Monday, April 6, 2009

Two Local Teens Earn Scholarship through Poster Design Competition

High school seniors, Paige Fichter of Yorba Linda and Kayla Le Claire of Huntington Beach placed in the top two at the local level of The Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts “Life is Better with Art in it” Poster Design Competition. Fichter placed first (poster to the left) and will receive a $3,000 tuition scholarship to attend The Art Institute of California – Orange County and Le Claire, who placed second, will receive a $2,000 tuition scholarship towards her education at The Art Institute of California – Orange County.

As the first place winner, Fichter’s design will be entered into the national stage of the competition, in which she will compete against other local winners from across North America for tuition scholarships. The grand prize winner of the national competition will be awarded a tuition scholarship worth $25,000 to study at one of The Art Institutes schools.

The competition was open to graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing an education in graphic design. Students submitted an original poster design, a current high school transcript and a statement describing their design process, and why they want to attend one of The Art Institutes schools.

From April 17 – May 8, an industry panel of judges selected by The Art Institutes will assess each student's poster design based on the specified criteria by visiting the posters and designers’ statements on The Art Institutes website.

“The judges were impressed by the level of talent demonstrated in this year’s competition,” said Advertising and Graphic Design Academic Director Catherine Stickel. “With 25 entries to review, it was a difficult task but it was great to see so many students take the initiative to pursue their creative goals.”

To find out more about Poster Design Competition, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/poster. To learn more about The Art Institute of California – Orange County visit www.artinstitutes.edu/orange county.

The Art Institute of California – Orange County is one of The Art Institutes (http://www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it has a record of 49 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at http://www.americansforthearts.org/.

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