Each spring, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors.
Bringing together artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art, the 2016 Senior Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, April 7, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Coburn Art Gallery located in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus. The senior art awards will be announced at 5 p.m. at the reception.
“While the 2016 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 these students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University.”
This year’s exhibition, which runs from April 7 to May 14, will include graphic design, digital art, painting, and printmaking.
Exhibiting seniors are: Emma Daugherty, Kaylin Henry, Ashley Herman, Dylan Moats, Angela Pollick, Janice Richards, Hannah Thome and Rachel Yaeger.
Daugherty, from West Jefferson, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art-Graphic Design. She graduated from Jonathan Alder High School in Plain City, Ohio. She is the daughter of Leo and Theresa Daugherty. She runs on the AU cross country and track and field teams. Currently, she is pursuing a job as a graphic designer at a Columbus agency. Her honors include receiving the Digital Art Award in Ashland’s Juried Student Exhibition in 2015 and being nominated for the AICUO Award for Excellence in Visual Arts in 2016. Along with the Senior Exhibition at Ashland University, a selection of her work will also be displayed at the May Gallery Hop in the Short North Art District of Columbus on May 7 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Marcia Evans Gallery.
Henry, from Circleville, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art-Graphic Design and minor in Art History. Henry is the daughter of Donnie Henry and Angela Dailey and is originally from Wellston, Ohio, where she graduated from Wellston High School. While attending AU, she achieved several awards such as the 2015 Design Award and the 2016 Design and Digital Award for the Juried Student Art Exhibitions and she also was a nominee for the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts in 2016. She participated as the co-president of Art Club from the spring of 2015 until the spring of 2016. After graduation, she plans to reside in northeastern Ohio and have a career as a graphic designer, freelancer or obtain a position in an art gallery.
Herman, from North Royalton, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Art and Graphics Programming as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. Herman is the daughter of Terry and Debbie Herman of North Royalton, Ohio, and she is a graduate from North Royalton High School. While attending Ashland University, she was involved in many campus activities. For all four years, she has been a member of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), where she was elected treasurer during her senior year. She also was elected as Kem Hall president and became a member of Student Senate during her senior year. She is very involved in Religious Life on campus and was elected as the chair of the Social and Hospitality Committee for Newman Catholic Campus Ministry for all four years. She also served as an Eagle Caller during her senior year, where she worked with other Eagle Callers in the Alumni and Development Office. She said she feels extremely blessed to have been able to attend Ashland University and pursue an education in her fields of study. She gives full honor and glory to The Lord for all that she has been able to accomplish through Him and is beyond thankful for her family, friends, professors and other individuals who helped to make her dreams a reality.
Moats, from North Canton, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Arts and Graphics Programming with a minor in Computer Science. Moats is the son of Scott and Dana Moats from North Canton, Ohio. He is a co-leader of the Campus Activities Board on campus, and is also the Student Affairs Technology Intern. He is pursuing a career as a web designer/developer or a software developer/engineer. He made the Deans’ List every semester, and is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta organization. His goal is to eventually make it to California and work for a software company there.
Pollick, from Wooster, Ohio, will graduate after only three years of study with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art – Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing. Pollick is the daughter of Joe and Pam Pollick from Wooster, Ohio. She graduated from Smithville High School as a member of student council and the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Delta Zeta sorority at Ashland University, where she was the marketing chairwoman in the 2014-2015 school year; and a member of the Varsity Cheerleading squad, where she was co-captain during the 2015-2016 school year. Pollick has accepted a Graphic Design job position at P. Graham Dunn in Dalton, Ohio, where she will be working part time prior to graduation and full time following the May graduation.
Richards, from Clinton, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Painting Concentration), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Art History. Richards attended Manchester Local Schools where she graduated with an Honors Diploma as a member of the National Honor Society. At Ashland, she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a freshman honorary for students who obtained a 3.5 or higher GPA in their first semester at college, and Psi Chi, an international honorary for psychology students. She will be attending Walsh University starting August 2016 to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapies. She is currently a server and hostess at IHOP and lives in Akron.
Thome, from Amherst, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a minor in Art History, concentrating in Printmaking/Mixed Media. Thome helps out at her family’s seasonal greenhouse business when not making art. She has dedicated a large part of her schooling to art education, in the hopes of bringing relatable and therapeutic art to the younger generation. During the course of her exciting future graduate experiences at Ohio University, she wants to find new angles to present art education. She believes art to be a cathartic process perfect for responding to the world and as such does not always have to be beautiful. She wants audiences to reflect on their own emotions when viewing her work and consider why certain responses may reflect the perceived negativity of new traditions in art. Thome prefers printmaking and mixed media creations to reflect the varied nature of life. In the past few years, Thome has won the Dean’s Award, Best in Show and a Painting award for her art. During the school year, she dedicates her time to running the Crochet and Knitting Club as well as being co-president of the Art Club. She greatly enjoys traveling and was most excited to study abroad in Germany in summer 2015 as well as view famous pieces of art on the recent NYC Art Department trip.
Yaeger, from Lodi, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and will earn her license to teach grades pre-K through 12th. The daughter of Mary and Richard Yaeger, she is the eldest of four children and graduated from Cloverleaf Local Schools. She is currently seeking a position as an educator in Ohio. Last semester, she took part in AU’s Southern Internship Program where she completed seven weeks of student teaching in Florida. After she graduates this spring, she is looking forward to starting her career of teaching art to students.