BYU Arts Creative took home five more awards this week including one Copper Ingot Award and four Merit Awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts 100 Show.

The AIGA 100 show is Salt Lake City’s most prestigious competition, showcasing the best designs for the year. Projects are judged by a variety of characteristics including concept and aesthetic achievement. As the title demonstrates, 100 entries are selected to receive an award of excellence. Only ten of these entries are awarded the Copper Ingot Award for outstanding work. The BYU Jazz Ensemble Poster advertising “The Un-common Variety Show” received one of those coveted ten awards last week.

“Getting our poster design work into the AIGA 100 show is a big honor for us because we are going up against some big marketing, advertising and design studios that have a lot more resources and flexibility in their designs,” said Nick Mendoza, creative services manager for BYU Arts.

Jazz Ensemble
Art Director: Nick Mendoza, Designer/Illustrator: Andrew Galloway, BFA graphic design April 2016

Students work with Mendoza on the design and creation of the marketing materials for approximately 500 performances each year.

“These awards show the caliber of our student designers. I feel proud to work with them,” Mendoza said.

Judges for the competition are design professionals Nicole Flores, Ben Johnson and Drew Melton. Flores has more than eleven years of experience and is currently associate creative director at Hatch in San Francisco. Johnson is the owner and creative director of Elegant Seagulls, one of the largest agencies in Michigan. Melton is an independent designer and co-founder of Carmel Type Co based in Los Angeles and has worked with Nike, Toyota and Target.

Details about the entries and designers are shown below.

Copper Ingot Award

BYU Jazz Ensemble Poster “The Un-common Variety Show” (shown above)

Merit Award

BYU Theatre Season Posters

Art Director: Nick Mendoza, Designer: Nicolina Brown, BFA graphic design April 2015, Photography: Monika Ottenhenning, BFA Photography April 2016

BYU Jazz Lab Band

Jazz Lab Band
Art Director: Nick Mendoza, Designer: Stephanie Ottenhenning McAllister, BFA graphic design April 2017

BYU Jazz Voices Poster

Jazz Voices
Art Director: Nick Mendoza, Designer: Stephanie Ottenhenning McAllister, BFA graphic design April 2017

BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre (CDT) Poster

Art Director: Nick Mendoza, Designer: Sam Reed, BFA graphic design April 2016

UPDATE: On June 1st BYU Arts Creative received awards from the Graphic Design USA American Inhouse Design Awards. In 2016 nearly 6000 entries were submitted and only 15 percent were recognized with a Certificate of Excellence. The entries that won from Mendoza and the students were the BYU Arts 2015-2016 season brochure, BYU Theatre Season posters (above) and the CDT poster (above).

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