Ashland University Sets Senior Art Exhibition

Ashland University Sets Senior Art Exhibition

11/15/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University’s Coburn Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Department of Art, has scheduled its “Senior Art Exhibition,” which provides a capstone experience for graduating art majors.  

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view from Dec. 3 to Dec. 14, 2013, in the gallery located in the Center for the Arts on the AU campus.

“The final show of the seniors’ undergraduate careers, the 2013 fall semester Senior Art Exhibition, represents more than just students’ studio art experiences,” said Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Art Gallery. “For students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their artistic efforts and accomplishments over the past four years.”

The show will feature the digital art and ceramics works of seniors Ana Timan Reynolds and Sarah Toby.

Reynolds, who hails from Berea, Ohio, is the artist behind acclaimed childhood doodles such as The Sea Monsters, Ape Wall, Strange Men with Tiny Hands and The Dirty Banana. Growing up, her artistic talents and creativity were fostered by her artist-mother and musician-father.

After spending two years as an education major, Reynolds switched her studies to fine arts in 2011. She was presented with Ashland University’s Art Department Junior of the Year Award in 2012 and won Best in Show at the Ashland University Juried Student Art Exhibition in 2013. She is most proud of her accomplishments in residence life and she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in student affairs.

Toby, a native of Elyria Ohio, and daughter of Denise and Ron Toby, is a fifth year senior this year. Toby is double majoring in art education and will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in art history.

From a young age Toby had shown an interest in the arts and she has taken that love for her craft and turned it into a professional career. The media of her choice is ceramics, and it is through this medium that she is able to create deep personal connections with her artwork, as she pushes the medium to its limits.

After graduation Toby plans to find a job as a high school art teacher, and eventually return to school to receive her master in fine arts. Through that, she would love to pursue a career in higher education, becoming a ceramics professor.

When asked about her senior art exhibition, Toby stated, “This experience has been one of constant growth, not just in my artwork but in my personal connections with it as well as a connection to self-understanding. I am so excited about my show and to have the opportunity to see the impact it has on my viewers.”

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 reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit the Gallery on Facebook.

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. ###