Awards Breakfast Honors Graphic Design Students for ‘ADDY’ Wins

Published: March 11, 2016

Awards Breakfast Honors Graphic Design Students for ‘ADDY’ Wins

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students from College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi took home more than a dozen awards at the 2016 American Advertising Addy Awards and Big Wig Awards, hosted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) – Corpus Christi Chapter. The “Star Wars” themed event took place on Feb. 26 at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center.

On March 8, an intimate breakfast was held on campus, to recognize the student winners. The breakfast was hosted by the University’s American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Group and Wienerschnitzel.

“I am proud to be associated with these amazing students,” said Richard Gere, Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Graphic design students took home masters, gold, silver and bronze awards. Sarah Gamez, a junior art major, took home the “Best of Show” award for her poster, titled “A Waste of Trees.” Her win included a $250 scholarship.

“It’s a big honor and a bit overwhelming to win,” said Gamez. “My personal goal was to see how far I could go. Last year, I earned a bronze. It is nice to see progress in the work that I do.”
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See below for a full list of TAMU-CC winners:

Padawan Masters:

  • Best of Show – Sarah Gamez, “A Waste of Trees” poster
  • Special Judge’s Award: Photo Manipulation – Tony Pena, “Cold-stunned Sea Turtle” social awareness poster
  • Special Judge’s Award: Attention to Detail – Tyler Barnes, “Cane River Rum” packaging design
  • Special Judge’s Award: Work I Want Hanging On My Wall – Sarah Gamez, “Holoprism Type” poster

Gold Winners:

  • Allison Mott, Tyler Barnes and Thi Nguyen (Oso Bay Dream Team) –  “Oso Bay Biennial” collateral
  • Sarah Gamez – “A Waste of Trees” Poster and “Holoprism Type” poster
  • Thi Nguyen – “UNCHAIN” campaign
  • Ryan Smith – “Guidance” poster and “Road to Hell” poster
  • Tyler Barnes – “Cane River Rum” packaging design

Silver Winners:

  • Sarah Gamez – “A Lotto Heartworm” information
  • Katherine Gordon – “Butts or Bucks?” campaign and “Sweet Nips Cookies & Bakery” stationery package
  • Sarah Odom – “Animal Population Control” poster
  • Tony Pena – “Cold-stunned Sea Turtle” social awareness poster and “Que Vista Tan Hermosa” photography
  • Ryan Smith – “Century Meats” packaging
  • TAMU-CC Graphic Design Students – “Surfrider Foundation” coastal preservation campaign

Bronze Winners:

  • Emma Biba, Lorena Sanchez, and Tina Lentz – “Quote” Poster
  • Katherine Gordon – TAMU-CC website redesign
  • Megan Dzhumakeev – “Hereda Nuevo” Type Study
  • Tina Lentz – “Refugee Crisis” poster and “Hunger Awareness” poster
  • Tony Pena – “Illuminating Barrel” photography and “South Padre Skate Park” logo