AU College of Arts & Sciences Releases 2016-2017 Arts Guide

AU College of Arts & Sciences Releases 2016-2017 Arts Guide

8/24/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – The College of Arts & Sciences at Ashland University has released its annual Arts Guide, which highlights multiple arts events for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Arts Guide offers a comprehensive view of the Ashland University Theatre season, Department of Music recitals and special events, and Coburn Art Gallery exhibitions. Arts patrons are encouraged to use the Arts Guide as they plan their cultural events as a one-stop reference guide that includes events from Sept. 1 through May 19.

Dr. Dawn Weber, dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, emphasizes that “The Arts enhance our understanding of our self, one another and the world. From theatre and music to visual art, the arts provide a unique means of expression and allow us to explore new ideas, subject matters and cultures.” She encourages patrons to "Use the Arts Guide as you plan your cultural activities for the year. Please join us for an unforgettable experience as we celebrate life through the Arts!”

Inside the Arts Guide, patrons will find descriptions of each event, information about the University's various venues, ticket prices and ordering information. The publication also lists various Web and Facebook pages for patrons to visit throughout the year for up-to-date schedules including additions and changes that occasionally occur with live events.

Highlights of the Arts Guide include:

·  Ashland University Theatre's season themed "The Pursuit of Happiness" which is a collection of life experiences including The Autumn Garden, a drama of an annual reunion of old acquaintances in their 40s reflecting on their lives; followed by the hard-driving musical fable Pippin, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival; and the whimsical vignettes of couples falling in and out of love in Almost, Maine.

·  Department of Music’s 41st Annual Madrigal Feaste and Maplerock Jazz Festival along with many recitals and concerts performed by the University's award-winning students, highly acclaimed faculty and world-renowned visiting artists.

·  Coburn Gallery’s exhibitions focusing on the work of nationally known contemporary artists as well as Ashland University art faculty and students in various mediums including sculpture, drawing, found objects and more.

·  Art experiences for high school students through the Pursue Your Passion Day with the Departments of Music and Theatre, and the art studio experience with the Art Department.

For a copy of the 2016-2017 Arts Guide, contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or The Arts Guide can also be accessed online at, or at any of the department Web pages or Facebook pages. 

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, 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.