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Longwood student’s poster receives award at Washington art show

April 30, 2009

Michael Shelton

Longwood University junior Michael Shelton recently received a silver award for a poster he designed for the Real Show 2009 of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington.

Shelton was one of three people to win the second highest award in the Byrd House Market Poster category of the annual design competition for college students. In the contest, in which 16 colleges, universities and art schools participated, students designed promotional posters of the Byrd House Market, a community market in Richmond.

The 11-by-17-inch poster was also one of 175 entries from more among more than 3,500 submissions selected for the Fifth Annual National Student Show and Conference, April 2-4 in Dallas. The poster was designed as part of a class project in a Graphic Design II class taught by Wade Lough, assistant professor of graphic design. It was designed specifically for the Real Show, although at the last minute learned of the show in Dallas and decided to enter that as well.

Shelton has been awarded a grant from the American Democracy Project for work on his upcoming senior project, which will involve a sustainability campaign in March and April 2010. He will design a series of banners that will go up on campus, a web site, and a digital media exhibit, all related to a sustainability conference on campus in March. Also recently, Shelton received the Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Scholarship from the Piedmont Arts Association of Martinsville. The scholarship is for rising juniors or seniors pursuing a college degree in the arts.

Shelton, from Ridgeway in Henry County, is majoring in art with a graphic design concentration.