CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two winners will split the $15,000 Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award for 2013 at the School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

This year’s winners are: ceramics artist Ryan Michael of Tinley Park and sculptor Zach Valent of Dahinda.

Both artists are graduating seniors who entered the competitive Rickert-Ziebold exhibit for a chance at the prestigious scholarship and cash award. Eligible students submit representations of their art. Finalists use space in the Surplus Gallery in the Glove Factory art facility to create a display of their art that not only showcases what they can do, but also how they can present it.

This year’s contest included artists working in painting, communication design, metalsmithing, drawing, printmaking, art history, and glass, as well as in the winners’ categories of ceramics and sculpture.

The annual Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award honors the late Joseph Rickert, a prominent lawyer and former state senator from Waterloo, who loved the arts and appreciated SIU Carbondale’s place in the cultural life of the Southern Illinois region. His family established the award in 1974, and it is the most prestigious award offered by the School of Art and Design.

The Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award exhibition, featuring entries from all 16 finalists, will remain on display all week in the Surplus Gallery, 432 S Washington Ave., Carbondale. A reception is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, in the gallery.

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