Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 EVA Grand Award Winner and People's Choice Announced!

On March 29th, a handful of outstanding young artists were recognized at the tenth annual Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Reception. This was held at Capital University's Schumacher Gallery with the help David Gentilini.

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

Alyssa Ziemba – Cleveland Institute of Art
Dominic Montante – Cleveland Institute of Art
Hannah Smith – Xavier University
Harlee Mollenkopf – Kenyon College
Kaylynn Etienne – Columbus College of Art and Design
Alexandra Morrissette – University of Dayton

The discussion was moderated by the Schumacher’s Gallery Director, David Gentilini.

From there, the reception portion officially began. Dr. Betsy Pike, Capital Alumna and current professor spoke as the master of ceremonies. Capital’s President, Dr. Beth Paul welcomed everyone to the Schumacher Gallery and Capital’s campus. Key sponsors, first and second round judges, nominees, and our sculpture designer were thanked and acknowledged throughout the reception. 

President Paul welcomes everyone to the Schumacher Gallery

The May Gallery Hop is on May 6th in the Short North Arts District – don’t forget to check it out!

It was then announced that Sarah Wenke of Mount St. Joseph University is the People's Choice Award Winner. Congratulations Sarah!

Todd Jones (left) and Sarah Wenke (right) with her award 

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. Harlee Mollenkopf of Kenyon College is this year's Grand Award Winner! 

Todd Jones (left), Harlee Mollenkopf (center), and Marcella Hackbardt (right) with the Grand Prize Award

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's AICUO EVA competition! Visit to see the winners portfolios!

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