1. The First of Its Kind
AICUO's Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVAs) is the nation's first intercollegiate online arts competition that started in 2008. Seniors are nominated by the deans/chairs of their art department at participating independent colleges and universities of Ohio. This competition is judged by art faculty of our affiliated institutions as well as local artists. Following this competition, each nominated artist will have a permanent portfolio on the AICUO website!
From the Vern Riffe Center hosting an open gallery with our 6 winners' artwork to nominated artists being featured at several galleries during the May Gallery Hop in the Short North, there are many ways to go and experience the artwork first hand. This year we will be expanding our gallery participation to other major cities in Ohio! But even if you can not make it out, the portfolios are online, so you can enjoy the artwork from the comfort of your bed!
3. Any Student At Our 51 Institutions Can Participate
Although the EVAs competition is for students who are majoring in the visual arts, we host a cooresponding design competition that any student from our 51 affiliated institutions can enter! Each winner of the EVAs receives an award, and you could be the one to design it. The winner of the design competition will have the chance to discuss their idea with this year's award artist, Dustin Wagner, glassblower, to create the 2020 awards!
4. Help Us Choose A Winner!
Aside from the 6 winners of the competition, we also give a "People's Choice" award to one artist. Come December, anyone will be able to vote for their favorite artist/artwork on our website at http://www.aicuoartaward.com. We want to hear what the public thinks of these up and coming artists.
5. Join The Celebration!
We will be celebrating the nominees and winners on Tuesday, March 31st 2020! All are welcome to join us in congratulating these incredible artists on their achievements at Denison University. We hope to see you all there!