Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Monday, October 5, 2020
The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host a two person exhibition which will feature artworks created by Texas artists Dan Jian and Kalee Appleton.
Dan Jian is a visual artist who works across painting, drawing, and project-based installation. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and from the Ohio State University, she gained her MFA with a minor in Comparative Study.
Dan is a residency alumnus of Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is an assistant professor of Art at Texas Christian University and maintains an on-going studio practice.Jian’s work explores landscape as a motif and metaphor that conveys a depth of meaning through the reductive representation of form. As an immigrant, she finds the landscape acquires meaning through memories; as we dwell, we are the subjects overwriting a landscape's original narrative through our reflections and recollections, while holding the potential of all future memory. Drawing and painting have been the constants on which she relies on to investigate this process. Each work is an open-ended formal search that examines how culture builds myths, defines what's ordinary, and incites emotion.
Kalee Appleton is a photography-based artist and assistant professor of Photography at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, New Mexico, Appleton attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and received a B.F.A. in photography. Shortly after graduation she worked as a corporate and aviation photographer, and she later attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she received a M.F.A. (2014) in art. Appleton’s work deals with digital technologies and their effects on society, as well as with the nature of photography, specifically landscape photography.Appleton’s work explores the objecthood of the photographic backdrop, a prevalently used trades-tool of mainstream photography studios as well as challenges the tradition of the photographic print. Visually transporting sitters into idealized landscapes and utopian worlds, these backdrops' pure purpose is to act as a false contextual space. By manipulating the backdrop it is transforming the space it portrays, while simultaneously changing the nature of the object. The shape and size of the non-traditionally framed images in this series challenge the notion of traditional fine art photography by changing the traditionally square/rectangle format of the classic photographic frame.
The exhibition will run from October 15 through November 24, 2020. The Coburn Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. New Covid-19 safety protocols include: a maximum of 15 visitors that may visit the gallery at one time, and groups no larger than 5, and face masks must be worn at all the times on the Ashland University campus including on the exterior of the buildings. For more information about the exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.
Monday, August 31, 2020
"Women of Resilience"-Curated by Priscilla Roggenkamp, Patricia O’Neill Sacha and Judith Sterling and includes the works of 22 women artists: Clare Murray Adams, Ruthie Akuchie, Kathleen Browne, Heather Bullach, Sarah Curry, Annette Yoho Feltes, J. Leigh Garcia, Laura Kolinski-Schultz, Charmaine Lurch, Sarah McMahon, Erin Mulligan, Michelle Mulligan, Patricia O’Neill Sacha, Mary Kaye O’Neill, Cynthia Petry, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Judith Sterling, Sylvia Treisel, Gail Trunick, Michele Waalkes, Gwen Waight, Jo Westfall, Gail Wetherell Sack, Laurel Winters and Kiana Zigler.
Link to Ashland Times Gazette article-
Saturday, August 15, 2020
We are looking forward to our reopening on August 31st ! Here are our NEW COVID-19 safety protocols: a maximum of 15 visitors that may visit the gallery at one time, and groups no larger than 5, while maintaining 6 ft social distancing and face masks must be worn at all the times on the Ashland University campus. ( this includes while on the exterior of the campus buildings )
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
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".
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
- 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 Web Technology. He is the son of Heather and Patrick Wolfrum and a graduate of Ayersville High School. During his time at Ashland, Wolfrum was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, AU Art Club, Interfraternity Council, College Democrats, Order of Omega Greek Honorary, AU GIVS and the St. Jude Executive Board. He has won awards for his involvement in Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as his own chapter at a national level for his time as chapter president and vice president of the Interfraternity Council. Wolfrum has had internships at both 5 B’s Embroidery and Screen Print and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity Headquarters and continues to serve on the Communications Commission for Kappa Sigma at the international level, helping with various graphic design and branding needs. He hopes to secure a graphic design position in either the Hampton Roads, Virginia or Detroit areas.
- Brooks, from Coolville, is the daughter of Robert and Katrina Brooks and a graduate of Eastern Local High School in Reedsville. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focused in Digital Art and a minor in Creative Writing. She is a member of Art Club and Symphonic Band and was a member of marching band. Brooks hopes to work as an animator and illustrator after graduation.
- Hamilton is from St. Clairsville and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a concentration in Printmaking and a minor in Art History. During her time at Ashland, she has been a member of the Art Club and a sister of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity. She was elected to executive positions within each organization and served as secretary for Theta Phi Alpha and as secretary and president of Art Club. She has exhibited in the Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition twice and has worked as an assistant at the Coburn Gallery the past two years. After graduation, Hamilton plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in museum studies or art history.
- Young, from Ashland, is the son of Scott and Jackie Young. He transferred to AU his junior year from Wittenberg University to be a part of AU’s art and business programs and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing. While attending AU, Young was a member of AU Art Club and a part of The Melting Pot and The Well. He had summer internships at Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina and as a graphic designer for AU. After graduation, Young plans to find a job in the graphic design field in either Columbus or Charleston.
- Graydon Flynn of Medina will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Computer Science. While at AU, Flynn was a member of Art Club, Board Game Club and Eagles For Pride. He also had an internship at the Coburn Art Gallery and has helped promote the gallery through design. Flynn plans to continue exploring similar opportunities after graduation in May.
- Sophi Cudworth of Kent is the daughter of Sue and Greg Cudworth. She is graduating from Ashland with a Bachelor of Arts in both Digital Media Production and Commercial Art: Video Production Concentration. While attending AU, Cudworth was part of the collegiate volleyball team and earned the GLIAC all academic excellence award (2017-2019) and first- (2019) and second- (2018) team All-GLIAC honors. Her academic honors include Dean’s List, Honors Convocation Award for art in both 2018 and 2019 and the JDM upcoming award in 2018. Cudworth plans to go to Seattle for the summer while pursuing freelance work in digital media.
- Bay is from Powell and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art with a focus in graphic design. He has had an internship at Good Deed Entertainment, an independent film studio, and upon graduation will seek similar opportunities, as well as those focused on branding and other graphic design fields.