OC hosts Art & Design competition

Students from 78 high schools and universities across the country competed in the 24th Brass Ring Awards Art and Design Student Competition at Oklahoma Christian University. At the April 3 ceremony 126 Oklahoma students received awards in 40 categories.  Twelve of the awards went to Oklahoma Christian students.

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 518 entries. This year 60 universities and 18 high schools across 24 states participated. 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 UCLA and Virginia Commonwealth University, students compete against truly the best student designers in the nation.”

The awards presentation was held April 3 with more than 250 in attendance. Nine Oklahoma colleges and 13 Oklahoma high schools competed in the event.

New categories added this year were game design, animation and video. Other categories included advertising, photography, graphic design, illustration and interior design. More than 10 professionals served as judges.

The advertising graphic design photo judges were the staff of Visual Image Advertising in Oklahoma City. The interior design judge was Amanda Pack, from Brass Brick Design/Build in Oklahoma City. The interactive media judges were Jason Yang, art director/motion designer at Steelehouse Productions in Tulsa; Paul Corrigan, the interactive creative director at Barkley in Kansas City; and Jeremy Fuksa, presentation director at Barkley. The high school art and design judges were Scott Hale, the creative director at MJOK Design in Oklahoma City; and Christian Pitt, the director of MAINSITE contemporary art gallery in Norman.

According to Price, the competition gives high school students a confidence boost before heading to college.

“A number of students that place in the high school category have a greater sense of their future careers as they start their freshman year of college,” Price said. “That also gives students confidence when they are applying to colleges, and the awards give them a more powerful resume.”

Alex Harris is an art major at Oklahoma Christian from Edmond. She placed in the 2008 Brass Ring competition.

“Participating in Brass Ring helped me get to know the Oklahoma Christian faculty a little better,” Harris said. “That helped me get acclimated to the program faster as well.”

The winning entries:

Oklahoma Christian University, a “Best Western College” according to The Princeton Review, is a private, four-year comprehensive university. The university offers degree programs in more than 60 fields of study in three colleges. In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, Oklahoma Christian has study abroad opportunities in Vienna, Austria, Honduras and throughout the western Pacific. For more information, visit www.oc.edu.

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