The American Advertising Federation, AAF Reno held their annual honors ceremony, the 2018 American Advertising Awards on Friday, March 9, with graphics students from Truckee Meadows Community College winning honors in all four student categories.
The theme for the evening was “ADDY Night, Deadly Night: Work to Die For,” and the ceremony was a costumed event. Graphic Communications students “dressed to kill” in the spirit of their favorite horror movie or film villain.
TMCC GRC students won six gold and eight silver ADDY certificates. Winners are listed in alphabetical order by last name:
- Michelle Bailey: Gold for “Wai’anapanapa Travel” poster, and for “Chinese Pangolin” logo
- Veronica Chapman: Gold for “Fine Arts Poster #2”, and Silver for “Fine Arts Poster #1”
- Susie Lang: Silver for “Design Culture Now” and “TMCC Type Magazine” posters
- Brianna Mick: Silver for “Whitehaven Beach Watercolor” illustration
- Shiloh Reading: Silver for “Design Culture Now” poster
- Martin Rodriguez: Gold for “Drifting in Despair” poster
- Hannah Selvey: Gold for “Graphic Communications TMCC” website, Silver ADDY for “Slice Salon” website, Silver for “Logistics Management” logo, and Gold for “Chugach State Park Poster”
- Chalyn Tallman: Silver for “Crisp Morning Beauty” illustration
Graphic Communications Professor Dan Bouweraerts mentored the students with their entries.
“The ADDY Awards are an excellent opportunity for Graphic Communications students to show off their skills within a nationally recognized event,” Bouweraerts said. “AAF Reno has made this event available to our students for years, and we greatly appreciate that support.”
The Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), The Abbi Agency, and DynaGraphics printing services sponsored the event and winners book.
About the ADDY Awards
A panel of independent judges evaluated show entries:
- Miguel Chacon, Creative Director for Street Source Marketing, Denver, Colorado
- Camron Gnass, Founder and Creative Director for Traction branding and design, Lansing, Michigan
- Michael O’Cana, Web Director and Partner, Neon Pig Creative, Colorado Springs
AAF Reno is an organization for professionals in the fields of advertising, design, and marketing. Students participate as well, at a reduced membership fee.
The association provides networking opportunities for both students and professionals, and offers scholarships for students.
Careers in Graphic Communications
The graphics program at TMCC is built on performance-based instruction; students assemble a portfolio of work as they learn design principles, the critiquing process, and software techniques.
More information about the graphics program at TMCC can be found at the Graphic Communications website, or by calling 775-673-7291.