Thursday, September 6, 2018

Figura(tive) Exhibition & CAN Journal

The Coburn Gallery, Ashland University
 made the Collective Arts Network Journal ( CAN ) with Judy Takacs Pendergast . The Figura(tive) Exhibition runs through September 28, 2018. Exhibiting artists include Benjy Davies, Beth Nash, Joe Radoccia and Judy Takacs.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Figura(tive) Opening Reception Photos

FIGURA(TIVE) August 30-September 28, 2018 
The exhibiting artists include Benjy Davies, Beth Nash, Joe Radoccia and Judy Takacs.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Figura(tive) Opening Art Reception August 30th

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host a group exhibition titled “Figura(tive),” which features a selection of paintings curated by the gallery director, Cynthia Petry. The exhibiting artists include Benjy Davies, Beth Nash, Joe Radoccia and Judy Takacs. The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, August 30, from 4:30-6:30pm. During the reception, several of the exhibiting artists will be giving a gallery talk at 5pm.The gallery talk and the reception are both free and open to the public.

Benjy Davies teaches Graphic Design and Printmaking at the University of Rio Grande. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University in 1995, and his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 2000. His work includes design, illustration, drawing, painting and printmaking. and has been exhibited in over 200 regional, national and international exhibitions. In 2003, he founded Lucky Man Press, a studio for the creation of original fine art lithography. 
Beth Nash is a faculty member at Marietta College where she teaches life drawing, portraiture, water-based painting and illustration. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University and her Master’s in Liberal Learning from Marietta College. Nash has spent 25 years designing airbrush painted and hand dyed fabric and clothing, which she sold in galleries and fine art shows across the United States. She received numerous awards and was featured in the Fiberarts Design Book in 2004 and 2007. She has served as a juror for several national fine craft shows as well. Her current focus within painting is portraiture, both human and animal figures. She currently exhibits paintings in juried exhibitions and art festivals when she's not teaching. 
Joseph Radoccia’s paintings have meandered from medium to medium but have always reflected his fascination with forms of intimacy and they continue to do so today with his large portraits on paper. His early artworks have explored themes such as the labyrinth of courtship, the AIDS epidemic, navigating sexual identity, love and fear. Eventually, Radoccia abandoned the narrative to exclusively engage in passive observational painting. He left Brooklyn, traveled several times to Madagascar, and settled in Beacon NY where his practice matured from objects to faces. His current works are over-sized intricate portraits that become faces as maps of experience.  Currently, Radoccia has a solo portrait exhibition in Kingston NY: Becoming Elders: Portraits of LGBTQ elders.  
Judy Takács is best known for her long-term portrait series, Chicks with Balls: Unsung Female Heroes, she began her art career in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Portrait Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. A winner of 10 Best-In-Show Awards in the past seven years, she has curated, juried and exhibited in solo, group and juried shows at museums, art centers and colleges nationally. Judy most recently closed her critically acclaimed two-artist inaugural show, SECRETS, with the late Marilyn Szalay, Cleveland’s iconic figure drawing artist and instructor. Takács’ work is archived with the legendary artists of Cleveland at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Takács’ goal as a painter of people is to create a living breathing soul on canvas, who invites viewers to linger, connect and think.
The Figura(tive) painting exhibition will run from August 30 through September 28. 
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more information about the reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Precious Objects-Charles Mintz Photography Exhibition Opens

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host an exhibition titled “Precious Objects,” which will display 20 paired photographs featuring the portraits of the sitters holding their self-chosen precious objects alongside a full-size copy of handwritten statements explaining their choice, all created by Ohio photographer Charles Mintz.
The exhibition will run from June 30 through August 5 and a closing reception is planned for Sunday, August 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the closing reception, the gallery patrons will have the chance to meet Mintz.

The “Precious Object” project began with a focus on Mintz wanting to compare these selected items to contemporary consumer objects. Mintz’s view returns in the curated selection of these subjects.
“The overall collection is not about what I think nor is it even about the objects. It looks at the personal search each subject makes through the stuff in their lives to discover the stories that link the objects to who they are today,” Mintz said. “It is impossible to ignore my own history or the things I love and respect. In some cases, participants knew what they wanted instantly. Some people never were able get there.”
According to Mintz, the project has a remarkable duality between the written statements and the appearance of the portrait.
“I was humbled by the stories of the 170 people in this project. Loli’s letters written by the mother she never knew, Trevis’ inmate card from 25 years ago and his current library card, and Grace’s lovely little stuffed dog who survived her scarlet fever all represent the subject’s courage and generosity in coming forward with their stories. While all three are challenges I never faced, they give life and perspective to the one’s that I have,” he explained.
Photography, which is Mintz’s third career, is the result of a passion acquired in Maine many years ago. Most of his work is done on film -- at least it begins there. The monochrome is printed in the traditional darkroom, the color scanned and printed on inkjet printers. He no longer prints color in the darkroom although the experience in color and contrast management strongly affects how Mintz’s prints digitally.
Mintz’s education includes study at Parsons School of Design, International Center for Photography, Maine Media Workshops and Cuyahoga Community College. Mintz is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council grants and he exhibits regularly on a regional, national and international level.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Ode to Degas National Juried Exhibition Opens

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has scheduled the opening of a national juried exhibition titled “Ode to Degas,” which will run from May 18 to June 17, 2018, in the Coburn Gallery. The exhibition is family friendly and admission to the reception is free and open to the public.
This exhibition is a collection of works that embody the concepts of movement explored by Edgar Degas, most specifically in his dancers. The exhibition features 20 artworks from artists across the United States selected by juror Robert Robbins. Robbins received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University and his BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Robbins is the chair of the Art Department at Miami University of Ohio.

Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery, said “I am very excited about this exhibition not only because it showcases the talents of visual artists from across the country but it also celebrates the fine arts, more specifically dance in the Ashland area. We are very lucky to have many different dance opportunities for children in our community. Ode to Degas should inspire young visual artists and dancers alike.”
Exhibiting artists include: Zach Koch, Mississippi; Jan O’Dea, Ohio; Rod Bradfield, Indiana; Betsy Oberhausen, Ohio; Denise Cerniglia, North Carolina; Michael Alexa Velez, Florida; Joyce Morrow Jones, Ohio; Rhonda Urdang, Arizona; Jennifer Sowders, Ohio; Robert Ryan, California; Susan Shafer, Ohio; Connie Pastor, Ohio; Charles Mintz, Ohio; Marty Bossler Lee, Ohio; Tina Henderson, Indiana; and Nancy Dupre, Ohio.
The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, May 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to coincide with the 36th Annual Spring Dance Concert presented by Opus II Dance Studio, with Ashland Regional Ballet in the Hugo Young Theatre.
The following awards were selected by the juror Robert Robbins: Best in Show to Zach Koch for his oil painting titled “This Could Be Us but You Playin’” and three Honorable Mention awards went to Jan O’Dea for her oil painting titled “The Continental Theater Fire, September 14, 1861”;  Zach Koch for his oil painting titled “I’m a Loner, A Rebel”; and Betsy Oberhausen for her photograph titled “In the Moment.”
The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on this exhibition visit us at , find us on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Senior Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Congratulations !
Rachael Santee-Outstanding Senior Art Exhibition Award & 
Co-Honorable Mention Award Winners -Keeleigh Myers & Alex Roddy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

AU Art + Design Senior Exhibition

Coming up on April 12th- Ashland University Art +Design Senior Exhibition. Each spring, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors.
Bringing together artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art + Design, the 2018 Senior Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, April 12, 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. The senior art awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the April 12 reception.
“While the 2018 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 these students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.”
This year’s exhibitions will run from April 12 through May 5 and includes projects in graphic design, digital art, painting, ceramics and printmaking by AU seniors Rachael Santee, Keeleigh Myers, Alex Roddy, Rebekah Hale, Christy Witte and Deveraux Diaz.

Rachael Santee of Columbus, Ohio, will be graduating from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrating in Printmaking and Painting, with a minor in Art History. Santee is the oldest child of Robert and Rita Santee, also of Columbus. During her time at Ashland University, Santee has had work accepted to the Juried Student Art Exhibition during each of the four years of her attendance. She was awarded the Drawing Award her freshman year, the Printmaking and Bernini Awards her junior year, and received the Best In Show Award her senior year. After graduation, Santee plans to work toward expanding her art portfolio for graduate school in order to teach art at the college level. She also plans on one day running her own gallery and making art for the rest of her life.
Alex Roddy of Mount Liberty, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. She is the eldest daughter of Andrea and Matthew Roddy. During her attendance at Ashland, she has participated in the Art Club, interned at Bookmasters, exhibited in the Juried Student Art Exhibition, and was awarded the Alumni "Wink" Award in both 2017 and 2018. Roddy plans to stay in the central Ohio area and work toward a career in graphic design and illustration.
Keeleigh Myers, originally from Sandusky, Ohio, will be graduating from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Concentrative Major in Painting, Concentrative Minor in Printmaking, and minors in Art History and Marketing. Myers is the youngest daughter of Tana and Phillip Myers of Sandusky. During her collegiate years in Ashland, Myers was given the opportunity to work in The Coburn Gallery as a gallery assistant as well as tutor of Art History to fellow students through Ashland University’s Library tutoring services. Furthermore, Myers participated and held several executive positions such as Academic Excellence Chair in the Delta Delta Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, Vice President of Ashland University’s Women’s Chorus, and Public Relations chair of Ashland University’s Art Club. Myers has exhibited various artworks in the Juried Student Art shows, the most recent exhibition titled “Dear Dr. Seuss” at The Coburn Gallery and her most recent works at URCA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity). She was awarded the Painting Award in the 2017 Juried Student Art Show for her encaustic paintings and the Printmaking Award 2018 Juried Student Art Show for her prints. Myers plans on furthering her education in graduate school to pursue her passions of art and inspiring others.
Devereaux Diaz lives in North Canton, Ohio, and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a Commercial Art major. She is a graduate of GlenOak High School. At Ashland University, she is a member of the Art Club and the Anime Club. Diaz has had the opportunity to study at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for a year, where her focus was in media art. She has served as a graphic design intern at Champion Pump where she assisted in marketing design. After graduation, Diaz plans to pursue a career in Graphic Design and Illustration starting in Columbus Ohio, gaining enough experience and skill to branch out independently.
Christy Witte of Fairlawn, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Marketing. She is the daughter of Brian and Sheri Witte. At her time at Ashland, she was a member of the Anime Club. During the summer before her senior year, she was an intern at the Paper Mill Studios in Akron, Ohio, where she assisted the owner of the company in designing various invitations and cards. After graduation, Witte hopes to secure a career as a designer or as an advertising marketer in Ohio, but is willing to work wherever she is needed to expand her knowledge in the art or marketing field.
Rebekah Hale, daughter of Daniel and the late Tamara Hale, has lived in Ashland, Ohio, her whole life. She will be graduating in December of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education while concentrating in ceramics. During her time at Ashland University, she has been involved in Art Club and received The Art Club Award with several other students in the 2017 student juried art exhibition. She intends to stay in Ohio to teach where she can inspire children to create art that can help them discover and embrace their own creativity and Hale believes that art is something that can change the world.