Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CCAD Faculty Shows Work in Upper Arlington Gallery

Works by Julie Abijanac, associate professor of Foundation Studies and Fine Arts alumna (CCAD 1992), and Dean Emeritus Char Norman make up the exhibitionRemnants of Casualties at the Concourse Gallery in Upper Arlington, OH.  
Concourse Gallery
Works by Julie Abijanac and Char Norman are on
display at the Concourse Gallery. Image courtesy of
The two-artist show “is based on found remnants of the natural world presented as icons,” Abijanac and Norman said on the gallery’s website. “As the natural environment is slowly deteriorating, we are forced to deal with the casualties of our actions.”
Abijanac teaches design and studio professions at CCAD and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan and the Zanesville Museum of Art. She was awarded first place in fiber at the 68th Annual Ohio Exhibition, and her work has been reviewed in the New Art Examiner as well as in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania newspapers.
Norman, a fiber artist, has lectured and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has developed and conducted workshops for all ages, worked as a consultant to area schools and community arts organizations, and before her retirement held the position of associate provost and dean of faculty at CCAD.
Remnants of Casualties is on display through August 15 at the Concourse Gallery, 3600 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington, OH, 43221.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The 2015 Sculpture Design Professional Artist: Molly J. Burke

AICUO is excited to announce that Molly Burke will be the professional artist for the 2015 Excellence in the Visual Arts Awards Competition. Beginning in January, Molly will work with the winner of the Sculpture Design competition in order to create the awards for the EVA's competition. 

Molly J. Burke was born and raised in a Miamisburg, OH.  She attended Columbus College of Art and Design, where she received her BFA in 2006.  In 2009, Molly completed her MFA in Glass at The Ohio State University; she has also attended Pilchuck School of Glass near Seattle, WA. 
Ms Burke’s work is concerned with issues of growth and preservation. She creates forms that use multiples, and repeated motion is involved throughout the making process, considering growth through repetition in form.  However upon closer examination works that are viewed are about dying cells and tumors, objects that have been lost or forgotten, a cataloguing of dead specimens and a slow release of tension in an ever decreasing Insectary.
Ms. Burke examines these subjects on a microscopic plane blown out of proportion to the macro level.  Using materials and imagery to suit the needs of each installation, she works to create an environment that will encompass the audiences’ vision and for a brief moment fully engage them.  These works are about life and death, the incredible flurry of activity that occurs during a life span and then the eerie sterile tranquility that follows death.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Interview with 2014 Finalist Chloe McEldowney

How have you grown as an artist since coming to college?

I’ve learned to embrace the process. Coming into college, I always had a set ideas of what a piece should look like at the end. I struggled immensely trying to get exactly what was in my head onto the surface. Over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate the accidents that happen during the painting process. Often, those mistakes are more beautiful than what I had intended.

What type of art do you look to for inspiration?

Being a figurative artist, it is pretty obvious that I would look at figurative art as an inspiration. However, my curiosity does not stop there. I look at all forms of art for inspiration – and all aspects of life for that matter. Just the other day, I was walking through the grocery store and something was spilled in the aisle. I remember thinking, “that is such a beautiful color, I need to use that color.” I don’t know if it was mud, vomit, or smashed produce – either way, it brought me inspiration.

How has participating in this competition helped you develop as a professional artist?

I’ve made a lot of contacts through this competition that I am entirely grateful for. Also, speaking on the artist panel was a great way for me to express my artistic process verbally – which is something I don’t always get to do. Additionally, exhibiting my work at Grid Furnishings has been a wonderful opportunity!

What are your plans after graduation with the arts?

I plan to make art – just keep making art as much art as I can. 

Also check out Chloe's work at Grid Furnishings on June 7th during the Short North Gallery Hop!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Art Awards Coordinator: Matt Soppelsa


Matt Soppelsa, the 2013-2014 Art Awards Coordinator, discusses his experiences at AICUO. Interested in being the 2015-2016 Art Awards Coordinator? Check out the flyer below!

Matt Soppelsa at the AICUO Office in Downtown Columbus, OH

Monday, May 5, 2014

Grid Furnishings in May Gallery Hop

Tim Friar of Grid Furnishings in the Short North talks about his role in the May Gallery Hop and the EVA's.

Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 May Walking Exhibition Information

Students winners from the 2014 AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts will be featured in a variety of galleries in the Short North (in Columbus, Ohio) as a part of the May Gallery Hop. The event will take place Saturday, May 3, 2014 beginning at 4 pm.

Stop in to see student work at Sharon Weiss Gallery, Sherrie Gallerie, PM Gallery and Grid Furnishings.