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UVU Students Place In National Art Competition

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September 11, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Janessa McNeill

Two students from Utah Valley University’s School of the Arts recently placed in the top 40 in a national art competition aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of tobacco use.

The Make Ugly Contest, sponsored by The Truth campaign and DeviantArt.com, selected senior Kris Cooper and sophomore Adam Dove for their artwork, which articulated the ugliness that comes from smoking.

All contest submissions displayed some variation of a monster, giant, mutant or undead creature, inspired by the effects of tobacco use. Entries were judged on how ugly the creatures depicted were, how well the artwork conveyed the scary facts about tobacco and how each piece came together technically and artistically.

Illustration professor Don Seegmiller, confident his students’ skills were equal to the task, challenged them to create something for the competition for their class final.

“I figured at least one of our students would place,” he said.

Cooper and Dove submitted their final projects, expecting nothing but a grade, and both were surprised to place so high among the more than 3,000 competition entries.

“It took me two weeks to complete the project, and I submitted it to the contest just to see how it would go,” said Cooper, who will graduate next summer with a B.F.A. in illustration. He now wants to compete in more art contests and make more of his work available online with the goal of eventually working in a studio or focusing on concept design or character development for video games.

Dove, who is also working toward a B.F.A. in illustration, said the contest helped motivate him in his illustration goals, which include a career creating concept art in the entertainment business.

“One of my friends told me on Facebook that we had placed in the top 40,” Dove said. “I have come so far thanks to the amazing instructors that we are so fortunate to have. They’re not easy on us, but they deserve quite a bit of credit to my success.”

For more information about the School of the Arts, visit uvu.edu/arts.


“Cigarettes,” by Adam Dove

"Smoking Dead," by Kris Cooper

“Smoking Dead,” by Kris Cooper


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