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Ohio Northern Student Awarded Third Place in National Art Scholarship Competition

Feb 13, 2009

Stephanie RaderOhio Northern University senior Stephanie Rader was recently awarded third place in the prestigious Kappa Pi International Art Honorary scholarship competition.

Stephanie, who is majoring in art/art education, submitted a portfolio containing five works to a selection committee at the national office in Mississippi.

A native of Mt. Cory, Ohio, Stephanie is proud to have been chosen for the award.

“I create artwork to be an educational, inspirational, or engaging fusion of imagery and story," she said. "I always loved children’s books for their combination of images and text. In my artistic process, the concept behind each piece greatly influences its visual design. When I begin working, I first create a narrative about the work’s message.”

As a graduating senior, Stephanie is working on a thesis project that focuses on her interest in art education. “My work is primarily geared for and inspired by children. For inspiration, I try to view the world with the wonder of a child. I value how Picasso and Cézanne look at simple subjects and deconstruct their components to view them in different ways. However, my fascination for the quaint goes in a different direction. I my drawings, I try to capture an intense focus on details that can be easily overlooked.”

The Kappa Pi International Art scholarship is open to any undergraduate member of Kappa Pi. Founded in 1911, Kappa Pi is an international art honor society for students with outstanding academic achievement and artistic excellence. As an organization at ONU, Kappa Pi promotes greater interest in the knowledge and appreciation of art, and organizes many activities throughout the year such as the annual art sale, department parties, weekend museum trips, and the Honors Day initiation and picnic.

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