Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 EVA Grand Award Winner and People's Choice Announced!

Last night, April 26th, a group of outstanding young artists were recognized at the ninth annual Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Reception. This was held at Otterbein University's Miller Gallery with the help of Janice Glowski and Chaz O'Neil. 

The evening began with a student panel discussion featuring the six finalists: 

Grace Gongaware - Cleveland Institute of Art
Jenny Hanf - University of Findlay 
Alice Shockey - Oberlin College
Elmi Ventura Mata - Cleveland Institute of Art
Natalie Wardlaw - Kenyon College
Katherine Zeilman - Columbus College of Art & Design

The discussion was moderated by Otterbein's chair of the art department, Evelyn Davis-Walker. Following the riveting discussion, Jennifer Hall, one of Otterbein's nominees, gave a tour of the art department. 

From there, the reception portion officially began. Audrey Hasson, Otterbein Alumna and Sports Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist for NBC4, spoke as the master of ceremonies. Otterbein's Provost, Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz, welcomed everyone to the Miller Gallery and Otterbein's campus. Key sponsors, first and second round judges, nominees, and our sculpture designer were thanked and acknowledged throughout the reception. 
Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz warmly welcomes everyone to the Miller Gallery

The Ohio Arts Council Verne Riffe Gallery Exhibition is currently featuring the six finalists and will remain showing until May 5th. Don't forget to check out the artwork before it's too late!

It was then announced that Claire Harvey of Cedarville University is the People's Choice Award Winner. Congratulations Claire!
Todd Jones (right) and Claire Harvey (left) with her award 
Claire Harvey pictured with her piece, Puzzle Pieces. 

The Grand Award Winner receives a $2,500 cash prize, artwork purchased by AICUO, and artwork displayed in Governor Kasich's office for one year. Elmi Ventura Mata of Cleveland Institute of Art is this year's Grand Award Winner! 

Elmi Ventura Mata (left) standing in front of his artwork with Todd Jones and his award
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's AICUO EVA competition! Visit to see the winners portfolios!

Ohio Wesleyan's Ross Art Museum To Host Quilt Display May 13-July 1

         Sandra Ciolino’s “Precaria #3 Mutations” will be among the 30 art quilts on display 
May 13-July 1 at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Ross Art Museum

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum will cover its walls with art quilts from around the United States between May 13 and July 1, when it hosts a juried show in conjunction with the 2016 Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus.

 “We accepted 30 quilts from 13 artists across the nation,” said Tammy Wallace, assistant director at the Ross Art Museum and curator of the upcoming exhibit. “The quilts range from super-realistic representational, to abstract, to humorous, to poignant … and include some well-known artists and artists showing for the very first time.

“The title of this year’s exhibit is ‘Party On,’ featuring art quilts expressing our obsession with parties of all types, whether celebrations of special days or of the political variety,” Wallace said. “Birthdays, anniversaries, and retirements all call for parties. There are celebrations of life and wakes when loved ones leave us. Holidays that are sacred, secular, national, and local are marked with parties. The many sides of our electoral system each name themselves a party.” 

Wallace said the exhibit is being held as part of the annual Quilt Surface Design Symposium, which will be held in four sessions running from May 30 to June 12 at Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. 

Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum will be open for the “Party On” exhibit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit more information. 

For more information about the Quilt Surface Design Symposium, visit

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Monday, April 11, 2016

Malone Art Gallery to feature the senior exhibit of Nichole Hall April 7-16

The Malone Art gallery will feature the Senior Exhibit of Nichole Hall entitled "The Priestess" from April 7-16. A reception will be held April 9 1-3 p.m. in The Gallery. The Gallery can be found inside the east entrance of the Johnson Center for Worship & the Fine Arts at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. There is no admission fee and all are welcome. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (or by appointment).
Step into a world of fantasy by visiting the Malone Art Gallery to see Nichole Hall's senior exhibit.  The art displayed will present colorful semi-realistic renditions of creatures and humans alike, meshing them together in a variety of pieces that twill surely dazzle.
Nichole Hall - The crystal cat
"The Crystal Cat"
digital media
Nichole Hall - Elven World
"The Elven World"
digital media
Located on 96 rolling acres in Canton, Ohio, Malone University is comprised of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Malone is a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, offering 41 majors, 42 minors, and 11 graduate programs. Nationally, Malone University is ranked in the top four percent of colleges and universities in career outcomes, top 10 (#9) best online financial aid packages, and top 50 (#30) most affordable Christian colleges. Regionally, U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2015 ranks Malone University among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest in the category Regional Universities, and to its list of best online bachelor’s programs. Statewide, Malone appears on the list of colleges offering the best lifetime return on investment in Ohio. Malone University has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as a military-friendly school by Victory Media, and as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces by the Cleveland Plain DealerTake a virtual tour of Malone University.

AICUO Welcomes the 2016-2017 Art Awards Coordinator, Tia Meldrum

Tia grew up in the small town of Corvallis, Montana and has since relocated to Columbus, Ohio. She is currently a Junior at Capital University where she is studying Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. Upon graduation in May of 2017, she plans to actively pursue a career in event planning or sports management. Tia has an affinity for fast-paces, creative environments and hopes to further her career by continuing to working with non-profit organizations.

Outside of her education, Tia is an active member of Capital's collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association and serves as the Vice President of Programming. Her duties include planning chapter operations such as fundraising events and board meetings. Throughout her college career, Tia has grown quite fond of Capital and the Bexley community, and hopes to continue a relationship with the school upon graduation.

Tia is thrilled to take on her first internship as the 2016-2017 Art Awards Coordinator at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO).

Monday, April 4, 2016

Ohio Arts Council Vern Riffe Gallery Lobby Exhibition Now Open!

Visit the Ohio Arts Council Vern Riffe Gallery now until May 5th to see the six Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts finalists from AICUO's ninth annual competition! The exhibit is in the first floor lobby space of the Vern Riffe Building in downtown Columbus. 
Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, First Floor Lobby
77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414

Stop by to see the best of the best work from our member institutions!

Visit the website for the finalists full portfolios:

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement

(Cincinnati, OH) – The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is pleased to announce the opening of our 2016 Senior Thesis Degree Projects exhibition (April 15 – May 7, 2016).  Each spring, senior art and design students execute comprehensive projects.  These intensive experiences are the culmination of studies in the students' major areas of concentration.  This final exhibition highlights their achievements and serves as a bridge to professional careers in the visual arts and design.  

The public is cordially invited to meet the 2016 Senior Thesis Degree Project candidates, view their displays, and enjoy the festivities during the Gallery Reception, which will take place on Friday evening, April 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  The Thesis Roster for 2016 is listed below.  Note – no digital images will be available for this exhibition.

Sheri Benson
Molly Ehrnschwender
Maria Green
Kyle E. Haaff
Chrisanne Neumann
Bailey Pearce
Justin Ratliff
Anna Steiner
Christopher Walters

Graphic Design
Alyssa McCreadie
Emma Moore
Cameron Pease
Sara Treash

Interior Architecture & Design
Macy Buchholz
Madison Long

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  The Gallery is closed on major holidays.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314,  

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount  St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.