Coburn Gallery to Host Art Exhibition

Coburn Gallery to Host Art Exhibition

1/28/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host an art exhibition featuring the artwork of two Ohio artists -- Cameron Sharp of Mansfield and George T. Gregory Jr. of Columbus.

This exhibition, which opens Feb. 21 and runs through March 8, will feature both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks of the artist’s series “Lessons Learned” by Gregory and “What We Talk About” created by Sharp.

The Coburn Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Sharp is a native of Ohio who holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The Ohio State University. He has been the recipient of various scholarships and awards, including the Aida Cannarsa Snow Scholarship, and a finalist in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 29th Annual Photography Contest. Sharp has most recently exhibited work at the Mansfield Art Center in Mansfield and the Urban Arts Space in Columbus. He has experience teaching art at North Central State College, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Mansfield Art Center, Element of Art Studio / Gallery, and VSA Ohio. Sharp also is a musician and a writer.

Sharp’s work investigates unavoidably common, yet intensely personal concepts such as memory, time, family and space. These concepts are used as springboards to examine greater interpersonal relationships.

Gregory was born and raised in Richmond, Va. He earned his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture with a minor in printmaking, magna cum laude, from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Gregory resides in Columbus. He received his master of fine arts from The Ohio State University, and is currently a lecturer in the OSU art department. He has exhibited his work throughout the east coast and has received several awards including the Charles Renick Award of Excellence, which was awarded to him by Virginia Commonwealth University.

Gregory draws upon his personal narratives from childhood, adolescence and adulthood as inspiration. He pays homage to his Granny by incorporating the same materials they used together when he was a child. Often Gregory’s work deals with tensions between masculine and feminine, hard and soft by using mediums that are commonly considered feminine such as latch hook, felt, and sequins and combines these soft materials with wood or other construction supplies that are associated with masculinity. With a desire to camouflage, he often crops and/or enlarges his source images while creating his work. Often, the subject matter is right in front of you, hiding in plain sight.

For more about the Cameron and Sharp Exhibition visit the website at www.ashland.edu/coburngallery or find the gallery on Facebook. The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, 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.