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Students honored in ISU College of Design's 34th Art and Design Annual exhibition

November 04, 2014

Ashley Enger won Best of Show with her work titled "Wizarding World Dictionary and Symbology."
Reed Wu's first-place entry, "Keeper of Dreams."
Sarah Vance's "Final Defense" poster series won second place.
Brooke Moffitt's third-place "Starburst" video features stop-motion animation of a candy wrapper.
Matthew Boley received an honorable mention for "Gibson Tribute."
Amanda Miller's "Self Portrait" received an honorable mention.
"Kentucky Derby" by Nicole Zach received an honorable mention.
Claire Smith's container, "Irish Heritage," won the Marck Nystrom Ceramics Award.
Sara Madison's "The Library" won the Excellence in Textiles Award.


AMES, Iowa — Nine Iowa State University students majoring in biological/pre-medical illustration, graphic design and integrated studio arts took top honors in the "34th Art and Design Annual" juried exhibition now on view in Gallery 181 at the ISU College of Design.

Of the 158 total artworks submitted by 105 students, 80 works by 60 students were selected for the exhibition, which runs through Thursday, Nov. 13. The show was open to entries from undergraduate students in BPMI, graphic design, industrial design, integrated studio arts and interior design.

This year's "Art and Design Annual" was juried by College of Design alumni Ann Au and Bruce Yang. Au is the owner of 2AU Limited, a jewelry studio and retail store in Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree in craft design from Iowa State in 1981. Yang is a freelance designer with Kai Media. He received a BFA in graphic design from Iowa State in 1999.

Award recipients were announced Nov. 3 during a public reception at the College of Design. Janice Peterson Anderson Excellence Awards were presented for best of show, first, second and third place, and three honorable mentions. Other recognition included the Marck Nystrom Ceramics Award and the Excellence in Textiles Award.

Graphic design junior Ashley Enger, Johnston, won best of show for her mixed-media "Wizarding World Dictionary and Symbology."

"This piece put it all together: the materials used, the imagery, the attention to detail," Au said. "I love the torn pages, the pop-up source guide and the calligraphy text."

"The designer did so many things right to make this 'the whole package,'" Yang said. "I love how she treated the paper to give it a weathered look. The font and illustration had the feeling of something that is hand drawn… Her idea of using strings and a rock to secure the book is a great way to add those finishing touches that put this piece into the best of show category."

The jurors praised Reed Wu's first-place entry, "Keeper of Dreams" (a double-edged knife mounted on wood), as a "beautiful, well-crafted object."

Au cited "the weight of the piece, the fine forging and polishing of the blade in relation to the rough surface of the [handle], and … a well-formed grip accentuated by the textured reassurance of the thumb pad."

Wu is a senior in integrated studio arts from Ames.

Second place went to Sarah Vance, Davenport, junior in graphic design, for "Final Defense," a series of three posters "that worked beautifully as one mounted piece," Yang said.

"The design is powerful. It uses bold colors and dynamic lines to draw you in. Each poster is simple and clean. It is not until you view them together that you see the progression."

Brooke Moffitt's "Starburst" (video/digital media), the third-place winner, was so much fun "I wanted to see it again," Au said. "Clever, colorful, nice flow, excellent music choice."

"You know it is good art if it evokes an emotion. Watching this video … made me smile and giggle. [It] brought back memories of not only eating Starbursts but also the joy kids have folding cootie catchers. I like how the stop motion and music are used to make the video fun."

Moffitt is a junior in graphic design from Sioux Rapids.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Matthew Boley, Gurnee, Ill., junior in graphic design, "Gibson Tribute" (mixed media); Amanda Miller, Edina, Minn., junior in biological/pre-medical illustration, "Self Portrait" (drawing); and Nicole Zach, Tipton, senior in graphic design, "Kentucky Derby" (computer illustration).

The Marck Nystrom Ceramics Award was presented to ISA sophomore Claire Smith, Belmond, for "Irish Heritage." Integrated studio arts senior Sara Madison, Council Bluffs, received the Excellence in Textiles Award for "The Library" (digital and hand-printed textile with embroidery).

This year’s Art and Design Annual was coordinated by Cindy Gould, associate professor of art and visual culture, with assistance from Bev Krumm, lecturer in graphic design; Kim Moss, assistant professor of art and visual culture; Will Prindle, assistant professor of industrial design, and Jihyun Song, associate professor of interior design, and 11 graduate students: YinSin Chang, Qing Guo, Laura Huisinga, Julian Osorio and Debrah Trout, graphic design; Mathew Greiner, Rahele Jomepour, Rohini Kummitha, Sodam Lee and Devin Sloan, integrated visual arts; and Sasiwong Akkisopa, interior design.

Gallery 181 is located on the first floor of the College of Design building on the west side of the Iowa State University campus. Admission is free. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. The show will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

Ashley Enger, Graphic Design student, (515) 423-9539,
Cindy Gould, Art and Visual Culture, (515) 294-6297,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,