Thursday, August 24, 2017

Obsolescence Opens August 31

The Ashland University Coburn Art Gallery and the Department of Art and Design proudly announce the opening of Obsolescence, a group exhibition of new works which examine the idea of extinction, on view from August 31- October 15, 2017. The exhibition was curated by the Coburn’s director Cynthia Petry and includes the following artists: Mike Richison, Judith Brandon, Robyn Moore and Adrian Hatfield. 



Richison is a professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey, where he teaches Motion Graphics, History of Graphic Design, and Typography. Much of Richison’s work deals with manufacturing, consumerism, evolution, appropriation, and obsolescence. Amidst the detritus that is continuously thrown away, he  searches for connections and relationships between materials and concepts while utilizing 3D printing technologies.

Judith Brandon attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where she earned a BFA in enameling and drawing. Brandon has been awarded numerous Best in Shows across the country for her large dynamic drawings as well as an Ohio Arts Council Grant and several solo exhibitions. Brandon’s work has currently been accepted into the National Weather Biennale in Norman Oklahoma and Drawing Discourse and international juried show at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Nature makes Brandon expand with wonder and shrink with trepidation at the possibility of being devoured by it. To be an artist on this planet, with so many losses and so many discoveries and Brandon addresses this juxtaposition through her paintings and drawings.

Robyn Moore is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. Moore has had her work exhibited widely, including at the South Australian Museum (Adelaide, SA, Australia) and the National Archives of Australia; Sydney College of the Arts in Sydney, Australia; the Texas Photographic Society in Johnson City TX; the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel MS; the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian MS; the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA; Harvard University’s ‘Composer in Red Sneakers’ collaborative project series; the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge MA; the San Francisco International Film Festival; the Ann Arbor International Film Festival; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Moore’s Present, Near, and Deep is a series of photographic artworks that focuses the investigation of biological remains and traces, such as fossils, bones, and preserved scientific specimens, through the creation of images made with hand-coatedliquid silver gelatin photographic emulsion.

Adrian Hatfield is an Assistant Professor of Painting at Wayne State University. Hatfield has been showing his work both nationally and internationally with solo and two-person exhibitions which include Altered States at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, NY, Recent Work at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL and Suitable Illusions at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum. Recently, Adrian was invited to take part in the NES Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland.

Hatfield’s work consists of paintings and collages that sample and recombine art historical imagery, specifically from the industrial revolution and Romantic era, as well as scientific imagery to reflect on current and imminent environmental concerns.  As he explores this dualistic theme through the remodeling of art-historical and scientific imagery, the resultant pieces are mournful, unnerving, and yet oddly hopeful.

An opening reception is planned for Thursday, August 31; from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4p.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
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Time Will Tell" Exhibition Closing Reception photos

Thank you to all of the artists and guests who stopped by the Gallery today for the closing reception for the 2017 Time Will Tell Exhibition!


























Friday, June 30, 2017

Time Will Tell Awards Announced

Time Will Tell National Juried Exhibition Awards - 
Best in Show was awarded to Purdy’s “Trustafarian,” a $500.00 award.

Honorable Mentions, each a $150.00 award, were given to Beaty’s “Lift Off” and Keske’s “Captive.”



Juror Mention awards were given to Kinderknecht’s “Dichotomies,” Musser’s “Great Horned Owl,” Stein’s “Through Line,” Urdang’s “Channeling Josephine Hopper,” and Weidner’s “Vivarium.”
Congratulations to all of our award winners !
The Time Will Tell exhibition will be on display in the Coburn Gallery on the campus of Ashland University from June 30 through August 13, 2017. Gallery hours M-F 10am-4pm / Saturday & Sunday noon-4pm. We are closed on July 4th.
You are cordially invited to attend the closing reception on Sunday August 13th from 2pm-4pm. 
See more exhibition photographs on our Facebook page-
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Upcoming Exhibition-“Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience”

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University announces the opening of a national juried exhibition titled “Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience,” which will feature 31 artworks that culminate in a collection of works that embody the creativity and innovation of the artists ages 50 years and older at all levels of artistic endeavor.

The exhibition features the following artists: Al Aitken of Medina, OH; Donna Kensel Bargar of Strongsville, OH; Francis Beaty of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Ruth B. Bercaw of Rocky River, OH; Nancy Bixler of Hallowell, ME; Tony Brandstetter of Verona, PA; Nancy Dupre of Ashland, OH; Pat Edwards of Ashland, OH; Julie M. Elman of Athens, OH; M.P. Freed of Wooster, OH; Tom Hart of Ashland, OH; Jane Johnson of Mansfield, OH; Paul Keske of Ashland, OH; Cheryl H. Kinderknecht of West Bradenton, FL; George Kocar of Bay Village, OH; Irene Maginniss of Mansfield, OH; Charles Mintz of Cleveland, OH; Clare Murray Adams of Southington, OH; Laurie Musser of Strongsville, OH; Betsy Oberhousen of Mansfield, OH; J. Scott Purdy of Waxhaw, NC; Joseph Radoccia of Beacon, NY; Hollis Richardson of Strongsville, OH; Joe Rohrman of Noblesville, IN; Pamela Runyon-Esch of S. Euclid, OH; John Salie of Cleveland, OH; Sydney Schardt of Sunbury, OH; Laura J. Stein of New York, NY; Rhonda Thomas Urdang of Flagstaff, AZ; Mary Weidner of Pittsburg, PA; and Tom Whitton of Lake Worth, FL.


The juror for the exhibition was photographer and mixed media artist, Shari Wilkins. Wilkins and received her first BA from Kent University and a second at Cleveland State University. She worked in NYC and San Francisco as promotions/marketing directors at two small independent record companies. She created a forum to share her affinity for the photographic image and educate others on the process of developing film in the community darkroom, education center, and gallery at the Cleveland Print Room, which opened in January 2013. Wilkins’ photography and mixed media work has been exhibited in the Greater Cleveland area, Columbus, and elsewhere in Ohio.

Awards will be announced on the Coburn’s Facebook page on June 30, 2017.

This exhibition will be on display from June 30 until August 13, with a closing reception on August 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Monday through Friday and 12p.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is free and open to the public. For more information about the opening reception or the exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Awards Announced

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has announced the awards for the regional juried exhibition featuring 18 members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The juror for the exhibition was Cathy Welner, watercolorist from Richfield, Ohio.

An opening reception was held on Friday, May 19, with $450 in awards announced, including Best in Show that went to MP Marion for an acrylic painting titled “Inside and Through”; first place to Mary J Ferretti’s digital print on metal titled “Faith”; second place to Nancy Pierce for her Prismacolor pencil drawing titled “Ghost Dancer”; and six Juror Honorable Mentions to Janet Wells for her pastels titled “Mohican”; Cynthia Petry for her mixed media work titled “Blackness and Whiteness Relic 1”; Nancy Dupre’s digital photograph titled “Faux Fleur”; Marty Lee’s oil painting titled “Harvest Ghost”; Bea North’s fused glass titled “Triptych”; and Barb Morejon’s wool felted jacket titled “Make A Splash.”








The exhibition features local artists Susan Shafer, Mary J. Ferretti, Debra Akers, Nancy Dupre, Diane Kaye, Marty Lee Bossler, Cynthia C. Petry, Barb Morejon, Betty Perry, Nancy Pierce, Betz Richards, Caryl Richmond, Peggy Stover, Jan Wells, MP Marion, Irene Maginniss, Lisa Covington and Bea North. The exhibition showcases local artistic talent in the Ashland community and will run from May 19 through June 15, 2017.
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 is free and open to the public. For more information about the opening reception or the exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Upcoming Opening Reception-Friday May 19th

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University announces a juried exhibition featuring 48 works created by the members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The works on view will range from painting, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, printmaking, glass and mixed media. The exhibition includes local artists Susan Shafer, Mary J Ferretti, Debra Akers, Nancy Dupre, Diane Kaye, Marty Lee Bossler, Cynthia C. Petry, Barb Morejon, Betty Perry, Nancy Pierce, Betz Richards, Caryl Richmond, Peggy Stover, Jan Wells, MP Marion, Irene Maginniss, Lisa Covington and Bea North.



The juror for the exhibition was watercolorist Cathy Welner from Richfield, Ohio. For over 28 years, Welner has been teaching watercolor and has served as faculty of Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including a recent workshop on Lake Como, Italy. Welner’s work has been featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. Her work hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

The Ashland Community Arts League juried exhibition opens on Friday May 19 with a reception from 6:00-7:30pm featuring live entertainment by "Rock Salt & Nails," a local band of visual artists from Alliance, Ohio performing original folk and traditional acoustic music. The band features Ashland University’s own Associate Professor of Art Priscilla Roggenkamp. The event is free and open to the public.


The event coincides with the Ashland Regional Ballet & Opus II Dance Studio’s 35th Annual Spring Dance Concert entitledCinderella on May 19 at 7:30pm at the Hugo Young Theatre (Ashland University).

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10am-noon 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 opening reception or the exhibition, call 419.289.5652or visit us on Facebook.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ashland Community Arts League Juried Exhibition

Upcoming Ashland County Exhibition Opportunity at The Coburn Gallery, Ashland University CALL FOR ENTRIES : Ashland Community Arts League Juried Exhibition. Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery and Ashland Community Arts League seeks works for the 2017 Juried Member Exhibition May 19-June 17, 2017.

The juror for the exhibition is watercolorist Cathy Welner from Richfield, Ohio. For over 28 years, Welner has been teaching watercolor and has served as faculty of Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including a recent workshop on Lake Como, Italy. Welner’s work has been featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. Her work hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

Open to all artists who are current members of AshCAL. New members may join for a reduced membership fee ($30 for 2017) at the time of entry. Completed entrant information cards, entry fee and work with labels attached must be provided at the time of entry. Works in any media, traditional or experimental, qualify. All works must be original (no kits or commercial patterns will be accepted), including photographic editing. Work must be ready to exhibit and completed within the last two years. Work may not have been previously exhibited at Coburn Gallery. A $20.00 entry fee for up to three entries.

Work must be hand delivered to the Coburn Gallery on May 8 from 1pm-5pm and May 9 from 10am-4pm. All work must be wired and ready to hang when delivered. No sawtooth hangers. Please address any questions to martyleedesigns@gmail.com

Monday, April 24, 2017

Senior Art Exhibition Awards Announced

Congratulations to Ashland University Senior Art Award Winner-Alicia Jones for her exhibition entitled "Behind Closed Doors: What We Bring to the Table." 


Congratulations to Ahmed Bondagiy Honorable Mention Ashland University Senior Exhibition Award Recipient. 


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Benefit Pop-Up ART Shop April 20th

POP-UP ART SHOP BENEFIT

The Art Department, Coburn Gallery and AU Art Club will be hosting a Pop Up Art Shop on April 20th from 4:00pm-6:30pm to benefit fellow art major Kiana Ziegler's GoFundMe account to help offset her medical and travel expenses due to a recent illness.



WE ARE LOOKING FOR ARTWORK DONATIONS or other ITEMS we can offer for sale at the POP UP SHOP.

You can VOLUNTEER your time to help set up/ monitor shop on April 20th. A sign up sheet will be posted outside CFA 346 beginning April 10th to sign up for time slots.


QUESTIONS? Contact Cynthia Petry or AU Art Club members at large

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 AU Senior Art Exhibitions

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, the 2017 Senior Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, March 30, and Thursday, April 20, with opening receptions from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on both dates in 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 p.m. at the April 20 reception.

“While the 2017 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, which will run from March 30 to May 6, include graphic design, digital art, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Those participating include: Senior Art Exhibition 1 artists - Emily Minns, Anastasia Russo and Emily Didion; and Senior Art Exhibition II artists - Ahmed Bondagjy, Abigail Nye, Dana Reed, Alicia Jones, Isaac Waterman and Kailah Saunders.
Alicia Jones, from Bellevue, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting Concentration), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Art History. Jones attended Bellevue High School where she graduated with an Honors Diploma. She is the daughter of Florence and Jeffery Jones. At Ashland she is a member of Art club, Knitting club and President of Psychology Club. Her honors include being inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa and receiving Outstanding Sophomore and Junior of the Year for the Art Department. She has been a part of three Student Juror Shows and has displayed her work twice at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA). She is extremely thankful for the opportunities of studying abroad with AU in Germany in 2015 and for the art department trips to New Year City and Chicago to view famous works. After graduation, Jones plans to receive her master in clinical health counseling to become an art therapist.
Emily Didion, daughter of Ken and Tammy Didion, is from Sandusky, Ohio, and is a graduate of Perkins High School. She will be graduating this May from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor's of Arts in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. She has worked for Residence Life both as a Resident’s Assistant and as the Resident’s Life Intern. Didion is a member of the Alpha Phi Fraternity and has sat on the Executive Council as well as held countless other leadership positions within her chapter. She also has helped create AU's very first Day of Giving and has helped market the event the last two years and create its founding logo and overall brand. After graduation, Didion plans to combine both areas of study in marketing and design to work in business branding and advertising.
Abigail Nye, the daughter of Daniel and Wendy Nye, lives on their family farm in Utica, Ohio. Nye is a transfer student from Ohio State University and has studied for her bachelor's in art education. She transferred to Ashland University in 20I5 and studied painting extensively through her college career and is also a sculptor. Most of her works are paintings that have been constructed into sculptures. She has been invited to participate in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity symposium at Ashland University twice with her paintings. She has also won the Best of Show award with her Waterhouse’s Mermaiddrawing during the Student Juried Show in 2016. Although art is her strong suit, teaching is her passion. She has been very blessed to have grown up with family and friends who have supported her dreams to be a teacher. She hopes to return to the country to teach in a rural school system, but will proudly teach where ever God places her.
Dana Reed, daughter of Beth and Tim Reed, originally hails from Plymouth, Ohio, and graduated from Plymouth High School. She will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in both Art Education and Fine Arts, concentrating in printmaking. While attending AU, she has been a participant in the Art Club and has received several awards, including the Printmaking Award, during the Juried Student Shows. She intends to stay in the mid-Ohio area, where she hopes to teach art.​ ​She sincerely believes in the pertinence of art in schools and hopes to implement an individualized, creatively and critically-minded, student-first approach to teaching art in her classroom.
Kailah Sanders from Columbus, Ohio, is a senior at Ashland University graduating May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing. She is the daughter of Willis and Sandy Sanders and will be their first child to graduate from college and to receive a degree. During her time at Ashland University she was able to display work in the Student Juried Exhibition, serve as a campus leader: Resident Assistant, Co- Founder of two diversity groups: Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Women of Excellence (WOE), and a Student Ambassador. Also, while her time at Ashland, Sanders was able to get two graphic design internships with Gong Gong Communications and Champion Pump, and along with numerous freelance opportunities. After graduation, Sanders is looking to pursue a career in Graphic Design in either Columbus or Chicago where she can expand on her digital art and graphic design skills and experiences.
Emily Minns is the daughter of Tina and Greg Minns. She is from Brunswick, Ohio, graduating from Brunswick High School. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education, with a concentration in painting. While at Ashland University, she participated in activities such as Art club and the Quidditch team, of which she was president. She intends to teach art in Ohio at the middle school level. She hopes to inspire in young people a love of art, and encourage them to continue learning about and creating art through her teaching.
Isaac Waterman, from Rittman, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Art-Graphic Design. Waterman graduated from Rittman High School in Rittman, Ohio, and is the son of Jullie Adams and Joe Waterman. Waterman is pursuing a career in graphic design and is a member of the Ashland University Art Club. Along with the Senior Exhibition, he also has submitted work to the Juried Student Exhibition and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium at Ashland University.
Anastasia (Stasia) Russo is from Pittsburgh, Pa. She will graduate as a commercial art major with a bachelor of science and a concentration in interior design. Her favorite styles include contemporary, modern, Scandinavian, and industrial. After graduation, Russo plans to move out to Phoenix, Ariz., and pursue a career as an interior designer in residential design.
A Saudi Arabian citizen, Ahmed Bondagjy, is living in Ashland Ohio and he is the son of Hussain and Sana. Originally art was a challenge until it became passion and resulted in him embracing life to the happiest level. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art-Graphic Design and Fine Arts. He received a scholarship from the government of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and he is interested in art as it is a way of making an idea to come alive.