UW Students Excel at Regional Graphic Design Competition

February 15, 2012
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Gary Staebler of Powell, left, won Best Publication Design and Nataliya Lityuk of Cheyenne won Best Logo Design at the region's premiere exhibition for graphic design and advertising. (UW Photo)

University of Wyoming students claimed top honors in two categories at the recent Art Director's Club Denver Student Exhibition.

Nataliya Lityuk of Cheyenne won Best Logo Design and Gary Staebler of Powell won Best Publication Design.

"The event is the premiere exhibition for graphic design and advertising in this region," says Jenny Venn, assistant professor in the UW Department of Art. She received the club's educator of the year award.

"University of Wyoming graphic design students have been preparing for this competition since their first day of graphic design I, and they did a stellar job," Venn says. "All of their long nights in the studio have finally begun to pay off. It's great to receive recognition of this caliber, as the results speak highly about the quality of UW's art program."

"The scope of work this year was stunning, specifically in packaging and poster design categories," says Ryan Bramwell, one of the competition's four judges. "The range of exemplary styles kept judges on our toes and created a sense of excitement in seeing our industry's next generation of artists. Great work to all entrants, as it was a very difficult process to narrow down the finalists."

The UW students claimed first place in adjudicated competition against schools such as: Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Colorado Institute of Art, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Metropolitan State University and Fort Hays State University.

Other UW students who had work adjudicated into the competition were:

Cheyenne -- Mark Robertson and Sam Vogel.

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Kori Nachbar.

Jackson -- Tyler Jackson and Britt Miller.

Lander -- Jenny Hamilton.

Laramie -- Margot McFaul.

Rockford, Ill. -- Ben Marshall.

Star Valley -- Kira Cheshier.

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