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Graphic Design students awarded for exceptional work

HUNTSVILLE, June 12, 2017 -- Sam Houston State University's Department of Art has announced several notable achievements from students in the graphic design program.

“We’ve had a fantastic spring and early summer in regard to student success,” said Anthony Watkins, associate professor of graphic design at SHSU. “So far, this year we’ve had student work recognized at four different national and international competitions.”

Students Justice Crisp and Cristal Zuniga have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2017 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

“642 Semifinalists were chosen this year out of 2444 national and international entrants from schools including Arizona State University, the University of Toronto, Maryland Institute College of Art, the College of Art, Delhi, and many others,” Watkins said.

Crisp’s submitted work included branding design for Sin Bar Whiskey, as well as her Falstaff Beer Brand Guide. Zuniga was recognized as a semifinalist for her creation of a Department of Dance booklet.

Zuniga was also selected for inclusion in the 2016 AIGA Flux competition, which celebrates the best creative work produced each year by undergraduate and graduate students from across the country. Asked to design a brochure, booklet or magazine for one of the department’s in SHSU’s College of Fine Arts & Mass Communication, Zuniga selected the Department of Dance for her work and produced a booklet.

Zuniga explained that her goal for the dance booklet was to express a freeform, vivacious and dynamic attitude.

“By creating this dance booklet and expressing the freeform, I had to distort the typography," Zuniga said. “I needed to find the balance between the original typography and its distortion.”

Additionally, Crisp, as well as student Camille Hay, were included in the 2017 National Student Show and Conference. Hosted by the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, this year’s show received entries from across the U.S. and included work from the Santa Fe University of Art And Design, Old Dominion University, Southern Methodist University and others.

Hay's work explores the relative absence of art from women of color in museums and galleries, and is an effort to educate the public on the role women of color have and continue to play in the art world.

The work of student Katherine Aclin was included in the 2017 GLITCH National Student Design Competition. Hosted by the Mississippi State University AIGA Student Group, this year’s show received 170 entries from 29 schools. Aclin’s work, Letterform Anatomy, was recognized as first runner-up in the Typography category.

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