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, 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

Congrats to our 2020 Art + Design Graduates


Congratulations to all of the Ashland University 👨🏻‍🎓👩‍🎓🦅🦅🌟graduates and especially our Art + Design graduates ! We are very proud ! Wishing you creative-bright futures. 
#AUClass2020 #getcreative #AUArtDesign #ashlanduniversity #AUEagles...Read more

2020 Senior Art + Design Exhibition Awards Announced

Congratulations to Ashland University Senior Art + Design Exhibition Award Winners- ( drum roll please ! ) Kiana Ziegler was selected as the senior exhibition award recipient by the AU Art + Design department faculty for her fall semester BFA painting exhibition titled "Meditation on the Flesh". 
The honorable mention award was presented to Rachel Brooks, a digital art major with a minor in creative writing for her digital art and animation works titled "Grandpa’s Attic".

 #AUArtDesign #ashlanduniversity #coburnartgallery #thecovidturn #supportstudentartists...Read more

AU Senior Art + Design Exhibition now LIVE

The Ashland University Coburn Gallery will again host the Senior Art + Design Exhibition, though the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated moving the show to an online format. 
The exhibition, featuring artworks created by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design, will open April 30 via the Gallery’s Facebook page. Links to virtual exhibitions- https://youtu.be/-ZhN6gUVcs8https://youtu.be/iTSHaX76mGM
“While the 2020 Senior Art + Design Exhibition provides the capstone experience for graduating art and design majors, it represents more than just students’ studio art experiences,” said Coburn Gallery director Cynthia Petry. “For these students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.”
This year’s virtual exhibition will run through May 9 and includes graphic design, illustration, printmaking, digital art, painting and video.
Senior Art + Design Exhibiting artists include Halle Sanford, Michael Wolfrum, Rachel Brooks, Allie Hamilton, Robby Young, Graydon Flynn, Jackson Bay and Sophi Cudworth.


Sanford, of Caldwell, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in Painting, a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. She is a 2016 graduate of Caldwell High School and is the daughter of Jeffrey and Lisa Sanford. During her four years at AU, she has been a member of Art Club and also exhibited work at three student juried shows. Sanford served as the graphic design intern at Chandler Systems in Ashland during the summer of 2019. Upon graduation in May, she plans to find a job in the field of graphic Design. 
Wolfrum, from Defiance, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Computer Science and...Read more

URCA Symposium-Art + Design Students Featured

2020 URCA Symposium (Virtual) on Wednesday April 15th from 9:00am-3:15pm. Support Ashland University Art + Design students: Allie Hamilton and Rachel Brooks.
11:45am-12:45pm Allie Hamilton -Ghosts of Myself: Coping with Anxiety Through Creative Expression, Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Keith Dull, Art https://ashlanduniversity.zoom.us/j/951466327
12:45-1:45pm Rachel Brooks Animation - From Inspiration to Art, Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Michael Bird, Art https://ashlanduniversity.zoom.us/j/359928699
Find the full URCA schedule here-https://www.ashland.edu/…/urca_schedule_handout_2020_-_virt…

...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, 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

Congrats to our 2020 Art + Design Graduates


Congratulations to all of the Ashland University 👨🏻‍🎓👩‍🎓🦅🦅🌟graduates and especially our Art + Design graduates ! We are very proud ! Wishing you creative-bright futures. 
#AUClass2020 #getcreative #AUArtDesign #ashlanduniversity #AUEagles...Read more

2020 Senior Art + Design Exhibition Awards Announced

Congratulations to Ashland University Senior Art + Design Exhibition Award Winners- ( drum roll please ! ) Kiana Ziegler was selected as the senior exhibition award recipient by the AU Art + Design department faculty for her fall semester BFA painting exhibition titled "Meditation on the Flesh". 
The honorable mention award was presented to Rachel Brooks, a digital art major with a minor in creative writing for her digital art and animation works titled "Grandpa’s Attic".

 #AUArtDesign #ashlanduniversity #coburnartgallery #thecovidturn #supportstudentartists...Read more

AU Senior Art + Design Exhibition now LIVE

The Ashland University Coburn Gallery will again host the Senior Art + Design Exhibition, though the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated moving the show to an online format. 
The exhibition, featuring artworks created by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design, will open April 30 via the Gallery’s Facebook page. Links to virtual exhibitions- https://youtu.be/-ZhN6gUVcs8https://youtu.be/iTSHaX76mGM
“While the 2020 Senior Art + Design Exhibition provides the capstone experience for graduating art and design majors, it represents more than just students’ studio art experiences,” said Coburn Gallery director Cynthia Petry. “For these students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.”
This year’s virtual exhibition will run through May 9 and includes graphic design, illustration, printmaking, digital art, painting and video.
Senior Art + Design Exhibiting artists include Halle Sanford, Michael Wolfrum, Rachel Brooks, Allie Hamilton, Robby Young, Graydon Flynn, Jackson Bay and Sophi Cudworth.


Sanford, of Caldwell, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in Painting, a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. She is a 2016 graduate of Caldwell High School and is the daughter of Jeffrey and Lisa Sanford. During her four years at AU, she has been a member of Art Club and also exhibited work at three student juried shows. Sanford served as the graphic design intern at Chandler Systems in Ashland during the summer of 2019. Upon graduation in May, she plans to find a job in the field of graphic Design. 
Wolfrum, from Defiance, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Computer Science and...Read more

URCA Symposium-Art + Design Students Featured

2020 URCA Symposium (Virtual) on Wednesday April 15th from 9:00am-3:15pm. Support Ashland University Art + Design students: Allie Hamilton and Rachel Brooks.
11:45am-12:45pm Allie Hamilton -Ghosts of Myself: Coping with Anxiety Through Creative Expression, Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Keith Dull, Art https://ashlanduniversity.zoom.us/j/951466327
12:45-1:45pm Rachel Brooks Animation - From Inspiration to Art, Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Michael Bird, Art https://ashlanduniversity.zoom.us/j/359928699
Find the full URCA schedule here-https://www.ashland.edu/…/urca_schedule_handout_2020_-_virt…

...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

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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