Ashland University Coburn Gallery Announces Exhibition Awards

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Announces Exhibition Awards

5/19/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Coburn Gallery has announced the awards for the 2014 Time Will Tell National Juried Exhibition. This exhibition, which was created as a show of artistic wisdom and experience featuring artists ages 50 years and older, includes 36 artworks from 30 local, regional and national artists.

The jurors for the exhibition were Al Aitken and Rebecca Kaler and they were responsible for selecting the artworks and the awards for the exhibition.

The Best of Show award was split between Judi Krew’s mixed media sculpture titled “The Wonder Bread Wedding Gown, 2nd Marriage” and Martha Lois’ ceramic sculpture titled “Habitat Loss,” each receiving a $250 award.

Krew, from Canton, Ohio, has been a working artist for 32 years, exhibiting paintings and drawings in juried shows across the United States and earning many awards. Solo and invitational shows have been held from California to New York. She has been a high school art teacher in the Bay Village Schools, and a museum education instructor at the CMA. She has worked in visual merchandising, commercial interior design and as a visiting artist, and has coordinated special events décor for many gala fundraisers benefiting non-profit organizations. In addition to art, she is an active member of the local Canton community, supporting many organizations with donations of artwork, volunteering to design and lead projects, and participating in events that benefit children.

Lois, from Cleveland, Ohio, grew up making art, loving especially pencil, crayon, water color, ink and collage before gravitating to using ceramics by age 15. While continuing to create art works in a variety of media, she earned her MFA in Ceramics in 1994 at KSU under the late Kirk Mangus. She has made many private ceramic commissions, and in 2012, a public commission for painting for the Year of the Dragon, which organized by the Superior/StClair Development Corporation. She has exhibited her ceramics in many area galleries and art festivals, including Coburn Goes Small exhibit, Abstract Art exhibit at Valley Arts Center, Crafts Regional at John A. Logan College Museum, the 3rd Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition, Bay Arts Annual Juried Show in Sullivan Gallery, Mansfield Art Center, The Exhibit Gallery, Sylvia Ulman’s American Craft Gallery, Alan Gallery, Pentagon Gallery, Omni Gallery, FAVA Fine Arts & Crafts Show, Clifton Arts & Musicfest, and Winterfair at Willoughby Fine Arts Gallery, among others.

Lois has taught ceramics at a number of community art center and colleges, including the Beck Center, Cuyahoga Community College – Metro, Lakeland Community College and continues to teach in the creative art media at Case Western Reserve University. She was art coordinator for the Free Clinic Community Art Center, and has been a gallery manager for the Library Gallery at Florida Keys Community College in Key West and for Visual Harmony Gallery at the Beck Center for the Arts.

The following artists received $100 honorable mention awards: Clare Murray Adams, for the sculpture titled “Condensed Version”; Colleen Pendry for her mixed media artwork titled “Fragility II”; and Vincent Leandro for his photography titled “Deserted.”

Leandro, from Talent, Oregon, left his career as a computer programmer/analyst at age 48, and was reborn as an artist. Graduating at the age of 54, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Oregon University in 2004, with an emphasis in sculpture and printmaking. He has expanded his artistic expression to include photography, and has exhibited in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions.

Originally from Northern Virginia, Pendry has been a resident of the Shenandoah Valley since 1986. In 2012, she received an M.F.A. in Painting from James Madison University. While attending JMU, Pendry earned two study abroad awards from James Madison University to continue her exploration with art in El Salvador. In 2009, she graduated from Mary Baldwin University with a Bachelors of Art with a Distinction in Painting. During her time at Mary Baldwin, she received the Ulysses Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art and Top Honors in Visual Arts/Media, Capstone Festival. She also was awarded the distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award from the Virginia Museum in Fine Art. Along with her numerous awards, Pendry’s artwork is included in collections at Mary Baldwin College and Blue Ridge Community College. Currently, she is an adjunct professor of studio art and art history at Blue Ridge Community College where she teaches drawing, 3D design and art history and appreciation.

Adams, from Southington, Ohio, is a retired professor of art and former chair of the Visual Art Department at Malone University in Canton. She received a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from Vermont College. Over the past 30 years her artwork has been exhibited regionally and nationally in fiber and mixed media exhibits, where she has often taken home honors or awards. During the past several years, she has been fortunate to have had six one-person exhibits in Ohio, Indiana, New York, South Carolina, Michigan and California, with a new solo exhibit scheduled for October 2014 at FAVA in Oberlin, Ohio.

The Coburn Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to noon, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday. The Time Will Tell Exhibition closes on Friday, June 22. For more about the Time Will Tell Exhibition at Coburn Gallery, visit or find us on FaceBook.

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