Sunday, October 19, 2014

Senior Exhibition

Oct. 14, 2014 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Coburn Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Department of Art, has scheduled its annual fall “Senior Art Exhibition,” which provides a capstone experience for graduating art majors. For students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.
An opening reception will be held on Nov. 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Coburn Gallery inside the Center for the Arts on the AU campus and will kick-off the exhibition, which will run through Dec. 14.
The exhibition will include artworks created by Karly Beuck of Lodi, who is a bachelor of fine arts painting major. Beuck is a fifth-year senior in the BFA program and she has been studying painting for four years as well as art history, and has studied ceramics for two years. She also plays goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team on campus and is a member of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Beuck’s painting series is titled “Strength: Inferiority Not Consented.” The series presents Greek women out of their mythical contexts and challenges their stories by changing the character’s typical demeanor found in myth into one to be revered and respected in today’s society.
Beuck achieves her message by painting such characters as Medusa, Pandora, Artemis, Atalanta, Amazons Penthesilia and Hippolyta II, as well as a couple lesser-known female figures from Greek mythology, Melinoe, and the sphinx that plagued Thebes. It is due to the raw nature inside herself that drives Beuck to be a strong-willed and competitive woman she has been drawn to these fictional females from the past that are not always seen tough in mind, body and spirit. Beuck have given these women today’s confidence in a time where they were not always portrayed as a role model for society.  Where these women were being defeated, unacknowledged or seemingly unnoticed for their valiant efforts in myth, she, through these portraits, is giving them the respect and recognition they never received.

"Exploring Creativity in the Arts"

On Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Coburn Gallery hosted an artist talk on “Exploring Creativity in the Arts.” This talk featured alumna Emily Fitch, a 2006 graduate with a bachelor of science degree in education with a major in art education who is currently serving as Crestview High School art teacher; and Casey Snyder, a 2010 graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree in art and an MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., and currently an adjunct professor of art at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. Lecture was located in Ronk Lecture Hall, COE. The event was free and open to the public. - 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

May 1 Retirement Reception planned for Charles Caldemeyer, professor of art

The Ashland University Art Department will host a retirement reception for Charles Caldemeyer in the Coburn Art Gallery, on Thursday, May 1 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Faculty, staff, students and friends are welcome to come and wish him well.

Caldemeyer has been a professor of art at Ashland University since 1990, teaching all levels of painting as well as color theory and drawing courses.   He leaves behind a lasting impact on the Art Department.  Caldemeyer served as chair of the Art Department from 2003-2006.  In the early 90s he designed the university’s digital art coursework and created the review process which is used to track the overall artistic development of art majors.  He was responsible for creating the department’s Computer Art and Graphics Programming degree in conjunction with the Math & Computer Science Department in the 1990s.  He was also instrumental in creating and advocating for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 

However, Caldemeyer's real love is painting.  His studio work has won numerous awards at the regional, national and international levels.  In his current Structures series he employs a variety of artistic media to create a series of detailed panels arranged along a central axis. Each panel provides a rich layer of stories, icons, and connections to the other scenes depicted, creating a complex whole work worthy of study at length.  His Grids series emphasizes pattern and color with large oil-on-canvas abstractions, as well as landscape forms.  Samples of his artwork can be viewed at the Pittsburgh-based “Box Heart Gallery” (

Caldemeyer received a B.A. in painting from the University of South Florida in 1986 and an M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990.  While at Ashland University, he also served four-terms as a faculty senator from the College of Arts & Sciences, and he has served on numerous committees, including seven years on the Budget Committee, two academic review committees, the College of Arts & Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee and the Core Advisory Council.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Senior Exhibition Schedule

The Spring 2014 Senior Art Exhibition will be split into two separate shows April 3-16 and April 24 - May 10.  Both exhibitions will be in the Coburn Art Gallery.  Senior awards will be announced at 5:00 p.m. during the opening reception of Senior Art Exhibition II on April 24.

The Senior Art Exhibition is the capstone experience for graduating art majors. It serves as a final graduation requirement and an opportunity for our seniors to present their creativity and craftsmanship in a professional manner.

Senior Art Exhibition I is scheduled for April 3-16. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 4:30 -6:30 p.m.

The first exhibition will feature the work of six graduating art seniors.
- Mauricio Uranga, BA commercial art
- Marquerite Tryling, BED art education
- Josh Quay, BFA bachelor of fine arts (digital art concentration)
- Barbara Mooneyham, BFA bachelor of fine arts (sculpture concentration)
- Carol Fauber, BA fine arts (ceramics concentration)

Senior Exhibition II will run from April 24  to May 10 and will feature the work of five additional graduating art students. The opening reception will be Thursday, April 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Students presenting include: 
- Emily May, BFA fine arts (ceramics concentration)
- Marissa Uhrig, BS in Computer Art and Graphic Programming
- Jake Francis, BS in commercial art
- Kees Edwards, BS in Computer Art and Graphic Programming
- Allison Dieter, BFA fine arts (digital arts concentration)

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday, noon - 4pm.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Visiting Artist Lecture - Jacob Escobedo from Cartoon Network

On Friday, April 11, Ashland University is pleased to host Jacob Escobedo, vice president of creative design for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim’s Creative Group. 

Escobedo will be meeting with journalism and digital media students in the morning of Friday, April 11 from 11-12 and will meet with art students in the afternoon from 1:30-2:30. 

The public is invited to attend an evening lecture he will present on his experiences in the art and media world. The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ronk Auditorium (Dwight Schar Education Building 301 College Blvd.). 

Escobedo began working as a freelance artist for Cartoon Network in 2000, and currently works with such hit shows as Adventure Time and Regular Show. Escobedo is also well known for his album cover art for bands including DangerMouse, The Shins, Broken Bells, and others. 
Check out previous interviews with Jacob Escobedo. Links below: 

Friday, March 14, 2014

2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition Winners

The award winners have been announced for the Ashland University 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition that will run through March 28 in the University’s Coburn Gallery.

The outside juror for exhibition is Julie M. Elman is an associate professor in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, where she teaches courses in publication design. She has an MFA in photography from Ohio University and a BFA in commercial art from the University of Dayton (in Ohio). She worked within the newspaper industry for 15 years, as a designer, photojournalist and picture editor. She is co-author of The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, 7th edition, with Tim Harrower (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Elman designed the New York Times best-selling photography book The Rise of Barack Obama (Triumph Books, 2008) for Pete Souza, who is the chief White House photographer. She also designed the book Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music (Ohio University Press, 2010).

Photos of award winners and their art are posted on the Juried Art Show page.

Award winners include:

Best in Show - $250 (pictured above)
Shauna Spiesz, Bay Village, Ohio
Oil painting
Sponsored by the Coburn Gallery

Everett S. Caldemeyer Award - $200
Danielle Rhonemus , Bluffton, Ohio
Autumn Breeze
Metal sculpture
Sponsored by Art Professor Charles Caldemeyer
College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award - $250
Hannah Thome, Amherst, Ohio
The First Labor
Digital print
Sponsored by Ashland University Dean of College of Arts & Sciences- Dr. Dawn Weber

These art area awards were sponsored by the Coburn Art Gallery:

Sculpture - $100
Sean Daugherty, Ashland, Ohio
Metal and stone sculpture 

Printmaking - $100
Barbara Mooneyham, Lodi, Ohio
Relief Print

Digital Award - $100
Jennifer Clingerman, Beaver, PA
Digital print

Painting Award - $100
Taylor Wade, Shelby, Ohio
Rebellion & Rise Against
Oil Painting

 Ceramics Award - $100
Allison Dieter, Litchfield, Ohio
Color Plate

Drawing Award - $100
Zoe Myers, Worthington, Ohio
Bones on Bones
Charcoal Drawing

People's Choice Award - Gift Card
Karly Annalise Beuk, Lodi, Ohio
Persistence of Curiosity
Oil painitng
Sponsored by Cynthia Petry
The People's Choice award was selected by the Coburn Gallery patrons during the opening reception on Thursday, March 13.

Alumni “Wink” Award-Gift Card
Randi Schimmoeller, Ottawa, Ohio
The Process of Creating
Relief Print
The Alumni Award is selected and sponsored by 2012 alumnus Jennifer Winkler.

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 the gallery, find us on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

Ashland University ( is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.