Ashland University Coburn Gallery Lists Award Winners in High School Exhibition

Marguerite Mitchell from Ashland High School (at right) poses with her Best of Show ceramic sculpture and Ashland High School art educator Carmone Macfarlane.

10/10/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – The award winners have been announced for the Ashland County High School Juried Art Exhibition that will run through Nov. 6 at Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery.

This exhibition offered $325 in awards to student artists in the Ashland County participating school systems. The awards were announced at the exhibition’s opening reception on Oct. 6.

The student award winners included Marguerite Mitchell from Ashland High School, who was awarded the Best in Show $100 award for her ceramic sculpture titled Marina.

Honorable mention $50 awards were presented to Emily Stevens from Crestview High School for her mixed media work Meadow, Camryn Hall from Crestview High School for her ceramic fiber vessel titled Corset Basket, Skylar Hildebrandt of Mapleton High School for her painting titled Marilyn Monroe Retro and Audra Gillespie of Ashland High School for her fiber work titled Granny.

Two juror mentions were awarded on technical qualities to the following student artists: Peter Zimmerman of Ashland High School for his sculpture assemblage titled Insectum ex machine and Ellie Harlan of Ashland High School for her print titled Cat.

The People’s Choice award was presented to Marguerite Mitchell from Ashland High School for her ceramic sculpture titled Marina. The People's Choice award was selected by the Coburn Gallery patrons during a four-day voting period.

Awards for the Ashland County High School Juried Art Exhibition were sponsored by Ashland Photography Club, Ashland University Art Department and Art Club, Ashland Community Arts League, the Petry Family and the Wurster Family.

The outside juror for the exhibition was Andrius Balukas. Balukas has studied in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He received a BFA in Painting and Art History through the University of Chicago. Recently, he has become an art educator through the Bachelors Plus program at Ashland University. Aside from corporate graphics, he has designed art books for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His artwork has been shown nationally in galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of Art. He is currently showing his work at Google Headquarters in San Francisco.

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 at, find it on Facebook or call 419.289.5652.

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