is both the context and focus of Garcia’s work, while McMahon explores the displacement of nature and landscapes through human endeavors and anthropocentric worldviews.

painting by J. Leigh Garcia for the Displacement exhibit

As a biracial Latina, a seventh-generation Texan of European descent on her mom’s side and granddaughter of Mexican immigrants on her dad’s, J. Leigh Garcia has followed the roots of her own ancestry to shape her artistic practice. Major events in Texas history such as the Mexican-American War, the Battle of the Alamo, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and Bracero Program have created a complex relationship between her two cultures: Texans and Mexicans. The residual racial discord that has resulted from these historical moments is both the context and focus of her work. Through printmaking, papermaking, and installation art, Garcia encourages awareness of our current immigration and foreign affairs policies through the lens of her biracial cultural identity. Garcia received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from The University of North Texas.

artwork by Taryn McMahon for the Displacement exhibit

Taryn McMahon’s artworks interrogate ways that natural spaces project our own desires and fantasies of the natural world and our place within it. McMahon blends digital and hand drawn print processes to further explore how our interactions with the natural world are mediated through technology, and are thus fragmented and selective. Through her work, McMahon imagines a future ecology in which technology and reality are collapsed into each other and the natural and the manmade have become intertwined and indistinguishable in the face of unprecedented ecological change. Like a DJ spinning sounds culled from disparate sources, the forms are remixed through the filters of printmaking, drawing, digital photography, and collage

McMahon received her BFA from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship and fully funded residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO; Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL; and Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. Her work has been featured in recent exhibitions at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA and Carroll Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, among others.

The Displacement exhibition will run from August 26 through September 28.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more information about the reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Gallery Hours

Coburn Gallery  HOURS


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

Saturday & Sunday noon-4 p.m.

Closed during university breaks and hoildays.


2019/20 Gallery Events

Displacement: New Work by J. Leigh Garcia and Taryn McMahon

August 26-September 28, 2019
Opening Reception August 29, 2019 4:30 p.m.

COMPASSION-The Art of Healing
National Juried Exhibition

October 11-November 13, 2019
Opening Reception October 22, 2019 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

This event is in conjunction with the Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences Fall Scholarly Meeting featuring Jeanne Bryner, RN, BA, CEN, who will discuss her new book, Learning to Heal.

Senior BFA Exhibition-Kiana Ziegler

November 21-December 15, 2019
Opening Reception November 21, 2019 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

2020 AU Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition

January 23-February 21, 2020
Opening Reception January 23, 2020 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

2020 AU Juried Student Art Exhibition

March 5-27, 2020
Opening Reception March 5, 2020 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

AU Senior Art + Design Exhibition 

April 2- May 9, 2020
Opening Reception April 2, 2020 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.