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Ohio Northern graphic design student honored as finalist for Excellence in the Visual Arts Award

February—Ohio Northern University student Brittany Lang, a senior graphic design major from Newark, Ohio, has been selected for the 2014 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 April 8 at Ohio Dominican University near Columbus. A student panel of finalists beings at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and then the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

“When I received the phone call from Todd Jones, the president of the AICUO, congratulating me on my finalist placement, I was shocked,” said Brittany. “It was a humbling honor to represent the A&D Department and Ohio Northern.”

“I am the only graphic design major that made it to this round,” explained Brittany. “I feel that I am representing all the graphic design students and I know the next stage of judging is a challenge. I am excited to see what happens at the ceremony.”

During the past few years, Brittany has worked or interned as a graphic designer for American Winds Flight Academy in Akron, American Trim in Lima, Battelle in Columbus, and American Electric Power in Columbus. On campus, she has been treasurer of the ONU chapter of AIGA | The Professional Association in Design and treasurer of ONU’s chapter of Kappa Pi, the art honorary. She has been involved in the Lion’s Club, ONU Recycles, and ran on the cross country and track teams.

Also nominated from Ohio Northern was Rebecca Krofcheck, a senior studio arts/3D major from Westerville, Ohio.

At the awards ceremony, 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.

Their work can be viewed at To vote, click on the “People’s Choice” link at the top of the page, then click on one of the submissions and click “vote.” 

The AICUO EVA is six awards presented to senior art students who attend one of the 49 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,

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Milan Historical Museum, NiSource, Bubbles Academy, and Recess Creative.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.