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Justin Sorenson

ASHLAND – “Five Easy Pieces,” an exhibition featuring Ohio artist Justin Sorenson, will be hosted by the Ashland University Department of Art + Design and the Coburn Gallery (331 College Ave.) from Aug. 21 to Sept. 24, with an opening reception scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Five Easy Pieces” pulls from Sorensen’s studio practice, which spans multiple mediums and visual traditions. His work explores a range of themes, including time, religion and technology.

Sorenson, an associate professor of art at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, has shown his work internationally in Russia, Canada and Japan, and at exhibitions throughout the United States.

In 2018, he received a research fellowship from the Nagel Institute at Calvin University, allowing him to spend two weeks studying art and religion in China. Previous exhibitions that have featured his pieces include David Krut Projects in New York City, Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Rapids, N.D.

Sorensen earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Kutztown University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Gallery admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibition, reception or upcoming activities, call 419-289-5652 or find the gallery on Facebook.