Ashland University Coburn Gallery Posts Photography Awards

Coburn Art Gallery at Ashland University
6/29/12 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has posted awards for the 2012 Ashland-New Photography Exhibition, which was a juried exhibition of both traditional and digital photographs by 16 Ashland County artists. 
The juror for the exhibition was Jessica Maloney, assistant professor of art at Ashland University, and she was responsible for selecting the artworks and the awards for the exhibition. The awards were presented during the opening reception on June 29 at the Coburn Art Gallery.
The Best of Show award was presented to Tom Hart for his photograph titled “Amish Boy,” and Hart received a $100 award.
Hart has pursued his hobby, with varying degrees of passion, since high school. Returning to film several years ago rekindled his interest in photography. He enjoys collecting and using vintage cameras, experimenting with different processes and formats, and spending time in the darkroom. While he is a bit of a film fanatic, he can be just as content shooting digital.      
The following artists received honorable mention awards: 
Paul Keske for his black and white photograph titled “Amish Couple” and Linda Goodman for her photograph titled “Keeper of the Steam.” Both received $25 gift certificates to Spectrum Digital Services.
Paul Keske is 63 years old, an Ohio native and is retired. He was born in Cleveland, and has made Ashland his home for the past 26 years. During his working career he was the safety director for a large metal stamping facility. He is a widower with four children and eight grandchildren. He has been an avid amateur photographer since his high school days and is currently exploring digital photography with a focus on landscape, nature and the creative side of digital processing. He has also been exploring the Amish community that resides in Ashland and surrounding counties through his photography.
Linda Goodman, realistic artist and photographer, is a native of Ashland, and a graduate of North Art Light School. Her photography accomplishments include the balloon mural on the Mason Building located at West Main & Claremont streets that are each 24 x 30 feet. Goodman’s park photo was best of show at the Ashland-Loudonville Mohican Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2010. In 2011, she was chosen for Home Savings & Loans’ photo calendar contest and is representing October. In June, she won Lake Erie Shore & Islands photo contest and has her photo on their website presently. Goodman was a featured artist at the 2009 Ohio State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. She has received many awards at the Ashland Co. Fair in photography and art in the professional division.
Goodman also is commissioned for her paintings, specializing in animal portraits, landscapes, wildlife and custom artwork and teaches acrylic painting. Goodman has artwork in 27 states, England, Singapore and the Netherlands, and currently is represented by The Coppertop Gallery in Loudonville for her art and photography.
In the Youth Photography category, Andie Osborne was awarded first place for her photograph titled “Serenoa Daybreak,” second place was awarded to Clara Kral for her photography titled “Nearly Spring” and third place was awarded to Amelia Soergel for her photograph “Untitled.”
Andie Osborne attends St Peter's School in Mansfield and will be entering the seventh grade this fall. Her artistic endeavors include dance, photography and culinary arts. She plans to become a chef.
Clara Kral is a life-long Ashland resident. She is 10 years old and will be entering the fifth grade this fall at Osborn Elementary School. Photography is only one of her artistic endeavors. She also draws her own comics, plays violin in the school orchestra and takes piano lessons. Last fall, she was the child soloist in AU’s production of “Whistle Down the Wind.” She also enjoys playing soccer and swimming for the Ashland Aqua Aces.
Amelia Grace Soergel is 12 years old and going into seventh grade at Ashland Christian School. She loves playing soccer and the flute. Also, she really loves art and taking pictures.
The Ashland New photography exhibition will run from June 29 to July 31. The Coburn Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more about the Ashland-New photography exhibition at Coburn Gallery, or find 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.