A Millersville junior recently received the “Best of Show Award” in the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition sponsored by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). Dr. Mark Snyder in the Department of Applied Engineering Safety & Technology announced that the award went to Clark Miller.
“These awards are highly sought after by students pursuing a career in printing related industries,” says Snyder. “All winning entries were displayed to industry leaders at the Printing United Expo held in Dallas last fall.”
Student entries were evaluated by experts in the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT). Miller’s entry was a giclée print that used a high-quality inkjet printer to reproduce an image on canvas. His entry was created as a required project in the ITEC 351–Digital Imaging class offered through the Graphic Communication concentration in Osburn Hall. Miller printed his image digitally and entered it in the fine art category of the competition.
This student competition includes several categories according to different types of printed products and/or processes. First place winners within each category receive an ASDPT Award of Excellence. The most exceptional entry from the first place winners across categories is honored with the Best of Show distinction. Best of Show winners receive a special Academy Student Achievement Award and a cash prize of $500 to use toward their graphic arts education. Instructors also receive $500 to use toward their school’s graphic arts educational program.
Snyder says he regularly encourages his students to get involved in industry competitions. “Not only does it help build the reputation of the MU Graphic Communication program but, foremost, it helps students understand industry expectations of quality. And, receiving national recognition such as this is certainly good for a student’s prospects after graduation. This was a great opportunity and Clark has shown that he has what it takes to excel in the industry.”
SGIA is the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities.