Des Moines, Iowa (May 5, 2015) Drake University student, Evelyn Tomer, won the First Annual Ahlers & Cooney Student Art Competition at a reception on April 24, 2015. Tomer’s entry, Discourse (No. 2), will be prominently displayed in the offices of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. for the remainder of 2015.
Tomer’s artwork was selected from among three finalists by judges prominent in the arts field: Liz Lidgett, a Central Iowa art consultant, and Van Holmgren, one of the Midwest's most sought after and emerging artists. Ms. Tomer received an award and cash prize of $500, and a separate cash prize of $500 was awarded to Drake University.
The other two student finalists were Ashton Mayer, Central College, with Makings of Flight, and Julius Cavira, Kirkwood Community College, with Jazz. Each finalist received an award and cash prize of $250. In addition, Ahlers & Cooney made a matching donation to the respective schools attended by each finalist.
“Art has always played a prominent role in our office surroundings,” said Kristy Latta, Chair of the Ahlers & Cooney Art Committee. “Instead of acquiring any new pieces this year, we thought it would be fun to encourage and display art created by students from our higher education clients. Given the quality of the submissions and the success of the event, we plan to expand to include a separate division for high school artists next year.”
Ahlers & Cooney has the privilege of representing many institutions of higher learning across Iowa. The call for entries went to student artists at their client institutions. Art media could include paintings and drawings, photography, sculpture, fabric and any mixture of these media.
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