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Ohio Northern Senior Honored with Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts

February—Ohio Northern University student Mayumi Kiefer, a senior studio arts major from Troy, Ohio, is a recipient of the 2012 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA). She also is a finalist for the Grand Award, which includes a cash prize of $2,500.

The AICUO awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, April 4 at Otterbein University in the Arts and Communications Building. A student awards reception begins at 6p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 7p.m.

At the April 4 event, the AICUO judging panel will award a grand prize winner from one of the six finalists and a People’s Choice Award will also be distributed based on the most popular votes taken from an online public voting event.

“I was so incredibly excited and honored to be selected as a finalist for the AICUO Visual Art Award,” said Mayumi, who has a concentration in ceramics. “I feel more pressure to produce an excellent capstone project and push my work even further. I am greatly appreciative that the faculty saw something worthy in my work to represent Ohio Northern.”

The AICUO EVA is six awards presented to senior art students who attend independent institutions in Ohio and have been nominated by department chairs or deans. The first round of judging consists of art department faculty from member institutions, while second round judges are community leaders from Ohio involved in the visual arts.

As the nation’s first intercollegiate online arts competition, the AICUO EVA recognizes outstanding students from the art programs at independent colleges and universities in every region of Ohio. Launched in 2008, the EVAs uses the Internet as a venue for the awards, providing each nominated student with a permanent online portfolio on the AICUO Award Web site,

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.