Ashland University Senior Art Exhibition Awards Presented

Ashland University Senior Art Exhibition Awards Presented
Rachael Santee of Columbus, Ohio, was selected as the senior exhibition art award recipient by the AU art and design department faculty.

4/20/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The 2018 Senior Art Exhibition awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the Ashland University Art and Design department, on Thursday, April 12, at the Coburn Art Gallery opening reception. The Senior Art Exhibition runs from April 12-May 5, 2018.

Rachael Santee was selected as the senior exhibition art award recipient by the AU art and design department faculty. Santee’s artworks transform the female body beyond cultural norms into a statement of empowerment for her models while combining symbolic use of flowers and plant matter.

Santee of Columbus, Ohio, will be graduating from Ashland University on May 5 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrating in Printmaking and Painting, with a minor in Art History. She is the oldest child of Robert and Rita Santee, also of Columbus. During her time at Ashland University, Santee has had work accepted to the Juried Student Art Exhibition during each of the four years of her attendance. She was awarded the Drawing Award her freshman year, the Printmaking and Bernini Awards her junior year, and received the Best In Show Award her senior year. After graduation, Santee plans to work toward expanding her art portfolio for graduate school in order to teach art at the college level. She also plans on one day running her own gallery and making art for the rest of her life.

In addition, Honorable Mention Senior Award co-recipients were Keeleigh Myers and Alex Roddy.

Myers is manipulating encaustic paints and incorporating multi-media elements, to a three-dimensional world derived from two-dimensional medias that bridge the gap between our reality and the reality of the Bulboids. The Bulboid Universe exists to serve the viewer as a visual representation of being physically, mentally, and emotionally zapped of energy and the power struggle a person experiences when trying to find the creative spark in their lives. Myers, originally from Sandusky, OH, will be graduating from Ashland University on May 5 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Concentrative Major in Painting, Concentrative Minor in Printmaking, and minors in Art History and Marketing. Myers is the youngest daughter of Tana and Phillip Myers of Sandusky. During her collegiate years in Ashland, Myers was given the opportunity to work in The Coburn Gallery as a gallery assistant as well as tutor Art History to fellow students through Ashland University’s Library tutoring services. Furthermore, Myers participated and held several executive positions such as Academic Excellence Chair in the Delta Delta Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, Vice President of Ashland University’s Women’s Chorus, and Public Relations chair of Ashland University’s Art Club. Myers has exhibited various artworks in the Juried Student Art shows, the most recent exhibition titled “Dear Dr. Seuss” at The Coburn Gallery and her most recent works at URCA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity). She was awarded the Painting Award in the 2017 Juried Student Art Show for her encaustic paintings and the Printmaking Award 2018 Juried Student Art Show for her prints. Myers plans on furthering her education in graduate school to pursue her passions of art and inspiring others.


Alex Roddy of Mount Liberty, Ohio, will graduate on May 5 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. She is the eldest daughter of Andrea and Matthew Roddy. During her attendance at Ashland, she has participated in the Art Club, interned at Bookmasters, exhibited in the Juried Student Art Exhibition, and was awarded the Alumni “Wink” Award in both 2017 and 2018. She plans to stay in the central Ohio area after graduation. With a constant need to create, Roddy tries to tell a story with her work. Narratives are her medium of interaction with the viewer and her way of pulling people into a new way of looking at the world. Roddy is going to work towards a career in graphic design and illustration.

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. ###