Category: Design

UCO Department of Design Wins Big at Oklahoma ADDYs

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Design continued their winning streak at the local 2019 American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) this February, capturing several top awards and solidifying a decade-long string of victories for this annual competition. In celebration of their success, the department will host an opening reception for a showcase of UCO students’ gold award-winning designs from 4-5 p.m. March 14 in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located on the third and fourth floors of the Nigh University Center on Central’s campus.

At the ADDYs Gala on Feb. 16 at The Criterion in Bricktown, OKC, UCO design students collectively won 23 gold, 27 silver and 18 bronze awards, with Amanda Dely chosen as Best of University for her campaign “Neon Cactus.” UCO student Jarrod Lovick secured the Special Judges Award for his illustration “Summer’s Last Scoop,” and the top award of the evening, Best of Show, went to UCO student Shuning Liu for “Forest Walk: Bear, House, Water.”

In the professional category, UCO Department of Design staff member and alumna Monique Ortman and current student William Muschinske together earned gold for “UCO CFAD Recruiting/Brand Campaign.” In addition, Ortman earned one gold, one silver and three bronze awards for her work.

“I am so proud of our student’s willingness to take a chance and see how they stack up locally, regionally and nationally,” said Amy Johnson, M.F.A., chair of the UCO Department of Design.

“Their willingness to take the risk, to see what will happen is a direct result of their faculty, the program and their own drive for excellence. I am thrilled by the outcome and I proudly congratulate our UCO Design students!”

The ADDYs is the advertising industry’s largest competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year. Winners of the Oklahoma ADDYs are invited to compete in the second tier of the competition at the district level. District winners are then eligible to compete in the national ADDYs.

The work of UCO design students advancing to the next stage of the competition will be featured in the exhibit opening March 14 and the showcase will remain on display through May 3.

“The unprecedented success of our design students at the ADDYs and in many other national competitions results from intentionally prioritizing student excellence,” said Steven Hansen, M.F.A., dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.

“The design faculty and academic leadership determined that we would support, encourage and mentor students toward best-in-nation distinction. The transformative learning experiences we offer our design students at UCO are arguably the best value of any design degree in America. Our students have responded by internalizing the importance of craft, pursuing exceptionalism and achieving the highest levels of professional creative excellence. I am so proud of them.”

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UCO Department of Design ADDY Winners:

Best of Show:

Shuning Liu, Forest Walk: Bear, House, Water


Special Judges Award:

Jarrod Lovick, Summer’s Last Scoop


Best of University:

Amanda Dely for Neon Cactus


Professional Winners:

Gold ADDY Winners:

Monique Ortman, In Command

William Muschinske and Monique Ortman, UCO CFAD Recruiting/Brand Campaign


Silver ADDY Winners:

Monique Ortman, Breakthrough!


Bronze ADDY Winners:

Monique Ortman, I <3 Design

Monique Ortman, 2018 ADDY Winners


Student Winners:

Gold ADDY Winners:

Adam Coe, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Amanda Dely, Maestro: Top Shelf Tequila Box Set

Amanda Dely, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

Amanda Dely, Neon Cactus

Amanda Dely, The Pop-Up Shop by UCO Design

Amanda Dely, UCO Design Ad Campaign, proposed

Brenda Chavez, Oasis Home Improvement Supplies

Hayden Magar, Off Beat Bakewear

Hayla Perrone, 4Tune Teller

Holly Low, Jux Skate Shop

Jarrod Lovick, Summer’s Last Scoop

Jarrod Lovick, Things Unseen

Julia Weaver, Crunch Crunch Yum Cereal

Khang Nguyen, Crash site M2K

Mallory Rankin, Earthly Living Organics

Mallory Rankin, Catskill Distillery Whitelightening

Marissa Thelen, Pizza House

Mia, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Rachel Kear, Astro Ramen

Shuning Liu, Forest Walk: Bear, House, Water

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Zone First Aid Supplies

Tam Tran, Aurea Perfume

William Muschinske, Serial Killers by the Numbers


Silver ADDY Winners:

Alex Sun, The Catharsis Collection

Amanda Dely, Paper Jam, the people

Amanda Dely, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Brenda Chavez, Nantli Cacao Chocolate

Hayden Magar, James and the Giant Peach

Hayden Magar, Sticks for the Zombies

Hayla Perrone, Personal Brand

Holly Low, In Cold Blood

Jarrod Lovick, Office Buzz

Jarrod Lovick, Paper Jam, Biker

Jarrod Lovick, The Great Bambino

Jason Rowlett, Minja, Mega Minis

Jason Rowlett, Spirit Halloween Car Wrap

Mandy Rochat, Hårtles

Marissa Thelen, Aspen Coffee rebrand

Marissa Thelen, Conspiratea

Marissa Thelen, Pellow Outreach

Marissa Thelen, Finite Eau de Parfum

Megan Sadeghy, Reptilot

My Le, Insective Candy

Nik Long, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Oanh Le, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Shannon Perrin, Snow White

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Defy Eau de Parfum

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Sconed

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Secret Garden, book cover

Tam Tran, Uomo


Bronze ADDY Winners:

Alex Sun, The Butterfly Effect Invitation

Alyssa Holcomb, Wile E. Coyote

Amanda Dely, Out Cold: Hot Cocoa for Insomnia

Amanda Dely, Pellow Outreach

Amanda Dely, Rift

Brenda Chavez, Alarm Juice

Colton Danker, Ultra Music Festival

Hayden Magar, Revved Up Performance Oil Filters

Holly Low, Hideous Beast Brewing

Holly Low, Queens of the Golden Age

Jason Rowlett, Beacon Cologne Spray

Jason Rowlett, Book Experience: The Foxman

Josh Schultz, Pokémon Go

Luke Wickberg, Xtinction

Marissa Thelen, Boujee Bites for Dogs

Shuning Liu, Chinese Love Story

Sydni Levis-Nasada, OK Needs Her

William Muschinske, Brooks Nguyen and Davis

#CFADWorks: Kevin Bergquist

As a Graphic Designer at Fulton Brewing Company in Minneapolis, MN, alumnus Kevin Bergquist demonstrates the skills he gained from the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design in his daily work.

Bergquist graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a minor in Illustration. Since then, he has used his educational experiences throughout his career, working independently as a screenprinter and freelance designer before beginning his current position at Fulton Brewing Company as a full-time Graphic Designer. His daily work involves designing anything from packaging to web graphics to posters for the company, providing ample opportunities to flex his creative muscles.

Last year, Bergquist’s unique illustration process was recognized by the British art and design publication “It’s Nice That.” Utilizing a scanner to distort his designs, the illustrator created a wobbling effect that offered movement and spontaneity to his compositions. To see examples of his work in this style and read the full feature by “It’s Nice That,” visit

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Question & Answer with Sculptural Artist, Stacey Holloway

Written by Kyle Cohlmia, curator of the UCO Melton Gallery

Stacey Holloway, artist and Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, visited UCO’s campus last week to install her sculptures for the Melton Gallery’s current exhibit “Flight of the Elephant,” a project spearheaded by UCO Design Department Chair, Amy Johnson.

A small scupture of Amelia the elephant walking on stilts The story of “Flight of the Elephant,” created by Johnson and Sam Ladwig and illustrated by Jime Wimmer, Adam Coe and Semin Park, narrates the migration of a creative and determined elephant, Amelia. Ladwig, who worked with Holloway at the Herron School of Art & Design, knew she would be a perfect fit to produce works directly inspired by their story.

When Holloway arrived to the Melton Gallery, she hopped out of her van and cheerfully pulled out her electric drill, which she subsequently did not put down for the rest of the day. Her polished and meticulous technique for creating sculptural work was apparent as she began to un-drill a large wooden crate system that she built by herself to safely transport her work from Birmingham to UCO. As I watched Holloway drill together eight-foot tall stilts, hang a flying elephant from the ceiling and piece together a miniature scene of an iron-cast herd, I saw Amelia’s story come to life.

A large sculpture of Amelia the elephant on stilts alongside smaller tableaus depicting the elephant herd

Prior to Holloway’s arrival, I asked her a few questions in order to get a better sense of her work. Our Q & As are below, highlighting her inspiration for this particular exhibit and work in ecology and visual storytelling. 


Kyle Cohlmia: Is each installation a part of a larger story of the elephant, Amelia? Were you directly inspired by the design work from Jime Wimmer and her collaborators Adam Coe and Semin Park?

Stacey Holloway: Yes, to both of these. I love the story of Amelia that Jime created, and I really wanted to make sure that I’m illustrating the story correctly, but in three-dimensional form. The idea of flight is something that shows up in my work quite often. Flight, for me, is a representation of something that we strive for; something that we achieve.

KC: Do specific parts of these installations serve as metaphors for larger issues? If so, which parts (stilts, wings, etc.) and what do they represent?

SH: Stilts and wings have always represented the idea of growth for me. Stilts are so interesting because they are used for both entertainment and in building. I first began putting animals on stilts within my work to illustrate the idea of having to learn to walk all over again; not fearing change or having to start something new. Everyone worries about change, but usually you learn, gain or achieve something new from change.

KC: How do these installations compare to your past works (in both content and process)?

SH: I’ve often portrayed the idea of flight and narratives in my work, but I consider myself a visual storyteller, so collaborating on this project was perfect. Following Jime’s story, I am able to exhibit work that illustrates a more extensive story/idea than what I usually do. I am also extremely intrigued by interspecies friendships and often depict different animals interacting with each other. The idea of two creatures (with different physical characteristics and capabilities) using their combined attributes to make their “herd” stronger is a concept I often use.

KC: What draws you to the subject of ethology?

SH: I use animals in my work because their specific attributes can be used as metaphors of human nature. As a child, my mother and I volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center, rode horses together and our home was practically a zoo. My family and I have strong empathetic connections with animals. I had such unique childhood experiences with animals—nursing a flying squirrel back to health to helping mom train and raise a disabled cockatiel. I actually wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, but was drawn to art at an early age. It wasn’t until graduate school that I found that I could use my interest in animals to translate my ideas to my viewer.

Humans are not so different than other animals; we just have more direct ways of communicating with each other. Animals have their own methods of communication; body language,  sounds and scents are used to declare disfavor, profess love, announce dominance and express pain. Just like other mammals, human growth can be intimidating and exciting, which is typical; however, we spend a great deal of effort masking this from each other.

I’m often drawn to herd animals. I’ve been particularly interested in exploring the notions of adaptability and acceptance because of my nephew’s struggle with social autism. Through my research, I have found that interspecies adoption and friendships have become common occurrences, so I often use one “outsider” herd animal and embed them into another herd, either exaggerating the anxiety and fear of the “outsider” or posing them in a way to express their desire to be accepted.


“Flight of the Elephant” will be at the Melton Gallery through Oct. 25 with an opening reception on Oct. 13 from 5:30-8:30 pm. The gallery opening precedes musical performances by the UCO Wind Symphony presenting the world premiere of an original score by Scott McAllister. Performances are at 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Theatre. To reserve seats for the performances, visit or call the Mitchell Hall Box Office at 405-974-3375.

All donations and 50% of art sales during the exhibit directly benefit WildAid, an organization that raises awareness of the elephant poaching crisis, supports lawmakers in banning ivory sales and measurably reduces consumer demand for ivory.

The Melton Gallery is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and on Fridays by appointment. For more information about the Melton Gallery, visit

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