Coburn Gallery Exhibition Curator Receives Recognition

10/28/10 ASHLAND, OH -- Herbert Ascherman Jr., who will be the curator for Ashland University's Coburn Gallery photography exhibition Oct. 7-31, has received recognition from the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

Ascherman's photo series from the Ft. Berthold Reservation of North Dakota this past summer was designated as one of the "Best of ASMP 2010." The American Society of Media Photographers is the international organization of professionals, comprising over 5,000 members worldwide.

The Coburn exhibition, titled "Classical Methods, Contemporary Vision: Figurative Photography in the Alternative Process," will open on Thursday, Oct. 7, with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Gallery will present its first Gallery Talk Back of the fall semester on Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and Ascherman is the featured artist during the Talk Back. The talk back sessions will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and are free and open to the public. Audience participation is encouraged.

Ascherman, who is a Cleveland resident, will have photos from the Ft. Berthold Reservation series in the Coburn exhibition and exhibition catalogs also will be available for sale at the event.

"My intent was to reprise numerous portraits done in 1908 by the great portrait photographer of the Indian Nations, Edward Sheriffs Curtis, who worked in North Dakota among numerous other locations," Ascherman said. "I sincerely appreciate the honor of being recognized for this work, which will continue for several years to come."

The listing of award winners is available at The entire interview, illustrated with numerous photos from the project, is available by clicking on Ascherman's photo.

Gallery hours in the Center for the Arts are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Please contact Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery at 419.289.5652 or email for more information about the exhibition.

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