Art Saturdays Program
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.
Picturing The Past- Highlights from the Ashland University Permanent Collection
Art + Design Senior Art Exhibition
In late November, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery will host the Senior Art Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art and design majors at AU.
Bringing together the artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design, the Fall 2018 Senior Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, Nov. 29, 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 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 exhibition, which will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, includes digital art, painting, printmaking, graphic design and sculpture from three Senior Art Exhibition artists - Samantha Rhonemus, Ellyn Kilpatrick and Zula Kile.
Ellyn Kilpatrick, from Rocky River, Ohio, will be graduating this December with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Fine Arts concentration and a minor in Art History. The youngest daughter of Russell and Pamela Kilpatrick, she is a part of the theatre academic honorary, Alpha Psi Omega, as well as a part of International Club and Art Club. Kilpatrick has exhibited work in two Juried Student Art Exhibitions and was the featured artist at Clague Playhouse in May 2018. After graduation, she plans to move to South Korea where she intends to continues her education and tutor English.
Samantha Rhonemus, from Bluffton, Ohio, will be graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Art. The youngest daughter of Michael and Tenna Rhonemus, she is part of the sorority Theta Phi Alpha and Art Club, were she has held numerous positions like vice president, treasurer, and apparel chair in both organizations. Rhonemus has exhibited work in four Juried Student Art Exhibitions where she was awarded The Best in Show Award, as well the 3-D Award. She also was featured in the M.A.D.E in Ashland Art Exhibition, and was a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum where she was published in the annual book that is produced. After graduation, she plans to find a job that can lead to her owning her own business someday, where she can create personalized art and continue her love for photography.
Zula Marie Kile will be graduating from Ashland University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, with a concentration in Painting and minor concentration in Digital Art and a minor in Philosophy. She was born in the village of San Pedro Columbia, Belize; and her artwork features scenes from her tropical home. She is a member of the Art Club, Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society. After graduation, she intends to return to her native country.
Ashland University Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition
The AU Coburn Gallery has scheduled an upcoming art exhibition featuring the works from the Ashland University Art and Design Department faculty. The exhibition opens on Thursday, Oct. 11, and runs through Nov. 17, 2018.
This annual exhibition highlights the two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of the current Art and Design Department faculty members -- Keith Dull, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan McDonald, Cynthia Petry and Michael Bird -- as professional artists exhibiting in their prospective areas. The Art and Design Department faculty pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching endeavors.
The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. For more about the Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, visit the gallery on the web at www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or find it on Facebook.
The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday/ Sunday. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.
Figura(tive) Painting Exhibition
August 30-September 28, 2018 | Opening reception August 30th from 4:30pm-6:30pm | Gallery Talk 5:00pm
The exhibiting artists include Benjy Davies, Beth Nash, Joe Radoccia and Judy Takacs.
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.
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.
Coburn Gallery HOURS
FALL & SPRING SEMESTER HOURS
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Closed during university breaks and hoildays.
GALLERY OFFICE HOURS VARY
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 + Design 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.