Professor Gutierrez selected as finalist in Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge

Fine Arts,

Lake Erie College’s Associate Professor of Integrated Media Steven Gutierrez was recently selected as one of seven finalists in the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge.

In an effort to inspire artists around the world to explore the notion of innovation, Arrow Electronics and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) launched the challenge with the idea that “innovators live in the world of Five Years Out.” Artists were encouraged to explore the notion of innovation and express what Five Years Out looks like through their medium.

Titled Aesthetica Sculptura, Gutierrez’s project is an art piece balanced between the creator and the viewer. The project is in the midst of developing over a 21-day evolutionary timeline from May 6-27.

“My submission is a sculpture that evolves during the creation process through 3D design submissions online using a simple 3D user interface,” he said. “As the piece evolves, issues about aesthetics and our web culture are highlighted.”

In essence, as more users gravitate toward more popular design structures for the sculpture, it will become more difficult for less popular structures to influence the final design. Gutierrez will 3D print the final design and will present his work at the CCAF taking place July 1-4, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

The CCAF is an award-winning three-day celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts that attracts 350,000 visitors each year. The event gives patrons the opportunity to meet with international juried visual artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live musical performances and take part in interactive “ARTivities.”

For more information on Aesthetica Sculptura or to make your contribution to the design, visit Further questions may be directed to Professor Gutierrez at

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