Past Exhibitions

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

2020

AU Senior Art + Design Exhibition

April 30, 2020 to May 9, 2020

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

Coburn Gallery Senior Exhibition, April 30-May 9, 2020. Virtual Opening Reception April 30th Coburn Art Gallery Facebook Page.

Each spring, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art and Design Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic -the exhibition will be going virtual this semester.

Bringing together artworks created by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design, the 2020 Senior Art and Design Virtual Exhibition will open on Thursday, April 30th via the Coburn Art Gallery’s Facebook page.

“While the 2020 Senior Art + Design 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 virtual exhibition will run from April 30th through May 9, 2020, and includes graphic design, illustration, sculpture, digital art, painting, and video.

Senior Art + Design Exhibiting artists – Halle Sanford, Michael Wolfrum, Rachel Brooks, Allie Hamilton, Robby Young, Graydon Flynn, Jackson Bay, and Sophi Cudworth.

Halle Sanford, from Caldwell, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in Painting, a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. She is a 2016 graduate of Caldwell High School.  She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Lisa Sanford. Throughout the last four years at Ashland University, she has been a member of Art Club, as well as exhibiting work at three Student Juried Shows. Sanford also served as the Graphic Design intern at Chandler Systems in Ashland, Ohio for the summer of 2019. Upon graduation (May 2020), Sanford plans to find a job in the field of Graphic Design.

Wolfrum, from Defiance, OH, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Computer Science and Web Technology.  Wolfrum is the youngest son of Heather and Patrick Wolfrum and a graduate of Ayersville High School. During his time at Ashland, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, AU Art Club, Interfraternity Council, College Democrats, Order of Omega Greek Honorary, AU GIVS, and the St. Jude Executive Board.  He has won awards for his involvement in Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as his own chapter at a national level for his time as chapter president and vice president of the Interfraternity Council.  Michael has had internships at both 5 B’s Embroidery and Screen Print, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity Headquarters, and continues to serve on the Communications Commission for Kappa Sigma at the International level, helping in various graphic design and branding needs.  Michael hopes to secure a graphic design position in the Hampton Roads, VA area or the Detroit Metropolitan Area.

Rachel Brooks, from Coolville, Ohio, and is the daughter of Robert and Katrina Brooks.  Brooks graduated from Eastern Local High School in Reedsville, Ohio with sitting honors in 2016.  She will be graduating with a major in Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, focused in Digital Art, and a minor in Creative Writing.  She is currently a member of Art Club, Symphonic Band, and was a member of Marching Band.  Brooks plans on presenting in the upcoming URCA symposium.  She hopes to work as an animator and illustrator after graduating.

Allie Hamilton, from St. Clairsville, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art with a concentration in Printmaking and a minor in Art History. During her time at Ashland, she was a member of the Art Club and a sister of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity. She was elected to executive positions within each organization and served as Secretary for Theta Phi Alpha and as Secretary and President for Art Club. She has exhibited in the Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition twice and will exhibit in the upcoming URCA symposium. Hamilton has also had the opportunity to work for the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University as an assistant for the past two years. After graduation Hamilton plans to attend graduate school for a Master’s degree in museum studies or art history.

Robby Young, from Ashland, Ohio, is the son of Scott and Jackie Young.  He transferred to AU his junior year from Wittenberg University to be a part of AU’s great art and business programs.  He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design, and a minor in Marketing.  While attending AU he was a member of AU Art Club, and a part of Ashland Catholic Group, The Melting Pot, and The Well.  Robby had two simultaneous internships over the summer one in Charleston, SC at Seacoast Church, and one done remotely as a graphic designer for AU.  These internships helped him tremendously with his design skills, his ability to work in a team, and have helped stretch his creative boundaries.  After graduation, Robby plans to find a job in the graphic design field in Columbus, OH or Charleston, SC.

Graydon Flynn, Medina, OH, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Computer Science. Graydon Flynn comes from a family of nine and is the second youngest, a graduate of Medina High School. While at Ashland University, Graydon has become a member of AU Art Club, Boardgame club, and Eagles For Pride. He has an internship at the Coburn Art Gallery and has helped promote the Gallery through design. Graydon plans to continue exploring similar opportunities after graduating May 2020.

Sophi Cudworth, from Kent, Ohio, is the daughter of Sue and Greg Cudworth. She is graduating from Ashland with a Bachelor of Art in both Digital Media Production and Commercial art: Video Production Concentration. While attending AU, Sophi was part of the collegiate volleyball team and has earned many honors during her 4 years of playing including GLIAC all academic excellence award (2017-2019), 1st (2019) and 2nd (2018) team All-GLIAC. Her academic honors include Dean’s List (4 semesters), Honors Convocation Award for art (2018, 2019) and JDM upcoming award (2018). After graduation, Sophi plans to go to Seattle for the summer while pursuing freelance work in digital media.

Jackson Bay is from Powell, Ohio and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art with a focus in graphic design. He is very passionate about continuously refining his craft and improving upon everything he creates. He works an internship at Good Deed Entertainment, an Independent film studio, which has greatly aided him in collaborating with teams to serve marketing objectives. Upon graduation he will seek similar opportunities as well as those focused on branding and other graphic design fields.

CANCELLED-Art Saturdays

March 28, 2020

00pm. Explore Color & Pastels through FauvismAshland University’s Coburn Gallery has established Art Saturdays, an educational and creative experience for children. Art Saturdays will be offering a class on the following date – March 28 entitled Explore Color & Pastels through Fauvism from 10:30am-noon.

“Color & Pastels” will guide children through making a vivid and bold landscape with oil pastels. They will learn about artists like Derain and Matisse and see how they chose to represent the world bright and full of color even if it's not what they saw through their window. The March 28 class is for children ages 7-12 years old with a $5.00 art fee per child. All supplies are included and class sizes are limited. Pre-registration is required.

Classes are located in Room 346 located in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus. For more information or to register your child for classes, contact the Coburn Art Gallery at 419.289.5652 / coburngallery@ashland.edu or visit our website www.ashland.edu/coburngallery.

Closed Until 3/29: 2020 AU Juried Student Art Exhibition

March 5, 2020 to March 27, 2020

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

Juried Student Art+Design Exhibition, March 5-27, 2020The Ashland University Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 5, in the Coburn Gallery with a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

 This exhibition will offer $950 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Honorable Mentions, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, Alumni “Wink” Award, AU Permanent Collection Award and the People’s Choice Award. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

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

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 was J. Leigh Garcia,  assistant professor of print media and photography at Kent State University. Garcia received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She has received numerous awards for her work, including Southern Graphics Council International Best in Show, Arts Institute Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, Madison Arts Commission Art Education Grant and Madison Print Club Madison Printmaking Award. 

Garcia’s work is in the permanent collections of the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas; California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at the University of California-Santa Barbara; Texas Christian University Collection; Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia; Special Collections Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Wisconsin Union Art Collection at the University of Wisconsin- Madison; Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas; and the Printmaking Educational Collection at the University of North Texas.

The exhibition, which runs from March 5-27, is an opportunity to support the arts by purchasing a student artwork.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.ashland.edu/coburngallery , see the gallery on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

2020 AU Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition

January 23, 2020 to February 23, 2020

2020 Ashland University Faculty Art + Design Exhibition poster

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 works of the current faculty as professional artists exhibiting in their prospective areas. The Art + Design department faculty pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching endeavors. The exhibition opens on Thursday January 23 and runs through February 23, 2020.

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

The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, January 23, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public. For more about the Art + Design Faculty Exhibition visit us on the web at www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or 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.

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

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.