Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2019 High School Art Experience Poster Revealed

Thanks to Ashland University Art + Design alumnus Eric Meister for creating the 2019 High School Art Experience poster. We are excited to share his creatively awesome poster with event attendees and prospective students. 

Do you know of a creative HS student ? 
Invite them to our FREE event May 11, 2019.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery announces its upcoming art exhibition featuring the works from the Ashland University Art + Design Department Faculty. This annual exhibition highlights the two dimensional and three dimensional works of the current faculty as professional artists exhibiting in their prospective areas. The Art + Design department faculty pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching endeavors. The exhibition opens on Thursday October 11 and runs through November 17, 2018.

The exhibition features the following Art + Design department faculty: Keith Dull, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan McDonald, Cynthia Petry and Michael Bird.
The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, October 11th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public. For more about the Art + Design Faculty Exhibition visit us on the web at www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or find us on Facebook.
The Coburn Gallery is open from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday and 12pm-4pm on Saturday/ Sunday. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

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.