April 06, 2018

2018 Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award exhibition opens April 9

by Melissa Germain

CARBONDALE, ILL. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s School of Art and Design will honor and reward outstanding graduating seniors with the prestigious Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the 2018 RZ Winners Exhibition Reception and Presentation of Awards:

6-8 p.m. April 13

Award presentation will be at 7 p.m. 

Recognizing Creative Excellence

Each year, seniors in the School of Art and Design are invited to participate in the selection process. It is a challenge and perhaps their first experience with peer competition and professional evaluation.

The School of Art and Design faculty judge the student presentations on the basis of performance and excellence in creative achievement. After a preliminary jurying and evaluation of creative work through a digital formats presentation, finalists are selected.

They are then eligible for the second step in the selection process, a one-week exhibition of their artwork. During the exhibition, faculty evaluate the work and select the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award winner or winners for that year.

Exhibition underway April 9

The 2018 RZ Finalists Exhibition is open from April 9 to 14 at the Surplus Gallery. The gallery is, located at the Studio Arts Building (formerly known as the Glove Factory) at 432 S. Washington St. in Carbondale.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The gallery hours are:

  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m., April 9.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 10-13.
  • 10 a.m.-noon, April 14.

Winner announcement and reception

The winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. on April 9 in the Surplus Gallery.

There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 13 in the Surplus Gallery. The awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

Award finalists

Students who have earned the chance to advance to the final round in the awards competition, listed with their majors, include:

  • Anna Babenkova, communication design.
  • Taylor Blankenship, communication design.
  • Kelly Carter, painting.
  • Timothy Miller, printmaking.
  • Mikaela Montgomery, communication design.
  • Laura Murphy, drawing.
  • Travis O’Nan, metalsmithing.
  • Hannah Pack, metalsmithing.
  • Lindsey Perry, communication design
  • Camille Ticheur, painting.
  • Anna Wonnell, painting.

Historically Significant Award

The awards are made possible through the generosity of the late Joseph Rickert family. Rickert, a prominent lawyer and state senator from Waterloo, Ill., had a personal interest in the arts.

Through the family's friendship with Delyte Morris and Henry Shryock, who both served in the role of SIU president (now chancellor), the Rickerts came to appreciate the central role played by Southern Illinois University in the cultural life of the region.

This award, established in memory of the Rickert family, serves to support and encourage that tradition of excellence. Because of the Rickert family’s vision, love of art, and confidence in the future, the College of Art and Design is able to make an annual distribution of cash awards to outstanding Rickert-Ziebold scholars.