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Graphic Design Students Win 11 ADDY Awards


Students in Buffalo State’s graphic design program took home the most awards of any school participating in this year’s American Advertising Federation (AAF) Buffalo competition, which was held March 6 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo.

Seven students won 11 of the 21 American Advertising Awards (ADDY) for projects ranging from illustrations to brand identity campaigns that they created in advertising, web design, graphic design, motion graphics, and visual communication courses.

“All of the award-winners are abundantly talented,” said Richard Ross, associate professor of graphic design. “I’m proud of how they were able to execute class assignments at this level.”

Senior Andrea LoPiccolo won two gold awards for special event materials and animation of special effects, and senior Philip Miller received gold awards in the integrated brand identity campaign and animation of special effects categories.

Senior Emma Roberts won silver awards for integrated brand identity campaign and illustration campaign categories, while senior Crista Sukennik received two silvers for integrated brand identity campaigns. Juniors Andrew Miller, Robert Rivera, and Miranda Schiller also snagged silver awards for logo design, poster campaign, and publication design categories, respectively.

Only students who are AAF members are eligible to enter. 

“Over the years, our graphic design majors have done well in ADDY competitions,” Ross said. “The diverse coursework required in our concentration enables students to enter multiple categories in the competition. Our three full-time faculty members are dedicated educators with prior full-time professional work experience in the communication design field. We aspire to graduate students who are total visual communicators prepared to work in a competitive landscape.”

See the winning entries on the AAF website.

About the Graphic Design Program
Buffalo State’s bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree in graphic design is a studio-intensive program of study. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), it offers foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, color, art history, and design history. Internships are required of senior-level majors.

About AAF Buffalo
Composed of more than 300 professional, student and corporate members, AAF Buffalo is the local chapter of the nation’s oldest advertising industry organization. AAF Buffalo strives to bridge the gap between passions, occupations, and experience levels to create a unified community that provides national industry involvement with a local focus. Along with the annual ADDYs, AAF Buffalo offers a variety of events and initiatives, including national speakers, member-only workshops, networking events, and student scholarship programs.