OC Hosts 25th National Art & Design Competition

Students from 98 high schools and universities across the country competed in the 25th Brass Ring Awards Art and Design Student Competition at Oklahoma Christian University. At the March 26 ceremony, more than 200 Oklahoma students received awards in 40 categories. Oklahoma Christian had 53 students place, followed by Oklahoma State University with 49 and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology with 46. OC and OSUIT tied with 23 first place wins.

The Brass Ring Awards competition was created to motivate and reward students for excellence in art and design. Award-winning professional designers and artists judged all work. Cash prizes were awarded to winners selected from among 2,050 entries by 795 students. The competition began in 1985 with 85 entries from seven universities.

“This competition continues to grow each year,” said Oklahoma Christian art and design faculty member Jeff Price. “With participation by schools such as the University and Arizona and Temple University, students compete against truly the best student designers in the nation.”

The awards presentation included more than 250 in attendance. There were 30 Oklahoma colleges and high schools that submitted entries. Categories included game design, animation and video, advertising, photography, graphic design, illustration and interior design. Ten professionals served as judges.

The photography judge was Eric Gfeller, a professional photographer in Oklahoma City. The advertising judge was Paul Howalt, owner and co-founder of Tactix Creative in Mesa, Ariz. Julie Lieberman judged illustration. She is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Nick and Carol Bormann judged high school entries. Nick is professor emeritus at OSU in graphic design. Carol Bormann is also professor emeritus at OSU and the former interior design coordinator. Molly Allis judged interior design entries. She works for C. H. Guernsey and Company in Oklahoma City. Lani Gunderson, who works with the Design+Build Group in Oklahoma City, also served as an interior design judge. Jeremy Glenn andMarty Law judged gaming and animation entries. They both work for Skyline Ink Animation Studios in Oklahoma City. Jason Frazier served as the graphic design judge. He is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The winning entries can be viewed here. Last year, the slide show of winning pieces was the top viewed photos on Flicker for one week following the ceremony.