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Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host student graphic design show May 7-21
By Gail Fagan
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Posted: 05/01/2003
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Showcasing the talents of The University of Texas-Pan American graphic design students, a show and competition called “Digital 2003” will be held May 7-21 at the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce building located at 602 West University Drive in Edinburg.

The juried show, supported by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, the UTPA Graphic Design Program and UTPA Career Placement Services, will feature an opening reception at 5:30 p.m., May 7. Adrian Tamez, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, will be a guest speaker.

“The main purpose of this show is to expose the students to the industry and the market, and the Edinburg Chamber very much supports this fusion of the business community and the UTPA graphic design students,” said Edwin Cuenco, assistant professor of art/graphic design at UT Pan American and one of the organizers of the event.

Other UTPA faculty participants include Professors Philip Field and Wil Martin, Assistant Professor James Dutremaine, and lecturer Esau Peña.

The graphic design program at UTPA has evolved over the years from traditional to multi-media and digital production and has become one of the most popular programs in the art department.

Important recognition has come recently to students in UTPA graphic design program. At this year’s Rio Grande Computer Animation Film Festival, sponsored by U.T. Permian Basin, Odessa College and the West Texas Animation Society, Enrique de Anda, a senior majoring in graphic design, won the grand prize for animation in the undergraduate category. Another UTPA graphic design student, Bernie Saenz, won four silver awards at the 2003 American Advertising Federation – Valley chapter – ADDY award presentations.

The ADDY award honors excellence in advertising. Also, last year UTPA student Alberto Ramirez received honorable mention for his computer generated artwork at SIGGRAPH 2002, the world’s largest interactive multi-media exhibition.

Susie Chapa, coordinator of cooperative education at UTPA, said the Career Services Department’s involvement allows them to network with employers, agencies or companies that will provide internships and permanent job opportunities for University students.

“This show at the Edinburg Chamber will expose us to additional employers that we hope to involve in our graphic design career fair planned for September, 2003,” Chapa said.

Tamez said he was very excited about having the show at the Chamber.

“Having the show at our location is totally new for us but we want to do more with the University departments, especially those tied to business,” he said.

Tamez has invited all Chamber members to attend the show and hopes it will generate opportunities for the students as well as allow the area small businesses to see what talent is available in the community.

“We are so impressed with the talents of the students that we have already arranged for some to assist us in preparing the logo, posters, and web design involved in Fiesta Edinburg,” Tamez said.

More than 30 UTPA students will be competing in the following categories: best of show; webpage design; flash animation; digital illustration;digital photography; storyboard design; digital typography; corporate identity; poster design; packaging design; billboard design; and black & white photography.

The show will be judged by the 18 members of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

For more information contact Cuenco at 956/381-3482 or by email cuenco@panam.edu

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