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 five...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA, BS
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

Call for AU Art + Design Alumni

 Call for Ashland University Art + Design Alumni- Alumni of the Department of Art + Design are invited to submit artwork for an Alumni Exhibition to take place in the Coburn Art Gallery September 2- 30, 2021. The exhibition is open to any graduate of Ashland University’s Art + Design programs. All artwork should be made in the last four years and not exhibited at any previous Coburn Gallery exhibition is eligible. There is no fee for entry. All media will be considered, including installation, design work, and new media. All artworks must be gallery ready and they will be screened by the gallery director. To request entry information, contact Cynthia Petry at cpetry@ashland.edu. Entry deadline is July 6, 2021 @5pm. Artwork delivery in Mid-August. For more information about this exhibition, contact Cynthia Petry at cpetry@ashland.edu; phone 419.289.5652.
ENTRY FORM Click here


...Read more

Art + Design Students Recognized

The Department of Art + Design recognized Marial Leatherman as the outstanding junior and Joellen Badertscher as outstanding senior at Ashland University's Academic Honors Convocation. The ceremony was held Sunday, April 18 in Ashland University's Myers Convocation Center.Mariel Leatherman is a junior Art Education major with a concentration in sculpture with a focus in textiles. On campus, Mariel has been involved with the Campus Activities Board, OSEA, The Well, Ashland’s Club Quidditch team, and is a student employee of the Coburn Art Gallery. After graduation, she hopes to get a job as an art teacher in Ohio, while continuing to create art as a practicing fine artist, and farther down the road Leatherman hopes to go back to attend graduate school to obtain her Masters in Art Education.
Joellen Badertscher is from Apple Creek, OH. She is a junior at Ashland University studying Art Education with a concentration in Ceramics. Joellen has her own pottery business and sells her wares locally at Vines Bakery and also works at the Ashland University Recreation Center as a Facility Manager. Joellen was selected for an 2021 summer art education program internship at the Mansfield Art Center in Mansfield Ohio.
Leatherman and Badertscher were chosen from a very prestigious group of students within the department for their academic and personal achievements.
The purpose of the 2021 Academic Honors Convocation Awards Ceremony is to celebrate academic achievement, promote community and recognize outstanding students in each Department....Read more

Senior Exhibition Awards Announced

Congratulations to our 2021 Senior Art + Design Exhibition awards winners-Hannah Osborn was selected for the senior exhibition art award and the Honorable Mention senior award recipient was Harlie Gregory. Both awards were selected by the Ashland University Art + Design Department faculty.Hannah will graduate from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design with a minor in Religion. Hannah is from Chatham, Ohio where she lives with her father, Steve, her mother, Heather, and her brother, Steven. She is a graduate of Cloverleaf High School and the Medina County Career Center where she learned under the instruction of Ron Kostechak about printing, pre-press, offset press, silk screen printing, and of course graphic design. During her three year at Ashland, Hannah has been exhibited in the Juried Student Art Exhibition multiple times and has been awarded the Dean’s Award, the Alumni “Wink” Award, and the Bernini Award. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and other circumstances, Hannah chose to do classes remotely for the remainder of her schooling. Because of this, she was not able to be as active on campus as she would have liked to be. However, she was able to go on a mission trip with campus ministry to Tennessee and an educational trip to Israel before this had happened. Hannah also was an intern for OneIT, the Medina County Career Center, and Vinyl Marketing where she participated in a variety of design work and learning experiences. She plans to continue graphic design by finding a full time position in the Columbus area after graduation.
Gregory, from Cambridge, OH, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing. She is a youngest child...Read more

AU in Germany 2022

Join Dr. Wendy Schaller- Associate Professor of Art for the Ashland University in Germany program May 2022- Interest meeting TODAY March 16 at 4pm & April 21 at 4:15pm in the Student Center Auditorium.

...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 five...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA, BS
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

Call for AU Art + Design Alumni

 Call for Ashland University Art + Design Alumni- Alumni of the Department of Art + Design are invited to submit artwork for an Alumni Exhibition to take place in the Coburn Art Gallery September 2- 30, 2021. The exhibition is open to any graduate of Ashland University’s Art + Design programs. All artwork should be made in the last four years and not exhibited at any previous Coburn Gallery exhibition is eligible. There is no fee for entry. All media will be considered, including installation, design work, and new media. All artworks must be gallery ready and they will be screened by the gallery director. To request entry information, contact Cynthia Petry at cpetry@ashland.edu. Entry deadline is July 6, 2021 @5pm. Artwork delivery in Mid-August. For more information about this exhibition, contact Cynthia Petry at cpetry@ashland.edu; phone 419.289.5652.
ENTRY FORM Click here


...Read more

Art + Design Students Recognized

The Department of Art + Design recognized Marial Leatherman as the outstanding junior and Joellen Badertscher as outstanding senior at Ashland University's Academic Honors Convocation. The ceremony was held Sunday, April 18 in Ashland University's Myers Convocation Center.Mariel Leatherman is a junior Art Education major with a concentration in sculpture with a focus in textiles. On campus, Mariel has been involved with the Campus Activities Board, OSEA, The Well, Ashland’s Club Quidditch team, and is a student employee of the Coburn Art Gallery. After graduation, she hopes to get a job as an art teacher in Ohio, while continuing to create art as a practicing fine artist, and farther down the road Leatherman hopes to go back to attend graduate school to obtain her Masters in Art Education.
Joellen Badertscher is from Apple Creek, OH. She is a junior at Ashland University studying Art Education with a concentration in Ceramics. Joellen has her own pottery business and sells her wares locally at Vines Bakery and also works at the Ashland University Recreation Center as a Facility Manager. Joellen was selected for an 2021 summer art education program internship at the Mansfield Art Center in Mansfield Ohio.
Leatherman and Badertscher were chosen from a very prestigious group of students within the department for their academic and personal achievements.
The purpose of the 2021 Academic Honors Convocation Awards Ceremony is to celebrate academic achievement, promote community and recognize outstanding students in each Department....Read more

Senior Exhibition Awards Announced

Congratulations to our 2021 Senior Art + Design Exhibition awards winners-Hannah Osborn was selected for the senior exhibition art award and the Honorable Mention senior award recipient was Harlie Gregory. Both awards were selected by the Ashland University Art + Design Department faculty.Hannah will graduate from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design with a minor in Religion. Hannah is from Chatham, Ohio where she lives with her father, Steve, her mother, Heather, and her brother, Steven. She is a graduate of Cloverleaf High School and the Medina County Career Center where she learned under the instruction of Ron Kostechak about printing, pre-press, offset press, silk screen printing, and of course graphic design. During her three year at Ashland, Hannah has been exhibited in the Juried Student Art Exhibition multiple times and has been awarded the Dean’s Award, the Alumni “Wink” Award, and the Bernini Award. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and other circumstances, Hannah chose to do classes remotely for the remainder of her schooling. Because of this, she was not able to be as active on campus as she would have liked to be. However, she was able to go on a mission trip with campus ministry to Tennessee and an educational trip to Israel before this had happened. Hannah also was an intern for OneIT, the Medina County Career Center, and Vinyl Marketing where she participated in a variety of design work and learning experiences. She plans to continue graphic design by finding a full time position in the Columbus area after graduation.
Gregory, from Cambridge, OH, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing. She is a youngest child...Read more

AU in Germany 2022

Join Dr. Wendy Schaller- Associate Professor of Art for the Ashland University in Germany program May 2022- Interest meeting TODAY March 16 at 4pm & April 21 at 4:15pm in the Student Center Auditorium.

...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

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.

Student Organizations

Student Organizations