Art + Design Department

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.

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 five concentrations:

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

Faculty

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

Department News

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

Kiana Ziegler-BFA Senior Art Exhibition Opens Nov 21st


From the end of November through December, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art + Design Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors.
Showcasing the work of graduating senior Kiana Ziegler, the 2019 Senior Art + Design Exhibition will open on Thursday, November 21 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 2019 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 the student in the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate career at Ashland University.”
This fall’s exhibition, which will run from November 21 to December 14, include painting, printmaking, photography and digital art.
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 is the youngest of Alma and Charles Ziegler of Ashland. She grew up in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 2015. She entered her college career as an Honors Program Scholar, and shortly afterward, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for academic excellence. She received the opportunity to create a mural for the Writing Center and a portrait for the theater production, Little Women, in 2018. Off campus, Ziegler completed the illustrations decorating the entrance to Masterminds Escape Room and Game Library. She has completed several other private commissions as a freelance artist.
Active in her department, Ziegler served as the Vice President and President of Art Club. She was granted the opportunity to travel with the Art Department to museums...Read more

Benefit Pop-Up Art Sale -November 21st

Just in time for the holidays, the Coburn Gallery and the AU Art Club will host a one day Benefit Pop-Up Art Sale in the Center for the Arts building 1st floor lobby on Thursday November 21 from noon-6:30pm. 100% of the funds will be collected on behalf of Becky Hale, 2018 AU Art Education graduate that passed away suddenly in October. Becky had a passion for teaching young artists and did so through the Coburn's Art Saturdays program, Summer Art Camp and most recently through the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Patrons can browse the artful hand crafted items created by Ashland University Art + Design students, alumni, faculty, and community members. “We are honored to host a unique and temporary pop-up experience for art lovers in our own backyard while raising funds in memory of Becky Hale” said Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery. Credit cards, checks and cash will be accepted. For more information about the shop, or to donate artwork or make a monetary contribution contact the Coburn Gallery 419.289.5652 or coburngallery@ashland.eduRead 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

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.

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 five concentrations:

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

Faculty

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

Department News

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

Kiana Ziegler-BFA Senior Art Exhibition Opens Nov 21st


From the end of November through December, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art + Design Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors.
Showcasing the work of graduating senior Kiana Ziegler, the 2019 Senior Art + Design Exhibition will open on Thursday, November 21 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 2019 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 the student in the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate career at Ashland University.”
This fall’s exhibition, which will run from November 21 to December 14, include painting, printmaking, photography and digital art.
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 is the youngest of Alma and Charles Ziegler of Ashland. She grew up in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 2015. She entered her college career as an Honors Program Scholar, and shortly afterward, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for academic excellence. She received the opportunity to create a mural for the Writing Center and a portrait for the theater production, Little Women, in 2018. Off campus, Ziegler completed the illustrations decorating the entrance to Masterminds Escape Room and Game Library. She has completed several other private commissions as a freelance artist.
Active in her department, Ziegler served as the Vice President and President of Art Club. She was granted the opportunity to travel with the Art Department to museums...Read more

Benefit Pop-Up Art Sale -November 21st

Just in time for the holidays, the Coburn Gallery and the AU Art Club will host a one day Benefit Pop-Up Art Sale in the Center for the Arts building 1st floor lobby on Thursday November 21 from noon-6:30pm. 100% of the funds will be collected on behalf of Becky Hale, 2018 AU Art Education graduate that passed away suddenly in October. Becky had a passion for teaching young artists and did so through the Coburn's Art Saturdays program, Summer Art Camp and most recently through the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Patrons can browse the artful hand crafted items created by Ashland University Art + Design students, alumni, faculty, and community members. “We are honored to host a unique and temporary pop-up experience for art lovers in our own backyard while raising funds in memory of Becky Hale” said Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery. Credit cards, checks and cash will be accepted. For more information about the shop, or to donate artwork or make a monetary contribution contact the Coburn Gallery 419.289.5652 or coburngallery@ashland.eduRead 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

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 Art + Design Department

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

Rec Center

Rec Center