Monday, February 28, 2011

AICUO Finalists Revealed

On February 18, 2011, the first round of judging culminated in the selection of this year's winners for the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. You can see these exceptional senior students' portfolios on the official AICUO Art Award Web site, They are:

Kenneth Aschliman - Columbus College of Art & Design
Wendy Birchfield - Cleveland Institute of Art
Rose Hermalin - Oberlin College
Katherine Richards - Cleveland Institute of Art
Rachel Shelton - Cleveland Institute of Art
Anh Hoang Vu - Ohio Wesleyan University

The competition isn't over yet, though. A second round of judging will decide which of the award winners deserves the coveted Grand Award title, which comes with a substantial monetary prize and other significant privileges.

There is also a competition among all 22 nominees for the online People's Choice Award. Visit the official Web site to vote for your favorite piece by these fine student artists from institutions all across Ohio. The voting process is unlimited, so feel free to click on as many people as you like, as often as you like.

All winners will be revealed at the AICUO Art Award Reception on April 13, 2011. Check out the reception page for more information.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Caleb Boller: 2011 Sculpture Design Champion

The winner for the 2011 AICUO Sculpture Design Contest has been chosen! After much deliberation, Caleb Boller, from the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), received the highest marks for the Sculpture Design Contest. View Caleb's entire entry designs here.

As a junior at CCAD, Caleb studies Industrial Design and also focuses much of his energy on ceramics. Ever since a high school program that he took in his hometown of Roanoke, IN, Caleb has had an interest in all things 3-D. A renowned ceramics teacher, Bill Hunt, drew Caleb to the college, and a Silver Portfolio Scholastics scholarship and CCAD scholarship led him to decide that the central Ohio college was right for him.

For the next step of the Sculpture Design Competition, Caleb will be working with a professional local sculptor (TBA) to bring his pieces to life. Attend the 2011 AICUO Awards Reception on April 13 for the unveiling of the final sculptures!

You can view more of Caleb's work on his Coroflot account at