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Longwood junior has poster accepted into national juried show

March 19, 2009

Michael Shelton Michael Shelton

Longwood University junior Michael Shelton recently had a poster accepted into a juried national show for college design students.

His poster, done for a graphic design class, was one of only 175 entries from among more than 3,500 submissions selected for the Fifth Annual National Student Show and Conference, to be held April 2-4 in Dallas. His poster will be displayed during the show, presented by the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, where winners of the best in show and each of the 22 categories (including posters) be announced.

The 11-by-17-inch poster was designed as part of a class project in Graphic Design II class taught by Wade Lough, assistant professor of graphic design, in which students designed a promotional poster for the Byrd House Market, a fresh and local foods community market in Richmond.

"Michael really knows what he's doing," said Lough. "He's very prepared, he throws himself into a project, he's good at generating ideas, and he realizes how you wrestle with design ideas before settling on what you want. He's a joy to work with."

Shelton, from Ridgeway (in Henry County), is majoring in art with a graphic design concentration. "I feel honored to have been recognized in such a prestigious national competition of my peers from across the country," he said.

Michael Shelton's Byrd House Market poster
Michael Shelton's Byrd House Market poster
In his poster (which can be viewed, along with other work, at his web site, www.michaeladesigns.com), Shelton said he "texturized" the type using a sponged paint textured to do so. "The texture applied to the type adds a sense of atmosphere and brings out the organic nature of the market," he explained.

Shelton has worked for two years as a web designer and developer for Longwood's Informational and Instructional Technology Services (IITS). He designed the IITS web site, the template for which is also used by the university's Department of Public Safety. During the 2007-08 academic year, Shelton worked with a Longwood administrator, Dr. Ken Perkins, on developing a new parents and families section of the Longwood web site.

Also, he has been a web designer and developer for the Martinsville-Henry County YMCA since November 2005 and has done the same work for Chatmoss Web Systems, also in Martinsville, since May 2007. He has been selected twice, including for the fall 2008 semester, to the President's List (for a perfect 4.0 grade-point average) and to the Dean's List three times, has a cumulative GPA of 3.87, and received the Foundation Art Department Scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year.

Shelton plans to pursue a career as a web designer. He is a graduate of Magna Vista High School and is the son of Phillip and Kathy Shelton.