Several Ohio artists honored for COMPASSION exhibition works at AU’s Coburn Gallery

Cleveland artist Mandem received Best of Show honors for for the oil painting series "Medical Trials of the Saints", which will remain on display at The Coburn Gallery through Nov. 13 as part of the COMPASSION – The Art of Healing exhibition.

10/25/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Several Ohio artists were honored earlier this week for their work in COMPASSION – The Art of Healing exhibition at The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University.

Cleveland artist Mandem was awarded Best in Show for the oil painting series titled “Medical Trials of the Saints”, while honorable mentions went to  Jennifer Lee of Bay Village for her ceramic and found object sculpture “Mind and Soul”, Alex Paat of Galloway for the acrylic and chalk on panel “ Reunion”, and  Jill White of Mansfield for her “First Touch of Loss” photograph (sponsored by Rho Nu-at-Large from Ashland University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University).

Juror mentions were given to Clare Murray-Adams of Southington for the mixed-media assemblage “In Case I Forget” and to Heidi Weller of Jeromesville for the digital photograph “Visiting Mimsy 2”.

Local artist Ingrid Ann Hines was awarded the Coburn Gallery Artist Recognition Award for her collaborative work with Barbara Morejon of Ashland.

The juror for the exhibition was Mary Urbas, gallery coordinator and exhibition curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland.

The theme of the exhibition, which will be on display at the gallery through Nov. 13, focuses on the humanitarian nature of the healing process as seen through the arts. Health care professionals and caregivers have played an integral part in the healing process throughout history and this exhibition hopes to highlight these contributions, as well as the process of patient restoration and wellness.

Regional artists selected for inclusion in the exhibit were Doug Becht, Nancy Booth, M.P. Marion, Barbara Morejon and Susan D. Shafer, all of Ashland; Jennifer Lee, Bay Village; Susan Allen, Bratenahl; Joyce Morrow Jones, Tricia Kaman, Martha Lois, Mandem, and Charles Mintz, all of Cleveland; Jan O’Dea and Paul D. Wilbur, both of Columbus; E. Ellen Albrecht, Cortland; Alex Paat, Galloway; Heidi L. Weller, Jeromesville; Arthur Novotny, Lyndhurst; Jill White, Mansfield; Clare Murray Adams, Southington; Kerry Kirkpatrick, Toledo; and Holly and Christopher Gage, Bowmansville, Pennsylvania. 

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-289-5652 or visit The Coburn Gallery, Ashland University on Facebook.

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