School of Art 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"  

Crystalyn Hutchens – Marian Treger Fellowship 

MFA Crystalyn Hutchens was awarded the inaugural 2022 Marian Treger Fellowship at Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Full scholarship and stipend. 

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! 

Alexa Mahajan – Pixar Intern

Alexa Mahajan, Digital Arts major also majoring in Computer Science and Math, was selected to be part of the prestigious Pixar Internship Program.  This incredibly competitive program selected Alexa to participate in their 12 week training program over the summer of 2022 in Emeryville, California. Alexa’s creative art and animation skills coupled with her computer programming and problem-solving abilities landed her the internship.  This coveted internship is sought after by thousands of students each year but only a handful are selected.  Alexa will be going into her senior year in Digital Arts in the fall of 2022.

Felix Bangert – Short Film at BGSU Film & Media Festival

Digital Arts BFA Senior short animated film, “Pema” swept the awards at the BGSU Film & Media Festival on April 9. In addition to Best of Show, the three external judges recognized his film with awards for Best Animation, Sound Design, Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Actress!

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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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Dr. Andrew Hershberger at Yale University for the 2022 Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH)

Over the summer, from July 10 to 16, Dr. Andrew Hershberger, BGSU’s Professor of Contemporary Art History, was fortunate to be among a group of twelve selected professors, arriving from all over the USA, to convene at Yale University for the 2022 Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH): . Here’s a brief description of STITAH from Yale’s website: “The Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH) is an intensive week-long professional development program for college and university instructors in the history of art, studio art, and the sciences from colleges and universities in North America. The program is co-organized by the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University Art Gallery, and Yale Center for British Art and generously funded by the Kress Foundation.”  It was Dr. Hershberger’s first visit to Yale, and he learned a lot at STITAH that will help him with his various courses at BGSU.

The attached photograph, taken by Yale’s photographer Jessica Smolinski, shows Dr. Hershberger presenting to the STITAH group inside the Yale Center for British Art on the concluding day of the Institute.  Dr. Hershberger is co-presenting his small group’s findings after their technical examination—with x-radiographs, infrared reflectographs, and ultraviolet light images—of the painting next to him, a painting created by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), entitled Mrs. Robinson, and dated c. 1784.  The trip to Yale was especially helpful for Dr. Hershberger’s teaching at BGSU, since both the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art were designed by the famous architect Lou Kahn (1901-1974), and both of Kahn’s Yale buildings make an appearance in Dr. Hershberger’s ARTH 3630 “Modern Architecture” survey course.  Thus, at Yale Dr. Hershberger learned much more about those two Kahn buildings too, and he photographed them both for his upcoming architecture courses.

Updated: 02/15/2023 04:24PM