five student winners of Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition

Regional artists collect awards at AU’s Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition

Published on March 17, 2023
Art + Design

ASHLAND, Ohio – Eleven awards from the 2023 Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition at Ashland University went to regional student artists, as announced by Cynthia Petry, director of AU’s Coburn Gallery. The exhibition runs through March 24.

More than $1,000 was distributed to the winners across a variety of categories, while the People’s Choice award will be announced on the Coburn Gallery’s Facebook page March 20.

The exhibition features 82 works selected by outside juror Emily Bartolone, a contemporary painter from Canton, Ohio. She is the curator of the Malone Art Gallery at Malone University, and her work has been seen in such publications as Art Hole and Okay Cool magazines. Her art has been featured at a number of exhibitions throughout the country, including Project Gallery V in New York City, the Oceanside Museum of Art in San Diego, the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and the St. Louis Artists’ Guild among others. Bartolone obtained a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Dayton, as well as a master’s in fine arts from Kent State University.

The award winners from the exhibition are as follows:

Best in Show, sponsored by the Department of Art + Design and the Coburn Gallery
Mason Smith, Ashland, Ohio
“Evening In,” a drawing with willow charcoal on paper

Honorable Mentions, sponsored by the Department of Art + Design and the Coburn Gallery
Amaya Copeland, Westerville, Ohio
“Anger in Self Perception,” a watercolor painting

Grace Crall, Ashland, Ohio
“Noted,” a drawing with markers, pen, paint pen

Saylor Van Auker, Mansfield, Ohio
“Naturally Fragile,” a steel sculpture

Bernini Award, sponsored by Dr. Wendy and Mr. Scott Schaller
Allison Spencer, West Salem, Ohio
“An Adoro Biological Study,” a colored pencil illustration

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Purchase Awards, sponsored and selected by Dean’s Office of College of Arts and Sciences
Mason Smith, Ashland, Ohio
“Impending Passing,” a scratch board drawing

Saylor Van Auker, Mansfield, Ohio
“Hanging on by a Thread,” a wire and steel sculpture

Ashland University Permanent Art Collection Awards, sponsored and selected by AU Permanent Art Collection
Hannah Keough, Spencer, Ohio
“Clown Series – Blue, Pink and Green,” digital drawings

Saylor Van Auker, Mansfield, Ohio
“The One Red Line,” acrylic painting

Alumni “Wink” Award, sponsored by 2012 alumna Jennifer Winkler
Hayley Smith, Canton, Ohio
“Passion Crashing Soul,” acrylic painting

The Saville Award, sponsored by Michael Bird and Kaylin Henry
Sarah Shearer, New Franklin, Ohio
“Album Cover Design,” graphic design

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information about the exhibition, call 419-289-5652 or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.

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