Illinois State University President, Timothy Flanagan presented Veda Rives with the
University Distinguished Service Award plaque
during Founder's Day Convocation
February 20, 2014
University Distinguished Service Award recipient
Bone Student Center
Illinois State University
Rives, Associate Director of Normal Workshop
in the School of Art, College of Fine Arts,
received the University Distinguished Service
Award for her professional, personal and
individual work contributions which exemplify
uncommon achievement and demonstrated service to
Illinois State University since 1994. The
Distinguished Service Award is designed to
acknowledge the demonstrated outstanding
contributions by Administrative / Professional
(A/P) staff to the work of the University. This
award is the highest non-faculty award given by
the University and was presented during the
Founders Day Convocation on February 20,
2014. Ms. Rives' contributions to the
University and community focus on her expertise in
printmaking and visual arts.
Normal Editions Workshop (NEW), the print research facility and outreach program in the School of Art, provides professional print services for artists throughout the United States, intern experiences for advanced printmaking students, and cultural enrichment to wide audiences through exhibition of the art created via collaboration. Ms. Rives' professional contributions and achievements as Associate Director of NEW include more than 125 collaborative print projects with over 50 artists, numerous exhibitions from the NEW archive, catalog and book publications including an extensive retrospective celebrating 30 years of NEW, serving as printmaking alumni outreach coordinator, co-principal investigator on numerous grants bringing over $70,000 in external support to NEW, webpage developer, and supervising students. Service to the College includes the College Council (Dean Evaluation, Budget & Planning, and By-Laws review/revision sub-committees), Computer Advisory Committee, and a New Building Complex Subcommittee.
Ms Rives' maintains an active artist’s studio, with an emphasis in lithography, letterpress, handmade paper, and book arts. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and included in many juried shows and collections such as group exhibitions Amateras Annual Paper Art Exhibition 2010 (Honorable Mention) Sophia, Bulgaria; Books Beyond Words-Evolution, East Gippsland, Bairnsdale, Victoria Australia; In Between: International Paper Art Exhibition 2011, Hanegev Museum, Be’er Sheva, Israel and collections including Hanji Theme Park, Wonju, South Korea, permanent exhibition of International Paper Art and Artists' Books Archive, Milano, Italy.
In addition, Ms. Rives actively contributes to her community serving as an advisor for student and youth organizations, Secretary/Treasurer and webmaster for the Illinois Higher Education Art Association, and is a member of the Loyalty Circle at Illinois State University.