Awards Announced for Ashland University Coburn Gallery Exhibition

Johnny Runciman of Columbus had his black and white photograph, titled “Dark Columbus,” selected as Best of Show.

7/1/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - The awards have been announced for Ashland University Coburn Gallery’s 2013 Ohio All Media Juried Exhibition. This 11th annual exhibition, which was created as a showcase for Ohio artists working in any media, traditional or experimental, included 36 artworks from 25 local and regional Ohio artists.

Johnny Runciman of Columbus had his black and white photograph, titled “Dark Columbus,” selected as Best of Show. Runciman is a freelance photographer, specializing in images of landscape, night photography and black & white.

An engineer by profession, a soccer fan and former Boy Scout Wood badge, Runciman is an analytical person who tries to find moments of reflection for literature and arts, loves to travel, learn about people and new places, and gain experiences day by day in his life.

Runciman picked up his first camera when he was 10 years old, after that moment his camera has traveled with him everywhere. His work tends to focus on the environment, cities and people; the nature. “I always try to leave a positive message,” he said. “I love black and white, I think it is timeless.”

Three artists also received merit awards. These were Al Aitken’s photo composite collage titled “Forest ( IR6)”; Jason Tanner Young’s sculpture titled “Giant Wad of Ants Floating”; and Daisie Hoitsma’s graphite, oil and acrylic on panel titled “Untitled.”

Aitken received his Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and photography at Ohio University. He has been a professor of photography at Case Western since 2001. His artworks are in the collections of Cleveland Museum of Art and Modern Museum of Art in New York. In 2013, Aitken has exhibited in FAVA in Oberlin, Ohio, and Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art Mesa, Ariz.

Young, originally from Texas, received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and his BFA from The University of Texas at Tyler. Recently, he exhibited at Rosalux Gallery in Minnesota, Axis Gallery in California, the Young Sculptors Competition at Miami University, and the Sioux City Art Center in Iowa. He currently is an instructor for sculpture and expanded practices at Ohio University, as well as the sculpture technician.

Hoitsma received her BFA from The University of Texas at Tyler. She recently exhibited at Xavier University, South Haven Center for the Arts, and Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center. She currently lives and works in Athens, Ohio.

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 Ohio- All Media exhibition closes on Friday, July 31, 2013. For more about the 2013 Ohio All Media Juried Art Exhibition at Coburn Gallery, visit or find the center on Facebook.

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