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Senior Emily Jay Nominated for Statewide Art Award

Emily Jay, a Powell native and Ohio Northern University senior art major, was recently chosen from among her peers as a nominee for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

This competition recognizes outstanding senior artists from independent colleges throughout Ohio who compete for a Grand Award, including a cash prize of $2,500. Portfolios of all artwork submitted by the student nominees are currently being judged by independent college faculty, community artists, art journalists and state legislators to determine finalists for the Grand Award.

Jay’s artwork is also eligible to win a People’s Choice Award, chosen by visitors to the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Web site. The general public is encouraged to vote online at

In addition to the Grand Award and the People’s Choice Award, five student nominees will receive awards as competition finalists at a public reception on April 26th at the Bryant Gallery on the campus of Denison University. All nominees from around the state will have their online art portfolios available for viewing at