Department of Art + Design

Contact Us

Department Chair

Daniel McDonald
Chair of the Department of Art, Associate Professor of Art
227 Center for the Arts
419.289.5130
dmcdona1@ashland.edu

Department Contact

227 Center for the Arts
Ashland, Ohio 44805
419.289.5190
art-department@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.S.Ed.
Educating an Artistic Youth

Do you have a passion for art and a desire to educate and inspire children? Consider Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ Art Education program. It’s one of Ohio’s leading teacher preparation programs, preparing you to be a well-rounded practicing artist with excellent teaching skills.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA, BFA
Fine-tuning Your Artistic Capabilities

Experience art on a whole new level in Ashland University’s Fine Art program.

The Fine Art program at the College of Arts and Sciences is a diverse program devoted to providing you with a fundamental core of art knowledge and strong technical skills. Choose from...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA, BA
Fostering a Visual Business World

Are you looking for a creative career developing visual solutions for clients? Look no further than Ashland University’s Graphic Design Program.

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year
Art Education
Art Education, B.S. Four-Year Guide
Fine Art
Fine Arts, B.A. Four-Year Guide
Fine Arts, B.F.A. Four-Year Guide
Graphic Design
Commercial Art - Graphic Design, B.A. Four-Year Guide
Commercial Art - Graphic Design, B.S. Four-Year Guide

Faculty

Michael Bird
Michael Bird
Professional Instructor of Digital Art and Graphic Design
236, Center for the Arts
419.289.5153 / mbird2@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Keith Dull, Associate Professor of Art
Keith Dull
Professor of Art
343A, Center for the Arts
419.289.5981 / kdull@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Daniel McDonald, Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Daniel McDonald
Chair of the Department of Art, Associate Professor of Art
227, Center for the Arts
419.289.5130 / dmcdona1@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Cynthia Petry
Cynthia Petry
Director, Coburn Art Gallery , Professional Instructor
Gallery, Center for the Arts
419.289.5652 / cpetry@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Associate Professor of Art
346A , Center for the Arts
419.289.5194 / proggenk@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Dr. Wendy Schaller
Dr. Wendy Schaller
Associate Professor of Art
233 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5955 / wschalle@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design

Department News

Sustainability and Textiles-presented by Art + Design faculty -Priscilla Roggenkamp


Priscilla Roggenkamp's topic, Sustainability and Textiles, was a segment of the Ashland University Honors 390 class.

Exploring the topic, we took a personal clothing inventory, studied how various textile fibers are created and looked into the human and environmental impact of fast fashion. We researched clothing companies with sustainable practices and discussed ways to be more conscientious consumers. Lastly, we tried our hands at some repairing practices and even did a bit of weaving.

...Read more

Honors Capstone Defense for Kiana Ziegler

Honors Capstone Defense for Kiana Ziegler
Honors Program senior student Kiana Ziegler will present her Honors Capstone, Meditation of the
Flesh - Self-Therapy for Chronic Illness on December 3rd, at 5:00PM in the Coburn Art Gallery.
Kiana's abstract reads, I havebeen diagnosed with chronic health conditions that impact my
everyday life. In order to help deal with my thoughts and emotions relating to these chronic
health conditions, I paint. My work is a cathartic self-therapy and a meditation on the flesh.
Through it, I express the fear and anxiety I experience in relation to my own body and health.
My path into this topic started with my fear of not wanting or being physically able to bear my
own children, an important part of the future I’ve imagined for myself. In my first three paintings,
I grieve for this lost future and come to an acceptance of what may lie ahead in the
yonic (“yoni” being Sanskrit for the vulva and the female equivalent to “phallus”) flower forms
on the canvas. As I continue along with the series, I begin to mourn the loss of other aspects
of a normal life through related flower forms. The complex forms and textures invite the viewer
to look closely at the paintings, encouraging them to move along the curves and bumps of the
works, contemplating the wonders and horrors that exist within the body. By completing this work,
I gained a better understanding of my process and how I want to communicate while also
helping myself and others who have been through similar experience via catharsis (a release of
repressed emotions).


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...Read more

Kiana Ziegler's-BFA Exhibition Inspiration Featured

Somewhere inside Kiana Ziegler’s childhood home in Ashland, there is an envelope full of her earliest artwork.Her mom kept a lot of what she did then, Ziegler said, including “a SpongeBob that I did with Crayola markers when I was like 5 or 6.”She’s been through a lot since those days, in terms of both life and art.Ziegler, who will graduate from Ashland University in December, will have her work featured in the AU 2019 Senior Art + Design Exhibition, which opens Thursday, Nov. 21, with a reception from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Coburn Art Gallery in the AU Center for the Arts. The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 14, will include painting, printmaking, photography and digital art.While Ziegler had opportunities to create art while still a student at Ashland High School, she often was ill, culminating with a thyroid cancer diagnosis when she was just 16. Her thyroid and some surrounding lymph nodes were removed. Radiation followed.And while a second-year student at AU, Ziegler was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Because the diagnosis came early, she required no surgery or chemotherapy, but is on targeted treatment medication and immunotherapy drugs, which she admits make her feel like she has food poisoning.There are other chronic illnesses as well. “Basically,” Ziegler said, “all the health problems in my family have accumulated in me.”She turned to her art for both therapeutic and creative reasons. “I think it’s kind of a drive to not let (the illness) completely take over my life,” said Ziegler. At first, the art was representative of her actual health struggles, canvases of a young woman in a hospital bed, consoled by her boyfriend; other pictures centered in a hospital setting.“It was,” Ziegler said, “like looking into someone’s life as if through...Read more

Dr Wendy Schaller Presents to AU Honors Program

Dr. Wendy Schaller shared her story of how learning about Italian artist, Bernini, in her core art history course in undergrad changed her career trajectory from medical doctor to an art historian. She will delve into both Bernini’s work and her story as a way to share and give advice to students.



This is the first professor event of the AU Honors Program Academic Lecture Series. ...Read more

Facilities

  • The Coburn Gallery provides ample exhibition space for nationally-known artists as well as the outstanding work of students and faculty.
  • Our studio facilities are well equipped and well lit so you can do your very best work
  • The ceramic studio includes 16 wheels and two gas-fired kilns.
  • The sculpture studio houses equipment for metal fabrication including MIG welders, oxy-acetylene torches, a plasma cutter and ring rollers. The studio also features a foundry equipped for bronze and aluminum casting and includes a well-equipped wood shop.
  • The painting studio is well lit and well ventilated and equipped with easels and workspace for projects in various sizes.
  • The computer lab includes 15 PC stations, 15 flat-bed scanners, a 42” large format printer with archival ink and an 8’ x 10’ projection system

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Daniel McDonald
Chair of the Department of Art, Associate Professor of Art
227 Center for the Arts
419.289.5130
dmcdona1@ashland.edu

Department Contact

227 Center for the Arts
Ashland, Ohio 44805
419.289.5190
art-department@ashland.edu

Programs

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.S.Ed.
Educating an Artistic Youth

Do you have a passion for art and a desire to educate and inspire children? Consider Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ Art Education program. It’s one of Ohio’s leading teacher preparation programs, preparing you to be a well-rounded practicing artist with excellent teaching skills.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA, BFA
Fine-tuning Your Artistic Capabilities

Experience art on a whole new level in Ashland University’s Fine Art program.

The Fine Art program at the College of Arts and Sciences is a diverse program devoted to providing you with a fundamental core of art knowledge and strong technical skills. Choose from...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA, BA
Fostering a Visual Business World

Are you looking for a creative career developing visual solutions for clients? Look no further than Ashland University’s Graphic Design Program.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year
Art Education
Art Education, B.S. Four-Year Guide
Fine Art
Fine Arts, B.A. Four-Year Guide
Fine Arts, B.F.A. Four-Year Guide
Graphic Design
Commercial Art - Graphic Design, B.A. Four-Year Guide
Commercial Art - Graphic Design, B.S. Four-Year Guide

Faculty

Faculty

Michael Bird
Michael Bird
Professional Instructor of Digital Art and Graphic Design
236, Center for the Arts
419.289.5153 / mbird2@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Keith Dull, Associate Professor of Art
Keith Dull
Professor of Art
343A, Center for the Arts
419.289.5981 / kdull@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Daniel McDonald, Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Daniel McDonald
Chair of the Department of Art, Associate Professor of Art
227, Center for the Arts
419.289.5130 / dmcdona1@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Cynthia Petry
Cynthia Petry
Director, Coburn Art Gallery , Professional Instructor
Gallery, Center for the Arts
419.289.5652 / cpetry@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Associate Professor of Art
346A , Center for the Arts
419.289.5194 / proggenk@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
Dr. Wendy Schaller
Dr. Wendy Schaller
Associate Professor of Art
233 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5955 / wschalle@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design

Department News

Department News

Sustainability and Textiles-presented by Art + Design faculty -Priscilla Roggenkamp


Priscilla Roggenkamp's topic, Sustainability and Textiles, was a segment of the Ashland University Honors 390 class.

Exploring the topic, we took a personal clothing inventory, studied how various textile fibers are created and looked into the human and environmental impact of fast fashion. We researched clothing companies with sustainable practices and discussed ways to be more conscientious consumers. Lastly, we tried our hands at some repairing practices and even did a bit of weaving.

...Read more

Honors Capstone Defense for Kiana Ziegler

Honors Capstone Defense for Kiana Ziegler
Honors Program senior student Kiana Ziegler will present her Honors Capstone, Meditation of the
Flesh - Self-Therapy for Chronic Illness on December 3rd, at 5:00PM in the Coburn Art Gallery.
Kiana's abstract reads, I havebeen diagnosed with chronic health conditions that impact my
everyday life. In order to help deal with my thoughts and emotions relating to these chronic
health conditions, I paint. My work is a cathartic self-therapy and a meditation on the flesh.
Through it, I express the fear and anxiety I experience in relation to my own body and health.
My path into this topic started with my fear of not wanting or being physically able to bear my
own children, an important part of the future I’ve imagined for myself. In my first three paintings,
I grieve for this lost future and come to an acceptance of what may lie ahead in the
yonic (“yoni” being Sanskrit for the vulva and the female equivalent to “phallus”) flower forms
on the canvas. As I continue along with the series, I begin to mourn the loss of other aspects
of a normal life through related flower forms. The complex forms and textures invite the viewer
to look closely at the paintings, encouraging them to move along the curves and bumps of the
works, contemplating the wonders and horrors that exist within the body. By completing this work,
I gained a better understanding of my process and how I want to communicate while also
helping myself and others who have been through similar experience via catharsis (a release of
repressed emotions).


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...Read more

Kiana Ziegler's-BFA Exhibition Inspiration Featured

Somewhere inside Kiana Ziegler’s childhood home in Ashland, there is an envelope full of her earliest artwork.Her mom kept a lot of what she did then, Ziegler said, including “a SpongeBob that I did with Crayola markers when I was like 5 or 6.”She’s been through a lot since those days, in terms of both life and art.Ziegler, who will graduate from Ashland University in December, will have her work featured in the AU 2019 Senior Art + Design Exhibition, which opens Thursday, Nov. 21, with a reception from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Coburn Art Gallery in the AU Center for the Arts. The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 14, will include painting, printmaking, photography and digital art.While Ziegler had opportunities to create art while still a student at Ashland High School, she often was ill, culminating with a thyroid cancer diagnosis when she was just 16. Her thyroid and some surrounding lymph nodes were removed. Radiation followed.And while a second-year student at AU, Ziegler was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Because the diagnosis came early, she required no surgery or chemotherapy, but is on targeted treatment medication and immunotherapy drugs, which she admits make her feel like she has food poisoning.There are other chronic illnesses as well. “Basically,” Ziegler said, “all the health problems in my family have accumulated in me.”She turned to her art for both therapeutic and creative reasons. “I think it’s kind of a drive to not let (the illness) completely take over my life,” said Ziegler. At first, the art was representative of her actual health struggles, canvases of a young woman in a hospital bed, consoled by her boyfriend; other pictures centered in a hospital setting.“It was,” Ziegler said, “like looking into someone’s life as if through...Read more

Dr Wendy Schaller Presents to AU Honors Program

Dr. Wendy Schaller shared her story of how learning about Italian artist, Bernini, in her core art history course in undergrad changed her career trajectory from medical doctor to an art historian. She will delve into both Bernini’s work and her story as a way to share and give advice to students.



This is the first professor event of the AU Honors Program Academic Lecture Series. ...Read more

Facilities

Facilities

  • The Coburn Gallery provides ample exhibition space for nationally-known artists as well as the outstanding work of students and faculty.
  • Our studio facilities are well equipped and well lit so you can do your very best work
  • The ceramic studio includes 16 wheels and two gas-fired kilns.
  • The sculpture studio houses equipment for metal fabrication including MIG welders, oxy-acetylene torches, a plasma cutter and ring rollers. The studio also features a foundry equipped for bronze and aluminum casting and includes a well-equipped wood shop.
  • The painting studio is well lit and well ventilated and equipped with easels and workspace for projects in various sizes.
  • The computer lab includes 15 PC stations, 15 flat-bed scanners, a 42” large format printer with archival ink and an 8’ x 10’ projection system

Advancing Your Inner Artist

Do you dream of a career in art? Cultivate your creativity in the Art & Design Department at Ashland’s College of Arts and Sciences.

We take a comprehensive, contemporary approach to the art field. You get a liberal arts education under the direction of talented and dedicated art professors who encourage you to stretch your abilities and become the artist or teacher you dream of becoming.

Art & Design Department Differentiators

By enrolling in a program within the Art & Design department, you’ll experience:

  • Studio disciplines that feature dedicated faculty and spaces devoted to art creation
  • Countless opportunities to show your work
  • Access to the works of contemporary artists at Coburn Gallery exhibitions
  • Learning to think critically and creatively solve problems
  • Courses that fully prepare you to pursue graduate studies, should you choose to take your education furthe

Coburn Art Gallery

Coburn Art Gallery

The Coburn Gallery serves as Ashland University's primary resource for the viewing of visual art by the academic community as well as by the general public. These exhibitions form the visual foundation of the educational mission of the Department of Art. The gallery schedule focuses on the work of nationally known contemporary artists as well as Ashland University art faculty and students.

Internships and Scholarships

An internship is required for Commercial Art Majors and is a powerful experience and learning opportunity suggested for all Art Majors.

Below you will find information to help you plan your internship experience.

Internship Learning Contract

  • This learning contract must be completed and signed accordingly before registering for internship credit.
  • This learning contract must be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration BEFORE beginning your internship.
  • Each student will need to have this form approved and signed by: Faculty Internship Advisor, Academic Department Chair, the Student, the Internship Site Supervisor, and a representative of the Career Services Center. (Please bring it to the Career Services Center after collecting all the other signatures.)

Resources and Contacts

Scholarships are available to all students entering an art program at Ashland University for the academic year. Art awards will be juried by department faculty using the student’s portfolio submission. These merit-based scholarship awards will increase the student’s total financial aid package at Ashland University. Please review the Art Scholarship Awards Brochure for full details on the portfolio submission process as well as specific criteria for Fine Art scholarships.

Awards of up to $2,500 per year

This can mean up to $10,000 over four years. Awards are renewed each year the student is enrolled at Ashland and meets the following criteria:

  • Student must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Student must maintain an art major
  • Student must make consistent progress toward building a portfolio of quality work
  • Student must support both the curricular and extracurricular programs of the Department of Art (attendance at gallery receptions and visiting artist lectures/demonstrations, participation in Art Club, etc.)

*NOTE: Scholarship portfolios will be accepted at any time, however, priority will be given to portfolios received before February 15.

Submit Online Portfolios Heregetaccepted.com

​Upcoming Events

Join the Ashland University Art + Design Department on February 29 for the 2020 college campus studio experience for current high school students with an interest in pursuing art.

Ashland University Center for the Arts  from 9:30 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

APPLICATION DEADLINE February 7, 2020

Students may attend two workshops*:

  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Digital Art & Graphic Design Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Figure Drawing

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

Call 419.289.5190 or email art-department@ashland.edu

www.ashland.edu/art

 *Workshop availability based on student interests and class sizes.

Support the Department of Art + Design

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

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