UVU Students Win State Graphic Design Awards
June 7, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351
Utah Valley University students were awarded two of the three Student Copper Ingots at the Salt Lake City chapter AIGA 100 Show. A professional association for design, AIGA awards the year’s best in professional and student design, advertising and digital media.
“It was a breakout night for our students and it really showed the quality of the program we have created at UVU,” said Ray Elder, area coordinator for UVU’s graphic design program.
Kirsten Nielsen, of Orem, was awarded a Copper Ingot for package design and Cory Crouch, originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, won a Copper Ingot for motion design. Both graduated in April from UVU with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in graphic design.
“I was honestly so shocked that I didn’t even realize they had called my name,” said Nielsen. “Then when I realized two of the three ingots were given to UVU students, I was so proud of the University. I spent two years as School of the Arts senator working to get recognition and validation to put us on the same playing field as other universities, so this was a great ending to my senior year.”
UVU students Will McCrery had three pieces juried in the show while Katrina Sutton had two, and Elyse Taylor, Jacob Russell and Natalie Psuik had one each. Crouch also had an additional piece included in the judging.
“I feel honored to have been recognized by the AIGA,” said Crouch. “I am thrilled to have been able to represent my school and the tremendous work that is being done by faculty, staff and students in UVU’s graphic design program.”
Student entries were judged by jurors from outside the state on the overall effectiveness of the design solution and design brief. Students could enter pieces of work or a campaign of materials they created during 2011. Winners were announced at the AIGA 100 Show Design Gala & Benefit in Salt Lake City on May 19.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.