The University and College Designers Association’s (UCDA) annual design competition has become a yearly reason for SVA to celebrate, and it’s time to break out the champagne again. The Visual Arts Press earned a quartet of Gold Awards: two top prizes for the 2009–10 Undergraduate Catalog, and one each for the fall 2008 and spring 2009 issues of the Visual Arts Journal. These four prizes represent nearly half of the nine Gold Awards given by the UCDA overall.
From among the 1,300 entries received by the UCDA, another dozen works from the Press got Excellence Awards: alumnus and faculty member Gail Anderson’s (BFA 1984 Graphic Design) fall 2008 SVA subway poster; The Annual 2008; two separate nods for the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department’s Portfolio 29; the printed materials for the 2008 Alumni Society Auction; the BFA Fine Arts Department’s 20/20 portfolio; printed materials for SVA’s 2009 Commencement Exercises; the 2008 staff and faculty holiday party invitation; the BFA Interior Design Department’s Portfolio 9; the BFA Photography Department’s Portfolio, Class 2008; and Dear Dave, Issues #4 and #5. All of the winning publications will appear in the 2009 UCDA Design Show, which will be on view at the organization’s 39th Annual Design Conference, October 3 – 6 in Seattle.
And the Press is already getting a leg up on next year’s competition: Gail Anderson’s latest poster campaign, a series of five posters that will run until June 2010 throughout New York. The new posters combine Anderson’s signature blend of innovative typography and composition with a quote from President Barack Obama’s inaugural address: “In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.”
Images: (top) Visual Arts Journal, spring 2009 issue; (bottom) Gail Anderson, SVA subway poster, 2009. ©Visual Arts Press, Ltd.