The University and College Designers Associationâ€™s (UCDA) annual design competition has become a yearly reason for SVA to celebrate, and itâ€™s time to break out the champagne again. The Visual Arts Press earned a quartet of Gold Awards: two top prizes for the 2009â€“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 Andersonâ€™s (BFA 1984 Graphic Design) fall 2008 SVA subway poster; The Annual 2008; two separate nods for the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Departmentâ€™s Portfolio 29; the printed materials for the 2008 Alumni Society Auction; the BFA Fine Arts Departmentâ€™s 20/20 portfolio; printed materials for SVAâ€™s 2009 Commencement Exercises; the 2008 staff and faculty holiday party invitation; the BFA Interior Design Departmentâ€™s Portfolio 9; the BFA Photography Departmentâ€™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 organizationâ€™s 39th Annual Design Conference, October 3 â€“ 6 in Seattle.
And the Press is already getting a leg up on next yearâ€™s competition: Gail Andersonâ€™s latest poster campaign, a series of five posters that will run until June 2010 throughout New York. The new posters combine Andersonâ€™s signature blend of innovative typography and composition with a quote from President Barack Obamaâ€™s inaugural address: â€śIn reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.â€ť
Images: (top) Visual Arts Journal, spring 2009 issue; (bottom) Gail Anderson, SVA subway poster, 2009. Â©Visual Arts Press, Ltd.