2019 Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award finalists announced: exhibits open April 1

Winning work – Part of the exhibition by Lindsey Perry, one of three students to share the 2018 Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award, that was on display last year. (Photo by Steve Buhman)

March 22, 2019

2019 Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award finalists announced: exhibits open April 1

by Hannah Erickson

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Nine finalists are gearing up to compete for Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s most prestigious art and design award, the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award.

Established in memory of Joseph Rickert and the Rickert Family, the award recognizes outstanding graduating seniors from SIU’s School of Art and Design. Every year, seniors prepare for the selection process and compete for the honor, which includes a substantial scholarship.

A weeklong exhibit, set for April 1-6, follows the announcement of the finalists and gives an opportunity for faculty and community members to view the creative work. A final awards ceremony will present the winners on April 5 at the Surplus Gallery.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the 2019 RZ Winners Exhibition Reception and Presentation of Awards on April 5 at the Southern Illinois University Surplus Gallery. The reception is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m., with the award presentation at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sun Kim at sunkim@siu.edu or Surplus Gallery at 618/453-7548.

Award finalists

The annual competition offers students a unique experience that sets them up for future professional work. After preliminary jurying and evaluation, nine seniors moved on as finalists. This year’s finalists include:

  • Aaron Caldwell, general studio.
  • Sarah Emerick, communication design.
  • Ian Herndon, industrial design.
  • Emily Kuehl, communication design.
  • Margaret Lebeau, sculpture.
  • Chris Luper, painting.
  • Samantha Purze, ceramics.
  • Gary Tippin, industrial design.
  • Zach Weddle, industrial design.

Exhibition opens April 1

All of the finalists will have their creative work on display at the Surplus Gallery April 1-6. The exhibits are free and open to the public. The gallery is located at SIU’s Studio Arts Building at 432 S. Washington St. in Carbondale.

Gallery hours are:

  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 1.
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 2-5.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. April 6.

The final winner announcement is set for 3:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Surplus Gallery.

Closing reception to recognize winners

A closing reception, set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 5 will recognize the students’ work and honor the final winners. This event will also include an award presentation at 6:30 p.m. All events will be held in the Surplus Gallery.

For more information, contact Sun Kim at sunkim@siu.edu or the Surplus Gallery at 618/453-7548 or sgallery@siu.edu.