Six students win the American Graphic Design Awards

MACON – Six graphic design students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mercer University recently won awards in Graphic Design USA’s American Graphic Design Awards.

“What a great achievement for our students to have achieved this national recognition,” said Tennille Shuster, associate professor and director of the graphic design program. “Since GDUSA is such a widely recognized competition in the industry, the fact that our students win numerous awards and see them appear in the GDUSA design annual demonstrates to the field that Mercer’s graphic design students are on par with students from top design schools across the country. As we develop the Graphic Design program, the accolades earned by our outstanding students are indicative of the high caliber of talent recruited into our program and the potential for successful careers.

The winners included:

  • Ali Dupre, junior in graphic design from Lawrenceville, for “Napier Heights Food Co-op Brand Identity”
  • Landon Miller, major graphic design junior from Macon, for “Kinetic Typography”
  • Emma Rose Bailey, junior major in marketing and minor in graphic design from Rome, for “Macon Beer Company Ready-to-Drink Packaging Design”
  • Liz carter, senior marketing major and graphic design minor from Tampa, Florida, for “Get Out the Vote Campaign Poster”
  • Isabelle Newberry, senior art major of Macon, for “Rainforest Alliance Poster Design”
  • Cecelia poehlman, senior creative writing and double major in English and minor in graphic design from Madison, Alabama, for “Disinformed Editorial Layout”

“I am so proud of our exceptional art and design students and faculty,” said Craig Coleman, professor and chair of the art department. “They worked hard, and it’s a well-deserved honor.”

Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions that highlight areas of excellence and opportunities for creative professionals over the past 58 years.

The American Graphic Design Awards are the organization’s original and flagship competition, open to everyone in the community and honoring outstanding work of all kinds and in all media. Over 10,000 entries were submitted this year, and only 10% were chosen as winners, recognized by a certificate, and will be featured in the GDUSA Design Awards Annual.

Mercer’s Comprehensive Graphic Design major encourages the study of contemporary directions in art, imagery, and visual communication in a wide range of print and interactive media to help students develop a cohesive portfolio appropriate to the field. pursuit of higher education or professional practice. Industry standard theory, methodology and technology are studied and applied to prepare students for success in this evolving field of study.

Landon Miller’s “Kinetic Typography”

About the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mercer University is the cornerstone of one of the oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher education in the United States. The oldest and largest of Mercer’s 12 schools and colleges, it is a diverse and vibrant community of over 1,900 students dedicated to learning and service through the practice of intellectual curiosity, respectful dialogue and responsible citizenship. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers majors in more than 30 fields of study, including more than a dozen pre-professional academic tracks, with courses taught by an exceptional faculty. In 2015, Mercer was awarded a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the country’s most prestigious academic honor society that recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences. For more information, visit

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