This fall, the Graphic Design and Fine Arts Department sponsored its second poster contest for high school students, the Art + Effect Poster Contest. Students in grades 9-12 submitted conceptual posters using traditional media or computer-generated graphics that focused on this year’s theme of “immigration.” The Department chose this theme because of Cabrini’s emphasis on advocating for universal human rights and social justice for all.
“Each year we assign a different social justice topic for students to tackle [in their design],” said Jeanne Komp, Associate Professor of Graphic Design. “Immigration was chosen as the theme since issues related to this topic have been widely publicized in the media this year. In addition, it connects to Mother Cabrini’s work with immigrants.”
The Department received 74 submissions from six different high schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
“The Art + Effect Contest was created to give high school students a forum to showcase their graphic design skills and utilize their voice to become makers of change,” Komp said. “It is also used to build awareness for Cabrini’s Graphic Design program among area high schools.”
On Sunday, Nov. 18, the work of the 18 contest winners was revealed at the Art + Effect Poster Exhibition in the Grace & Joseph Gorevin Gallery. The work will remain hanging until December 10.
The 2018 winners are Nicole Bayne, Sophia Brotons, Garrett Delbeni, Angeles Garcia, Hailey Gettel, Erin Kearney, and Alyssa Morris (Hunterdon County Polytech); Jess Cusumano, Gianna DiJohn, and Maddie Krentz (Perkiomen Valley High School); Mary DiGiovine, Allison Freels, and Sophia Jang (Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School); Anthony Tomassetti (Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School); Aiden Martino (Timber Creek Regional High School); Dominic Allizzo, Sherlyn Antonio, and Shohag Kabir (Triton Regional High School).
Entries were judged based on originality, craftsmanship, and thematic message by Cabrini alumna Krista Kroslowitz (’12), Art Director/Designer, Seventh Point; Jon Rea, VP, Associate Creative Director, H4B Catapult; Kelly Whalen, graphic designer, Kelly Whalen Brandsmith; Tom Whalen, illustrator, StrongStuff.