Ashland University Announces Awards for Juried Exhibition

5/18/12 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has announced its awards for the 2012 Time Will Tell National Juried Exhibition. This exhibition was created as a show of artistic wisdom and experience featuring artists ages 50 years and older.

The exhibition includes 47 artworks from 33 local, regional and national artists. The juror for the exhibition was George Kocar and he was responsible for selecting the artworks and the awards for the exhibition.

The Best of Show award was split between Randall Tiedman’s acrylic painting titled “Requiem” and Gary Taneri’s oil on canvas painting titled “Valerie,” each receiving a $250 award.

Randall Tiedman is a highly intuitive self-taught artist. He was accepted for an advanced standing at the Cleveland Institute of Art after his tour of duty in Vietnam, but decided to pursue art on his own. He did not publicly exhibit his art until 1982 when he made his gallery debut in the Proscenium '82 at the Beck Center in Lakewood, Ohio.

The following year he was selected for inclusion in an exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art that was curated by Sherman Lee. Since that time, Tiedman has received more than 24 awards in juried exhibitions including the Erie Art Museum, Trumbull Art Guild, the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, the Beck Center, the Hallinin Religious Show and the Fine Arts Association. He has been selected for inclusion in juried shows by Don Eddy, David Hickey, James Harithas, Sherman Lee, Tom Hinson, Barbara Rose, Edward Henning, George Adams, Larry Salander, Lynne Warren and, in 1992, he was selected by Terry Dintenfass for first place in the National Butler Institute of American Arts Mid-Year Show.

His work has been shown at Case Western Reserve University, B K Smith Gallery, Lakeland College, Cuyahoga Community College, In-Town Club as well as numerous invitationals. His works also are in the collection of the Butler Museum of Art, The Erie Art Museum, World Trade Center, Case Western Reserve University, Lakeland Community College as well as private and corporate collections across the United States. In 2002, his works were purchased by Circus De Solei. Tiedman is a former president and co-founder of the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, an organization dedicated to preserving the works of Ohio artists.

Born in 1959 in Warren, Ohio, Gary Taneri has been painting since 1977 when he attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, as an art major. While at Ohio State, he studied Fine Art and Architecture. In 1981, he transferred to Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, and received a bachelor of engineering in civil engineering in 1984.

While working as a civil engineer in Florida and Ohio, he continued to paint and show his work in local museums and galleries including The Butler Institute of American Art and The Trumbull Art Gallery. He studied with painter and sculptor Csaba Kur during the 1990s when he first painted portraits. He spent many years painting Plein-air, which has sharpened his skills of observation and developed his painterly style. In 2009, he started graduate school online and went on to earn his MFA in Fine Art, Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, in August 2011. Gary currently lives and paints in Warren, Ohio.

The following artists received $100 honorable mention awards: Keith Arthur’s mixed media assemblage titled “Secret Life of Organ Pipes,” Richard Mitchells’ mixed media artwork titled “Triptych” and Dean Smith’s photography titled “Blue Wall, Zion NP.”

Richard Mitchell is a professor emeritus of art at Youngstown State University. Trained as a painter and sculptor at Illinois Wesleyan and Ohio University, he introduced photography as an academic discipline to the Department of Art in the mid-1970s. Through YSU Extended Teaching Service, he taught both studio and photo history courses for five years after his retirement in 2006. Raised and educated in the North American Midwest, Mitchell has traveled extensively in Latin America to photograph and research Pre-Columbian Art.

“My travels to more than 50 pre-Columbian sites from Bolivia to Mexico continue to influence my work. It was in Latin America that I truly learned to appreciate the past and connect it to the present with a sense of cultural dignity,” he said.

Dean Smith is a native of Mansfield, Ohio, and he has been taking photographs for over 40 years. Smith works in several film formats but primarily uses a 4 x 5 view camera to produce
precise detail-rich images.

Ken Arthur is a self-taught artist. His home and studio are located in the resource rich Mohican Valley of Ohio. His sculptures and assemblages have been honored in local and national showcase venues. Arthur has been making art for more than 40 years with an emphasis on the use of found objects and particularly delights in the repurposing of discarded materials. Spending the summers collecting and the winters constructing, he has produced a large body of work. These pieces have been shown in juried competitions, as well as group and solo exhibitions.

The Coburn Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Time Will Tell Exhibition closes on Friday, June 15. For more about the Time Will Tell Exhibition at Coburn Gallery, visit or find us on FaceBook.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, 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.