Students from Gibbs College in Boston Selected in Cow Design Competition

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Designs from three Visual Communication students will be part of the city’s upcoming CowParade.

We are so excited to see our students’ efforts on display in the form of our own Gibbs College Cow

Three entries from students enrolled in the Gibbs College in Boston Visual Communications program were selected to be part of the CowParade, an international event slated to arrive in Boston this summer. At least one of the students’ designs will be showcased as one of 100 colorful and unusual cows expected to fill the city’s parks, plazas and streets beginning in January and culminating during the summer in a parade of cows. The CowParade, a public art event that has traveled to cities around the world since 1999, was established to foster art education and benefit local and national charities, and because of this year’s selections, will be a celebrated venue for Gibbs art students as well.

Three of six designs submitted by Gibbs College Visual Communications students were chosen, and as a result, one student’s design will become the Gibbs College Cow. It has been dubbed “John HanCow” for its design inspiration, which came from the mirror-like windows of the city’s highest building. “Everyone here at Gibbs is thrilled. We are so pleased that the talent of our Visual Communications students at Gibbs has been recognized – it’s ‘Moo-velous!’ ” said Ida Zecco, vice president of admissions for Gibbs College in Boston, who spearheaded the program to involve students in the Cow design competition. “We are so excited to see our students’ efforts on display in the form of our own Gibbs College Cow,” said Stephen Bonkowski, president of Gibbs College in Boston. “That they can compete on a level with world class artists and designers speaks to the talent of these three students and the quality of the program from which they have honed their creativity and artistic skills.”

The call for artists to put their own creative spin on the statues and a chance for them to be displayed in the form of life-size resin cows around the city went out to painters, mixed-media artists, sculptors and craftspeople, and ranged from children and professional artists. Those chosen receive $1000 and a chance to be included in the CowParade artist book. Businesses sponsoring a cow can choose an artist by browsing the designs in the book. In addition to the Gibbs College Cow, the two other designs from Gibbs students will be on view in the artist book, and if they are chosen, the artists will also receive $1000.

Fifty of the cows will be sold at a live auction in October 2006, and the remaining cows will be sold in an online auction. Part of the funds will be donated locally to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Because several doctors from Gibbs College’s clinical / medical specialty within the school’s Business Administration program have been members of Dana-Farber, the school also has a special connection to the recipient of the funds, as well as a special place in their hearts for their own Gibbs College Cow.

About Gibbs College in Boston

Gibbs College of Boston, Inc., a private two-year college, offers Associate of Applied Science degrees and career training with an emphasis on Business Administration, Office Administration, Visual Communications, and Technology. Gibbs College strives to provide a progressive environment that is conducive to learning and personal growth. Career training includes an industry-current curriculum taught by experienced instructors. Gibbs College provides students with career support, and inspires students while helping them prepare for a lifetime of learning. Find out more about the specialized degree programs, financial aid available for those who qualify, career services, area highlights and student life at Gibbs College in Boston at

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