The 2019 Senior Art and Design Exhibition awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the Ashland University Art and Design department, on April 23 at the Coburn Art Gallery opening reception and Ashland native Kiana Ziegler was selected as the Senior Exhibition Art Award recipient by the AU art and design department faculty.
Kiana Ziegler will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a painting concentration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art, with a graphic design concentration. Ziegler is the youngest child of Alma and Charles Ziegler of Ashland. She grew up in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 2015.
Ziegler entered her college career as an Honors Program Scholar, and shortly afterward, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for academic excellence. She got the opportunity to create a mural for the Writing Center and a portrait for the theater production, Little Women in 2018. Off campus, Ziegler completed the illustrations decorating the entrance to Masterminds Escape Room and Game Library. She has completed several other private commissions as a freelance artist.
Active in her department, Ziegler served as the vice president and president of the Art Club. She was granted the opportunity to travel with the Art Department to museums in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and New York City. Ziegler was rewarded with many art awards, including the Bernini Art Award, People’s Choice Award, Design and Illustration Award, and Best in Show in the Juried Student Art Exhibition. She showed her artwork along with other projects at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium. She was on the Dean’s List for seven semesters, and received several scholarships. Upon graduation, Ziegler plans to attend Ohio University to receive a Master’s in Fine Arts in painting.
The Honorable Mention Senior award recipient was Sage Haines. Haines, daughter of Sue Amos and Shaun Haines, will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Art in Digital Media Production as well as Commercial Art, with a concentration in Graphic Design. She is a graduate of Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio.
Haines has been recognized as Ashland University’s Intern of the Month for the fall 2018 semester and was selected as Outstanding Sophomore of the Year for the Department of Art. In the 2018-19 school year, she has served as president of Art Club as well as program director for Ashland University’s student-run television station, AUTV-20. Haines has been exhibited in the Juried Student Art Exhibition several times and was awarded the Digital Art and Photography award in 2018. Haines has served as Ashland-based company Novatex’s graphic design intern for one year and will likely continue professional employment with the company upon graduation.
The Senior Art and Design Exhibition will run through May 4, 2019.
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###