The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University to Host Exhibitions

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University to Host Exhibitions

11/10/16 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host simultaneous exhibitions -- a fiber installation titled “Divergence” created by Ohio artists Susan McClelland and Clare Murray Adams and the fall semester Senior Art Exhibition of Kara Mewhinney.

The exhibitions will run from Nov. 17 through Dec. 18, and an opening reception is planned for Thursday, Nov. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Coburn Gallery 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.

“Divergence” is an installation of organic, sculptural forms created by Susan McClelland and Clare Murray Adams as a point of departure in the common ground of fiber work that exists for the two artists. Using the embroidery/quilting hoop as one of their points of departure, the two artists started their work with this form as the underlying structure of the resulting fiber pieces.

McClelland is an artist based in northeast Ohio. She has been an adjunct professor of art at Malone University and Kent State University. She received her B.S. in Computer Science and both her B.F.A and M.F.A. in Sculpture from Kent State University. McClelland has exhibited in one-person and group shows throughout the Midwest.

Earlier three-dimensional work by McClelland utilized traditional materials including plaster, clay and felt. Currently her evolving work finds its basis in sculpture and installation. Her method of creating relies heavily on intuition. She is interested in the unconventional use of materials and processes that involve fibers and hand sewing.

Adams was born in Canton, Ohio. She received a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from Vermont College. She is a retired professor of art and former chair of the Visual Art Department at Malone University. She now lives in rural Southington, Ohio, where she maintains an active studio practice. 

Her earlier work was strongly rooted in quilt-making and surface design while more recent work relies on the processes involved in mixed media collage and in encaustic painting. Adams uses found objects and clothing as vehicles for the content of her work allowing her to comment on emotional human qualities and feminist issues. Working in layers and with a variety of media enables her to work both two-dimensionally and sculpturally. 
Adams teaches workshops in collage and encaustic painting and exhibits throughout the United States. The venues where she has shown include Quilt National in Athens, Ohio, and The Third Encaustic Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., as well one person exhibits in Ohio, South Carolina, Michigan and California.

Mewhinney is a ceramic artist who studies at Ashland University. She is graduating in December 2016 and her anticipated degree is a Bachelor of Science in Education. Mewhinney is seeking her licensure to teach art to students kindergarten through 12th grade. Once licensed, she hopes to find a teaching job in the area. She draws her inspiration from her friends, family, students and self. Mewhinney hopes to make a difference in the world by building relationships with everyone around her and through her artwork.

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 ( 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. ###

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