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2010 Faculty & Staff News

A poster by staff member Cocheyse Gilliam was recently selected in an AIGA Blue Ridge regional competition

April 2, 2010

A poster by staff member Cocheyse Gilliam (Public Relations), who is taking a graphic design course in the Department of Art, was recently selected by a jury of professional designers in the AIGA Blue Ridge "Poster Clash," a first-time regional competition. Gilliam, a Longwood graduate, is one of four students from the two Graphic Design 221 classes taught by Wade Lough, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, to have their 18-by-24-inch posters, which addressed the theme of change, chosen from among a pool of nearly 300 students and professionals who submitted work to the competition.

The other Longwood students are sophomore design majors Kaitlyn Smith and Emily Staskiel and sophomore Colleen MacRae, a business administration major (marketing concentration) and graphic design minor. Their posters, among the 64 chosen for Poster Clash, were posted to the AIGA Blue Ridge web site where the public voted for their favorite posters in a format similar to the NCAA basketball tournament. Smith's and Staskiel's posters made it to the round of 32 before being eliminated. "This is quite an honor, and in the case of Emily and Kaitlyn, I don't think we've ever had sophomores compete in a program like this before," said Lough.

AIGA Blue Ridge brings together design professionals, students and the people who collaborate with them, serving western Maryland, southwestern Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, and northeastern West Virginia since 2002. Founded in 1914, AIGA, formerly the American Institute for Graphic Arts, is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design.