SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University junior graphic design major Adam Ritchey, of Greencastle, Pa., won the Poster Clash event at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, Md., on Friday, March 30.
The nationwide contest is hosted by the Blue Ridge American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Poster Clash.
Melissa Scotton, assistant professor in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, said she assigned the poster clash project to her Professional Practices I students as a fun project while they work on preparing their portfolios for sophomore portfolio review.
"I thought the theme of ‘leadership' could really be pushed in a number of different directions, so I knew it was something the students could have fun with," Scotton said. "A number of the students came up with great concepts and visual directions. I was excited to see that so many Shepherd students made it through a number of rounds."
This was Ritchey's first time submitting to the competition.
Scotton said he is a dedicated and passionate student.
"I was so happy to see that he won and that his hard work was rewarded. His poster is great because of its subtle yet clever message," Scotton said. "I love the fact that the concept is communicated with only visuals and a selective use of color."
Ritchey won a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, a Pantone set, How/Print Subscription, Dick Blick gift certificate for $75, and a bag from Photojojo.
Third place in the competition was Shepherd junior Nicole Francesconi, art education major, of Martinsburg, W.Va. Francesconi won a Pantone set and a bag from Photojojo.