Last night at the 2016 Parkland Graphic Design Juried Exhibition opening reception, 10 very proud students received $1,400 in cash awards for submitting excellent work.
Every year, the students in Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design Programs submit their best work for jurying by the faculty. This year, 169 entries were chosen by the faculty to be showcased in Parkland’s Giertz Gallery. Then two industry professionals were invited to come in to judge the entries and to select the award winners. This year’s judges were Kelly White, the executive director of 40 North, and Matt Wiley, a well-renowned local illustrator and graphic designer at Taylor Studios. Their mission: find the best 14 pieces in the show and then select the one piece that would receive the coveted “best of show” award.
Most of the awards were donated by local businesses and supporters of Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design Programs. These friends include Surface 51, The Robeson Family, [co][lab], Studio 2D, Six Demon Studio,Wesley Food Pantry and the Champaign-Urbana Design Org (CUDO) who all donated cash awards. CUDO was also the co-sponsor of the opening reception.
Over 200 industry professionals, alumni, friends, family and students attended the reception. At 6:30 p.m., each of the winners were acknowledged with a round of applause, a certificate and a check. Here’s who won:
• Graphic Design Best of Show
• Illustration Best of Show
• Typography Best of Show
• President’s Award of Excellence
• CUDO Award of Excellence
• Surface 51 Award of Excellence
• Studio 2D Design Strategy Award
• Six Demon Studio Award of Excellence
• [co][lab] Award of Excellence
• Wesley Food Pantry Award of Excellence
• Electric Pictures Award of Excellence
• David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award
• Fine & Applied Arts Department Chair Award
• Graphic Design Program Director’s Award
The 2016 Parkland Graphic Design Juried Exhibition will continue in Parkland’s Giertz Gallery until May 28. Summer gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10am–7pm and Saturday, noon–2pm.
To see more examples of student work from Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs, please visit our virtual galleries.
[Paul Young is the program director of Graphic Design at Parkland College.]