Susquehanna Design Students Win Big at ‘Real Show’
Published on April 28, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Eleven Susquehanna University graphic design students have won 14 awards, including Best of Show, in the “Real Show” competition sponsored by the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington (ADCMW). The awards were presented April 24 at ADCMW Career Day at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University in Washington, D.C.
The Real Show is an annual competition giving college students the opportunity to solve real-life communication design problems. This year, the categories were a logo and stationery for Groundwire, a nonprofit enterprise that uses technology to create a sustainable society; an editorial magazine layout for an article titled “Your Genome, Yourself;” a new member Web site for AARP; and print and banner ads for the Law School Admission Council.
Students from 20 colleges submitted some 400 design entries in four categories, but only 40 entries were accepted for judging, and just six schools’ students earned awards. The winning pieces will be displayed in an exhibition, along with the actual real-world designs, at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts.
SU student award-winners include the following:
Best of Show: Jon Pierotti, a senior, of Hazelton, Pa.
Gold Medals: Jon Pierotti and Steven Scales, a junior, of Sparta, N.J.
Silver Medal: William Mellor, a junior, of Wallingford, Pa.
Bronze Medals: Julie Springer, a senior, of Lansdale, Pa.; and Jordan High, a sophomore, of Hopeland, Pa.
Merit Awards: Jon Pierotti; Steven Scales; Kelsi Burris, a senior, of Wernersville, Pa.; Samantha Reaves, a senior, of Watertown, N.Y.; Kristen Rozema, a senior, of Ramsey, N.J.; Caleb Heisey, a junior, of Newport, Pa.; Colleen Kelly, a junior, of Lawrenceville, N.J.; and Rachael Long, a junior, of Dornsife, Pa.
“I was confident that our school would do well in the competition because of our strong design program at SU,” said Pierotti. “I felt good about the work that I entered into the contest, but there are many factors that affect the judging. With the help of my class and professor, I was able to put together a solid piece.”
“This is the contest that means the most to us,” said Mark Fertig, associate professor of art. “It has the strongest entry field and the best premise, meaning that all students at all schools are doing exactly the same assignments.”
Judges for the event included Supon Phornirunlit, president of Supon Creative; Lucinda Crabtree, president of Crabtree + Company; and Allison Yard Medland, art director at Discovery Communications.
“Having successful professionals recognize my work is truly an honor, especially when pitted against other talented designers,” said Heisey. “It’s a reward in itself to know that what I’m doing as a student is paying off.”
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones