Radford graphic design community honors its best
To cap the 2018 fall semester, the Department of Art selected the works of 14 Radford graphic design students that will be entered in the upcoming 2019 Western Virginia American Advertising Awards Show, hosted by the Roanoke Advertising Federation (RAF).
The students work was reviewed and the winners announced at the program’s annual Student Graphic Design Show and Alumni Meet-&-Greet on Dec. 2.
The packaging presentation by Jessica Rea, a senior from Midlothian, Virginia, was named as the 2018 Student Graphic Design Best of Show.
Other Radford graphic design students selected to have their work entered in the 2019 Western Virginia American Advertising Awards Show were: Colby Cline, Zachariah Fleming, Nicholas Huber, Juylina Kamiya, Jenni Keatts, Jack Miles, Kavita Patadia, Renee Phelps, Lauren Slough, Keri Stegall and Gina Vucci. The students’ work was entered in eight categories: publication design, packaging, corporate materials, advertising, branding, poster design, illustration and photography.
Students earning the top three spots in each category from the Radford show received awards that pay the entry fees required to enter their work in the upcoming Roanoke show. If selected in Roanoke as among the show’s top three in various categories, the students’ work will qualify for the Advertising Federation’s district-level competition that will include student works from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Winners of that competition advance to the national level competition. In 2018, two Radford students, Xiaomeng Li and Dylan Ondell, won Silver ADDY Awards and advanced to the national level.
Eleven Radford alumni served as judges for the 144 submissions and 22 show awards. Alumni also donated more than $800 to underwrite the entry fees for the winning works to the RAF show in March. The show was a valuable opportunity for students, faculty and alumni to network, according to Professor of Art Ken Smith
“Our graphic design alumni are a significant part of the vibrant Southwest Virginia design community and we appreciate their support in helping prepare and encourage our students to be ready to assume their roles in that community,” Smith said.