Ashland University Students Receive Awards at 2016 Senior Art Exhibition

Ashland University Students Receive Awards at 2016 Senior Art Exhibition
Ashland University senior Hannah Thome, who was selected as the senior art award recipient at the 2016 Senior Art Exhibition awards ceremony, poses with her artwork in the AU Coburn Art Gallery.

4/8/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University senior Hannah Thome of Amherst, Ohio, was selected as the senior art award recipient at the 2016 Senior Art Exhibition awards ceremony held during AU’s Coburn Art Gallery opening reception on April 7. Kaylin Henry of Circleville, Ohio, was awarded honorable mention for her senior art exhibition. The awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the art department.

The Senior Art Exhibition provides the capstone experience for graduating art majors and is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.

Thome was selected as the senior art award recipient by the AU art department faculty. Her artworks use art forms traditionally associated with woman’s work to emphasize the gap that still exists in the hierarchy of the fine arts. With her work, she said she is responding to the idea of women as “inferior” artists.

Such art forms that can sometimes be considered “lower” include domestic crafts such as needlepoint, quilting, embroidery and decorative painting. By including forms of art that were sometimes the only appropriate expressive outlet for women, Thome said she is proving that a higher view of these skills should be the norm. 

Thome will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education, concentrating in Printmaking/Mixed Media, and a minor in Art History at AU’s May commencement. She has been accepted into Ohio University’s history of art graduate program and has also applied to their museum studies program.  

She is the daughter of Jerry and Roberta Thome, and is a 2012 graduate of Amherst Steele High School.

The fine art pieces for Henry, who was awarded honorable mention for her senior art exhibition, revolve around previous toxic people in her life and because of their prejudicial commentary, it resulted in questioning or doubting one’s being and ego.

In a way to counter the criticisms of others that affected the perception of herself, Henry uses self-portraiture as a remedy to assist in the transition toward self-acceptance by making herself the prime focus of the image. Henry’s graphic design style is polished, modern and mechanical aesthetic to communicate an idea or brand creatively in a professional setting that will resonate with her clients and viewers. Geometric shapes and patterns are often composed to convey cohesion, solidity and vitality within her designs to give each of the pieces their own presence since these elements also reflect the designer’s personality.

Henry will receive a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art- Graphic Design and a minor in Art History at AU’s commencement in May. She recently accepted a graphic design internship position with Bendon Publishing International in Ashland. She is the daughter of Donnie Henry and Angela Dailey and is originally from Wellston, Ohio, where she graduated from Wellston High School.

Both Thome and Henry will be participating in the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creativity Activity symposium on Tuesday, April 12.

The Senior Art Exhibition runs from April 7 to May 14 in the Coburn Art Gallery located in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, 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.                                                                                ###