April 9, 2020 12:15 PM
Art

Senior visual art and psychology double major Brian Tom is the Grand Award winner of the AICUO Award for Excellence in Visual Arts (EVA) competition. His primary medium is sculpture. His submission explores the concept of artificial permanence. In addition, senior studio art major Emily Harter, a painter and printmaker, received Honorable Mention for her work that explores historical images that she recasts for modern audiences.  

black and white of student brian tom.
Brian Tom
​​​Photo credit: Courtesy of AICUO
black and white of student emily harterm.
Emily Harter
Photo credit: Courtesy of AICUO

The EVA award is given annually by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. Each year, representatives from these Ohio colleges submit portfolios of some of their best and brightest studio art majors. Their work is entered into a blind jury pool to be reviewed by artists, curators, and professors.

After an extensive jury process, a grand award winner is chosen. Tom has won a cash grant, and his work, along with those of other students nominated in the competition, will be included in the permanent online collection of the AICUO.

Of the 12 years the Grand Award has been presented, Tom is the seventh Oberlin College student to receive it.