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News Bites: KCAD Students Shine in Ferris State University’s 2016 SK8 Deck Design Competition

Posted February 19, 2016 in StudentNews BitesGraphic Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) students recently had the opportunity to apply their creative talents to the unusual medium of skateboard decks through a competition held in conjunction with the latest exhibition in the Ferris State Fine Art Gallery.

The 2016 SK8 Deck Design Competition challenged entrants to design original graphics for skateboard decks that tied into the theme of the exhibition, titled “Indie Incubator: All About the Vinyl,” which explores the power of music to transcend barriers.

First place and a $200 prize went to Graphic Design student Koko Watanabe. Her design “Music: It’s in Our DNA” features a colorful array of vinyl record-like shapes.

student skateboard design“Music: It’s in Our DNA” by Koko Watanabe

Second place and a $150 prize went to Graphic Design student Sakino Tomiura for her design “Dance in the Groove,” which uses vinyl-headed caricatures to emphasize human being’s deep mental and physical connection to music.

student skateboard design“Dance in the Groove" by Sakino Tomiura

Third place and a $50 prize went to Graphic Design student Breanne Buckbee. Her design “Woven Heritage” features a multi-colored patchwork that evokes the concept of diversity in music.

student skateboard design“Woven Heritage”  by Breanne Buckbee

The People’s Choice Award, which was determined through an online vote and included a $150 prize, went to Graphic Design Andrew Hornack. His design “Music is Mortar” incorporated hand-drawn graffiti text of the word “music” in the world’s seven most common languages.

student skateboard design“Music is Mortar” by Andrew Hornack

Finalists included Graphic Design students Madison Bracken, Hannah Dowell, Michaela Elderkin, Samantha Kniat, Danielle Obenauf, Ethan Pulver, Veronica Peterson, Rebecca Rapin, and Lindsey Tillma.

Honorable mentions included Graphic Design students Elyse Boardman, Jillian Mohr, Katie Kalkma, and Brad Kautz.

KCAD faculty and staff members got involved as well. Graphic Design faculty members Chris Gray, Karen Thelen, and Suzanne Jonkman all served as judges alongside Ferris State University Graphic Design faculty member Tim Powers, while KCAD Graphic Design faculty member John Koziatek facilitated the judging process. Sara Idziak, Gallery Manager for KCAD’s 17 Fountain St. NW building, served as the competition’s coordinator.

The finalist and winning designs will be on display at the Ferris Fine Art Gallery from through March 23, 2016 and will then travel to KCAD for an exhibition from March 30-April 20, 2016.