The Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVAs) is the nation’s first intercollegiate online arts competition. It recognizes outstanding students from the art programs at independent colleges and universities in every region of Ohio. Launched in 2008, the EVAs use the Internet as a venue for the competition, providing each nominated student with a permanent online portfolio on the AICUO. The EVAs reception culminates the competition and the reception includes a student panel, an art exhibition presenting the six award winners, and an awards ceremony.

Senior students, attending our member institutes, who have an exceptional portfolio and artistic drive are nominated by their department chairs or deans. The six finalists are selected by one round of judging, followed by a second round that selects the award winner based on the highest score in that round. The award winner with the highest score is given the Grand Award.  Work from the nominees will be on the AICUO Art Award website for months of February and March, during which time the public is invited to vote for an individual for the People’s Choice Award. The six award winners present their work at the annual AICUO Award reception. All award winners receive a prize package and the Grand Award winner receives an additional cash award.

Every nominated student is provided with a permanent online portfolio that remains on the AICUO Web site even after the competition concludes. The online portfolios provide a setting from which to showcase their artwork on a professional Web site.

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People’s Choice

Have your say! Cast your vote for your favorite piece of work by one of this year’s finalists.


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The first round jury consists of art department faculty from member institutions, while second round judges are community leaders from Ohio involved in the visual arts. Most of our judges are practicing artists, and we encourage you to check out their websites.


Round One Judges


Sara Schuster - Oberlin College

Nancy Prudic - Lake Erie College

Kevin Lyles - University of Rio Grande

Luke Sheets - Ohio Northern University

Andreas Baumgartner - Bluffton University

Craig Hill - Kenyon College

Joel Hauserman - Notre Dame College

Kelly Phelps - Xavier University

Jessica Larva - Ohio Dominican University

Barb Drennen - Malone University

Paul Jacklitch - Baldwin Wallace University

Chris Ryan - Hiram College



See nominees, finalists, and winners from EVAs past.

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