1/31/14 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Coburn Gallery will hold two simultaneous art exhibitions featuring the works from Ashland University senior theatre student Kim Lennox as well as a group exhibition titled “Eight by Eight -- The Flip Side” curated by Ken Arthur. The exhibitions open on Friday, Feb. 14, and run through Feb. 23.
The gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibitions on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. The reception, which is free and open to the public, precedes the opening night performance of AU Theatre's musical production of “Songs for a New World.” For more information about these exhibitions, visit www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or Facebook.
Lennox will exhibit her senior project, “A Costume Technician At Work,” which will display the process that costume technicians take to make beautiful costumes for the stage such as draping, making patterns and sewing the costumes, along with designing wigs and makeup. Draping is the process of positioning and pinning fabric on a dress form to develop the structure of a garment design, which is then turned into a pattern piece.
For her senior project, Lennox draped three costumes from three different time periods (Elizabethan, Regency Era and the 1960s). For each time period, she also designed a wig and makeup design, placed it on a model and documented it with photographs.
As a theatre major with a minor in marketing, Lennox has been involved in many aspects of the theatre department. As an employee in the costume shop for three years, she has made many costumes and has learned many skills that are displayed in her senior project. Her other credits at Ashland include assistant costume designer for “The Servant of Two Masters”; stage manager for “Little Shop of Horrors”; assistant stage manager for “Enchanted April”; Madrigal player Val A. Dictorian for the 2013 Madrigal Feaste; Naomi in “Naomi in the Living Room”; Merriman in “The Importance of Being Earnest”; a parent in “Whistle Down the Wind”; properties master in “Bus Stop,” and many more.
In May, Lennox will graduate with plans of working on a cruise line or for a touring company for wardrobe.
“Eight by Eight -- The Flip Side” features eight artists working in various media bringing their unique perspectives to the gallery for eight days, curated by Arthur. The exhibition showcases the following regional artists: Arthur, Jason Kaufman, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan Corrigan, Harry Melroy, Linda Chevalier, Keith McMahon and Tim Gorka.
Kaufman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Crafts, with a focus in glass working from Kent State University. He is a sculptor, but he often utilizes painting, collage and video, drawing these components together into a style of sculpture he calls narrative assemblage. As a poet and fiction writer, he is interested in telling stories and sees visual art as an opportunity to tell stories without words.
Some common themes he explores in his work are language and its effect on our experience of the world, Ontology, and truth in the context of post-structuralism and quantum uncertainty. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and son, Cormac, in Mansfield, Ohio, where he is closely involved with the arts community. In addition to exhibiting his own work, he has written two novels, participates in monthly art critiques and writing workshops, and writes reviews of regional art exhibitions. Kaufman is the gallery director for Relax, It's Just Coffee and works for Main Street Books, a local independent book store.
Corrigan is a Cleveland based artist. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor of arts in 2007. He primarily works in the field of painting and often experiments with materials in his process. He commonly works with themes of love, family and morality. Corrigan has been in numerous exhibitions both in Cleveland and regionally in Ohio.
Melroy earned an undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University and an MFA from Northern Illinois University. He teaches junior high school art at Mohawk Local School District in Sycamore, Ohio. He has also taught art at several area universities. He has exhibited recently at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, at the Toledo Museum of Art, at the University of Minnesota/Morris, and at the Mansfield Art Center.
Roggenkamp is associate professor of art at Ashland University, where she works primarily with art education students. Educated at Heidelberg College, Wright State University, University of Arkansas and Kent State University, she finds the combination of teaching art and creating art a comfortable and energizing balance.
Arthur is a self-taught artist whose primary medium is assemblage utilizing found objects. His sculptures have been exhibited throughout Ohio and beyond. He has acted as guest curator in several shows, collaborated with others on various projects and participated in public art demonstrations. As a native of Richland County, Ohio, many objects used in his sculptures are of local historical interest.
McMahon studied biology before turning to art, an experience that strongly influences his art making. He received a Bachelor of Art degree in Art from Mount Union College and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Kent State University. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in public and private collections from Cape Cod, Mass., to Irvine, Calif. He has been a teacher for many years, having taught metalsmithing, sculpture, drawing, design, art appreciation and art history. He lives with his family on a small farm near Homeworth, Ohio, where his relationship to nature constantly informs his work.
The Coburn 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. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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. ###