Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the University of Baltimore, AIGA Baltimore and AIGA Blue Ridge put both professional designers and UB students to the test with a summertime poster competition judged by a panel of experts that included:
- Domenica Genovese, partner at Greatest Creative Factor
- Edwin Gold, professor in the University of Baltimore’s Klein Family School of Communications Design and director of its Ampersand Institute for Words & Images
- Kit Hinrichs, founder of Studio Hinrichs
- Bill Pencek, deputy assistant secretary of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts in the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
- David Plunkert, co-founder of Spur Design.
Together, they identified the following winners from more than 90 submissions:
- Keith Moores, Professional Grand Prize
- Katie Watkins, M.A. in Publications Design student, UB Student Grand Prize
- Sam Paciello, Professional Bicentennial Prize
- Jim Lord, M.F.A. in Integrated Design student, UB Student Bicentennial Prize.
Those winning entries and roughly 24 additional posters made their public debut Sept. 15 at the opening reception for an exhibition in the UB Student Center Gallery. Competition judge Kit Hinrichs, a longtime collector of American flag iconography and memorabilia, served as the keynote speaker at the reception and shared with the audience a series of unusual case studies about his eclectic assortment of American flag pieces such as quilts, historic flags, folk art, jewelry, war posters and more. He also treated students in UB’s Klein Family School of Communications Design to a Q-and-A session the following day.
While the UB Student Center Gallery exhibition ended Nov. 14, you can still view the entire collection of entries online.