Senior art exhibition opens Nov. 18 at Coburn Gallery, runs through Dec. 18

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will be hosting a month-long “Senior Art Exhibition” Thursday, Nov. 18-Saturday, Dec. 18, featuring the capstone experience for graduating art students Ricki Dénes and Alexis Stanley. On Nov. 18, there will be an opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the gallery, located in the Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

“While the 2021 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 the student in the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate career at Ashland University.”

This fall’s exhibition includes paintings, illustrations, printmaking and ceramics from Dénes and Stanley.

Stanley, from Frazeysburg, Ohio, is set to complete a bachelor’s degree in art education with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in art history. At Ashland, she has been a three-year executive member of art club, including serving as president for one and a half years. She also was a gallery assistant, an art camp counselor, an intern for the Salvation Army and a carpenter and designer for two theater projects. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and has participated in three juried student art exhibitions. Stanley plans to begin her career as an art teacher following graduation and also would like to open her own gallery.

Dénes will graduate with a bachelor of education degree in art and a bachelor of fine arts with a printmaking concentration. She minored in illustration and Spanish. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dénes has worked as an art history and Spanish tutor at Ashland and has been part of art club every year, serving stints as president and treasurer. Her artwork has been displayed in the Student Juried Exhibition four years in a row, winning awards twice, and she was inducted into the Phi Sigma Iota honor society (foreign language).

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. on weekends. Gallery admission is free and open to the public. Currently, face masks are required inside all campus buildings at Ashland University.

For more information about the exhibition, call 419-289-5652 or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.

Ashland University 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.