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.


Jewelry show "Art-in-a-Case" at Malone

Art-in-a-Case is currently featuring Inspiring the Journey through Metalsmithing, small metal works by Akron artist, Courtney T. Cable, through May 16, 2014. Cable, an emerging artist in Akron, Ohio, creates jewelry and small sculptural works combing imagery from nature with text and quotes “to create positive, inspirational, and motivational pieces to provoke inner thought or action.” Cable writes, “I push to create provoking pieces that change the way people think and hope that my metalwork is a catalyst that opens new channels of thought and feelings for the viewer.” Cable, originally from Toronto, Ohio, earned an M.A. in arts administration from The University of Akron, a B.S. in communications and a minor in art from Ohio University; and is currently learning metalsmithing at The University of Akron Myers School of Art. Her jewelry is available through the Zeber-Martell Clay Studio & Gallery in Akron, Ohio, www.zeber-martell.com. Art-in-a-Case is displayed inside the Everett L. Cattell Library located on the Malone University campus, 2600 Cleveland Avenue, NW, Canton, OH 44709. The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and closed on Wednesday mornings during chapel (10 a.m. -11 p.m.).

Malone students and alumni contribute to Canton's art community

Three things to look for in a university if you want to be involved in a thriving arts communityLocation.  Location.  Location.  Malone University art students and alumni can testify that Canton, Ohio, is a great place to make the transition from classroom to gallery with relative ease. 

Recently, 2007 graduate Tim Carmany, manager at the Hub Gallery and Studios, offered cash awards funded by Arts in Stark to Malone University students – with three selected for the awards.  Christie Magrell, a junior art major from Canton was awarded first place with a ceramic piece winning $300; runners-up were Brian Neigh, a senior art major from Butler, PA, for hisgeisha painting; and Alicia Green, a sophomore art major from Fredericksburg, with a graphic self-portrait originally created in Graphic Design 3 class -- both winning $100.  All three are students of Li Hertzi, owner/artist/designer/workshop leader at LiHertzi Design, and an adjunct professor at Malone University (Their works are pictured).  In addition, Ms. Hertzi had two students – Rachel Chamberlain, a senior art major from East Liverpool; and Garrison Myles, a junior art major from Centerburg place in the top five in a recent logo contest conducted by Impulse Training.

Two Malone University visual arts majors– both students of lecturer Laura Donnelly -- received scholarships by Ohio Designer Craftsmen to attend a Functional Ceramics Workshop:  They are Katelyn Hughes, a sophomore art major from Canton; and Brooke Hoffman a junior visual arts education major form Kansas City, Missouri.

Brooke Smalley, a senior business administration major from Titusville, Pennsylvania, and curator of the Dueber Gallery within The Timken Company, hosted a reception with alumnus Lyndon Thomas (Malone 1982) for artist photographer Carolyn Jacob.  Ashley Holt, a junior art major from Canton assisted with the exhibit and is poised to become the third consecutive Malone University student to serve as curator for the gallery.  The Dueber Gallery within The Timken Company was originally designed by alumna Cayce Wheelock two years ago.  
Nico Rubio, an art major from  Bogota, Columbia, will be hosting the reception for his senior exhibit (I'm) pos si ble Geometric Depictions in the McFadden Gallery, April 25 at 6 pm.