Published Feb. 22, 2011
Springfield, Ohio –A pair of Wittenberg University art students were recently nominated for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Kali Parmley, class of 2011 from Rushsylvania, Ohio, and Katalin Beavers, class of 2011 from Columbus, Ohio, are among the outstanding senior artists from independent colleges throughout Ohio who are eligible to win a Grand Award, which includes a cash prize of $2,500.
Both said they felt humbled just to be nominated for the awards program.
“I was excited to have been chosen as most outstanding senior thesis, but I was also shocked because every one of my fellow senior art majors have strong pieces and deserve to be selected for the AICUO program,” said Parmley, who has a concentration in photography and minors in journalism and art history.
“I was so incredibly excited and honored to be selected as a finalist for the AICUO Visual Art Award,” said Beavers, who has a concentration in painting. “Since my freshman year, I have seen Wittenberg art majors chosen and have secretly always hoped that I would be in this position. There were other very talented seniors that did not get chosen. I am greatly flattered that the faculty saw something worthy in me to represent the department.”
Portfolios of all artwork submitted by the nominees are currently being judged by independent college faculty, community artists, art journalists and state legislators to determine finalists for the Grand Award. The artwork is also eligible to win a People’s Choice Award, chosen by visitors to the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts website. Online voting will take place through the end of February at http://www.aicuoartaward.com, a website that includes online art portfolios of each of the nominees.
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 13 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Parmley, who plans to pursue a career in photojournalism after graduating in May, said she already feels honored to have been chosen to represent Wittenberg in the competition. Winning the award would obviously further validation of her educational efforts.
“If I was chosen as one of the six winners, I would feel accomplished and proud,” she said. “I decided to give 110 percent dedication to my senior thesis this year, and to be selected out of 22 other art students from around Ohio would make me realize that my hard work has paid off.”
Beavers felt the same way. Both students also felt that their experiences at Wittenberg over the last four years had helped prepare them well for life after college.
“Wittenberg has stretched my mind and my heart over the past four years,” said Beavers, who plans to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts and become a professor of art in the future. “I have learned to appreciate others’ opinions and be an incredibly tolerant person.
“Specifically, the Department of Art has prepared me for what life as a professional will be like. I have learned so many artistic skills from all over the visual arts spectrum. Most importantly, I have learned the value of discipline and hard work to match my creative spirit – the perfect combination to produce a good painting.”
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence