UPDATE: (April 3, 2013) Congratulations to Chelsea for winning this year’s “People’s Choice Award” at the AICOU Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts event held today at Denison — a well-deserved recognition!
Senior Chelsea Flowers has something extra special to add to her resumé before she graduates in May—she recently won the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.
Flowers, from Aurora, Ohio, is one of only six students chosen from 34 institutions across Ohio to earn the award. One of her prizes will be an exhibition of her work, and she’ll also receive this year’s custom-made award sculpture.
“I have a peculiar relationship with art-making,” says Flowers, a multimedia artist. Her art is a result of a lot of time spent reflecting on events in her life—making her work a very personal expression.
“I photograph, sculpt, perform, sew, crochet; I do whatever actions can resolve the tension that I feel from an occurrence in my life,” says Flowers. “Since the way I make art is personal and therapeutic, the process is much more personal and important than the actual product.”
“Chelsea is a restless, inquisitive, and curious artist,” says Micaela Vivero, associate professor of studio art, “She is always eager to try out new ways of expressing her ideas. I have appreciated the opportunity to see the world through her eyes and watch her discover the language of art.”
So now Flowers’ works are entered into a final competition for two awards, the Grand Award and the People’s Choice Award. Her work was judged both by leaders in the visual arts community and by the public, and you can see it yourself at www.aicuoartaward.com.
The awards will be presented at Denison on Wednesday, April 3.