Ashland University Coburn Gallery Sets Senior Art Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Sets Senior Art Exhibition

11/19/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – In late November, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery will host the Senior Art Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art and design majors at AU.

Bringing together the artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design, the Fall 2018 Senior Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, Nov. 29, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Coburn Art Gallery located in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus.

“While the 2018 Senior Art Exhibition provides the capstone experience for graduating art majors, it represents more than just students’ studio art experiences,” said Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery. “For these students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.”

This year’s exhibition, which will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, includes digital art, painting, printmaking, graphic design and sculpture from three Senior Art Exhibition artists - Samantha Rhonemus, Ellyn Kilpatrick and Zula Kile.

Ellyn Kilpatrick, from Rocky River, Ohio, will be graduating this December with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Fine Arts concentration and a minor in Art History. The youngest daughter of Russell and Pamela Kilpatrick, she is a part of the theatre academic honorary, Alpha Psi Omega, as well as a part of International Club and Art Club. Kilpatrick has exhibited work in two Juried Student Art Exhibitions and was the featured artist at Clague Playhouse in May 2018. After graduation, she plans to move to South Korea where she intends to continues her education and tutor English.

Samantha Rhonemus, from Bluffton, Ohio, will be graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Art. The youngest daughter of Michael and Tenna Rhonemus, she is part of the sorority Theta Phi Alpha and Art Club, were she has held numerous positions like vice president, treasurer, and apparel chair in both organizations. Rhonemus has exhibited work in four Juried Student Art Exhibitions where she was awarded The Best in Show Award, as well the 3-D Award. She also was featured in the M.A.D.E in Ashland Art Exhibition, and was a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum where she was published in the annual book that is produced. After graduation, she plans to find a job that can lead to her owning her own business someday, where she can create personalized art and continue her love for photography.

Zula Marie Kile will be graduating from Ashland University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, with a concentration in Painting and minor concentration in Digital Art and a minor in Philosophy. She was born in the village of San Pedro Columbia, Belize; and her artwork features scenes from her tropical home. She is a member of the Art Club, Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society. After graduation, she intends to return to her native country.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, 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 ( 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. ###