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VisCom student receives first Graphis Platinum Award for A&M-Commerce in the 2019 New Talent Annual

Seen above Nicole Glenn (BFA ‘20) and her award-winning Poster for Screamfest

Of almost 1,200 entries from universities all over the world, 29 projects from 17 A&M-Commerce students
were recognized.

Honors student Nicole Glenn’s poster for Screamfest, was awarded the University’s first Platinum award in the Graphis 2019 New Talent Annual. The poster was designed at the Dallas location in her Design Communications II class during the Fall of 2018. Only 21 of the approximately 1,180 entries earned the coveted Platinum award.

When asked about the student’s success, Assistant Professor Josh Ege said “We are proud of Nicole and all the VisCom Students that were recognized this year. They never shy away from the hard work required to produce engaging work that continues to get noticed by industry leaders.”
In addition to the Platinum, other Visual Communication students from A&M-Commerce were awarded 5 Gold, 11 Silver and 11 Honorable Mention awards in this year’s Annual. The Gold winners include: Rubber Duck Regatta Poster by Jisu Jung (BFA ‘19), Shuttlecock Packaging by Haebinna Choi (BFA ‘18), #Empathy Campaign by Cooper H. Weinstein (BFA ‘18) & Brandon Mulkey (BFA ‘19), Clean Coal Poster by Skyler Wheeler (BFA ‘20) and Austin Aztex Soccer Logo by Jiyun Park (BFA ‘19)

The Silver Award winners included: Don’t get burned Campaign and Girl’s Rights are Human Rights Poster by Monica Williams (BFA ‘20), Aloha BBQ Logo by Jisu Jung (BFA ‘19), The Sound Foundation Logo by Stephanie Williams (BFA ‘20), State of Play Logo and Holocaust Museum Invitation by Sohyeon Ahn (BFA ‘19), Wish Night Invitation by Brandi Hamilton (BFA ‘19), Junior Players Branding by Haebinna Choi, Ohio Aviators Branding and Bahama Bucks Branding by Solbinna Choi (BFA ‘18) and Steerhead Regatta Poster by Jiyun Park (BFA ‘19)

Honorable Mention winners are: Steerhead Regatta Poster by Sohyeon Ahn, Rise Ad Campaign by Jake Carson (BFA ‘20), Nicole Glenn & Caleb Manning, Savage Circus & NAACP Posters and Lucky Books Logo by William Palizo (BFA ‘20), Fur Ball Invitation by Jisu Jung, Seat Voyager Logo by Stephanie Williams, Normal Campaign and CDC Logo by Jake Carson, Her & Hem Logo by Monica Williams, Firehouse Theatre Logo by Bach Tran (BFA ‘20) and Killington World Cup Poster by Caleb Manning.

Entries were judged by an award-winning panel of industry leaders including Athena Azevedo (IF Studio), Kevin Shaw (Stranger & Stranger), Jennifer Morla (Morla Design), and John Fairley (Curious Productions), among several others.

In Graphis hardcover Annuals, Platinum & Gold Award-winning work are presented with full-page images. Silver-winning work is also displayed and Honorable Mentions are listed. All winners from Platinum through Honorable Mention are presented equally on the Graphis website. Graphis began its New Talent Annual 1996.

Students seen above at the Young Ones award show in New York, Left to Right: Cooper Weinstein (BFA ‘18) and Brandon Mulkey (BFA ‘19)

Since our last announcement of VisCom success, the program has been recognized in several national and international design and art direction competitions.

For more than thirty years, The One Club for Creativity has been and continues to be passionate about encouraging students and young professionals to showcase their creativity. On May 7th, The One Show Education Festival culminated with the Young Ones Student Awards Ceremony in New York. The organization recognized two A&M-Commerce art direction teams including 1 of only 2 awards given for their Design Brief Competition. That Bronze Pencil was won by Cooper Weinstein (BFA ‘18) and Brandon Mulkey (BFA ‘19) for their #Empathy Campaign. The creative team made up of Ericka Lindsey (BFA ‘18),  Christa Griffith (BFA ‘18), Aerielle Karpinsky (BFA ‘18) and Cooper Weinstein also recieved a Merit consideration for their Opioid Awareness & Prevention animation. entitled Game Over.

The One Show Recognized work can be seen here.

Through the Adobe Achievement Awards, Indigo Awards, Creative Quarterly 52 and Communication Arts Design Annual our students continue to stack up the recognition. The Adobe Adobe Achievement Awards recognized 9 projects from 7 students as Semi-finalist  including Abram Nguyen (BFA ‘19), Jisu Jung (BFA ‘19), Kristin Decker (BFA ‘19), Nadia Cortez (BFA ‘19), Cooper Weinstein (BFA ‘18), Brandon Mulkey (BFA ‘19) and Brandi Hamilton (BFA ‘19).

The international Indigo Awards recognized 2 A&M-Commerce students with Gold including Sohyeon Ahn (BFA ‘19) and Nayul Park (BFA ‘19).  Jisu Jung (BFA ‘19) and Jiyun Park (BFA ‘19) was also recognized with an honorable mention.

The 52nd issue of Creative Quarterly Magazine included 2 winners and 6 runners-up in Advertising and Graphic Design from A&M-Commerce. Winners included Kyler Jones (BFA ‘19) and Monica Williams (BFA ‘20). The runners-up were Haebinna Choi (BFA ‘18), Solbinna Choi (BFA ‘18), Kyler Jones, Cooper Weinstein, Brandon Mulkey and Monica Williams.

Communication Arts Magazine also recognized the work of Cooper Weinstein in its recent Design Annual. Danielle Reeves’ (BFA ‘19) work made the annual’s finalist list as well.

The One Show Recognized work can be seen here.


National Student Show Presents 3 Best of Category Awards to A&M Commerce Students at Annual Conference

Award winners at the National Student Show & Conference, Left to Right:
Hayley Green (BFA ‘18), Kyler Jones (BFA ‘19), not pictured: Karina Pėrez-Fajardo (BFA ‘18)

A&M-Commerce Department of Art, VisCom students win Best of Logo, Poster & Invitation awards at the 14th Annual National Student Show & Conference.

On April 10-12th, The Dallas Society of Visual Communications held the 14th National Student Show & Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton–Campbell Centre. Each year, the 3 day conference closes with an awards gala where the results of the juried show are announced. This year, A&M Commerce VisCom students saw 15 pieces accepted into the show including 3 Best of Category winners.

Best of Logos was awarded to Kyler Jones for his Alamo Draft House Logo, Best of Posters was awarded to Karina Pėrez-Fajardo for her XXV International Congress of Entomology Poster and Best of Invitations was awarded to Hayley Green for her Diner en Blanc Invitation.  Additional works showcased included work from Habinna Choi (BFA ‘18), Solbinna Choi (BFA ‘18), Christa Griffith (BFA ‘18), Cooper Weinstein (BFA ‘18) and Sohyeon Ahn (BFA ‘19).

This year’s jury included DJ Stout, Partner, Pentagram, Husani S. Oakley, Senior Vice President/Director of Tech at Deutsch, Jennifer Morla, President/Creative Director at Morla Design, Marc English, Graphic Designer and Stewart Cohen, Owner/Photographer, Stewart Cohen Photography.
See the accepted work from A&M Commerce.


A&M Commerce VisCom Students Continue High Level Recognition in National and International Competitions

48 universities from multiple countries submitted work for inclusion in this year’s annual. The 28 pieces included from A&M Commerce constitutes the largest amount in the school’s recorded history of Graphis submission. Gold winners included Solbinna Choi  (BFA ‘18), Aliana Layug (BFA ‘18)  and Hayley Green (BFA ‘18). Silver winners are Karina Perez-Fajardo (BFA ‘18), Alex Flores (BFA ‘17), Kyler Jones (BFA ‘19) Cooper Weinstein (BFA ‘18), Brandi Hamilton (BFA ‘19) and Kelsey Paine (BFA ‘19). Merit winners are Cooper Weinstein, Haebinna Choi (BFA ‘18), Nura Saadaliah (MFA ‘19), Sam Nunez (BFA ‘18), Danielle Reeves (BFA ‘19), Karina Perez-Fajardo, Autumn Heckard (BFA ‘18), Kelsey Paine, Solbinna Choi and Christa Griffith (BFA ‘18).

In Graphis hardcover Annuals, Platinum and Gold winners receive full-page exposure, and Silver and Merit Winners are also visually presented. Entries from each competition are included in the online archive for future reference, where everyone gets the same presentation.

View  the winning work the students.


A&M Commerce VisCom Students Take Home 12 Honors At The AAF Dallas ADDY”S

Work seen above, Left to Right
XXV International Congress of Entomology Poster Karina Pėrez-Fajardo (BFA ‘18), Catch 22 Book Cover by Cooper Weinstein (BFA ‘18) and Cirque Gala Invite by Christa Griffith (BFA ‘18)

A&M-Commerce Department of Art VisCom seniors walk the stage and accept 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 7 Bronze awards from the American Advertising Federation, Dallas.

On March 8th, the 56th Annual Addy’s was held at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX. Three VisCom students were awarded with gold medals: XXV International Congress of Entomology Poster by Karina Pėrez-Fajardo (BFA ‘18), Catch 22 Book Cover by Cooper Weinstein (BFA ‘18) and Cirque Gala Invite by Christa Griffith (BFA ‘18).

Karina Pėrez-Fajardo also took home 2 silver medals for her DeCecco pasta packaging and the Pearl Cup logo. Cooper Weinstein won 2 additional bronze awards for the Big Horn National Forrest Fall Festival Poster and his Into the Darkness photography. Additional bronze awards were awarded to Aliana Layug (BFA ‘18) for her Colourpop ad, Habinna Choi (BFA ‘18) for the Attachments book cover,   for the Catcher in the Rye book cover, and Sam Nunez (BFA ‘18) has 2 bronze for the RHS Chelsea Flow Show poster and Firestone & Robertson Whiskey invitation.

All local gold and silver medal winners qualified to compete in the District 10 Addy’s where Karina Pėrez-Fajardo’s work received a silver, bronze and special judges award. Her XXV International Congress of Entomology Poster will move on to the National Addy’s Competition later this spring. 12 chapters of the American Advertising Federation competed in the District 10 Addy’s including chapters in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

View  the winning work from our seniors.


VisCom MFA alumnus expands his thesis and gets the Verify treatment by WFAA

In keeping with his MFA thesis research on recycling and sustainability, Rick Gavos (MFA ’12) posed a question to David Schechter of WFAA’s “Verify” series. Once selected what followed was a roadtrip to see if Zero Waste is possible.

You might ask yourself what is Zero Waste? Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused as opposed to ending up in a landfill.

After Rick shot and produced a 60-second introductory video posing his Zero Waste question, the topic was approved and a Verify Roadtrip ensued. The veteran reporter, crew, and Mr. Gavos visited the McCommas landfill, the City of Dallas recycling center, and the Zero Waste offices. Experts that were interviewed included Kelly High, Director of Sanitation for Dallas, and Dr. Sahadat Hossain, Director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability at the University of Texas Arlington.

“This experience proved to be an insightful exploration of the bigger picture of recycling and Zero Waste. My thesis topic examined the designer’s role in sustainability. This roadtrip took it to the next level focusing on our role as a citizen of the world and the part we all play in the sustainability of our planet,” said Mr. Gavos.

The 6.5-minute Verify segment first ran on WFAA Channel 8 during the 10:00 p.m. newscast on September 8, 2017, and again at different times that weekend during subsequent newscasts. It was also distributed to other TEGNA (WFAA’s owner) stations throughout Texas and nationally.

View Rick’s Verify story.


A&M Commerce VisCom Senior Earns Gold Medal Among Best Student Work in the Nation From The American Advertising Federation.