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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

October 29, 2018

College of the Ozarks to host alumnus, artist Michael Ashley for art exhibit in Boger Gallery

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will display the artistic work of C of O alumnus Michael Ashley, Nov. 3, - Dec. 2, in the Boger Art Gallery. A reception will be held in the gallery Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

The exhibit displays ceramics and pottery from the artist’s personal collection.

Located inside the Jones Learning Center, the Boger Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will be a compilation of clay vessels and pots with drawings and prints focusing on Ashley’s memories and experiences of time spent outdoors in the Ozarks. His works depict abstract and representational scenes from floating the Buffalo River, trout fishing in Taneycomo, and picking persimmon fruits up the James River arm of Table Rock Lake.

“Making things is how I understand the world,” Ashley said. “My work invites touch, as a stone plucked from a riverbed, I love pots that are smooth to the hand but have a rugged, natural beauty. I observe a constant erosion and evaporation that takes place in my daily environment. I strive for layers of visual depth combining slip, glaze, and texture to recall this geological wearing. Traditional utilitarian forms are the vocabulary for my investigation; surfaces are a combination of historic patterns and motifs mixed with the vibrancy and life of mid-century abstract expressionist paintings. My motto is, ‘Make something, use it, let it inform your life, make more.’”

Ashley grew up on a farm in Greene County Missouri, where he explored the rivers and streams of the Ozark Mountains. He graduated from College of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Arts in painting and ceramics, then moved to Tachi, Taiwan, where he did a one-year residency at Tainan National University of the Arts. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics. He has taught at Missouri State University, the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently an assistant professor of art at College of the Ozarks.

Ashley has shown his body of work at various galleries. The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, both have his work in their permanent collections.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


10.29.18 – Juliet Thompson 


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