Monday, May 6, 2019

2019 May Gallery Hop

Gallery Hop Success!
This past Saturday we had our annual May Gallery Hop in the Short North. This year we had participation from 4 locations. The owners of the shops and galleries that participate in our hop select the artists they want to represent from their on line portfolios on our website. This year, we had 7 artists represented in the hop.
Nina Josephson at Marcia Evans Gallery
Marcia Evans Gallery showed one of our Top 6, Nina Josephson from Oberlin College. Marcia and Nina decided to show a few whimsical felted creatures that looked fantastic in her window!

Sarah Baker at Sharon Weiss Gallery
Sharon Weiss Gallery showed Wittenberg University's Sarah Baker's "Me Too" poster. The graphic print arose a lot of interest at the gallery hop this weekend.

Ariella Har-Even at Studios on High Gallery 
Studios on High selected to show another one of our Top 6 artists, Ariella Har-Even from Cleveland Institute of Art. Her piece looked amazing amongst all the other talented artists being shown at the gallery.

Andrea Weber-Harris at First Common Wealth Bank
Finally, the First Common Wealth Bank in the Short North selected to show works of Adrea Weber-Harris from Capital University, Grace Oppihle from Mount St. Joseph University, Ellie Chaddock from University of Mount Union, Top 6 winner Xiaoting Qiu from the University of Findlay, Top 6 winner Nina Josephson from Oberlin College, Top 6 Winner Ariella Har-Evens from Cleveland Institute of art, and Grand Award Winner Rosa Rumora from Kenyon College. The bank wanted to fill all of their walls with our artists work. They look amazing and will be up the entire month of May. Make sure to stop in and see them!

A big thank you to the Marcia Evans Gallery, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Studios on High Gallery, and First Common Wealth Bank for hosting our talented artists and allowing them to partake in the gallery hop!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Grand Award Winner Q&A

Grand Award Winner Q&A
At this years 2019 EVA reception Rosa Rumora from Kenyon College won the Grand Award Title. The title of Grand Award Winner is the highest honor our competition has. She was selected as the winner through two round of judging. The first round of judging was done by professors from our member schools. The second round of judging was done by established Ohio artists. This past week we had a quick Q&A with her to get her insights into the art world and this competition...

How did you make your decision to study at your institution?
My mother signed me up for a prospective student interview on the most dreadful February day ever.The campus honestly seemed like the coldest, greyest, most univiting place in the world. The exchange that I had with the upperclassman student interviewer, however, was the warmest, most uplifting, and exciting conversation in my entire college search process. It made me realize that the perfect college community would be made up of kind, creative, and insightful people, rather than shiny new facilities, vibrant nightlife, or constant rays of sunshine. 

When did you realize that you wanted to study the visual arts?
I think I knew during my senior year of high school when I was skipping a class or two here and there to go throw pottery in the ceramics classroom. I definitely diverged from the art-path for my first few semesters at Kenyon because I was so excited and overwhelmed with the multitude of directions that I could take my education. However, I think my journey in the arts began as a toddler when my father caught me graffiting the back of the passenger car seat with a gel pen.

Has your focus or medium preference shifted since you started? 
It’s difficult to say “when I started” making art. I’ve always been toying with materials and ideas--trying to make something greater than what I saw directly before me. My media of choice are constantly shifting. My artistic focus has been a journey of discovering pattern, rhythm and energy in every material I come in artistic contact with. Shifts that occur are usually in response to a particular formulaic, aesthetic, or conceptual pattern that I detect in a material’s relationship to my own life experiences in that point and time; they are very natural and intuitive. I love it all: wire, clay, graphite, paper, wood, steel, paint, flour, yeast, vegetables, dirt, sunlight, cameras, you name it. 

How do you find creative inspirations? 
I look to nature and to other creatives/artists/makers.  I like the feeling of being utterly perplexed by the means that the earth or another human goes about producing something in nature or expressing an idea. Replicating those phenomena, or simply meditating on them, through my own methods of making is kind of a cathartic, spiritual way of understanding that pushes me to create even more. 

What mediums do you like to work with? 
I can’t say there is any media that I won’t use. Recently I’ve been working with wire, but in the past I’ve sculpted with paper, steel, wood, and ceramics. I enjoy illustration with graphite or ink. I also have a bit of a history with digital media, and I’ve played with some 3D printing. I also adore baking, cooking, and gardening. It’s all art to me. Nothing is really off limits; I really like learning new processes associated with different materials.

What does your creation process look like?
It usually begins with a certain abstract visual motif that I can’t seem to stop re-working. It evolves and becomes more and more refined over a long period of time a repetitive manipulation. Often it begins as a doodle or a sketch, or it could be the result of failed attempt at some other conscious effort. Either way, I feel like most of what I create begins in some sort of accidental state.

Is there any research involved before you start a large project?
I am often sifting through my own bank of visual data which usually takes the form of photographic observations. I like to record texture, pattern, color, surface, and light (both natural and manmade) that I come across in my day-to-day life. New work usually comes out of these observations and my own meditations on their mechanics. 

What influences your art most?
I feel most driven by the concept of organic interconnectedness. What I make is most heavily impacted by the activity occurring between humans, the earth, and the systems and structures in motion between the two. I’m really inspired by the notion/visuals of beings composed of a seemingly infinite building-block system/web of cells.

What concentrations have you explored so far and what type of art would you like to do in the future?
My artistic exploration has been incredibly intuitive and responsive to the materials and organic elements around me. I’ve been very connected to place--specifically central Ohio. I’m excited to see how future changes in my location will motivate shifts in my work. As I get older and dial further into my identity, I am excited to see my values emerge and my artistic concepts come into focus, wherever I may be and whatever I may be doing.

Did you have a mentor or role model?
 My parents. They have raised me to be artistically, emotionally, and intellectually motivated. In their own lives, they’ve demonstrated a balance between these motivations. They’ve taught me that they feed into one another seamlessly. Being whole means growing in many directions. 

What advice can you give up and coming artists?
Make, make, make, and make some more. Things rarely work out on the very first try. The more you get used to failures, the more you can get over them, learn and quickly move on to creating something that excites you. Perfectionism is unattainable (and not very fun or fulfilling).

How do you think winning this award will influence your future art career?
It’s reassured me that my participation in the act of creating/art-making resonates beyond myself. It’s far more of a conversational process than I had previously understood. To relate and connect is encouragement to continue. 

Congratulations again to Rosa! We are very excited to see where the future will take you and your art!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

People's Choice Winner Q&A

People's Choice Winner Q&A
At this years 2019 EVA reception Emily Fergus from Ohio Northern University won the People's Choice Award. After the reception commenced, we had a quick Q&A with her to get her insights into the art world and this competition...

How did you make your decision to study at your institution?
During my senior year of high school, although my mom has said she always thought I'd end up at ONU. When I came on a tour I immediately felt at home and knew it was the school for me.

When did you realize that you wanted to study the visual arts?
Art was the only thing I was able to study without getting tired of it, and it was the only industry I could really picture myself working in. When I needed to pick a major my freshman year graphic design seemed to fit and I'm grateful I found it!

Has your focus or medium preference shifted since you started? 
I have definitely shifted my focus more to the digital side of design since I started school. Now working in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects are just as exciting and creative for me as graphite, colored pencil, and photography.

How do you find creative inspirations? 
Since I am a graphic designer I tend to find inspiration wherever I go because design is everywhere! Fun brand identities always jump out to me when I go places and I'm also very inspired by creative typography and pattern. 

What mediums do you like to work with? 
I enjoy creating experiential designs for people to enjoy. Often times I find myself developing application concepts and campaigns to create those experiences.

What does your creation process look like?

My process usually starts with being presented a problem and then doing background research so I understand it better. After that I brainstorm possible solutions, sketch out ideas, and then move into developing a series of roughs before I reach the final product!

Is there any research involved before you start a large project?
Yes, a lot of research! In order to solve a problem you have to get to the root of it so many of my projects require extensive research so I understand it from every angle and can create the most effective solution possible.

What influences your art most?
The medium I'm working in is a big influences on my art. The environment it's placed in, whether it's a print or digital material, and many other factors come into play when I'm deciding how it will fit the concept best.

What concentrations have you explored so far and what type of art would you like to do in the future?
Throughout school I've worked extensively in graphic design and typography, I've also explored photography, painting, drawing, and 3D design. After graduation I'd like to focus more time in photography and developing my skills further.

Did you have a mentor or role model?
I don't have a specific mentor or role model, but I've had a lot of influences. All of my professors, family, and friends have impacted me and my work in different ways. In college and throughout the rest of my life I have always been blessed with teachers and other people who have always encouraged me.

What advice can you give up and coming artists?
Work through your creative blocks and remember that everyone has them! Sometimes you'll have an off project that might drag you down but that doesn't make you any less of an artist.

How do you think winning this award will influence your future art career?
I think this award will encourage me to enter competitions more! The process of the AICUO EVA's was so much fun and it was a great experience to get to meet other artists and participate in a creative space together.

Friday, March 29, 2019

2019 Reception Success

2019 EVAs Reception Recap

Last night we had our 2019 EVAs Reception. We had an amazing turn out including our top 6 winners, several other talented nominated students, judges, friends and family.

A student panel was lead by second round judge and director of the Massillon Museum. Here our top 6 discussed current art culture, their sources of inspiration, and more. 

We had a small gallery and handed out our awards. Our top six included Oscar Dow from Kenyon College, Emily Fergus from Ohio Northern, Ariella Har-Even from Cleveland Institute of Art, Nina Josephson from Oberlin College, Rosa Rumora from Kenyon College, and Xiaoting Qiu from The University of Findlay. 
(Photographed left to right: Xiaoting Qiu, Ariella Har-Evens, Emily Fergus, Nina Josephson, Rosa Rumora, Oscar Dow)

Our People's Choice was Emily Fergus. People's Choice is voted for on our website by the general public. Emily is a talented graphic designer.
(Photographed left to right:Emily Fergus, Stacey Dorr)

Our Grand Award Winner, selected by our second round of judges, was Rosa Rumora. She is a mixed media artist.
(Photographed left to right: Rosa Rumora, Stacey Dorr)

Thank you so much again to everyone who made the night a success and to Eclipse Corp for hosting us. Stay tuned for Q&As with our People's Choice winner and Grand Award Winner!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

2019 EVA Reception
The 2019 EVA reception is coming up fast. We have an incredibly talented and diverse range of artists this year from sculptures to graphic design artists. Our top six students this year come from Cleveland Institute of Art, University of Findlay, Ohio Northern University, Oberlin, and two students from Kenyon.  
All of the artists are extremely unique and talented. You can view their work on our website and even take part in choosing who wins. While the Grand Award title is awarded based off of two rounds of judging, the People Choice Award is decided based off the votes of the public and involves all nominated students! Go look through all of our talented artists and make sure to vote for your absolute favorite or if you can't decide vote for multiple that catch you eye. There is no limit to how many times you can vote!
The reception this year will take place at Eclipse Corporation in Gahanna, Ohio on March 28th. Make sure to come by to hear from our student panel featuring this year's top six as well as enjoy a small gallery. We will have work from the top six as well as other nominated students on display. At 7pm, We will recognize all of our student artists and announce the Grand Award Winner as well as the People's Choice. It will be an event you don't want to miss!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Award Design Competition

 2019 Sculpture
Design Contest    

The annual design contest is open! Any Ohio private college student can submit a design idea for the 2019 EVA competition awards. This years awards will be crafted in bronze by Ohio Wesleyan student Eva Blockstein. Bronze casting is a complicated process so try to keep the designs slightly more simplified! There are previous year award examples bellow to see what previous design winners did.

Submission forms can be accessed through this link

The submission deadline for award design ideas is November 16th, 2018. The winner will be picked by December 14th, 2018, and the reception featuring the awards will take place on March 28, 2019. 

This is a great opportunity to test your design ability or try out a new skill. 

Please mail your submissions to:
41 South High Street
Suite 1690
Columbus, Ohio 43215
ATTN: Sophia Burt
or you can email your submission to 

2015 Awards, created by Molly Burke, based off 
2016 Awards, created by Renate Burgyan Fackler,
based off of her own designs and ideas.
2014 Awards, created by artist Eric Rausch, based off
Design Competition Winner Tracy Cook's sketches.