Arts Guide

Coburn Gallery

The Coburn Gallery serves as Ashland University's primary resource for the viewing of visual art by the academic community as well as by the general public. These exhibitions form the visual foundation of the educational mission of the Department of Art. The gallery schedule focuses on the work of nationally known contemporary artists as well as Ashland University art faculty and students.

Every year the Coburn Gallery hosts the Faculty Exhibition, the Student Exhibition (juried by an outside juror with cash awards for outstanding work), the Senior Exhibition (featuring the work of graduating seniors) as well as The Ashland Exhibition, a juried summer event displaying the work of area artists. The Fall semester usually features the work of artists from across the country, as well as themed exhibitions. With its ample proportions, comfortable feel and excellent lighting, the gallery provides a space where all members of the campus community may enjoy the beauty and stimulation of the visual art experience.


Handel's MessiahExperience live music with our award-winning students, highly acclaimed faculty and world-renowned visiting artists. From the AU Marching Eagles to the Jazz Orchestra, multiple choral ensembles, the ever popular Madrigal Feaste and faculty, student and guest artist recitals -- the music department presents over forty performances annually. Events are free & open to the public unless otherwise noted. Updated schedules available at


Songs for a New World, Spring 2014Ashland University Theatre's The 2019-2020 AU Theatre season will tell three courageous stories indifferent styles (drama, comedy, musical) and set in varying time periods and places.

An Enemy of the People: A small Norwegian town has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann discovers the waters are poisoned and tries to warn his town. The press won’t report his findings; and the city officials refuse to give him a hearing. In his efforts to bring the truth to light, he is branded “an enemy of the people,” and his family’s safety is put in danger.

Mama Mia!: The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A single mother who has made her way through the years with strength and determination. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

THE ODD COUPLE (Female Version): Unger and Madison are at it again! Not Felix and Oscar, but Florence and Olive, the female version of the hilarious comic classic. As Olive and her group of girlfriends enjoy their weekly Trivial Pursuit game night, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit with hilarious consequences and outcomes.

Join Ashland University Theatre for a season of LIVE theatre that takes you to the familiar, not so familiar and back again!