Four Top Design Students Awarded Scholarships at Academy of Art University Spring Show 2008

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Four graphic design students at the Academy of Art University were awarded scholarships at the annual Spring Show and portfolio review.

Each year we see more industry professionals attending Spring Show, and we are also seeing many of these professionals return year after year to see the work of each year's talented students

Mary Scott, Chair, School of Graphic Design, Academy of Art University, presented scholarships to four graphic design students at the University's annual Spring Show and portfolio review. This year's student winners included BFA graduates and MFA graduates, and marked the first year that an online student was awarded a scholarship.

Spring Show 2008, held on May 22nd, drew a record number of professionals to review the work of students from all 13 of the Academy's fine art and design schools. "Each year we see more industry professionals attending Spring Show, and we are also seeing many of these professionals return year after year to see the work of each year's talented students," said Scott.

The School of Graphic Design recruits design experts from all over the country to judge the student portfolios and determine the winners of the scholarship awards. This year's judges were Camilla Bravo, (show chair), Kodak Photo Gallery, San Francisco, California; Marc English, Marc English Design, Austin, Texas; Jim Mousner, Origin Design, Houston, Texas; Michael Hodgson, Ph.D, Santa Monica, California; and Suzanne Nason, Tw!st Studio, San Francisco, California.

Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship. This year's winners included:

BFA Awards:
Sumila Mehta: Hallmark Award for Excellence in Design
Katie Freathy: Lexicon Branding Award for Design Excellence
Christopher Brewer (online student): Lexicon Branding Award for Design Excellence

MFA Awards:
Emily Lemmer: Boisset Family Estates Award for Design Excellence

The School of Graphic Design recognizes design as a cultural force that spans consumer, commerce and social causes. Under the aegis of Mary Scott, Chair, and Phil Hamlett, Graduate Director, the School of Graphic Design is noted for its real world approach to teaching the art of graphic design, and ardently preparing its students for presenting themselves into the profession of graphic design. Graduates from the School of Graphic Design work in many of the industry's most prestigious firms.

About the Academy of Art University
With nearly 12,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BFA, M.Arch and MFA programs, as well as continuing art education with classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, graphic design, cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program in art and design.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

For more information visit http://www.academyart.edu or call 1-800-544-2787.

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