Department of Art

International Audience for Winning Poster

20 November 2011, Comments: Comments Off

A graphic design student’s work will be on display around the world, thanks to his design of a poster to promote soundSCAPE, an international festival in Maccagno, Italy. Senior Chad Hammontree’s design was selected from over 50 entries in a contest, netting him the $100 prize.

Dr. Nathanael May, assistant professor of music, is the founder and artistic director of soundSCAPE, a two-week festival that showcases new music of composers, usually students in  undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral music programs. The two-week festival every July features concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops

Dr. May said he usually designs the poster for the festival, now in its eighth year, but the work of graphic design students that was displayed in Potter Hall this fall caught his eye. He contacted Teresa Harris, associate professor of art, and they organized a competition for students in Harris’ Graphic Design II course.

Each of Harris’ students designed more than one poster. Hammontree, from Cameron, Mo., said he designed six different posters, and two were chosen for two of the 10 finalist spots. Festival faculty and former participants selected the winning design.

Hammontree, who said his dream job would be working for a record company designing album covers and promoting bands, said he was pleased to be selected. “I wanted to make it pleasing to the eye, trendy and not too conservative,” he said. “I know what’s out there in music right now.”

Dr. May sends out 1,900 posters to 1,200 music schools all over the world to recruit participants for the festival, including the Juilliard School in New York, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia.

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