Friday, May 20, 2016

Natural Tendencies Opens at the Coburn Gallery


A group exhibition of seven artists from the Cleveland area exploring the tendencies of our minds and emotional states with a vocabulary centering around the natural world. The works on view range from painting, stitching, ceramics, and kinetic sculpture to photography, printmaking, and chalk pastel. 

Although there is a common thread, each artist has a completely unique and intriguing approach to their creative process.

The exhibition features the following Ohio artists: Jeff Yost, Christine Mauersberger,Melissa Daubert, Judith Brandon, Dana Oldfather, Mark Yasenchack and Christi Birchfield. 


















Judith Brandon pours her intent out through hidden text scratched into the surface of the paper and then proceeds to cover it in layers of drawing, watercolor, and finally pastel. Her works, such as the tumultuous "Blue Adversary", start with private thoughts running through the artist's head but end up connecting to the masses with their universal language.

Mark Yasencheck taps into the more ancient, ritualistic qualities of the natural world - ones that speak to our core with their obscure religious references. His materials are literally of the earth and his intricate process brings order and calm to the chaos of our fragmented world.

From Dana Oldfather's dense build-up of color and form, to the simplicity and silence of Christine Mauersberger's single stitch, each of these process-oriented artists have a way of bringing out an awareness in the viewer of their own natural rhythms and at the same time the collective state of human nature.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ohio Arts Council Presentation June 15@6:00pm


The Coburn Gallery and the Ashland Community Arts League will co-host a presentation by Kathy Signornio, Coordinator for Artist Programs and Percent for Art Office from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), on Wednesday June 15 at 6:00pm in the Hawkins-Conrad Student Center auditorium at Ashland University. The presentation will provide information on the Individual Excellence Award program, the OAC's online grant application system and other individual artist services provided by the state agency. Following the the presentation there will be a question and answer period. The event is free and open to the public.




The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage. With funds from the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the OAC provides financial assistance to artists and arts organizations.

For more information about the event, call 419.289.5652 or visit The Coburn Gallery on Facebook.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Natural Tendencies"-Coming Up Later This Month@TheCoburn

Coming up later this month on May 20th- Natural Tendencies exhibition curated by Jessica Wascak. Featuring Ohio Artists: Jeff Yost, Christine Mauersberger, Melissa Daubert, Judith Brandon, Dana Oldfather, Mark Yasenchack and Christi Birchfield .




A group exhibition of seven artists from the Cleveland area exploring the tendencies of our minds and emotional states with a vocabulary centering around the natural world. The works on view range from painting, stitching, ceramics, and kinetic sculpture to photography, printmaking, and chalk pastel. 

Although there is a common thread, each artist has a completely unique and intriguing approach to their creative process.
Judith Brandon pours her intent out through hidden text scratched into the surface of the paper and then proceeds to cover it in layers of drawing, watercolor, and finally pastel. Her works, such as the tumultuous "Blue Adversary", start with private thoughts running through the artist's head but end up connecting to the masses with their universal language.

Mark Yasencheck taps into the more ancient, ritualistic qualities of the natural world - ones that speak to our core with their obscure religious references. His materials are literally of the earth and his intricate process brings order and calm to the chaos of our fragmented world.

From Dana Oldfather's dense build-up of color and form, to the simplicity and silence of Christine Mauersberger's single stitch, each of these process-oriented artists have a way of bringing out an awareness in the viewer of their own natural rhythms and at the same time the collective state of human nature.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

“I AM, I Will, I’m Afraid – Ashland" Unveiling & Forum























I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid (Ashland), Digital Print on Vinyl, 8’x12’, 2016
Traci Molloy, Brooklyn, NY based artist and education activist, in collaboration with Ashland, OH female survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment: Anamarie Coors, Emma Daugherty, Andrea Dennison, Devereaux Diaz, Mary Jean Ferretti, Kaylin Henry, Alicia Jones, Ellyn Kilpatrick, Keeleigh Myers, Abigail Nye, Caitlin Ann Rayburn, Samantha Rhonemus, Janice R. Richards, Rachael Santee, Randi Schimmoeller, Danielle Smith, Hannah Thome, Helen Weber, Emily M. Wirtz, and Kiana Ziegler.

I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid (Ashland) is a digital print made in collaboration with 20 female survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment that attend Ashland University in Ohio. The print utilizes photographic and digital processes. The figure does not exist – it is a constructed composite portrait of the young participants. Individual photographs were taken of all the participants and then layered together to form one collective likeness. The female co-collaborators determined the pose. The surface text depicts personal, anonymous handwriting generated by the women in response to the three prompts: I Am, I Will, and I’m Afraid.

The following statement is from the female participants’ perspective:
To be heard – not just one of us, but all of us. There is power in our voices, in our stories. We are strong, brave women. We’ve gone through difficult experiences, thinking we are alone in our suffering, but this art piece shows that we are not alone. We hope this project inspires other survivors to stay strong and to be empowered.


Molloy’s visit is made possible by the generosity of AU’s Art Department, Coburn Gallery, Ashland Center for Nonviolence, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Student Activities.


Monday, April 18, 2016

"I AM-Ashland" Unveiling Tuesday April 19th 5:30pm

UPCOMING EVENT TUESDAY April 19th-
The unveiling of the Traci Molloy collaborative art project, titled “I AM, I Will, I’m Afraid – Ashland,” is scheduled for 5:30 pm on April 19 in Ashland University’s Hawkins-Conard Student Center and will be followed by a community forum in the Student Center Auditorium at 6 pm.
The Art Department’s visiting artist Traci Molloy will be leading the forum and the event is free and open to the public.

The "I Am, I Will, I'm Afraid (Ashland)," is a piece Molloy made in collaboration with 20 women from Ashland University who have experienced sexual assault and/or sexual harassment. It is currently on display in Iowa City, Iowa, at PS 1 (Public Space One) in "We Are Survivors," a show featuring works of art by female survivors of sexual assault. The piece is traveling to Portland, Ore., to be part of Chronodrift at the Lumber Room, which will be up concurrent with the SGCI print conference.

This piece could not have been made without the help, tremendous courage and trust of Molloy’s co-collaborators. This is their statement: "To be heard – not just one of us, but all of us. There is power in our voices, in our stories. We are strong, brave women. We’ve gone through difficult experiences, thinking we are alone in our suffering, but this art piece shows that we are not alone. We hope this project inspires other survivors to stay strong and to be empowered."

Molloy has exhibited her work in over 130 different venues, including Taller Boricua (New York City), SPACE (Pittsburgh), Ruby Green Gallery (Nashville), IPCNY (New York City), The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art (Long Branch, New Jersey), Triple Candie (New York City), the Kansas City Artists Coalition, The Contemporary (Atlanta), Artemisia (Chicago), SPACES (Cleveland), and the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ga). Her artwork has been reviewed in national and regional publications, including Art Papers, Review Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Reader, and Creative Loafing. She has been interviewed on NPR in Atlanta and eHarlem TV in New York.
Her collaborations have been exhibited in Johannesburg, New York City, Tokyo, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Cleveland, and featured on Good Morning America, WPIX Channel 11 News (New York City), WCVB Channel 5 News (Boston) and CBS Evening News (Atlanta). Molloy has participated in residencies at the Lower Eastside Printshop, the Newark Museum, and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.
Molloy’s visit is made possible by the generosity of AU’s Art Department, Coburn Gallery, Ashland Center for Nonviolence, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Student Activities.

In conjunction with the "I Am, I Will, I'm Afraid" event, Ashland also will be bringing the Duke Breaking Out Project to campus. Student-survivors of sexual violence may volunteer to be photographed holding posters with quotations said by their perpetrators, family, friends and/or themselves. Each poster tells a story that illustrates their journey of survivorship, highlighting the particular issues surrounding sexual assault on Ashland University’s campus. Photographs will be taken after the forum held at 6 pm in the Student Center Auditorium with student volunteers taking small groups around campus to be photographed. The images will be shared through the art department’s social media with the intent of raising awareness and facilitating healing for students.

Those wanting more information can contact the Coburn Gallery at: 419.289.5652/coburngallery@ashland.edu

Friday, April 8, 2016

URCA Symposium Coming Up Next Week

Upcoming Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium -Features AU Art Majors


2016 Ashland University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium
Tuesday April 12, 2016 from 9:00am-4:30pm


Participating Art Majors:
Alicia Jones-The Bruise
Emma Daugherty-Graphic Designers are Problem Solvers
Kaylin Henry-Design is Personal
Janice Richards-Inner Waking
Abigail Nye-Leaving OSU
Hannah Thome-Do I Have to Be Naked to Get Your Attention?
Rachel Yaeger-Challenges of Change
Dylan Moats-MEDUSA: Monitoring Environmental Data Using Software Applications