FHSU graphic arts students make strong showings in Denver, Tulsa

Graphic arts students from Fort Hays State University have followed up on their recent success in Wichita with great showings in Denver and Tulsa.

After bringing home eight of 11 awards, including the top three in the overall portfolio competition, at the American Institute of Graphic Arts Wichita Chapter's 16th Annual Student Portfolio Forum in April, FHSU students went to Denver to participate for the first time ever in the Denver AIGA Portfolio Review. More than 50 design professionals were on hand to review the portfolios of about 100 students.

"FHSU students blew them away with their work," said Karrie Simpson Voth, associate professor of art. "Not only did their work outshine the work of other students from other schools, but FHSU students were the only ones with 3-D portfolios. Other students had flat pieces in a book."

Unlike the Wichita event, no awards are given at the Denver review, but the trip was still successful, said Voth.

"The FHSU students received several job offers and made wonderful contacts in the Denver area," she said. "Two of the students had job interviews the very next day. It was an amazing experience for these students who walked in from little Hays, Kansas, and showed them that it doesn't matter where you come from, it's what you do with what you have."

The students who participated in AIGA Denver were Ryan Bollig, Hays senior; Daniel Gutierez, Hays senior; Daniel Hart, Coats senior; Amy Herold, Great Bend senior; Wallis Osborn, Loveland, CO, senior; Jami Porter, Lenexa senior; Ray Schlitter, Hays junior; and Jenny Venn, Derby senior.

In Tulsa, FHSU students brought home five of the six scholarship awards given at the Graphex 35 Regional Design Competition sponsored by the Art Directors Club of Tulsa.

This was a competition for professional designers as well as students. More than 160 students entered. Combined, FHSU students received $2,100 in scholarship money.

Porter took first place for portfolio and also best animation.

Bang-Wool Han, Seoul, South Korea, graduate student, took second place in portfolio. Venn won for best packaging and Kyle Finley, El Dorado junior, won the Judge's Choice award.

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