Denison University senior Chelsea Flowers of Aurora has been selected to receive the 2013 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio's award for excellence in the visual arts.
Flowers is one of six students chosen for the award. They were judged by 12 arts faculty members from AICUO-member campuses. Each winner will receive an exhibition of his or her work and this year's custom award sculpture.
"I have a peculiar relationship with art making," said Flowers, reflecting on events that occur in her life that she responds to. "I photograph, sculpt, perform, sew and crochet.
"Since the way I make art is personal and therapeutic, the process is much more important than the actual product. I gain empowerment by demonstrating control over the outcome of an event."
"It has been such a pleasure to see Chelsea and her work mature during her four years at Denison," said Sheilah Wilson, assistant professor of studio art.
"I distinctly remember a project she made called The Way I Play with Dolls. I was struck by her use of deadpan humor to address issues as complicated as race, gender and socio-economics."
Flowers' work will be entered into a competition for two final awards -- the Grand and People's Choice awards. The Grand Award winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and have a piece of his or her art purchased by AICUO to be hung in the governor's office next year.
The People's Choice award is given to the student whose work gets the most votes on the website www.aicuoartaward.com. The awards will be presented April 3.
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David Hinton of Aurora has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Slippery Rock University. He will be recognized for his accomplishments April 7 at the Academic Honors Convocation in Morrow Field House.
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Beau Kovach of Aurora made the winter 2012 dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., by achieving at least a 3.5 grade-point average. He is the son of Linda and Dennis Kovach, and is enrolled in the honors program and is majoring in exercise science.