Applied Arts magazine features student award winners


Erin Cunningham created the award-winning editorial spread Farewell Starman (pictured) for an illustration class at the College.

Digital Photography student Caleb Vandervalk won an award for his pictured work, Weekend Gardener.

Digital Photography student Caleb Vandervalk won an Applied Arts Digital Photography award for his pictured work, Weekend Gardener.

Graphic Design student Zack Krasovec won an Applied Arts student award in the Complete Packaging Design category for Backcountry Brewing Co.

Graphic Design student Zack Krasovec won an Applied Arts student award in the Complete Packaging Design category for Backcountry Brewing Co.

The November issue of Applied Arts magazine – Canada’s leading publication for creative professionals in the visual communications industry – has hit the shelves, featuring award-winning work from four Niagara College students.

Zack Krasovec, Erin Cunningham and Megan Hendricks from the College’s Graphic Design program, and Caleb Vandervalk from the Digital Photography program, were among winners of the magazine’s 2016 Student Awards.

Founder of Applied Arts Georges Haroutiun noted that the Applied Arts Student Awards is a prestigious and highly competitive annual competition that selects the best work from emerging artists around the world. Winners are chosen by a panel of highly regarded industry professionals and experts from North America in a rigorous process developed over two decades of awards experience.

“To win an Applied Arts Award establishes these emerging artists as important creative voices in the industry,” said Haroutiun. “The student annual is an invaluable resource for hiring professionals, and it establishes a bar of aspiration for new artists who are entering the creative services. For their accomplishments, these student winners should be applauded.”

Third-year Graphic Design student Zack Krasovec won in the Complete Packaging Design category for his work, Backcountry Brewing Co.; as well as in the Design-Single category for his Fahrenheit 451 Modern Book Cover.

“I feel honoured to have my work chosen for awards, to be among the top design pieces among students in Canada and the U.S.,” said Krasovec, who is originally from Elmira and currently resides in St. Catharines. “To me, winning these awards is a stepping stone in my career as a graphic designer. This work elevates my resume and exposure to new heights and creates a new standard to push my future designs even further.”

Erin Cunningham, a 2016 graduate of the Graphic Design program, won the Editorial Design – single category for Farewell Starman – an editorial spread in memorial of  David Bowie – and won the Complete Illustration category for the same piece. The work was completed for an Illustration class at the College.

“Being a new grad and winning in two categories just confirmed for me that this is what I was meant to do,” said Cunningham, of Fonthill, Ontario. “Everything I achieved in my third year of college has really boosted my confidence to a new level and has made me realize my true potential in the graphic design field.”

Graphic Design student Megan Hendriks won the Design-single category for her fresh new take on the C.S. Lewis classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, with an illustrative design style that brings out the youth of the story.

Digital Photography student Caleb Vandervalk won the Photography- Single category for his work Weekend Gardener. The photograph was created for a class assignment which required the production of 10 portfolio quality photographs based on a single theme. Vandervalk’s theme was an editorial portraiture within a natural environment using a combination of ambient and artificial lighting.

“Considering the number of submissions from both across Canada and internationally including colleges and universities offering diploma and degree programs in photography, we are extremely pleased the work submitted by one of our students was selected as a winner,” said Stephen Dominick, NC Digital Photography professor and program coordinator. “Our program emphasizes a practical, hands-on approach to graduating commercially viable, professional image-creators with a diversified range of visual and technological skills that help them become industry leaders and achieve outstanding careers in photography.”

There were more than 1,600 entries to the 2016 Applied Arts award program representing applicants from around the world, and 222 student winners. 2016 student awards winners were announced earlier this year, and had their work displayed at the Creative Futures Expo’s Winner’s Exhibit which took place on November 7 and 8 in Toronto, where more than 2,500 high school students and teachers viewed the showcase. In addition, winning entries are featured in the Student Award Winners’ Galleries at which attracts more than 300,000 visits a year.

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