Art contest brings big awards for students

Written by Brooke Cox

The talent of UMHB’s students is not only recognized by those who travel on campus, with the recent addition of a mural and the exhibitions in Townsend Memorial Library, but their ability is shown off campus, too, with the awards to prove it.

On Feb. 26, students returned to campus with awards from the distinguished Addys and Barclays.

The annual Barclay Visual Arts Competition was held at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center in Temple for the 70th year of the competition, producing a record number of 218 entries.

Senior art education major Alyssa Geiger won three awards: the Evelyn Foster Award of Excellence in Watercolor, the J. Bryant Reeves Scholarship Student Grand Prize and the Student Award of Excellence in Painting.

Geiger plans on pursuing an MFA after graduation and encourages anyone interested in the Barclays to compete.

“It is an established and well-known competition and a prestigious celebration of the arts,” she said.

Geiger’s work “A Typical Day” is on display at the Cultural Arts Center in Temple until April 1.

The 2010 annual American Advertising Association-Central Texas Addy Awards Competition was held at the Killeen Civic Center where students were selected for awards. Judges were advertising professionals from Oklahoma and Texas.

With more than 60,000 entries nationally, the Addy Awards are the world’s largest competition.

The Best of Show award and a Gold Addy went to alumnus Jordan Hall, Barbara Graham, Jimmy Davila and senior visual communications major Cari Enlow for a group project. The winning design was a product for a fictitious soft drink named Just Juice.

Computer graphic design major Josh Benitez received a Silver Addy for a personal logo design titled JB.

Senior visual communications major Casey Gaffney won a Silver Addy for a poster design titled Highways and Byways.

Enlow also received a Silver Addy for a poster design titled Owlcity.

Enlow was encouraged by her success.

She said, “I never would have thought that I would win an award, much less three. It’s a very gratifying experience.”

Author: The Bells Staff

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