The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University Announces Exhibition Awards

6/28/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has announced its awards for its 2011 Ohio All Media Juried Exhibition.

The Ohio-All Media exhibition remains open for viewing through Friday, July  29. The Coburn Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm and 12 noon-4 pm on Saturday/ Sunday. For more about the 2011 Ohio All Media Juried Art Exhibition at Coburn Gallery, visit www.ashland.edu/coburngallery<http://www.ashland.edu/coburngallery> or find the gallery on Facebook.
June Hund's mixed media collage, titled "Sail the Darken Seas," received Best of Show for the 10th annual exhibition, which included 47 artworks from 38 local and regional Ohio artists. The exhibition was created as a showcase for Ohio artists working in any media, traditional or experimental.

Hund, who is from Broadview Heights, is a mixed-media artist who has been involved in the creative process and producing artwork since early childhood. She grew up in a household passionate about music, fine arts and travel. She traveled throughout Europe as a young adult, spending time in Florence studying the great masters of Italian art. She received a bachelor's degree in fine art in painting from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and has worked in many different mediums and techniques. In Detroit she preferred watercolor and oil; but during this time she started working with collage/assemblage.

After relocating to the Cleveland, Ohio, area, she became more interested in working with mixed media, assemblage and collage. She often reuses her own watercolors and drawings, reworking them into abstract collages. The composition, texture and process are essential. She carefully adds layers and then sands the layers to add depth to each piece. She recently started showing her artwork in the Cleveland area.

The following artists received merit awards: Keith Wilde's painting titled "Rendering the Son"; George T. Gregory Jr.'s sculpture titled "Tennis Anyone"; and Jonny Luv's photograph "Beautiful."

For Wilde, who is from Knox County, painting is a means of giving intangible realities a visual presence. He is currently working with portraiture and figurative work, but his interest in narratives and states of mind inspires non-figurative work as well in a variety of media. As a father, he is especially fascinated with the drama of children. Professionally, Wilde has exhibited in shows across the country and won numerous awards for the past decade. His work has been published in Watercolor Magic, Ceramics Monthly and in a recently published book, "21st Century Greens."  For the past three years, he taught art at East Knox High School in Howard, Ohio. In the summer, he continues to work for a summer youth art camp sponsored by Paper Circle in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Gregory, a resident of Columbus, was born and raised in Richmond, Va. He earned his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture and a minor in printmaking, Magna Cum Laude, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, Gregory resides in Columbus, Ohio, where he attends The Ohio State University. He is a graduate teaching associate and will receive his master of fine arts later this year. Gregory has exhibited his work throughout the east coast and has received several awards including the Charles Renick Award of Excellence.

Luv is a local artist from Mansfield area. He has found over the years that art is the one thing that brings out a lot of passion from within him. He loves to take and edit photos of people and make animations for people with a focus on the human form and all of its wonders. He enjoys working with antique cameras as well as super high definition cameras; each bringing its own characteristics to the photo process.

There were three juror mention awards: Rebecca Kaler's "Aerial" oil painting; Diane F. Ramo's collage titled "Contamination"; and Paul D. Wilbur's digital photograph titled "Built Farm Tough."

Kaler, who is from Richland County, is a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate, a retired curator of 20+ years from OSU-Mansfield Pearl Conard Art Gallery, and a veteran of numerous exhibits including the Kiosko Gallery in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, SA. She was recently accepted into the Butler Institute of American Art 76th National Mid-Year Exhibition.

Ramos is a working artist focusing in photography and mixed-media art. She is originally from Lorain, Ohio, and currently resides there. Ramos received a bachelor of arts degree in studio art from Bowling Green State University and a master of fine arts degree in photography from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Since obtaining her MFA, Ramos has been teaching photography at various colleges and universities, and currently teaches at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. She has been exhibited throughout the country, including solo shows at the Warner Gallery in Middletown, Del., and Galería Uno in Washington, D.C., as well as in group shows at AAWS Gallery in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Conner Contemporary Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Columbus resident Wilbur is a fine arts photographer living and working in and around Columbus Ohio. He restarted his love for art around 2004 as a way to deal with frustrations due to his disabilities of depression and bipolar, and soon becoming retired. Wilbur's Involvement in the arts has grown ever since. His background in art started in the 1970s in high school and continued in college where he studied fine arts photography from 1977-81. Since becoming retired, he has been involved with VSAO and Fresh Air Programs, Ohio Art League, and a variety of art programs in Columbus. He has received several awards and shows including solo shows at Fresh Air Gallery and Ohio Art League Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. He received Jurors Choice Award at the Ohio State Fair (Professional Division) in 2010. He also was a finalist for the Columbus Artist in Residency Dresden Germany Program in 2010.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) 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.