Ashland University Coburn Gallery Announces Summer Exhibitions

6/21/12 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will hold two regional exhibitions -- the Ashland-New Photography Exhibition and the Ralph Shaffer Art Exhibition -- that will run concurrently at the gallery from June 29 through July 31.

The Ralph Shaffer Art Exhibition will feature the works of Ralph Shaffer, who has been making art since the early 40s. He has, over the years, tried his hand at drawing, painting, sculpture, enameling, printmaking, photography, woodcarving, creative concept and commercial design as well as working in the corporate world for more than 40 years.

Having spent most of his “business life” as a creative force at American Greetings, he was instrumental in developing many product lines, including Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, My Pet Monster and Mad Balls. Shaffer retired to Ashland and to new challenges in 2006.

The Ashland New Photography Exhibition includes 14 local artists: Tom Hart, Paul Keske, Linda Goodman, Betty Laird Perry, Heidi Weller, Diane Kaye, Devon Brabener, Mary Jean Ferretti, Phyllis Frey, Marv Neubig, Cheryl Bartley, Nancy Booth and Rodney Michael.

In the young artists’ category, accepted artists include Ameila Soergel, age 12: Clara Kral, age 10; and Andie Osborne, age 12.

The juror for the New Photography Exhibition was Jessica Maloney, who received her BFA in Fine Art Photography and MFA in Digital Fine Art from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and is a tenured associate professor at Ashland University as well as maintaining an active role as a professional artist.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 29, from 6 to 7 p.m., with photography awards announced at 6:20 p.m. This exhibition, which will run from June 29 through July 31, 2012, will culminate in a collection of works that that highlight the artistic endeavors of Ashland County residents.

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 opening reception or the exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, 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.