2023 News


Graphic Design USA’s 2023 Students To Watch!

The Division of Graphic Design is proud to announce: MDes Graduate Student, Lindsy Buser, and Graphic Design Undergraduate Student, Eddie Santiago were selected as Graphic Design USA’s 2023 Students To Watch! Please help us the division congratulate these two standout students. 

Way to go Lindsy and Eddie!

Addy Award Winners


The Addy Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes, and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world.

School of Art students Lauren Perry (’22), Brigette Holsapple (’21), and Harmony Ross (’21) each earned a Silver Addy Award for the Senior Graduation Gift they created for the graduating members of BGSU’s Student Government. Their work included custom screen-printed journals, an announcement card, and pencil/marker pouch filled with markers and a custom BGSU Graphic Design enamel pin. Screen-printing of the materials was led by Digital Art student Faith Merryman (’21).

Jessie Walton – Gold Addy Award

Jessie Walton (’21) took home a Gold Addy Award for her Digital Art Senior Thesis Project, The Revelation Booth. Her large, three-panel typographic installation, which included a video piece and laser-cut objects, addressed the visibility of Indigenous communities, of which Jessie is a part. The Revelation Booth is deeply personal, reflecting on Jessie’s own experiences as an Indigenous person growing up in a predominantly white community. 


Sophia Llamas – Silver Addy Award

Sophia Llamas (’22) earned a student Silver Addy Award for her project BOLD, with materials she created for a class last Spring. Sophia designed all of the brand’s graphics, which included web banners, Instagram posts and stories, animated gifs, digital name badges, and even the backgrounds for the School of Art’s 14th annual Portfolio Review Day virtual event. Well done, Sophia! 


Sophia Llamas – James W. Strong Graphic Design Studio Achievement Award

Sophia received the James W. Strong Graphic Design Studio Achievement Award at BGSU’s 2022 BFA Show for her thesis – Plant Wise and the Silver Addy Award for BOLD – the 14th Annual Portfolio Review Day. She created brand graphics including web banners, Instagram posts, animated gifs, and digital name badges. 


Etta Gallaway – Naomi Rabb Winston Scholarship 

Senior Etta Gallaway was awarded $1000 scholarship from Naomi Rabb Winston Scholarship one of 5 awards, competing nationwide.  Accepted to Manifest Gallery, "Rites of Passage"  

Raven Begell-Long and Katherine Bozzo – National Museum and Art Gallery Internship 

Art History students Raven Begell-Long and Katherine Bozzo will be traveling to Trinidad this summer for a 6-week long internship at the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG). NMAG is an international museum which houses heritage works and oversees all the art collections in Trinidad, involving work within the museum’s vast collections. Raven has also been awarded a Hoskins grant to fund her internship with the museum. 

Raven and Katherine will be working under the supervision of the museum's chairman and the head curator to look into the conditions of the collections and identify works that are in need of repair. Raven, in particular, will focus on selected Indigenous/First Nation works still in the museum's holdings. Raven will create a database that will document the object’s conditions, which will then be shared with NMAG. Raven and Katherine will also have the opportunity to travel in Trinidad with NMAG’s chairman, to visit a number of recently emerged museums that have been added to the collections that NMAG supervises. 

Dr. Rebecca Skinner-Green will be travelling to Trinidad with Raven and Katherine to help establish this project. The students will also have the opportunity to meet with the contemporary artists in Dr. Skinner-Green’s current research project. This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to network and gain valuable experience within the field of museums and collections and the arts. Congratulations Raven and Katherine! 

Melania Earls and Raven Begell-Long – Hoskins Award Recipients

Congratulations to Melanis Earls and Raven Begell-Long for being the Hoskins Award recipients!

The Hoskins Global Scholars Program will provide $5000 for up to 3 students per year to participate in a 3-4 week international experience during the Summer, to a country that is not native to the student.  One award is available in each of the three categories: Social Sciences and Humanities, Sciences, and Professions. The scholarship will cover transportation costs to and from the study abroad destination; any additional housing/board/tuition costs above that which would be paid if they were staying at BGSU, and financial support to allow the scholar to participate in an immersive academic experience.  This enrichment experience is an independent study experience; however the student must be registered for at least 1 credit.  Students can consider an international internship, research project, service project or creative activity.   The student will identify a full-time faculty member as a mentor for the project, who will receive an additional $2000 honorarium. Recipients must share their experiences upon return to campus by participating in the Hoskins Global Scholars presentation day and additional formal and informal presentations.  This could be an exhibition, a publication, presentation or some other competitive submission. Applicants who propose the same project for both the Hoskins Global Scholar Program and the Givens Award cannot receive both scholarships, if selected. 

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Lexy Schimpf – Curs Grant and Aaron Macy Memorial Scholarship

Lexy won the Curs Grant for her work of “experimenting with color and texture in ceramics”. Lexy also won the Aaron Macy Memorial Scholarship.


Jacob Parr – A New Flag to Represent the City of Toledo Could be Coming Soon!

The design was put forward by Jacob Parr, a BGSU GD alum, a lifelong Toledoan and designer at Hanson, Inc. Mr. Parr’s work can already be seen around the city, as he’s designed logos for local brands such as Fowl and Fodder, Equality Toledo, and the VProject coronavirus vaccine mobilization effort.

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How a college senior's hunt for 'weird' high school baseball fields took on new dimensions


By Stephen J. Nesbitt.

From a bird's eye view, the baseball diamond at Lutheran West High School in Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, Ohio, doesnt scan as especially strange. There are cinderblock dugouts, a concessions stand and chain-link fences. Read more

Arts council hosts an evening with Janet Ballweg, who will discuss artist residencies


David Dupont

Printmaker Janet Ballweg will speak about “Artist Residencies” as the third guest in the Bowling Green Arts Council’s “An Evening With…” series on Friday, July 14, from 6-8 p.m., at Myla Marcus Winery, 133 S. Main St.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Ballweg’s remarks will begin around 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes, with a brief Q&A to follow.

“I have participated in a number of artist residencies in the U.S. and abroad. Each residency was unique in the way it was structured, what it offered, and how it benefited me,” said Ballweg. “I’d like to share some thoughts based on those experiences, including why artists attend residency programs, what to expect, how to choose a residency, and tips on applying to residencies. My hope is that other artists will consider the possibility of a residency for their own work.”

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Jenn+Allie Poster


Monday, February 13th, 5pm (Doors open at 4:45pm)

Donnell Theater, Wolfe Center for the Arts

Dr. Cristina Cruz González is an associate professor of art history at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in art history from the University of Chicago and is a past Getty Research Fellow. A specialist in the visual culture of Latin America, González has written on Franciscan image theory in New Spain, the art of Mexican confraternities, and the female imitation of Christ in Spanish America. Her work is especially informed by the borders and frontiers of the Spanish Empire and with the popular devotions that emerged in these areas. She is currently organizing the exhibition, Saints and Santos: Picturing the Holy in New Spain, which will open at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe in 2024.

Updated: 08/23/2023 05:09PM