Past Exhibitions

The following are some of the exhibitions to have been featured at the Coburn Art Gallery in the past.

2019

Senior BFA Exhibition-Kiana Ziegler

November 21, 2019 to December 15, 2019

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

Senior Art + Design Exhibition

November 21, 2019 to December 14, 2019

 Meditation on the Flesh

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.

COMPASSION-The Art of Healing National Juried Exhibition

October 11, 2019 to November 13, 2019

Compassion - The Art of Healing, National Juried Exhibition

The national juried exhibition, "COMPASSION: The Art of Healing" will have its opening reception Tuesday, Oct. 22, at The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University.

The theme of the exhibition, which will be on display at the gallery from Oct. 11 through Nov. 13, focuses on the humanitarian nature of the healing process as seen through the arts. Health care professionals and caregivers have played an integral part in the healing process throughout history and this exhibition hopes to highlight these contributions, as well as the process of patient restoration and wellness.

The opening reception will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. and will coincide with the Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, in cooperation with the Rho Nu-at-Large, Fall Scholarly Meeting in the Hugo Young Theatre.

The exhibition features 30 works and was juried by Mary Urbas, gallery coordinator and exhibition curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. Urbas, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of  Art, has 40 years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant and exhibiting fiber artist.

Regional artists selected for inclusion are Doug Becht, Nancy Booth, M.P. Marion, Barbara Morejon and Susan D. Shafer, all of Ashland; Jennifer Lee, Bay Village; Susan Allen, Bratenahl; Joyce Morrow Jones, Tricia Kaman, Martha Lois, Mandem, and Charles Mintz, all of Cleveland; Jan O’Dea and Paul D. Wilbur, both of Columbus; E. Ellen Albrecht, Cortland; Alex Paat, Galloway; Heidi L. Weller, Jeromesville; Arthur Novotny, Lyndhurst; Jill White, Mansfield; Clare Murray Adams, Southington; Kerry Kirkpatrick, Toledo; and Holly and Christopher Gage, Bowmansville, Pennsylvania.

Artists' awards will be announced at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Jeanne Bryner, RN, BA, CEN (rtd) will offer a presentation on her book, "Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose", winner of the 2019 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association.

Bryner, who was born in Appalachia and grew up in Newton Falls, has nine books in print and has seen her work adapted for the stage in several national venues and the 2004 Fringe Festival of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her books will be available for purchase and signing, while her quilts also will be on display that evening.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Coburn Gallery, located at 331 College Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the exhibition, go to  www.ashland.edu/coburngallery, find it on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

2019 Senior Art + Design Exhibition: Displacement: New Work by J. Leigh Garcia and Taryn McMahon

August 26, 2019 to September 28, 2019

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.

artwork 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.

2019 Senior Art + Design Exhibition

Each spring, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art and Design Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors.

Bringing together artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design , the 2019 Senior Art and Design Exhibitions will open on Thursday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 23, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on each perspective date 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 p.m. at the April 23 reception.

Senior Art Ex 1 2019

 “While the 2019 Senior Art Exhibition provides the capstone experience for graduating art and design 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, which will run from April 4 through May 4, include graphic design, illustration, digital art, painting, and ceramics.

 Senior Art & Design Exhibition I artists - Ashley Chenevey, Megan Helfrich, Oromia Jula, and Raven Roddy.

Senior Art & Design Exhibition II artists - Cait Davis, Sage Haines, Allison Montgomery, Michaela Ping, Madeline Rogowski, and Kiana Ziegler.

Senior Art Ex 2 2019

2019 AU Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition

The Ashland University Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 14, in the Coburn Gallery with a reception to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This exhibition, which runs from March 14-29, will offer $550 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, AU Permanent Collection Award and the People’s Choice Award. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 14.

2019 AU Juried Student Art Design Exhibition

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.

The outside juror for the exhibition is Larry Schiemann, a longtime Ashland University Art Department faculty member and currently the owner of Clayfields Pottery that specializes in works of stoneware and porcelain clay. Schiemann has exhibited nationally and has offered many ceramic workshops throughout his career. Schiemann is represented by galleries in Michigan, Ohio and Florida.

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.

A generous donation from Dr. Wendy and Scott Schaller, Dr. Dawn Weber, AU Permanent Art Collection and other private donors has allowed the University to offer several of these awards.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on this exhibition, visit www.ashland.edu/coburngallery, find us on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

Picturing The Past- Highlights from the Ashland University Permanent Collection

Picturing the Past

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.

Senior Art Ex Fall 18

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.

Art   Design Faculty Ex Fall 2018

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.

Figura(tive) Poster

Precious Objects-Charles Mintz Photography - June 30-August 5, 2018

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.

Mintz Poster

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 - May 18-June 17, 2018

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 - April 12, 2018

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.

Senior Art Ex 2018

2018 AU Juried Student Art Exhibition - March 15, 2018

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 www.ashland.edu/coburngallery for the prospectus. Click here for prospectus-

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Dear Dr. Seuss Art Exhibition & Family Art Activity - February 15-24, 2018

The Ashland University Coburn Art Gallery and the Department of Art and Design will host an exhibition titled, “Dear Dr. Seuss,” which will be a group exhibition of new works influenced by Dr. Seuss and his iconic characters, charming narratives and whimsical illustrations.

This fun, family friendly exhibition will feature the creative works of local school age children, AU art students and faculty, and professional artists. The celebration of Dr. Seuss will be on view from Feb. 15 to Feb. 24, 2018, with an opening reception planned for Thursday, Feb. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dear Dr. Seuss

In addition, Art Saturdays will be offering a free family art activity that is based on the exhibition, beginning 30 minutes prior to the AU Theatre production of Seussical on Feb. 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24; approximately 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for the evening shows and 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. for the matinee. This free activity is located in the Coburn Gallery on the first floor of the Center for the Arts on the AU campus.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 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 the Gallery on Facebook.

2018 Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition - January 18, 2018

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.

2017 Senior Art Exhibition | Stephanie Craig & Todd Leech -Two Person Ceramic Exhibition - November 30-December 17, 2017

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will be hosting two exhibitions -- the 2017 AU Senior Art Exhibition as well as a ceramic works exhibition by Cleveland artists Stephanie Craig and Todd Leech -- from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17, 2017.

The Senior Art Exhibition includes graduating art majors Danielle Smith and Anamarie Coors and highlights graphic design, digital art, web design and animation. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

“While the 2017 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.”

Smith, from Warren, Pa, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art-Graphic Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Smith is the eldest daughter of Kerwin and Loraine Smith of Warren, Pa., and she is a graduate of Warren Area High School.

Smith’s work has been exhibited in the Juried Student Art Exhibition numerous times and was awarded the Alumni “Wink” Award and the Dean’s Award. Smith also was awarded sophomore and junior Academic Honors on behalf of the Art Department. Serving as the Art Club president during the 2016-2017 school year, Smith has been an active member of the art community on campus. Smith also was involved in religious life during her time at Ashland and served as a Well student leader. During her junior year, Smith served as the graphic design intern at Bookmasters located in Ashland, Ohio, where she assisted in catalogue design. Following this experience, Smith completed two additional web design internships. Smith plans to secure a graphic design position in the Cleveland area after graduation.

Coors hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and she will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Digital Art. Coors is the daughter of Christopher and Teresa Coors and she attended Boone County High School in Florence, Ky., where she received her scholarship to Ashland University.

She has been involved in many organizations on campus, including Art Club, Knitting Club, Women’s Chorus and the CAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Symposium in 2017. Coors also has exhibited in student juried art shows while at Ashland University. Coors future plans include obtaining internships with companies such as Disney and Pixar to expand her skills as an animator and story board artist.

The ceramics exhibition includes Craig’s abstracted tower structures that are part of a sculpture series which are fueled by her memories of persons and place. Leech’s platters are an exploration of surface and texture while utilizing both hand building and wheel throwing techniques in the construction. The glazing process is a critical stage in his work, as Craig is interested in the textural qualities of shino glazes and non-traditional glaze surfaces.

Both Craig and Leech received their MFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Presently, Craig divides her time between teaching Ceramics and 3D Foundations at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and pursuing a professional studio art practice. Leech is a full-time studio artist, managing the operations of a fully equipped ceramics studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

For more about the exhibition or events at the Coburn Gallery, visit www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or find us on Facebook. The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Strength Through Connection Art Exhibition - October 26, 2017

The Ashland University Coburn Gallery will be hosting an exhibition titled “Strength through Connection” featuring a selection of works by animation artist Tracy Miller-Robbins and graphic designer Jonathan Frey as they address building a better understanding of our diverse community through race, class and religion. The exhibition will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 17.

In conjunction with this exhibit, the gallery will host “Thy Neighbor,” an international mail art show that focuses on the connection through our neighbors and encourages more active engagement within our communities.

Both exhibitions are co-sponsored by the Coburn Gallery, the Department of Art & Design and the College of Arts and Sciences Symposium “Against Indifference.” An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Exhibiting artist Miller-Robbins creates animated drawings about interpersonal experiences. Influenced by Ben Shahn and Caroline Leaf, her works strive to capture this essence through both gestural marks and figurative gesture. The expression and limited palettes of her work results in pointed thematic motifs that are embedded in seemingly abstract forms. The works, which merge the practices of sketching and animation, have been nationally and internationally presented in festivals and galleries.

Frey is an artist and designer who currently resides in central Pennsylvania. His work broadly explores the influence of ideology on contemporary culture. By evaluating the significance of the grid within in the context of architecture and game structures, Frey is able to consider issues of connection and disconnection that occur within local and global communities. He also explores the potential of graphic design to be used as a medium for public awareness and social critic.

For more about the “Strength through Connection” exhibition or events at the Coburn Gallery, visit www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or find us on Facebook. 
The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday/Sunday.

Obsolescence - August 31-October 15, 2017

The Ashland University Coburn Art Gallery and the Department of Art and Design proudly announce the opening of Obsolescence, a group exhibition of new works which examine the idea of extinction, on view from August 31- October 15, 2017. The exhibition was curated by the Coburn’s director Cynthia Petry and includes the following artists: Mike Richison, Judith Brandon, Robyn Moore and Adrian Hatfield. 

Richison is a professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey, where he teaches Motion Graphics, History of Graphic Design, and Typography. Much of Richison’s work deals with manufacturing, consumerism, evolution, appropriation, and obsolescence. Amidst the detritus that is continuously thrown away, he  searches for connections and relationships between materials and concepts while utilizing 3D printing technologies.

 Judith Brandon attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where she earned a BFA in enameling and drawing. Brandon has been awarded numerous Best in Shows across the country for her large dynamic drawings as well as an Ohio Arts Council Grant and several solo exhibitions. Brandon’s work has currently been accepted into the National Weather Biennale in Norman Oklahoma and Drawing Discourse and international juried show at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Nature makes Brandon expand with wonder and shrink with trepidation at the possibility of being devoured by it. To be an artist on this planet, with so many losses and so many discoveries and Brandon addresses this juxtaposition through her paintings and drawings.

Robyn Moore is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. Moore has had her work exhibited widely, including at the South Australian Museum (Adelaide, SA, Australia) and the National Archives of Australia; Sydney College of the Arts in Sydney, Australia; the Texas Photographic Society in Johnson City TX; the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel MS; the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian MS; the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA; Harvard University’s ‘Composer in Red Sneakers’ collaborative project series; the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge MA; the San Francisco International Film Festival; the Ann Arbor International Film Festival; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Moore’s Present, Near, and Deep is a series of photographic artworks that focuses the investigation of biological remains and traces, such as fossils, bones, and preserved scientific specimens, through the creation of images made with hand-coated liquid silver gelatin photographic emulsion.

Adrian Hatfield is an Assistant Professor of Painting at Wayne State University. Hatfield has been showing his work both nationally and internationally with solo and two-person exhibitions which include Altered States at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, NY, Recent Work at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL and Suitable Illusions at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum. Recently, Adrian was invited to take part in the NES Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland.

Hatfield’s work consists of paintings and collages that sample and recombine art historical imagery, specifically from the industrial revolution and Romantic era, as well as scientific imagery to reflect on current and imminent environmental concerns.  As he explores this dualistic theme through the remodeling of art-historical and scientific imagery, the resultant pieces are mournful, unnerving, and yet oddly hopeful.

An opening reception is planned for Thursday, August 31; from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4p.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.

"TIME WILL TELL" - National Juried Art Exhibition - June 30-August 13, 2017

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University announces the opening of a national juried exhibition titled “Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience,” which will feature 31 artworks that culminate in a collection of works that embody the creativity and innovation of the artists ages 50 years and older at all levels of artistic endeavor.

The exhibition features the following artists: Al Aitken of Medina, OH; Donna Kensel Bargar of Strongsville, OH; Francis Beaty of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Ruth B. Bercaw of Rocky River, OH; Nancy Bixler of Hallowell, ME; Tony Brandstetter of Verona, PA; Nancy Dupre of Ashland, OH; Pat Edwards of Ashland, OH; Julie M. Elman of Athens, OH; M.P. Freed of Wooster, OH; Tom Hart of Ashland, OH; Jane Johnson of Mansfield, OH; Paul Keske of Ashland, OH; Cheryl H. Kinderknecht of West Bradenton, FL; George Kocar of Bay Village, OH; Irene Maginniss of Mansfield, OH; Charles Mintz of Cleveland, OH; Clare Murray Adams of Southington, OH; Laurie Musser of Strongsville, OH; Betsy Oberhousen of Mansfield, OH; J. Scott Purdy of Waxhaw, NC; Joseph Radoccia of Beacon, NY; Hollis Richardson of Strongsville, OH; Joe Rohrman of Noblesville, IN; Pamela Runyon-Esch of S. Euclid, OH; John Salie of Cleveland, OH; Sydney Schardt of Sunbury, OH; Laura J. Stein of New York, NY; Rhonda Thomas Urdang of Flagstaff, AZ; Mary Weidner of Pittsburg, PA; and Tom Whitton of Lake Worth, FL.

 The juror for the exhibition was photographer and mixed media artist, Shari Wilkins. Wilkins and received her first BA from Kent University and a second at Cleveland State University. She worked in NYC and San Francisco as promotions/marketing directors at two small independent record companies. She created a forum to share her affinity for the photographic image and educate others on the process of developing film in the community darkroom, education center, and gallery at the Cleveland Print Room, which opened in January 2013. Wilkins’ photography and mixed media work has been exhibited in the Greater Cleveland area, Columbus, and elsewhere in Ohio.

 Awards will be announced on the Coburn’s Facebook page on June 30, 2017. This exhibition will be on display from June 30 until August 13, with a closing reception on August 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

THY NEIGHBOR - Mail Art Call - October 26, 2017

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Strength in Connection-Thy Neighbor Mail Art Exhibition

The Coburn Art Gallery @ Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio (October 26- November 17, 2017)

Deadline for submission: October 1, 2017

Works should address building a better understanding of our diverse community population through race, class and religion as seen through connections with our neighbors.

All 2-D, 4” x 6” artwork in any medium will be accepted. Original work must be stamped and mailed. The artwork cannot be sent in a box or envelope. All artwork will NOT be returned.

Opening Reception: October 26, 2017. ENTRY IS FREE. Works from the USA & International accepted. DIRECTIONS FOR PARTICIPATION: Create an original 4" x 6" artwork (only original artwork will be accepted) Print the following information on the back of each postcard-

Name:
Website/Facebook/Instagram (optional):
Title:
Medium:
Year:

Mail postcard to:

Coburn Art Gallery
c/o Cynthia Petry
331 College Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

Each postcard will be labeled during the Strength through Connections-Thy Neighbor exhibition.

Works larger than 4″ x 6″ will not be exhibited. Works delivered in a box or envelope will not be exhibited. Questions: coburngallery@ashland.edu

ASHLAND COMMUNITY ART LEAGUE JURIED MEMBERS EXHIBITION - May 19, 2017

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University announces a juried exhibition featuring 48 works created by the members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The works on view will range from painting, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, printmaking, glass and mixed media. The exhibition includes local artists Susan Shafer, Mary J Ferretti, Debra Akers, Nancy Dupre, Diane Kaye, Marty Lee Bossler, Cynthia C. Petry, Barb Morejon, Betty Perry, Nancy Pierce, Betz Richards, Caryl Richmond, Peggy Stover, Jan Wells, MP Marion, Irene Maginniss, Lisa Covington and Bea North.

The juror for the exhibition was watercolorist Cathy Welner from Richfield, Ohio. For over 28 years, Welner has been teaching watercolor and has served as faculty of Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including a recent workshop on Lake Como, Italy. Welner’s work has been featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. Her work hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

The Ashland Community Arts League juried exhibition opens on Friday May 19 with a reception from 6:00-7:30pm featuring live entertainment by "Rock Salt & Nails," a local band of visual artists from Alliance, Ohio performing original folk and traditional acoustic music. The band features Ashland University’s own Associate Professor of Art Priscilla Roggenkamp. The event is free and open to the public.

The event coincides with the Ashland Regional Ballet & Opus II Dance Studio’s 35th Annual Spring Dance Concert entitledCinderella on May 19 at 7:30pm at the Hugo Young Theatre (Ashland University).

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10am-noon 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 opening reception or the exhibition, call 419.289.5652" target="_blank">419.289.5652or visit us on Facebook.