Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Marietta College has Alumna's Work Displayed

It seems only fitting that the second ever exhibition in Marietta College's Gallery 310 would be that of one of their alumna. Jamie Powell graduated in 2001 and is returning to her campus as a professional artist displaying her work. The exhibit is entitled "Making Flippy Floppy" and is a combination of painting and cutting the canvas to create negative space.

“As a child of the ’80s, I reveled in the highly saturate cartoons and sugary cereals of Saturday mornings,” Powell said. “These memories of intense color, fractured narrative, and bouts of hyper-activity have shaped my work.”

The exhibit will open and be having a reception from 5-7pm Friday, October 11 and is free to the public, according to Jolene Powell, who is a professor of art there as well as sister to the artist. The free exhibition will remain on display until Dec. 6. Gallery hours are 1-3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

After graduating from Marietta, Powell went on to earn a post baccalaureate diploma from Brandeis University and a Master of Fine Arts and the Paul Robeson Emerging Artist Award from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2006. She currently resides in New York teaching at the Pratt Art Institute and Studio in a School Foundation.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Past EVAs Finalist Still Involved

There are some people who just cannot get enough of the EVAs competition, and Andreas Baumgartner is one of those people. Since participating in the competition, Baumgartner has been a judge this past year and has agreed to be on the panel once again this year. 

Baumgartner now works for his alma mater, Bluffton University, as a professor of art, staying a part of the AICUO community even after graduation. Having the education he did at a smaller independent school had its benefits though.

"I was able to be more involved within the art department, working as a Graphic Design assistant.  First hand exposure to general art department tasks such as mixing photo chemistry, maintaining sculpture tools, balancing budgets, and designing departmental materials all were supplemental (and potentially creative) experiences that I may not have been able to experience elsewhere." Said Baumgartner.  "I was able to build relationships with my professors due to the massive amount of time I spent with them.  Mentorship and exercising ideas was a shared experience with my professors in undergraduate school."

Being a part of the competition seemed like enough for Baumgartner, being selected as a finalist really gave him the confidence in his art that carried over into his career. 

"Being nominated as a finalist reaffirmed the feeling that I was doing something right with my work.  At the time, I was also having success with juried shows and other competitions.  Without a doubt, my involvement with the AICUO was attractive to graduate schools in which I was applying to.  My continued involvement with the AICUO has been rewarding as well."

As a graduate of an AICUO institution as well as participating on multiple levels within our competition Baumgartner had some advice for you artists starting your careers

"I tell all of my incoming art students to work extremely hard, be themselves, and to take risks with their artwork. This ultimately leads to finding your voice as an artist.  When the artist finds the voice, it is much more difficult to discontinue or take a break from the process of making work.  Strife for progression and ever-changing ideas become part of a continuous cycle within the development of the artist's current and future work.  If you can do this efficiently as an artist, success in imminent."

Keep up the creativity artists! Keep following our blog for more stories from EVAs past as well as all of our social media! FACEBOOK, TWITTER, TUMBLR

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Art Clubs


If you attend a school that is a member of the AICUO and you are apart of the Art Club on that campus, let us know! That is a great way for for us to spread the word about our Award program and connect with the art students on your campus! Email any contact info you may have to our art award coordinator at 


Part of being the Grand Award winner each year is having a piece of your art purchased by the AICUO and displayed in the Governor's office for a year. Matthew Gallagher's piece is on it's way to be hung this week!


I know, I know old news, but we are still working on boosting our presence on all of the social media sites! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Tumblr! You won't be disappointed. 

Henry David Thoreau 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

More Social Media News

I know that there have been an abundance of posts involving boosting our social media but I have another one for you all! Please go and like our awards page on Facebook, the more likes we have hopefully the more attention we will get. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates! 

Monday, July 15, 2013


If you are in the Granville area be sure to head over to the Granville Public Library, Saturday July 20 at 3pm for the unveiling of the new mural. The latest project of Granville Studio of Visual Arts. The mural was conceived and created by a team of 1st through 6th grade student artists. It will be on permanent display in the children's reading area. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Tumblr

Want to have your work posted on the AICUO Art Award Tumblr page? Go there now and send us some summer time inspired art work and we will post it with your name and College or University. Who wouldn't want to get their names out there?

Work by 2013 finalist Evan Lolli. Very summer-y!  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Otterbein Art Professor in Show

Otterbein University professor of Art, Nicholas Hill, currently has an exhibit open with longtime friend Queen Brooks. With Hill's guidance, Brooks became accustomed to using a combination of print making and illustration to create several brightly colored lithograph works. Each of the same print, but the coloring of each making them very individual works.

Hill based much of his work off of his trip to New Delhi, India last year. The professor of drawing and printmaking says that the experience showed him a particular band of density that India has to offer. Using many "artifacts" he collected on his trip played a role in his work from bus stubs, to interactions he recorded in his journal at the marketplace. 

For more information about this show and it's works please visit to see the space and the hours. 

 Work in exhibit by Queen Brooks
Work in exhibit by Nicholas Hill

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Going to be a Senior?

Summer is flying by, whether that's a positive or a negative is up to you, but with the new school year coming up it's time to start thinking about some things. For example, if you happen to be going into your senior year as an art student at an AICUO affiliated school then go look into the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts!! (

Not only is it a competitive Award for a monetary prize, but it will expose you to opportunities in the Columbus art community you may not have get otherwise. So, if you are interested be sure to start talking to your art department chair about nominating you for the 2014 EVA's! 

And as always, keep checking all our social media, and share with your friends! We're on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Social Media Boost!

We here at the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio are currently working on really buffing up our influence in social media. We feel the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA's) is such an important event that promotes the artists in our institutions, we want to makes sure everyone knows about it and it's talented participants. That's why we are trying to push our social media harder than ever before! 

We want more Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and Tumblr re-blogs. So be sure to not only follow this blog here on BlogSpot, but on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. And once you've followed us, be sure to tell your friends to do the same! Especially those of you who have participated before, you may catch your name and some of your work on our sites. And for those of you who have work you want to get out there, remember if you message us on Tumblr with your work and your school, we will post it and share on all our sites as well! Lets get the AICUO Award program out there.