oil painting by Joshua Risner
student in print lab
The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University
Ceramics lab
Students help with Art Saturday program

Department News

Upcoming Coburn Art Exhibition-"Obsolescence"

The Coburn Gallery, Ashland University will be closed August 14-30 for installation of our upcoming exhibition- "Obsolescence" featuring Robyn Moore+Adrian Hatfield+Mike Richison+Judith Brandon as they… Read more

John Clague- AU Campus Sculpture

Learn more about John Clague, the artist who created the unique and musical sculpture in front of the Ashland University Library. The short film was… Read more

Upcoming Opening Art Reception May 19th

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… Read more

Featured Art Work

Laura Arthur print
Laura Arthur
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In the Gallery...

"Time Will Tell" Exhibition Closing Reception photos

Thank you to all of the artists and guests who stopped by the Gallery today for the closing reception for the 2017 Time Will Tell… Read more

Time Will Tell Awards Announced

Time Will Tell National Juried Exhibition Awards - Best in Show was awarded to Purdy’s “Trustafarian,” a $500.00 award. Honorable Mentions , each a $150.00… Read more

Upcoming Exhibition-“Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience”

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,”… Read more

Department Info:

Ashland University
227 Center for the Arts
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Wendy Schaller
Dr. Wendy Schaller, associate professor of art, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 2002. A specialist in Baroque art, she received...Read more

Support AU Art!

Give Today By donating any amount you're making a big difference in our department's future. To designate your gift to the art department, select “Other” in the "Designated Options" and type the department's name in the associated box.


17-18 Arts Guide

Upcoming Events-

High School Art Experience 2016

​Join the Ashland University Art Department on May 13 for the 2017 college campus studio experience for current high school students with an interest in pursuing art. 

Ashland University Center for the Arts  from 9:15 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Free to High School Students  Lunch and art materials provided.

  • Learn from experienced college instructors who are also working artists
  • Meet other students with a serious interest in art
  • Learn or finesse existing skills 
  •  Investigate a new medium or area
  • Experience a classroom studio work environment
  • Have your questions answered about studying the visual arts in college.
  • What do Ashland’s visual art graduates do after college?

APPLY ONLINE https://coburngallery.wufoo.com/forms/z10877x0taxdc1/


Students may attend two workshops*. 

Sculpture - Printmaking -Digital Art &  Design- Painting -Ceramics -Figure Drawing

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or more information about the AU Art Department Campus Art Experience-

Call 419.289.5190 or email art-department@ashland.edu


 *Workshop availability based on student interests.


7:00pm Dauch College’s Ridenour Center

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will host artist and activist Traci Molloy on Oct. 8 and 9 as part of a visiting artist program.

As part of her visit to Ashland, Molloy will be working with AU students in a hands-on collaborative project that relates to social justice while expanding participants thinking around activism and social change. Molloy also will present a special artist lecture on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Dauch College’s Ridenour Center. Admission to this lecture is free and open to the public.

​Molloy’s visit to Ashland University is made possible by the generosity of the Art Department, the Coburn Gallery, Ashland Center for Nonviolence, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Student Activities.

Molloy is known for her works that explore adolescent culture, loss and violence through photography, digital arts, installation, painting and printmaking. Molloy has worked with youth who lost a parent on 9/11 through American Camps, with refugees at the Center for Grieving Children’s Multicultural Program, with high school students in the Bronx to address race and gun violence, and has taken on the theme of human trafficking in “Freedom Expressions” held at the Atlanta airport.

Molloy has exhibited her work in over 130 different venues. Select venues include: Taller Boricua (New York City), SPACE (Pittsburgh), Ruby Green Gallery (Nashville), IPCNY (New York City), The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art (Long Branch, New Jersey), Triple Candie (New York City), the Kansas City Artists Coalition, The Contemporary (Atlanta), Artemisia (Chicago), SPACES (Cleveland) and the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ga.). Her artwork has been reviewed in national and regional publications, including Art Papers, Review Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Reader, and Creative Loafing. She has been interviewed on NPR in Atlanta and eHarlem TV in New York.

Her collaborations have been exhibited in Johannesburg, New York City, Tokyo, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Cleveland, and featured on Good Morning America, WPIX Channel 11 News (New York City), WCVB Channel 5 News (Boston), and CBS Evening News (Atlanta). Molloy has participated in residencies at the Lower Eastside Printshop, the Newark Museum and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (forthcoming).

For more information about Coburn Gallery events and programming, call(419) 289-5652.

AU Art Alumnus Mauricio Uranga's Kickstarter campaign will go live on October 12 to fund his current eco- friendly backpack design. The design was created by his company Kawi Planet which founded with his two brothers in Mexico.

Kawi scenary of a girl looking out over the forest of mountains

Maurico graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with a degree in Painting and Commercial Art with a concentration in Industrial Design.

"The backpack is made with organic, compostable, vegan materials without the addition of chemicals that harm our environment. It is ergonomically designed, which you will notice as soon as you put it on. The inspiration behind this backpack is the Tarahumara culture; however, we designed it to suit the lifestyle of enthusiastic travelers, exotic artists, book lovers, and people not afraid of expressing their true selves."http://kawiplanet.com/

To contribute to the Kickstarter campaign or to learn more about Kawi Planet Eco Friendly products https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kawi/1078297533

‪#‎KawiPlanet‬ ‪#‎AUArt‬ ‪#‎DesignMatters‬ ‪#‎SupportArtists‬

Art Department -New Faculty Members 

Michael Bird and Janis Mars Wunderlich are our two new faculty members in the studio arts area. Beginning the fall semester of 2015 Michael will be teaching Graphic Design and Digital Art while Janis will be teaching Ceramics that will include hand building and sculptural techniques.


Michael’s Story:
Michael Bird received an MFA at the University of Kansas, a BFA at Emporia State University, has an extensive Mac computer collection, a ghostly pallor, entrenched coffee addiction, light sensitivity, and a nearsighted field of vision, all thanks to the 25 or so years he's spent working as a graphic designer and digital fine artist.


Janis’ Story:
Born in Akron, OH in 1970, Janis Mars Wunderlich received her BFA from Brigham Young University in Utah and MFA from Ohio State University. Her ceramic sculptures have been in numerous national and international exhibitions, including 3 solo exhibitions in the past year. She has held workshops and lectures at many museums and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Janis has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including multiple fellowships from The Ohio Arts Council and The Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Art Department Academic Honors

Art Dept Academic Honors 2015

AU High School Campus Studio Art Experience 

Upcoming on Saturday May 16, 2015

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AU Art Department offers Campus Experience for High School Students, May 16.

On Saturday, May 16, the Ashland University art department will offer a college campus studio experience for current high school students with an interest in pursuing art.  Workshops will be conducted by art faculty members and will include figure drawing, painting, ceramics, digital art, and printmaking.  Students may choose two studio areas to attend during the day.  DEADLINE EXTENDED -APPLY TODAY  Application deadline April 30, 2015. 

Download the application form:  
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Addtional information is on application form.

Art at Ashland University

Our approach to the field is comprehensive and contemporary. Within the context of a liberal arts education and under the direction of talented and dedicated professors, you will stretch your abilities and become the artist or teacher you dream of becoming.

One-on-one attention from professors is a hallmark of the Art Department and an advantage of our classes that are purposely kept small. A dedicated faculty member who is a practicing artist oversees each artistic discipline and each discipline has devoted studio space.

What you will enjoy about our art programs:

  • Studio disciplines that each have a dedicated faculty member and space devoted to creation

  • Many opportunities to show your work

  • Coburn Gallery exhibitions of the works of contemporary artists

  • Learning to think critically and solve problems creatively

  • Courses that fully prepare you to pursue graduate studies