Past Exhibitions

Dear Dr. Seuss Art Exhibition & Family Art Activity 

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.

2017 Senior Art Exhibition |  Stephanie Craig & Todd Leech -Two Person Ceramic Exhibition

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 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

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 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.



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

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.



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-


Website/Facebook/Instagram (optional):




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:


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 419.289.5652or visit us on Facebook.