Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winterbreak Reads and Sources for Inspiration

It's 12/12/12 and we are still here! So, let's make the best of winter by beating the blues and get into some good reads, go out and look at some artwork, and make some of your own!

Sheilah Wilson, one of our 2013 judges, sent this to me as a senior art major, hoping to inspire us as we go forth into our next semester. It is by William Powhida.

I especially like #1!!! Although our institutions are amazing. Here's another one!

Here are a few good reads that I have looked through this month, if you have some time after the Holidays!
 Drawing from the City by artist Tejubehan. Its gorgeous black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings, brimming with expressive lines and dots somewhere between Yayoi Kusama and Edward Gorey, tell the partly autobiographical, partly escapist tale of this self-taught artist who came of age as a woman trapped between unimaginable poverty and a wildly imaginative inner world in a patriarchal society. Tejubehan takes us on a journey from her small village into the big city, where her poor parents move to find work. Three years pass. Teju is now a young woman and she marries a man who sings for a living. With his encouragement, she becomes an artist.

The Artificial Kingdom is the first book to provide a cultural history of kitsch, an immensely popular aesthetic phenomenon that has always been disdained as "bad taste," or a cheap imitation of art. Proposing instead that kitsch is the product of a larger sensibility of loss, Celeste Olalquiaga shows how it enables the momentary re-creation of experiences that exist only as memories or fantasies. Simultaneously exposing and celebrating this process, Olalquiaga gives us a bold, trenchant analysis of what and how we see when we look at kitsch.

They also have some amazing reads on this New York Times list: tried and true!

Keep in tune over winter break for gallery openings, museum shows, and artist interviews!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Manet in Toledo

If you can make it to the Toledo area during the holiday break, I encourage you to go see the Edouard Manet exhibit! It has been noted in The New York Times, The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and CBS Detroit as a fantastic exhibit. It is going on through January 1, 2013.

Manet: Portraying Life
Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
Museum People
Leslie Adams
Toledo Museum of Art

December 14th- Nominees Portfolios will be finished for the 2013 Awards! We are so excited to see them. 

Margo Miller Art Exhibit at University of Mount Union
Last Date to see it is this Saturday, December 9th!
On display at the Crandall Art Gallery, free and open to public
Miller has been teaching at the University of Mount Union since 2004. She has been featured both nationally and internationally, in exhibits such as the China Exhibition (University of Akron), Galleria De La Fountaine in Geneva, Switzerland, and The Butler Institution of America Art.

Admission to the Crandall Art Gallery is free. 
The gallery is located between Roadman Playhouse and Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. 
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

Ohio Northern University Student Art Exhibition

For many years, a committee of sophomore art and design majors has been responsible for organizing and presenting the show, traditionally the most popular gallery event of the academic year. This year’s exhibition features original work in a variety of media, such as ceramics, oils and watercolors, photographs, graphic design, drawings, sculpture, mixed media, and printmaking.

         The exhibition is a competition open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Ohio Northern University. Any work completed for an art and design departmental course is eligible for consideration. Submissions fall into three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional and graphic design.

         Invited jurors review the submitted entries and make the final selections. This year’s jurors were retired professors Judith Greavu and Bruce Chesser. Greavu was an associate professor in ONU’s Department of Art and Design from 1985-2005, and Chesser taught ceramics at ONU for more than 30 years.

         Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the Department of Art and Design at 419-772-2160 or Visit for the latest information about times, locations and additions to the schedule.

Monday, November 26, 2012

AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts: Annie Leibovitz at The Wexner Center

AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts: Annie Leibovitz at The Wexner Center: Since September 22nd, the Annie Leibovitz Exhibit at the Ohio State University's Wexner Center for the Arts has received astonishing r...

Annie Leibovitz at The Wexner Center

Since September 22nd, the Annie Leibovitz Exhibit at the Ohio State University's Wexner Center for the Arts has received astonishing reviews by many in the Columbus area. This exhibit contains more than 200 images shot by the famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz, including celebrity portraits from Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and her most recent Pilgrimage series. Denison University's senior art majors have planned to attend the exhibit this Friday, as well as check out Columbus College of Art and Design's latest exhibit, Byron Kim: Sunday Paintings. 

Check out the Wexner Center and see the Annie Leibovitz exhibit before December 30th, 2012! Open to the public.
1871 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 11 AM- 6 PM
Thursday-Saturday 11 AM- 8 PM
$ 8 for General Public, Free for Buck I.D., $6 for Senior Citizens

Monday, November 5, 2012

University of Rio Grande Art Exhibit

One of our member institutions, University of Rio Grande, will host a reception for its newest art exhibition at the Greer Museum on Wednesday, November 7. The exhibit features the work of Rio Grande faculty members: Jim Allen, Kevin Lyles (a 2013 EVAs judge), and Benjy Davies (a previous EVAs judge). The three artists will discuss their artwork at the reception and answer questions. The exhibit features a wide range of artistic styles and themes, including Allen's mixed media paintings, Davies's "Daily Drawing" prints, and two sculptures that Lyles and Davies collaborated on. Lyles has created sculptures from a walnut tree that fell on his property this summer during an intense thunderstorm, reconstructing the segments with aluminum fittings, creating a work entitled, "After the Storm." They believe that by showing faculty work at their home institution, students will be able to understand the consistency in creating and showing artwork, and how the process of creating is constant, whether you are a student or teacher.

University of Rio Grande's Greer Museum
Rio Grande, Ohio
"Daily Drawing Project: Selected Drawings from May-August 2012" By Benjy Davies
Reception November 7th, 2012
5-7 p.m.

Exhibit Open November 7th-December 4th
1-5 pm Tuesdays-Fridays

Greer Museum: 1-800-282-7201

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kat Marie Moya's Por Vida V!

Junctionview Studios in the Grandview neighborhood of Columbus Ohio are hosting their 5th annual Por Vida, curated by one of our 2013 second round judges, Kat Marie Moya!

October 26th-28th
Formal Opening- October 26th, 7-10 pm

This is an amazing, unique art show and opportunity to get to know your community members, fellow artists, and have a blast! Alumni judges such as Adam Brouillette, Brian Reame, Stephanie Rond will be featuring work at the show. Also, one of our member institutions, Denison University, will have 6 junior artists showing work and a piece from printmaking professor, Ron Abram

*Expect to see our main hall full of creative works by local elementary school students. This work is always a big favorite at our event.

Friday, October 26th ~ 7-10pm ~ FREE

Saturday, October 27th ~ 10pm-2am ~ $10 at door
MAIN EVENT (we HIGHLY encourage theme specific costumes)

entertainment includes:
DJ Captain Lonesome (old and rare soul, prepare to dance)
Tigers in The Mirror (unique, experimental)

*portraits by Nick Fancher

 Sunday, October 28th ~ 1-5pm ~ $5, 12 and under free

Monday, October 8, 2012

Scott Steelman's Exhibits and Current Work

Scott Steelman, 2012 AICUO EVA Judge and local professional artist, has been very busy since the 2012 EVA Awards ended! We are proud to see that Scott is showing his work in the following places:

"Outer Edges of Reality" Presented by AbX 
High Road Gallery
12 East Stafford Avenue
Worthington, Ohio

MadLab Gallery
227 North 3rd Street
Columbus, Ohio

Sunbear Gallery
Main Street 
Alexandria, Ohio

THRU October 23!! Solo Show at J. Gumbo Restaurant
27 Original Works of Art
64 Granville Street
Gahanna, Ohio
Stop in for some great cajun food and to see Scott's work.

Nominations for the 2013 are due this week!!!
We are so happy for all of the nominees received thus far.

Monday, October 1, 2012

AICUO EVA Alumni-Doing well!

Hello, October! I just got back from a trip to New York City with the Denison University Studio Art Department, and it was a great pleasure to have dinner with an AICUO EVA alumni, Mad Mohre. Mad Mohre, who was the 2008 People's Choice Award winner, is now a working artist living in New York City. She told the Denison seniors and faculty her experience working with art and her latest projects. I was so happy to see that Mad Mohre, along with 2010 finalist Jacs Fishburne, were doing well working as artists and living in New York. 

Look on Mad Mohre's page to see her newest exhibition, which involved music, audience participation, and New York musicians.

Here is Jacs Fishburne's website. Her latest project will be taking photos in every National Park across the country.!home/mainPage

After hearing about their success, I couldn't help but to search other AICUO EVA Alumni.
For the month of October, we will be featuring Alumni artists and their newest work. If you are an alumni that would like to be featured, please email me at We would love to hear from you!

Also- 2013 Nominations are due!!! Please contact your dean/chair of your visual arts department if you are a senior artist and you would like to participate in our program.

We are up for nomination for the Governor's Awards for Ohio! Help us win underneath "Community and Participation" by submitting a nomination letter to the Ohio Arts Council website:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Wynter Whiteside, Granville Studio for Visual Arts, and Kussmaul Gallery

Helloooo Monday, the day for unlimited cups of coffee and a full inbox. If you are in the central Ohio area, here are a few programs and projects available for your area. I also received a great newsletter from one of our 2013 judges, Wynter Whiteside. 

Check out Wynter Whiteside's website:
Check out some of Wynter's work at these exhibitions, along with other amazing artists!

'The Art of Recovery'
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery
Columbus, OH

Opening Reception/Event
+ Live and Silent Auction:
Friday, November 9th, 2012

A live/silent art auction to benefit 'The Fresh A.I.R. Gallery'. A juried exhibition of donated artworks selected will also be on view within the gallery for ten days before the opening event.

Find a brand new work donated to the auction by Wynter.

For additional information on purchasing tickets to this event, please visit

'The 614'
Pop Revolution Gallery
Cincinnati, OH

New Works by :
Megan Hansen, Cynthia Vardhan,
Daniel Ferlan, Wynter Whiteside

Artists selected by Stormy Kenzik
Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 3rd

Exhibition Dates:
November 3rd thru December 31st, 2012

ALSO, check out City Scene's Article in the 2012 Fall Art issue on Wynter here:

Live near Granville Ohio? 

Visit the Kussmaul Gallery to see works by James Young, the Tilton Hollow Farm, and Luke Adams. Located 140 East Broadway Street, Granville, Ohio 43023

Also, the 12th Annual Hot Licks Blues Festival comes to Granville on Saturday, September 15th!

Upcoming Events from the Ohio Arts Council:

SEPTEMBER 27: From 5:30 – 7 p.m., enjoy a free poetry reading with national award-winning poet David Baker at the Riffe Gallery.

SEPTEMBER 27: OAC fall board meeting.

SEPTEMBER 28: Deadline for inclusion in the 2013 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory. Fill out questionnaire here.

OCTOBER 1-30: Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month by attending free events at the Riffe Gallery and Ohio Statehouse, sponsored by the OAC and Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board. 

OCTOBER 11: From noon to 1 p.m., join notable Ohio poets and a Poetry Out Loud champion in the Riffe Gallery for a Celebration of Poetry.  This free event is open to the public as part of Arts & Humanities Month.

OCTOBER 12: Nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio are due. To submit a nomination, click here.

OCTOBER 14:  Last day to see Outside in Ohio: A Century of Unexpected Genius at the Riffe Gallery. Admission is free. Visit for more information.

OCTOBER 19: Support letters are due for the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. For more information on how to submit a support letter, click here.

OCTOBER 22 – 24: The 25th Ohio Arts Presenters Network Annual Showcase Conference will be held at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts & Conference Center and the Springfield Courtyard by Marriott.

OCTOBER 24: Join Leslie Adams, portrait artist and painter, for an art tour highlighting her pieces at the Ohio Statehouse from noon to 1 p.m.  This free event is open to the public as part of Arts & Humanities Month.

OCTOBER 25: From noon to 1 p.m., continue the celebration of Arts & Humanities Month with a dance performance by Inlet Dance Theatre of Cleveland.

OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 13: On Ensemble performs in various Ohio communities as part of the OAC’s IMPACT Tour. 

From the Granville Studio for Visual Arts:
Fall Newsletter

Art Trumps Cancer
 It started with an idea which lead to an idea then spawned another idea. The result, create an experience for Pelotonia riders to literally wipe out cancer as they passed through Granville on their way to Gambier during this summer's event.        

Fall 2012 Program Registration!!
 Fall programs begin the week of September 18. Space is limited so register early soon. 
*GSVA Young Explorers (ages 4-6)
*GSVA Youth Journey (grades 1-6)
*GSVA Teen Journey (grades 7-12)
*Adult Workshops
Coming up.....
Sunday, September 16 GSVA will participate in "Experience Granville" at the Mansion from 1-5pm
Tuesday, September 18 GSVA classes start for Fall session
Monday, September 24 GSVA will begin the Journey Program within Reynoldsburg City Schools, another new GSVA partner.
Wednesday, October 3 Columbus City School teachers from Project ASPIRE's Innovative Curriculum Design Team visit GSVA for a creative experience.
Friday, October 5 The GSVA Club for teens 3:30-5:30pm

More information at:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Grid Furnishings, Ohio Wesleyan, and University of Dayton

Hello Everyone!
There are many events going on with our institutions, since the fall semester has arrived. Welcome back students and teachers, here are some events going on in the art communities of Ohio.

Grid Furnishings Exhibits Paintings by Brian Reaume
DELAYED PRESENT TENSE: Paintings on canvas, August 29 - October 28

The exhibit, celebrating works by Reaume, a mixed-media painter and sculptor, will continue through October 28, 2012. Reaume has installed large-scale work throughout Grid Furnishings’ 1,600-square-foot showroom and each of the pieces will be available for purchase.

“My paintings and installations are as much about my verse as they are visual. My goal is to tell a complete story through my work, be it abstract painting or sculpture I aim to intrigue the viewer, draw them in and open their perspective. My work has a voice and welcomes dialogue with those who take the time to delve into the layers.“

“The work that I create is intended to speak: asking the viewer questions while answering others. I want there to be dialogue, a continuous conversation so the art grows with and forms a relationship with its environment and the people surrounding it. I create work, whether 2D or 3D that one feels as if one could enter, walk into and find another world all the while finding reason for their current. I am the life that I live.” Said Reaume a self-taught artist who studied women’s literature and who is a writer at heart.

More information about Grid Furnishings can be found at
More information about Brian Reaume can be found at

Ohio Wesleyan University's Ross Art Museum Presents:
Full of Grace Panel Discussion and Exhibit

Experts to Discuss their favorite images from National Exhibition of Children in Photography.
Delaware, Ohio: Ray Merritt, author of "Full of Grace" and acclaimed curator will host a panel discussion about the show and then attend an exhibit reception at Ohio Wesleyan University.
This exhibit includes over 150 photographs that capture the essence of childhood from the 1850's through today. 

Panel Discussion: September 13th at 7:30 PM
Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 South Sandusky St. Delaware, Ohio

Reception will immediately follow at Ross Art Museum
60 South Sandusky St. Delaware, Ohio

Free and Open to Public

University Of Dayton: Eco Artist to Create "Ice Book"
Watch the Launch on September 14th

An "ice book" filled with local seeds is set to be launched into the Great Miami River next week as part of an eco artist's residency at the University of Dayton.

"I take blocks of ice and hand carve them into the form of a book, which to me is a very interesting sculptural metaphor for learning and for things that we can know about our environment," said Basia Irland in an interview with Cincinnati artist Susan Byrnes (listen to the interview at the related link). Irland is an eco artist who will return to Dayton for a weeklong residency Sept. 10-14 as the first installment in the University of Dayton Arts Series.

In preparation for the sculptures, Irland meets with local botanists, plant specialists and community members to determine the best seeds — typically from endangered plant species — to include in the ice book.

She calls the ice book project "receding/reseeding" because it links the receding of the world's glaciers to the seeds from local plants meant to restore local waterways.

The highlight of Irland's visit will be a public ice book launch at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park near the Stewart Street Bridge, preceded by a bike parade beginning at ArtStreet on campus and ending at the bridge. A public reception and lecture is also planned Thursday evening at the University of Dayton.

The University of Dayton and Antioch College brought the New Mexico artist to town in mid August. At that time she learned about the region's waterways, met with River Stewards, faculty and community members with an interest in environmental sustainability and demonstrated her unique art of making ice books.

Irland plans to participate in several events during her residency. The following events are free and open to the public:

"Water Works" exhibit: on display now through Sunday, Sept. 16, in ArtStreet Studio D Gallery.

Artist reception: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, ArtStreet Studio D

Lecture: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, McGinnis Center

Ice Book Launch: 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Stewart Street Bridge

Irland plans to return to the area to continue her residency March 1-3 in Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs. She will work again with students from the University of Dayton and Antioch College, as well as other interested community members.

Irland has the honorary title of faculty scholar at the University of New Mexico and has received grants and awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Foundation. She has also been a Fulbright senior research fellow and a Woodrow Wilson fellow.

For more information, contact Cameron Fullam, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Malone University's Art Gallery Series for Fall Semester

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences-Department of Visual Arts has announced a series of exhibits opening the academic year. Galleries at the University are open during business hours (8 A.M.-5 P.M.) and are free and open to the public. The McFadden and Fountain Galleries are located within the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. Art-In-A-Case is located within the Everett L. Cattell Library. Come and support one of AICUO's institutions if you are in the Canton, Ohio area!

August 27-October 2, 2012

Portraits by Sharon Charmley at The McFadden Gallery

August 27th-October 15th, 2012

Paintings by Susan J. Foster at The Fountain Gallery

August 27th-October 15th, 2012

Art-In-A-Case features Turning to Nature, Jewelry by Elizabeth Jacob

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Marsha Pippenger Exhibit at Gallery M Collections

"Is joy a blue wall... or is that peace... Perhaps one of these walls will speak to you..."

Wall Meditations
By Marsha Monroe Pippenger
Opening Exhibit: Thursday, August 9th, 5:30-8:00 P.M.
Wall Meditations will run August 10th to September 4th at Gallery M Collections
221 East Broadway 
Granville, Ohio 43023
(Robbins Hunter Museum)
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 A.M-5:00 P.M.
Sunday 12:00-4:00 P.M.
Thank you, Gallery M Collections for your participation in the 2013 AICUO EVA Awards!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Otterbein University Exhibition Schedule

Hello August! The academic year is just about to begin. If you are in the Westerville/ Otterbein University area, check out the following exhibits this year provided by the Otterbein University Art Department. 
Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery

Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.
Closed on holidays. For information call (614) 823-1792.
Aug. 27-Oct. 5, 2012
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Makaibari Diary: A Reciprocal Tourist’s Gaze
Artist: Gretchen Stevens Cochran
A sabbatical exhibition exploring the reciprocal nature of a “tourist’s gaze” exchanged with the women who pluck tea in the Makaibari Tea Gardens in Darjeeling, India.
Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2012
Reception: Thursday, Oct. 18, 4-6 p.m.

The Fluxfax Portfolio
Thirty-five artists’ images created in honor of George Maciunis, the founder of the Fluxus art movement, including works by Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik. 

March 25-April 4, 2013
Reception and award ceremony: Thursday, March 28, 3 p.m.

16th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 

April 8-May 17
Senior Art Exhibitions
Weekly exhibitions by graduating art majors.
Special gallery hours: 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, closed holiday

Fisher Gallery

Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH 43081
Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays. For information call (614) 823-1792.
 Aug. 27-Dec. 7, 2012
Tales of Slavery and Deliverance
Stewart Goldman’s etchings and essays of the memories of Dr. Anna Ornstein’s experiences with her mother in the concentration camp at Auschwitz.
 Jan. 3-May 19, 2013
Altering Life by Holding it Still: Photographs by Dorothea Lange and Marion Post Wolcott
Images from the 1930’s and 1940’s by two of America’s most important documentary photographers.  The title in a reference to Lange’s statement: “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Annual Short North Summer Sale

Greetings! After 6 weeks in Europe, I was happy to come back to an inbox filled with awesome activities around the art communities of Ohio! I will definitely be in Columbus this weekend checking out the Summer Arts Sale in the Shorth North District.

Short North Arts District presents:
The Annual Short North Summer Sale
July 20-22

Super Sidewalk Sale: SATURDAY ONLY from 9 AM until 2 PM

Includes 35 Shops, Fashion, Home Decor, Specialty Retail, Art, Music, Vintage, Consignment

Monday, June 4, 2012

Check Out the Toledo Art Museum's Glass Showing

Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012

Glass as an artistic medium is shown at Toledo Art Museum through over 80 works of art, starting June 14, 2012. This show is free and open to the public. The show also specifically views color amongst class, and includes the work of many artists, such as: Harvey Littleton, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, and many more. The Glass Art Society is participating in this event as well. 

What else is Toledo Art Museum up to? Check out all of their events at

The Columbus Arts Festival was a huge success, and I hope everyone in the Central Ohio area was able to witness it during this past weekend. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Let's Get Digital at the Riffe Gallery

The Riffe Gallery is showing Let's Get Digital, an exhibit catering to the digital technology enthused artists of Ohio from May 3-July 8, 2012.

This exhibit includes 15 artists from many areas of Ohio that show very unique concepts and true unorthodox potential for graphic arts and digital media. 

The Riffe Gallery
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Visit the Gallery:
Tuesday 10-4
Wednesday & Friday 10-5:30
Thursday 10-8
Saturday & Sunday 12-4

Thank you Mary Gray, Riffe Gallery Director, for participating in the 2013 AICUO EVA Awards! 

For more information on the events and programs at the Riffe Gallery, look on their website:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Arts Event in Akron, Ohio

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What to do this summer.....

Greetings! It is now the time of year in which students and faculty members have more freedom during the day, alas, no class! (unless you are taking summer courses, such as I will be doing to fill the month of June). However, there are still plenty of things to do around Ohio involving visual arts, and here are some events that you may be interested in:

The Springfield Summer Arts Festival
June 15th-July 22nd

The Beck Center for Arts "Bike Your Art Out!" 
May 19th, 2012

The 5th Annual Northwest Ohio Open Summer Art Show
June 30th-July22nd, 2012

The Columbus Arts Festival
June 1st-3rd, 2012

Cleveland Museum of Art: Workshops, Parade the Circle, Rembrandt in America Exhibit
May/ June 2012

Summer Art Workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works of El Anatsui Opening Party
Akron Art Museum
June 16th

tUnE-yArDs Performance
Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center
June 10th

For the Birds Exhibit
Toledo Museum of Art
April 13th-September 22nd

And that is just the beginning! Have a great summer, everyone. Check on our blog for updates and informations weekly to learn more about AICUO and the Ohio art communities!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Interview with Cindy Ellis, AICUO Art Awards Coordinator 2011-2012

On the last day of Cindy’s internship, I sat down with the graduate to record her overall thoughts and feelings about the AICUO EVA awards program and her year as the Art Awards Coordinator.

How did you find out about this internship?
The 2011 intern, Noel Ang, contacted me because A CCAD alumni member (and 2011 EVA judge) recommended me.

What have you learned while being the Art Awards Coordinator?
I learned a great deal about coordinating events, scheduling, social networking, contacting people, and obtaining current information.

Did you face any challenges while being the Art Awards Coordinator?
I will admit, it was hard at times to juggle work and school. Senior year was very challenging, but both of the experiences have proved to be rewarding.

What are some of the rewarding benefits of working for the AICUO EVA program?
I loved seeing the event happen and witnessing all of my hard work come together. I felt very accomplished and successful during the awards reception, and I loved seeing the new intern experience and shadow during the reception. I also really enjoyed meeting the judges of the competition.

Do you think this internship will help your future career?
Definitely.  It helped me realize how much time management working can be. I learned a great deal about public relations and communicating with other people. I also established a brand standard for the program, which will help my advertisement and graphic design portfolio.

Do you have any advice for future interns?
1.    Look forward as much as possible, anticipating the competition.
2.    Try to get ahead as much as possible.
3.    People are very appreciative when you respond quickly to emails, mail, and phone calls.

Future plans?
Either staying in Columbus or going to New York for work, finding a job within my major, and getting a dog.

Cindy Ellis will be graduating this Saturday from Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising and graphic design.

Thank you, Cindy Ellis, for all of your hard work and dedication throughout the year to present a fabulous 2012 awards show. You will be missed! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Grand Award Winner Erin McKenna Interview

C.Todd Jones (AICUO President, Erin McKenna (Grand Award Winner),
Danielle Jullian Norton (CCAD Faculty) at the EVAs awards reception. 
Our 2012 Grand Award Winner, Erin McKenna is a graduating senior from Columbus College of Art & Design. Our new intern Lindsay Martin started off her new position by interviewing Erin about her experience. 

What experiences from your undergraduate education have influenced your portfolio?  
My influences range from many different sources.  My professors and their advice have had a great impact on  me.  Other artists such as Lousie Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Mika Rottenberg and Alison Schulnik have also been major influences.  My biggest influence was when I went to the New York Studio Residency Program the second semester of my junior year.

What are your plans for the future? Would you like to continue within the arts?  
There is not doubt in my mind that I will continue making art in the future.  I plan to go to residencies right after I graduate for one or two years.  After that I will get an MFA.  I want to teach at a college while continuing to make work.  I would like to show in respectable galleries as well.

How did you find out about AICUO? Why were you interested in this competition?  
I found out about AICUO when I was told that I was nominated for it.  I like the idea of this competition bringing together the great talents of Ohio.

Did you apply to other competitions as a senior?  
During my senior year, I was also nominated for the Windgate Fellowship and for the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.

How did living and studying in Ohio influence your artwork?  
After studying in New York City for 5 months and meeting other students all over the US and the world, I realized that coming from the midwest, I have a very strong work ethic.  Most of the students at CCAD are from Ohio or the midwest.  There is a high regard for working hard and making things with your hands.  With this comes drive and determination.

Did you attend a specific arts college or a college/university that included many departments? In your opinion, how do you think that this helped/ challenged your arts major?  
CCAD is a private school with only a couple majors specifically relating to art and design.  I like this environment.  I am aware of other larger colleges with many different areas and I feel the the art department is not taken seriously and perhaps spread too thin.  At CCAD, we have great faculty who are serious about what they do and sincerely enjoy talking to and helping students.

What were some of the challenges you faced during your senior portfolio?  
When submitting my portfolio to the AICUO Award, I was right in the middle of a major transition in my work.  This made it a little difficult to decide what to show and how to talk about my work.

What materials, ideas, or themes would you like to work with in the future?  
In the future, I hope to work more with performance and video.  I am still interested in the body and would like to explore ways to work with my body more and to incorporate my history of dance with my art work.

Looking back before going to college, what did you plan on doing as a high school senior? How did your goals/ aspirations change? Did you expect to major in the arts?  Since the 8th grade, I knew I wanted to go to art school.  In high school, I don’t think I realized how hard it was going to be.  I wasn’t really concerned with why I was making thing.  Through my career in college, I have read much more and have learned to make with thought behind my work.

Is there anything you would like to change/ promote/ exhibit within the art community surrounding your college?  YES.  Columbus boast about the Short North being an art district.  I think the work shown in the majority of the galleries is way too safe with what they show.  There needs to be more work dealing with heavier concepts.  The Wexner Center is a great source.  I believe the galleries of Columbus need to use the Wexner as a source of inspiration to make the work they show better and more challenging to the viewer.

Did you obtain any outside help for funding your senior portfolio? Was your college/university helpful with covering all of your needs throughout the year?  Everything in the portfolio I submitted to AICUO was paid for by me.

Do you have any advice for undergraduates in the art field? Advice for high school seniors?  Reading is very important.  Anything from fiction, to the news, philosophy and, art criticism, art interviews and essays written by or about other artists are all very important to keep up with throughout your artistic career.  Make as much work as you can.  You will make a lot of bad work before you make anything good, so it is important to always be making and thinking.  Lastly, it is important to have fun, make a lot of friends and travel as much as possible.

During your undergraduate program, were you involved in anything (besides AICUO competition) that related to the art community?  I participated in many shows and competitions around Columbus. I was also active in my school’s community and started a weekly student critique group.