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Otterbein Hosts AICUO’s Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Event

Otterbein Hosts AICUO’s Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Event

Otterbein University is proud to host a panel discussion, reception and awards ceremony for senior art majors as part of an annual event by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO).

AICUO will announce the Grand Award winner of its annual Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts competition at a reception 6 p.m. on April 26 at the Miller Gallery in Otterbein’s Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Road. The reception, which is open to the public, will honor senior students who were deemed exceptional among their peers, from independent colleges throughout Ohio.

Independent colleges in Ohio were asked to nominate two outstanding senior artists from each campus for this exclusive, online competition. Ohio independent art colleges were able to nominate three senior artists. All school nominees will be recognized at the event and artwork from all the nominees will be available for viewing on the awards website: www.aicuoartaward.com.

As a member of AICUO, Otterbein nominated seniors Jennifer Hall and Chloe Fritz.

Six award winners were chosen from the 33 students nominated and they will have their work on exhibit at the reception. One of the six will be announced as the Grand Award winner. A People’s Choice Award winner, as chosen by public vote online, will also be revealed.

Prior to the reception and awards announcements, the student award winners will participate in a 5 p.m. panel discussion, which is also open to the public. Discussing their inspirations, their academic experiences and their career aspirations, the students will offer candid views of art in their lives.

AICUO was organized in 1969 to represent the interests of its 51 members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators and citizens.  AICUO seeks to strengthen student financial aid programs and bring about a greater understanding of the impact and contributions of Ohio independent colleges and universities.  At the same time, AICUO works to promote the well-being of Ohio higher education as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of the responsibility to serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the state and the nation.  For more information regarding AICUO, visit our website at www.aicuo.edu.