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UW Graphic Designers Dominate Colorado Competition

December 8, 2009
Woman and man
University of Wyoming Assistant Professor Jenny Venn assists Steve Neuberger of Casper on a class project. The class won several awards during a regional exhibition in Denver.

A group of University of Wyoming graphic design students dominated a recent competitive regional exhibition in Denver.

UW student work comprised 45 of the 132 pieces chosen for the Art Director's Club Annual Student Exhibition, with 14 UW students having at least one piece chosen to be exhibited.

"This is unheard of for a design competition," says Jenny Venn, assistant professor in the UW Department of Art.

The student pieces won prestigious awards, including four of the six judge's choice awards. UW also won for Best School Participation, defeating all Colorado design programs including Colorado State University, Denver Metro University and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

Venn received the Outstanding Educator Award, and Dani Alvarado of Gillette received awards for Best Packaging Design and Best Motion/New Media Design. The students who won the judge's awards are Alvarado, Hannah Beningo of Lakewood, Colo., Andy Lindberg of Laramie and Louise Eckardt of Powell.

Students chosen for the exhibition (by hometown):

Casper -- Stephanie Meyer, Steve Neuberger.

Cody -- Nyla Hurley.

Fort Collins, Colo. -- Travis Wall.

Gillette -- Dani Alvarado.

Green River -- Steven Held.

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Katherine Kerber.

Lakewood, Colo. -- Hannah Benigno.

Laramie -- Andy Lindberg.

Newcastle -- Garrett Buckert.

Powell -- Louise Eckardt.

Rapid City, S.D. -- Felicia Follum.

Rock Springs -- Issac Grover.

Sidney, Neb. -- Courtney Conrad.

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