Clarke University Art + Graphic Design students were rewarded for their talents at the American Advertising Federation Awards on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque. They took home the Best of Show Award in addition to several Gold, Silver, and Professional Judge’s Awards.
Clarke student winners included Nick Becker, Alyssa Raver, Alex Lange, Charlotte Rodewald, Hannah Ingles, and Emily Koetz.
Nick Becker, a junior majoring in graphic design, was awarded Best of Show for his Dr. Sprocket’s Slammed Sandwich (Food Truck) Campaign.
He also won two Gold Awards in two categories for the same Food Truck Campaign. In addition, he received a Gold Award for his Pin Untamed Dog Food Campaign and a Silver Award for The Cock Poster. Becker was the winner of the Dubuque Advertising Club Scholarship.
Becker shared, “I will continue to develop my relationships with the local design community, which will allow me to keep learning from those who have paved the way for young designers like me. My ultimate goal is to build my own design firm and brand.”
Alyssa Raver won Gold Awards for her Cheese Rolling Magazine Editorial and her Anatomy of a Galaxy Poster. She received a Silver Award for her United States of White Supremacy Woodcut Print.
Alex Lange won a Silver Award and a Professional Judge’s Choice Award for his Decades of Technology Trading Cards.
Charlotte Rodewald won a Silver Award for her Embroidery Trading Cards. She also received a Silver Award and a Professional Judge’s Choice Award for her 30 Ways to Work in the Deep Blue Sea Illustration.
Hannah Ingles took home a Silver Award for her ITC Century Broadside Poster.
Emily Koetz won a Silver Award for her Heartbeats in the Street Illustration.
Associate Professor of Graphic Design Eric Wold said, “I am proud to support such a dedicated and passionate group of art and design students. Their vigilance, determination, and professionalism clearly show through in the work they produce each year.”
In addition to our student winners, Clarke University’s Marketing & Communication Office earned several awards. They won Best of Show, a Gold Award, and a Final 5 Award for their Clarkie Senior Surprise Video for which they partnered with Gigantic Design. They received a Gold Award and Professional Judge’s Choice Award for the Admissions Acceptance Packet, and they won a Silver Award for their Destressing During Finals Puppy Video.
The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 50,000 entries every year in local competitions. The mission of the AAF competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. Entry in your local competition is the first step toward winning a National Award.