The Ashland University Juried Student Art Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 17, in the Coburn Gallery with a reception to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibition runs from March 17 to April 1.

The exhibition provides those attending with an excellent opportunity to support the arts by purchasing a student artwork, whether the person is just starting to collect art or adding to a collection.

This exhibition will offer $1,300 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, People’s Choice Award and awards in each of the seven art areas: painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, graphic design, drawing and ceramics. The awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

A generous donation from Dr. Wendy and Scott Schaller, Dr. Dawn Weber and other private donors has allowed the University to offer several of these awards.

The annual exhibition represents a culmination of student work from university art classes during the school year. It is an opportunity for art students to take their best artwork from the year, learn how to professionally present it for display, and then receive feedback from an outside art professional.

The outside juror for this exhibition is Clare Murray Adams, who was born in Canton, Ohio. She received a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from Vermont College. She is a retired professor of art and former chair of the Visual Art Department at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She now lives in rural Southington, Ohio, where she maintains an active studio practice.

Her earlier work was strongly rooted in quilt making and surface design while her more recent work relies on the processes involved in mixed media collage and in encaustic painting. She uses found objects and clothing as vehicles for the content of her work allowing her to comment on emotional human qualities and feminist issues. Working in layers and with a variety of media enables her to work both two-dimensionally and sculpturally.

Adams teaches workshops in collage and encaustic painting and exhibits throughout the United States. The venues where she has shown include Quilt National in Athens, Ohio, and The Third Encaustic Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., as well one-person exhibits in Ohio, South Carolina, Michigan and California.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday.

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