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

AU Honors Convocation Awards

AU Art + Design Students serve as jurors for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Ashland University Art + Design Students served as jurors for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition through the 7th District with Congressman Bob Gibbs. The Congressional… Read more

2018 Senior Exhibition Awards Announced

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Featured Art Work

Zurbanarola, oil painting, Joshua Risner
Joshua Risner, 2012 graduate
oil painting (2012) Joshua Risner is currently an MFA student at Kendall College of Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan. See more of his work from his Ashland...Read more

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In the Gallery...

Precious Objects-Charles Mintz Photography Exhibition Opens

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… Read more

Ode to Degas National Juried Exhibition Opens

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… Read more

2018 Senior Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Congratulations ! Rachael Santee-Outstanding Senior Art Exhibition Award & Co-Honorable Mention Award Winners -Keeleigh Myers & Alex Roddy. Read more

Department Info:

Ashland University
227 Center for the Arts
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Faculty Spotlight

Priscilla Roggenkamp
Born in Bangor, Maine, Priscilla has lived in Maine, Ohio, Virginia and Arkansas. She has resided in Alliance, Ohio since 1990, teaching and making art...Read more

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Upcoming Events-


​Join the Ashland University Art + Design Department on May 11 for the 2019 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

Art Design Poster 2018

For 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.


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