On Wednesday night at the Parkland Graphic Design Juried Exhibition opening reception, seven very deserving students received $1,400 in cash awards for excellent work.
I could not be prouder of these students who worked hard all year long and gave body, mind, and soul to create these amazing portfolio samples.
Special thanks must go out to this year’s judges who volunteered their time to select the winners: Matt Cho, owner and founder of [co][lab], an experimental collaboration/coworking space in downtown Urbana, and Kurt Bielema, creative director of Single Stereo, a local design studio.
Their job was not easy. Out of 228 entries that were juried into the show by the teaching faculty, their mission was to choose the 14 best pieces to award the cash prizes.
Over 200 industry professionals, alumni, friends, family and students attended the reception (see pictures). At 7 p.m., I took the podium and with microphone in hand, called up each of the winners and congratulated them for their excellent work. Here’s who won:
• Graphic Design Best of Show (Kelli Mikhail, $100):
• President’s Award of Excellence (Gloria Roubal, $100):
• Fine & Applied Arts Department Chair Award
(Catherine Yao, $100):
• Graphic Design Program Director’s Award
(Madelyn Witruk, $100):
• David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award
(Liza Wynette, $100):
• Surface 51 Award of Excellence (Catherine Yao, $100):
• Studio 2D Design Strategy Award (Jordan Bidner, $100):
• Six Demon Studio Award for Excellence in Digital Media
(Kelli Mikhail, $100):
• CUDO Award of Excellence (Kelli Mikhail, $100):
• [co][lab] Award of Excellence (Dustin Kinkelaar, $100):
• Brian Sullivan Award of Excellence (Josiah Peoples, $100):
• Golfview Village Award of Excellence (Liza Wynette, $100):
• Heartland Science and Technology Group Award of Excellence
(Liza Wynette, $100):
• Electric Pictures Award of Excellence (Jordan Bidner, $100):
The exhibition will be open in our art gallery until June 4. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College website.
You can also view the online version of this year’s exhibition by browsing to gds.parkland.edu/pages/exhibition.html.
Paul Young is the program director of Graphic Design at Parkland College.