The Art of Surprise

Matthew Gallagher, a 2013 studio art graduate, is situated in the studio where he spent many hours using art to explore sonic ideas visually. His efforts led to an Excellence in Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. The award recognizes outstanding senior artists from independent colleges throughout Ohio. As winner of the Grand Award, Gallagher received a $2,500 cash prize.

“Winning this award has almost immediately catapulted me into the world of professional art,” says Gallagher. “The value of my paintings almost immediately rose 500 percent, and I was met with several new commissions and gallery exhibitions. Winning AICUO basically symbolized my transition from student artist to professional artist.”

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Photograph by Tanya Rosen-Jones