Interior design students finalists in Sherwin-Williams competition


Christie Galley's "Remedy Bar & Restaurant" (left) and Anna Bedwell's "Scandinavian Sanctuary" (right) are among the top 20 finalists in Sherwin-Williams' online competition

Radford interior design students Anna Bedwell and Christine Galley were each chosen as finalists in the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge on Facebook. The competition is an annual event designed to celebrate creativity and excellence in student design work. Twenty student designers made it onto the list of finalists. Reactions from viewers such as likes, wows and hearts, are counted as votes. Voting ends on Thursday April 12, 2018. A variety of awards are given out for top entries, including a first-place prize package of $2500 along with having the winner’s work featured in STIR magazine.

The Sherwin-Williams competition is well known among Radford interior design students. Seniors in the program are required to enter at least three design competitions in order to complete their studies. Various students have placed in the competition in years past, the most recent being Anna Nicholson who secured a second place win in 2016 for a residential project design.

At the time of this writing, Bedwell is ranked in first place for the Residential Fan Favorite category, while Galley is ranked second place in the Commercial Fan Favorite category. Winners in each category will receive a $100 gift card from Sherwin-Williams. "It really is a great personal accomplishment to have been chosen as a finalist. There are hundreds of submissions that are sent in to this contest," said Galley.

Galley’s commercial design is called “The Remedy Bar and Restaurant” and is influenced by her interest in Victorian-era apothecaries. Bedwell’s residential design, titled “Scandinavian Sanctuary,” is based on her interest in minimalism as well as her own Scandinavian heritage. 

Bedwell and Galley have received support from a variety of friends, family, classmates and professors. They believe that the coursework and lessons from the interior design program have prepared them to be able to meet the creative challenges that go with working in the profession.

“These four years of my education have prepared me for succeeding in this contest. All the lessons, projects, mistakes, redos, late nights in McGuffey, continuous support and understanding from my classmates, all deserve appreciation and acknowledgement. The tough times and hard knocks are what have encouraged my ambition and perseverance,” said Bedwell.

Contest winners are expected to be announced by Sherwin-Williams in May. 

Apr 12, 2018
Jason S. Hutchens, Ed.D.