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UCO Department of Design Wins Big at OKC ADDYs

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March 11, 2019

Media Contact: Madalyn McHale, Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3778,

UCO Department of Design Wins Big at OKC ADDYs

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Design continued its  winning streak at the Oklahoma City 2019 American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) this February, capturing several top awards and solidifying a decade-long string of victories in this annual competition.

In celebration of their success, the department will host an opening reception for a showcase of gold award-winning designs by Central students from 4-5 p.m. March 14 in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located on the third and fourth floors of the Nigh University Center on Central’s campus. The showcase will be on display through May 3.

Hosted at The Criterion in Bricktown Feb. 16, the UCO Design Department brought home 23 gold, 27 silver and 18 bronze awards. UCO Design student Amanda Dely won the “Best of University” category for her campaign “Neon Cactus;” UCO student Jarrod Lovick won the Special Judges Award for his illustration “Summer’s Last Scoop;” and, UCO Design student Shuning Liu took home top honors in “Best of Show” for “Forest Walk: Bear, House, Water.”

In the professional category, UCO Department of Design staff member and alumna Monique Ortman and design student William Muschinske together earned a gold award for their UCO CFAD Recruiting/Brand Campaign. In addition, Ortman earned one gold, one silver and three bronze awards for her work.

“I am so proud of our students’ willingness to take a chance and see how they stack up locally, regionally and nationally,” said Amy Johnson, M.F.A., chairperson of the UCO Department of Design.

“Their willingness to take the risk, to see what will happen is a direct result of their faculty, the program and their own drive for excellence. I am thrilled by the outcome and I proudly congratulate our UCO Design students.”

The ADDYs is the largest competition in the U.S. for adverting design attracting more than 40,000 entries every year. The ADDYs is a three-tier competition, starting with local club competition, in which winners are invited to compete at the second-tier district level. District ADDY winners are then invited to compete at the national stage.

“The unprecedented success of our design students at the ADDYs and in many other national competitions results from intentionally prioritizing student excellence,” said Steven Hansen, M.F.A., dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.

“The design faculty and academic leadership determined that we would support, encourage and mentor students toward best-in-nation distinction. The transformative learning experiences we offer our design students at UCO are arguably the best value of any design degree in America. Our students have responded by internalizing the importance of craft, pursuing exceptionalism and achieving the highest levels of professional creative excellence. I am so proud of them.”

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Cutline: UCO design student Shuning Liu won Best of Show for “Forrest Walk: Bear, House, Water” at the Oklahoma City  ADDY awards in February. She is among the 77 UCO students and staff in the Department of Design that won awards in the competition. The winning works will be on display in the Donna Nigh Gallery in UCO Nigh University Center through May 3.